‘Mum says / spend more time making friends / Mum says be myself

Want to perform or produce BUD?

first performed by Drew Petersen, Dot Portella and Erin Frances Ronder

and musician Jonah Parzen-Johnson

(2 characters)

directed by Tony Graham
dramaturg Cecily O’Neill
stage manager Katie Pelkey
series production designer Randy Susevich
assistant stage manager Michael Ansardy

first performed as part of New Plays for Young Audiences 2009

artistic director David Montgomery
artistic director emerita Nancy Swortzell
producer Teresa Fisher
artistic associate / discussion moderator Jim DeVivo
course instructor Joe Salvatore

note from original production

Welcome to Bud from me and Tony Graham. We work together at Unicorn Theatre in London, which is a new theatre that’s home for an old company. For sixty years Unicorn has been dedicated to work with young people at its heart. Two years ago, Tony and I were thrilled to be invited to the Provincetown Playhouse by Nancy Swortzell, who’s been a lifetime friend of Unicorn and young theatre throughout the world.

In 2007 we came to New Plays for Young Audiences with the first fragment of a play called 1491. By the end of our week here we had a complete play. We also had enough encouragement from those who saw it – like you at Bud today – to take the play, retitled Red Fortress, into full-scale production at Unicorn last year.

We’re thrilled to have been invited to make the journey from London to New York again with Bud. Red Fortress was set five centuries ago with a score of characters. Bud takes place now and has just two. On Sunday we started work with the first draft of the play – by Monday morning I was writing again and what you see today is a completely reworked script.

A phrase you’ll often hear in rehearsal (or other creative activity) is ‘there isn’t a right or wrong answer’. A key part of creative exploration is the chance to discover things you didn’t expect to find. What’s precious about the opportunity for a writer in New Plays for Young Audiences is that it converts a belief in artistic experiment into a week of practical action. I’ve been able to hear the scenes in Bud as they transform, benefitting immeasurably from the insights of dramaturg Cecily O’Neill, our performing and stage management company, Nancy, David Montgomery and the rest of the NYPA team, as well as students of the Program in Educational Theater.

So I’d like to offer you the same freedom that’s been given me. There are no right or wrong answers for the audience at Bud. It’s a play that has shifted and developed throughout this week and will, I’m sure, transform further as a result of these performances. Discover in it what you will – and we’ll be fascinated to hear your responses, whatever they are. A piece of theatre gets the breath of life from the presence of its audience. Thank you for coming.