United We Act
The Freedom Project
The Putnam Theatre Alliance is a new collaboration among a trio of Putnam County’s leading arts organizations: Arts on the Lake, the Philipstown Depot Theatre, and Tompkins Corners Cultural Center. Our mission: Work together to deliver daring theatre to the Hudson Valley and present the region as a hub for the development of top-quality productions.
The Alliance’s first effort launched May 13 with The Freedom Project, which pairs a series of radio plays written in 1940 with original plays written during the pandemic. Separated by decades, the pieces are linked by themes of justice, civil rights, and democracy.
Part 1 - May 13-16
We began with His Honor, the Mayor & The Secret Secrets of Wonderland County. The historic plays were written by Orson Welles, Maxwell Anderson and other members of the Free Company. The companion pieces were written specifically for this project by some of the finest playwrights working today: John Pielmeier, Christine Toy Johnson, and Craig Lucas. Click here for a press release.
Part 2 - June 3-6
This second Alliance streamed reading pairs The Miracle of the Danube by Maxwell Anderson written in 1940 with Expression of Regret written in 2021 by Christine Toy Johnson. Both plays directed by Jason Beckmann.
"Miracle of the Danube" cast: Annemette Andersen, Sean Cleary, Patrick Dunning, Claudia Godi and Joseph Somma.
"Expression of Regret" cast: Michelle Liu Coughlin, Diane Huey and Yan Xi.
More info at Arts on the Lake
Part 3 - June 24-27
This third Alliance streamed reading pairs "Above Suspicion" written by Sherwood Anderson in 1940, directed by Donald Kimmel, and More Beautiful by Craig Lucas, written in 2021, directed by Alice Jankell.
“Above Suspicion” is a drama concerning freedom from police persecution. Set shortly before World War II, a visitor from Nazi Germany has difficulty understanding an important aspect of American life.
In More Beautiful we see that families, like nations, can be torn apart in Civil Wars. To the drumbeat of competing news sources, one nuclear family goes nuclear.
*All ticket purchasers will receive a link to the performance and a link to the Q&As via email on June 24th at 6:30 pm. The performance can be viewed anytime from June 24-27. Please use the Q&A link that will be provided to join our discussion with the playwright, the actors, and the directors. Dates and times TBD.
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Freedom Project Part 3
Each pair of plays will stream online and Talkback sessions with the directors, writers, and cast will follow.