From Cecile Oreste
The third and final week of this year’s Source Festival is under way at 14th and T Street NW, with three new full-length plays. The first week of the festival featured 18 10-minute plays from the District’s most promising new theatre artists, veterans and national playwrights. Last week kicked off with a talent show on June 21 and presented four ‘Artistic Blind Dates,’ grouping artists from a variety of backgrounds. The Festival closes this Saturday, July 3.
I volunteered on Thursday, June 24, and was able to observe ‘It’s Me You Should Blame,’ a collaboration featuring dancer and choreographer Angella Foster, playwright James Helsa and jazz vocalist L’Tanya Mari. The work explored the idea of confessions using an interesting combination of text, music, movement and video.
The performers even created a box for audience members to share their confessions which may later be posted on the Source Festival blog. After the production, the three main artists sat down for a brief discussion moderated by Associate Producer Rachel Grossman. Each artist shared their respective backgrounds and what it was like to work on the project together.
Three new full-length plays will bring the festival to a close starting today. Be sure not to miss these productions which ‘explore who really owns hip-hop, whether a toothpick sculpture can fix a broken world and what happens when an astronaut takes your drink order.