PTC@Play Festival

T his past season, the PTC @Play Festival narrowed its focus to three exciting works-in-development. The first program, which took place on February 26th, hosted writer and performer, Anna Deavere Smith, in an onstage conversation about developing The Pipeline Project, a theatrical work which will explore the school-to-prison pipeline trend in American cities. The other two events showcased the works of two extraordinary playwrights – A. Zell Williams and Bill Cain, the recipients of the 2013 and 2012 Terrence McNally New Play Award, respectively. Also, before the staged reading of Bill Cain’s AMERICAN CANVAS, PTC publicly announced the 2014 Terrence McNally New Play Award-winning play and playwright: Martín Zimmerman’s LET ME COUNT THE WAYS, which revels in the danger and intrigue behind the birth of erotic prints in 16th Century Rome. Stay tuned for more news on the development of this thrilling new work!

In the meantime, take a look at the candid shots captured during the rehearsals for A. Zell Williams’s THE URBAN RETREAT and Bill Cain’s AMERICAN CANVAS.

Saturday, March 1, 2014: THE URBAN RETREAT by A. Zell Williams

Playwright A. Zell Williams in rehearsal with actor Steven Wright

Actor Carlo Campbell in rehearsal

Director Matt Pfeiffer doing table work with actor Carlo Campbell

The cast gets in staged reading formation during rehearsal


Actors Megan Malloy and Meaghan O’Hare in rehearsal


The cast readies for the audience

Wednesday, May 7, 2014: AMERICAN CANVAS by Bill Cain

From Left to right: Actors Rufus Collins, Leonard C. Haas, and Jamison Foreman in rehearsal.

Director Ed Sobel in conversation with Rufus Collins

Playwright Bill Cain in rehearsal

From left to right: Actors Brian Cowden, Leonard C. Haas, and Jessica Bedford at the table.

Actor Sarah Gliko during table work

From left to right: Jamison Foreman, Sarah Gliko, and Alex Hoeffler in conversation.

Photos by Carrie Chapter