TFA Receives Grant for Annual Theater Festival

Posted: August 8, 2001 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason’s resident professional theater company, has received a $5,000 grant from the Virginia Commission for the Arts toward the production of its annual new play festival, First Light: Theater at the Moment of Discovery. The festival, which was inaugurated last spring, is an intensive, two-week script development program involving playwrights, actors, and dramaturgs from the region. It culminates in a weekend celebration of four new play readings supplemented with question and answer sessions with the artists, a Speakers Series, and nightly receptions. The second festival is planned for the spring of 2002.

“The first festival had an excellent reputation, and TFA has a solid, professional staff,” says Peggy Baggett, executive director of the commission. “The presentation of new plays to the community benefits not only the artist, but the playwrights as well, and the commission is proud to support this initiative that supports the literature of theater.”

TFA’s mission is to discover, develop, and produce theatrical works of high distinction for the engaged and diverse communities of the Washington metropolitan area, putting its motto, “We entertain ideas,” into practice. Led by artistic director Rick Davis, the company seeks to enlarge the art of theater in America by originating new work and rediscovering classics.

For more information on Theater of the First Amendment, visit its web site.

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