Dallas — To celebrate two decades of the Festival of Independent Theatres, the organization has launched a #MyFITStory campaign, and is highlighting the 20 Faces of FIT. These are 20 people, or groupings of people, who have made a significant impact on the festival—as the festival has had on them. Each made a video focused on their FIT story at a media day event on June 5.
TheaterJones is showcasing one of the Faces each day through the beginning of the festival, which runs July 13 to Aug. 4 at the Bath House Cultural Center. The videos were shot by FIT.
Next up: Justin Locklear.
Locklear was fairly new to DFW when he was cast in One Thirty Productions' 2011 FIT production of The Madness of Lady Bright, which featured an amazing performance by the now-late Larry Randolph in the title role. That same year he was in another FIT show, Rite of Passage Theatre's The Love Song of the Albanian Sous Chef by Texas playwright Robert Askins, who has since become an award-winning writer best known for Hand to God, which was on Broadway in 2015.
"I wanted to be a part of the larger conversation, and this is where to do that," Locklear says. "I think [FIT] is vital for cross-pollination of talent, ideas, and craft. Dallas has continually benefitted from the growth and relationships founded at FIT."
Locklear, who is also a talented musician, composer and playwright, has become a regular at the Ochre House Theater. He was their first artist-in-residence, and has written several plays there and starred in many others.
In 2012, Locklear wrote I Met You and I Screamed, which was produced at FIT by Upstart Productions. One of his co-stars was Danielle Georgiou, the dance-theater maker.
They had met before, and he finally asked her out. They are still together, and have collaborated in many projects by DGDG (Danielle Georgiou Dance Group), including the acclaimed 2015 FIT show The Show About Men. This year, DGDG, with Locklear as a collaborator, presents a new work, Just Girly Things.
As for FIT shows that he was not part of, he cites White Rock Pollutions' Holy Rollers (2011) and Second Thought Theatre's Once More with Feeling (2010) as favorites. Also, in 2011, Churchmouse Productions staging of David Mamet's Squirrels.
"It was the beginning of my art crush on Ben Schroth and Jim Kuenzer."
» The shows in the 2018 Festival of Independent Theatres and a grid schedule are below. You can read descriptions here.
Camp Death Productions: Jimmy Pine by Ben Schroth
Danielle Georgiou Dance Group: Just Girly Things by Danielle Georgiou, Justin Locklear, Ruben Carrazana, Trey Pendergrass and Cory Kosel
Eccentric Bear Productions: The Book of Gabe by Isaac Young
Echo Theatre: Bible Women by Elizabeth Swados and Vicki Caroline Cheatwood
Imprint Theatreworks: Suckers by Devin Berg
Laughter League: Where Do I Sit? by Dick Monday
Prism Movement Theater: BruNO and lOUIe by Jeffrey Colangelo
WingSpan Theatre Company: Landscape by Harold Pinter
The 20th Festival of Independent Theatres
July 13- August 4, 2018
Bath House Cultural Center,
521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas
Tickets and passes go on sale in late June
Call 800-617-6904 or visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org