"Neither party to this agreement shall be liable for failing to perform or delay of performance, if delay is caused by circumstances or events outside their reasonable control, which shall include but not be limited to industrial action, acts of God (ie. by tornadoes, perils of the sea, extraordinary floods, severe ice storms or um, Zombie apocalypse!!!) ..."
On Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30pm, eight DC playwrights -- Kathleen Akerley, Bob Bartlett, Mary Stone Hanley, Kristin LePine, Steve Spotswood, Danielle Mohlman, Anu Yadav and Laura Zam—will respond to unanticipated events. They question: is there anything that is truly beyond our control?
In a recent interview with DC Theatre Scene, co-curator Gwydion Suilebhan, gave audiences a bit of a teaser:
“These monologues or dialogues will look at the overwhelming deniable forces that sometimes enter our lives, like a hurricane or act of God; the things that make us feel puny or human or small. Sometimes we respond in a tremendous way as a culture,” Suliebhan says. “Everyone who is there will gather for conversation after the work, talking about what transpired and things in our lives in DC that make us feel small and human. We want a 360-degree conversation between curator, the artists and the audience.”
Join this intimate gathering of some of DC’s most vivid voices, reading their own work, in a program curated by Gwydion Suilebhan and Paul Douglas Michnewicz. Interactive discussion with wine follows the performance
What: DC-Area Playwrights Group presents 360º of America: Force Majeure
When: Saturday, March 2nd at 8:30pm
Cost: $15 General/$10 Student. Click here to purchase tickets!
Where: Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC 20002.
Meet the Curators!!!
Meet the Playwrights!!!
Kathleen Akerley is the artistic director of Longacre Lea. As a freelance director she has also worked with Baltimore Shakespeare Festival, Solas Nua, Rorschach Theatre, Theater Alliance, Forum Theatre, WSC Avant Bard and Studio Second Stage; as a playwright she has worked with Sideshow Theatre (Chicago), eXtreme eXchange, Source Festival, The Hope Operas, had several plays commissioned by Round House Theatre's Heyday Players, adapted Kurt Vonnegut's Cat's Cradle for the stage in 2010 and had readings of her plays Only Angels at Theatre J's 5x5 series and The Hungry Dry at Boston Center for the Arts; as an actor she has worked with Catalyst Theatre, Theater Alliance, WSC Avant Bard, Washington Stage Guild and Olney Theatre. She is a recipient of the Mary Goldwater Theater Lobby Award for acting and directing, and a member of the playwriting collective Lizard Claw.
Bob Bartlett’s plays include THE ACCIDENT BEAR, BEARBACK INK (The Capital Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals), FALWELL, KANSAS, WHALES, DEATH BY HIBACHI, KUCHU UGANDA, FALLOUT, HUNTER RISING, and XPHILES UNREQUITED. His work has been performed or developed at Seven Devils Playwrights Conference, the Lark New Play Development Center, the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage Festival, Source Festival, DC's First Draft, Theatre J, Active Cultures, and the Capital Fringe Festival. WHALES was awarded runner-up for both ACTF's 2011 David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award and Mark Twain Prize for Comic Playwriting, is a semi-finalist for the 2012 O'Neill Playwrights Conference and a finalist for the 2011 Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, and recently received readings in Atlanta (Alliance Theater), NYC (The Lark), and Washington, DC (National New Play Network/DC Area Writers Showcase at the Kennedy Center). He teaches theatre at Bowie State and holds an MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University of America. Visit bob-bartlett.com.
Dr. Mary Stone Hanley is a playwright, poet, and founder of Hanley Arts & Education Associates, a professional development consultancy in arts and equity education. She has written several plays and two screenplays published and produced about the lives of Black and Latino youth based on ethnographic research that she has conducted. Street Life, The Lemonade Stand, and The Name Game are a triptych of one acts that she is presently working on about the struggles of young people. She has a BA in Children’s Theater, a PhD in Education; she was an educator of forty years in public schools and higher education where she taught arts education to teachers. Her research topics include drama for K-12 students, hip hop culture, and the arts for adult learners. A forthcoming co-edited book, Culturally Relevant Arts Education for Social Justice: A Way Out of No Way, will be published by Routledge in 2013.
Kristen Lepine staged her first play at the age of nine in her grandmother’s living room. Today she is the playwright in residence and company member at The Hub Theatre, which has commissioned three plays to date: Foolish Fire, Leto Legend, and Dire Wolves. Her plays have been staged at Active Cultures, The Firehouse Theatre, The HUB Theatre, Inkwell, Georgia College and State University, Kennedy Center Page to Stage Festival, Pinky Swear Productions, The Pittsburgh New Works Festival, The Source Theatre Festival, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. Kristen has an MFA in Dramatic Writing from Humboldt State University, and she currently teaches theatre at the University of Mary Washington.
Danielle Mohlman holds an MA in Theatre Studies from Emerson College. Recent credits include Followed by a Sometime Cowboy at Forum Theatre’s Re(Acts) and Jim and Paul Meet in Dreams (Field Trip Theatre) and The Crow (Artists’ Bloc), both at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival. Other credits include Stopgap at the Capital Fringe Festival (Field Trip Theatre), The Bed at DC SWAN Day (Georgetown Theatre Company), Apocalypse, part of 360° of America at the Atlas Intersections Festival, and John. John. John. at Station Nation — a festival honoring the victims of the Station nightclub fire in West Warwick, Rhode Island. In 2012, the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities awarded Danielle a Larry Neal Writers’ Award for Dramatic Writing. Upcoming productions include Nexus at The Wonderland Ballroom (Field Trip Theatre) and an open movement workshop of Dust (Artists’ Bloc). Danielle is a co-moderator of DC-Area Playwrights and a member of Playwrights’ Arena at Arena Stage.
Stephen Spotswood received his MFA in Playwriting from Catholic University in 2009. He is the winner of the 2007 Paula Vogel Award, the 2009 Mark Twain Award for Comic Playwriting and the 2010 Christopher Brian Wolk Award. Previously produced works include: We Tiresias (Best Drama, Capital Fringe Festival 2012); When the Stars Go Out (Bright Alchemy Theatre); Sisters of Ellery Hollow; The Resurrectionist King (Active Cultures Theatre); Off A Broken Road (Imagination Stage); A Cre@tion Story for Naomi (Bright Alchemy); Born Normal and Gilgamesh, who saw the deep. He is a member of the Forum Theatre artist ensemble, an artistic associate with Pinky Swear Productions, and frequent dramaturg at Theater J. He lives in Washington, D.C. with his wife, author Jessica Spotswood. You can follow him on Twitter at @playwrightsteve and learn more about his upcoming projects at playwrightsteve.com.
Anu Yadav is a D.C.-based performer, writer and teaching artist who has performed at the Shakespeare Theatre Company, Imagination Stage, Smithsonian Folklife Festival, Strathmore Mansion, Studio Safdar in Delhi, and the National Academy of Dramatic Arts in Beijing. She was a multiple Artist Fellow and Young Artist Grant recipient from DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. She is featured in Walk with Me, an award-winning documentary by Ellie Walton and Tanisha Christie. She performed her solo play ‘Capers to roughly 5000 across the country as a tool for awareness on housing as a human right and was featured in publications that include The Washington Post,Washington City Paper, WAMU-FM and the Express. She completes her M.F.A. degree in Performance at the University of Maryland, College Park this May. She will perform her newest play, Meena’s Dream, at Forum Theatre January 2014.
Laura Zam is an award-winning writer and performer. Her solo work has been presented in New York (Ensemble Studio Theatre, The Public Theater, Dixon Place) as well as internationally and regionally (Woolly Mammoth, The Kennedy Center, The National Theatre, and others). Her newest play MARRIED SEX was commissioned by Theater J for their Locally Grown Festival. Through her award-winning touring play COLLATERALLY DAMAGED, Laura raises awareness about contemporary genocide. Laura has published extensively: plays, monologues, essays, and articles. Awards include the Amiri Baraka Literary Prize, an Open Society grant, a Tennessee Williams Fellowship, and an Artist Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. Also an arts-healing educator, Laura has worked with trauma survivors internationally, including teens from the Middle East, U.S. military, and survivors of sexual abuse/assault. She has taught at Brown University, UC Berkeley, and others. Laura has an M.F.A. in Playwriting from Brown University. LauraZam.com.
The DC-Area Playwrights Group was established with the sole mission of creating a platform on which playwrights can connect with and support one another artistically and professionally. The group was established on behalf of playwrights with all levels of experience living in the DC metropolitan area, which we have considered in the broadest possible terms. Anyone who has self-identified as meeting those criteria is welcome to join the group. Currently, the group is being co-moderated by Brett Abelman, Renee Calarco, Danielle Mohlman, and Gwydion Suilebhan, who are working collaboratively to keep the platform living and working for everyone.
Imagine: Art that encourages compassionate listening and provocative questioning. The best professional, emerging, community and student artists from DC and beyond. Theaters filled with diverse, dynamic audiences. Conversations over a glass of wine in the café with a someone new who has just had the same experience as you. Chances to perform, discuss, party! All this and more awaits you at the INTERSECTIONS Festival at the Atlas from February 22 - March 10, 2013.
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
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