22nd Annual Festival of Independent Theatres
NEW STYLE, SAME FIT
The 22nd Festival of Independent Theatres has had to change its style, but the FIT is as perfect as ever. This year’s festival switches to a virtual, on demand format and will be held October 8-31. Six performing arts groups offer something for everyone and for the first time ever, viewing on demand and from the comfort of home. One of the most beloved features of the area’s longest running theatre festival still remains: Two show blocks are available for one low ticket price, so viewers can experience something new, as well as festival passes so they can explore it all. This year’s line-up features original works, dance, comedy, drama and more. All performed by some of FIT audiences’ favorite artists.
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DAYLAN HILLIS IN SPACE
by Brad McEntire and Jeff Hernandez
Security guard Daylan Hillis feels underappreciated in his job at a top secret government facility. One night, his otherwise boring shift is interrupted by an encounter with strange intruders and a chance to show what he is really capable of.
Directed by Brad McEntire
Cast: Jeff Swearingen
UP THE DOWN LADDER
by Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley
Two isolated, eccentric humans invent an elaborate story about the infestation of a royal family by their followers. Things soon grow frenzied and a series of farcical chases, violent arguments and ribald accusations ensue, culminating in a surprising, yet the tender conclusion brought about by the royal family’s eviction.
Directed and performed by Dick Monday and Tiffany Riley
3 x 3: Three Short Scenes From Pre-Modern Playwrights
An Introduction by Margaret Cavendish
To the Lady Anne by Æmilia Bassano Lanier
Votes for Women! by Elizabeth Robins
A trio of powerful, passionate, political works by three trailblazing female playwrights and poets. This triple bill explores traditional themes of art, inclusion and identity from a decidedly feminist perspective and includes An Introduction by Margaret Cavendish, To Lady Anne by Æmilia Bass Lanier and Votes For Women! by Elizabeth Robins.
Directed by Nick Leos
Cast: Carissa Aguila, Taylor Mercado Owen, Blake Seabourn, Kelli J. Howard, Caitlin Chapa, Jon Garrard
Lily & Joan Theatre Company
Written by J.C. Pankratz
Adapted for Screen by Abigail Birkett, Emily P. Faith and J.C Pankratz based on the play by J.C. Pankratz
A virtual version of the National New Play Network offering and 2015 O’Neil National Playwrights Conference Finalist. Redeemer Mine focusses on Gloria,who returns home after her sister is caught cremating their mother, the prophet of a small-town doomsday cult. Spooky, heartbreaking, beautiful and sure to deliver a few shivers.
Directed by Abigail Birkitt and Emily Faith
Cast: Savannah Elayyach, Sinclair Freeman, Gwen Pallas, Salomona Mendoza, Jad Saxton
Vena Cava Productions
by Zoe Kerr
During previews for a sure-to-be-doomed production of The Tell-Tale Heart: The Musicale, a Stage Manager slowly loses his sanity as he deals with overbearing directors, unprepared understudies and immense guilt over the past. Brought to you by the writer and director of the sold-out drive-in experience, Everything Will Be Fine by Prism Movement Theater, this new one-man show is sure to startle, excite and terrify.
MATURE CONTENT: HORROR
Directed by Zoe Kerr and Jeff Colangelo
Cast: Jeff Colangelo, Alisa Roca, Kwame Lily, Ivan Jasso, Zoe Kerr, Jeremiah Johnson, Mitchell Stephens
Very Good Dance Theatre
created by the Very Good Dance Theatre Ensemble
Plant Mom focuses on a woman, at home alone with her plants, and explores feelings of isolation, loneliness, distance, and the longing for connection that many have recently grown to know more intimately. The question remains: Are these feelings really new, or have we been avoiding them all along?
Cast: Lagniappe, William Acker, Elania Alspach, Colby Calhoun, Danielle Georgiou
THE 22nd ANNUALL FESTIVAL OF INDEPENDENT THEATRES will be held digitally. Video Productions will be streamed ON DEMAND between October 8 – 31, 2020.