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Factory 449’s World Premiere The Ice Child

May 18 – June 3, 2012

Washington, DC – Urban legend gets a shot of Edgar Allen Poe and a dash of contemporary horror in Factory 449’s world premiere of The Ice Child. Catherine wakes to find herself imprisoned in a coffin size freezer. To discover how she got there – and whether she can talk her way to freedom – she must quickly decide which of her captors to trust. Outside her makeshift prison, a struggle soon arises over Catherine’s treatment that will decide the fate of victims and villains alike. Told through a heart-pounding mash-up of film, live performance and visual art, The Ice Child is a ticking time bomb of a show.

The Ice Child represents Factory 449’s first original, company-created theatre production and a necessary step in the evolution of the collective. Artistic, organizational and financial risks are all part of undertaking this type of innovative programming—but risks worth taking. Not only does this original project strengthen and encourage individual artist growth, but it upholds the collaborative elements of the company’s mission while positioning Factory 449 as one of the few DC arts organizations creating its own work,” says Factory 449 Producing Artistic Director, Rick Hammerly.

“This show will really push us to tell a story in a new way,” says Hunter Styles, Factory 449 company member and the director of the project. “We are looking to uncover the possibilities that come from giving an incredibly talented group of actors a brand-new script, fold in a huge recorded video component and present the story with unorthodox staging and unusual design elements. It’s a show that hits hard, and leaves you haunted afterward.”

Factory 449: a theatre collective completes its third season with The Ice Child, featuring Company Members Sara Barker and Karin Rosnizeck with David Landstrom and Dexter Hamlett.

THE ICE CHILD performs May 17 to June 3 at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint (916 G Street, NW). Performances are Thursday – Saturday at 8pm, Sunday at 3pm with a Pay-What-You-Can performance May 18 (8pm). An additional Pay-What-You-Can Industry Night performance is scheduled for Monday, May 21 (8pm). Press night is May 19 at 8pm. All tickets are $20.

Lisa Hodsoll is a Factory 449 company member, appearing in the company’s past productions of 4.48 Psychosis, The Saint Plays and Magnificent Waste as well as staged readings of Factory 449’s Factory Made Series. She was part of the original sketch comedy troupe BrewHaHa in Chicago and has written several plays and screenplays, two of which have been made into films: Buffurducken and Kosmopolites, currently in post production. She is also a member of No Rules Theatre Company. Rick Hammerly currently serves as Factory 449’s Producing Artistic Director. For Factory 449, he has produced 4.48 Psychosis, The Saint Plays and Magnificent Waste. He wrote and directed the award-winning short film signage for Idle Rich Productions, received a Helen Hayes Award for his turn as Hedwig in Signature Theatre’s Hedwig and the Angry Inch and recently directed the award-winning production of Dead Man Walking at American University, where he is finishing a master’s degree in Arts Management. As a playwright his work includes Taking up Serpents and Aurora Blue.

Hunter Styles (Director) joined Factory 449 as a company member this fall. He is the Artistic Director of Artists’ Bloc, a DC-based non-profit that hosts workshop events for theatre and dance projects in development. He has written short plays for Forum Theatre, Rorschach Theatre and Wayward Theatre, and has directed shows for Factory 449, The Studio Theatre 2ndStage, Rorschach Theatre, Forum Theatre, Wayward Theatre and Doorway Arts Ensemble, with assistant directing work with Theater J, Synetic Theater and more. He is a staff member at The Studio Theatre and writes for American Theatre magazine and DC Theatre Scene. He received a 2012 Helen Hayes Awards nomination, Outstanding Director of a Resident Musical, for his work on Pop! at Studio Theatre 2ndstage.

The Production and Design team includes: Rick Hammerly (Producer), Miriam Yoder (Production Stage Manager), Joey Walls (Lights), Jesse Achtenberg (Video), Aaron Fisher (Projection), Tom Carman (Sound Composition).

Sara Barker (Catherine) is a founding company member of Factory 449 and appeared in the company’s debut production, 4.48 Psychosis. Her area credits include Mary Stuart and The House of Yes with WSC Avant Bard, The Gallerist and This Storm is What We Call Progress with Rorschach Theater and several plays that were part of the Source Festival. Other credits with WSC Avant Bard, where she is an acting company member, include The Cherry Orchard, The Mistorical Hystery of Henry (I)V, Lulu, The Miser, and Peace. New York credits include King Lear with The Brick Theater, The Winter’s Tale with Hipgnosis Theatre, and Limitless Joy with Josh Fox’s International WOW Company. Most recently she appeared in Tattooed Potato’s The Nightmare Dreamer at Flashpoint.

Karin Rosnizeck (Nanni) is a Factory 449 company member, also appearing in the company’s production of 4.48 Psychosis. Locally, she has appeared in The Gnädiges Fräulein and Lulu with WSC Avant Bard, Stop Kiss with No Rules Theatre Company, The Sculptress with FPCT and several plays for the Source Festival. She is a graduate of the Theater Lab’s Honors Conservatory and holds an M.A. in English and French literature.

David Landstrom (Wilson) just received his BA in Theatre from American University, where he appeared in Company (Irene Ryan Nomination), Bare, The Three Sisters, The Wild Party and Dead Man Walking, working with Rick Hammerly and Hunter Styles. Other DC credits include The Music Man with Washington Savoyards, and Warm Bodies and Lost and Found at the Hotel Mogador in the upcoming 2012 Source Festival.

Dexter Hamlett (Kidd) recently returned from London, working with Signdance Collective in New Gold. He has performed locally with Factory 449 (in The Saint Plays), Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Olney Theatre and Arena Stage. In 2007, he received a Best Supporting Actor NAACP LA Theatre Award nomination for his work in The Tempest at the Will Geer Theatricum Botanicum, where he also appeared in A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Skin of Our Teeth, Lysistrata, Romeo and Juliet and As You Like It. A company member of the Heritage O’Neill Theater Company, he was most recently seen in A Requiem for a Heavyweight and Moon for the Misbegotten. In LA, as a founding member of Sphere Artists, he was seen in Painted Alice and The Madwoman of Chaillot and in Louis Slotin Sonata at Circle X Theater Hollywood.

Factory 449: a theatre collective is a 2011 Helen Hayes Award recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Formed in April of 2009, Factory 449 supports the following mission: To create and maintain an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists and professionals who are dedicated to the collaborative process of creating “theatre as event.” In developing new artistic, meaningful and affordable experiences for its audiences, the members of this collective will assume roles involved in the development of new theatrical productions, exploring opportunities to write, act, direct, design, educate and produce.

Factory 449 is Jesse Achtenberg, Debbi Arseneaux, Sara Barker, Tom Carman, Felicia Curry, Rick Hammerly, Brian Hemmingsen, Nanna Ingvarsson, Lisa Hodsoll, Amy McWilliams, Jennifer Phillips, Karin Rosnizeck, Greg Stevens, Hunter Styles, Joey Walls and David Lamont Wilson.

CulturalDC operates the Mead Theatre Lab Program and its intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. Inaugurated in January 2006, the program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals selects the projects and provides guidance to the chosen producers. The result is an eclectic group of innovative, edgy productions and an environment in which emerging performing artists can grow.

The Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint, CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jaylee Mead. Additional support is provided by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, the Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for Flashpoint is provided by The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the Eugene & Agnes E. Meyer Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2011-12 Wine Partner.


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