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2019 FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT THEATRES

Eli Webb, Colby Calhoun, and Valerie Collins in The Very Good Dance Theatre&rsquo;s <em>The 1st Annual Gay Show</em>

Head's Up: FIT 2019

Here's the lineup and schedule for the 21st annual Festival of Independent Theatres, running July 12-Aug. 3.



published Friday, July 5, 2019

 

 

The Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs are pleased to announce the line-up for the 21st annual Festival of Independent Theatres, running July 12-Aug. 3 at the Bath House Cultural Center. Now entering its third decade of innovative, ground-breaking theatre, the festival is once again the place to find the city’s most diverse offering of summertime entertainment.

As is tradition, this year’s line-up includes eight independent theatre companies, some long-time participants and some fresh to FIT, performing eight one-act plays paired in two show blocks. Plus, two brand new cabaret performances by two divas of the Dallas music scene. Jodi Crawford Wright shares her memories of childhood in Songs My Mama Taught Me and Kathryn Taylor Rose returns with her new show Nobody Knows What They’re Doing.

Once again, this year’s line-up is anchored by FIT founding member WingSpan Theatre, Co. making their twenty-first consecutive appearance. WingSpan presents Jo and Louisa, a conversation between the author of Little Women and her greatest creation, as imagined by acclaimed local playwright Isabella Russel-Ides. Jo and Louisa marks the fourth Russell-Ides work to have its premiere at the festival.

Also making return appearances are two beloved FIT companies, each known for their quirky, creative, comedic flair. Matt and Kim Lyle star in the offbeat Nerve by Adam Szymkowicz for Bootstraps Comedy Theater while Audacity Theatre Lab presents Brad McEntire’s solo Victorian adventure tale, The Beast of Hyperborea. This year’s final returning company, Imprint Theatreworks, presents Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel, the standout of Imprint’s First Impressions Reading Series, by local playwright Cameron Casey.

New to this year’s festival are Leos Ensemble, Lily & Joan Theatre Company, Flexible Grey Theatre Company, and The Very Good Dance Theatre. In addition to the new pieces by Russell-Ides, McEntire and Casey, this year’s festival features the work of Dallas writers Nicole Neely, Colby Calhoun and William Acker, as well as Austinite Alice Stanley.

During FIT, the Bath House art galleries will present two invitational art exhibitions: Migratory, curated by Enrique Fernández Cervantes, and Portals… An Entrance, a Doorway, A Journey, curated and Jacque Forsher.

 

Look for TheaterJones reviews of each show in our 2019 Festival of Independent Theatres special section.

 

TICKETS

 

4-Week Festival Passes

$70 + $3 handling fee per pass

4-week festival passes available for July 12-August 3

 

2-Week Festival Passes

$60 + $3 handling fee per pass

2-week festival passes available for July 12-21 and July 25-August 3

 

Saturday Day Pass (6 shows)

$40 + $3 handlig fee per pass

Saturday Day passes available July 20, 27 & August 3

 

Single tickets for one performance block

$18 + $2 handling charge

 

CLICK HERE FOR TICKETS

Or call 1-800-617-6904

 

 

2019 FESTIVAL LINE-UP

(in order of first appearance in the festival)

 

Photo: Amy Rosenthal
Matt and Kim Lyle in Nerve from Bootstraps Comedy Theatre

 

Bootstraps Comedy Theater

Nerve 

by Adam Szymkowicz

Jeff Swearingen directs Bootstraps founders Matt and Kim Lyle in this quirky, off-beat comedy about a quirky, off-beat couple on their desperate search for love.

 

 

Photo: Justin Locklear
Eli Webb, Colby Calhoun, and Valerie Collins in The Very Good Dance Theatre’s The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

 

The Very Good Dance Theatre

The 1st Annual Gay Show 

Written and conceived by Colby Calhoun and Will Acker, choreographed by Danielle Georgiou

The glitz and glamour of an old-school beauty pageant acts as the framework for a candid discussion of visibility, representation and all the ways in which we make a spectacle of putting humans on display.

 

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Photo: Leos Ensemble
Barrett Nash in small hours from Leos Ensemble

 

Leos Ensemble

small hours 

 by Ed Hime and Lucy Kirkwood

A subtly haunting glimpse into the life of a young mother’s harrowing, yet incredibly human battle with postpartum depression.

 

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Photo: Erika Larsen
CC Weatherly in Lily & Joan Theatre Company’s Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

Lily & Joan Theatre Company

Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear 

by Nicole Neely

Marilyn Monroe awakens in a mental institution and is forced to confront her issues with depression, darkness and doubt, as personified by the shadow of a looming bear in this companion piece to Shakespeare’s The Winter’s Tale.

 

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Photo: Courtesy Kathryn Taylor Rose
Kathryn Taylor Rose

 

FIT Cabaret: Kathryn Taylor Rose 

Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

Rose makes her triumphant return to FIT following the success of her hit cabaret, Love Me Tinder. This time, Kathryn explores the pitfalls of adulting in her new show Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

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Photo: FGTC
Flexible Grey Theatre Company presents Sky's the Limit

 

Flexible Grey Theatre Company 

Sky’s the Limit

by Alice Stanley

Flexible Grey advances their mission of inclusion with Alice Stanley’s fractured fairy tale about a non-binary knight on an adventure to save a trans princess who never needed saving.

 

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Photo: Lowell Sargeant
Victoria Wright and Bethany Burnside in WingSpan Theatre Co.’s Jo & Louisa

 

WingSpan Theatre Co.

 

Jo and Louisa 

by Isabella Russell-Ides

An imagined conversation between Louisa May Alcott and her most famous creation, Little Women’s Jo March, that will make you rethink everything you thought you knew about both.

 

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Photo: Courtesy Jodi Crawford Wright
Jodi Crawford Wright

 

FIT Cabaret: Jodi Crawford Wright

Songs My Mama Taught Me

Star of 2011’s Bible Women and local cabaret legend, Jodi Crawford Wright takes a stroll down memory lane as she reminisces on her childhood in Songs My Mama Taught Me.

 

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Photo: Audacity Theatre Lab
Brad McEntire in Audacity Theatre Lab’s The Beast of Hyperborea

 

Audacity Theatre Lab

The Beast of Hyperborea 

by Brad McEntire

Brad McEntire does it all in this zany one-person Victorian adventure tale about a fabled beast, a mysterious island and the brave team of explorers set off to discover them both.

 

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Photo: Imprint Theatreworks
Imprint Theatreworks presents Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

Imprint Theatreworks 

Dirty, Dirty Night Squirrel

by Cameron Casey

On the last day before her child and grandchild put her in a nursing home, Dorothy takes a trip to the zoo that doubles as a lesson about life, love, family relationships, and the feeding habits of the North American Opossum.

 

 

 FULL SCHEDULE 

 

FRIDAY, JULY 12 (8 p.m.)

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

SATURDAY, JULY 13 (5 p.m.)

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

 

SATURDAY, JULY 13 (8 p.m.)

Leos Ensemble – small hours

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

SATURDAY, JULY 13 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Kathryn Taylor Rose in Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

SUNDAY, JULY 14 (2 p.m.)

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

 

SUNDAY, JULY 14 (5 p.m.)

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

Leos Ensemble – small hours

 

THURSDAY, JULY 18 (8 p.m.)

Leos Ensemble – small hours

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

FRIDAY JULY 19 (8 p.m.)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

FRIDAY JULY 19 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20 (2 p.m.)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20 (5 p.m.)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20 (8 p.m.)

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

SATURDAY, JULY 20 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Kathryn Taylor Rose in Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21 (2 p.m.)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

SUNDAY, JULY 21 (5 p.m.)

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

 

THURSDAY, JULY 25 (8 p.m.)

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

 

FRIDAY, JULY 26 (8 p.m.)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Leos Ensemble – small hours

 

FRIDAY JULY 26 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27 (2 p.m.)

Leos Ensemble – small hours

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27 (5 p.m.)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27 (8 p.m.)

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SATURDAY, JULY 27 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Kathryn Taylor Rose in Nobody Knows What They’re Doing

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28 (2 p.m.)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SUNDAY, JULY 28 (5 p.m.)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1 (8 p.m.)

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

The Very Good Dance Theatre – The 1st Annual Gay Show

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 (8 p.m.)

Lily & Joan Theatre Company – Marilyn, Pursued by a Bear

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

 

FRIDAY, AUGUST 2 (10 p.m.)

CABARET

Jodi Crawford Wright in Songs My Mama Taught Me

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 (2 p.m.)

Imprint Theatreworks – Dirty Dirty Night Squirrel

Audacity Theatre Lab – The Beast of Hyperborea

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 (5 p.m.)

Flexible Grey Theatre Company – Sky’s the Limit

Leos Ensemble – small hours

 

SATURDAY, AUGUST 3 (8 p.m.)

WingSpan Theatre, Co. – Jo & Louisa

Bootstraps Comedy Theater – Nerve

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