Theater in Activism: A Series of HB Public Conversations


The Mother Line Story ProjectAmplifying Women’s Voices Past & Present

With Eliza Simpson & Lauren Nordvig
Moderated by Julissa Roman

Monday, October 29 | 7:30pm
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
$5-$10 suggested donation | RSVP

In 2015, The Mother Line Story Project began by building a collective – story by story. It started with an idea to lead women through writing workshops, encouraging them to create short monologues in the voices of their female ancestors. (Think – The Moth meets Before long, they had women of all ages & ethnicities performing for diverse audiences Off-Broadway – these previously untold stories were in turns  hysterical, heartbreaking, poignant, & slice-of-life. The Mother Line Story Project collaborates with female-identifying performers, designers, directors, activists, students, businesses & communities, presenting these stories all over the world. Fostering connection & providing a safe artistic space for female expression are their proudest accomplishments.Join us for a conversation about The Mother Line Story Project with Founder/Executive Director Eliza Simpson and President/Director of Education and Development Lauren Nordvig. Also featuring the performance of a Mother Line story.

2.) HB Public Conversation: THE CAMPFIRE PROJECT

The Campfire Projectwith Jessica Hecht and Jenny Gersten

Monday, November 12, 2018 | 7:30PM  
HB Playwrights Theatre, 124 Bank St
Suggested Donation $5-10 | RSVP

This summer, The Campfire Project – conceived of by actress Jessica Hecht — brought 19 international theater artists to Camp Ritsona, a refugee camp on the outskirts of Athens, Greece, to deliver humanitarian aid and to stage an Arabic language, camp-wide adaptation of Shakespeare’s THE TEMPEST. The team included a psychiatrist specializing in PTSD, a NYC school teacher, 5 arabic speaking actors and a neuro-scientist/drummer. It was humbling and profound to engage with residents of this traumatized community. Their journey to use theater as a conduit for hope in a refugee camp will continue this year.

Please join us at HB on November 12 to hear more about The Campfire Project with creator Jessica Hecht and producer Jenny Gersten.



A conversation with Director Richard Hoehler
Moderated by Francesca Ferrara
With appearances by Joshua Gumora, Dice Livingston, Jay Montanez, Jason Morales & Azusa SheShe Dance

Monday, December 10 | 7:30PM
HB Playwrights Theatre | 124 Bank Street
Suggested donation $5-$10 | RSVP at

“In the worst troublemakers lie, logically enough, the most creative potential. The trick is knowing that it’s there, then having the courage to reach for it.” ––M. Nagler

In 2011, Richard Hoehler took the reins of the Otisville Theatre Workshop, teaching a weekly acting class and mounting productions every year or so with the men incarcerated in New York’s Otisville State Prison. In addition to professional actor training, writing workshops are conducted during the creation of an original piece. Over the past seven years the workshop has mounted four “inside” productions and brought in two outside plays.

Otisville Theatre Workshop’s most recent production, THIS IS THIS, is an evening of theater comprised of nine dramatic scenes, both original and published, connected by an original spoken word narrative. The issues of the play are family struggles, gun violence, drug addiction, bigotry, bureaucracy, and reconciliation.

Join us for an evening of discussion with Otisville Theatre Workshop’s director and participants, to learn about their process, experiences and more.

Featuring a live performance excerpted from their most recent piece, THIS IS THIS.

New York State Council of the Arts
New York State Council of the Arts