2013-14 Kogod Cradle Series Features 11 New Works of Theater, Beg. Today

Following an open submission process, six projects have been selected for the 2013/14 Kogod Cradle Series, as part of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater (1101 Sixth St., S.W.). Focused on the development of new and emerging work by artists from throughout Greater Washington and around the country, this series of workshops, readings and performances invites artists and audiences to actively explore the development process.

The 2013/14 Kogod Cradle Series lineup includes the return of dog and pony dc, following the successful 2012 workshop of their smash hit A Killing Game. The interactive devised-theatermakers, who knock down the traditional fourth wall in live theater, will explore their newest project Toast. The Series also welcomesFaction of Fools, another D.C.-based ensemble, who will put their trademark Commedia dell'Arte spin on a classic piece of theater. Arena Stage favorites Eleasha Gamble and Nicholas Rodriguez will reunite to create The Power of Two, a special new cabaret act blending their voices and inspirations under the direction of Signature Theatre Associate Artistic Director Matthew Gardiner. During two different presentations from the American Voices New Play Institute, Resident Playwright Samuel D. Hunter (The Whale) will share the latest draft of a play he has been working on and the inaugural members of Playwrights' Arena will introduce the plays they have created through their yearlong collaborative process. The Series concludes with a special extended presentation of Loveland, a new American play under development by writer/performer Ann Randolph (Squeeze Box) that centers on her uncanny ability to find humor in loss and features a post-show process conversation with each audience.

Of the lineup Arena Stage Artistic Director Molly Smith shares, "The breadth of this season's Kogod Cradle Series-in terms of the projects, artists and companies-captures this program's ability to support artists and provide platforms for discovery and presentation that will be meaningful and rewarding both for the talented creators as well as for our intelligent audiences, who become an integral part of the future of these new contributions to American theater."

The selected artists will benefit from the opportunity to rehearse, workshop, perform and discuss their work in the Mead Center's intimate 200-seat Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle, a space specifically designed to support the development of new American theater.

"In our second season we have expanded our ability to meet the needs of artists looking to create, develop and share their work with audiences in the Kogod Cradle," adds Director of Artistic Programming David Snider. "We have selected six very unique projects; all with artists who have clear visions for what they hope to gain from their time in the Mead Center. We are proud that this Series, along with the numerous new works in our mainstage season, provides for ongoing development of and public access to new work throughout the coming year."

2013/14 Kogod Cradle Series*

Created and performed by members of dog and pony dc
TODAY, December 5-8, 2013
Before electricity, how did people make toast?
It's not a trick question. Think about it for a moment. Go look it up.
The invention of the electric toaster and its widespread adoption wasn't as easy as sliding sliced bread between heated coils. It was a complex, non-linear process, a beautiful confluence of conditions, opportunities, discoveries and intensity. Piqued? Back after their hit show A Killing Game thrilled audiences in last season's Kogod Cradle Series, dog & pony dc returns for a workshop of their newest show Toast-a participatory theatrical performance meets science experiment exploring technological innovation, discovery, invention, consequences and the intricate networks that weave us all together. A Salon, as part of dog and pony dc's Incubator Series, will be held September 14 in the Kogod Cradle to begin work on Toast. For more information visit dogandponydc.com.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 p.m. & Sunday at 7:30 p.m.
Tickets are $10

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