The 9.13 Project Festival

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

One Armed Man is proud to announce The 9.13 Project, a two-week theater festival in support of free expression and radical thought at The Brecht Forum (451 West St. between Bank and Bethune, NYC) from June 9 to 20 at 8pm, unless otherwise stated.

Theater communities in New York, Philadelphia and London will stand up for Social Justice, Free Expression and against the Culture Wars in The 9.13 Project, a “Beck-lash” showcasing nine plays and 13 events in total. The name spoofs Glenn Beck’s self-styled movement, the 9.12 Project, which exploits fear of terrorism and patriotic sentiment to push right-wing paranoia.

There will also be a special guest lecture on the McCarthy era by those who lived and depicted it; the New York City premiere of Steve Schalchlin’s song cycle New World Waking!, following a hit performance by San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus (June 20); a night of political improvisation from Strike Anywhere and verse from the Mayhem Poets (TBD); and an answer to the Tea Party through the inaugural Coffee Klatsch (ongoing). All curtain times are 8pm unless otherwise stated.

The theater company One Armed Man proposed “The 9.13 Project” to The Brecht Forum after learning about Glenn Beck’s 10-minute rant against the arts and education venue on his show in early March. “Beck’s viewers responded to the segment by opposing public funding for the arts in New York State,” says Adam Klasfeld, artistic director of One Armed Man. “This was not just a smear on a venue that has supported my work, like so many in the community. This was an attack on free expression.”

Now celebrating its 35th anniversary, The Brecht Forum is a place for people who are working for social justice, equality and a new culture that puts human needs first. It offers a wide-ranging program of classes, public lectures and seminars, art exhibitions, performances, popular education workshops, and language classes. These activities are developed in collaboration with the many diverse communities of this most cosmopolitan of cities, and our programs bring together leading intellectuals, activists and artists from New York, across the U.S., and internationally.

Festival Dates June 9 - 21, 2010
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Festival Story:

One Armed Man, Inc. is a production company that emphasizes politically and aesthetically daring new work. It produced The Report of My Death, which premiered last summer on the deck of the Steamship Lilac in Manhattan – and has toured in New York, New Jersey, New Mexico, Alaska and Iowa. It produced two plays in the New York International Fringe Festival, The Prostitute of Reverie Valley (2006 – Last Frontier Theatre Conference participant) and Good Fences Make Good Neighbors (2005 - chashama AREA Award). At the Brecht Forum, it has presented workshops of The Report of My Death and a reading of the feature screenplay Club Red: The Innocents Abroad.


Festival Events:

Programming 2010:
  • Playing from June 9 through 11, the first third of the festival (titled “Patriots and Dangerous Radicals”) features one-man portrayals of three radical historical figures.
    • Citizen Paine: (June 9)
      Bill Hollenbach’s portrait of Thomas Paine, starring Adam Altman – produced by Iron Age Theatre.
    • Marx in Soho: (June 10)
      The late Howard Zinn’s portrait of Karl Marx, starring Bob Weick – produced by Iron Age Theatre.
    • The Report of My Death: (June 11)
      Adam Klasfeld’s portrait of Mark Twain, starring Michael Graves – produced by One Armed Man.
  • The second third “Reviving McCarthy” – June 12 through 16 – investigates the legacy of the anti-communist witch hunts, with new and classic plays about personal conscience and state control:
    • Finks: (June 12)
      Joe Gilford stages a reading of his play fictionalizing the experiences of his parents Jack and Madeline Lee Gilford during the blacklist.
    • FreEpLaY: ANTIGONE remix: (June 13 at 7:30)
      This ancient Sophocles drama, which has long been considered one of the world’s earliest and most powerful historical documents of civil disobedience, is spontaneously re-adapted by the Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble and students of the Manhattan International HS.
    • Works-In-Progress Administration: (June 16)
      American theater artists showcase new work at early stages. Leonard Jacobs and Liz Burke collaborate on Right Wing Jeopardy!, and Julie S. Halpern of Love Street Theatre presents a sneak peak of an upcoming play Diminished Fifth, about the plight of female theater artists during the blacklist.
  • “Theater of War” – June 17 to 19 – presents dispatches from the military-theatrical complex:
    • In My Name: (June 19)
      This staged reading of Steve Hevey’s “brave and exciting” (NY Times) West End drama about apathy, paranoia and terror will have its first American staging at The 9.13 Project.
    • Captain Ferguson’s School for Balloon Warfare: (June 18)
      This world premiere production of a new play by Isaac Rathbone involves the strange and true history of World War I military technology.
    • Military Act(ion)s: (June 17)
      This short play series includes SUPERWOLF’s staging of Naval Officer Drew Hildebrand’s Swim to Shore and auteur johnmichael rossi’s mounting of his performance piece Operation Ajax and the Country Behind the Curtain.


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Articles and Reviews:
  • Works by Joe Gilford, Bill Hollenbach, Howard Zinn, et al. Featured in The 9.13 Project Festival, by Andy Propst (TheaterMania, 2010)


Practical Info:

Slideshow photo credits:
  • In order of appearance
    • Marx in Soho — Bob Weick in Marx in Soho with writer Howard Zinn
      —Photo Credit: Iron Age Theatre.
    • Michael Twain — Michael Graves as Mark Twain in The Report of My Death
      —Photo Credit: Michael Lemmerling
    • New World Waking — Promo image for New World Waking
      Graphic Credit: Steve Schalchlin
    • Strike Anywhere — Photo of Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble
      —Photo Credit: Strike Anywhere
    • Armada — David Nelson in Captain Ferguson’s School for Balloon Warfare
      —Photo Credit: Oracle Theatre Inc.
    • The festival’s icon
    • In My Name — The photo is from the original West End production in London
      —Photo credit: Paul Murphy
    • Paine — Scene from CITIZEN PAINE
      —Photo credit: Iron Age Theatre
Tickets 2010:
  • Tickets range from $10 to $50 on a sliding scale and varying per event. Half of all proceeds will benefit The Brecht Forum. Visit or for more information.


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