Help support new plays and emerging artists at Synchronicity Theatre by funding our New Works Programming.

About the Project

Synchronicity Theatre has been committed to developing new work since its inception.  In honor of our 20th anniversary, we are launching a campaign to support new plays and emerging artists that make up the diverse cultural fabric of Atlanta. Join us this season in celebrating the diversity of voices of our community and uplifting these voices on the stage.  

Synchronicity has produced 14 World or Rolling World Premieres in our 20-year history and have a very successful relationship with the National New Play Network. We are committed to producing at least one world premiere annually, to continue to expand the cultural fabric of Georgia and the larger United States.  We are also deeply committed to producing new work by female writers as our mission is focused on uplifting the voices of women and girls.  In the past three years 80% of our shows have been written by women and historically 85% of the plays we’ve produced were written by women.  In the last 4 years, all of our world premieres were written by female playwrights and all of them have dealt with topical issues that spark dialogue in communities and build bridges between marginalized groups.    

Our commitment to new work expands beyond our mainstage productions.  We also have several corollary programs that promote the development of new theatre. In the Spring of 2017, we launched a new arts incubator project called Stripped Bare, which provides performance space, marketing, and production support to emerging artists as they explore new theatrical ideas. The artists during our pilot year expressed how valuable having a deadline and a free venue was to their ability to focus on the creation of the work. In our first year, we produced two Stripped Bare projects:  a new musical called Hannah Cremation & The Ash by Rebekah Sueallau, and Bird: A Study in Sound by Adrienne Reynolds. This year, we have three Stripped Bare projects on deck.  All of our Stripped Bare writers have been women, and 2/3 of the projects were written by women of color.    

This year we once again hosted SheWrites, our national new play competition, and festival, which brings female writers from across the country to our theatre for a week-long workshop process of their plays.  This year the festival was held in February 2018 in partnership with Playwrights’ Center (MN) and Atlanta’s own Working Title Playwrights.   

Finally, we continue to be a voice for new plays by once again featuring a World Premiere in our 20th anniversary season.  This spring we will premiere Ripe Frenzy by Jennifer Barclay. This daring and unique show explores our capacity for love in the face of tragedy.  Synchronicity first came to be involved with this show through our long-standing participation with the National New Play Network.  We have produced more than 10 rolling world premieres, several of which were through NNPN, including our recent show Lasso of Truth.  

Jennifer Barclay’s Ripe Frenzy follows a town in the wake of a tragic school shooting.  The play takes on this all-too-familiar headline in this haunting world premiere.  However, Jennifer tackles this topic with a powerful slant – empathy.  As her narrator, she selected the mother of the shooter.  Through her eyes, we learn about the town and her son, and we learn about the beauty and complexity of both.  As past and present tumble together, we experience the moments of a life of a community leading up to, amidst and after the tragedy.   

Set against the well-known small-town of Thornton’s Grover’s Corners, Ripe Frenzy asks us to consider the ties that bind us and helps us to look at ways we can strengthen and support one another.  It also provides room for a meaningful dialogue about social isolation for teens, gun violence and the collective mental health of our communities.
 


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Our generous sponsors will contribute $1 for every $1 donated to this project up to $5,000 ! (pending matching fund availability)

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    You will receive a personalized shout out on Synchronicity Theatre’s Facebook page and recognition in our show programs.

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    You will receive a shout out on Synchronicity Theatre’s Facebook page, recognition in our show programs, and a Ripe Frenzy show program signed by the cast and director.
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