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Roving Salons

This summer marks the return of our multi-disciplinary roving Salon and Socials where creators of all sorts can present 5-10 minute excerpts of a work-in-progress (scenes, songs, poems, dances, videos etc) to an audience. Our 2024 salons will not include feedback sessions, however we will reserve time at the end for social gathering and one-on-one conversation. As always, these are free to attend. No advanced registration required. 

Sunday July 7th, 7:30-9:30. Holyoke Media, 1 Court Plaza, Holyoke. Parking available in the lot across the street. 

We are thrilled to host our first gathering at the beautiful Holyoke Media. The Salon will feature excerpts from works in progress by Lyza Fennell, Jack O'Hara, Elizabeth Nelson, Kristin Palpini, and Phoebe Shaw, as well as an open mic, and plenty of time to socialize. 

Sunday August 4th, 7:30-9:30. UMass Bromery Center for the Arts, 151 Presidents Drive, Room 413. Parking available in the lot across the street.

We will be returning to this lovely UMass Theater space for our final salon of 2024. Once again, this salon will feature excerpts from works-in-progress, an open mic, in which anyone is welcome to share an original song, monologue, scene, poem, dance, and more, and plenty of socializing time.

PIC PIPS

In 2024, PIC is hosting, monthly PIC PIPS (Plays In Progress Series) at the Workroom (33 Hawley St, Northampton) featuring readings of new work in front of an audience. We are taking a break from the series for the summer while we have our Salon and Social Gatherings, but save the following fall dates for our remaining season of PIPS. 

Please use the downstairs doors, nearest to the courtyard. Outside doors will be open at 7:15 and will be locked at 7:45 so please arrive promptly.

OCT 6 7:30-10pm Mother by Fig Lefevre

Mama is nearing death and she has finally decided what she wants her daughters to do with her body when she passes: eat it. What unfolds is a story of womanhood, motherhood, and connection to ancestors, told in dreamscapes and dough, bread and song. 

Cast information coming soon.

NOV 3 7:30-10pm The Sarahs by Anna Fox

In the year 1919, Sara, a young Jewish woman, works at her family’s bakery in Kyiv, but when the Pogroms happen, the bakery is vandalized and she must flee to New York where her family establishes a new bakery on the Lower East Side. A little over a hundred years later in 2022, her great granddaughter Sarah, is running that very same family bakery, when the landlord raising the rent, pandemic struggles, and someone spray-painting a swastika on the door, force her family to close its doors forever. As Sarah cleans out the bakery, she discovers her great grandmother’s old diary in the wall, and suddenly a new world is unlocked. Feeling determined to embrace her ancestry and visit the land her great grandmother was once exiled from, she books a plane ticket to Kyiv, when Putin invades and she is no longer able to go. Now she must grapple with her painful family history, and identity as a young Jewish Ukrainian woman living in an antisemitic world in a way she never has before. 

Cast information coming soon.

DEC 1 7:30-10pm Jigsaw Harbor by Peter Kennedy
 

On a small island off the coast of Massachusetts, the residents of Jigsaw Harbor are familiar with love, loss, and death. Duke DeProspero is going blind and suffering from Charles Bonnet syndrome, a disease that fills his remaining vision with phantoms. His daughter, Mira, and future son-in-law, Cal, struggle with their relationship after Cal returns home from Afghanistan, facially disfigured and broken. Toshi Kobayashi, a Japanese immigrant and Tina Turner impersonator performing aboard the Proud Mary ferry twice daily on weekdays, realizes that her legs aren't what they used to be. And a serial arsonist that is plaguing the community may signal the return of something even more malevolent resurfacing from the island's past.

Cast information coming soon.

Salon

PIC Salon

A FREE curated public showcase of brand new works-in-progress + a public open mic where anyone is welcome to present original works of 5 minutes or less. We reserve time at the end for gathering as a community to discuss the pieces and get to know one another. These gatherings are a great opportunity to not only see our development process in action, but engage in conversation with PIC artists and serve as the first audience for new works. PLUS all attendees are invited to participate in the open mic.

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Present a Piece

Are you interested in presenting a work-in-progress as part of a future salon? We are now accepting submissions for 2024. We'd love to have you! 

Criteria

If you have a play, scene, musical, song, poem, dance, or any other piece of performance art that you would like to present to a live audience, you've come to the right place. Presenters share roughly 10 minutes or less of their works. We will not hold feedback sessions at the 2024 salons, but there will be time reserved to chat with the audience one on one after the pieces are presented.

This program is made possible with support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, the Northampton Arts Council, Florence Bank, Nina Dabek and Peggy Shannon, and the Workroom Cooperative, a pilot program of A.P.E. We are so grateful for their support.

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Play Incubation Collective

P.O. Box 1435

Easthampton, MA 01027

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