Chazy Co-Op Theatre East (COTE), the New York-based theatre ensemble, will begin a series of theater activities in the North Country in August.
They will be establishing their North Country Theatre Initiative, hoping to expand it in the near future.
“With our North Country Theatre Initiative, we’re essentially starting from the same place as when we started the company on 2008,” said Robert Gonyo, co-founder of COTE. “We’ve got artists excited to make and share work but little by way of resources.
“Any proceeds, after costs, are going back into the project to make more and better theatre in the North Country.”
The new play, “Season to Taste,” corroboratively created by Robert Gonyo and COTE Ensemble Members Laura Iris Hill and Anna Savant, will start off the North Country Theatre Initiative that will be presented at three different venues.
The new play will be performed at Amazing Grace Vineyard in Chazy July 31 at 7 p.m, Opera House at Enosburg Falls Aug. 1 at 7:30 p.m. and BluSeed Studios in Saranac Lake Aug. 2 at 7 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door, and cost is $10.
At a local grocery store, Evie, a 15-year-old teenager played by Savant, works to avoid being home all summer. At this time, Evie begins to navigate how things are going to be different in her life, at home and at school, when her older brother goes off to college.
Single mother Sam, played by Hill, works at the grocery store because it’s a place where she was able to get a job to support her daughter, whom she had very young.
“It’s a story about real people with real concerns that builds a friendship that is unlikely based upon age difference and situations,” Savant said. “However, these people are able to help each other and give each other hope for their futures.”