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Pipeline Series

New! Four one-night-only presentations

Dorset Theatre Festival builds on its growing reputation as an incubator for new work with this cutting-edge series of new plays, first-time collaborations, and star-studded special events.

“The Pipeline is going to bring our audiences into the room with some of the top actors and writers of our time as they explore through spoken word, music, and design the new work the Festival is developing for future seasons. This is going to be one fun, star-studded series not to be missed.”
-Dina Janis, Artistic Director
 Playwright Kate Cortesi

Playwright Kate Cortesi

Is Edward Snowden Single?

by Kate Cortesi
directed by Pirronne Yousefzadeh

June 26

A hot mess of a millennial becomes taken with the idea that Edward Snowden is madly in love with her, not just because she's gorgeous but because she is unspeakably brave. Two actresses play all twenty plus roles in this whirlwind tour through one shallow person's reluctantly deepening soul.


 Playwright Melissa Ross

Playwright Melissa Ross

A New Play

by Melissa Ross
directed by Giovanna Sardelli

July 10

Diana is the new president of a prestigious liberal arts college, but she can barely get her pictures hung on the walls of her office before the school's hallowed history sits squarely in the way of her big plans. About where we've come from and figuring out where we even have to go, this never-before-seen new play by Melissa Ross confronts life and politics and feminism in academia under the hard fluorescent light of today. 


 Film and television star Frank Harts writes and stars as jazz legend Charles Mingus in  Invictus Mingus.

Film and television star Frank Harts writes and stars as jazz legend Charles Mingus in Invictus Mingus.

Invictus Mingus

by Frank Harts
directed by Jackson Gay

July 31

It's 1966. Tomorrow legendary Jazz Maestro Charles Mingus is to be evicted from his cluttered New York City apartment.  Tonight though he drinks wine, cuts up with his crew on the bass, talks love, Hitler, racism, and politics with a twenty-something Jewish documentary filmmaker. This while his five-year old bi-racial daughter plays in piles of treasure and junk absorbing it all.

Invictus Mingus is a co-production with New Neighborhood

 
 

 Treat Williams ("Chicago Fire," "Chesapeake Shores") stars with Yuri Sardarov ("Chicago Fire") in David Mamet's  A Life in the Theatre .

Treat Williams ("Chicago Fire," "Chesapeake Shores") stars with Yuri Sardarov ("Chicago Fire") in David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre.

A Life in the Theatre

by David Mamet
directed by Dina Janis

August 12

Starring Treat Williams and Yuri Sardarov

The Pulitzer Prize-winning author of Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed-The-Plow, takes us into the lives of two actors: John, young and rising into the first flush of his success; the other Robert, older, anxious, and beginning to wane. In a series of short, spare, and increasingly raw exchanges, we see the estrangement of youth from age and the wider, inevitable and endless cycle of life, in and out of the theatre.

"A comedy about the artifice of acting...It is also about the artifice of living...An evening of pure theatre."
- The New York Times


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Playwrights

Kate Cortesi (Is Edward Snowden Single?) is a Brooklyn-based playwright from Washington, D.C. Her plays include One More Less (2017 Relentless Award Finalist, 2017 O'Neill Conference Finalist, 2016 NYFA-award-winning submission, Playwrights Horizons New Works Lab directed by Robert O'Hara),  A Patron of the Arts (2018 Cherry Lane Theatre Mentor Project, mentored by Anne Washburn, directed by Mike Donahue; South Coast Rep 2016 New SCRipts Series; 2018 BAPF finalist), Great Kills (2014-2015 Princess Grace Award-winning submission, 2016 Kilroy's List, Premiere Stages 2015 New Play Festival), and Is Edward Snowden Single? (2018 Dorset Theatre Festival Pipeline Series inaugural play, 2017 Colt Coeur Play Hotel, New Dramatists 2018 Creativity Fund workshop). Her work has been developed or produced at Playwrights Horizons, Cherry Lane Theatre, South Coast Rep, Colt Coeur, Primary Stages, Ensemble Studio Theatre, terraNOVA Collective, The Lark, New Dramatists, the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and Premiere Stages. Kate is a playwright in residence at New Dramatists (2016-2023) and at Colt Coeur (artistic director Adrienne Campbell-Holt). Kate has penned a few film and TV scripts for folks on the left coast and a short film she wrote and directed LAZARUS screened at film festivals around the country. She has taught writing at NYU’s Tisch School of the Arts, Riker’s Island, and lots of places in between. For more, please visit katecortesi.com.

Melissa Ross (A New Play) Plays include THINNER THAN WATER, A LIFE EXTRA ORDINARY, NICE GIRL and OF GOOD STOCK. THINNER THAN WATER and NICE GIRL were both originally produced by Labyrinth Theater Company and are included in Best Play Anthologies for 2010 and 2015 respectively. OF GOOD STOCK received its world premiere at South Coast Repertory as a part of the Pacific Playwrights Festival followed by a subsequent production at Manhattan Theatre Club. A LIFE EXTRA ORDINARY premiered at The Gift Theatre in Chicago fall of 2016. Melissa’s plays have been developed with The Amoralists, Cherry Lane Theatre, Colt Coeur, Dorset Theatre Festival, The Gift Theatre, IAMA Theatre Company, The Juilliard School, Labyrinth Theater Company, LCT3, Manhattan Theatre Club, Montana Rep, New York Stage and Film, The New Group, South Coast Repertory, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, and the TheatreWorks Palo Alto New Works Festival. She is twice commissioned by both South Coast Repertory and Manhattan Theatre Club. Melissa is a graduate of Bennington College and the Lila Acheson Wallace American Playwrights Program at The Juilliard School, a two-time winner of the Lecomte de Noüy Prize, and a proud member of Labyrinth Theater Company.

Frank Harts (Invictus Mingus) is an actor/writer/producer based in New York City. His new work about Jazz legend Charles Mingus was recently commissioned by New Neighborhood for development on stage and film. As an actor, he made his Broadway debut as George Murchison in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun. Select Films include: Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch), Experimenter (dir. Michael Almereyda), and The Family Fang (dir. Jason Bateman). Select guest-star television credits include: Showtime's Billions, HBO's The Leftovers, Emmy-nominated Master of None on Netflix, Blue Bloods, and upcoming, Elementary and Bull for CBS. Frank received his BFA in Acting from Juilliard where he was awarded the Raul Julia Prize for Excellence. Frankharts.net

David Mamet (A Life in the Theatre) is the author of the plays: Race, Keep Your Pantheon, School, November, Romance, Boston Marriage, Faustus, Oleanna, Glengarry Glen Ross (1984 Pulitzer Prize and New York Drama Critics Circle Award), American Buffalo, The Old Neighborhood, A Life in the Theatre, Speed-the-Plow, Edmond, Lakeboat, The Water Engine, The Woods, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, Reunion and The Cryptogram (1995 Obie Award). His translations and adaptations include: Faustus and Red River by Pierre Laville; and The Cherry Orchard, Three Sisters and Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekov. His films include: The Postman Always Rings Twice, The Verdict, The Untouchables, House of Games (writer/director), Oleanna (writer/director), Homicide (writer/director), The Spanish Prisoner (writer/ director), Heist (writer/director), Spartan (writer/director) and Redbelt (writer/director). Mr. Mamet is also the author of: Warm and Cold, a book for children with drawings by Donald Sultan, and two other children’s books, Passover and The Duck and the Goat; Writing in Restaurants, Some Freaks, and Make-Believe Town, three volumes of essays; The Hero Pony and The China Man, a book of poems; Three Children’s Plays, On Directing Film, The Cabin, and the novels The Village, The Old Religion and Wilson. His most recent books include the acting books, True & False and Three Uses of the Knife. Glengarry Glen Ross was awarded the Tony® Award for Best Revival of a Play in 2005.

Directors

Pirronne Yousefzadeh (Is Edward Snowden Single?) is a Brooklyn-based theatre director, writer, and educator. She has directed and developed new work at The Public/Joe's Pub, New York Theatre Workshop, Atlantic Theater Company, Ars Nova, Soho Rep, New Georges, Partial Comfort Productions, Noor Theatre, Ma-Yi Theater Company, Ensemble Studio Theatre, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Actors Theatre of Louisville, La Jolla Playhouse, Huntington Theatre Company, Cleveland Playhouse, Geva Theatre Center, InterAct Theatre Company, and Hangar Theatre, among others. Her productions of In the Blood (Theatre Horizon) and The Dangerous House of Pretty Mbane by Jen Silverman together received fifteen Barrymore nominations, including Outstanding Direction and Outstanding Production for both. She is a Usual Suspect at NYTW, New Georges Affiliated Artist, member of Ensemble Studio Theatre, Resident Director at Colt Coeur, a recipient of SDC's Denham Fellowship and Williamstown’s Sagal Fellowship, and an alumna of the 2050 Fellowship at NYTW, Drama League Directors Project, Lincoln Center Directors Lab, and Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. She currently serves on the NYU faculty, and is a frequent guest director there, as well as Columbia, Juilliard, Fordham, and Yale School of Drama. Pirronne is a founding member of Maia Directors, a consulting group for artists and organizations engaging with stories from the Middle East and beyond. Upcoming projects include A Doll's House, Part 2 by Lucas Hnath (Actors Theatre of Louisville), and The Royale by Marco Ramirez (Kitchen Theatre Company/Geva Theatre Center). MFA, Columbia University. Member, SDC. www.pirronne.com; www.maiadirectors.com

Giovanna Sardelli (Untitled) With Rajiv Joseph: Los Angeles: Archduke (World Premiere at the Taper, CTG), Guards at the Taj (Geffen Playhouse, 2017 Ovation Award for Best Production of a Play). Off-Broadway World Premieres: Huck & Holden (Cherry Lane); Animals Out of Paper and All This Intimacy (Second Stage); The Leopard and The Fox (AlterEgo). Regional: Mr. Wolf (Cleveland Play House); The Lake Effect (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley); The North Pool(TheatreWorks Silicon Valley World Premiere, Barrington Stage Company). Other Select Off-Broadway World Premieres: Little Children Dream of God (Roundabout); Wildflower (Second Stage); Finks (Ensemble Studio Theatre); Apple Cove(Women’s Project). Other Select Regional: All The WayThe Whipping Man(Cleveland Play House); The Mountaintop, Absalom (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville); Clybourne Park, Lord of the Flies, Muckrakers (Barrington Stage Company); Crimes of the Heart, Velocity of Autumn, Somewhere (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley). Though based in New York, Sardelli is the Director of New Works for TheatreWorks Silicon Valley. Education: MFA Graduate Acting Program, NYU and graduate of their Director’s Lab. 

Jackson Gay (Invictus Mingus) Recent: Chekhov’s Three Sisters (Studio Theatre in association with New Neighborhood March 2017); Lisa Lampanelli’s Stuffed (Off-Broadway commercial run, 2017)Mat Smart’s Kill Local (La Jolla Playhouse, 2017);  world premiere of Suzanne Vega’s Lover, Beloved, An Evening with Carson McCullers with music by Vega and Duncan Sheik (Alley Theatre, 2018); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (MCC Theater 2018). Recent: Chix 6 by Lourds Lane (La MaMa); Lampanelli’s Stuffed (Women’s Project); Transfers by Lucy Thurber (New York Stage & Film); Much Ado About Nothing adapted with Kenneth Lin (Cal Shakes); Brant’s Grounded (Alley Theatre); Jen Silverman’s The Moors (Yale Rep); These Paper Bullets! Adapted from Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing by Rolin Jones with music by Billie Joe Armstrong (Atlantic Theater, Geffen Playhouse, Yale Rep: Critics Pick, Time Out NY; Best Production and Adaptation, LA Sage Awards; Best of 2015, Time Out Los Angeles, Connecticut Critics Circle Awards, Best Production and Best Director); I Saw My Neighbor On The Train And I Didn’t Even Smile by Suzanne Heathcote (co-production New Neighborhood/Berkshire Theatre Festival); Elevada by Sheila Callaghan (Yale Rep); The Insurgents by Lucy Thurber (Labyrinth); 3C by David Adjmi (Rattlestick/piece by piece/Rising Phoenix); Lucy Thurber’s Where We’re Born – The Hilltown Plays (Rattlestick); Scarcity by Lucy Thurber (Atlantic); As You Like It (Chautauqua Theater Company); Rolin Jones’s The Jammer (Atlantic Theater Company) and The Intelligent Design of Jenny Chow (Atlantic and Yale Rep: Connecticut Critics Circle Award, Outstanding Production of a Play); A Little Journey (Mint Theater, Drama Desk nomination Outstanding Revival of a Play). August: Osage County, Red and Kenneth Lin’s Intelligence-Slave (Alley Theatre). 10 things to do before i die by Zakiyyah Alexander and Len Asleep in Vinyl by Carly Mensch (Second Stage Uptown). Jackson is a founding member of New Neighborhood. She is the Director of Artistic Programming for Fuller Road Artist Residency and has taught directing and acting at Columbia, Yale, ESPA, Sarah Lawrence and Fordham. BFA, University of the Arts; MFA,Yale School of Drama.  Jackson is from Sugar Land, Texas.

Dina Janis (A Life in the Theatre) is in her ninth season as artistic director of the Dorset Theatre Festival.  Read more about Dina here

Casts

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Frank Harts (Mingus, Invictus Mingus) is an actor/writer/producer based in New York City. His new work about Jazz legend Charles Mingus was recently commissioned by New Neighborhood for development on stage and film. As an actor, he made his Broadway debut as George Murchison in Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin In The Sun. Select Films include: Paterson (dir. Jim Jarmusch), Experimenter (dir. Michael Almereyda), and The Family Fang (dir. Jason Bateman). Select guest-star television credits include: Showtime's Billions, HBO's The Leftovers, Emmy-nominated Master of None on Netflix, Blue Bloods, and upcoming, Elementary and Bull for CBS. Frank received his BFA in Acting from Juilliard where he was awarded the Raul Julia Prize for Excellence. Frankharts.net

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Tom Nieboer (Filmmaker, Invictus Mingus) is a playwright and performer from Mora, Minnesota.  He has had work produced or developed by UglyRhino, IRT Theater, Hearth Gods, Umbrella Theater Project, the Lyric Theater in Los Angeles, and the Skylight Theater Company. His play Glowworm was nominated for three Tiger Dublin Fringe Awards and one Irish Times Irish Theatre Award.  He is a founding member of The Tavern Rakes performance troupe in Los Angeles.  He holds an MFA in Playwriting from The Lir Academy at Trinity College Dublin, and has lectured at St. John’s University in Queens.

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Treat Williams (Robert, A Life in the Theatre) has had a long and happy collaboration with David Mamet. He has performed in The Water Engine (Film), Speed-The-Plow (Williamstown), Bobby Gould in Hell (Lincoln Center) and Oleanna (Off-Broadway). He directed the short film Texan written by Mr. Mamet, which won best film at three film festivals. He was proud to reconnect with his friend Mr. Mamet in American Buffalo as part of Dorset Theatre Festival's 2017 season. He has been nominated for four Golden Globe Awards, an Emmy , two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and has won two Theater World Awards for his work in Broadway Musicals. Broadway: Grease, Over Here, Once In A Lifetime, Pirates Of Penzance, Love Letters, Captains Courageous The Musical, and Follies. Film: The Ritz, The Eagle Had Landed, Hair, Prince Of The City, Once Upon A Time In America, 1941, Smooth Talk, Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, The Phantom, Deep End Of The Ocean, The Devil’s Own, Hollywood Ending, Miss Congeniality 2, What Happens In Vegas, 127 Hours. TV: A Streetcar Named Desire, Dempsey, The Late Shift, Everwood, Law And Order SVU, The Simpsons (as himself), White Collar, Chicago Fire, Hawaii Five-O, CSI, Blue Bloods, and Confirmation. He currently stars as Mick Obrien in The Hallmark series, Chesapeake Shores. He is an avid reader, gardener, skier, pilot, husband, and father. He lives in Vermont with his wife Pam and children, Gill and Elinor.

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Yuri Sardarov (John, A Life in the Theatre) 

Dates & Times

The Pipeline is a series of four one-night-only presentations.

Tue. 6/26 7:30 PM - Pipeline #1 TBA
Tue. 7/10 7:30 PM - Untitled by Melissa Ross
Tue. 7/31 7:30 PM - Invictus Mingus by Frank Harts
Sun. 8/12 7:30 PM - A Life in the Theatre by David Mamet

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