Arts at the Palace announces From Script to Stage, a new program dedicated to the development of new theater works. The program kicks off at the Palace Theater on August 19th at 7 p.m. with a staged reading of The Farm She Was by Ann Mohin.

Ann Mohin is an award-winning novelist, short story writer, poet, and playwright. Mohin’s play, based on the New York Times Notable Book of the same name, is the life story of a feisty ninety-year old woman, her various relationships to people, to animals, to her land, and it is about her battle to save the sheep farm where she was “born and intends to die.” Ann Mohin is originally from Baltimore, attended the University of Maryland in English with post-graduate work in Film Studies, and worked in publications in Washington, DC. She is also a retired sheep farmer who now divides her time between upstate New York and Florida.

The reading will be directed by Stephen L. Hinkle and performed by Kathryn Guyette, Angela Potrikus, Mark Walden, and Victoria Calvert Kappel. The evening will include a “talk back” after the reading with the director and playwright.

From the inception of Arts at the Palace, the establishment of an incubator program for the development of new works has been a major goal. The Palace Theater, with its proximity to theatre artists in the region as well as its adaptability to different types of staging, is uniquely suited for this type of project. The long term vision for the program is to hold an annual residency program for playwrights, directors, actors, and artistic support staff who will over the course of the summer develop and produce a new work that will then be ready to transfer to larger venues.

This staged reading is the first event for From Script to Stage. Over the next year, plans for two performances in Summer 2018 will be finalized; a fully staged production of The Farm She Was and a staged reading of Perry Paree, written and composed by James and Dianne McDowell. In early 2018, scripts will be solicited for consideration for production in 2019.

Tickets are $10.