Firelight is thrilled to share Season 2 with you. In 2019 we explore empathy, image, and what makes a family.

Poster designed by Michelle Aldredge and Corwin Levi

Poster designed by Michelle Aldredge and Corwin Levi

i’d die before i told
it’s not you telling, even if you didn’t
i wouldn’t
it’s you knowing, it’s too awful i can’t
but tell me
because if you don’t there’s this secret between us
— 2 unnamed characters, Love & Information

thank you for coming to love and information, by caryl churchill!

september 12 - 29 at the firelight studio

thursdays - saturdays at 7:30pm; Saturdays & sundays at 2pm

70 main st. #204, peterborough

Firelight Theatre Workshop is delighted to present Caryl Churchill's 2012 play, Love and Information. This critically-acclaimed work is brought to life by an ensemble of ten actors who embody over 100 characters. Love and Information is a powerful mosaic, exploring patterns of how we gather knowledge and strive for human intimacy. Join us in our intimate space for this unique theatrical experience.

Directed by co-Artistic Director Jason Lambert. Featuring: Laura Carden, Bill Cass, Aria Frehner, Eddie Gomez, Jason Lambert, Jazimina MacNeil, Molly McDowell, Sarah Sandback, Henry Walters, and David Wolpe.

Dramaturgy by Dr. Tori Haring-Smith, Set Design by Corwin Levi, Music Composed by Miriam Sharrock, Stage Management by Alexis Cleary, Assistant Direction by Nora Fiffer.

Seating is limited. Advance tickets strongly recommended.

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A fixture in Firelight’s second season is We Were Friends.

Margaret: This is why you’re the Light. And I’m the Fire.

Ralph: Maybe.
— Episode 4, Middle of the Dial: Partners

thank you for coming to Middle of the Dial: Partners!

Firelight Theatre Workshop continued its second season by exploring empathy, image, and family with the fourth and pivotal installment of our 12-part series, We Were Friends. This episodic project is Firelight's creative reimagining of Margaret Fuller and Ralph Waldo Emerson's profound friendship -- set in today’s world.

Playing in Peterborough June 21-23 at Noone Falls and June 27 and 28 at Bass Hall, Episode 4: Middle of the Dial imagined Margaret and Ralph as they faced the “Crisis” in their relationship. Written by Nora Fiffer, Jason Lambert, and Henry Walters, and performed by Fiffer and Lambert.

The We Were Friends series moves non-chronologically through Margaret and Ralph’s 14 year friendship. We encourage you to drop in to the story at any time. Script available soon!

EPISODE 5: I Heard: Spontaneous Encounter

coming winter, 2019

The coolest, illegal act I committed on the back porch of Hinton house with my roomie Mariah was smoking black Sobranie cigarettes. These were the ones with the thin gold band near the filter. It was 1969 and Mariah tore off the covers of her mother’s New Yorkers and taped them to the walls of the high school dorm...
— Claudia Chang, Syracuse NY


performed at The THinG in the spring, peterborough NH


Firelight’s pop-up community project, TINY FRIENDSHIP STORIES, performed at The Thing in the Spring. Firelight called on our community, near and far, to submit a tiny story about Friendship -- 100 words or less. Thirty stories were selected for performance and 21 performers embodied the pieces. This project, inspired by the NY Times' Tiny Love Stories Project, echoes the themes of our second season.  

Photo credit: Kath Allen

Thank you to our writers: Steph Latini, Kath Allen, Christine Wolf, Claudia Chang, Marylou DiPietro, Loree Sandler, Sara Marberry, Susan MacNeil, Bill Chatfield, Christine Destrempes, Susie Spikol, Melissa Lamothe, Melissa Stephenson, Alix Woodford, Bill Horton, Corinne Chronopoulos, Kathy Boss, Allen Bush, Heidi Mack, Haylie Ellis, Marie Michaels, Isaiah Lapierre, Jazimina MacNeil, Rodger Martin, Steven Bloomfield, Tim & May Clark, Jason Lambert, Pat Hitchens Bow, Becky Karush, Corwin Levi.

Thank you to our performers: Paulee Mekdeci, Harold Thomas McCarthy, Karen Hatcher, Molly McDowell, Angie Carter, Melissa Stephenson, Alix Woodford, Terry Landis, Kathy Boss, Isaiah Lapierre, Michael Havey, Marilyn Simons, Kay Kinderman, Laura Carden, Tori Haring-Smith, Jason Lambert, Nora Fiffer, Henry Siegl.

...Because we want to see ourselves without feeling seen. Or, um, I guess, to put it, ah, differently, we want to feel seen without feeling judged. If that’s possible. I’d like to think it is, right?
— Phyllis

thank you for coming to Body Awareness, by Annie Baker!

March 29 - April 20 at the firelight studio

Thursdays, Fridays, and SaTurdays at 8pm, Saturdays and Sundays at 2pm.

“Body Awareness … centers on a middle-aged academic lesbian couple, Joyce and Phyllis; Joyce’s twenty-one-year-old, etymology-obsessed son, Jared; and a visiting photographer at the nearby college, Frank. As the four of them struggle with the issues of power and identity … their intellectual and aesthetic certainties peel apart. 

[Annie] Baker’s extraordinary skill as an artist is to see the world accurately and to love it as it is … She sees [her characters] in their everyday wonder, without romanticizing, without criticizing, and shows us how to love them, too.”
-- The New Yorker

Body Awareness, by Pulitzer Prize Winner and current MacDowell colonist Annie Baker, explores self-image, empathy, and what it means to be a family. Featuring Laura Carden, Braeden Hatfield, Jason Lambert, and Sarah Sandback, and directed by Nora Fiffer. Please note this play contains themes of sexuality and mental health. For mature audiences.

Thank you for joining us for our 2018 inaugural season, in which we explored forgiveness, friendship, and hope.

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Sophia: I was going to tell you guys right away, but then we started talking about this feminist domestic Utopia like we’re Amazonian women keeping our men captive as sex slaves.

Carrie: We never said that. But we should have.
— We Were Friends, Episode 3

thank you for coming to WE WERE FRIENDS!

EPISODE 3: December 20-22

We Were Friends is an ongoing theatrical experience inspired by the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, as imagined in today's world. Firelight was thrilled to expand the cast of We Were Friends for our third installment, which explored Home, Marriage, Loss, and Fortune. Along with Nora Fiffer and Jason Lambert, Episode 3 -- After Waldo: Broken Hearts -- featured fellow actors Jazimina MacNeil as Caroline Sturgis, Reagan Riffle as Sophia Peabody, Michelle Russell as Elizabeth Peabody, Henry Walters as Henry David Thoreau, and Eamon Welby as Ellery Channing…along with some puppets.

To catch up on Margaret and Ralph’s friendship, read Episode 1 here and Episode 2 here! Episode 3 script coming soon.

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“You were funny and weird, and you made me feel better. And I remembered people can do that. That talking with someone can make you feel better.”
— Jennifer Jones, The Realistic Joneses

thank you for coming to the realistic joneses!

october 25 - november 18 2018

Two couples -- both with the last name Jones -- become neighbors and friends...sort of. Although at different stages in their lives, both couples deal with the challenges of communication, honesty, and illness. Will Eno, who elevates dialogue to poetry, strikes a balance of comedy and candor in this quirky play. Read the Monadnock Ledger-Transcript’s review here!

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My Self-summary: Earnest. Industrious. Idealistic. ENFJ. Born at the wrong time, I think...
— Margaret Fuller's online dating profile

thank you for coming to we were friends!

episode 2: september 20-27

We Were Friends is an ongoing theatrical experience inspired by the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller, as imagined in today's world. When we last met Margaret and Ralph, they were celebrating their birthdays on two distant picnic blankets. Margaret suffered from a cold and indecision about moving. Ralph, a rising writer and speaker, offered no answers. But he did play her a song on his recorder. The friends debated Beauty: is it always there, or is there never enough of it?
In Episode 2, Industry: Help a Brother, Help a Sister, we caught up with them one year later, hard at work in the library. Read the script here!

There was a groundswell of opinion last night that Firelight should bring [Annie Baker’s] Circle Mirror Transformation to the stage as a formal production. Such an intensely engaging work, and such a brilliant cast, needs to be seen beyond the (wonderful) staged reading.
— Audience member Michael Havey

thank you for coming to Circle Mirror Transformation!

On August 21, Firelight was delighted to present a staged reading of Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Annie Baker's Circle Mirror Transformation. It was a delight to share this play with you -- it is a unique love letter to theatre and human connection. And we were thrilled to work with performers Rob Eichler, Braeden Hatfield, Will Howell, Chance Lee, Jazimina MacNeil, Reagan Riffle, and Sarah Sandback.

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“Fire and Light. It has a certain glow to it.”
— Margaret & Ralph, as we imagine them

thank you for coming to we were friends!

episode 1: June 20 - July 1

We Were Friends is an ongoing theatrical experience inspired by the friendship between Ralph Waldo Emerson and Margaret Fuller. How does one form and build friendships in adulthood? What are the possibilities, challenges, and limitations to friendship? Does friendship last forever, even after death?

To unpack these big questions, Fiffer and Lambert focus on this enigmatic and compelling friendship: Emerson, transcendentalist essayist and poet, and Fuller, journalist and activist. 

We Were Friends consists of 12 short performance pieces, or "episodes," that gesture to and reimagine the lives of Emerson and Fuller, as placed in today's world. The first three of these live episodes will be performed for the public in non-traditional theatre spaces in June, September, and December of this year.  If you missed Episode 1 live, read the script here!

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It’s funny and romantic and sad. It’s a proper night out.
— New York Times, Bill Nighy

thank you for coming to skylight!

march 29 - april 22 in peterborough / april 25 - 29 in Chicago

Skylight, by English playwright David Hare, earned the 1996 Olivier Award for Play of the Year as well as the 2015 Tony Award for Best Revival of a play. This domestic three-person play is about love, forgiveness, and moving on. Skylight featured Jason Lambert, Braeden Hatfield, and Nora Fiffer.