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Tyger
04.06.15

BANISHED? PRODUCTIONS’ TYGER AT CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE APRIL 16-25

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April 6, 2015
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Press Contact: John Richards
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       CulturalDC presents banished? productions’ TYGER

WASHINGTON, DC – DC’s avant-pop performance company banished? productions is pleased to present their premiere production of TYGER at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab. Performances run April 16-25, 2015, with a special invited dress and press preview on Wednesday, April 15 at 8pm.

This devised performance is a meditation on fragmentation, poetry, love, loss, and the rituals to cope with being bereft. Sparked by selected writings of Jorge Luis Borges and Jose Rivera’s Brainpeople, the universe of TYGER is set in a dystopic future, and surrounds the art collective No Inglés whose covert poetic acts of protest has made them targets of a political system that oppresses and surveils its citizenry. The disappearance of Gabby, a beloved member throws the group into shock, grief, and disbelief at the plurality of truth and precariousness of beauty. Performing rituals and remembrance with the audience becomes a remedy for the holes in our lives.

Led by banished?’s Associate Artist, devisor and performance artist Rachel Hynes and company philosopher and dramaturg Otis Ramsey-Zoe, TYGER is directed by banished?’s Artistic Director Carmen C. Wong, and features the following collaborators that come from a diverse background of performance-making: Annalisa Dias, Gregory Ford, DeLesslin George-Warren, Kelley Kidd, Jane Claire Remick, Gordon Nimmo-Smith and Niell DuVal. The piece received a developmental workshop in 2014 at the Hillyer Arts Space, and has been generously supported by CulturalDC and Share Fund. 

TYGER Performances

Where: Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint: 916 G Street NW DC 20001
When:  April 16 / 17 / 18 / 20 (Industry) / 23 / 24 / 25 at 8:00pm | April 19 at 3:00pm
Price:  $25 general admission / $15 student, industry, senior discount
Available 30min before each performance at the door, 866-811-4111, or online at https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/pr/944558

About TYGER Creative Team

Rachel Hynes has her MFA in Lecoq-Based Actor Created Theatre from Naropa University and was trained at LISPA. Hynes’ original solo work ranges from site-specific performance journeys to intimate storytelling experiences to dark and comedic cabaret sketches and original raps with movement. Hynes was a founder and co-Artistic Director of Helsinki Syndrome, an avant-garde performance group that has received two footlight awards from Seattle Times critic Misha Berton. In 2009-2011, Hynes also curated PHYSICAL: A Night of Innovative Physical Theatre in London. She is currently the banished? ARTillery Dean, and a producing Artistic Associate with the company.

Carmen C. Wong experiments with avant-pop performance collages and concepts, and creates gastro-performances by, with, and around food and its eaters. Recurring motifs in her immersive, dialogical, relational work include nostalgia and memory, playing and whimsy, materiality and the sensory, and everyday interventions that make space for the subjunctive. She is a 2011 TCG Global Connections awardee, 2012 Mayor’s Arts Awards finalist for Outstanding Emerging Artist, 2014 Artist Fellow with the DC Commission of the Arts & Humanities, and the founding Artistic Director of banished? productions. 

Otis Ramsey-Zöe, a Theatre Arts lecturer at Howard University, Senior Editor for NoPassport Press, and freelance dramaturg brings to TYGER his extensive dramaturgical experience working with Sundance Institute, Kennedy Center, Theatre J, Arena Stage and CenterStage. He is banished?’s company Philosopher. 

About banished? productions

BANISHED? PRODUCTIONS is an avant-pop performance company that generates immersive interdisciplinary art experiences for all, to re-create wonder and re-awaken the senses. It is committed to producing quality works that cull from multiple artistic expressions, particularly in performative or theatrical experiments that play with text and form. banished? strives to inspire and collaborate with other artists in order to fuel its own artistic process: re-discovering and re-inventing the art of narration.

banished?’s most recent original works include the the sensory gastro-art hit TACTILE DINNER (premiered at the 2009 CapFringe, followed by performances at Big Bear Café and Long View Gallery in 2010) and TACTILE DINNER CAR (premiered at the 2011 CapFringe, later produced by Flashpoint Gallery); and Ballades Mechaniques (ver 1.0 in 2007, and ver 2.0 in 2010) – a series of story-telling machines. banished?’s devised performance collage on performing gender and memories Into the Dollhouse (2012) was developed by the Flashpoint Mead Theatre Lab program, then selected by ArenaStage for its inaugural Kogod Cradle series. banishedproductions.org 

About the Mead Theatre Lab Program

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, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, Nordstrom, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects. #WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
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04.03.15

Sheroes and Womanists: An Exhibition Inspired By Howard University’s 26th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium

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Sheroes and Womanists: An Exhibition Inspired By Howard University’s 26th Annual James A. Porter Colloquium

Exhibition dates: April 11-25, 2015
Opening reception: Friday, April 10, 6-8pm

Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to announce a special two-week exhibition highlighting the 2015 James A. Porter Colloquium’s theme, Sheroes and Womanists: An Examination of Feminist(s) Subjectivity in Modern and Contemporary African American Art. Curated by students Breeonna Hill (Howard University) and Kourtney Riley (George Mason University) under mentor Tim Davis (International Visions Gallery & Consultants), the exhibition features artists whose work explores subjects and perspectives around feminist identity.

Featured artists are Ronald Beverly, Anne Bouie, Adrienne Gaither, Aziza Claudia Gibson-Hunter, Kelly Lorraine Hendrickson, Jessica Maria Hopkins, Gloria Kirk, Tamara Natalie Madden, Betty Murchison, Amber Robles-Gordon, Stan Squirewell, Lynn Sylvester, Joyce Wellman, Deborah Willis, and Helen Zughaib.

The James A. Porter Colloquium is the leading forum for scholars, artists, curators, and individuals in the field of African American Art and Visual Culture. Held annually at Howard University, it is free to attend although registration is required. More information: http://www.art.howard.edu/portercolloquium/program/

IMAGE: Tamara Natalie Madden, Cycles

Storefronts DC (Logo)
03.11.15

STOREFRONTS DC 2015 CALL FOR PROPOSALS

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STOREFRONTS DC 2015 CALL FOR  PROPOSALS

CulturalDC, in collaboration with Atlas Performing Arts Center, the National Endowment for the Arts Our Town Project, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities and community organizations, is pleased to announce the Storefronts DC competition to commission a series of temporary art installations, pop-up events and short-term art projects in Wards 5, 6, 7 and 8 in Washington, DC. The program is intended to be a transformative initiative that activates vacant spaces and increases foot-traffic through an infusion of arts and cultural projects.  Visual and Performing artists and creative entrepreneurs, individually and collectively, are encouraged to propose activations that:

  • DESIGN ART INSTALLATIONS utilizing light, performance, sculptural elements, embellishment of existing structural and/or architectural elements or other 2-D or 3-D artwork for display in storefront windows, lobby display cases or exterior wall space.

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  • IMPLEMENT CREATIVE INITIATIVES that engage the public through pop-up shows, retail events and other activations that showcase ideas, products or services of the creative industry.

Storefronts DC aims to use art installations and creative initiatives to activate vacant storefronts in Washington, D.C. and further enrich civic identity, increase engagement in neighborhoods across the city and enhance the visual character of Washington, DC.

DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS:
May 15, 2015 by 5pm. No late submissions will be accepted.

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02.13.15

BEN TOLMAN: CIVILIZED AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY FEBRUARY 27-MARCH 28

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 13, 2015
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

BEN TOLMAN
CIVILIZED
February 27 – March 28, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 6-8PM 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC’s Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Ben Tolman: Civilized, on view February 27 – March 28, 2015. In his first solo exhibition at Flashpoint, Tolman examines our contemporary human habitat to reveal the peculiarities of the individual in relation to the larger culture.

In this series of drawings and sculpture, Tolman explores the constructed environments we create and inhabit and our relationship to each other within those spaces. “I am interested in how the spaces we build (or are built for us) limit us as well as offer us possibilities,” the artist says. Tolman’s intricately detailed environments press pause in a world speeding ahead in repetitive motions. With a lens into individual circumstances and social positioning, he juxtaposes the mundane patterns of everyday habits with the incredible complexities – and extraordinary strangeness – of life itself.

ABOUT THE ARTIST
Ben Tolman lives and works in Washington, DC. He received his MFA in 2012 from American University and his BFA from the Corcoran College of Art and Design in 2005. His work has been shown nationally and internationally, with notable exhibitions including Museum HR Giger (Gruyeres, Switzerland) and Altes Rathaus (Viechtach, Germany). Recent solo shows include The Fridge (Washington, DC) and Hillyer Arts Space (Washington, DC). In 2009-2010, he exhibited as a finalist in the prestigious Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition at the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM
CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Ben Tolman: Civilized
Opening Reception: Friday, February 27, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: February 27 – March 28, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Sunday, February 22 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
Website: http://www.bentolman.com
Image: Some (detail), ink on paper, 40×26”

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org
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01.28.15

ANNALISA DIAS: CROOKED FIGURE (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION) / SOURCE THEATRE REHEARSAL HALL / MONDAY, FEBRUARY 2

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ANNALISA DIAS: CROOKED FIGURE (WORKSHOP PRODUCTION)

WHAT:              Using heightened visual storytelling, original music, dance, and physical theatre, CROOKED FIGURE examines the origin of genius, the utility of failure, and the often dangerous power behind the creative process. The new, devised piece is a nonlinear interrogation of the creative process and of the measurement of success, failure, and subjectivity. 

WHERE:           SOURCE Theatre Rehearsal Hall, 1835 14th Street NW, Washington, DC 20009 (Please note, the Rehearsal Hall is not ADA accessible) 

WHEN:             ONE NIGHT ONLY: Monday, February 2, 2015 | 7:30PM 

DETAILS:         PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN (PWYC)

CulturalDC makes space for art by creating opportunities for artistic innovation, connecting artists, arts organizations, developers and government agencies to facilitate economic and cultural vibrancy in the Washington DC area. Our efforts ensure that there are spaces and resources for artists and arts organizations to live, create, exhibit and perform throughout the Washington area.

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HALF LIFE
01.08.15

RACHEL HYNES: HALF LIFE (A ZOMBIE LOVE LETTER FOR NO ONE) AT CULTURALDC’S MEAD THEATRE JANUARY 29-FEBRUARY 21, 2015

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January 7, 2015
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
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Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one)
January 29 – February 21, 2015
Opening Night: Thursday, January 29, 8pm 

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to present Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one), a new devised show about grieving and zombies, running January 29 – February 22, 2015 at Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. This darkly comedic meditation on loss was conceived by Rachel Hynes and devised by Hynes, Joshua Drew, Jonathan Lee Taylor and Tyler Herman. Half Life features an unusual female protagonist, Regina, who, after waking up from a car accident, discovers that her community is afraid of her wounds.

Half Life refers to the times in our lives when we feel disconnected from our peers, numb or only half alive. “I wanted to talk about life in transition, especially after loss,” says creator and devisor Hynes. “Loss can be very alienating. You find yourself searching for connection, which can be hard, when you mostly feel numb and disconnected from yourself.” The title also refers to the scientific principle of half life, the formula by which one calculates radioactive decay. “It’s a metaphor for grieving. When we suffer big losses in our lives, they lessen over time, but never really go away.”

Hynes takes tragedy and turns it on its head, giving the play a darkly comedic edge and setting it in an absurdist world, a small town, run by the town’s one business, Walker’s Frozen Gibble Bits. The strange and funny world has been embraced by the devising team, an eleven-member powerhouse of devisors, designers and performers whose credits include Dog and Pony, Faction of Fools, Forum Theatre, banished? productions and the Kennedy Center. Hynes recalls, “The most important part of putting together the production team was not monologues or design portfolios, but whether or not the artist understood the show’s humor within the pathos.”

Hynes espouses a creation process that is more collaborative than most. Rather than use the typical hierarchical model of playwright/director/actor/designers, where everyone has a specific role, Hynes encourages a blending of roles, resulting in a highly collaborative and creative environment. All members of the production team, from performers to designers to the stage manager, work in the rehearsal room, allowing design and production elements to influence the stage action and vice versa. Half Life, driven by the many voices of the ensemble, makes this piece bigger than the sum of its zombie parts.

Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one) runs approximately 1 hour with no intermission. Performances start January 29 and run through February 21, Thursdays and Fridays at 8pm; Saturdays at 8pm and 10:30pm; and Sundays at 6pm.

ABOUT THE ARTIST

Rachel Hynes develops new works as a performer, devisor, director and dramaturg. She founded and served as Co-Artistic Director of experimental theatre company, Helsinki Syndrome for five years, whose work has appeared in On the Boards Northwest New Works Festival (Seattle), Camden People’s Theatre’s SPRINT Festival (London) and Richard Foreman’s Ontological-Hysteric Incubator (NYC). She developed and performs two original solo shows, Tale of a Tiger and You Have Made a Story on My Skin, a storytelling show about scars. Locally, she has performed with Forum Theatre (T Party), Emma Jaster (To Know a Veil), Source Festival’s Artistic Blind Date (Facebook In Memoriam) and banished? productions’ Tyger, with whom she is an Artistic Associate.  Rachel also works with Collective Eleven, expanding our notions of performance, for which she produced Burning Down the House, a site-specific bouffon tribute to the modern commuter. Rachel received her training at the London International School of Performing Arts (LISPA) and her MFA in Lecoq-based Actor Created Theatre. 

TICKETS

Tickets for Half Life (a zombie love letter for no one) are $20.00 for adults, $10 for under 18 and $15 for students and seniors. Tickets are available for purchase at culturaldc.org.

Ticket Discounts:

All Thursday Night performances are Pay-What-You-Can (Excluding 1/29)

Discount tickets available for Groups of 8 or more, Fringe Button-holders, and Students & Seniors

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Wednesday, January 28 @ 8pm PWYC Preview

Thursday, January 29 @ 8pm Opening

The run continues through February 21st with performances Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8PM, Saturdays at 10PM and Sundays at 6PM.

Industry Night: Tuesday, February 3rd ($10 Tickets)

ARTISTIC TEAM

Devised by: Rachel Hynes, Joshua Drew, Jonathan Lee Taylor, Tyler Herman
Performers: Rachel Hynes, Jonathan Lee Taylor
Outside Eye: Joshua Drew, Tyler Herman
Production Manager: Natalie Gallagher
Stage Manager: Kaylin Peachy
Set Design: Brian Gillick
Costumes: Brittany Graham
Lights: Mary Keegan
Choreography: Nora Rosengarten

ABOUT MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM

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, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by The Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, the Max & Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Graham Holdings Company, The Mary & Daniel Loughran Foundation and The Weissberg Foundation.

Funding for CulturalDC is generously provided by Bank of America Charitable Foundation, The Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities, The Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Graham Holdings Company, The Kresge Foundation, the MARPAT Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, Prince Charitable Trusts, Nordstrom, The Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region and many other generous partners.  Marvin is CulturalDC’s 2014-15 Wine Partner.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G Street, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305
CulturalDC Press: John Richards
202.315.1322 | john@culturaldc.org

Half-Life Press: Natalie Gallagher
609-240-3478/ nmg1218@gmail.com

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01.07.15

TAI HWA GOH: LULLED LAND AT CULTURALDC’S FLASHPOINT GALLERY JANUARY 16–FEBRUARY 21

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 29, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
john@culturaldc.org

TAI HWA GOH:  LULLED LAND
January 16 – February 21, 2015
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-8PM 

WASHINGTON, DC – Flashpoint Gallery is pleased to present Tai Hwa Goh: Lulled Land, the artist’s second solo exhibition at the gallery. In this immersive installation representing the accumulation of memory and experience, images are obstructed and buried under delicate layers of waxed papers.

Goh creates luminosity in her work by incorporating hand-waxing into traditional printmaking techniques. In the process of folding, cutting, flipping and overlapping printed materials, identifiable objects gradually turn into echoes of themselves. Images evolve from biological forms to landscape, describing the interaction between the inner and outer mass of human body. Through this presentation, the artist says, “I become the extension of nature, and nature becomes the extension of my body.” In Lulled Land, Goh reflects upon the impenetrability and vulnerability of human body, and at the same time, its resilience.

ABOUT THE ARTIST  

Tai Hwa Goh specializes in printmaking and paper installation. She was born and grew up in Seoul, Korea. She received a MFA degree at the University of Maryland (2004) with an emphasis in printmaking and sculpture, and a second MFA in printmaking at Seoul National University in Korea (2000).

Goh has had more than 10 solo exhibitions and numerous group shows at leading galleries, including IPCNY (NY), Carriage House of Islip Museum (NY), Gallery Aferro (NJ), A.I.R Gallery (NY), Arlington Arts Center (VA), School33 (MD), Space Gallery (Cleveland, OH), and the Consular Office of the Embassy of Korea (DC and NY). She has been awarded grants and residency opportunities by Elizabeth Foundation for The Arts (NY), Aljira Center for Contemporary Arts (NJ), Evergreen Museum and Library (MD), Vermont Studio Center (NY), Lower East Side Print Shop (NY), DC Commission on the Arts Humanities, and Prince George’s Art Council (MD). Her works are included in the collection of the DC City Hall, Lower East Side Print Shop, and University of Maryland. She has lived and worked in the New York area for several years, where she teaches art at Fairleigh Dickinson University and Art Center of Northern New Jersey.

ABOUT CULTURALDC’S VISUAL ARTS PROGRAM

CulturalDC operates Flashpoint and produces public art interventions throughout DC. We nurture talented emerging and mid-career artists by providing opportunities for peer learning and mentorship. At Flashpoint Gallery we showcase bold, new work from artists working in a variety of media including site-specific installations, performance pieces, new media and other experimental forms. As a nonprofit gallery free from the constraints of commercial expectations, Flashpoint provides artists and curators a unique opportunity to take creative risks. An advisory panel of noted artists and arts professionals makes programming recommendations for the gallery and provides mentorship and support to exhibiting artists.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Tai Hwa Goh: LULLED LAND
Opening Reception: Friday, January 16, 6-8pm
Exhibition Dates: January 16 – February 21, 2015
Luce Foundation Center artist talk: Saturday, January 17 at 1:30pm, Smithsonian American Art Museum
Flashpoint Gallery Hours: Wednesday – Saturday, 12-6pm or by appointment
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Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC on social media (Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) for updates on this and all of our exciting projects.
#WeMakeSpaceForArt

CulturalDC • 916 G St, NW • Washington, DC 20001
General: 202.315.1305 • Press: 202.315.1322 • Fax: 202.315.1303 • Email: john@culturaldc.org

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A Bid To Save The World (SF 2014)
12.12.14

(LAST CHANCE! – DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 6, 2015) CulturalDC’s Source Festival Announces Open Call for 10-Minute Scripts and Full-Length Play Line-Up

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WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce an Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions and the Source Festival 2015 Full-Length Play Line-up.  The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 5-28, 2015.

Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2015 themes are:

  • Science & Soulmates: Seeking plays that address the juxtaposition of the mind and the heart. Be it physics, chemistry, biology or astronomy, your play must examine true love and the knowledge of the natural world based on experiments and observation.
  • Mistakes & Media: Seeking plays that address the constant news cycle of our contemporary society and the perils of living in this digital age.
  • Love & Botany: Seeking plays that explore nature AND nurture from a distinctive perspective.  Your play must include flora and infatuation.

Each year, Source Festival produces 18 new 10-Minute Plays. Scripts are staged by a wide cross section Washington theatre directors, from early career to seasoned veterans. The 18 selected playwrights receive a $100 stipend and 5 performances of their play in Source’s 100-seat black box theatre in DC’s buzzing Mid-City District. The Source Festival is driven by creativity, collaboration and invention. The most successful scripts tell an original story in a fresh distinctive voice. Other requirements are as follows:

Eligibility

  • Plays must relate to one of three themes selected for 2015.
  • Plays may not have been previously produced or published and no upcoming productions are scheduled
  • Playwrights may submit only one 10-Minute Play
  • Plays may be no longer than 10 pages and must be submitted as a PDF
  • Playwrights must be based in the United States. We are not currently accepting international submissions.

THE DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSIONS IS JANUARY 6, 2015 

The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2015.  For full submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit http://www.sourcefestival.org/opportunities.html

The 2015 Source Festival will include full-length plays Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen (Illinois Arts Council Fellowship winner), The Word and the Wasteland  by Timothy Guillot (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner) and (a love story)  by Kelly Lusk (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest finalist.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works by the themes listed above.


 

SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS 

Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen

A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love – only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?  

The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot

Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11.  Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request – he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin’s work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time. 

(a love story) by Kelly Lusk

It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you… or they love you more than you love them…

Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington Gas, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, VOA Associates Inc., Susan and Dixon Butler, Sorg Associates, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, The Buzzuto Group, Dramatists Guild of America, PEPCO, Bognet Construction, Victor Shargai, Bank of America, Marvin, Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant, Washington City Paper.  Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.

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11.12.14

CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 12, 2014
Contact:  John Richards
202.315.1322
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CulturalDC Announces 25 Finalists for Source Festival’s Full-Length Plays

WASHINGTON, DC – CulturalDC is pleased to announce that 25 Full-Length Plays have been selected as finalists for Source Festival 2015. Three Full-Length Plays will be selected from the 25 finalists to be produced at the Source Festival from June 5-28, 2015.

Full-Length Plays are submitted to the Festival by invitation only. Festival producers invite playwrights previously produced by the Festival, writers based in the DC Metro Area and writers identified through a nationwide spotter system to submit never before produced Full-Length Plays. The Festival received a record number of 131 Full-Length Plays this fall.

The 25 finalists were selected after being evaluated by a team of over 75 readers and Source Festival producers, led by Source Festival Artistic Director and CulturalDC’s Director of Artistic Programs Jenny McConnell Frederick. The Festival will also feature 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates. The three selected Full-Length scripts will be announced in December.
A full list of the plays including playwright bios is available here ( SF15 Top 25 FLP Release (FINAL) 11-12-14).

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11.10.14

LAST CHANCE: OPEN CALL FOR MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM / DEADLINE: TODAY (NOVEMBER 11) AT 5PM

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OPEN CALL – Mead Theatre Lab Program
Deadline: (TODAY) Tuesday, November 11, 5PM

Apply for space to present your work at Mead Theatre Lab. The Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint serves as a platform for emerging performing artists and arts organizations to produce their own work in CulturalDC’s 60-seat blackbox. CulturalDC welcomes artists, producers and organizations presenting performing arts in any genre to apply. Questions? Contact Violet Mantell, Program Associate at violet@culturaldc.org or click here for more information.

ABOUT THE MEAD THEATRE LAB PROGRAM
CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab program is an intensive mentorship program for performing artists and independent theatre companies. The program provides theatre space, technical production support and production mentoring. A panel of noted DC theatre professionals recommends 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, a CulturalDC project, is generously sponsored by Jayvee 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, The Washington Post Company and The Weissberg Foundation.

CulturalDC is generously supported by the Kresge Foundation, The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Marpat Foundation, The Abramson Family Foundation, The Community Foundation for the National Capitol Region, The National Endowment for the Arts, Jon and NoraLee Sedmak, Washington Gas, Daimler, Microsoft, Edward Lenkin & Roselin Atzwanger, Nordstrom, Inc. and Marvin.

Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on these exciting projects!

ABOUT FLASHPOINT
Flashpoint, a CulturalDC project, is a multi-disciplinary arts space. Flashpoint includes a contemporary art gallery, the 75-seat Mead Theatre Lab, the Coors Dance Studio and shared office space for arts organizations.

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