Redwood City Play Festival
Co-Produced by Fuse Theatre and Dragon Theatre
Dragon Productions Theatre Company and Fuse Theatre are proud to announce a joint one act play festival in Redwood City beginning this summer. The Redwood City Play Festival will combine the strengths of both companies to produce one act plays and arts events centered around a central social justice theme and will highlight local artists.
The 2019 theme is on gender-based topics, or “Gender Shorts.” The festival will feature three one act plays. Because I Went There is new play written and developed by Fuse Theatre’s ensemble member, Hedi Flores, also a Dragon Board member and will be directed by Stacey Ardelean, Fuse Artistic Director. This project is supported by a CA$H grant from Theatre Bay Area. The second play, Never Swim Alone by Daniel MacIvor, was a submission by Nate Card who will be directing. The third play by Leanna Keyes, Legal-Tender Loving Care will be directed by Keiran Beccia.
The festival includes 2 theatre companies, 3 directors, 7 technical artists, and 13 actors just for the productions. We are also working with community business to expand the festival experience for theatre goers to explore downtown with popup art events, talks and music at local restaurants and cafes during the festival weekend.
Festival Dates: June 8-16, 2019
BECAUSE I WENT THERE by Hedvig Flores
Directed by Stacey Ardelean
In a world where people in positions of power and privilege, can get away with almost everything, the spouse and the parents face the truths about victim blaming/shaming of their beloved partner/child and their own biases. The audience must decide the fate of the brilliant promising athletic student. A compelling exploration of the power struggles between genders through the lens of a sexual assault case.”
LEGAL-TENDER LOVING CARE by Leanna Keyes
Directed by Kieran Beccia
Rosie, lost at a public transit station, reacts with surprise when a cute young man approaches her and wants to “share his secrets” with her. Realizing that she’s being propositioned for the first time, she declines. Jayden is dejected until she says that she’ll gladly “share secrets” with him… for a price. The two head to a hotel, and a comedy of errors unfolds; doubly mistaken identities and hidden histories collide as they spar through awkward puns and performance anxiety.
NEVER SWIM ALONE by Daniel MacIvor
Directed by Nate Card
A swift and darkly funny satire about two egotistical men and their ruthless competition for the title of Top Dog. The play is structured as a surreal verbal sparring match: Frank and Bill, two guys in blue suits and bad ties, square off in a 13 round Battle Royale of vicious undermining and one-upmanship, refereed by their childhood crush.