Westchester Collaborative
Theater Includes Harrison Playwright

Tara Meddaugh

Westchester Collaborative Theater (WCT) returned with an outdoor production of Parking Lot Plays in July, featuring five short new works with a mix of comedies and dramas from its play development program. Each site-specific play integrated Ossining’s parking lot into its story as the characters navigate the terrain of this location while they told their stories. The production was co-directed by WCT’s Melissa Nocera of Yorktown Heights and Susan Ward of Ossining and featured an ensemble cast of WCT member actors.


The 2022 edition of Parking Lot Plays featured 20 Magical Minutes of Darkness & Silence & Peace by Tara Meddaugh of Harrison. After an exhausting day of searching, Grace is relieved to finally find fellow raccoon, Joffrey, who had gone missing after a tragic event. Before Joffrey returns, he has something important to do at the parking lot…filled with all those just-turned-off vehicles. And he needs Grace’s help. 


“WCT playwrights have done a masterful job of seamlessly blending the location into a sometimes farcical, often zany, always engaging mix of plays that manage to provoke thoughtfulness and hilarity simultaneously. Covering a wide range of timely topics from climate change to cognitive behavioral therapy to unconscious bias, all are sure to enthrall audiences,” says WCT Executive Director Alan Lutwin.


Westchester Collaborative Theater is a multicultural, cooperative theater company located in Ossining, dedicated to developing new work for the stage and bringing live theater to the community. It is comprised of local playwrights, actors, and directors who employ a Lab approach in which new stage works are nurtured through an iterative process of readings, critiques, and rewrites. When work is ready for production, it is presented to the public at its new theater space. 


WCT is committed to furthering theater arts in the community. It is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and a recipient of production grants from ArtsWestchester and New York State Council on the Arts.