Blind Pug Arts Collective to Present reWORKS New Play Festival, 1/12
Local theatre company Blind Pug Arts Collective launches the reWORKS three-play staged reading festival on January 12, 2014 at U Streets' Blind Dog Café.
The theme of the reWORKS festival is adaptations. Executive Director Lauren R Alexander said, "I'm really looking forward to working with our up and coming playwrights at this event. We're work-shopping with them and giving them visibility while we discover our presence in the incredible DC theatre community and fostering work that supports our new mission."
The first of three one-act plays, Why Do We Fall? is written by emerging DC playwright, and Capital Fringe favorite (In This Economy, Social Media Expert), John Krizel. Krizel's dark, sarcastic comedy is an adaptation of a comic book favorite, following the story of a reclusive 20-something billionaire as he searches for love in the digital age. Why Do We Fall? will be directed by Seth Rose, Blind Pug's Artistic Associate.
Next, Blind Pug brings an adaptation of 'Beauty and the Beast' to the stage in Mrs. Braxton's Roses by Cate Mangelsdorf. Manfelsdorf's play will be directed by Tracey Erbacher. This play surrounds a social stigma, rather than curse. And instead of romance, it's a friendship that saves the two young adults at the play's center.
Closing out the night will be Under My Skin by Jonelle Walker, Literary Manager of Blind Pug. Walker's dark, eclectic tale follows the mystery of the 1916 Jersey Shore shark attacks. Medha Marsten, Artistic Director of Blind Pug will direct this one-act play.
Walker believes "the reWORKS festival is an extraordinary opportunity for young playwrights, myself amongst them. We take pieces commissioned for this particular idea - adaptation - and build them from the page up. We're looking forward to a truly collaborative process and the debut of some promising new writers."
Actors for the reWORKS festival include Lauren R Alexander, Marshall Bradshaw, Geoff Blizard, Dave Byrd, Abigail Casey, Ali Oliver-Krueger, Becky Topol, and Annelies van Vonno.