‘Night Workers’, a Play by Alumnus Torrey Townsend, Premiered at Long Wharf Theatre's New Works Festival
BY Paola Alexandra Soto, September 27, 2018
The fourth annual New Works Festival at Long Wharf Theatre took place September 21st and 22nd and featured, Night Workers, a new play by alumna Torrey Townsend ’13. The playwright teamed up with long-time collaborator and director Knud Adams for his most recent work. After their critically acclaimed off-broadway production of Townsend's play The Workshop. Night Workers was presented on September 22nd on Long Wharf’s Stage II.
Christine Scarfuto the theatre’s literary manager and the curator of the festival says the play showcases how, “people from all walks of life find a communal strength in each other [….] It’s a raw, funny, and moving tribute to people on the road to recovery from addiction. It’s about the resilience of the human spirit and how we find the will to go on when there isn’t a reason to.” The story takes place “in an old bar-turned-Alcoholics Anonymous clubhouse in Brooklyn,” and “tells the story of a disparate group of people that cling to each other for hope,” according to Long Wharf’s season announcement.
"The writing process led me in a hundred different, surprising, and unexpected directions, but the way it began was with that conversation with my friends, and then Knud’s prompting," Townsend told Long Wharf in an interiew.
Townsend’s other works includes The Workshop, which made it’s off-broadway debut last year. He also wrote A Night Out and Home Universe all three plays were directed by Knud Adams.