CulturalDC Announces 2013 Source Festival Line-Up

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Celebrating New Work with Three Full-Length Plays, 18 Ten-Minute Plays and Three Artistic Blind Dates

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Source Festival, now celebrating its sixth year, will debut 24 original works for the stage from June 7 to 30, 2013. Each year the Festival presents three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The line-up of 10-Minute Plays includes new work from stage veteran Sherry Kramer (David’s Redhaired Death), and Washington-area playwrights David Robinson, Stephen Spotswood and Renee Calarco. The Festival will continue its unique mentorship program by pairing leading Washington theatre artists with early and mid-career directors. Directors Kate Bryer (Associate Artistic Director, Imagination Stage), Eleanor Holdridge (Body Awareness, Theater J, The Gaming Table, Folger Theatre) and Jeremy Skidmore (Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo, Round House, New Jerusalem, Theater J) will provide mentorship to early and mid-career directors.

The Festival continues to build its reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists. The 2013 Festival will feature Full-Length Plays by Topher Payne (Artist of the Year, Best of Atlanta 2012), Jason Gray Platt (Helen Hayes Nominee for Crown of Shadows, Round House Theatre) and Joe Waechter (Hangar Theater Playwright-in-Residence, 2012). Three extraordinary Washington directors, Rick Hammerly (Artistic Director, Factory 449), Lee Liebeskind (Producing Director, The Inkwell Theatre) and DC newcomer Linda Lombardi will helm the three Full-Length Plays.

The Artistic Blind Date program unites nine artists of varying disciplines to create three dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. Here audiences can get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work and engage audiences in discussions about their creative process following each presentation.

The Festival continues its strong commitment to the development and production of new work by hosting its third annual Workshop Weekend March 22-24, 2013. During the three-day workshop, playwrights, dramaturgs, actors and designers come together to further develop the three Full-Length Plays that will have their premieres this June.

This year, the Festival will also partner with Inkwell Theatre who will assist in the development process for Lake Untersee—a play previously workshopped by Inkwell. The Festival will also partner with Young Playwrights’ Theater to host their one-night only Young Playwrights’ Workshop performance and provide insider theatre experiences for their students.

This year, the Festival pioneers a Design Internship Program. Undergraduate designers will assist and receive mentorship from professionals set, costume, sound, light and prop designers as they bring to life three Full-Length Plays.

Source Festival is produced by Jenny McConnell Frederick with Associate Producer Jess Jung, Literary Manager James Hesla and Dramaturgs Kathryn Coughlin, Emily Edmond and Aaron Yost.

Quickly becoming a Washington staple, Source Festival is a three-week annual performing arts festival dedicated to showcasing new work from across the nation and launching performing arts careers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that premiered at the 2011 Festival, has inspired the launch of Washington’s new interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision.

Source Festival is generously supported by the late Jaylee Mead, Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, Daimler and Washington Gas. Additional support is provided by Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, Idy Marcus, The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts and Dramatist Guild Fund. Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2012-13 Wine Partner.

Source is a vibrant, multi-user performing arts space located in the heart of Washington DC’s 14th Street arts district. Featuring a flexible black box theatre as well as a rehearsal studio, classroom and shared business center for several arts organizations. Source offers an affordable, accessible venue for innovation and experimentation and provides visibility and support for area theatre artists. Source is a project of the DC-based nonprofit CulturalDC.

2013 Line-Up

Full-Length Plays

A Frontier, As Told By the Frontier
By Jason Gray Platt
Directed by Lee Liebeskind
Living in an abandoned amusement park, four children enact the origin myths that
founded their society and begin to wonder whether they have been led astray.

Lake Untersee
By Joe Waechter
Directed by Rick Hammerly
A teenager longs to leave his parents and their twisted relationships behind to find
Antartica’s Lake Untersee — where someone is trapped beneath layers and layers of ice.

Perfect Arrangement
By Topher Payne
Directed by Linda Lombardi
Two gay couples marry other’s partners and live next door to each other in a seemingly
perfect picture of 1950’s domestic bliss. But when the US government focuses on a new
“threat” to national security, their perfect arrangement is in jeopardy.

10-Minute Plays

50 Guns
by Alex Broun
Directed by Ali Miller
50 lives. 50 stories. And one red gun.

A Unicorn on 7th and Nicollet
By Jessica Huang
Directed By Maureen Monterubio
Just what does it take to turn the world on with a smile?

Back Stock
By Jami Brandli
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
As a hurricane approaches a small coastal town, a young man discovers a mermaid in a
kiddy pool in the back of his late father’s supermarket.

By Sherry Kramer
Directed by Maureen Monterubio
A man, a woman and their two Chihuahuas debate the scent of love.

Edward Cullen Ruined My Mother’s Love Life
By Stephanie Walker
Directed by Megan Behm
The only thing scarier to 16 year old Lily than her mother’s obsession with a fictional
teenage vampire is getting her drivers license.

First Stop: Niagara Falls
By Renee Calarco*
Directed by TBA
All Amy has ever wanted to do is go to Ibiza and have fun. Instead she has a baby. At
the office.

Frosty: a chilly tragedy with sexy bits
By Krista Knight
Directed by Kelsey Mesa
music by Barry Brinegar
He melted her heart, and then he melted.

Lost In Thought
By Christopher Lockheardt
Directed by Ali Miller
A man imagines the past, present and future of a former lover.

Minus You
By Jennifer Barclay
Directed by Megan Behm
Lennox can’t find his wife Gracie in the neighboring burial plot, so he tries to reach her
through the crossed wires of the afterlife.

Pas de Deux for a Microwave Night
By Stephen Lewis
Directed by Joel David Santner
Two lonely souls find deceit, hope, Mongolian Barbecue and ballet on an online dating

By Molly Hagan
Directed by Joel David Santner
A young couple imagines the world beyond the hospital walls as they pass the time in a
hospital waiting room.

Riot Grrrl Reunion
By Darin J. Dunston
Directed by Renana Fox
When a team of unruly roller derby girls arrive for the First Annual Riot Grrrl Rally, they
discover a boys basketball game in progress;and an unexpected opponent.

By Jonathon Cook
Directed by Kelsey Mesa
A young girl with a supernatural power has disappeared, and it’s not just her parents
who are left to wonder what might have happened.

Strangers on a Train
By Peter J Roth
Directed by Jacob Janssen
Two train passengers play a game of love, betrayal, espionage and murder.

By David Robinson*
Directed by Jacob Janssen
In an attempt to figure out where his life went wrong, a man moves back into his
mother’s uterus where he finds more than what he bargained for.

The Man in the Powder-Blue Suit
By Stephen Spotswood*
Directed by Renana Fox
A young woman remembers the moment her fractured family ran headlong into a man
hoping to save them from the end of the world.

The Return of the Living
By Eric Appleton
Directed by Joel David Santner
As a mummy rampages through their home, Devon and Audrey realize that the mummy
might not be the only one who has come to visit them from the afterlife.

With Her Old Boyfriend There Were Patterns
by Eric Pfeffinger
Directed by TBA
Jenna discovers how a previous boyfriend lays emotional land mines for her future
boyfriends to find.

*Local Playwrights

Artistic Blind Dates
Nine artists from different creative disciplines collaborate over six months to create an original work.

Group 1
Choreographer Ana Patricia Farfán, multimedia visual artist Megan Mueller and director/playwright Adi Stein

Group 2
Musician and composer Ethan Foote, performer and playwright Jack Novak and performance and visual artist Jane Claire Remick

Group 3
Director and playwright Angela Pirko, visual artist Cory Oberndorfer and dancer and choreographer Quinn Johnson

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3 responses to “CulturalDC Announces 2013 Source Festival Line-Up”

  1. avatar fcs says:

    Would be helpful to know when these events will occur.

    • avatar CulturalDC says:

      The Festival is June 7-30th. We’ll add that crucial info to this page. Thanks for the feedback! Tickets go on sale in May. We look forward to seeing you there!

  2. avatar Alex Broun says:

    Looking forward to being part of this great Festival.

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