Theater of the First Amendment Presents Sixth Annual First Light Festival

Posted: March 2, 2006 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

George Mason’s professional theater company, Theater of the First Amendment (TFA), presents the Sixth Annual First Light Festival of new play readings on March 18 in TheaterSpace in the Performing Arts Building on the Fairfax Campus.

First Light, TFA’s play development process, provides playwrights with professional directors, dramaturgs and actors to create new work. A week of development and rehearsal culminates in a day of staged readings presented in a festival atmosphere and including audience feedback and catered intermissions.

The festival features winning plays from the TFA Playwriting Competitions and Mentorship Program for Fairfax County High School students and Mason playwrights. The festival begins with an offering from the Readers Theater Company of the Osher Lifelong Learning Institute. Admission to the festival is free.

Schedule of events:

Saturday, March 18

  • 11 a.m., “Oh Frank!” by Paul Zacheis, directed by Kathie West

    With a makeover that changes her life, a too-long grieving widow turns to the fast lane with the help of her daughter and friend. A romantic comedy entwined between the flesh and the spirit. Paul Zacheis is a veteran of the Washington Metropolitan stage scene with award-winning performances in numerous productions with area community theaters. Presented in association with Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Readers Theater.

  • 1 p.m., “One for Love” by Kate Parkin, student at Herndon High School and winner of TFA’s Fairfax County High School Playwriting Competition

    Set in Boston during the American Revolution, “One for Love” is a story of the love between a Loyalist and a Patriot.

  • 3:30 p.m., “Violets” by Owen Allen, George Mason University and University of Mary Washington student and winner of TFA’s George Mason University Playwriting Competition

    Directed by Lisa Nanni-Messegee

    Jake wants to honor the wishes of Tennessee Williams, but, unfortunately, that would involve grave-robbing.

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