With major support from 068 Magazine, Thrown Stone Theater Company launched the 068 Magazine Writing Fellowship and named his first comrade, Phanésia Pharel. The six-month fellowship will begin Feb. 1 and will include a stipend, development funds, and workshops in support of the playwright’s new material.

Madame Pharel wrote the sensational new play, Should we dance instead?for the 2021 season of Thrown Stone, The suburbs. The play resurrects Ned and Betsy Armstrong – the now-famous operators of the Ridgefield Underground Railroad – in today’s world, where their homestead is on the market for $28 million. Played out on the lawn of the West Lane Inn, Mrs. Pharel’s visionary story depicts the Armstrongs reclaiming their moral legacy and, more importantly, their own happiness. BroadwayWorld said the play “brings together history, spirituality and creativity”.

“Earlier this fall, we received the tragic news of the sudden closure of The Lark, a growing New York City theater company that has been instrumental in supporting the work of hundreds of playwrights, including collaborators with Thrown Stone Jacqueline Goldfinger, Molly Smith Metzler and Anna Moench,” said Jason Peck, co-artistic director of Thrown Stone. his doors.”

“The disbanding of this program leaves some of the brightest new talent without crucial early career support,” added co-artistic director Jonathan Winn. “We were fortunate to give Ms. Pharel her first professional production, and with major support from 068 magazine, we have created our own scholarship for this talented playwright.”

“The Lark has been an immeasurable loss to playwrights looking for an invigorating theatrical community to fortify their craft,” Ms. Pharel said. “In my experience, Thrown Stone excels at pushing boundaries artistically while providing an uplifting and invigorating production process. The opportunity to develop my work in depth with an organization that has sparked one of the best artistic moments I have had so far makes me feel wonderfully blessed! I am so excited to see the work that comes from this opportunity and the chance to connect more with the lovely community of Ridgefield.

With the help of 068 magazine, the Western Connecticut Cultural Alliance and its board of directors, Thrown Stone secured more than half of the funding needed for the fellowship — enough to continue Feb. 1.

“068 Magazine strives to bring the best of the arts, culture and people to the 068 area,” said owner Dee Dee Colabella. “068 Magazine supports the creative organizations and talents found throughout our community and can’t wait to see what Ms. Pharel creates.”

“The scholarship aligns perfectly with the overall goals we have to increase diversity, equity, and inclusion in our work,” said Lisa Scails, executive director of the Western Connecticut Cultural Alliance. “We are delighted with this new and timely opportunity and proud to support it.”

The 068 Magazine Playwriting Fellowship represents a significant expansion of Thrown Stone’s capacity, and the company continues to raise funds to support this important new program in hopes of offering it to early-career playwrights on a permanent basis. To find out how you can help, contact Thrown Stone at (203) 442-1714 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .