TRUE HOME, LOVE/SICK & More Set for Geva's Festival of New Theatre 2013, 10/23-11/3
Geva Theatre Center unveils its line-up for the Festival of New Theatre 2013 to be held in the Fielding Nextstage from October 23 - November 3. FONT2013 is a vibrant and innovative mix of new works by some of the most exciting playwrights from across the country and around the corner and is part of Geva's ongoing commitment to developing and producing new work for the American theatre.
FONT2013 invites the audience into the "writers' studios" as they work on new ideas, tell new stories and explore new forms. The audience plays an incredibly important part in this process - writers cannot fully understand the impact of their work without hearing the audience's response. And because the readings of new plays are presented concert-style - with actors at music stands, facing the audience - the budget for the set, costumes and other effects is limited only by the audience's imagination! Audiences will also have the unique opportunity for a post-reading discussion with the playwright.
Geva's Literary Director/Resident Dramaturg Jenni Werner commented, "Normally when audiences come to Geva, they see a fully-produced play, complete with sets, costumes and lighting. But where did that start? The stories you see onstage come from the inspiration of playwrights - but they don't spring to life fully-formed, ready for audiences. The stories need to be developed, heard by people who want to participate in the shaping of these stories. That's where Rochester comes in."
Admission to the Festival of New Theatre 2013 readings is free, but reservations are required. Call the Geva Theatre Center Box Office at (585) 232- 4382 or visit www.gevatheatre.org for tickets. Play readings sell out quickly, but tickets often become available the night of the performance.
Here is the line-up for the 2013 Festival of New Theatre:
True Home by Cass Morgan
Wednesday, October 23 @ 7:00p
Broadway veteran and writer Cass Morgan experiments with the forms of music and storytelling as she searches for her roots in True Home. "When I first started working on what would become True Home, it was a random bunch of stories, and then songs written from those stories, derived from unresolved issues in my life, and memories that wouldn't let go of me," she commented. "I didn't know what the piece was, or what I was trying to say. I went through early childhood, through college and marriages, motherhood, into my first Broadway show (Hair), and back to lonely old me, trying to let go of the past with love, and move forward. There were two other actors with me, and a band. Some of it worked, but mostly I found it unsatisfying. I put it away and thought I was through with it. Then, two years ago my mother died, and True Home began haunting me again. I knew I wanted to bring my home town of Rochester into the story more, and that I wanted to tuck everything into one magical story of my first trip to Ireland. I cut the other actors and decided to try using two musicians who could sing and be part of the action with me. I cut some songs and wrote some new ones, and now here I am, trying it out for the first time."
A Conversation with Nora Cole
Friday, October 25 @ 7:00p
Writer/performer Nora Cole (Fences, Voices of the Spirits in my Soul) lets us in on her process and inspirations for a new work, as yet untitled, about her ancestors, inspired by letters sent between her grandfather, a World War II Tuskegee Airman, and her grandmother. As a resident artist at Geva, funded by the Fox Foundation Actor Fellowship, she has researched her family's stories and will be in residence during the Festival, writing a performance piece inspired by her discoveries. This event will feature excerpts of her writing and a conversation facilitated by Geva's Literary Director, Jenni Werner.
Theatre in Progress: Excerpts of New Plays
Monday, October 28 @ 8pm
Five of the writers of new plays in Geva's 2013-2014 Season share their newest works with you. What new ideas are being explored by Greg Kotis (All Your Questions Answered), John Cariani (Last Gas), Deborah Zoe Laufer (Informed Consent), Eric Coble (Stranded on Earth) and Mat Smart (Tinker to Evers to Chance)? The only way to find out is to attend this evening of excerpts from each of this season's Geva writers.