Scribes Lisa Kron and Sarah Treem and helmers Jo Bonney, Hal Brooks and Leigh Silverman are among the creatives developing legit work at the Sundance Institute’s Summer Theater Lab.
Also participating in the lab, set for July 7-27 at the Sundance Resort in Utah, is a team of dramaturgs and advisers including Moises Kaufman (“The Laramie Project”), Lynn Nottage (“Intimate Apparel”) and Morgan Jenness.
An arm of the institute that runs the annual film fest, Sundance’s Theater Program has in recent years yielded Broadway fare including “Spring Awakening,” “Passing Strange,” “Grey Gardens” and “I Am My Own Wife.”
These are the seven shows to be developed this summer:
- An untitled play by Kron (“Well”) about a group of liberal Americans, helmed by “Well” director Silverman.
- “Orphan Island,” Treem’s play about three people living in a Maine lighthouse. Treem’s show “A Feminine Ending” had a run at Playwrights Horizons last season.
- Dan LeFranc’s “Origin Story,” a comicbook onstage centered on three teens investigating a murder, directed by “Thom Pain (based on nothing)” helmer Brooks.
- Darci Picoult’s “Lil’s 90th,” about a senior citizen putting together a solo cabaret act, helmed by Bonney (“subUrbia”).
- Annie Baker’s “Circle Mirror Transformation,” centering on five adults in an amateur thesping class in Vermont. Sam Gold (“Rag & Bone”) directs.
- “Bossa Nova” by Kirsten Greenidge, chronicling a young black woman attending a mostly white all-girls college.
- Cori Thomas’ “When January Becomes Summer,” helmed by Chuck Patterson and billed as an urban comedy about two homeboys and a woman who runs a convenience store.