Plays in Place staff:
Patrick Gabridge, Producing Artistic Director
Patrick has been telling stories on stage for more than 30 years. His early work writing and producing site-specific work began with the Chameleon Stage theatre company in Colorado, where he produced and wrote plays for wild spaces in Theatre in the Wild (winning a Colorado Arts Innovation Award) and plays for parking lots for Asphalt Adventures.
In recent years, he’s returned to his site-specific explorations, writing Blood on the Snow for The Bostonian Society, which had sold out runs in 2016 and 2017, and Both/And, a play about quantum entanglement, for the Central Square Theater and the MIT Museum, which played at the MIT Museum in 2017 and 2018. Patrick wrote and produced Cato & Dolly for The Bostonian Society, which was be part of their Through the Keyhole exhibit around unheard voices from American history and the door from the Hancock Mansion in 2018 and 2019. In addition, he was the artist-in-residence at the Mount Auburn Cemetery from 2018-2019, where he wrote and produced The America Plays and The Nature Plays, both produced by Plays in Place.
Patrick’s other historical plays include Reading the Mind of God (about astronomers Kepler and Tycho), Fire on Earth (on the men behind the English Bible and Reformation), None but the Best (on 19th century Boston publisher and philanthropist, Daniel Sharp Ford), and The Prisoner of St. Pierre (about Auguste Ciparis and the eruption of Mt. Pele). His contemporary plays include Mox Nox, Drift, Blinders, Chore Monkeys, and Constant State of Panic, and have been produced and developed by theaters across the country. His short plays have received more than 1,000 productions from schools and theaters in 14 countries and appear in various anthologies.
In addition to writing plays, Patrick is deeply involved with the New England and national theatre scene, and co-founded the New England New Play Alliance, founded the online Playwright Submission Binge, and is the Dramatists Guild Regional Rep for Eastern New England. He also writes novels, screenplays, and radio plays. In his spare time, he likes to garden and fix up old houses. You can read more on Patrick and his work at www.gabridge.com.
Plays in Place associated artists:
Courtney O’Connor, director
Courtney O’Connor is currently the acting artistic director of the Lyric Stage Company of Boston and is a senior affiliated performing arts faculty member at Emerson College. For Plays in Place she has directed Cato & Dolly, The America Plays, and The Nature Plays. She has directed with many theaters in the Boston area, including Lyric Stage Company of Boston, The Nora Theatre, AIM Stage, Coyote Theatre, Emerson Stage, UMass Boston, Suffolk University, Brandeis University, and Commonwealth Shakespeare Company (intern company). She previously was the Director of Education and Outreach for Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Artistic Director of Coyote Theatre, and Program Director of the Emerson Summer Stage for High School Students. Courtney is a recipient of the Elliot Norton award for Outstanding Direction for her work as the Associate Director on the Lyric Stage’s production of The Life and Adventures of Nicholas Nickleby and the Alan L. Stanzler Award for Excellence in Teaching. Through her work with the Coyote Theatre Project, she oversaw the creation of more than 200 new 10-minute plays written by at-risk youth from Boston. Courtney directed the world premiere and return engagement of Blood on the Snow, a site-specific play about the Boston Massacre for the Bostonian Society in the 300-year-old Old State House. She recently directed a outdoors, site-specific, community based production of Our Town in the Berkshires in which the 100+ members of the audience moved from the front lawn of the community’s church across to the town’s cemetery. She received her bachelor’s in English from Cabrini College and her master’s in theatre education from Emerson College. For more information, please visit www.courtneyoc.com.