THE PROCESS OF CREATING new play begins with an initial moment of creation—an instant, an event, a word, image or emotion that ignites a playwright’s journey towards a compelling story. The quest for that creative SPARK is a fascinating one.

SPARK is an annual program at Long Wharf Theatre designed to engage audiences in a series of hands-on experiences surrounding the development, rehearsal, and production of a new play. This year, SPARK will be programmed around the world premiere of Matthew Barber’s Fireflies, a modern romance and adaptation of the book Eleanor and Abel. In conjunction with this production, we’re inviting you, our audiences, into a more intimate relationship with the act of theatre-making.

The 2017 SPARK events are detailed below.

Access to the entire series is being offered at $40—which goes to support Long Wharf Theatre’s efforts to develop and produce emerging playwrights and their work. All events are an hour long and begin at 7 PM at LWT. 


2017 SPARK! events will be held on these consecutive Tuesday evenings:

September 5
WRITING & ADAPTING A PLAY – On the evening of our first rehearsal, learn about Tony-nominated playwright Matthew Barber and his process in creating Fireflies.

September 12
GETTING OFF THE PAGE – Meet with new play dramaturg and literary manager Christine Scarfuto and members of our production staff to talk about the rehearsal process.

September 19
CREATING A CHARACTER – Mid-way through the rehearsal process, we’ll talk about the challenges actors face in creating a role for the first time.

September 26 
BUILDING A WORLD – Take a tour of the theatre and meet some of the Long Wharf Theatre makers that build the show from the bottom up—what are the final touches to get it ready for an audience?