No Fog West Theater Company

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No Fog West Theater is a non-profit theater company run by students from Vassar College in Poughkeepsie, New York. It was founded in December 2006.

Vassar College private, coeducational liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, New York, in the United States

Vassar College is a private, coeducational, liberal arts college in the town of Poughkeepsie, New York. Founded in 1861 by Matthew Vassar, it was the second degree-granting institution of higher education for women in the United States, closely following Elmira College. It became coeducational in 1969, and now has a gender ratio at the national average. The school is one of the historic Seven Sisters, the first elite female colleges in the U.S., and has a historic relationship with Yale University, which suggested a merger with the college before coeducation at both institutions.

Poughkeepsie (town), New York Town in New York, United States

Poughkeepsie, officially the Town of Poughkeepsie, is a town in Dutchess County, New York, United States. As of the 2010 United States Census, the population was 43,341. The name is derived from the native term Uppuqui meaning "lodge-covered", plus ipis meaning "little water", plus ing meaning "place", all of which translates to "the reed-covered lodge by the little water place", or Uppuqui-ipis-ing. This later evolved into Apokeepsing, then into Poughkeepsing, and finally Poughkeepsie.


The company "believe[s] that theater is an ideal and underused forum in which to inspire social change and self-awareness [and] attempt[s] to use [its] productions as an instrument in promoting pro-compassion, non-confrontational discussions about pertinent and important issues affecting us as human beings." [1]

The Laramie Project

No Fog West Theater's first production was The Laramie Project by Moisés Kaufman and Tetonic Theater Project in Sheridan, Wyoming in July 2007. Ten students from around the country came to perform and direct: five from Vassar College, one from the University of Puget Sound, and four from the Sheridan area. [2] Although the play is one of the most frequently performed in the country, it had been staged in Wyoming only a few times. [3] No Fog West Theater's show ran for two weeks at the Carriage House Theater in Sheridan in July 2007. In addition to the play, the company hosted a community forum on the community's responsibility towards the prevention of hate and prejudice. They invited a minister, a state legislator, a school board member, and a psychologist to sit on a panel and discuss these issues with the community. [2] The company also marched in the Sheridan Rodeo Parade. [3]

<i>The Laramie Project</i> play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project

The Laramie Project is a 2000 play by Moisés Kaufman and members of the Tectonic Theater Project about the reaction to the 1998 murder of gay University of Wyoming student Matthew Shepard in Laramie, Wyoming. The murder was denounced as a hate crime and brought attention to the lack of hate crime laws in various states, including Wyoming.

Moisés Kaufman is a Venezuelan playwright, director and founder of Tectonic Theater Project, based in New York City. He is best known for writing and producing The Laramie Project (2000) with other members of Tectonic Theater Project, which he founded. He is the author of numerous plays, including Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde and 33 Variations.

Sheridan, Wyoming City in Wyoming, United States

Sheridan is a city in Sheridan County, Wyoming, United States. The 2010 census put the population at 17,444 and a Micropolitan Statistical Area of 29,116. It is the county seat of Sheridan County.

Through their approach to theater and attention received from The Laramie Project, No Fog West's board of directors met with theater professionals from around the country, including Philip Himberg from Sundance Theater and Nancy Borgenicht, co-creator of Saturday's Voyeur, who guided them in the planning of their second production, a summer 2008 tour of Talking to Terrorists by Robin Soans. [4]

<i>Saturdays Voyeur</i> musical

Saturday's Voyeur is an annual musical satire produced by Salt Lake Acting Company (SLAC) in Salt Lake City, Utah, United States. Each year a new show is written to parody contemporary life, politics, and religion in Utah. Saturday’s Voyeur was created in 1978 by Nancy Borgenicht and Allen Nevins, who continue to co-write the show each year.

Talking to Terrorists

First performed by the Out of Joint theatre company in London, Talking to Terrorists "is entirely composed of interwoven testimonies - from ex-terrorists and former freedom fighters (distinguishing between those two categories being itself sometimes a dilemma); from the victims of terrorism (whether it be Lady Tebbit, who has had to use a wheelchair following the Brighton bombing, or those people who were recruited into terrorism, or drafted into brutal armies, when too young or damaged to resist). We hear from people all over the world - from the ex-head of the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade in Bethlehem to a former member of the National Resistance Army in Uganda to Craig Murray, the ex-British Ambassador who was recalled from Tashkent by the Foreign Office because of his uncompromising views on the violation of human rights in Uzbekistan, and who is standing against the Foreign Secretary." [5]

Robin Soans has appeared in eighty plays and has performed in the National Theatre, The Royal Court, The Royal Shakespeare Company, the Hampstead Theatre, The Tricycle, The Bush and The Young Vic. He has made thirty television appearances and been in twelve films. In 2000, he wrote A State Affair for Out of Joint. It went on two nationals tours, had two runs at Soho Theatre and was invited to be performed in the House of Lords. [6]

Royal National Theatre theatre in London, England

The Royal National Theatre in London, commonly known as the National Theatre (NT), is one of the United Kingdom's three most prominent publicly funded performing arts venues, alongside the Royal Shakespeare Company and the Royal Opera House. Internationally, it is known as the National Theatre of Great Britain.

Royal Court Theatre theatre on Sloane Square, Chelsea in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England

The Royal Court Theatre, at different times known as the Court Theatre, the New Chelsea Theatre, and the Belgravia Theatre, is a non-commercial West End theatre on Sloane Square, in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea, London, England. In 1956 it was acquired by and remains the home of the English Stage Company and is notable for its contributions to contemporary theatre.

Royal Shakespeare Company British theatre company

The Royal Shakespeare Company (RSC) is a major British theatre company, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, Warwickshire, England. The company employs over 1,000 staff and produces around 20 productions a year. The RSC plays regularly in London, Newcastle upon Tyne and on tour across the UK and internationally.

No Fog West Theater's connections in Sheridan led to a residency at the Ucross Foundation, home of Sundance Theatre's Writers Retreat. [7] After this three-week rehearsal residency, the company toured for three weeks, stopping in Sheridan, Wyoming, Salt Lake City, Utah, and McCall, Idaho for three weeks in August 2008. [4]

The Company

No Fog West Theater is run by a permanent board of directors: Grace Cannon, Production Director; Max Hershenow, Artistic Director; and Madeleine Joyce, Secretary. Actors are selected by audition for individual projects. [8]

The Laramie Project Cast

Adam Colton, Christine Hottinger, Angie Prichard, Mike Marshall, Austin Bramwell, Anne Gordon, Jordan Coffey, Grace Cannon, Madeleine Joyce and Max Hershenow, Director. [2]

Talking to Terrorists Cast

Jamie Watkins, Baize Buzan, Naije Draine, Nathan Birnbaum, Grace Cannon, Madeleine Joyce, Adam Colton, Mike Marshall, Becky Katz, Road Manager, and Max Hershenow, Director. [4]

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