In the fall of 2016, Jason found a play called “Milk” by Ross Dunsmore at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and he said, “we have to do this.” We performed a reading of it at Town Hall and the response was overwhelming, so we put up the U.S. premiere in 2017 as our first production. The next year, we decided we wanted to offer a season, so we returned to Ridgefield Conservatory of Dance to do two plays on a rotating schedule that summer. And it took off from there! Ever since, we’ve offered the audience the opportunity to see both plays in a single day which is a really fun experience. The last few years have been a labor of love and we are now going into our 5th season.
What is unique about Thrown Stone?
You usually won’t find this kind of theatre in a small town. These are new plays and they are new conversations that are supposed to challenge people. With Thrown Stone, you can count on being pleasantly surprised. You’ll find a performance that will be intimate, spark conversation, and challenge you. We are trying to be the catalyst for meaningful conversation about what is happening in the world right now. That is why we chose GRL PWR as the theme for this season.
What was the impetus behind the GRL PWR selections this season?
We really wanted to honor the challenges that women and girls are still facing in society, and the topic is even more prescient since we chose the plays. There’s a million ways where women haven’t been seen or heard, and we really wanted them to put the spotlight on women and let them tell you a story in their own words on their own terms.
The GRL PWR season will feature two plays. Athena by Gracie Gardner is about two teenage fencers who are training for the Junior Olympics, and it’s a story about whether these two girls who compete against each other can also find common ground as they navigate adolescence. And Hysterical! by Elenna Stauffer follows a cheerleading squad that succumbs to a mysterious illness, testing the girls’ relationships, and examining their vulnerabilities and the poignancy of life on the cusp of adulthood.
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