Originally published in Island Ad-Vantages, May 17, 2018
Making theater from scratch, involving community
Threadbare Theatre Workshop’s Joshua McCarey and Kate Russell are here for the summer and looking forward to making theater from scratch with island residents, according to a news release.
They are currently “visiting artists” at the Stonington Opera House as part of the Harbor Residency program to workshop their next endeavor, The Royal Tar, a weekend-long festival centered around a radically participatory performance created by, with, and for the community this September. All are invited to attend their Coffee Hour Launch this Saturday, May 19, at 11 a.m. at Burnt Cove Church Community Center to learn more and sip on a complimentary batch brew of Royal Tar coffee, sponsored by 44 North.
Russell has returned to the island after serving as Opera House Arts’s first Creative Producing Fellow in 2017. It was there she met her now collaborator and friend, McCarey, OHA’s longtime Education Associate.
Threadbare Theatre Workshop illuminates epics in a simple way through the magic of resourceful storytelling, laying bare our humanity so we may thread more empathy into existence.
“We’ve always been committed to making theatre from scratch across the local landscape; engaging alternative spaces to foster creative partnerships within the community, but my cherished year on the island inspired me to take Threadbare’s community engagement to a higher level of inclusivity,” said Russell, Threadbare’s Founding Artistic Director. “We’re launching a new model that marries Threadbare’s original theater-making with our Occupy Poetry workshops to create original work sparked by the heritage of rural places, not only for the community but with the community.” McCarey said, “We couldn’t think of a more inspiring place than Deer Isle to begin this journey”.
Threadbare hopes to build an ensemble and creative team of community members of all ages and all levels of experience. The only requisite to join the project is an open heart. If you are interested in participating, join McCarey and Russell at Open Workshop Day, Saturday, May 26, 12 to 2 p.m., at Burnt Cove Church Community Center for a taste of what the creative process will be. For information, email Russell at firstname.lastname@example.org.