In conjunction with the
-winning play by
is producing later this spring, the theater is offering the third season of "SPARK," an inter-active program for theater-goers led by associate artistic director
who will also stage the play.
The program engages audiences through four 90-minute discussions with artists, as well as unprecedented access to the rehearsal process. The play runs May 8 to June 2.
"This will be an intimate and extended conversation about theater with 50 of our patrons spanning the length and breadth of the production—from first rehearsal through opening," Ting said in the announcement of the series,
Participants will get an insider's perspective on the process of bringing the play to the stage, meet the cast and creative team at the very beginning of their journey, participate in a discussion with the actor's about their craft, and witness an actual technical rehearsal on Long Wharf's mainstage
The play is described: "In 1959, we meet a group of neighbors trying unsuccessfully to talk their friends out of selling their home to a black family. Sixty years later, a white family attempts to move into the now predominantly African-American neighborhood. Inspired by the classic
"A Raisin in the Sun'
[which was produced last fall at the
] this provocative and funny play delves into America’s complicated relationship with race through sharp humor and deep perception.
The series costs $50 and includes a copy of the play.
First Rehearsal. Participants are invited to attend a portion of first rehearsal, to hear director Ting's thoughts on the production, meet the cast and hear design presentations. April 9 starting at 7 p.m.
The Actor's Craft. What truly is involved in the art and craft of acting? How does an actor take raw emotion and focus it through the text they are given, all to shape a life on stage? This master class will offer a glimpse into the rigors of creating true characters on stage. April 23 starting at 7 p.m.
Technical Rehearsal. A look at a technical rehearsal on Long Wharf's main stage. May 4 starting at 11 a.m.
Post-Mortem. A look back at the journey of the production. May 21 starting at 5 p.m.