Announcing Torrey Townsend's 'The Workshop'

Torrey Townsend, Austin Pendleton, and Knud Adams

Torrey Townsend, Austin Pendleton, and Knud Adams

softFocus is thrilled to announce that the follow-up production to 2016’s The Power of Punctuation will be Torrey Townsend’s The Workshop.

The Workshop, a harrowing and hilarious satire of theater and academia, will be directed by Knud Adams. Austin Pendleton joins the cast as the professor, and The Workshop co-stars Tim Platt, Cesar J. Rosado, Claire Siebers, Laura Lassy Townsend, and Christopher Dylan White.

Tickets to the world premiere are now available; it will run from July 27th to August 13th at 124 Bank Street Theater in the West Village.

Torrey Townsend’s most recent piece, A Night Out, was devised in collaboration with Knud Adams and was an ensemble-driven, site-specific piece performed for only 15 people a night in a private Brooklyn residence. Townsend holds an MFA in Playwriting from Columbia University, where he was mentored by playwright Annie Baker; Knud Adams has assisted André Gregory, Elizabeth LeCompte, Richard Foreman, Sam Gold, and Sarah Benson and was Drama League Directing Fellow, a member of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab, and a Playwrights Horizons Directing Resident.

“Torrey and Knud are brilliant collaborators that brought us A Night Out, one of my favorite devised experiences of the last decade. We’re excited to keep that nimble, intimate spirit going with The Workshop,” says artistic director Matt Kagen.
The Workshop is about cultural production in New York City, something that we are obviously very interested in exploring. And having Austin Pendleton, someone who has been so central to the last half century of theater New York, working alongside Claire, Tim, Chris, Cesar, and Laura, some of this generation’s most exciting performers, is one of the many thrilling meta layers to this premiere,” said softFocus executive producer Fern Diaz.

The design team includes Oona Curley (Lighting and Set Design), Lauren Levin (Costume Design), Peter Mills Weiss (Sound Design), Andrew Moerdyk (Associate Set Designer/TD), and Stacey Derosier (Associate Lighting Designer/ME). The Production Stage Manager will be Lindsay Warnick, and Associate Stage Manager will be Sidney Junk.

Tickets are $18 (30 years and under), and $29 (general admission). Seating is extremely limited. Tickets are now on sale here.

Matthew Kagen