It's all about the power of passing it on.
Our artist-led theater model puts playwrights at the helm of the process and brings bold, new work to life.
Today, we take up the mantle, and when we have seen our work through to production, a new group of playwrights will build on our experience – the experiences of all past Pools.
We inherited this theater company. When we are done, we will hand it off."
We're creating a sustainable model of artist-led theater.
In 2017, a collective of three playwrights – Susan Bernfield, Lynn Rosen, and Peter Gil-Sheridan – collaboratively mounted their work. Inspired by 13P, Andy Bragen Theater Projects, New Georges Supported Productions, and other theatrical innovators, the playwrights were empowered to 'take matters into their own hands,' creating and perpetuating a viable model of theater production.
THE POOL 3.0
Following the success of the first two iterations of The Pool Plays, three distinct individuals with incredibly specific cultural stories found one another through The Pool's open submission process. Our plays coalesced in profound and unexpected ways, and we eagerly accepted the mantle of this bold pop-up theater company from its second iteration's inhabitants.
We are Jessica Charles, Andrea Stolowitz, and Naren Weiss. We are The Pool 3.0.
by Jessica Charles
Disillusioned with theater, a black, queer pair goes on a journey creating a new narrative with stories that look and sound like their own, but their present progress is constantly interrupted by the (antiquated) f*ckery of the past. A very real and occasionally dark comedy that melds Shakespeare, Maya Angelou, James Baldwin, the oral histories of our past, the jokes of our present, and the hope for GenZ ahead.
THE BERLIN DIARIES
by Andrea Stolowitz
The great-grandfather of Oregon Book Award-winning playwright Andrea Stolowitz kept a journal for his descendants after escaping to New York City in 1939 as a German Jew. Following the complicated lure of genealogy, Stolowitz goes back to Berlin to bring the story of her unknown ancestors out of the archives and into the light.
THE PAST POOLS
We inherited The Pool from the second generation of Pool Playwrights, Kate Cortesi, Brenda Withers, and Emily Zumba. Check out the waves they made here.
They inherited The Pool from the original Pool Playwrights, Susan Bernfield, Peter Gil-Sheridan, and Lynn Rosen. Check out the waves they made.
The Pool In Numbers