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2017 FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT THEATRES

Dustin Curry in <em>Fiddler\'s Cave</em>

FIT 2017 Schedule

Here's the lowdown on the shows in the 19th annual Festival of Independent Theatres, with schedule of performances.



published Tuesday, July 11, 2017

 

Photo: Lowell Sargeant
Finding the Sun from WingSpan Theatre Company

 

 

The Festival of Independent Theatres enters its 19th season and runs July 14-Aug. 5, 2017 at the Bath House Cultural Center. Festival passes and individual tickets are available and will go on sale in mid-June. Festival passes are $60-$70.

Visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.com or call 800-617-6904 for more information.

A complete list of this year's participating companies is below, including play titles and descriptions, appears below. See the full schedule at the bottom.

 

Audacity Theatre Lab

The Great Dictator

By Charles Chaplin, adapted by Jaymes Gregory

A fresh and engaging update of Charlie Chaplin’s preeminent work, The Great Dictator explores the timeless themes of resistance to tyranny and the foibles of the human condition, as a meek yet principled Jewish barber crosses paths with the fascist dictator to whom he bears a striking resemblance.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 21
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

The Basement

The Caveman Play

By Jeff Swearingen

Local funnyman Jeff Swearingen takes aim at modern society by dissecting history's least modern archetype, the caveman. A cunning blend of subversive humor and physical comedy highlight this anachronistic, yet pertinent tale of society's reluctance to change and the often too slow development of human empathy.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 21
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

Bootstraps Comedy Theater

The Boxer

By Matt Lyle

The 10th anniversary production of this uproarious, yet silent comedy is a heartfelt homage to the glory days of American moviemaking. Featuring all of the elements of classic cinema, including training montages, high speed chases, a dream ballet and a live music score, The Boxer is a much celebrated and unforgettable romp that’s fun for the whole family.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 14
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 28
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3

 

 

Dustin Curry and Company

Fiddler’s Cave

By Dustin Curry

A world premiere comedy inspired by Ozark Mountain folklore, Fiddler's Cave tells the tale of a lonely fiddle player who finds himself lost and abandoned deep in a cave, with no memory of how he arrived there.

Through wordless storytelling, clowning and a bit of theatrical magic, the Fiddler must search his past for answers in order to find a way home to the life he knew before.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 30
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 3
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

Echo Theatre

Trace of Arc

By Ali Smith

When Mrs. Lord opens a lovely English corner shop in the heart of America, she insists that her two "shop girls" play the part, complete with English accents. It seems silly at the time, but is preferable to working for the industrial plant that is otherwise ruining their town. Faced with the prospect of living pretend lives, will conscience inspire them to address the looming problems in their own backyard?

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

L.I.P. Service Productions

Tommy Cain

By Van Quattro

At turns haunting and heartbreaking, poignant and provocative ,this searing monologue tells the tale of young Tommy Cain, a disillusioned youth struggling through his adolescence and desperately navigating the tumultuous relationship he shares with both of his parents.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 23
  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 28
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

Risk Theater Initiative

Stiff

By Sherry Jo Ward

Local actress Sherry Jo Ward chronicles her struggle with Stiff Person Syndrome, an incredibly rare disease which impairs her mobility and causes her unexplained pain. Part stand up comedy, part PowerPoint presentation, Stiff is a unique and engaging first person account of what it means to re-assess one’s own goals and ambition when confronted with a life altering diagnosis.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Friday, July 14
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • 2 p.m. Saturday, July 22
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, July 27
  • 8 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 5

 

 

WingSpan Theatre Company

Finding the Sun

By Edward Albee

The themes of life, love, marriage and mortality are masterfully illuminated, as in all of Albee's work, in this poignant one-act which finds eight characters enjoying a day at the beach. In true Albee fashion, tensions mount, personal discoveries abound and no relationship is quite what it seems.

Performed in the following performance blocks:

  • 8 p.m. Saturday, July 15
  • 2 p.m. Sunday, July 16
  • 8 p.m. Thursday, July 20
  • 5 p.m. Saturday, July 29
  • 5 p.m. Sunday, July 30
  • 8 p.m. Friday, Aug. 4

 

 

COMPLETE FESTIVAL SCHEDULE

 

WEEK 1

 

Friday, July 14

8 p.m.

  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff 

 

Saturday, July 15

5 p.m.

  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff
  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer

 

8 p.m. 

  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc
  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun

 

Sunday, July 16

2 p.m.

  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun
  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc

 

5 p.m. 

  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff 

 

WEEK 2

 

Thursday, July 20

8 p.m. 

  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun
  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer

 

Friday, July 21

8 p.m. 

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator
  • The Basement: The Caveman Play

 

Saturday, July 22

2 p.m.

  • The Basement: The Caveman Play
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff 

 

5 p.m.

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator
  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc

 

8 p.m.

  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave
  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain

 

Sunday, July 23

2 p.m.

  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain
  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc

 

5 p.m. 

  • The Basement: The Caveman Play
  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave

 

WEEK 3

 

Thursday, July 27

8 p.m. 

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff 

 

Friday, July 28

8 p.m. 

  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer
  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain

 

Saturday, July 29

2 p.m.

  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain
  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator

 

5 p.m.

  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun
  • The Basement: The Caveman Play

 

8 p.m.

  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc
  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave

 

Sunday, July 30

2 p.m.

  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave
  • The Basement: The Caveman Play

 

5 p.m. 

  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun
  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain

 

WEEK 4

 

Thursday, Aug. 3

8 p.m. 

  • Bootstraps Comedy Theater: The Boxer
  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave

 

Friday, Aug. 4

8 p.m. 

  • WingSpan Theatre Company: Finding the Sun
  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator

 

Saturday, Aug. 5

2 p.m.

  • Audacity Theatre Lab: The Great Dictator
  • Dustin Curry and Friends: Fiddler's Cave

 

5 p.m.

  • Echo Theatre: Trace of Arc
  • L.I.P. Service: Tommy Cain

 

8 p.m.

  • The Basement: The Caveman Play
  • Risk Theater Initiative: Stiff

 

 

 

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