Redwood City Play Festival EXPANSION – New Online Connections
The Dragon and Fuse Theatre are announcing new and revised online events for the upcoming 2020 Redwood City Play Festival program titled, Co-EXIST: stories of unlikely connection. Committing to expanding online platforms and extending the festival throughout the coming months in an effort to open space for important conversations around racism and to support BIPOC and Queer artists – a new Short Play Clinic, Play Studio events, and Rotating Peer Panel discussions are among the planned events. Each month a series of events under the Co-EXIST festival will be offered as “pay what you will” events. See the events here.
While Dragon and Fuse are planning the online content with the original directors of the festival Peet Cocke, Tessa Corrie and Emma Attwood, they are also opening the Co-EXIST platforms to include a wider scope of artists. The festival directors and artistic staffs of the Dragon and Fuse, have developed three platforms for digital storytelling:
- Short Play Clinic: a program for playwrights to submit short plays (under 20 minutes) exploring the themes of intersectionality and cross-cultural connections. Readings provide a “fishbowl” workshop for playwrights to receive feedback if desired.
- Rotating Peer Panels: Artists curate panels for recorded conversations among peer groups to be viewed by audiences as a way to provide under-represented groups a story platform.
- Play Studio: Interactive audience events for upcoming projects in development with Fuse and the Dragon.
Originally the 2nd annual Redwood City Play Festival: Co-EXIST was scheduled for June 13-21, 2020. The three-play program was centered around the theme of untold stories and unheard voices within our community by local artists. The plays included Love Serving Love by Leanna Keyes, No Such Cold Thing by Naomi Wallace and Lady and the Unicorn by Emma Attwood. At this time, the in-person festival will be produced for the 2021 Redwood City Play Festival and will include these titles. In the meantime the collaborative is launching the online Co-EXIST platforms to amplify intersectional conversations and under-represented stories in our community and in our theatres.
Stacey Ardelean, Artistic Director of Fuse Theatre, “I’m excited about co-facilitating a program to develop multiple platforms for BIPOC and queer artists and stories not currently represented in our theatres.”
Alika & Max Koknar, Co-Artistic Directors of Dragon Theatre – “We believe it is critical right now that theatre organizations like the Dragon prioritize how we serve and empower the communities whose lives have intersected with our organization, as artists and audience. This is more important than our mere survival of this pandemic.”
ABOUT DRAGON THEATRE COMPANY: Founded in 1999, and initially itinerant, Dragon opened its first theatre in Palo Alto where it lived for six years. Dragon opened the doors on its current theatre in 2013 and the bigger space has allowed the company to offer more events and classes along with its core theatrical programming. After Founding Artistic Director Meredith Hagedorn retired from Dragon in December of 2018 and passed the torch to the new Co-Artistic Directors Bora “Max” Koknar and Alika Spencer-Koknar Dragon began to expand its programming beyond the scope of producing plays to a more multicultural and multi-disciplinary base of programming. In 2020, the Dragon adopted the mission ‘to serve as a theatrical hub that fosters an inclusive artistic community for the creation of experiences that are innovative, intimate, empathetic, accessible and bold.’ You can learn more at http://dragonproductions.net/
ABOUT FUSE THEATRE: Fuse Theatre is active in the San Mateo county arts community. Founded in Redwood City in 2015, Fuse Theatre produces projects that connect audiences with untold stories and strengthen understanding of topics that matter in our community. Its mission is to create meaningful theatre experiences to expand personal perspectives and connect communities in order to foster civic engagement. Fuse has partnered with local organizations such as the N ewGround Theatre Dance, San Mateo County History Museum, Redwood City Libraries and the Sequoia High School Dream Club. Founder Stacey Ardelean has a strong background and passion for theatre education and social justice. (fusetheatre.org)
Kimberly Wadycki, Managing Director Dragon Productions Theatre, 650-493-2006 ext 5 or kim (at) dragonproductions.net (preferred)
Stacey Ardelean, Artistic Director Fuse Theatre, 650-701-3873 or staceya (at) fusetheatre.org