‘Duck Harbor’ of the 1st step to serialize the surprise of a bicoastal love
1st Stage is launching a new web series full of surprises, Duck Harbor, by renowned playwrights EM Lewis and Bob Bartlett, who collaborate on the intelligent, humorous and heartwarming story of long-distance love later in life.
Duck harbor is brought to the audience through a creative and innovative series of short scenes in which the actors, like the characters, meet for the first time. Audiences will experience the magic of the theater and the excitement of a new love between these two lonely hearts emerging from charming little towns across the country.
Each week, each of the two actors, who live on opposite coasts, will receive only their half of the script and will experience the other side of the story with sincere and authentic freshness “on stage”, in front of our audience.
Both playwrights had stage 1 hits – EM Lewis with The gun show and Now comes the night; Bob Bartlett with Swimming with the whales. Duck harbor is their first collaboration.
“I live in the Oregon countryside, and it’s rare that I see a story about the people who live in that part of the world on stage,” Lewis said. “Bob and I wanted to write something about two ordinary people who have big hearts, and nowhere to put love in them. It’ll be offbeat, light and funny, but maybe also deep in some places – because at some point in your life you start asking big questions about where you are and how you got here, and what you want. do with the rest of your life. Wendy and Mac find they may not have to ask these questions on their own; they could explore them together.
“Managing isolation can be debilitating, especially for people who live in sparsely populated areas of this great and magnificent mess of a country,” Bartlett said. “Sometimes it’s easier to just shut down the parts of ourselves that need other humans. While close to the millions of people who live in the Washington, DC / Baltimore area, I live even closer to the vast and lonely stretches of shoreline of the Chesapeake Bay and its struggling waterfront towns, where I often hike, kayak and write. While this isn’t a game about shutdowns, lockouts, or pandemics, Duck harbor face the loneliness we face and the ways we live with and without each other. “
Duck harbor will premiere in 12 episodes every Tuesday at 8:00 p.m. EDT from June 1 to August 17, 2021. Each Web episode is provided free of charge. Simply register on 1stStage.org and log in weekly to follow this exciting story over time.
A $ 15 all-access package, also available at 1stStage.org, includes bonus content – behind the scenes with exclusive interviews with the cast and the creative team – plus previous episodes as the story progresses. week by week.
about the authors
EM Lewis is a playwright and opera librettist. His award-winning plays have been produced worldwide and are published by Concord Theatricals. Lewis received the Steinberg Prize for both How the light enters and Song of extinction and the Primus award for Heads from the American Theater Critics Association, the Ted Schmitt Award from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle for Outstanding Writing for a World Premiere Play, a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University, a Drama Writing Fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission, the 2016 Oregon Literary Fellowship in Drama and an Edgerton Award for his epic play in Antarctica Magellanica which was produced at the Artists Repertory Theater in 2018 and released as a five-part audio podcast in 2020. Other plays include: Apple season (which received a continuous world premiere from the National New Play Network in 2019), Infinite black suitcase, The gun show (which has had over thirty-five productions across the country and at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in Scotland), True Story, Dorothy’s Dictionary, and You can see all the stars (a play for students commissioned by the Kennedy Center). Lewis has just started a three-year stint as the Mellon Foundation’s Playwright-in-Residence at the Artists Repertory Theater in Portland, Oregon. She is proud to be a member of the Dramatists Guild and lives on the family farm in Oregon. (www.emlewisplaywright.com)
Bob bartlettThe plays include union, a still-ink-drying fiction chronicling Walt Whitman’s years of life and love in Washington, DC during the Civil War; E2, a contemporary reinvention of Marlowe Edward II, which premiered last season at Rep Stage in Maryland; Swim with whales (1st step); happiness (and other reasons to die) (Welders); The rugged bear (Laundromat on the avenue); The regular (Seven Devils Writers’ Conference 2020); The orbit of Mercury (2017 O’Neill finalist); Bare ink, a bizarre reinvention of the Ganymede myth, which recently took place at the Capital and Edinburgh Fringe festivals and at New York’s Hard Sparks; and more recently Three strangers sit around a fireplace at two in the morning listening to Bruce Springsteen‘s Nebraska, which the playwright produced in his backyard. Bartlett is an artist affiliated with the National New Play Network, a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, and a fellow of the theater faculty at Bowie State University, where he teaches playwriting and screenwriting. He is a founding member of The Welders, a Washington-based theater producer collective, who earned his MA in Drama Writing from the Catholic University of America and lives on an old farmhouse near Chesapeake Bay in Maryland. (bob-bartlett.com)
About the 1st step
1st Stage Theater is an award-winning professional theater located in the heart of Tysons, Virginia. The company serves as a cultural center for the community producing top-notch theatrical productions, welcoming professional musicians, orchestras and visual artists, and providing educational opportunities to the community. In 2020, 1st Stage was nominated for 18 Helen Hayes Awards, including 5 including Outstanding One Piece Production (The Brothers Size). Other awards include the American Theater Wing National Theater Company Award, last year the company won 5 Helen Hayes
Prizes, including a prize for the exceptional production of a musical comedy (Fly By Night). In addition, 1st Stage is a member of the Catalog for Philanthropy class from 2016-2017. In September 2016, the Wall Street Journal called 1st Stage “one of America’s most impressive small regional businesses.” For more information, visit 1st Stage online at 1ststage.org or follow the theater on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.