World Premiere: A.R.T./New York Theatres, November 2017


A group of friends gather to celebrate the Summer Solstice together in the deep Upstate New York woods behind an old farmhouse. What begins as a casual, fun weekend quickly devolves into something more sinister; a power-struggle and then a game of survival that is by turns bizarre and shocking. Written as a Jonestown parable for the Trump era, playwright Susan Soon He Stanton explores themes of “group-think” and betrayal that instigate our deepest primal fears.


October 2016: Dramaturgy meetings in Brooklyn, NY
February 2017: Script workshop at The Lark's Winter Writing Retreat
July 2017: Script workshop at SPACE on Ryder Farm
August-September 2017: Readings at Ma-Yi Theater Company
November 2-19, 2017: World premiere performances at the A.R.T./New York Theatres


SOLSTICE PARTY! World Premiere
written by Susan Soon He Stanton

featuring performances by Satomi Blair, Phoebe Dunn, Hallie Hadara, Chris Ignacio, Patrick Andrew Jones, Michael Vitaly Sazonov & Stephanie Weeks

Director: Tyler Mercer
Scenic Design: Bryce Cutler
Costume Design: Angela Harner
Lighting Design: Mary Ellen Stebbins
Associate Lighting Designer: Keithlyn B. Parkman
Sound Design & Original Music: Adrian Bridges
Projections Design: Kevan Loney
Prop Master: Brett Warnke
Stage Manager: Jamie Rose Bukowski
Assistant Stage Manager: Kailie White
Stage Management Assistant: Rebecca Werner
Production Manager: Timothy Semon
Technical Director: Greg Brown
Master Electrician: Andrew Trent
Fight Choreographer: Mitch McCoy
Photographer: Mark Davis
Press Rep: David Gibbs/DARR Publicity

Produced by Live Source Theatre Group

SOLSTICE PARTY! was commissioned and developed by Live Source Theatre Group, and made possible with lead support from The Jerome Robbins Foundation, Off Broadway Angels, Dramatists Guild Fund, the Nancy Quinn Fund, and the A.R.T./New York Theatre Leadership Program, supported by The Harold & Mimi Steinberg Charitable Trust. Printed materials made possible with funds from the Destination>Brooklyn Program, funded by the Office of Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and NYC & Company Foundation, administered by Brooklyn Arts Council. Subsidized studio space provided by the A.R.T./New York Creative Space Grant, supported by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation. Performance space for this production was subsidized by the A.R.T./New York Theatres Rental Subsidy Fund, a program of A.R.T./New York.


"Solstice Party!, 'A Jonestown Parable for the Trump Era', to have World Premiere Off-Broadway" – Olivia Clement, Playbill
"Photo Flash: Meet the Cast of SOLSTICE PARTY!" Broadway World
"The Light and the Dark of Susan Soon He Stanton"  Matthew Paul Olmos, Brooklyn Rail
"BWW Interview: Tyler Mercer of Live Source Theatre Group and SOLSTICE PARTY!" – Marina Kennedy, Broadway World
"Review: Solstice Party!" Bill Crouch, Stage Buddy
"SOLSTICE PARTY!: A Midsummer Night's Dark Tale Makes World Premiere in New York City" – Jed Ryan, Huffington Post

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