THE WATCHLIST FESTIVAL
Longacre Lea switches just for 2019 from its annual August production to a series of workshops, discussion, film, and a multi-media gallery in June and Early July. Audience are welcome at (almost) any rehearsal—and at the presentation nights for each project. Entry is free, but please make a reservation with us using the form below.
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Punching People You Never Met
Written by Kathleen Akerley & directed by Solomon HaileSelassie
A workshop of a new play about call out culture and the standards to which we hold everyone except ourselves. The everyman star actor of a new superhero show is hiding a dark secret and believes he’s being stalked by the blue bird of Twitter: can the show writers keep up with him and with the increasingly feral whims of the audience and still get picked up for a second season?
Presentations: Sunday June 30th at 2:00 pm; Tuesday July 2nd at 7:30 pm, in The Callan Theatre. Call or email to reserve (free) seats or to learn when open rehearsals are for this project.
Written by William Shakespeare & directed by Kathleen Akerley
a workshop reaction to current “EDI” trends in casting. Shakespeare is often used by theaters to demonstrate "inclusivity" but perhaps without regard for what the lines mean when said in this time in this country. The workshop and workshop presentations will create the opportunity for actors to swap out roles mid-scene and to discuss as a group (artists and audience) how scenes and moments change depending on the perceived race/gender/ages of the speakers.
Presentations: Monday June 24th at 7:30 pm; Monday July 1st at 7:30 pm, in the Callan Theatre. Call or email to reserve (free) seats or to learn when open rehearsals are for this project.
Written and performed by Séamus Miller & with directing assistance by Farrell Parker
An unrelenting audience involvement stand-up/one-man-show hybrid in which Scam Adams, for-profit Mayor-for-Life, interacts with “applicants” for the post of his Deputy. An unapologetic and highly unsafe cliff-dive into the American economy and its perverse relationship with politics by the creative mind that brought you Beer Man in Longacre Lea’s 2017 show Whipping, or the Football Hamlet.
Presentations: Thursday June 27th at 7:30; Friday July 5th at 7:30, in the Callan Theatre. Call or email to reserve (free) seats; rehearsals for this project are not open.
Curated by Kathleen Akerley
From June 10th through July 6th the Callan Theatre will be open an hour before every rehearsal and presentation for visitors to a multimedia exhibit “Conversations With Photographs.” Artists were invited to create in response to photos selected at random for them. The results include paintings, photographs, music, poetry, and essays.
June 10th - July 6th, for ONE hour before ALL OTHER OPEN rehearsals and events
Short Films Screening
The Infection, written and directed by Séamus Miller
The Doors of Impression, written and directed by Kathleen Akerley
After the success of the design and integration of video into Longacre Lea’s 2017 and 2018 shows, we’re expanding into stand-alone forms. The Infection features dialogue entirely lifted from current political discourse superimposed on common people performing mundane tasks; The Doors of Impression unpacks the intimacy in random encounters.
Saturday July 6th at 7:30 pm., in the Callan Theatre
Something Past in Front of the Light
Feature film screening, $15/ticket/co-production with CUA Drama
Longacre Lea’s 2011 show about a documentary film team attempting to collaborate with the Devil was a massive critical and commercial success: with sold out shows, audience members willing to pay to stand in the aisles, and the script itself considered for The Steinberg Award. The script has now been made into a film, with Christopher Henley reprising the lead role of the bewildered documentarian and Jason Lott reprising Jacob, the project’s spiritually alert cinematographer.