BETA connects RLTP playwrights with a partnering university, providing them the opportunity to develop their new work through a fully supported workshop production. This partnership allows them to work with a team of designers and student actors on the script’s development, and to experience their play on stage prior to its professional debut.

BETA’s inaugural partnership began with Saginaw Valley State University, where Buffalo native and Associate Professor of Theatre Dave Rzeszutek directed this production of SAFE. Hoke met with Rzeszutek and students throughout the process, and, after two months of rehearsal and development, the play debuted to a packed audience of over 300 students at the SVSU theater in Saginaw, Michigan.

The culmination of the first BETA partnership arrives March 11, 2016, with Road Less Traveled Productions’ professional world-premiere production of SAFE, directed by Kyle LoConti. The students and staff of SVSU’s production will travel to Buffalo for the performance, and take part in a discussion with RLTP’s professional actors and staff about the production and the process.