Batch: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle. Photo by Bill Hebert, Courtesy of New Paradise Laboratories.
New Paradise Laboratories developed Batch: An American Bachelor/ette Party Spectacle in collaboration with playwright Alice Tuan and New Paradise Laboratories (NPL) artistic director and Pew Fellow Whit MacLaughlin. Part play, part sporting event, part anthropological study, Batch was the second play in NPL's series examining rites of passage. NPL company members joined forces with Actors Theatre of Louisville to create the script for this new production, with set design and video by Pew Fellows Matt Saunders and Jorge Cousineau, respectively. In preparation for the show's premiere in Philadelphia, an early version of Batch appeared as part of the Humana Festival of New American Plays in Louisville. The script was published in a volume titled Humana Festival 2007: The Complete Plays.