First Stories Festival

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival New York, New York, USA
Festival Contact Information

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble
303 Park Avenue, No. 1065
New York, NY 10010 USA

Festival Description

Phoenix Theatre Ensemble, a resident theatre ensemble will celebrate its inaugural “FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL” in March 2013. Festival coordinator and Co-Artistic Director Elise Stone states “It has been a deep desire of Phoenix Theatre Ensemble to invite other artists to join with us in bringing the essence of these elemental human, primal stories to New York audiences. The very essence and spirit of these First Stories, speak to the core of what it means to be a human being. We know there are rich artistic works just waiting to be brought to New York audiences, and our First Stories Festival is both the culmination and the beginning of a dream that has been more than 3 years in the making for us.”

Festival Dates March 8 - 24, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programaming 2013:
  • The Trojan Women
    • In this modern feminist retelling of the classic, the women of Troy are held in a prison of war camp located in Troy, New York, while the U.S. is embroiled in a 10-year civil war.
      Performances are Saturday, March 9th @ 4:30pm and Sunday, March 10th @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm
      Tickets call 212-352-3101
  • The Petting Zoo
    • This popular NYC based musical improv group, will present an evening of musical improvisations initiated from Greek tragedy themed audience suggestions (infanticide, matricide, oracles, blind psychics, etc.).
      Performances on Saturdays March 9th, 16th & 23rd @ 10:30pm
      Tickets call 212-352-3101
  • Parados
    A double-bill of Music & Dance
    • New York composer Ellen Mandel and Dickinson College Dance Department will comprise Parados, a double-bill evening of original music composed for Greek theatre productions and a dance-piece based on Oedipus at Colonus. Mandel and singers will be presenting songs written by Mandel for The Cure at Troy, Agamemnon Home, and The Bacchae, among others. The dance portion of the evening under the guidance of Sarah Skaggs, Director of Dance at Dickinson College, with a dance titled “Game of Graces” (choreographed by Dawn Springer for 3 women dancers and 4 trombonists) and a complementary piece titled “Sanctuary.”
      Performances are on Tuesday, March 12th @ 6:00pm, 8:00pm and 10:00pm
      Tickets call 212-352-3101
  • Tauris, By Sarah Moon, Directed by James McBride
    • New York based theatre company the New Pilgrims will be performing Tauris in a staged reading by New York playwright Sarah Moon. Tauris is a modern retelling of Euripides’ Iphigena at Tauris. Taking inspiration both from Euripides’ play and the current struggle to end mountaintop removal in Appalachian coal country (with the inclusion of songs with an Appalachian influence), Tauris comments on our times and the political and practical aspects of environmental change.
      Performances Saturday March 16th @ 4:30pm and Sunday March 17th @ 6:00pm and 8:00pm
      Tickets call 212-352-3101
  • Charles Ludlam’s Medea
    • Arare opportunity to see Drama Desk, Obie and Drama League Award winner Everett Quinton as he reprises the role he created as Medea in Charles Ludlam’s critically acclaimed Ridiculous Theatre Production of Medea. In this staged reading directed by Jonathan Warman Festival theatre goers will experience Euripides great classic through the exquisite fractured prism of Charles Ludlam. Running time: 55 minutes.
      Performance on Monday, March 18th @ 8:00pm
      Tickets call 212-352-3101


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Practical Info:

Submissions 2013:
  • Phoenix Theatre Ensemble “FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL” coincides with the company’s March 2013 production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA, which is the final installment of the company’s three-year trilogy of the House of Atreus. The FIRST STORIES FESTIVAL is inviting submissions of productions of Greek themed plays, contemporary, comic, dramatic, one person shows, that are inspired by the Greek classical cannon. Productions may be translations, adaptations, derivations, or inspirations. The festival will run concurrently with the company’s production of Sophocles’ ELECTRA in March of 2013. All performances will take place at The Wild Project in New York’s East Village.
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