Current Projects

Journey from the East

In the tradition of Steelbound, Don Quixote of Bethlehem, and A Resting Place, Touchstone embarks on its next epic community undertaking with Journey from the East, a two-year project inspired by the sudden influx of Chinese population in Bethlehem, PA.

Stories from the native Bethlehem community as well as our Asian guests will be gathered and transformed into a script written and directed by Touchstone Ensemble Associate and master storyteller Mary Wright. Wright’s script will blend these unique perspectives into the first of two productions examining the “East meets West” happening in our own backyard. This first production will debut in April 2014.

The following season, Touchstone begins work on a second script, merging the stories of the Chinese journey to Bethlehem with traditional Chinese folklore. This large-scale outdoor production will take place at Lehigh University’s newly constructed Chinese Harmony Pavilion on the South Side Greenway, featuring both local and international talent from China who will join us for this epic exploration. This second production, co-written by Touchstone founder Bill George and Moravian College’s Christopher Shorr, will debut in April 2015.

If you’d like more information about the project or would like to get involved, please contact Touchstone’s Artistic Director Jp Jordan at: jp@touchstone.org or by phone at 610.867.1689

You can follow a blog chronicling the project here.

International Theatre Festival

Touchstone has begun raising funds for an International Theatre Festival tentatively planned for the Labor Day weekend in 2015. Through our festival we hope to explore the subject of conflict and resolution. Stay tuned for details as they emerge!