TFA Explores New Plays with First Light Festival

Posted: February 11, 2004 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), George Mason’s professional theater company in residence at the Center for the Arts, continues its mission of exploring new plays with its fourth annual First Light Festival on Saturday, Feb.14, beginning at 11 a.m. First Light,TFA’s developmental program for new plays and playwrights, features a day of new play readings–combining the talents of playwrights, directors, dramaturges, and actors with audience feedback after each reading–and encourages attendees to be a part of the theatrical creative process.

Plays are presented at Harris Theatre. Admission is $10 for the entire day or any part of the day. The schedule follows.

11 a.m.–The Treehouse by Gwydion Suilebhan

This is the story of four men in their 30s whose watered-down religious traditions leave them lost and confused when they’re faced with the death of the one man who could have provided the guidance they desperately need–but didn’t.

2 p.m.–Open the Door, Virginia! by Dianne McIntyre and Olu Dara

A glimpse of the newest dance/theater musical from the creators of TFA’s Blues Rooms and Could Stop on a Dime. This investigation and celebration of Brown v. Board of Education, which began 50 years ago in Prince Edward County, Va., is based on interviews with actual people who brought the case that led to the desegregation of America’s schools.

3:30 p.m.–The World of Others by Catherine Trieschmann

Set in an isolated landscape both wondrous and violent, this dark new work explores themes of desire, racism, and the effects of past transgressions. It is the story of a young brother and sister ill-equipped to confront the intrusion of a corrupt outside world.

Admission includes refreshments served between readings to allow for informal continued conversation with the artists. For tickets, call 703-218-6500, click on, or visit the Center for the Arts box office.

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