At a Washington, DC seminar on stage directing, Hope Lafferty heard a plea for “more rural voices.” Her first thought: “You have no idea what you’re asking for. Don’t expect us to be 2-dimensional.” Within two months, Dresden Collective was born.
Recognizing that folks in rural communities share the same DIY way of life as indie rock bands, Dresden Collective embodies this rough-and-ready spirit.
The Dresden Collective goal: to Serve and Entertain.
Serve: (1) provide opportunities to our communities to participate in a new theatre experience, either in the audience or as part of the show; (2) deliver new theatre designed to engage contemporary audiences who are used to digesting tons of entertainment, very little of it live
Entertain: (1) offer fun, compelling—even ecstatic—live performances; (2) examine [dirt] roads less traveled by most of the American theatre-going public.