Festival Dates: July 8-30, 2016
The Festival of Independent Theatres returns with six new companies and two festival founders joining forces for a four-week run of summertime entertainment at the Bath House Cultural Center this July. Presented just a stone's throw from the shores of White Rock Lake, FIT offers eight different one-acts, presented in rotating pairs, by eight of North Texas' most notable theatre companies and is sponsored by the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs.
This year's festival is shaping up to be one of the most unique in recent memory as it blends long-time participants WingSpan Theatre Co. and Echo Theatre with six new companies for its usual mixture of sophisticated storytelling and upstart theatrical events
Making their eighteenth consecutive appearance in the festival, Susan Sargeant's WingSpan Theatre Co. is known for its definitive productions of the classical cannon. This year's entry will be no exception as WingSpan presents Play, an otherworldly rumination on infidelity and existentialism by theatrical giant Samuel Beckett. "I'm tremendously excited to see this piece performed under Susan's guidance," says the festival's managing director David Meglino. "Wingspan is the model of consistency when it comes to quality work, and it is truly a privilege to be able to work with them year after year."
Fellow founding company, Echo Theatre, has spent almost two decades promoting the female voice while delivering some of the most unique and diverse material on Dallas stages. "They've been with us since the very beginning and have been responsible for some of our most exciting productions over the years," adds Meglino. Brittany Willis' Blisters, a quirky yet insightful look at love, loss and letting go, marks Echo's sixteenth appearance in the festival.
The remaining participants make their FIT debuts, presenting three world and three regional premiers which explore a diverse range of issues including politics, murder, sexual assault, mental health, materialism and missed opportunity.
Cry Havoc Theater Company
Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka.
Blisters by Brittany Willis.
Frieda Dunkelberg & Company
Hospit(al)able by Frieda Dunkelberg.
Fun House Theatre and Film
Rush Limbaugh in Night School by Charlie Varon.
House Party Theatre
Wealth Management by Ted Gwara.
The Good Thief by Conor McPherson.
Proper Hijinx Productions
Missed Connections by Stefany Cambra.
WingSpan Theatre Company
Play by Samuel Beckett.
FIT was created in 1999 as an outlet for smaller companies without a permanent performance space to give them an opportunity to produce seldom seen, new, or avant-garde works. FIT exists to promote awareness and growth of Dallas area theatre through collaboration, participation and cultivation.