TFA Presents Second Annual First Light Festival

Posted: May 23, 2002 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

The Theater of the First Amendment’s (TFA) First Light Festival is an intensive script development program involving playwrights, actors, and dramaturgs from the Washington, D.C. metro region. The festival culminates in a weekend of new play readings supplemented by question and answer sessions. This year’s festival takes place June 1 and 2, with free readings at 2 and 7 p.m. in TheaterSpace on the Fairfax Campus.

The new plays are Mariela in the Desert by Helen Hayes Award winner Karen Zacarías, Saving Edgardo for God by Ernest Joselovitz, The Forgetting by Melinda Adamz, and The Last Pharaoh by Wagdi Zeid.

The festival’s mission, to encourage growth and development of new plays, parallels the mission of TFA, George Mason’s professional company in residence, to showcase new works and rediscover classics. With TFA acting as the incubator experience for writers and adapters to polish their work, a relationship is established between the company and the playwright, serving the needs of both.

The pilot First Light Festival in 2001 resulted in two of the six plays moving to full production at TFA. Perseus Bayou, fully produced in March of 2001 received five Helen Hayes Award nominations, and Nathan the Wise went on to become a 90-minute televised production on WETA-TV.

Although, admission to the readings and discussions of the First Light Festival is free, reservations are required. Reserve by sending an e-mail to or by calling x32195.

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