We are in the final week of Pre-Production prep. Our Equity Stage Management Staff has arrived and they will prepare the empty rehearsal spaces. The rehearsal rooms are ready to be transformed into the 2010 Repertory. Rehearsal begin one week from today. Company members will be arriving all week. We will kick-off the 2010 Season with a Company Picnic on Monday June 7th on the Frank Center lawn. On Tuesday June 8th we will do a Company read-thru of the 2010 scripts.

I am thrilled about the extraordinary artists that we have invited to Shepherdstown this summer and I am eager to introduce you to their unique and daring work. These world class theater artist are gathering in this historic hamlet on the banks of the Potomac River to explore five brand new plays in a creative atmosphere that is protected and outside the urban glare. ShepherdstownWest Virginia provides an ideal geography for the exploration of new work. New plays are produced without a safety net of tradition…there is no production history to fall back on. New work is risky and exciting. Over the next month we will nurture and develop five new American plays…plays that I believe have “staying power”…plays that matter…stories that matter…writing that makes a difference and provokes a living conversation.

Honestly, I cannot wait to begin the rehearsal process…because our Repertory has got some serious kick to it…aggressive… live storytelling at it’s best. Next week cannot come soon enough for me.

Ed Herendeen