Waterwell is a unique ensemble of theater artists dedicated to the creation of new work and the bold re-interpretation of classics.
Founded in 2002 by Arian Moayed and Tom Ridgely, the company’s special blend of music, theater and social dialog has been nominated for three IT awards, a Drama Desk, a New York Magazine Culture Award and Village Voice Best of NYC.
Waterwell strives to create new theater that entertains and enlightens. The company seeks to prove itself a vital presence in the lives of its audience by remaining always responsive: responsive to the events affecting the world at large, responsive to changing modes of expression and responsive to the individuals attending the performance. Waterwell endeavors to cultivate the inherent danger in live performance to create an exciting and unpredictable event — an event pruned down to its irreducible elements: human beings sharing a space and a story. Through that story…through the humor, sadness and hope it evokes…Waterwell hopes to empower its audience to change their lives and the world in which they live.
2013 brought about a synthesis in Waterwell’s several ways of working: a new playwright-driven farce project with an outside collaborator, and a return to collaborative playmaking with the full ensemble reconvening to start work on a “live movie musical” adaptation of Sophocles’ Ajax. Arian and Tom also began converting the Wizard musical into a treatment for a television series and continued developing Hamlet in a workshop at the Old Globe that December.
2014 saw a flurry of activity around all these projects: both a concert reading of the new Last Year in the Life and a staged reading of Ajax at OSF; the first public reading of the farce project – now titled Turning Texas Blue – co-starring Hanna and created in collaboration with playwright Jennifer Thompson; and finally, in September, a sneak peek of the Ajax project at Gowanus Art + Production – produced by Arian, directed by Tom, starring Hanna and written by Kevin.
Today Turning Texas Blue is a finalist for the 2015 O’Neill Playwrights Conference, and after travelling to St. Lawrence University for a workshop and initial presentation in March 2015, Arian, Tom, Hanna and Kevin, along with composer Georgia Stitt, are hard at work on Waterwell’s latest drop, A.Jax.
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