World Premieres Highlight Factory 449's 'Season 2'


Factory 449: a theatre collective, coming off the success of its award-winning 4.48 Psychosis, is excited to announce the lineup of plays for Season 2 (2010-11). Featured are World Premieres by Erik Ehn (Wolf at the Door) and Caridad Svich (Iphigenia Crash Land Falls on the Neon Shell That Was Once Her Heart). In addition, Factory 449 will produce its 2nd Annual Factory Made: a reading series and the DC Premiere of Alberto Pedro's Mar Nuestro, translated by Caridad Svich.

"For Factory 449's second season, we are tackling World Premieres by two of our most challenging and evocative contemporary playwrights," states Producing Artistic Director Rick Hammerly. "With these plays we will examine the relationship theatre has with a 21st century audience, exploring new perspectives for traditional storytelling, and investigating our culture's unceasing demand for novelty and uniqueness. Factory 449 Co-Founder John Moletress addresses the plays specifically, "In Erik Ehn's "The Saint Plays," we are presented with the question of allegorical preservation. Where does our faith come from? How has the story changed? Where do we begin to excavate the answers? In Caridad Svich's "Magnificent Waste," we find ourselves neck-deep in a superficial society, which is failing to keep up with its own demands. Svich lays bare the notions of America's excessive appetite, presenting a portrait of our own destruction."

Season 2 (2010-11) productions and readings:

THE SAINT PLAYS by Erik Ehn (World Premiere)

MAGNIFICENT WASTE by Caridad Svich (World Premiere)

2nd ANNUAL FACTORY MADE: a reading series

MAGNIFICENT WASTE by Caridad Svich (DC Premiere, reading)

Kennedy Center's Page-To-Stage Festival

MAR NUESTRA or OUR WIDE, WIDE SEA by Caridad Svich (DC Premiere, reading)

INTERSECTIONS - a New American Arts Festival

Formed in April of 2009, Factory 449: a theatre collective supports the following working mission:

...committed to maintaining an ensemble of multi-disciplinary artists and professionals who are dedicated to the collaborative process of creating "theatre as event." The members of this collective will assume roles involved in the development of new productions, affording artists the opportunity to write, act, direct, design and produce.

Factory 449: a theatre collective is Jesse Achtenberg, Debbi Arseneaux, Sara Barker, Bill Carlton, Eric Grims, Rick Hammerly, Brian Hemmingsen, Nanna Ingvarsson, Ryan Keebaugh, Lisa Hodsoll, Amy McWilliams, John Moletress, Jennifer Phillips, Karin Rosnizeck, Greg Stevens and David Lamont Wilson.

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