44 PLAYS FOR 44 PRESIDENTS
by Andy Bayiates, Sean Benjamin, Genevra GalloBayiates, Chloe Johnston, and Karen Weinberg
Hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as “zany, clever, ambitious and often surprisingly moving,” 44 Plays for 44 Presidents has garnered a history of sold out audiences and critical praise since its 2002 premiere at The Neo-Futurists Theatre Company (originally 43 Plays for 43 Presidents). 44 Plays for 44 Presidents is a 2-hour show comprised of short, biographical scenes highlighting the lives of all the American presidents.
It's free and open to the public! Reservations are strongly encouraged and can be made online. Donations will be accepted at the door for theatreWashington’s "Taking Care of Our Own" initiative.
Participating companies include: dog & pony dc; Faction of Fools; Factory 449; Flying V; Grain of Sand; Landless Theatre Company; Longacre Lea; Pinky Swear Productions; Pointless Theatre; Red Eye Gravy Theatre Company, National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts and Washington Improv Theater.
In the days ahead, I had the opportunity to feature many of the participating companies. Here's the fabulous lineup:
The Plays for Presidents Festival 2012 is a national collaboration of theatre and educational artists interested in elevating political discourse and highlighting the impact of history through the production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. No fewer than 44 theatres, colleges, and high schools will produce the play in conjunction with the 2012 Presidential Election - culminating in an online composite video production of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents made up of contributions from all 44 productions. “This experiment is a way of uniting the theatre community around something specific,” says Andy Bayiates Festival Co- Chair and Co-Writer of 44 Plays for 44 Presidents. “It puts high school drama kids side-by-side, virtually speaking, with professional
ABOUT TAKING CARE OF OUR OWN:
Taking Care of Our Own is a new initiative of theatreWashington and was born to meet a critical need in our community, assisting currently active Washington area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations. Taking Care of Our Own raises funds in a number of ways including: The Bucket Brigade: Following curtain call at performances in participating theatres, artists and staff will hold the buckets to collect audience donations for the fund; Virtual Buckets: Collection of funds on theatrewashington.org.