Thursday, May 13, 2010

Emerging America Festival

The ART, Huntington Theatre Company and the ICA are hosting the "Emerging America Festival" this weekend, a festival of new plays and theatre pieces that I hope you can go see, since I can't (I'm in tech all weekend for Timon).

The Festival doesn't really include many Boston area playwrights or actors (though the Huntington really tried their best to include the Playwrighting Fellows, which was nice, and Boston superstar Ryan Landry of The Gold Dust Orphans will be performing in a piece), the focus being more on making Boston a theatre destination, a la The Humana Festival, by bringing/hosting nationally recognized (albeit new) playwrights TO the city, rather than showcasing works by writers FROM the city.

I would encourage ANYTHING that gets people interested in new work, especially here in Boston, which can be a rocky terrain in which to grow new plays.

The Festival sounds quite interesting, and the hope is that if it goes well, they might try it again next year and include more writers, actors and directors from Boston.

I and most of the Huntington Fellows wrote cell phone plays for the event (yes, that's a play you listen to on your cell phone) which you can listen to here:

and the Superheroines are slapping on their spandex once again and performing at a brunch event on Sunday.
Go Super Gals!!!!

And tickets are cheap!

Here's all the info:

TWO EMERGING VOICES/ONE DOUBLE BILL - Saturday, May 15, Performances
at 1pm and 4pm

Love Song In Two Voices
Written and performed by Amy Herzog
Directed by Portia Krieger
In the wake of a whitewater rafting accident, a mother and daughter
redefine their relationship in Amy Herzog's poignant solo piece.

Seven Minutes In Heaven
By Steven Levenson
Directed by Adrienne Campbell-Holt
Relive all the party games you loved/loathed from middle school in this
manic, hyper-charged, genre-blurring comedy.


Mix and mingle, watch and explore. The Huntington Theatre Company
throws a brunch on May 16th as part of the Emerging America Festival.
Performances from local acts sprawl throughout the Calderwood Pavilion
from the lobbies to the rehearsal halls. Brunch drinks available, and
great eats provided.

In the main lobby, performances go musical:
- The strings duo Cello Chix perform electric renditions of classic
rock, jazz, latin and pop. Two classically trained cellists ditch their
antique cellos for amped-up ones and perform an eclectic song set.
- Ryan Landry leads the Gold Dust Orphans in a hilarious song selection
from his classic Provincetown mainstay Showgirls.

In Deane Hall, excerpts of the best of original work from locals take
the stage:
- Company One's ARTiculation explodes as poetry slam meets
performance piece. This autopsy of life, love, youth, religion and art
uses spoken-word poetry, improvisation and a hard-hitting hip-hop beat.
- The Superheroine Monologues is a parody of super proportions. John
Kuntz and Rick Park's lauded comedy serves up a hilarious look at the
lives of your favorite comic book heroines.
- Huntington Playwriting Fellow Martha Jane Kaufman presents dance
theatre work

Snack on sweet and savory brunch items from Panera Bread with your
admission, or grab a mimosa or Bloody Mary from the bar.

$5 admission, Doors open at noon

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