From Edinburgh’s Fringe to the New York Theater Workshop

Play devised by U.K. female prison inmates is headed to New York.

Let’s start with The Scotsman review, since to qualify at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for the prestigious Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation award, a production must receive four or five stars from that daily newspaper’s critics. From the recent four-star write-up:

Devised by the women of HMPYOI Low Newton [prison] near Durham, with the assistance of playwright Catrina McHugh and the cast, Key Change places four women with subtly different experiences of the prison system and their route into it within necessarily close range of one another… The actors shine, whether ripping each other to bits in sharply humorous Geordie tones or slipping into short but spine-tingling balletic sequences, each an oasis amidst the barking and pitiful sniffing around for “gear.” The piece makes no bones about the fact that men are, if not the problem, then certainly a big part of it.

Key Change, essentially a live theater equivalent to Netflix hit Orange Is the New Black, is now in line for the New York spotlight. For those unfamiliar with the Carol Tambor Theatrical Foundation’s annual award, here’s what Open Clasp Theatre Company and the others associated with Key Change will soon get to reap:

The winning company or performer is offered a New York premiere with all expenses covered, including visa costs, travel and accommodation for the cast and crew, transportation of props, publicity and venue expenses. The New York run coincides with the Association of Performing Arts Presenters convention, which brings some 4,000 producers and presenters to New York City, making this an exceptional opportunity to showcase your work internationally.

Congrats. Key Change will run Jan. 6-31 at New York Theater Workshop’s 4th Street Theatre.