Broadway World Announces Companion Programming

Photo by: Darcy Dempster © 2017, GBPAC

Photo by: Darcy Dempster © 2017, GBPAC

"Tectonic Theater Project and The Sheen Center for Thought & Culture have announced an array of programs to accompany the New York premiere of Uncommon Sense, written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris, produced by Tectonic Theater Project under the artistic direction of Moisés Kaufman.

Programs include previously announced relaxed performances, an ASL performance in collaboration with, a gallery exhibit, presented by Pure Vision Arts, and an array of panels and discussions related to autism, theater and disability activism..."


Anne of Green Gables in the Finger Lakes 2018 Season


After a sold-out run at The PiTCH this summer, Anne of Green Gables, A New Musical will return to the Finger Lakes for a full run in the Finger Lakes Musical Theater Festival 2018 Summer Season.  

The run will start on July 5th until July 25th.

"Anne Shirley is an imaginative, fiercely independent, stubborn, loving, dramatic, orphan girl – who’s constantly getting herself into unintended (and sometimes hilarious!) trouble.  Her story unfolds when she is mistakenly sent to live with siblings Matthew and Marilla Cuthbert on their family farm, Green Gables, and her journey continues as she finds her way within a community that teaches her lessons about family, friendship, self-discovery and what it means to truly belong. Loved by generations and perfect for all ages, this world-renowned novel by Lucy M. Montgomery will be rediscovered in this modern, bold production with contemporary choreography, ensemble story-telling and a score that blends folk-rock, pop, gospel, and musical theatre." 

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Cast Announced for NY Premiere of Uncommon Sense


Tectonic Theater Project has announced casting for New York premiere of Uncommon Sense, a new play about living on the autism spectrum, which the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture presents for five weeks only, October 25 to November 26, at The Sheen Center's Loreto Theater (18 Bleecker Street, NYC).

The cast features Oberon K.A. Adjepong (Party People, Pericles); Jessica Almasy (A Beautiful Day in November on the Banks of the Greatest of the Great Lakes, Enjoy), co-founder of beloved theater company the TEAM; Michi Barall (writer of Peer Gynt and the Norwegian Hapa Band); longtime Tectonic collaborator Scott Barrow (33 Variations, The Laramie Project, The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later, The Dead Man's Curve); Purva Bedi (Idiot, Veil'd); Andrew Duff (Where Are We Now); the TEAM co-founder Jill Frutkin (Crush); and Brian Hastert (Of Good Stock, A Future Perfect), also a co-founder of the TEAM.

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Good Men Wanted at Powerhouse Theater

If you are thinking about your 2018-2019 season already, you may want to check this out.

Photo By: Ben Arons, ArsNova ANT Fest Production

Photo By: Ben Arons, ArsNova ANT Fest Production

Good Men Wanted
July 20–30, 2017

Powerhouse's Summer Season at Vassar
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With explosive dance sequences set to contemporary pop music, Good Men Wanted tells the incredible true stories of five renegade women who disguised themselves as men to fight in the Civil War.

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Mainspring Arts is Executive Producer for NY Premiere of Uncommon Sense at Sheen Center in Fall 2017

Photo by: Darcy Dempster, 2017, GBPAC

Photo by: Darcy Dempster, 2017, GBPAC

We are pleased to announce that we are executive producing Tectonic Theater Project's, Uncommon Sense, at the Sheen Center for Thought & Culture this fall.  Written by Anushka Paris-Carter and Andy Paris and directed by Andy Paris under the artistic direction of Tectonic's founder, Moisés Kaufman, Uncommon Sense runs for five weeks only, October 25 to November 26, at The Sheen Center's Loreto Theatre (18 Bleecker Street, NYC).

Producer, Peter Flynn, directs Ragtime at Ford's Theatre

Mainspring's Peter Flynn returns to Washington, D.C.’s Ford’s Theatre to direct Ragtime, the Tony Award–winning musical based on E.L. Doctorow’s epic novel about three New York families intersecting at the turn of the twentieth century.
Peter shares thoughts on his take of this iconic musical: Exploring Ragtime and the American Experience: Q&A with Director Peter Flynn

Now through May 20 at Ford's Theatre.

Mainspring and the University of North Carolina School of the Arts

FRANK BUTLER, PRODUCER: Every spring for the last 18 years or so, I have made my annual pilgrimage to the professional job fair of one of the premier theater training institutions in the country, the University of North Carolina School of the Arts.

During my tenure as Production Manager for the Guthrie, I hired several staff from these graduating classes at UNCSA (some of whom still work there) and I have found the quality of their student’s skills and professionalism to be exemplary year after year.  In my transition from the Guthrie to Mainspring I felt that UNCSA might continue to be a resource of talent and production resources.  

This year I attended the job fair with one of my Mainspring partners, Trish Santini, to meet with the leadership of their Design and Production department and discuss a collaboration between our two organizations.  We are currently considering a range of opportunities and I look forward to sharing more as these ideas come to fruition.

Uncommon Sense heralded as "funny, tragic, important, and gorgeous..."

Photo of:  Jessica Almasy,   Photo Credits: Roland Ferrie & Kim Reed, GBPAC, 2017

Photo of:  Jessica Almasy, Photo Credits: Roland Ferrie & Kim Reed, GBPAC, 2017


CEDAR FALLS, IA -- "Uncommon Sense, an original play commissioned by Gallagher Bluedorn Performing Arts Center and the University of Northern Iowa and created and performed by Tectonic Theater Project of New York City, is an important play about people living on the autism spectrum. With a multi-level but simple set dressed mostly with light and projection, the play presented culled-from-life stories about daily struggles of real people we may not know live quietly among us."

Kimberly Groaning,

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