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Black Swan Lab will develop new plays

New theater works using Oregon Shakespeare Festival actors will be developed in a new Black Swan Lab, which the festival will launch July 7, OSF announced Friday.

The lab, which will continue through Oct. 31, will provide about 390 hours of actor and director time to develop actor-driven work, work that may include ongoing development but no audience component, and work that is shared in-house.

The lab will provide an opportunity to support commissioned projects as well as to serve as an incubator for new ideas, officials said in a press release.

The lab will launch with 10 OSF actors, including Richard Howard, Jeffrey King, Gregory Linington, Derrick Lee Weeden, Terri McMahon, Vilma Silva, Catherine E. Coulson, Miriam A. Laube, Ryan Anderson and Tyrone Wilson.

The ensemble will help to create the structure of the lab, and will have the opportunity to contribute actor-generated projects.

Other projects may include development of an on-site project by Michael Rohd; workshopping of "American Night," a commission of the American Revolutions: the United States History Project for the 2010 season; future American Revolutions projects; work on Ping Chong's adaptation of Kurosawa's "Throne of Blood" for the 2010 season; original plays by Melanie Marnich and Lisa Loomer; and further development of Mixing Texts/Nexthetics work that began in 2007 at OSF.