THREE PLAYWRIGHTS. THREE STORIES
IN REP.

VISION

Our artist-led theater model puts playwrights at the helm of their process and brings bold, new work to life.

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We inherited this theater company. When we are done, we will hand it off."

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ABOUT US

We're creating a sustainable model of artist-led theater. 

Formed in 2017, a collective of three playwrights – Susan Bernfield, Lynn Rosen, and Peter Gil-Sheridan –  collaboratively mounted their work. In the footsteps of  13P, another self-produced artist-led group, the playwrights were empowered to 'take matters into their own hands,' creating and perpetuating a viable model of  theater production. 

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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 ways none of us could’ve imagined, and we graciously 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. 

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ANTIQUATED F*CKERY

by Jessica Charles

Disillusioned with theater, a black, queer pair go 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.

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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.

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TWO BROWN PORTERS

by Naren Weiss

Two Brown Porters is a dark comedy about two seemingly average individuals who get swept up into the world of bloodshed surrounding history’s most infamously looted item - the Kohinoor diamond.

THE PAST POOLS

We inherited this venture from playwrights Kate Cortesi, Brenda Withers, and Emily Zemba.  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

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PLAYWRIGHTS

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PLAYS

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WEEKS

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COMPANY

THE POOL 2023

Our
Support

Keep an eye out.  Grants, partners, and more to come...

We're currently looking for more support. If you are interested, please do not hesitate to contact us.

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CONTACT US

Interested in us? We would love to hear from you. Email us at thegang@thepoolplays.org or fill out the form.

 

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