If you’ve ever wondered what it takes to take a play from the writer’s laptop to the bright lights of Broadway, an Upper West Side theater company is giving you the chance to find out. next week.
The whole greenhousea UWS-based theater and arts company, presents a studio production of a new play and asks for your help with development.
“Captain Placeholder and the Adventures of We’ll Figure It Out Later” is a new play written by Joey Rotter who has been in development with Greenhouse since 2019. After each performance, Greenhouse will host a discussion where audience members will be encouraged to share their reflections with the director and playwright. This stage of public participation is essential for the success of a new work, especially that of a young playwright.
“It’s a very personal piece, but I think it speaks to very specific shared fears, hopes and challenges,” Rotter says. “I want to make sure that anyone who can connect with these ideas has the opportunity. It’s helpful to know what resonates with the audience and what confuses. He describes the play as ‘a play for people. superhero lovers and anyone who likes to poke fun at superhero lovers Think ‘Drunk History’ but with more chaos and also Batman.
Greenhouse has big plans for this play, with the end goal being a long run in an established Off-Broadway theater. Leigh Marie McCarver, a student at Belmont University, did an internship at Greenhouse this semester and worked intensely on this project.
“I think the craziest part of rehearsals was watching how fast the actors think,” she said. “Their ability to switch between many different characters, sometimes even within a scene, is truly captivating to watch.”
The first iteration of the piece was called Soup or hero and was performed at the Theater for the New City. Greenhouse is thrilled to bring him home to the Upper West Side and share how the story has grown. At TNC, the audience generously answered questions from the director and playwright. “The last round’s exchanges helped me identify gaps in story logic and under-explored ground,” Rotter said. “If there was something I had doubts about and an audience member expressed the same concern, I was ready to tackle it head-on for the next project. On the other hand, if there was something that people were excited about or curious to learn more about, I was able to expand on my previous ideas and create bigger, bolder worlds.
“Captain Placeholder and the Adventures of We’ll Figure It Out Later” will run for three performances, May 12-14 at the Bernie Wohl Center in Edge of the Goddard River. If you want to be part of the development process, you can get tickets here.