A Broken Umbrella Theatre
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125 Years60 Volunteer Artists12 Performances3 Weekends1 Journey
Join the party! Make your reservation today!
(left to right) actor/producer: Lou Mangini, prologue creative team/producer: Jes Mack, director/producer: Rachel Alderman, composer: Chrissy Gardner, director/producer: Ian Alderman, choreographer: Robin Levine
(kneeling) production manager/producer: Ryan Gardner
Photo by Dana Astmann

125 Years
60 Volunteer Artists
12 Performances
3 Weekends
1 Journey

Join the party! Make your reservation today!

(left to right) actor/producer: Lou Mangini, prologue creative team/producer: Jes Mack, director/producer: Rachel Alderman, composer: Chrissy Gardner, director/producer: Ian Alderman, choreographer: Robin Levine

(kneeling) production manager/producer: Ryan Gardner

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
THE LIBRARY PROJECT:7 New Plays in 1 Night!
LIBRARIAN TROUPE
director: Rachel Alderman
troupe: (front row, left to right) Ilana Zsigmond, Molly Leona, Danielle Williams
(back row, left to right) Emmett Farnsworth, Eric Derrico
(missing) Mallory Morris, Victoria McFarlane
Up these stairs, down these halls, our troupe of quirky librarians will guide you on your after-hours adventure from story to story within the walls of the Ives Main Library. Each new experience is under 10 minutes long, seats are available and the show is ADA accessible. Expect the unexpected. 
Photo by Dana Astmann

THE LIBRARY PROJECT:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

LIBRARIAN TROUPE

director: Rachel Alderman

troupe: (front row, left to right) Ilana Zsigmond, Molly Leona, Danielle Williams

(back row, left to right) Emmett Farnsworth, Eric Derrico

(missing) Mallory Morris, Victoria McFarlane

Up these stairs, down these halls, our troupe of quirky librarians will guide you on your after-hours adventure from story to story within the walls of the Ives Main Library. Each new experience is under 10 minutes long, seats are available and the show is ADA accessible. Expect the unexpected. 

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
Ha! Balance a dime?!! Impossible. Pass the champagne.
Photo by Dana Astmann

Ha! Balance a dime?!! Impossible. Pass the champagne.

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
THE LIBRARY PROJECT:7 New Plays in 1 Night!
BALANCE A DIME
playwright: Jason Patrick Wells
director: Ian Alderman
cast: (seated, left to right) Christopher Korenowsky, Will Baker
(standing, left to right) Meg Black*, Louis Mangini and Michael Smith**
"So I ask that for the next few moments you hold your breath, as I hold mine so we can, together, try to do the impossible: balance a dime on its edge." —Prologue, BALANCE A DIME
The executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, Christopher Korenowsky had never met Will Baker, the executive director of the Institute Library, until they were both in rehearsal for THE LIBRARY PROJECT. Explore the complicated and fascinating historical relationship between these two esteemed New Haven literary establishments as we attempt to do the impossible: balance a dime on its edge.  
*Meg Black, Membership Services & Outreach Coordinator of the Institute Library,  replaces Will Baker in the role of the Institute Library during the weekend of November 3-4.
**Michael Smith appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association
Photo by Dana Astmann

THE LIBRARY PROJECT:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

BALANCE A DIME

playwright: Jason Patrick Wells

director: Ian Alderman

cast: (seated, left to right) Christopher Korenowsky, Will Baker

(standing, left to right) Meg Black*, Louis Mangini and Michael Smith**

"So I ask that for the next few moments you hold your breath, as I hold mine so we can, together, try to do the impossible: balance a dime on its edge." —Prologue, BALANCE A DIME

The executive director of the New Haven Free Public Library, Christopher Korenowsky had never met Will Baker, the executive director of the Institute Library, until they were both in rehearsal for THE LIBRARY PROJECT. Explore the complicated and fascinating historical relationship between these two esteemed New Haven literary establishments as we attempt to do the impossible: balance a dime on its edge.  

*Meg Black, Membership Services & Outreach Coordinator of the Institute Library,  replaces Will Baker in the role of the Institute Library during the weekend of November 3-4.

**Michael Smith appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Association

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
THE LIBRARY PROJECT: 7 New Plays in 1 Night!
RIP
director: Ian Alderman
creators: Dana Astmann, Charlie Alexander, Kenneth Baldino, Hallie Martenson, Ruben Ortiz
cast: (in photo from left to right) Charlie Alexander, Hallie Martenson, Ruben Ortiz 
Caught in a time-warp like his subject matter Rip Van Winkle, WPA artist Salvatore DeMaio struggles to complete his mural. When the New Haven Free Public Library undergoes a major renovation in the 1980s, could all of his hard work come undone?
Photo by Dana Astmann

THE LIBRARY PROJECT:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

RIP

director: Ian Alderman

creators: Dana Astmann, Charlie Alexander, Kenneth Baldino, Hallie Martenson, Ruben Ortiz

cast: (in photo from left to right) Charlie Alexander, Hallie Martenson, Ruben Ortiz 

Caught in a time-warp like his subject matter Rip Van Winkle, WPA artist Salvatore DeMaio struggles to complete his mural. When the New Haven Free Public Library undergoes a major renovation in the 1980s, could all of his hard work come undone?

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
THE LIBRARY PROJECT: 7 New Plays in 1 Night!
BRANCHING OUT
director/playwright: Rachel Alderman
assistant director/creator: Melanky Welsh
cast/musicians/creators: (in photo from left to right) Kaatje Welsh, Remsen Welsh, Josie Kulp 
composer: Josie Kulp
Venture into a dark, mysterious forest where three voracious readers hold court. The moon is overhead and it is just about the time when bedtime stories come alive. Will you get lost in the woods and share a story of your own?
Going beyond the stage:
Start Community Bank is the lead sponsor of BRANCHING OUT storytelling workshops during the months of September and October. These workshops, one in each branch of the NHFPL, will collect personal stories about citizens’ library-going experiences and will become part of the performances of THE LIBRARY PROJECT at the Ives Main Library. For more details visit your local branch library.
Photo by Dana Astmann

THE LIBRARY PROJECT:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

BRANCHING OUT

director/playwright: Rachel Alderman

assistant director/creator: Melanky Welsh

cast/musicians/creators: (in photo from left to right) Kaatje Welsh, Remsen Welsh, Josie Kulp 

composer: Josie Kulp

Venture into a dark, mysterious forest where three voracious readers hold court. The moon is overhead and it is just about the time when bedtime stories come alive. Will you get lost in the woods and share a story of your own?

Going beyond the stage:

Start Community Bank is the lead sponsor of BRANCHING OUT storytelling workshops during the months of September and October. These workshops, one in each branch of the NHFPL, will collect personal stories about citizens’ library-going experiences and will become part of the performances of THE LIBRARY PROJECT at the Ives Main Library. For more details visit your local branch library.

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
THE LIBRARY PROJECT: 7 New Plays in 1 Night!
IN CIRCULATION: a dance
choreographer: Robin Levine (in photo)
composer: Chrissy Gardner
Step backwards in time through the generations and witness the history of the library through the lens of modern dance. Choreographed by Woodbridge native and current NYC-based dancer/choreographer (credits include: Broadway, Joyce Theatre, Regional Theatre and more) Robin Levine, IN CIRCULATION features a dance ensemble of local talent from the New Haven region.
Photo by Dana Astmann

THE LIBRARY PROJECT:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

IN CIRCULATION: a dance

choreographer: Robin Levine (in photo)

composer: Chrissy Gardner

Step backwards in time through the generations and witness the history of the library through the lens of modern dance. Choreographed by Woodbridge native and current NYC-based dancer/choreographer (credits include: Broadway, Joyce Theatre, Regional Theatre and more) Robin Levine, IN CIRCULATION features a dance ensemble of local talent from the New Haven region.

Photo by Dana Astmann

— 1 year ago
The Library Project: 7 New Plays in 1 Night!
NOAH AND SAM
book, music and lyrics: Rob Shapiro
cast: (in photo from left to right) Peter Chenot and Kenneth Murray
director: Rachel Alderman
musical director: Chrissy Gardner
Around the corner from the New Haven Free Public Library, Noah Webster wrote the American dictionary while his neighbor, Samuel Morse (of Morse code fame), painted his portrait. What would they say if the two met today?
photo by Dana Astmann

The Library Project:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

NOAH AND SAM

book, music and lyrics: Rob Shapiro

cast: (in photo from left to right) Peter Chenot and Kenneth Murray

director: Rachel Alderman

musical director: Chrissy Gardner

Around the corner from the New Haven Free Public Library, Noah Webster wrote the American dictionary while his neighbor, Samuel Morse (of Morse code fame), painted his portrait. What would they say if the two met today?

photo by Dana Astmann

— 2 years ago
The Library Project: 7 New Plays in 1 Night!
A SUITABLE SITE
playwright: Jason Patrick Wells
cast: (in photo from left to right) Matthew Gaffney, Mary Jane Smith and Michael Smith*
director: Ian Alderman
Your first stop in The Library Project. Meet Cass Gilbert, the architect. Meet Mary Ives, the patron. Meet Willis J. Stetson, the First Librarian. 
"Gentlemen:–If the City of New Haven will provide a suitable site for it, I desire to erect and present to the City a handsome, fireproof building for the Public Library." With these words, and a gift of $300,000, Mary E. Ives (Mrs. Hoadley Ives), became the founding mother of the present New Haven Free Public Library…The architect, Cass Gilbert, designed the brick and marble building to harmonize with the traditional architecture of New Haven, and especially with the United Church nearby."
*Michael Smith appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Assocation
photo by Dana Astmann

The Library Project:
7 New Plays in 1 Night!

A SUITABLE SITE

playwright: Jason Patrick Wells

cast: (in photo from left to right) Matthew Gaffney, Mary Jane Smith and Michael Smith*

director: Ian Alderman

Your first stop in The Library Project. Meet Cass Gilbert, the architect. Meet Mary Ives, the patron. Meet Willis J. Stetson, the First Librarian. 

"Gentlemen:–If the City of New Haven will provide a suitable site for it, I desire to erect and present to the City a handsome, fireproof building for the Public Library." With these words, and a gift of $300,000, Mary E. Ives (Mrs. Hoadley Ives), became the founding mother of the present New Haven Free Public Library…The architect, Cass Gilbert, designed the brick and marble building to harmonize with the traditional architecture of New Haven, and especially with the United Church nearby."

*Michael Smith appears courtesy of Actor’s Equity Assocation

photo by Dana Astmann

— 2 years ago
Welcome to The Library Project!
We’ve gathered 60 artists for the birthday party of the year. 
Celebrate 125 years of the New Haven Free Public Library with the award-winning ensemble A Broken Umbrella Theatre. 
A new spectacle and story awaits you around every corner. 
Tickets On Sale Now!
When: October 20–21, 27–28; November 3–4Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.Sundays at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.
Where: Ives Main Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven
Tickets: PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN. Reserve today at www.abrokenumbrella.org.Limited Seating. Reservations highly recommended.
The Box Office will be open at the Ives Main Branch, 133 Elm Street, one hour prior to each show for day of show stand-by tickets. The play is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Running Time: 105 minutes
Free Sneak Peek: Learn the history behind the fiction. Hosted by ensemble members, pre-show conversations begin 30 minutes prior to showtimes.
Parking: There is ample metered street parking (free on Sundays). In addition, Yale Lot #51 on Temple Street (between Wall and Elm Streets) is free to the public on weekends.
title art by Kristen Yngve of Vaxa Creative

Welcome to The Library Project!

We’ve gathered 60 artists for the birthday party of the year. 

Celebrate 125 years of the New Haven Free Public Library with the award-winning ensemble A Broken Umbrella Theatre. 

A new spectacle and story awaits you around every corner. 

Tickets On Sale Now!

When: 
October 20–21, 27–28; November 3–4
Saturdays at 7 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.
Sundays at 4:30 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Where: 
Ives Main Library, 133 Elm Street, New Haven

Tickets: PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN. Reserve today at www.abrokenumbrella.org.
Limited Seating. Reservations highly recommended.

The Box Office will be open at the Ives Main Branch, 133 Elm Street, one hour prior to each show for day of show stand-by tickets. The play is recommended for ages 8 and up.

Running Time: 105 minutes

Free Sneak Peek: Learn the history behind the fiction. Hosted by ensemble members, pre-show conversations begin 30 minutes prior to showtimes.

Parking: There is ample metered street parking (free on Sundays). In addition, Yale Lot #51 on Temple Street (between Wall and Elm Streets) is free to the public on weekends.

title art by Kristen Yngve of Vaxa Creative
— 2 years ago