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Artist's Incubator @ The Spot

"Transformative theater respects both its audience and its creators." –Abby Rosebrock

FREE Rehearsed Reading of Abby's new play WILMA

MAY 22  • 7pm @ The Spot

2024 Artist-in-Residence



Photography  Molly Hagan

The Spot has been a home for new work since it began and we have decided to make our commitment to emerging theater artists official.


Welcome to THE GARAGE: Artist's Incubator @ The Spot.

Where do all the best ideas start? In garages! In our case, we've doubled down on that model. We've been producing and inviting audiences into ours since 2014. 


The Artist's Incubator is different though.

We have created a one of a kind artistic residency program in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho, designed to allow theater artists the space (literally and figuratively) and resources necessary to develop their WIP's. (Works in process.)


We are incredibly excited to announce the inaugural artist at THE GARAGE is accomplished, Brooklyn-based playwright and actress, ABBY ROSEBROCK.

Spot audiences will remember her work from 2017 when we produced the western premiere of Abby's






Abby Rosebrock is a Brooklyn-based writer and actress from South Carolina. She is the author of SINGLES IN AGRICULTURE, DIDO OF IDAHO, BLUE RIDGE, WILMA, DIFFERENT ANIMALS, NO ONE IS HOME, and more. Her plays have been produced and developed throughout New York City and in venues across the US. An alumna of emerging writers’ groups at Ensemble Studio Theatre and Clubbed Thumb, she has been commissioned by Atlantic Theater, Manhattan Theater Club, Williamstown, EST/Sloan Foundation, Bristol Riverside Theatre, and Montana Rep.



Dido of Idaho by Abby Rosebrock

Western Premiere @ The Spot, 2017

Directed by Peter Burke

Photography Oliver Guy


Abby's current projects include a trilogy of linked plays about downward mobility, girlhood, and coming of age in the nineties. She is interested in the ways economic precarity can warp lives and relationships, as well as the psychological toll of atomization and digital media. At The Garage, she'll be working on the trilogy's third installment and sharing work with local students and artists. After seeing The Spot's production of Dido of Idaho, she couldn't be more thrilled to be developing new work with this community.


A Rehearsed Reading + Conversation @ The Spot

with Abby Rosebrock, The Garage Artist-in-Residence 2024 x The Community Library

FREE (limit of 2 tickets per order)

Wednesday, May 22nd, 2024

@ The Spot, 220 Lewis Street #2, Ketchum, ID 83340

6:30pm Lobby opens

7:00pm 'Wilma' by Abby Rosebrock Rehearsed Reading

8:30pm Conversation with Abby Rosebrock + Martha Williams

Join us at The Spot for a rehearsed reading of the first play in The Good Girl Trilogy, WILMA, + conversation with playwright Abby Rosebrock and Martha Williams, The Community Library’s Programs and Education Director.

Directed by Natalie Battistone

Featuring Rachel Aanestad, Gertie Pitts and Julia Ott




South Carolina, 1999. A mother tamps down her gargantuan rage at the President to make sure her 12-year-old daughter wins a speech contest. Over the course of a morning, trapped by a flood in their intimate world of two, Wilma and Tally contend with mass media, each other, and the most brutal stages of life, as radioactive secrets are pushed into the light. Wilma is an intergenerational story of two women, three decades apart, as desperate to master the cult of American striving as they are to find some permanent relief from it. *WILMA was commissioned by the Manhattan Theatre Club/Bobby Olsen.


Concessions will be available in The Spot's newly renovated lobby space, The Slot, before + after the presentation. Following the ~90 minute rehearsed reading there will be a conversation between Abby Rosebrock and Martha Williams, The Community Library's Programs and Education Director.


TICKETS: FREE (but you must reserve tickets, max 2 per person)


SUITABILITY: Recommended for ages 12+ due to language and mature themes


RUNTIME: Reading is approx. 90 minutes, conversation approx. 30 minutes.


Donation-based concessions will be available in the adjacent lobby space throughout the event.

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