Fall Forward Festival

During the pandemic shutdown, the Vineyard commissioned five daring artists to create new works of alternative theatre. Over the year, these projects — as varied as the artists creating them — were seeded and grew, and now, we can’t wait to share them with you. Vineyard Theatre’s FALL FORWARD FESTIVAL will feature a mix of live-in person, live virtual, filmed, and audio performances, some fully realized and some in process. Join us to experience five different ways artists are leaping into the future.

The FALL FORWARD FESTIVAL includes Kirsten Childs’ Aunt Lillian, a wickedly funny audio musical about a battle of wills between two young girls and their no-nonsense aunt, directed by Awoye Timpo (audio musical); Ngozi Anyanwu’s Maybe Dorothy Was Right, a short film and love letter to New York and the theatre, directed by Alfonso Johnson (short film); Jared Mezzocchi ‘s On the Beauty of Loss (live/virtual), an introspective multimedia performance exploring the emergence of social technology and its impact on memory and grief; Polly Pen’s 56 Flowers, a chamber musical about a receptionist who finds herself drawn to the story of the 19th century composer Carrie Jacobs-Bond (live reading in person); and Madeline Sayet’s The Fish, a new full-length play following two Mohegan-Jewish siblings on a search to find out what their ancestors never meant for them to know (live reading in person)

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Member Booking

Aunt Lillian

By Kirsten Childs
Directed by Awoye Timpo

Audio Musical
Available October 4–December 31

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From Obie Award-winning composer Kirsten Childs (The Bubbly Black Girl…, The Vineyard’s Miracle Brothers), this wickedly funny and captivating audio musical delves into a story from her own childhood. When Aunt Lillian travels from North Carolina to Los Angeles to help care for Kirsten and her siblings, a battle of wills begins.


Maybe Dorothy Was Right

Maybe Dorothy Was Right

By Ngozi Anyanwu
Directed by Alfonso Johnson

A Short Film
Available October 7–December 31

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Playwright and actress Ngozi Anyanwu (GOOD GRIEF) takes us to the neighborhoods and theatres that have been part of her NYC journey, in this short film made in collaboration with filmmaker Alfonso Johnson.

Vineyard Members are invited to attend a live chat with Maybe Dorothy Was Right writer/performer Ngozi Anyanwu, director Alfonso Johnson, and Vineyard Theatre Artistic Director Sarah Stern on November 1 at 7pm (1 hour event). Members will receive an email invitation.


On the Beauty of Loss

On The Beauty Of Loss

Created by Jared Mezzocchi
Original composition by Lee Kinney

Live Streaming Performance
November 11 – November 21, 2021

Member booking begins October 19.
General booking begins October 27.

On The Beauty of Loss is an introspective live digitally-original multimedia performance that explores how the emergence of social technology has shifted the ways humans collect memories and comprehend grief. This journey explores the loss of two family members, a father passing before the invention of the iPhone, and a grandfather reaching the end of his life 16 years later, in the peak of the pandemic. Our journey places the audience in a car, traveling hundreds of miles… and challenges the live virtual performance space to be as live as it has ever been.


56 Flowers

56 Flowers

By Polly Pen
Directed by Dustin Wills

In-Person Reading
October 24 at 3pm & October 25 at 7pm

In this new online musical, a receptionist at a small animal hospital finds herself drawn to the story of Carrie Jacobs-Bond, a relentlessly cheerful yet obstacle-prone early 20th century composer, whose heart-filled songs brought her fame and fortune. A searching and comic look at how we fill our time, from Obie Award-winning composer Polly Pen.

In-person readings of 56 Flowers and The Fish have limited availability and will be invitation-only events. To express your interest in attending one or both readings, please fill out this form.


The Fish

The Fish

By Madeline Sayet

In-Person Reading
December 2021

A new full-length play following two Mohegan-Jewish siblings on a search to find out what their ancestors never meant for them to know (live reading in person).

In-person readings of 56 Flowers and The Fish have limited availability and will be invitation-only events. To express your interest in attending one or both readings, please fill out this form.


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