Theater of the First Amendment Announces 2011 Season

Posted: January 12, 2011 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: January 11, 2011 at 9:41 pm

TFA logoHeather McDonald and Rick Davis, co-artistic directors of Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), Mason’s professional theater-in-residence, have announced three major projects featuring expanding partnerships with the local and national arts community.

“Partnerships and collaborations are becoming the mainstay of arts organizations across the United States,” says McDonald. “This creative interplay, combined with the generosity of our sponsors, supporters and board members, frees us to explore the art of play development and production in innovative ways, and to share that work with new audiences.”

Supported in large part by a $50,000 season sponsorship from Boeing, TFA’s 2011 lineup opens with the world premiere of “24, 7, 365” by Washington, D.C., playwright Jennifer L. Nelson, past winner of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play (1997).

Nelson’s play asks the question, what would the world look like if people were happy 24 hours a day, seven days a week and 365 days a year?

Educated African Americans’ attitudes about race, class and social activism are put under a humorous microscope as two Washington couples endure a civilized weekend camping trip for a birthday celebration and much needed rest and recuperation. One night together, complete with a misunderstood hip-hop poet, a very old tree and a large bottle of vodka, complicates and ultimately illuminates their inner and outer lives.

Directed by Juanita Rockwell, “24, 7, 365” is produced in association with Tribute Productions and will run at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C., from Feb. 10–27. The production is a featured component of INTERSECTIONS: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas.

TFA will partner with the Hylton Performing Arts Center on Mason’s Prince William Campus to present “24, 7, 365” in the Gregory Family Theater, March 3–5. The production then travels to the Fairfax Campus for five final performances in Harris Theater, March 10–13.

Other TFA productions this season are “Live Wire” at the Hylton Performing Arts Center on April 15 and the Center for the Arts in Fairfax on April 17.

In June, TFA will present its 11th annual First Light Discovery Program, showcasing new play development by professional and student playwrights.

Also in June, the Dramatists Guild of America will sponsor Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation, which will be hosted by TFA at the Mason Inn Conference Center and Hotel on the Fairfax Campus.

TFA’s season is supported in part by generous contributions from Boeing, the Arts Council of Fairfax County, the Virginia Commission for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

For more information and to purchase tickets online, visit the TFA website.

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