“We like to explore the local culture and this was a project I have been thinking about for a long time. Besides sports, the biggest shared culture we have is our connection to people in the federal government,” says Mary Resing, artistic director of Active Cultures. “We create theatre for work for a multigenerational audience and this was a good opportunity to showcase that for the Intersections audience.”
What: .GOVACULTURE at the Atlas Intersections Festival
When: February 22, 8:00pm & February 23, 9:30pm
Cost: $15 General/$10 Students and Seniors. Click here to purchase tickets!
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
FEATURED PLAYS INCLUDE
Buzzword Bingo by April Brassard
the ditty "Department of State" by Timothy Guillot
Work from Home by Madeline Muravchick
To the Director by Jennifer Nelson
Form 271 B by Alexandra Petri
Deportation by Jean Koppen
Curator: Mary Resing
Associate Producer: Jennifer Osborn
Playwrights: Jessica Aimone, Catherine Aselford, April Brassard, Evan Crump, Thembi Duncan, Kevin Finkelstein, Patrick Flynn, Timothy J. Guillot, Jean Koppen, Farah Lawal, Madeline Muravchik, Jennifer L. Nelson, Alexandra Petri, Mary Resing, and Mary Watters
Directors: Jessica Aimone, Colin Grube, Farah Lawal and Mary Resing
Dramaturg: Jacqueline Lawton
govaculture is about all of us. From GS1 to GS12, whether you work for Feds or love someone who does. Featuring a large cast and multiple playwrights and directors under the artistic direction of Mary Resing, .govaculture captures Active Culture's dedication to creating fresh, smart work that reflects the world directly around us.
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.govaculture is sponsored by the Atlas Performing Arts Center and through the generous support of audience members like you!
Interview with Artistic Director: Mary Resing
MARY RESING: Active Cultures is a theatre devoted very specifically to local culture. We are kind of a nano-theatre. And one of the most significant and highly profile cultures in the DC area is the culture associated with working for the federal government. Everyone here is somehow connected to a federal worker. All of my life, I have heard anecdotes, jokes, and insider references to the federal workplace. I've had a ball transferring those stories to the stage.
MR: What excited you about being a part of the Intersections Festival?
JL: The Intersections Festival is designed to bring together people from all walks of life. Active Cultures believes theatre should represent its community, which in our case is diverse and multigenerational. Thus, Intersections is very simpatico with our work. Also, Active Cultures is based in the Gateway Arts District of Prince George's County theatre, so it's always exciting to take our work on the road, even if it is just 3 miles away to H Street, NE.
JL: Why should audiences come to see the .govaculture festival?
MR: It's really funny. We have things no other theatre has this week--tap dancing, balloon animals, rockin' songs about being furloughed--and its all local.
Check out these great .GOVACULTURE rehearsal photos!
About Active Cultures Theatre
Active Cultures was created to address a need in American theatre. "American theatre has become so generic" says Ms. Resing, "The same plays are done all around the country, in exactly the same way. A theatre in Seattle might produce exactly the same season of plays as a theatre in Lakeland, Florida. And most of those plays were written by men sitting in their apartments in New York. We want to change that." Active Cultures will develop and produce plays which are deeply entwined with local interests and artists. "We start with a sliver of an idea, a moment, a story, that seems important to the people around us", says Resing, "Then we find artists who connect with the idea and expand it into a theatre piece
About the Atlas Intersections Festival
Now in its fourth year, this unique all-arts festival brings together more than 100 performing groups over twelve days to offer music, theatre, dance, film and spoken word that captures a kaleidoscope of perspectives on our ever-evolving community and world. All five of our performances spaces will be alive with world premieres and innovative collaborations among artists of all ages, races, cultures and art forms.
From Family Saturdays featuring performances and events for children to late-night parties and jazz jam sessions, INTERSECTIONS seeks to connect the broadest possible audience with the most exciting new ways of making community-inspiring art. We invite you to join us -- to be delighted, energized and maybe just a little transformed.
--Mary Hall Surface, Festival Artistic Director