Alley Repertory Theater invites you to join in a renaissance of the salon. SALONS IN THE ALLEY welcomes you to engage your mind and heart with abandon while participating in a grassroots movement to grow conversation, ideas and community through theater. By joining a Salon, you'll be part of a network of people who share vibrancy for community dialogue and exceptional theater.
Alley Rep Salons are a place where theatergoers can delve deeper into Alley productions through conversations, commentaries and experiential learning. The play is the jumping-off point for discussion as participants talk about the playwright, the play's cultural and historical context and its literary significance, as well as its commentary about the world we live in. Salons thrive when participants feel at ease expressing their ideas and feelings. Alley Rep endeavors to create that environment.
By following a production from start to finish each Salon will have the opportunity to discuss and dialogue the inter workings of the play and the local and global topics the play inspires. Some evenings may feature an interview with the play write or conversations with special guests who have a connection to the topic of the play. Each Salon will have the opportunity to go behind the scenes and meet the actors and designers working to create the finished production.
Blocking: Each Salon follows an Alley Repertory Theater production from start to finish. Participants read the play, go to a rehearsal, and attend the play in production.
Becoming a Salon Cast Member: Typically, Salons have 8-16 members, keeping the group small enough for meaningful discussion and large enough for a diversity of experiences and opinions.
Facilitator: Each Salon has a facilitator who is responsible for facilitating the discussion, or assigning a discussion leader. The facilitator is the primary point of contact (via email or phone) for the duration of the Salon.
Salon Set: Salons meet in four-week blocks, each Monday night 3 weeks prior to the opening of a production. Meetings are held in people's homes, the Alley Rep Rehearsal Studios, Visual Arts Collective, or other meeting spaces identified by the facilitator or group members. Gatherings in restaurants and bars are not recommended as such public places may limit conversation or open sharing.
Attending a Salon: Salons start at a designated time and place where people are invited to share libations or a simple snack, like pretzels, nuts, or cheese and crackers, nothing too elaborate, and it is okay to arrive empty-handed. Discussions will begin on time around an identified topic that is announced via email before the Salon. After an hour or so, the group will take a break for intermission, which can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the flow of conversation. The intermission is a major part of the experience as members organically form smaller groups and dig into ideas that came up during the large discussion, or talk about something entirely different. The group reassembles post-intermission for a brief discussion about the conversations generated during the intermission. The evening formally ends at the three-hour mark. People are welcome to depart immediately afterward or stay and enjoy each other's company.