Our own firecracker Associate Director of Education Lara Ryhner blogs very eloquently about first rehearsal, the Cohorts, and how this play inspired her to join a book club.

Newlyweds in New York

So, as part of an initiative to put the artist and the patron at the center of our work at the theatre I work at, the Cohort Club for The Book Club Play has been born.

And I think it’s brilliant. Especially since The Book Club Play (a new play at the tail-end of its development stage) is all about community and art. It’s a perfect fit.

Here’s the gist: 20 Rochestarians of all ages, races, socio-economic statuses, and from all walks of life were selected to be a part of an experiment called the Cohort Club. These 20 folks are being welcomed with unprecedented access into the artictic process and life at our theatre wholly and completely. They received a behind the scenes tour of our building, attended the Meet and Greet with the cast, crew, and staff at the theatre last week and stayed for the first read…

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