Jeffrey Colangelo

FIT 16 Announced

This year's Festival of Independent Theatres includes eight companies and seven new works by local authors.

published Wednesday, May 28, 2014

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Jeffrey Colangelo

Dallas — The lineup for the 16th annual Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) has been announced. This year's festival, which runs July 11-Aug. 2 at the Bath House Cultural Center, features eight companies, two of them new to FIT, and eight new works by local writers. The new-to-FIT groups are Prism Co., presenting Jeffrey Colangelo's playtime, seen last year at the Margo Jones Theatre; and Nouveau 47 Theatre with the comic Kafka follow-up Metamorphoses II.


Here's more about the festival and this year's shows from the FIT news release:

Building Dallas’ reputation as city of artistic innovation requires a firm commitment to new work by local talent. As such, the Festival of Independent Theatres, sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, affirms its reputation as one of the area’s premier fringe festivals with the line-up for its sixteenth season. Eight companies, all native to the Dallas area, will present eight world premieres by seven local authors for this summer’s festival, which inhabits the Bath House Cultural Center on White Rock Lake from July 11 through August 2.

This year’s festival will contain a healthy dose of FIT’s trademark eclecticism as a blend of local theatrical talent joins forces to present eight one act plays as divergent as the participating companies themselves. Opening this year’s festival is the up and coming Prism, Co. alongside regular Margo Jones Theatre resident Nouveau 47. First time FIT participant Prism, Co. presents the heartfelt clowning adventure Playtime by Prism founder and SC Dallas fight choreographer Jeffrey Colangelo. Nouveau 47, who has previously performed with the festival under the moniker White Rock Pollution, gives us Metamorphosis II, the long awaited, comedic sequel to Franz Kafka’s haunting and groundbreaking work, authored by local playwright Jim Kuenzer.

Also participating for the first time this season will be Sibling Revelry productions, helmed by Dallas native John Leos, presenting Leos’ brand new devised movement play about the blurred lines between reality and dreams, Sleepwalker Man Walk Through Wall. Paired with Sibling Revelry in its opening performance will be the world premiere production of nervy, existential thriller The Watch by Trace Crawford, presented by longtime FIT favorite Churchmouse Productions.

Four returning companies make up the balance of this year’s line-up including One Thirty Productions with local playwright Ben Schroth’s poignant Waffle House-set comedy Our Breakfast; founding company Echo Theatre’s visceral exploration of bipolar disorder, mania/gift by Dallasite and Her Song director Shelby-Allison Hibbs; and a delightful peek into the world of historical figures and their most memorable meals in Food for Thought presented by The McClarey Players; all world premieres. Plus founding company and sixteen-time FIT participant WingSpan Theatre Company with a brand new version of Mark Twain’s The Diaries of Adam & Eve edited and adapted by WingSpan artistic director Susan Sargeant. 

The four-week one-act play festival features 8 shows, each less than sixty minutes in length, performed in rotating repertory, Thursdays through Sundays in two-show blocks. The festival also includes FIT Underground, an alternative art space with live music and light refreshments available on the shore level of the Bath House Cultural Center, as well as exhibitions in the Bath House Gallery, which this year will present, Contemplating the Scene, a loving tribute to the celebrated theater set designer, Peter Wolf with a retrospective collection of photographs, sketches, and original designs by the renowned artist known for his work on The King and I, Peter Pan, The Music Man and The Wiz.

The 16th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres runs from July 11–Aug. 2, 2014 at the Bath House Cultural Center. 521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218.  Festival passes and individual tickets On Sale June 18th.  Call 1-800-617-6904 or visit for more info.


2014 Festival of Independent Theatres Line-Up

Churchmouse Productions: The Watch by Trace Crawford –The Watch revolves around two Pinter-esque career criminals stationed in a hotel room. Constantly looking out the window, they have been forced to watch for something, having no idea what, until ultimately, a taught existential crisis reveals itself.

Echo Theatre: mania/gift by Shelby-Allison Hibbs – A theatrical poem told with a multi-media aesthetic, mania/gift is a lyrical and enthralling journey into the heart of one woman’s struggle with mental illness.

The McClarey Players: Food for Thought by Cliff McClelland – Charles Darwin and the Mating Habits of the Galapagos Marine Iguana, The Abyss and the Waffle, and Cake make up this charming trio of plays about a few of history’s most memorable meals.

Nouveau 47: Metamorphosis II by Jim Kuenzer – In this sequel for the ages, Franz Kafka’s Gregor Samsa gets his greatest wish: He is returned to his human form, only this time; it’s his environment that’s changed. Facing a reality obsessed with pop-culture and social media, Gregor is once again faced with the choice to engage with the world around him or to retreat into darkness. 

One Thirty Productions: Our Breakfast by Ben Schroth – A sentimental peek into the lives of three women in a coffee shop, Our Breakfast is a unique and poignant character study that challenges the assumptions we make about the lives of other people.

Prism, Co: Playtime by Jeffrey Colangelo – A joyous and heartfelt adventure, from SCDallas’ Jeffrey Colangelo, which follows one lovable clown as he leaves the comfort of home, falls in love, and ultimately gets caught up in an epic battle to save the world’s happiness.

Sibling Revelry: Sleepwalker Man Walk Through Wall by John Leos – A series of short sequences set in the world between reality and dreams, this avant-garde, devised movement piece by Dallas native John Leos follows several characters from distinct realities whose worlds begin to overlap, suddenly blurring the line between who is awake and who is asleep.

WingSpan Theatre Company: Mark Twain's The Diaries of Adam & Eve edited and adapted by Susan Sargent – This classic tale, as told by American institution Mark Twain, gets a modern twist from WingSpan’s Susan Sargeant, while still perfectly retaining all of Twain’s trademark wit and wisdom. Thanks For Reading

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