The 2002 Directors Lab was the largest and most ambitious Lab to date with the participation of almost 200 artists: 70 directors; 135 actors; 25 playwrights; plus designers, composers, music directors, dramaturges, and stage managers working on productions of 16 plays.
After the tragic occurrence of 9/11 disrupted our lives, aesthetic concerns seemed hazy and remote as many young artists re-evaluated their lives and their work during the months that followed. By late December, the Lab had received close to 600 inquiries about the 2002 Lab and there was a collective feeling that this year's session was especially necessary. But in what way? The community of directors in the Lab and the closeness they feel has always been a great asset of the program's work.
In 2002 we decided to capitalize on this by creating a Lab rooted in a sense of community and support, without rushing the directors to make too much sense (perhaps prematurely) of what was happening in the world. The 2002 Lab was conceived in a manner to avoid facile conclusions and a simplistic rush to "understand" a set of events whose consequences may not be understood for years.
In February, we asked directors applying to the Lab to look into their hearts, and to begin reading new plays by writers unknown to them. This process had to be documented in their application. Our goal was to broaden horizons and to nurture new contacts between directors and playwrights. Plays that in some way spoke to what the directors were feeling-without necessarily being "about" 9/11-were solicited as part of their applications. The 2002 Directors Lab produced 26 of these plays, each one staged by the director who had submitted it. Almost all of the playwrights, including those from abroad, participated in the productions. In addition, a corresponding set of 26 incoming Lab members were chosen to act as producers of these plays to foster a sense of support for each others' work. Artistic directors spoke to Lab participants about the ways in which they support the visions of directors who stage productions at their theaters.
Butler, Maeve Fiona
De Michelle, Heather
Kreith, Ari Laura
St. Clair, Bart
Sunde, Sarah Cameron
Baker, Mary Bonner
Byrne, Brian Carlos
Chomet, Sun Mee
Gates, Margaret Ann
Hajj, Edward A.
Manzay, J. Kyle
Oliveras, Maria Christina
Simmons, Godfrey L.
Stewart, Pamela Holden
Benjamin A. Baker
Mahmou El Lozy
Nambi E. Kelley
Jason Sinclair Long
Lab Director: Anne Cattaneo
Lab Coordinator: Janet Takami
Lab Assistant: Amy Conant
How to Support a Director's Vision: James Bundy (Artistic Director, Yale Repertory Theatre), Moises Kaufman (Artistic Director, Tectonic Theatre Project), Sheldon Epps (Artistic Director, Pasadena Playhouse), George Faison (Faison Firehouse Theater)Adrian Hall (Former Artistic Director, Trinity Square Repertory Co. & Dallas Theater Center), Kristin Marting (HERE Arts Center), Robert Moss (Artistic Director, Syracuse Stage), Carey Perloff (Artistic Director, American Conservatory Theatre), Larry Sacharow (AD, River Arts Repertory), Daniel Sullivan (Former Artistic Director, Seattle Repertory Theatre), Michael Wilson (Artistic Director, Hartford Stage).
Lynn Thomson: American Stage Archetypes
Daniel Swee, Mele Nagler: Casting Advice and Counsel
THE ORPHAN OF ZHAO by Ji Jun-Xiang directed by Shi-Zheng Chen in a new adaptation by David Greenspan
New Work by Young Artists: Productions at the HERE Arts Center (June 25 - July 26)
KHMER AMERIKA by Doyle Avant; directed by Kym Moore
JANUARY 1, 2000 by Anton Dudley; directed by Chad Stutz
MEL AND GENE by Stephen Belber; directed by Benjamin Fishman
MATCH by Stephanie Fleischmann; directed by Susanna Gellert
RED RAIN by Nambi E. Kelley; directed by Ilesa Duncan
CYBER-ALICE by Marjorie Duffield and Sunmee Cho; directed by Eva Burgess
NIGHT BLOOMERS by Sarah Morton; directed by Sonya Robbins
DIANA LOVES YOU by Evan Smith; directed by Maeve Fiona Butler
GRAVE SITUATIONS by Tina Paul; directed by Luis Perez
THE CRY OF DESIRE by Hawa Djabali; directed by Nabila Ghachem
SAVAGES by Christopher Hampton; directed by Catherine Steindler
GLANCE AT NEW YORK by Benjamin A. Baker; directed by Bart St. Clair
AND THEN WENT DOWN TO THE SHIP by Mahmou El Lozy; directed by Brad Shelton
POODLE WITH GUITAR AND DARK GLASSES by Liz Adams; directed by Heather de Michelle
RIGHTEOUS ACTS LIKE FILTHY RAGS by Jason Sinclair Long; directed by Lori Petermann
NEWS JUNKIE by Marc Ardito; directed by Justin Waldman
SNOW ANGEL by David Lindsay-Abaire; directed by Jake Hart
ALOHA FLIGHT 243 by Sophia Chapadjiev with music by Allison Leyton-Brown; directed by Pamela Seiderman
KINGDOM OF LOST SONGS by Abhijat Joshi; directed by Brooke Brod
PUBLIC RELATIONS by Jeff Kelner; directed by Anthony Castellano
EXCELSIOR by Jay Bernzweig; directed by Kevin Vavasseur
EIGHTEEN by Allison Moore; directed by Maryann Lombardi
NOISES AND VOICES by Michael Schuval; directed by Hyunjung Lee
DUG OUT by Nicholas Gray; directed by Mark Armstrong
TUMOR by Sheila Callaghan; directed by Catherine Zambri
MOTHERGUN by Christine Evans; directed by Heidi Howard