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TO SHOWCASE ORIGINAL PRODUCTIONS BY EARLY-CAREER THEATER ARTISTS WHO ARE CREATING WORK THROUGH ROBUST AND/OR INNOVATIVE COLLABORATIONS;
TO ADVOCATE FOR UNDERREPRESENTED ARTISTS AND VIEWPOINTS;
TO MOUNT A FESTIVAL ANNUALLY THAT OFFERS AUDIENCES A UNIQUE MIX OF WORK AT VARIOUS STAGES OF DEVELOPMENT, PROMOTES INTERACTION AND DIALOGUE AMONG ARTISTS, AND BUILDS A COMMUNITY AROUND A SEASON OF THEATER
Various Dates from July 10th to August 5th 2018
July 12 - 22
the only place on earth where mermaids are real! Join us for our afternoon special starring Mermaid Bee, Mermaid Vana, and our newest princess of the deep, Mermaid Marie. Reawaken your childhood fantasies. Revel in the death-defying underwater dances. Soak in the impossible beauty. And please disregard the alligators. There is nothing to worry about.
July 14th - 22
from her country, Rana reunites with three old friends on a soccer field in Istanbul on July 15th, 2016 -- the eve of the attempted coup d’etat in Turkey. As the night progresses, the foursome realizes how brutal nostalgia can feel when the distance between them widens, when life in the present implicates them in political turmoil and places them under surveillance. Spanning across the surreal events of one evening, Field, Awakening is not a homecoming: it’s the tale of a stranger in a strange land, searching in vain for home amidst a landscape of fleeting familiarity.
JULY 20 - 29
Agnes and Kitty -- the pie shop sisters – have big dreams. But when a pipe bursts, leaking toxic unknowns that flood the shop and rob them of coherent speech, they are forced to contend with a past that still haunts and divides them (lest they drown). Culminating in a dramatic stand-off played out through an original language of gibberish and jumbled English, Pie Shop Play reveals the havoc that trauma brings down upon all who work in the name of pie.
July 25th - August 5th
Meryl and Ana Sofia, a lesbian couple, attempt to conceive a child through in-vitro fertilization while managing Meryl's bipolar disorder II. Two decades later, in the same apartment, their daughter Robyn and her roommate Hadley are forced to navigate their friendship through Robyn’s cancer treatment. As they struggle to take control of their lives, all four come to experience the unique weight and loss of female friendship. A wrenching, tender portrait of characters who are complicated the way real women are, delicacy of a puffin heart considers what it means to love someone honestly even when they are incapable of telling the truth.
July 27 - August 5th
Nelly, Alaida, and Sol spent hot summer days daring, dancing, and documenting their way across boroughs, rivers, and storefronts. Ten years later, time has seemed to warp everything, from their once-indestructible friendship to the landscape of the streets they used to call home. Desarrollo is an unraveling—a discovery—of what happens to the people and the places we love when put under pressure; like film developing in the dark, their stories are ones of transformation, of capturing the moments that change us.
Reading Series - July 10th
In a dusty studio in Beirut, five women gather to do yoga:
a local hairdresser, an American combat solider, a veteran, a Syrian refugee, and an Australian Air Force officer. Between downward dogs and mountain poses, their lives—all vastly different, all on the brink of change—will clash and converge, as the hot sun continues to set over Lebanon.
Reading Series - July 16th
Our House is Haunted offers audiences a tour through the eerie and unknown. A devised collage inspired by Cubism, the play investigates the nature of fear and the power of belief. By turns comical and spooky, skeptical and earnest, Our House is Haunted seeks to conjure spirits beyond our grasp, so that we can reflect on the roles they play among the living.
Content Warning: This performance features content related to death, suicide, grief, and the physical process of dying, as well as a sequence involving flickering lights.
Reading Series - July 20th
Milk and Gall opens as Vera gives birth to a baby boy on election night 2016. Over the course of one seemingly unending year, tensions mount between Vera and the people in her life, including her husband, her second-wave feminist mother, and her Syrian-American best friend Amira. A surreal and fragmented play mimicking the experience of sleep-deprived new parents (featuring a shape-shifting baby played by a series of incongruous objects), Milk and Gall reveals what happens when the political and the personal push someone to the point of exhaustion.
Reading Series - July 27th
Or at least, partially responsible—until their lead actor Neil was whisked away at the last minute when NASA decided to go in a different direction. Now, director Sylvia and her crew are being held prisoner in a classified warehouse in the middle of nowhere America, with nothing to do but make a documentary about their thwarted attempt at creating the footage that would inspire the world. Craters is an exercise in fact-finding, (re)enactment, and the power of simulation.
July 17th at 9:30 PM
Patrick and Daniel Lazour are brothers, songwriters and collaborators. They have written seven musicals and hundreds of songs as a team. Their more recent music theatre projects include We Live in Cairo, which will premiere at the American Repertory Theater in 2019, and Bethesda, about a medical miracle in the 1960s. A new take on the troubadour tradition, they present an evening of stories, featuring excerpts from their shows, stories and stand-alone pieces.
More information at https://corkscrewfestival.org/