Get Unlimited Behind The Scenes Access at Geva.

20130215-145615.jpgHey friends,

Did you read about Geva’s Cohort Club, and find yourself wishing for the opportunity to participate yourself?

Check out the blog here for all the details:

Well, now’s your chance!

Uncle_Sam_(pointing_finger) copyFollowing the success of our pilot program,we’re expanding this year to let more people be a part of our artistic immersion experiment that has gotten so much national attention

Based on what we learned in the first round, we’re making some tweaks and hoping that you’ll be a part of the next iteration of the program.


Identify 2 groups of 20 Rochesterians each, of varied ages, races, and socio-economical standings. One group will engage with us in the Fall, the other in the Spring.

These 40 people will become a part of the process of creating theater right here in Rochester through observing the rehearsal and production process, and conversations with the artistic team.

Each Cohort Club, the Fall ‘13 and the Spring ’14 groups, will follow two shows from first rehearsal to opening night.


cohorts-300x300 We’ll provide you with unprecedented access to the artistic process – and access to learning opportunities (chats with staff, tours, behind the scenes events, etc).

You’ll be welcome at all rehearsals (we would especially love to have you for the “meet and greets” where the actors meet each other); our technical rehearsals, previews, opening. Each member of the club receives daily rehearsal and performance reports.

You’ll have scheduled opportunities to chat with the director, playwrights (when possible), designers and actors, to gain a deeper level of understanding.

1You’ll have a scheduled time to watch us add in the technical elements (first time with the set, adding in lights, costumes, special effects and meet the many local artists who build our sets, make our costumes and keep the place running.

We’ll find a few post-rehearsal nights for everyone to go for drinks to allow for conversation amongst artists and audiences outside the rehearsal room.


bookclubYou agree to attend a pre-rehearsal event at the theater, where the process will be explained and any and all questions answered. Snacks will be eaten, drinks imbibed, friends will be made.

You agree to read the scripts in advance of the projects

You agree to attend at least 2 rehearsals a week, when we are in rehearsal. The length of time you spend at each is up to you – and you’ll notice we don’t rehearse every week. We’ll send you a schedule in advance and a daily email with the following day’s schedule on it.

20130216-132221.jpgYou agree to journal about your experience in whatever medium you find the most exciting (blog, pen and paper, twitter, facebook), and then repost your writing on Geva’s blog,, or e-mail it to us so that we can repost it on the gevajournal.

What are the two sections? Great question!

FALL (focusing on comedy, with new works mixed in)

August 20th thru October 26th

The shows:

Greg KotisALL YOUR QUESTIONS ANSWERED by Greg Kotis (world premiere)

First rehearsal: 8/20

Opening: 9/19

Geva’s entry into the First Niagara Rochester Fringe Festival. An evening of short, silly, subversive, satirical plays and charming, musical numbers where hijinks ensue. Two-time Tony Award-winner Greg Kotis (Urinetown) answers all your questions. All of them.

imagesALFRED HITCHOCK’S THE 39 STEPS Adapted by Patrick Barlow, from the novel by John Buchan

First rehearsal: 9/27

Opening: 10/26

Hitchcock meets hilarious as Englishman Richard Hannay encounters dastardly murders, double crossing secret agents and devastatingly beautiful women in this fast-paced whodunit. Part espionage thriller and part slapstick comedy, four actors play over 150 characters in this ingeniously adapted homage to film noir and theatrical stagecraft. A runaway hit in London and on Broadway and the winner of the Olivier Award for Best New Comedy.

SPRING (focusing on new work, with comedy mixed in)

February 18th thru May 15th

The shows:

Deborah Zoe Laufer INFORMED CONSENT by Deb Laufer (world premiere)

First rehearsal: 2/18

Opening: 3/22

Ripped directly from the headlines. An ambitious geneticist faces ethical battles in both her professional and family worlds. Gillian is hired to help determine why a Native American tribe is being devastated by diabetes, but her research calls into question their most sacred traditions.  Meanwhile, at home, she and her husband are confronted with the choice of using modern science to determine whether their four year-old daughter will be haunted by the family’s medical history. With scientific breakthroughs happening at breakneck speed, this heartwarming and honest tale explores the question of just how much knowledge is too much.

img_386326z9tv6x1TINKER TO EVERS TO CHANCE by Mat Smart (world premiere)

First rehearsal: 4/18*

Opening: 5/16

Play ball! Lauren makes a rare trip home to Chicago to take her ailing mother to the biggest Cubs game of the year, Game 6 of the 2003 NLCS. But her mother has disappeared, leaving behind her caretaker and the fresh manuscript of a play about Cubs great Johnny Evers. A story about second chances and the redeeming power of baseball.


6During rehearsals, we will hold a weekly check-in each Thursday at 6 PM. This is not required, but an opportunity for everyone to chat with fellow cohorts, director, the actors, or if there’s nothing to chat about go get a coffee or adult beverage.

Who are we looking for? I’m picturing a high school kid next to a soccer mom, next to a donor, next to someone who has never been before next to the a member of the local orchestra. Ideally, this group looks like Rochester.

And now, you’re wondering, “Great, so how do I get in?” If you’re interested in being one of our 20, just shoot me ( a short paragraph about why you might be interested in such a project – do you think you have the time to commit to be part of the process? Which section is more appealing to you? I’m hoping to hear from you. I actually can’t wait to hear from you.




2 thoughts on “Get Unlimited Behind The Scenes Access at Geva.

  1. Sean, I just saw this blog and I am interested in the cohort opportunity. Where do you stand on this in terms of participation?

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