Fifteen Years of Terrific Two-fers!
Celebrating its fifteenth season this year, the Festival of Independent Theatres has a unique history of showcasing new talent, encouraging innovative risk taking and premiering new works by local playwrights. In its fifteen-year history, the festival has presented almost fifty world premieres by more than twenty-five local playwrights including Isabella Russell-Ides, Brad McEntire, Vicki Caroline Cheatwood, Eric Steele, Jeff Schmidt, Thomas Riccio, and Matt Lyle, among others.
By presenting one act plays paired in two show blocks, these innovative home grown works are often seen alongside the classics of established writers like Tennessee Williams, Horton Foote, Carol Churchill and David Mamet. More than 600 local actors, directors and designers have worked with FIT over the last decade and a half and some of Dallas’ most prominent artists have honed their early skills on FIT’s stages with many frequently returning to participate in the festival. A launching pad for new artists and new works, recent FIT productions have been invited to other festivals, adapted into short films and are regularly remounted on the main stages of local theatres.
The 15th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres features performances by Audacity Theatre Lab, Churchmouse Productions, Echo Theatre Company, John Michael, Rhythmic Souls, Rite of Passage Theatre Company, One Thirty Productions, and WingSpan Theatre Company.
The four-week one-act play festival features shows that are each less than sixty minutes in length, performed Thursdays through Sundays in two-show blocks. This year’s festival features FIT Underground, with live music and light refreshments available on the shore level of the Bath House Cultural Center, as well as the 15 Minutes to Curtain! and Return to Fantasy: Paintings by Sergey Chernomorets art exhibitions in the Bath House Galleries.
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.