We approach 2013-14 anticipating our boldest season yet! After the acclaim of last year, including a Helen Hayes Awards nomination for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play, we are partnering with Gallaudet University and NextStop Theatre to offer an even bigger roster of plays for Season Five!
We kick off the season with our first take on Molière, a fresh, new staging of his legendary Don Juan, freely adapted and directed by two-time Helen Hayes nominee Matthew R. Wilson and featuring local favorite Sun King Davis in the title role. This hilarious send-up of high culture is set in a protean art museum outfitted with ever-changing paintings and ambulatory statues. Multi-talented theatre artist Klyph Stanford designs the set, lighting, and projections to create these amazing effects! For a good time, call on Don Juan Sept 12 through Oct 6, 2013, at Gallaudet’s Elstad Auditorium.
Thanksgiving weekend, we kick off the holidays with the return of our Helen Hayes nominated A Commedia Christmas Carol. The principle cast returns to reprise their roles in what The Washington Post called “high spirited revelry.” Gather your kit and kin, and celebrate the season with A Commedia Christmas Carol, Nov 29 through Dec 22, 2013, at Gallaudet’s Elstad Auditorium.
In the spring, we tackle our first ever play designed specifically for young audiences with a new rendition of Pinocchio! adapted and directed by Associate Artistic Director Paul Reisman. This co-production with the burgeoning NextStop Theatre will run in March 2014 at NextStop’s Industrial Strength Theatre in Herndon, Virginia.
Our season ends with a shriek, as we bring you the funniest version yet of Shakespeare’s bloodiest play. Titus Andronicus is written in the Senecan style of Commedia’s so-called opera reggia, featuring royal families behaving badly. In the Fools’ darkly comic version, something wicked becomes something wickedly delightful. Titus Andronicus will feature scenic design by Gallaudet Theatre head Ethan Sinnott and blood effects by local goremeister Casey Kaleba. You’ll die laughing with Titus Andronicus at Gallaudet’s Studio Theatre, May 29 through June 22, 2014.
And, of course, our critically acclaimed production of A Commedia Romeo & Juliet is now on tour, playing to schools and theatres across the country! This high-octane and highly physical staging of William Shakespeare’s poetic text enjoyed a sold-out run and a Helen Hayes Awards Recommendation when it premiered in DC in 2012. Contact our Education Department (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you would like to book a performance of the show at a school or theatre near you! And mark your calendar for the annual International Commedia dell’Arte Day on February 25, 2014.
With special thanks to all of our supporters and fans, the Faction is excited to boldly enter our Fifth Foolish Season!