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In 2015, The Orchard Project will be expanding and moving to beautiful Saratoga Springs, NY.

Orchard Project Presents 2015

 The Orchard Project


Be a part of something new.

The Orchard Project is known for being a place where bold ideas get started. In June 2015, over 25 projects will be developed in the various residencies of the OP in Saratoga Springs (for more info, read here.)

2015 also, however, marks the first-ever Orchard Project Presents season, a series of public performances that will take place at Universal Preservation Hall — a recently restored 1871 church — as well as at venues around Saratoga Springs. The Orchard Project Presents series will invite the public to experience world class new work as it is being developed.

The series will feature events every week in June, including Sneak Peeks (early stage, cutting-edge workshops and productions), Cabarets and Concerts (special events with top musical talent), and an Open Studio Week (featuring innovative shadow puppeteers). Orchard Project Presents will begin the month with an immersive production of Church of the Passionate Cat by Austin’s Underbelly Theater and conclude with an intimate concert with TONY Award winning actor, singer, and writer Alan Cumming. The full lineup is listed below.

Sneak Peek

Church of the Passionate Cat

By Underbelly
June 5-7, 2015

A detective story turned on its ear, blending film noir whoduniting with a jazz age church revival like you've never experienced before. Taking over all 7000 square feet of Saratoga's historic Universal Preservation Hall, join us for a great story, fun music, dance, and fresh cookies (if you're lucky).

Join us for Speakeasy Saturday, a special performance Saturday, June 6th with a roaring late-night afterparty.  Themed attire encouraged for this 1920s noir night out.

This is an immersive production, audiences are asked to stand and move around with the show.

Developed at the Orchard Project in 2014


Julian Fleisher in Concert

with Special Guest Mo Rocca and Tedd Firth, Piano
Saturday, June 13 2015 at 8pm (doors open 7:30pm)

Singer-composer-actor and celebrated multi-hyphenate Julian Fleisher shares his unique and hilarious take on the American Songbook. He'll be joined by his friend Mo Rocca (CBS Sunday Morning, NPR's Wait, Wait...Don't Tell Me!). 


Alan Cumming

Thursday, June 18, 2015 at 7PM - PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE

An evening of song and stories from Scotland’s beloved man-child, to benefit the Orchard Project and its professional residencies. Joined onstage by his Emmy winning musical director, Lance Horne, and cellist, Eleanor Norton.

Sneak Peek Production

UR Star

by finkle
June 19-21, 2015

A musical, graphic-novel experience designed for small audiences. Told through music and hand-drawn visuals, UR Star takes you on an interactive journey that is both whimsical and intensely personal. Developed at the Orchard Project in 2014, UR STAR is an experiment in the relationship between audience and artist and an exploration of what it means to grapple with darkness.

UR Star is appropriate for audiences 18 and over. 

Sneak Peek

The Garden

By Nichole Canuso Dance Company
June 19-21, 2015

We are all travelers.

Set off on an intimate yet expansive journey that invites you to become both viewer and participant in The Garden, where an individualized sound score will gently guide you as you navigate the shifting terrain of the performance.

Sneak Peek

A Foreign Body

June 19-21, 2015

Hours before he is to receive a lifetime achievement award, a world-famous film director receives a visit from the woman best known as his victim. A Foreign Body pairs playwright Neena Beber (Jump/Cut, Tomorrowland, and HBO's upcoming Ballers) with director Theresa Rebeck (Broadway's Seminar and Mauritius, Creator of TV's Smash) for an intimate and explosive theatrical event.

Tickets may be available for purchase at the hotel prior to show time, and a wait list will be taken for any available seats.  Please show up at the Pavillion Grand no earlier than 7:10pm and we will take names or offer any available seats for purchase.


Bridget Everett

One Night Only Cabaret event!
June 20, 2015 at 9pm

"Raw and riotous"
The New York Times

"Wickedly Witty. Joyously Uninhibited"

"Bridget Everett is the most exciting performer in New York City"
Village Voice


Special Event

Open Studio: Shadow Puppetry - OPEN REHEARSAL

June 27 at 10am

A week-long exhibition with four cutting-edge shadow puppeteers developing exciting new shows. This event will turn Universal Preservation Hall into a laboratory, inviting the public to participate with open workshops for all ages. 


Closing Cabaret

An intimate special event featuring Orchard Project Resident Artists
Friday, June 26, 2015 at 8PM

The Orchard Project will bid Saratoga Springs farewell for the summer of 2015 with a closing night celebration filled with resident artists, local guests, and special surprises. As a thank you to local patrons and supporters, tickets for this last cabaret are free and by invitation only.

Special Event

Open Studio: Shadow Puppetry - SHOWING

June 27 at 3pm

Celebrate the culmination of a week-long development process with three cutting-edge shadow puppeteers developing exciting new shows. This event will turn Universal Preservation Hall into a laboratory, inviting the public to view snippets of the work in development.


The Exchange is a leading American institution committed to the to creation of bold new work by the most innovative artists from the US and around the world. Committed to providing necessary support to theater makers and other artists at the forefront of their form, the organization's pivotal role in promoting new voices is undisputed through its work at the Orchard Project, its summer accelerator, which has propelled over 120 ideas to production in eight years.

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    310 West 72nd Street, 8A
    New York, NY
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