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 inspiration from this nugget of history and proudly presents its eleventh original work, Exchange

An exploration of the physical as well as the figurative, Exchange is an interactive theatrical experience taking place in different locations across New Haven. One part story gathering, one part performance piece, Exchange has cultivated collaboration in numerous ways. 


EXCHANGE comes to life in October during City-Wide Open Studios. We will present two performances per day on each of three Open Studios weekends:

Westville Weekend
October 7 & 8  
446A Blake Street, New Haven

Armory Weekend
October 14 & 15
290 Goffe Street, New Haven (in the Muster Hall)

Erector Square Weekend 
UPDATE: Shows on Sunday, October 29 have been canceled due to weather. City-wide Open Studios will still take place indoors at Erector Square.
October 28 & 29
315 Peck Street, New Haven

Performances take place at 12:30pm & 4:30pm. 
All performances are free and open to all!
Seating is first-come, first-served; standing room is plentiful.

Mobile Story Exchange (May – August 2017)

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. 

Story Collection (February – April 2017)

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 provide the inspiration for, and perhaps become 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 has held open salons, readings, and story exchange events beginning in March throughout New Haven. 

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
The Lesley Mills & Family Farm
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