FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 2014
Contact: John Richards
Pointless Theatre Announces 2014-2015 Residency at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
Washington, DC – Pointless Theatre, Washington DC’s premiere puppet spectacle company, is thrilled to announce that they are partnering with CulturalDC and will be the newest company in residence at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint. Pointless is a young ensemble-based theatre company that strives to gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music and the visual arts.
Pointless is no stranger to the Mead Theatre Lab. For the past two years, Pointless has been selected to participate in the competitive Mead Theatre Lab Program. Through these short-term residencies, Pointless presented its critically acclaimed works: Canterbury (2013) and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet (2014). In his review of Sleeping Beauty, Peter Marks of the Washington Post wrote, “This production cements the status of Pointless…as one of the best young companies in the region…Pointless is gaining a toehold in the increasingly crowded D.C. theater world with a style that feels completely, exuberantly its own.”
In the 2014 – 2015 season, Pointless will premiere two original productions: A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular and Doctor Caligari. A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, a winter cabaret for adults featuring puppetry, improv, and a funky reindeer band, opens on December 2, 2014 and runs through January 3, 2015. Doctor Caligari, an original adaptation of a silent German expressionist horror film, runs from March 5, 2015 through April 5, 2015.
This residency will ensure that Pointless will continue to grow and become a staple in the Washington DC theatre community. Pointless Theatre is the most recent recipient of the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, given at the Helen Hayes Awards by theatreWashington.
“From our very first engagement with Pointless three years ago, it was clear that they had struck an ideal balance between professionalism and innovation, “ explains Jenny McConnell Frederick, Director of Artistic Programs at CulturalDC. “Wise beyond their years, they bring a great enthusiasm, ambition and wit to everything they do. We are really pleased to have them at CulturalDC.”
“Pointless is thrilled to receive a permanent home base at Flashpoint for its upcoming season, “ says Patti Kalil, Co-Artistic Director of Pointless Theatre. “This residency will provide the company with a unique and invaluable opportunity to truly grow and expand on our work artistically, while reaching out to new audiences. We are honored and extremely proud to officially be a part of the CulturalDC family!”
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. 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 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, 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.
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.
Visit the CulturalDC website at culturaldc.org and follow CulturalDC @Cultural_DC on social media for updates on this exciting project.
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