Dallas — The 2016 Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) opens in a few weeks, running July 8-30 at the Bath House Cultural Center, and TheaterJones has worked with the event's producers to bring you an interactive mobile app. It's the first time FIT has had a mobile app, and it's also our first app to develop. The FIT app is available by going to FIT.theaterjones.com on your mobile device, and you'll see how to download it. It's a hybrid HTML app, so you don't have to access it from an app store. It works with Apple/IOS, Android and other systems. Easy peasy.
The app has info on each show and producing company, with cast and production credits and director's notes; plus a link for tickets, map and a schedule. It will also have interviews, reviews and more editorial content as we add stories and reviews (we'll also link to reviews from other media). There will eventually be video and other interactive content.
Additionally, you can read content in our special section for FIT, here. But the app will have some content not available on TheaterJones. Also, because this is our first app, it's still in testing mode (in theater terms, consider it a preview), so if you discover any difficulties with the app, please contact Michael Warner at firstname.lastname@example.org and make us aware of the problem so we can fix it.
Stay tuned for more info, but for now download the app and read about the shows there.
Here is the news release from the Festival of Independent Theatres:
The Festival of Independent Theatres beats the heat and breaks the mold this summer at the Bath House Cultural Center with a technologically improved festival full of Dallas’ finest, most vibrant talent. Festival goers will enjoy a more immersive, informative experience with the help of a brand new Online Ticketing system, an up-to-the-minute mobile app, and a new look for the basement space overlooking White Rock Lake.
Patrons will notice the difference immediately, as for the very first time in the festival’s history, online ticketing puts affordable summertime entertainment right at their fingertips! Now, festival passes and individual tickets are just a few clicks away without having to call the box office or wait in line. Tickets will be available through the FIT website, our new App, and on social media.
For audience members looking for a little extra this summer, the new FIT APP will give patrons mobile access to behind-the-scenes footage, special offers and up-to-the-minute show time information. Built in partnership with our friends at TheaterJones, this web-based application will be available for download beginning June 16 at FIT.theaterjones.com.
Onstage, the work will continue to dazzle audiences as this year’s collection of independent theatres presents an exciting and diverse collection of theatrical works. Participating companies WingSpan Theatre Co., Echo Theatre, Proper Hijinx Productions, House Party Theatre, Cry Havoc Theater Company, L.I.P. Service, Frieda Dunkelberg & Company, and Fun House Theatre and Film present eight plays, including four world premieres, in a line-up that both pushes boundaries and engages audiences in new and exciting ways.
After the show, the Bath House Cultural Center’s newly renovated lake-level space will host the return of FIT UNDERGROUND, a funky, after-hours speakeasy that presents an array of live music, post-show conversation and relaxing refreshments on Friday and Saturday evenings. Earlier this year, the first phase of renovations to the Bath House lakefront space began with the pouring of a concrete floor, the installation of new gates along the shore level and a number of cosmetic improvements to the interior of the space.
The live music isn’t just limited to Underground, as FIT welcomes back Caleb Veazey and several of his friends from our vibrant jazz community. Fresh off the completion of his Master’s study at CalArts, Caleb will captivate the Bath House Gallery on weekend afternoons with an expansion on last year’s tribute to the legends of the Dallas music scene along with a greater focus on younger composers.
Sponsored by the City of Dallas, Office of Cultural Affairs, the eighteenth annual Festival of Independent Theatres offers eight one-act plays, presented in rotating pairs, along with a number of ancillary arts, music and performance related events, from July 8–30, 2016 at the Bath House Cultural Center. Tickets are $18 plus $2 handling, Passes $60-70 plus $3 handling. Individual tickets and festival passes are on sale now. For ticketing or more information, please visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org or call 1-800-617-6904.
A complete list of this year's participating companies including play titles and authors appears below:
Cry Havoc Theater Company
by Naomi Iizuka
Cutting edge teen theatre Cry Havoc presents Naomi Iizuka's searing investigation of the Steubenville rape case and its aftermath.
by Brittany Willis
This entry from Echo's "Big Shout Out 2" playwriting contest tells the offbeat tale of one lonely, broken man and the two friends who bring him back from the edge.
Frieda Dunkelberg & Company
by Frieda Dunkelberg
Originally workshopped at Playwrights Horizons Theater School at NYU, Frieda Dunkelberg and her eponymous company make their Dallas debut with a haunting devised piece centered on the intoxicating power of memory.
Fun House Theatre and Film
Rush Limbaugh in Night School
by Charlie Varon
Acclaimed Dallas youth theatre Fun House Theatre and Film brings their season of Politics through the Proscenium to the Festival of Independent Theatres. This sharp, biting satire is sure to feature healthy doses of Fun House's signature intellect and irreverence.
House Party Theatre
by Ted Gwara
House Party Theatre brings acclaim and an electrifying energy to this sordid look at the excess and indulgence that created the global financial crisis.
The Good Thief
by Conor McPherson
L.I.P. Service's reputation for quality, considered storytelling is the perfect fit for this haunting tale of violence and redemption by masterful Irish storyteller Conner McPherson and directed by Dallas' own Alexandra Bonifield.
Proper Hijinx Productions
by Stefany Cambra
Proper Hijinx follows up the success of Two Rooms and this season's The Dead Guy with a charming look at the struggle to find love in the big city and how our biggest obstacle is often all in the timing (or a lack thereof.)
WingSpan Theatre Company
by Samuel Beckett
Susan Sargeant directs an all-star cast in this classic Beckett piece in which three disembodied heads probe the romantic foibles of their former lives.