Logan Festival of Solo Performance
July 6 - 16, 2017
ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
The Logan Festival of Solo Performance, the first of its kind in the DC Region, features some of the county’s most celebrated solo playwrights and performers.
EMPANADA FOR A DREAM by Juan Francisco Villa–Villa, a second generation Colombian immigrant, performs a one-man show that “is at the heart of our current national debate about what it means to be an American and how much responsibility we owe to each other.” (Chicago Tribune).
HICK: A LOVE STORY by Terry Baum–This compelling one-woman show draws on real letters to explore Lorena Hickok’s romantic relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, highlighting the evolution of LGBTQ relationships in America.
THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis (returning to 1st Stage following the extended run of her world premiere play Now Comes the Night)–Drawing on a personal history with firearms, Lewis has created a play that examines the gun control debate and how a diverse nation searches for mutual understanding.
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
Meet the Artists
Join us for conversations with the extraordinary Logan Festival of Solo Performance artists. We will sit down with the creative teams and performers for each of these stunning productions to learn more about writing and performing solo work and what makes solo performance so compelling as a medium. You won’t want to miss the opportunity to hear from these nationally acclaimed artists!
July 8 following the 2pm performance of Empanada for a Dream
Discussion with performer and writer, Juan Francisco Villa and director, Alex Levy
July 9 following the 2pm performance of Hick: A Love Story
Discussion with performer and writer, Terry Baum and director, Carolyn Myers
July 15 following the 2pm performance of The Gun Show
Discussion with writer E.M. Lewis, performer Vin Shambry, and director, Shawn Lee
July 16 following the 2pm performance of Empanada for a Dream
Solo Performance Storytelling: A discussion with ALL of the festival artists (PLUS delicious empanadas!)
This incredible team has joined us from around the country to bring the DC region its first ever festival of solo performance. We will sit with the entire team or artists (playwrights, directors, and performers) to discuss this powerful and unique form of storytelling. Spend the day at the theater with all 3 festival performances and compelling conversations with the artists!
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
Photographs by Frances Borchardt
PHOTOGRAPHS BY FRANCES BORCHARDT
As a travel photographer, I often seek to interpret a locale by focusing on details rather than capturing the traditional view. Some subjects are gone in the blink of an eye, while others go unseen or unnoticed by the community that surrounds them. These two series are a visual tribute to the Chesapeake Bay.
Boat Lines captures the lyrical flow of light and color of reflections that existed for an instant on the water’s surface. These images are paired with photographs of dock lines that draw comparisons to their owner’s personalities. Some mooring lines are tightly wound while others are so relaxed they suggest a casual disregard for their purpose.
Boat Hulls is a series of abstract photographs of the undersides of boats placed on marine jack stands to weather the winter months. There are straight views paired with detail shots. Otherwise ordinary surfaces are transformed into things of beauty by focusing on color, texture, light and shadow cast on the weather-beaten hulls.