Arts on the Horizon Presents OUTSIDE THE LINES

Arts on the Horizon Presents OUTSIDE THE LINES

Arts on the Horizon, an interactive theatre for children ages zero to six, is excited to present a new commission by a local DC playwright. Outside the Lines will run from April 12th - 28th, 2018 at The Lab at Convergence in Alexandria, Virginia.

Outside the Lines, written by original company member Tia Shearer Bassett and directed by Megan Alrutz, with music direction by Joan Singer of QuinTango, was created specifically for an audience of children ages 2 to 5 and their families.

Two pen pals, Bud and Vi, brighten each other's lives from afar. Bud lives in a straight-line world of tall, tall buildings. Vi lives in a curvy-line world of rolly, rolly hills. Bud and Vi have never met, but they create a world together by exchanging lines...through the mail.

Scored by the lively tango music of QuinTango, and featuring interactive projection design by Helen Hayes nominee Patrick Lord, Outside the Lines is a new nonverbal play for ages 2-5 and their families about one of our earliest and deepest joys: connection.

Two talented local performers will make their Arts on the Horizon debut as Vi and Bud - Moriamo Akibu and Dallas Tolentino. Moriamo is an actor and dancer who has been seen at Mosaic Theater Company, Forum Theatre, and Discovery Theater. Dallas has performed frequently with Synetic Theater, as well as at Imagination Stage and Adventure Theatre.

Outside the Lines marks creator Tia Shearer Bassett's fourth Arts on the Horizon show, having recently created and directed the Helen Hayes recommended Space-Bop. Director Megan Alrutz joins AOTH again after directing Point A to Point B. She has served as Mo Willems' dramaturg on a number of his plays, including Elephant & Piggie's We are in a Play at the Kennedy Center. Joan Singer, violinist and music director of Alexandria's QuinTango, is the show's Music Director. Helen Hayes nominee, Patrick Lord, is the Projections Designer for Arts on the Horizon's first show with projections. Costumes will be designed by Amy MacDonald, Robert Humphrey will design the set and props, and E-hui Woo is the lighting designer.

Arts on the Horizon, founded in 2009, is a non-profit theatre with a specific focus of providing performances and education programs for the very young. Our performances are designed to take place in an intimate setting where children not only feel comfortable to learn and explore, but are also an integral part of the performance. We have the utmost respect for children and want what may be their first theatrical performance to entertain them, challenge them, spark creativity and enhance the imaginative play in which many children this age engage. Since 2011, our non-verbal productions have been performed on the Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, Atlas Performing Arts Center, Workhouse Arts Center, The Athenaeum and other venues and schools in the DC metro area. In May 2013, the company performed at Cleveland's PlayhouseSquare as part of the national One Theatre World Festival. In Spring of 2015, Arts on the Horizon's show, Blossom's Rainbow, was an event of the 2015 National Cherry Blossom Festival.

In January 2016, Arts on the Horizon was nominated for The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Arts on the Horizon was honored with the 50 for 50 Arts Inspiration Award from the Virginia Commission for the Arts in January 2018, and recently earned two Helen Hayes nominations for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences.

In addition to our performances, we also offer education programs, which provide targeted exploration of themes and ideas in order to help children enhance their language development, socialization, and fine and gross motor skills; all within a meaningful, nurturing environment where children can develop their sense of self and increase their knowledge and understanding of the world around them.

Performance And Ticket Information:
April 12-28, 2018 at the Lab Theatre at Convergence:
1819 N. Quaker Lane, Alexandria, VA, 22302

April 12, 13, 17, 18, 19, 20, 24, 25, 26, 27 at 10:30am
April 14, 21* and 28 at 10am and 11:30am
*Sign-Interpreted Performance on April 21 at 11:30am

Tickets are $9 for children and adults and can be purchased online at or at the door on the day of the performance.

Arts on the Horizon offers a military family rate for all performances in Virginia. Active duty military personnel and their family can purchase these discounted tickets directly on the website and will need to show a current military ID when picking up their tickets on the day of the performance.

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