New Plays & Devised Work
New Play Development
“If we approach a play as if it were a new world, we should encounter it free of assumptions. We cannot expect it to behave the way we are used to, nor should we dramaturgically ‘terraform’ it. If we try to make it conform to how we believe a play should ‘work,’ we may lose the possibility of a new creation or new form evolving out of it.” ~Mark Bly
As a dramaturg at Arena Stage, Carrie assisted Mark Bly on the workshop of Moises Kauffman’s 33 Variations. She has participated as a director and dramaturg in a number of festivals and readings of new works, including Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, The Kennedy Center’s American College Theatre Festival (regional and national festivals), Yellow Taxi’s Susan McIntyre New Play Festival, The Baltimore Playwright’s Festival, and various short play and ten-minute play festivals.
Carrie has developed several productions with original composition including an opera Life in Death based on Edgar Allan Poe’s Oval Portrait, the musical The Perfect Game, an operetta The Eden Diaries, and a new ensemble-created piece based on Shakespeare’s Tempest.
Carrie also conceived the award winning Variations Project, for Run of the Mill Theater in 2004, a festival dedicated to encourage playwrights to write plays by being inspired at a social event with other theatre artists. The festival is currently still running in Baltimore, and has since premiered at The Chance Theatre in Anaheim, California.
Carrie has also been involved with several organizations dedicated to developing and producing new works including: The Baltimore Playwright’s Festival, Woolly Mammoth, The Sundance Institute, Arena Stage, and Playwrights Project in San Diego.
You could use the terms original, organic, ensemble-based, and collaborative to describe the process of Devising.
Devised shows are original works that start from a simple idea or desire to investigate a particular work or author. Ensemble members are generally cast after the theme or idea is selected. The idea is improvised until an outline for a script emerges. The script continues to be developed until it is ready, or until time runs out. The process is driven by generative energy and is performer conceived.
Sure there is more to the process, but all of that happens in the rehearsal room, and is tailored to the needs and goals of the individual production.
Productions devised and developed by
Carrie Klewin include; A Christmas Catastrophe, Aladdin, and Tempest(4).