Summer Studio @ TheatreWorks: However you make your mark on the world

This year, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley is piloting a new summer conservatory program: Summer Studio @ TheatreWorks. The program splits students into two different tracks: middle school (the Hambly track) and high school (the Stern track). Each group of students was given the frame for a new play based on a classic work, and then spent four weeks in a series of classes on playwriting, acting, dancing, etc, taught by Bay Area professionals working in the theatre industry.

The Stern track presents LYSA

The Stern track presents LYSA

As Summer Studio draws to a close and the students get ready to present their finished work – a brand new play called Lysa – to the public, we talked to a few of them about their process this summer in the two different tracks. Continue reading

TRIANGLE: Q&A with Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis

In Triangle, Sharon Rietkerk and Megan McGinnis (pictured below) play sisters who share a tenement building in 1911 New York City. You may be familiar with these two: Sharon was last seen at TheatreWorks in Marry Me a Little (2014), and Megan in Daddy Long Legs (2010). The two have just finished playing the Dashwood sisters in Paul Gordon’s Sense and Sensibility at Chicago Shakespeare Theater, but as soon as they arrived in Palo Alto and began rehearsing for Triangle, we had several questions for them both.

Sharon RietkerkMegan McGinnis

TWSV: You both played these roles in the developmental production at Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma last year. How much of the story has changed since then?

Sharon: Counting the New Works Festival reading, this is my third time doing this role, lucky me! I am so happy to be working on the World Premiere. While the core of the story has remained the same, there have been big changes—entire numbers have been tossed out, and new songs written. New musicals are exciting and challenging and ever changing.

Megan: And I actually played Chaya [Sharon’s role] in a reading in 2006 of Triangle! And it has changed quite a bit from then. Since last year’s production, there are some small changes, but nothing radical. There is a new ending of Act One and new beginning to Act Two, and then some finessing throughout. And every day we make adjustments, as we explore this new script. It’s been really fun! Continue reading