A Theatrelovers Guide to INTERSECTIONS
Kathleen Gonzales: The Bridge of Bodies
An Evening with Marva: Celebrating the Gospel Truth
Saturday, Feb 20 at 7:30pm
Sunday, Feb 21 at 2:00pm and 7:30pm
For audiences ages 13 and up.
Washington Savoyards: Treemonisha
Treemonisha by Scott Joplin An intersection of classical opera form and ragtime genius in a new production of a rarely performed American treasure, presented by Washington Savoyards, DC’s favorite light opera company.
Saturday, February 20, 8pm
Sunday, February 21, 2pm
Friday, February 26, 8pm
Saturday, February 27, 8pm
Sunday, February28, 2pm
Friday, March 5, 8pm
Saturday, March 6, 8pm
Sunday, March 7, 2pm
For audiences ages 8 and up.
Heralded as “an entirely new phase of musical art” when Scott Joplin played for its first performance in 1915, Treemonisha was rediscovered in the 1970s and went on to triumph on Broadway. Last seen in DC in 1976, the Washington Savoyards will present an all-new production of this “thoroughly American opera” for a new generation, under the direction of Michael J. Bobbitt.
The Washington Savoyards production sets this opera in a Louisiana bayou. Treemonisha is an educated young African American woman who denounces the superstitutions of her community. In retaliation, local conjurers kidnap her and take her into a swamp teeming with animals. Remus, her beau, rescues her at the last moment and they return home. A champion now of the community, Treemonisha triumphantly espouses education as the key to African American success. www.savoyards.org
In Pursuit of Me: The Story of Christylez Bacon
Saturday, Feb 27 at 9:30pm
Friday, Mar 5 at 7:30pm
Saturday, March 6 at 9:30pm
For audiences ages 13 and up.
Take a ride from Southeast DC to the top stages in town in a musical extravaganza created by GRAMMY nominated, DC Native Christylez Bacon and award-winning director Patrick Crowley. Live music, dance and drama collide in this progressive twist on the classic hero’s journey. Sure to be as captivating as Christylez’s sold-out performances as a resident artist at the Music Center at Strathmore Hall, this “hip hopera” will be a boundary-breaking event you will not want to miss. Stay late on March 6th for a dance party featuring the versatile music of Christylez.
**Free Concert for Families by Christylez on February 20 at 1:30pm in the Atlas Lobby featuring songs from Banjo to Beatbox, his award-winning CD collaboration with Cathy Fink and Marcy Marxer.
Encounter, a musically poetic look at young peoples’ lives devised and performed by Arena’s top youth ensemble.
Vertical Voices Playback Theatre: Intersect: Let Your Life Speak
Intersect: Let Your Life Speak, an interactive performance created by DC’s Sidwell Friends School performers probing the festival theme.
Sunday, Feb 28 at 4:30pm
For audiences ages 5 and up.
Let your stories be told through Playback Theatre, an international phenomenon inspired by the ancient practice of oral tradition as well as by contemporary forms of improvisational theatre. The Vertical Voices Playback Theatre of Sidwell Friends School honors the human experience by inviting audience members to share their personal stories and then watch as the actors use improvisation, careful listening and insight to bring these experiences to life. Imagine your stories of the intersections in your life and culture, being brought to life by these vibrant young performers. Celebrate and explore the festival theme through a theatre form designed to promote the dignity of the human experience and build community. And it’s fun! Come intersect with a style of theatre practiced in a global network covering six continents and more than thirty countries.