Clutch Productions Presents Limited Engagement Run Of Tira Palmquist’s THE WORTH OF WATER

Clutch Productions presents a limited engagement run of THE WORTH OF WATER, a new play written by Tira Palmquist and directed by Mêlisa Annis that will be presented Friday, October 4th through Sunday, October 20th, Off-Broadway at HERE, 145 6th Avenue, (on Dominick St., one block south of Spring St.).

This is the second commission of a new, full-length play from blank page to its world premiere on a New York stage by Clutch, the inaugural commission being the world premiere of Every Good Girl Deserves Fun by Heidi Armbruster (upcoming Dairyland at Playmakers Rep, Mrs. Christie at Dorset Theatre Festival).

Elle is a struggling singer-songwriter in California. Rebecca is an unhappy homemaker in Wisconsin. And Ethel is bringing her daughters together for her 70th birthday to be momentary mermaids in the springs of Weeki Wachee. But as the fantasy dissipates, will they be able to swim back to shore?

“After receiving submissions from dozens of playwrights throughout the country and a rigorous vetting process, Clutch was thrilled to select Tira for our second commission cycle,” says Producing Artistic Director, Christianne Greiert. “Not only is she a skilled collaborator, playwright, and dramaturg, she is also an inspirational bad-ass. We were drawn to her pitch for The Worth of Water, not just because it involved mermaid camp and all the theatrical delight that could provide, but also because of the timely and provocative juxtapositions she was eager to explore with her narrative.”

The cast of THE WORTH OF WATER features Kim Crow (Wit, American Stage; Doublewide and Golda’s Balcony, Florida Studio Theatre); Clare Latham (Currently in the Soho Rep company of Fairview (TFNA) // Two-time Off West End Award Nominee for Best Female Performer (Danny and The Deep Blue Sea; Southwark Playhouse, 2012) and Best Supporting Female Performer (Doubt, A Parable; Southwark Playhouse, 2017); Christianne Greiert (Every Good Girl Deserves Fun, Clutch/Walkerspace; Foreign Bodies, NYTW); dL Sams (Dietland on AMC); Michael Billingsley (The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, dir. Estelle Parsons, La Mama); Miranda Noelle Wilson (Ryan Rafferty is the Most Powerful Woman in Fashion, Joe’s Pub); and Morgan Sullivan (Aunt Jack, Theatre for the New City).

The creative team features scenic design by Jessie Bonaventure, costume design by Johanna Pan, lighting design by Kelley Shih, and sound design by Brian Heveron-Smith. Lisa Stafford is the Production Stage Manager. 

Playwright Tira Pamlquist is known for plays that merge the personal, the political and the poetic. Her most produced play, Two Degrees, premiered at the Denver Center, and was subsequently produced by Tesseract Theater in St. Louis and Prime Productions at the Guthrie (among others). Her newest play The Way North was a Finalist for the O’Neill and an Honourable Mention for the 2019 Kilroys List. While working on THE WORTH OF WATER for Clutch Productions, Tira was also working on a commission for Lower Depth Theater Ensemble in Los Angeles. Safe Harbor, a play about sex trafficking, will premiere in November in LA. Tira has also been commissioned to write new work for the University of California, Irvine graduate acting students. Her play Hold Steady was workshopped at UCI in January 2019, and she is currently working on All We Ever Wanted Was Everything, to be workshopped in January 2020. Her other plays include Ten Mile Lake (Serenbe Playhouse), Age of Bees (NYU Stella Adler Studio, MadLab Theater, Tesseract), And Then They Fell (MadLab, Brimmer Street, New York Film Academy) and This Floating World.

Director Mêlisa Annis has had the pleasure of working with and at Primary Stages, The Ambassadors Theatre Group (London), The Arcola Theater (London), Colorado Springs Fine Arts Center, Shadowland Stages, Tangent Theater, Queens College, Rebellious Subjects, The Playground Experiment, New York University, and Theater Masters FL as a director and dramaturg. As a writer, Mêlisa’s plays have been developed at and with Parity Productions, The Lark and Dorset Theater Festival at the Theresa Rebeck Writers Colony, The New School, Primary Stages, ESPA*Drills (2014), The Lark, The National Arts Club NYC, The Playground Experiment, and RAL. She also had the joy of writing an episode for Amazon Studio’s upcoming series for children (to be announced soon). Mêlisa is currently working on a new musical with Grammy Award Nominee Jamie Floyd (details to be announced soon). Personal essays have been published in several major publications, and she is a frequent contributor to the BBC. Mêlisa also teaches at the NYU Tisch Dramatic Writing program in NYC. 

Performances of THE WORTH OF WATER are on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Fridays at 6:30pm, Saturdays at 1:30pm and 6:30pm, and Sundays at 1:30pm. There is no 1:30pm performance on Saturday, October 12. HERE is located at 145 6th Ave. (Enter on Dominick St., 1 Block South of Spring St.).

Article from Broadway World.

David Sumner Nominated for the 2019 Gregory Awards for Outstanding Scenic Design

For the production of I Do! I Do! at the Village Theatre in the Puget Sound, David Sumner has been nominated for Outstanding Scenic Design. The award ceremony will be held at the Marion Oliver McCa Hall on OCtober 28, 2019, hosted by Alexandria J. Henderson and Jimmy Shields.

This season, over 130 productions were submitted for Gregory Awards consideration – 10 Nominators are randomly assigned to each production to provide scores on all eligible elements.  For more details on the Nomination process, go to

World Premiere of Barbara Hammond’s TERRA FIRMA Finds Its Off-Broadway Cast

The production will be the first from the new NYC-based company The COOP, founded by Andrus Nichols.

The world premiere of Barbara Hammond’s Terra Firma, scheduled to open Off-Broadway in October, has found its cast. As previously announced, the production is the inaugural show from the new theatre company, The COOP, founded by Andrus Nichols earlier this year.

A commission from London’s Royal Court, Terra Firma is set in a not-so-distant Beckettian future, years after a conflict known as The Big War. There, a tiny kingdom wrestles with the problems of running a nation and spars with different concepts of what makes a citizen, a country, and a civilization.

Shana Cooper directs a company made up of John Keating as Jones, Daniel José Molina as Teddy, Nichols as The Queen, Tom O’Keefe as The Hostage, Gerardo Rodriguez as Roy, and T. Ryder Smith as The Diplomat. Mark Bedard will be the understudy.

Performances of Terra Firma will begin September 27 at The Rose Nagelberg Theatre at the Baruch Performing Arts Center (55 Lexington Avenue), ahead of an October 10 opening.

The world premiere is a co-production with Baruch. The design team includes set designer Andrew Boyce, costume designer Ntokozo Fuzunina Kunene, lighting designer Eric Southern, and sound designer Jane Shaw.

Hammond’s other plays include We Are Pussy Riot Or Everything Is P.R.; Visible From Four States; and The Eva Trilogy: Eden, Enter the Roar.

READ: New Theatre Company The COOP to Launch With World Premiere of Barbara Hammond’s Terra Firma


Barbara Hammond’s VISIBLE FROM FOUR STATES Set to Play at Magic Arts & Community’s Premiere Tenderloin Community Performance

Magic Theatre (Loretta Greco, Artistic Director and Kevin Nelson, General Manager) announced today the complete cast and creative team for Magic Arts & Community’s Premiere Tenderloin Community Performance of Barbara Hammond‘s Visible From Four States.

There will be three performances of Visible From Four States: Friday, July 26, 2019 at 8:00 p.m. and Saturday, July 27, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. & 8:00 p.m.

All performances will take place at San Francisco’s Exit Theatre (156 Eddy St., San Francisco, CA 94102). All performances are FREE and open to the public. Please contact the Box Office at 415-441-8822 or email to reserve tickets.

“I have always loved the iconic Magic Theatre and can’t think of a better fit for the debut of Visible From Four States,” said playwright Barbara Hammond. “On the face of it, Mason County is so different from the Tenderloin District — rural vs. urban, remote vs. connected — but, at its core, each community has to wrestle with how to build bridges amongst individuals while the world around it seems more and more impersonal and uncaring. How do we keep our humanity (or save our souls) in 2019?”

Read the full article from Broadway World San Francisco here.

Mashuq Mushtaq Deen Named Inaugural Recipient of NYU Tisch-New Dramatists Joint Commission

The works commissioned in the new program will premiere in the Graduate Acting program’s season of productions.

NYU Tisch School of the Arts and New Dramatists have established a new partnership ensuring the continued development and performance of new works.

Each year, the school will commission an alum or current member of the playwright development laboratory to write and workshop a play specifically for NYU students. The work will then premiere as part of the Graduate Acting program’s annual season of productions.

The partnership marks the formalization of a longstanding tradition between the school and new playwrights, as the program routinely commissions and presents world premieres by established playwrights.

The first commission recipient is playwright Mashuq Mashtaq Deen, whose earlier works include FloodThe Betterment Society, and The Shaking Earth.

His Tisch commission, to be directed in the 2019–2020 season by Johanna McKeon, is an exploration of mathematics, culture, and existentialism, derived in part from improvisation and research conducted with the students. An 11-day workshop included abacus and meditation classes and trips to Chinatown markets.

The full article by Ryan McPhee is available at