2013 SPT Participants

MAKESHIFT/Murmuration poster

This year's SPT participants worked through some rehearsals of Makeshift, an original play written by Jessie Bear and developed in collaboration with recent alums Nell Bang-Jensen, Brian Ratcliffe and Isa St. Clair. Under the name Murmuration Theater, the show debuted in Philadelphia's Plays & Players Upstairs in November, 2013, directed by M. Craig Getting with Set/Costumes by Laila Swanson. Based out of New York and Philadelphia, they are dedicated to creating emotionally-rooted, character-driven work through a nontraditional process.

Early 2014 also saw the return of Stein-Holum Projects to the Frear Ensemble Theatre.  SHP is a collaboration between performer/director Suli Holum (Pig Iron Theatre Company, UK's Red Cape Theatre) and writer/director Deborah Stein (Actors' Theatre of Louisville, Pig Iron, Workhaus Collective). They build tightly scripted theatrical events through an intensive collaboration between theatre makers who defy the traditional definitions of actor, director, playwright, and designer. They are currently working on their next collaboration, The Wholehearted.  Using text, song, full-bodied physicality, immersive sound design, and live-feed sports-television video editing, The Wholehearted tells a fact-based fiction about love and violence, power and vulnerability, the stories we tell about ourselves, and the stories we wish were true. After being beaten by her lover and left for dead, an aging female boxer stages a comeback in a landscape of her own devising, where dubstep meets Appalachian murder ballads and a devastating left hook.

2012 SPT Participants