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Hook & Eye : story : science : history : myth

Free to actors, musicians, playwrights, directors and all attendees, Hook & Eye's PlayLabs bring new short works to life in an open workshop setting. The "plays" are loosely commissioned by the company - usually we start with a theme or general tone and task our playwrights or the Core Company with evolving that theme. On the night of the PlayLab, after a group warm-up, we split into smaller groups, take an hour or so to weave our ideas into a piece, and regroup. The evening ends with a show and quick discussion of what has unfolded with wine and snacks.  In all, it brings together the artistic community in a low-pressure high-energy night of creativity.

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photos by Ken Paprocki

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Exploring character through improv and costume, over thirty super talented and committed artists brought five shows to life with 75 minutes of work, some beautiful music, and a ton of laughs. The stories came from a quick writing assignment -- from the lives of the participants, and were given to others to interpret blindly. The result was one of the most boisterous PlayLabs we've had, creative, madcap, stirring.

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IPL8 was a departure for us. We asked each group to interpret a single story . . . a story they'd heard read aloud twice before being asked to recreate it with an original ending. Each group was told to use sound and music to help tell the story, along with a few other requirements. The hilarious result shown a light on the universality of certain aspects of storytelling, and the absolute joy of willing artists working together to communicate.

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IPL13 - Ghostlight Project

Thank you for joining us on the eve of the Inauguration of the American President as we vowed to be a light in the darkness for 2017. Your presence made it all worth while. #allarewelcomer.


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photos by Yasmeen Jawhar

“ . . . how do we apprehend, register, and witness tragedies? How can we make ourselves resistant to “compassion fatigue”?

We ask some questions.

We make a little art.

We offer it to those that wish to share, remember, mourn, and celebrate those whose lives were cut short and those too that survived, and are here, with us.”

— Caridad Svich

AFTER ORLANDO is an international theatre action curated by Missing Bolts Productions and NoPassport Theatre Alliance & Press (Caridad Svich, founder) comprised of over 70 plays written in response to the tragic shooting at Pulse Nightclub, June 12, 2016. Our version was held on November 2, 2016 at the Actors Fund Arts Center in Brooklyn.


Instant PlayLab 14 (IPL14) combinedthe techniques of quickly devised theater with language from protest, manifesto, and media to examine what it means to live in a "now" where the moral imperative seems to refresh as quickly as your Facebook feed.

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