We were delighted to spend a week in Maine for a developmental residency at Barn Arts of Resident Dramaturg, Taylor Beidler's new play Groundswell, a play about a New England swap shop. An exploration in small-town vs. townie allegiances, and what is at risk when the town "dump" is about to be scrapped.
Director Aaron Kisner, producer/actor Giverny Petitmermet, actors Erik Saxvik and Kari Buckley, along with playwright Taylor Beidler spent the week developing and exploring the script. Local actresses worked with our New York company throughout the week, culminating in a presentation for the local community. Playwright Taylor Beidler made the front page of the local paper!
Through partnerships with local businesses, Serendipity Thrift Store and Fred’s Antique Store, we were able to create a working swap shop in the barn which served as our set. Community members were invited to bring donations, as well as shop the swap. All proceeds went to the Bar Harbor Food Pantry and Barn Arts.