The discourse surrounding new play development continues within the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater, as the company presents the #NewPlay Festival. The festival, which is a culmination of the National Endowment for the Arts New Play Development Program (NEA-NPDP), will feature full-length performances and readings of six plays at the Mead Center (1101 6th St., SW), concurrently with one play in full-production at The Studio Theatre (1501 14th St., NW). The Festival also includes a presentation featuring scenes from Robert Levi’s forthcoming documentary that follows the development of selected projects, which will be followed by a panel of featured artists speaking about their process.
Thursday, January 6, 2011
Art! Art! Art!
- Arena Stage announces it will host the #NewPlay Festival from January 19-31. From the press release:
Take a look at the Upcoming Events page for the schedule of events and the press release for a description of each of the plays. Tickets for the #NewPlay Festival start at $20, plus applicable fees, based on availability. Tickets may be purchased online, by phone at 202-488-3300 or at the Sales Office.
- Meanwhile, the Capitol Skyline Hotel will be hosting a new type of art fair in September called (e)merge. According to their website, the art fair "advances multiple platforms where artists, gallerists, curators, and collectors can discover and experience emerging art." The (e)merge art fair will take place from September 22-25. The Rubell family, which owns the Capitol Skyline Hotel, are art collectors and are also involved with plans for the Randall School site across the street, which will include a contemporary art museum, housing, hotel, and retail.
- In addition, there appears to be momentum towards creating a Southwest community arts festival this fall on the St. Matthew's lot at M Street and Delaware Avenue. The project's partners include St. Matthew's, Arena Stage, the Rubell family, ANC 6D, and St. Augustine's Church. Some of the ideas being floated for the festival include live theater, music, visual arts, food and art vendors, carnival rides, a flea market or yard sale, and a wine tasting. A planning meeting is scheduled for January 18th from 7pm - 9pm at Westminster Church. Any organization who is interested in participating in the festival should send a representative to the planning meeting.