In 1880, just after the end of the Civil War, New Haven was home to the first telephone switchboard and exchange. A Broken Umbrella has taken this history nugget and in its eleventh original work, proudly presents Exchange. An exploration of the physical as well as the figurative, Exchange is an interactive theatrical experience taking place in different locations all over New Haven. One part story gathering, one part performance piece, Exchange has many ways in which to cultivate collaboration. 

February through April

A Broken Umbrella Theatre will be visiting retirement communities and community groups throughout the Greater New Haven region, recording stories relating to participants’ relationship with the telephone, communication, and personal exchange. 

These stories will be the inspiration for, and perhaps part of, the final production. A number of the collected stories will become part of our Mobile Story Exchange, debuting in May. All collected stories will be archived in the New Haven Story Project.

A Broken Umbrella Theatre will hold open salons, readings, and story exchange events beginning in March throughout New Haven. 

May through August

The Mobile Story Exchange debuts this May at ArtWalk in Westville. Give a Story / Get a Story continues in June at the International Festival of Arts & Ideas pop-ups and on the New Haven Green during the Festival. 

The Mobile Story Exchange will make additional stops at outdoor events throughout the region from June through August. 


EXCHANGE comes to life in October during City-Wide Open Studios. Look for two performances per day on Open Studios weekends at the Goffe Street Armory, Erector Square, and Westville. 

Community Partners for Exchange

Baobab Tree Studios
ArtSpace/Citywide Open Studios
Westville Village Renaissance Alliance
The New Haven Museum
International Festival of Arts & Ideas

Sponsors & Funders

NewAlliance Foundation
Arts Council of Greater New Haven
CT Dept. of Economic and Community Development
City of New Haven Department of Arts, Culture, & Tourism
The Community Foundation for Greater New Haven
United Illuminating Company and Southern Connecticut Gas
Alderman-Dow Iron & Metal Co., Inc.
The Helaine and Marvin Lender Foundation
Start Community Bank
Eder Family Foundation
Erector Square LLC
Lex Products
Luminous Environments, LLC
Tyco Printing
Campus Customs
Thimble Island Brewing Company
Small Kitchen Big Taste
Sea Mist LLC
Neville Wisdom
Miya’s Sushi
Escape New Haven
Four Flours Bakery
Black Hog Brewery
Miso Japanese Restaurant