TFA’s First Light Festival Presents Play Readings

Posted: May 29, 2003 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus is the setting for the third annual Theater of the First Amendment (TFA) First Light Festival on Saturday, May 31. The festival will explore new plays, rediscovered classics, and family-friendly musicals involving playwrights, actors, and dramaturges from the Washington, D.C., metropolitan region. Beginning at 2 p.m., TFA will present three new play readings, with the theme “Celebrating Heroes.”

The Odyssey of Telemaca opens the festival. Inspired by Homer’s Odyssey and scheduled for full production in the Concert Hall next season, it is a family musical about a hero’s daughter in pre-revolution Mexico who must become a hero herself to save her village and family.

The Three Musketeers, adapted by Bette Cassatt, will continue the heroic theme at 6 p.m. In under an hour, four actors, playing more than 25 characters, will enact the swashbuckling adventures created by Alexandre Dumas.

At 7:30 p.m., The Million Dollar Fight by D.W. Gregory will round out the festival. Set in 1923, the play examines hero worship as a small town in Montana gets more than it bargains for after recruiting Jack Dempsey for a world championship boxing match.

Admission to the daylong event is $5 per person, including refreshments between readings. Audience feedback and interaction with the artists will take place between the readings.

For more information, contact the Center for the Arts at (703) 993-8888.

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