Promo photos for 2014-2015 Season shows

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Can you believe we are now entering our Sixth Foolish Season? Thanks to supporters like you, the Faction keeps getting bigger and bolder. After an exciting year that included our third Helen Hayes Awards nomination (Outstanding New Play for Don Juan), we dive into the 2014-15 season continuing to honor our tradition and innovate for its future.

Critics agree that our Pinocchio! and A Commedia Romeo & Juliet are “alive with charm” (The Washington Post) and “splendidly physical” (Washington City Paper). Both of these Helen Hayes Recommended hits are ready to tour year-round to a theatre or school near you. Contact our Education Department (education@factionoffools.org) to make a booking, and don’t miss the limited-engagement, encore performances of these two family favorites at Gallaudet University this September!

For this year’s holiday treat, look no further than Matthew R. Wilson’s The Great One-Man Commedia Epic performing at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop from Thanksgiving to Christmas. A great family diversion and a wonderful introduction to Commedia, this zany adventure has toured the world since 2004 and finally, thanks to audience demand, receives its first extended run in DC. 1 actor. 12 characters. 1000 catastrophes. Tickets will be limited, so make holiday plans with your friends and family today!

As our monstrous contribution to DC’s Women’s Voices festival and to the worldwide Commedia dell’Arte Day, Faction is proud to present Mary Shelley's Frankenstein adapted and directed by Dr. Lindsey D. Snyder. It’s sure to be alive with laughs and heart, and workshop performances will occur at Gallaudet University in February-March 2015.

Capping our exciting sixth season, the Fools take a trip to Grover’s Corners and raise Thornton Wilder's Our Town to acrobatic new heights. After great success workshopping the production as part of Arena Stage’s Kogod Cradle Series last year, we are excited to present a fully-staged, extended run of Wilder’s original text at Gallaudet University in May-June of 2015. With sensitivity to Wilder’s use of pantomime, direct address, and metatheatrical commentary, we apply a Commedia sensibility to re-discover the classical archetypes still familiar in Our Town today. As one audience member said at last year’s sneak peak, “I always cry at Our Town. At this I laughed and cried.”

And, of course, that’s not all. We continue to offer nationwide workshops for students from pre-school to grad school and to strut our stuff at festivals around the area. Look for us partnering with Young Playwrights’ Theater for their 20th-anniversary; hosting once again the annual International Commedia dell’Arte Day on February 25, 2015; and stretching our improvisatory skills to make a “play-in-a-day” at the Sixth Annual “Fool For All”: Tales of Nookie and Gnocchi.

With special thanks to all of our supporters and fans, the Faction is excited to boldly enter our Sixth Foolish Season!