CulturalDC is pleased to announce the Source Festival 2015 Full-Length Play Line-up and Open-Call for 10-Minute Play Submissions. The Festival, a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for Washington, DC’s theatre artists, runs from June 5-28, 2015.
The 2015 Source Festival will include Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen (Illinois Arts Council Fellowship winner), The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot (KCACTF Musical Theatre Award winner) and (a love story) by Kelly Lusk (Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest finalist.) In addition, the Festival will produce 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates connected to these works.
Playwrights are invited to submit 10-Minute scripts specifically related to the major themes in the selected full-length plays. The 2015 themes are:
- Science & Soulmates: Seeking plays that address the juxtaposition of the mind and the
- Mistakes & Media: Seeking plays that address the constant news cycle of our contemporary society and the perils of living in this digital
- Love & Botany: Seeking plays that explore nature AND nurture from a distinctive Your play must include flora and infatuation.
Be it physics, chemistry, biology or astronomy, your play must examine true love and the knowledge of the natural world based on experiments and observation.
The deadline for submissions is January 6, 2015. The eighteen 10-Minute plays chosen for production will be announced in March 2015. For submission instructions and eligibility guidelines, please visit http://www.sourcefestival.org/opportunities.html
SOURCE FESTIVAL 2015 FULL-LENGTH PLAYS
Blue Straggler by Rebecca Bossen
A gifted astrophysicist and a rebellious chocolatier fall in love – only to be torn apart by a senseless tragedy. Lisa abandons her astrophysics dissertation to solve an even larger problem: finding the mathematical formula that will bring Clarissa back to her. Lisa’s world of numbers and equations is increasingly intruded upon by Clarissa’s world of fairytales, magic, and dreams. In their desperate search to find each other, are they willing to rip apart the fabric of the universe itself?
Rebecca Bossen suffers permanent neck strain due to the number of hats she wears as playwright, actor, voice coach, and new mom; luckily, she is also a certified yoga instructor. Writing credits include: Lady of the Lake (Kentucky Arts Festival); 27 (Emergence Theatre); readings with Inkwell Theatre (Delilah Lee, Blue Straggler) Chicago Dramatists (including Shards of Light, From the Forest, and Blue Straggler) and Burning Coal Theatre (Blue Straggler). She has also written for several 10-minute play festivals. She received an Illinois Arts Council Fellowship Grant for her play From the Forest (now titled The Deepest Dark). She is a Burning Coal Theatre company member and proud member of the Dramatists Guild.
The Word and the Wasteland by Timothy Guillot
Benjamin Harding has just committed the most devastating act of terrorism on American soil since 9/11. Sitting in custody, he makes a strange request – he wants to write poetry. Desperate for information, the FBI permits it, and soon, Benjamin’s work becomes a national sensation and obsession, leading every news broadcast all over the world. Caught in the middle is Elizabeth Martes-Coffey, a young poet and performer from the Bronx whom Benjamin requested specifically to perform his work. As Lizzy attempts to cope with her sudden celebrity, the FBI begins to slowly realize that a second attack may be imminent. Part mystery, part drama, part indictment of modern media, The Word and the Wasteland is a play for our time.
Timothy Guillot is a playwright and composer from Washington, DC. His plays, musicals, and original compositions have been read and performed all over the US and Europe. His work has previously been seen at Center Theatre Group, Alliance Theatre, The Lark Playwrights’ Center, Imagination Stage, Yale Cabaret, Forum Theatre, the Mead Theatre Lab, Source Festival, Capital Fringe Festival, and many others. This fall, Tell
Tale Hearts Theatre Company will be touring Inside Out across Europe, a children’s play for which he composed original music. He is the 2011 recipient of the KCACTF Musical Theatre Award, and a previous finalist the Kendeda Graduate Playwriting Competition, the Larry Neal Writers’ Awards, and the nuVoices Festival. His most recent musical, The Agony and Ecstasy of Steve Jobs: The Musical, had a critically- acclaimed run at Capital Fringe 2013. Said Elliot Lanes of Maryland Theatre Guide, “Tim Guillot is a triple threat… this is one talented writer.” Tim lives next to Pentagon City and is the co-founder of Junesong. Learn more at www.junesong.org.
(a love story) by Kelly Lusk
It starts off as a completely normal day in this small town. Then somebody falls in love. And everything falls apart. (a love story) tells the story of three couples set out determined to love each other in ways they’ve never dreamed of. But can you fall in love if you don’t even know what love is? We’re told everyday in songs and movies and books what it means to be in love, but it’s not until you are in the depths of it that you realize
that maybe this isn’t what you wanted. And you want out. Or perhaps it is exactly what you wanted. And you want more. But what happens when you love that person more than they love you… or they love you more than you love them…
Kelly Lusk is a playwright who recently completed his MFA in playwriting at Indiana University. His play, (a love story), was selected as a participant in NNPN’s 2013 MFA workshop at the Kennedy Center (Dir. Tina Parker) and was a part of Orlando Shakespeare Theatre’s Playfest! (a love story) has been chosen to be produced as part of University of Central Florida’s 2014-2015 mainstage season. Recently he was just named a Core Apprentice at the Playwright’s Center in Minneapolis for the 2014-2015 year under the mentorship of Chicago playwright, Phillip Dawkins. Lusk’s ten minute Play, Space, was chosen as a finalist for Actor’s Theatre of Louisville’s National Ten-Minute Play Contest and the Heideman Award. His newest play, king oedipus, was recently produced at The John Waldron Arts Center in the fall of 2015 (dir. Paul Daily).
ABOUT SOURCE FESTIVAL
Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present 24 new works—three Full-Length Plays, 18 10-Minute Plays and three Artistic Blind Dates—over three weeks in June. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.
Now in its 8th year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the city’s directors and designers. Emily Schwend’s play Splinters, which premiered at the 2010 Source Festival, was selected as one of six finalists for the American Theatre Critic Association’s 2011 Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s Perfect Arrangement (Source Festival 2013) won 2013 Steinberg Award. Collapsing Silence, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision.
In 2011, the Festival deepened its engagement with playwrights by inaugurating a script development weekend. The annual three-day workshop unites playwrights, dramaturges, actors and designers to further develop the three full-length plays featured each summer. In 2012, Source Festival launched a mentorship program wherein seasoned directors mentor early and mid-career 10-Minute Play directors. The 2013 Festival pioneered an undergraduate internship program for aspiring designers and producers. The 2014 Festival united the long-form, short-form and devised work interconnected themes.
Support for Source Festival, a CulturalDC project, is generously provided by Jon & NoraLee Sedmak, Daimler, The Weissberg Foundation, Dallas Morse Coors Foundation for the Performing Arts, Washington Gas, Lockheed Martin, Prince Charitable Trusts, VOA Associates Inc., Susan and Dixon Butler, Sorg Associates, Pete Miller and Sara Cormeny, The Buzzuto Group, Dramatists Guild of America, PEPCO, Bognet Construction, Victor Shargai, Bank of America, Marvin, Busboys and Poets & Eatonville Restaurant, Washington City Paper. Marvin is also CulturalDC’s 2014-2015 Wine Partner.
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