By Kate and Melissa
We are excited to announce that The Actors Studio of Newburyport is hosting three workshop readings of our play BIG WORK this fall! And we are thrilled to welcome back the entire cast from our sold out March 2016 readings in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
BIG WORK examines our modern day relationship to our jobs, and the ripples this causes throughout our lives. Based on interviews with real people, the play follows accountants, artists, pharmacists, salesmen, people looking for work, and at-home parents as they share stories about their dreams, about feeling invisible, about starting over, and about searching for employment and themselves. What begins as a conversation about the work we do is woven into a larger story about identity, the definition of success, and ultimately what it means to both make a living and create a life.
When we set out to write this play, we hoped both to tell a compelling story and to spark a conversation about the way work shapes our lives and our relationships with each other. One of the most thrilling parts of our March readings was the talk backs with audiences where we got to hear how they related (or didn’t!) to different characters, their reflections on the role of work in their lives, and in one particularly fascinating discussion, their ideas for how to change the script of how we talk to new people we meet.
We also asked each of the 120 souls who attended to anonymously write down three words that described how they felt after witnessing the stories in BIG WORK. The word cloud below is what they shared. We hope you'll join us on the North Shore in September to continue the conversation.