1st) A Broken Umbrella Theatre
"A Broken Umbrella specializes in “taking the wonderful history of New Haven and making historical fiction and site-specific works inspired by our hometown,” says company member Chrissy Gardner. The group originally formed in Chicago a decade ago, and found each other once again when select members returned home to the New Haven area. The company is now comprised of roughly 30 members, some of whom live in New Haven and work at regional theaters throughout the area; others come from as far away as New York and New Jersey. Production Manager Lou Mangini says that, “Everything comes from an idea. We create from scratch and everything is completely original.” Their last show, Vaudevillain, was no exception. Produced last fall to rave reviews at Westville’s Lyric Hall, Vaudevillain followed the story of an alcoholic cocaine addict accused of murder in 1913 New Haven. But don’t let the R-rated subject matter deter you. They say their upcoming Halloween-themed production in October promises to be a “safe and fun celebration,” targeted at audiences ages 8 and up. A Broken Umbrella insists on making work that “speaks to a wide variety of neighbors and community members.” Clearly, New Haven agrees."
2nd) Elm Shakespeare Company
3rd) Shoestring Theatre Company