The line-up for the 15th annual Festival of Independent Theatres has been announced. The festival is moved up about a month and a half this year, running May 31-June 22, to coincide with the Theater Communications Group conference in Dallas.
Again, there are eight shows, four by local playwrights and four written by women. Local playwright Isabella Russell-Ides makes her third appearance in the festival, as WingSpan Theatre Company presents her new work Lydie Marland in the Afterlife.
Making their first appearance in the festival are queer solo artist John Michael, and tap dance company Rhythmic Souls, marking FIT's first dance performance.
The calendar is laid out in two-show performance blocks at 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; with 2 and 5 p.m. time slots on Saturdays and Sundays. Festival passes and individual tickets go on sale May 7. Call 800-617-6904 or visit www.festivalofindependenttheatres.org for more info.
Here's the 2013 Festival of Independent Theatres line-up:
Audacity Theatre Lab
Dinosaur and Robot Stop a Train
by Brad McEntire
Off-beat humor rooted in a dark reality is hallmark of McEntire and Audacity’s aesthetic, from previous FIT entries like Arsenic and Roses to the darling of fringe festivals from New York to Seattle, Chop. More of the same is on full display in McEntire’s newest work about a time traveling robot and dinosaur. Starring Brad McEntire and Jeff Swearingen.
by Carson Kreitzer
Languishing in Limbo, two dead waiters and Jayne Mansfield share the intimate details of their lives and the violent tragedies that brought them to their current state. Masters of black comedy, Churchmouse’s fourth FIT entry is a sly and haunting meditation on being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Starring Andrews Cope, Jared Culpepper and Isabelle Culpepper; directed by Chad Cline. This production contains adult themes and is not suitable for children.
by Eve Ensler
Compelling scripts by female playwrights are at the heart of Echo’s mission and Eve Ensler’s latest, an exploration into the psychology of interrogation is no exception. This emotionally impactful cautionary tale marks Echo’s 14th appearance in the festival. Starring Terri Ferguson and Jordan Willis; directed by Doug Miller. This production contains nudity and adult material and is not suitable for children.
Play it by Ear
More than just a dance recital, Play It by Ear explores the history of this truly American art form through performance, improvisation and audience interaction. This innovative and entertaining performance group makes their FIT debut in the festival’s first ever dance performance.
Rite of Passage Theatre Company
Ask Questions Later
by Meggie Spalding
Blending the social conscience of My Name is Rachel Corrie with the noir style of Clay Wheeler’s Angry Glances; Rite of Passage continues its commitment to developing new work, with this racy, yet topical thriller about a scandalous love affair at a High School besieged by gun violence. Starring Ian Ferguson, Dante Flores and Porcia Bartholomae; directed by Kelsey Ervi.
Provocative monologist John Michael Colgin will do anything to get you to like him in his FIT debut, an interactive discussion about Facebook, social media and the consequences of losing one’s narrative. Starring John Michael and directed by Donny Covington. This production contains adult material and is not suitable for children.
One Thirty Productions
The 1947 Ford
by Ellsworth Schave
A naturalist and writer, on a journey into the desert wilderness, encounters two birds that have an unforeseen effect on his travels. The 1947 Ford contains pertinent questions about life and death and a special connection to Mr. Schave’s previous work for One Thirty, Under a Texaco Canopy and The Turquoise Pontiac. Starring Mary-Margaret Pyeatt, Cameron McElyea and Larry Randolph; directed by Gene Raye Price.
WingSpan Theatre Company
Lydie Marland in the Afterlife
by Isabella Russell-Ides
WingSpan’s 15th consecutive entry offers an otherworldly perspective on the life of one of Oklahoma’s most fascinating and eccentric first ladies. A Grey Gardens for the South as told by Isabella Russell-Ides, award winning Dallas playwright and author of previous festival favorites, Coco & Gigi and Leonard’s Car. Starring Catherine DuBord and Cindee Mayfield; directed by Susan Sargeant.