Smith Street early Stages

In its seventh year of producing theater, Smith Street Stage inaugurated its workshop series, Smith Street Early Stages. Envisioned as a complement to our annual Shakespeare in Carroll Park, the Early Stages Series allows the Company the opportunity to explore different texts by a more diverse range of authors. Smith Street Stage also uses the Series to pursue more varied and experimental theatrical forms with an expanding number of theater artists who can challenge and expand our mission to find new ways to tell classic stories.

In 2016, the Early Stages Series featured a workshop of August Strindberg's Miss Julie, a reading of The Rover by Aphra Behn, and The Frankenstein Project, an original, experimental adaptation of Mary Shelley's horror classic.

In 2017, Smith Street Stage will return to familiar ground with our first workshop of a Shakespeare play, The Winter's Tale, directed by Erik Pearson. Artistic Director Beth Ann Hopkins will meld original roots music to An Enemy of the People to render an American version of the Ibsen classic. Additionally, the Company will curate an evening of thematically-linked collaborative theater pieces in Pressing the Flesh: Scenes of Power and Dread.