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Source Festival 10th Anniversary

 

WASHINGTON, DC – What does CulturalDC’s Source Festival, which has developed and produced over 250 new plays, employed over 1,100 artists from around the country, and hosted over 16,000 audience members do to celebrate its tenth anniversary? Showcase some its best work, of course! This year, we are proud to be producing a revival of the award-winning PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, which premiered at Source Festival in 2013, and six “BEST-OF” 10-Minute Plays as this year’s headliners. From June 9th to July 2nd, 2017, the Festival will also present three Full-Length Play Readings, six NEW 10-Minute Plays and two Artistic Blind Dates.

Helmed by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Source Festival continues to grow its reputation as a premiere launching pad for new work and a proving ground for DC’s emerging theatre artists. The 2017 Festival includes:

FULL-LENGTH PLAYS

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT debuted at Source Festival 2013 and has received the 2014 Osborn Award from the American Theatre Critics Association, an off-Broadway production at Primary Stages, and has been nominated for the 2017 Lambda Literary Awards’ Best LGBTQ Drama category. The script was published by Samuel French in 2016.

PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, directed by Nick Martin
In a Georgetown duplex in 1950, Bob and Millie live next door to Norma and Jim, in what appears to be a perfect arrangement. The twist is that all four are gay and have cultivated fake identities outside of their homes in order to live truthfully inside. The cultural shift of the 1950s brings about a moment of change when their carefully crafted falsehood is thrown into chaos. Topher Payne’s Play (based on the historical events of The Lavender Scare) explores this shifting landscape with humor, energy, farce and surprising honesty.

During the 2017 Festival, producers will collaborate with directors, playwrights and dramaturgs to host 3-day development workshops and public readings of three new Full-Length Plays selected from more than 140 submissions from across the country. Plays in development include:

FRELMETCH THE MANEATER
by Matthew Capodicasa, (Woodward Newman Drama Award Winner)
Directed by Rachael Murray
Two lonely puppeteers meet inside of a monstrous two-person puppet on a film set, and must find a way to connect and bring the character to life over four days of shooting.

ANNIE JUMP AND THE LIBRARY OF HEAVEN
by Reina Hardy, (Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival TYA Prize Winner)
Directed by Megan Behm
Annie Jump is a teenage science genius living in a small town who meets an intergalactic supercomputer, here to help Annie take humanity from the earth to the stars.

F*ck la vie d’artiste
by Georgette Kelly, (Chicago Writers WorkSpace)
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker
Zenab is a young artist, haunted by the ghost of Vincent van Gogh, who sets out to paint the 2005 race riots in Paris despite her lover’s protests.

10-MINUTE PLAYS

Source Festival will produce twelve 10-Minute Plays. Six new plays, chosen from 400 submissions will be performed in repertory with six revivals of some of the best 10-Minute Plays debuted over the last decade. Together, they serve as a sampler of some of the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today.

COVERT CATALYSTS: Six NEW 10-Minute Plays

GOTTA GETHERE WHATEVER ITAKES VERSUS MR. CHAOS
by Lori Fischer
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A woman (discouraged by recent events) sprains her ankle as she waits for the bus and is helped out by a potential love interest.

THIS IS THE BIG ONE
by Chelsea Marcantel
Directed by Jacob Young
Six people grapple with taking chances and making changes while riding a roller coaster.

RIP 60, Z SPLIT, HOT ROD, EAR HOLE ON 3 – BREAK!
by Ed Cardona, Jr.
Directed by Jacob Young
Two teammates confront the future existence of their romantic relationship beyond the football field.

SOME PEOPLE SAY
by Mark Saunders
Directed by Rebecca Wahls
A conspiracy theorist and her daughter wait for the arrival of the woman’s son, a wounded army veteran, who brings home a surprise.

THE EMPEROR’S BIG, FAT, NAKED REVOLUTION
by Jared Strange
Directed by Connor Hogan
The Emperor is determined to face an insurrection au naturale, and it’s up to his wife and adviser to get him under control before he ruins everything.

THREAT LEVEL: CREAM
by John Bavoso
Directed by Connor Hogan
Two strangers. One crowded Metro car. A gallon of milk. What could go wrong?

“BEST-OF…”: Six 10-Minute Plays from the Last Decade

AMENITIES (2010)
by Gregory Hischak
Directed by Julia Hurley
Artists living under tables. A meal delivery gone wrong. Gentrification to the extreme.

THE FERBERIZING OF CORAL (2016)
by Patrick Flynn
Directed by [Director TBA]
Kevin and Karen are vexed by their child and their parents through their baby monitor as they try to teach their infant daughter to soothe herself.

FUGUE FOR AMOROUS TORNADOS (2011)
by Gabriel Jason Dean
Directed by [Director TBA]
When two forces of nature collide, who will be left standing?

JACQMIN FAMILY IN THE PETRIFIED FOREST (2010)
by Laura Jacqmin
Directed by Adin Walker
Dad may have more in common with the forest than anyone realized.

PAS DE DEUX FOR A MICROWAVE NIGHT (2013)
by Stephen Lewis
Directed by Adin Walker
Two lonely souls find deceit, Mongolian barbecue, and ballet on an online dating site.

THE PHYSICS OF NOW (2015)
by Alex Dremann
Directed by Julia Hurley
On the cusp of discovering the key to time travel, Jake and Dagney are confronted with their future selves.

ARTISTIC BLIND DATES

The Artistic Blind Dates program brings together seven artists of varying disciplines to create two dynamic, new interdisciplinary works, presented in the intimate Source Rehearsal Room. The 2017 ABD teams include, among others, a film artist, a Hip-Hop artist, and two movement artists. Audiences get an up-close look at the creative process as the Artistic Blind Date teams present their work. Audiences will engage in discussions about the artists’ creative process following each presentation.

THROUGH THE WALL
Created and performed by Meredith Barnes, Mark Platenberg, and Chelsea Thaler
Through movement, music, and innovative storytelling, three interdisciplinary artists use action and reveries to investigate human revelation, and what it means to stand at the precipice of a shift in one’s own point of view.

EXQUISITE DEPTHS
Created and performed by Kylos Brannon, Jennifer Clements, Tracey Erbacher, and Dwayne Winslow
When the smallest morsels of life inspire endless space for transformation, no object or experience can be considered mundane. Through a journey of words, music, and images, audiences and artists come together for a responsive performance event that looks beyond the surface and into the unseen. Dive in as we explore tensions between the known and the unknown, our willingness to be transformed, and the messy, powerful, resonant layers of meaning too often overlooked.

ABOUT SOURCE FESTIVAL

Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival brings together artists from across the nation to present new works—Full-Length Plays,10-Minute Plays and Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its 10th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for rising talents and established artists, directors and designers. 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. Topher Payne’s PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (Source Festival 2013) won 2013 Steinberg Award and was recently produced offBroadway at Primary Stages. COLLAPSING SILENCE, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. Nathan Alan Davis’ DONTRELL WHO KISSED THE SEA and Steve Yockey’s THE THRUSH & THE WOODPECKER, both produced as Source Festival 2014, have gone to the National New Play Neworks’ Rolling World Premiere Program. Davis also won a Steinberg Citation from the American Critic Theatre Association for DONTRELL.

Source Festival is produced by Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick, Associate Producer Lee Cromwell and Assistant Producers Sharon King, James Rogers, and Patrick Gallagher Landes

Major support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by: the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, Daimler, The National Endowment for the Arts, DC Office of Planning, AT&T, Washington Gas, Busboys and Poets/Mulebone, Susan and Dixon Butler Hank & Carol Goldberg, Lockheed Martin, Menkiti Group, Stephen Stein and VOA Associates.

ABOUT CULTURALDC

CulturalDC’s 19-year history demonstrates a commitment to creating space for artists. Whether by providing subsidized studio or live-work housing (Brookland Artist Lofts, Arts Walk at Monroe Street Market) or free/subsidized performance space in our theaters, gallery and performance spaces, or by working with the city and developers to preserve arts spaces under threat (Source, Atlas). CulturalDC remains committed to its mission of supporting artists, and arts organizations. “We make space for art.”

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