Spotlight on the Gala

D4009396bAfter we’ve taken our final bows for the Young Playwrights’ Festival performance, the celebration of the arts continues – here’s a look at the lineup for this year’s GALA reception!

Join us after the show in the Lehigh University Art Galleries; attendees mingle with the Touchstone crowd, enjoy sumptuous drinks and desserts, view the current gallery exhibit, enjoy live music by the ever-charming Pseudo Gipsy Trio, and further support Touchstone and its ArtsTouch education programs through live and silent auction.

SONY DSCThis year, internationally renowned local artist Hong Tatt Foo‘s beautiful painting made especially for Touchstone’s Journey: Dream of the Red Pavilion will be the feature of the live auction. The package includes a visit to Hong’s Banana Factory Studio and his home studio/gallery, with a private painting demonstration. Round out your experience by enjoying an authentic Chinese dinner for six at Asia Restaurant, selected and prepared by award-winning chef Alex Zhong. Value: $1200.

Can’t attend the Gala but still interested in bidding? Email lisa@touchstone.org

And don’t miss out on the Silent Auction tables, with something for everyone…

  • For the Technophile – an iPad mini and a Fujifilm X20 camera
  • For the Patron of the Arts – tickets and passes to Southside arts events at Zoellner Arts Center, ArtsQuest, and the South Side Film Festival, plus great artwork from local artists
  • For the Fine Diner – gift certificates to tasty fine dining at Hotel Bethlehem, Bolete, The Bayou, and more
  • For the Overworked – a massage session, a basket of yoga accoutrements… and wine!D4009368

Don’t miss the perfect finale to a wonderful evening! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – “Cold Schmold”

Four days until the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! We can’t wait; can you?

Today’s featured play is “Cold Schmold” by young playwright Ari Braun, a student at Farmersville Elementary.

Ari’s play employs a classic plot element for theatre: the “play within a play”. Her script focuses on an earnest young actress, a demanding director, and how they come into conflict. Kayla Prestel, YPL teaching artist and former Touchstone apprentice, directs “Cold Schmold” – she’s taken the motif of time (referenced frequently in the playwright’s excellent stage directions) and has blown it up to a giant clock, manipulated by an ensemble of three.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – “The Battle”

Five days until the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! We’re in full-on production week mode here at Touchstone, and it’s so exciting to be sharing this excellent work with all of you.

Today’s featured play is “The Battle” by young playwright Janeya Thompson, a student at Fountain Hill Elementary.

Touchstone Artistic Director Jp Jordan takes the reins for this tale of spookiness, sibling rivalry, and aliens. Jp is having great fun interpreting the script a la Ed Wood with a side of Scooby Doo, including cheesy theremin music, quirky character physicalities, and flying props on sticks.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – “Funny Mommy, You’re Not Going to School With Me”

Six days to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! Not much rehearsing today, deferring to Mother’s Day festivities – and what better way to celebrate than with a new featured young playwright?

Today we feature “Funny Mommy, You’re Not Going to School With Me” by young playwright Naveah Hardison, a student at Central Elementary (fall semester).

Ensemble Associate Christopher Shorr (in between heading up Moravian’s theatre company, Moravian’s Jesus Christ Superstar, The Bach Choir’s Young Meister Bach, and set construction for Journey: Dream of the Red Pavilion) directs the Touchstone apprentices in this fun little piece. Cathy Restivo features as a Mom who just wants to be cool, and Mallory deForest is her counterpart as a  sassy daughter who wants none of this. Jordan Orth provides support characters… that you’ll just have to wait to meet until the Festival.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – Luna the Star

Just a week to go until the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! Come take another peek into the rehearsal process with us.

Today’s featured play is “Luna the Star” by young playwright Rhiannon Wilt, a student at Calypso Elementary, a charming and fanciful fairy tale.

“Luna the Star” is more prime YPF material, with characters like a tiger, a monkey, a steampunk girl, and a fallen star. Director Bill George brings this play to life; he’s particularly pleased with his cast this year, featuring Charter Arts senior Carly Bayer (her fourth year in YPF and her fourth year in a Bill George production) as Luna and newcomer Giselle Juarez (a precocious youngster in YPF for her first time) as the cheeky monkey.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – “The Broken Charger”

Eight days until the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! Come take another peek into the rehearsal process with us.

Today’s featured play is “The Broken Charger” by young playwright Markus Martin Jr., a student at Donegan Elementary. Built out of a classic YPL character-creation exercise called “Object Interviews,” this play features a DS and a Tablet as the protagonists.

Costume Genius and Touchstone Managing Director Lisa Jordan directs this play with her usual talent for bringing unusual characters and settings to life in a wonderful, whimsical, truly YPF kind of way. Prop and costume making supplies this year included copious amounts of crafting felt, pizza boxes, and Crayola-bright T-shirts and leggings. Additionally, to get them in the right mindset for performing in Baker Hall, Lisa has had her cast rehearsing outside – they’re practicing moving through big space and using big voices.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.

Rehearsal Report – “Ghost Grandma”

Nine days until the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival and Gala! We’re thrilled to be able to bring you a glimpse into the rehearsal process as we prepare for this magical night of theatre.

Our countdown continues with “Ghost Grandma” by young playwright Tanaysia Haire, a student at Central Elementary (spring semester). The subject matter is just what it sounds like – a spooky haunting when grandma returns from beyond the grave.

A YPF newcomer but theatre veteran, Josh Neth is a familiar face locally as an acclaimed actor, improv artist, designer, and director. He helped teach at Central’s spring YPL program, and he’s excited to be bringing Tanaysia’s play to life. This grandma ghost is going to be truly one-of-a-kind! He’s also encouraging his actors to keep the play sharp, snappy, precise, bringing out all the playwright’s natural humor. “It’s comedy; it’s all about timing,” he reminds them.

Stay tuned for more updates on the road to the Ninth Annual Young Playwrights’ Festival!


Don’t miss this inspiring evening of entertainment for the whole family! Call Touchstone at 610-867-1689 or visit http://www.touchstone.org for tickets.