Megan Gogerty's new play is billed as a Rolling World Premiere - what the heck is that?
Glad you asked! We've borrowed this notion from the National New Play Network - of which Riverside Theatre is a proud new member. NNPN is the country's alliance of non-profit professional theaters that champions the development, production, and continued life of new plays for the American theater. And one of their initiatives encourages theatres to mount the same new play within a twelve-month period. The result is a "rolling world premiere" through which a playwright develops a new work with different creative teams, for different communities of patrons - and hopefully attains the polish and momentum it needs to attract the attention of other producers.
When Megan premiered her last solo show at Riverside Theatre in 2008 -Megan Gogerty Loves You Very Much - she continued to develop the script throughout the run and afterwards - so that by the time she toured it to Synchronicity Theatre in Atlanta later that season, it had morphed into Hillary Clinton Got Me Pregnant. (and was named one of the top ten plays of the year by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution) So this time around it seemed like a no-brainer to include Synchronicity in our conversation about this new premiere - and they were as excited as we were. Although the particulars are different from theatre to theatre, we negotiated a sharing of the directing fee as well as an exchange of marketing and design information. The security of having two producers on board right away allows Megan an extensive developmental period, artistic attention in two distinct parts of the country - and a base from which to begin booking additional touring performances. And you can say you saw it FIRST at Riverside Theatre!
-Jody Hovland, Artistic Director