If you are a playwright in Boston, it is very difficult to get a new, full-length play produced. There simply aren’t enough slots, i.e. opportunities, for new full-length plays. Theaters understandably are reluctant to take financial risk on an unknown. And it is especially difficult to get produced if your work is non-traditional and doesn't fit into the mainstream market. The answer is to take matters into your own hands, learn how to produce your own work, and make your own opportunities. Which is what I’m doing.
Alley Cat Theater is a new theater I founded in 2015 in order to produce my work and that of other playwrights who work non-traditionally.
Alley Cat Theater is a direct result of my experience in Boston Public Works Theater Company, a playwright-centric theater I co-founded in January, 2013. Alley Cat Theater is the next logical artistic step for me. I took control of my artistic career by learning to produce my own and other people’s plays with Boston Public Works. Now I’m starting an entire theater founded on my own artistic sensibilities that embrace non-traditional theater elements such as magical realism, gender bending, movement, drag, and video.
To better understand this type of theater, think of any sort of fusion movement in food or music. It's combining elements from different traditions to make an exciting, new cultural experience.
You can learn more about my work by reading my artistic statement.
Alley Cat Theater goal is to explore and push the limits of the traditional theater through bold and challenging new local work.
--John Greiner-Ferris, Founding Artistic Director
If you are excited by what you've just read and would like to play a important role in Alley Cat Theater and its mission of producing new work and telling stories by pushing the boundaries of the theater, you can contribute directly to the theater by mailing your gift to:
Alley Cat Theater
60 Grand View Avenue
Quincy, Massachusetts 02170
Your patronage--no matter how big or small--is truly appreciated and you will be playing an important role in keeping intelligent, compelling, and thoughtful small theater alive in Boston.
Please don't feel you have to give a lot. Every little bit helps, and even a few dollars can make a difference. Your name will be shown on this site as a benefactor to the theater. And your gift will go towards paying actors, renting stages, and supporting a theater that is attempting to bring truly ground-breaking theater to Boston.