X-Fest, A Festival of Theatrical Experimentation

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Country and Region United StatesIllinois
Type of Festival Drama
Location of Festival Edwardsville, Illinois, USA
Festival Contact Information

Peter Cocuzza, Executive Producer
Associate Professor and Department Chair
SIUE Theater and Dance
Phone: +01 618-650-5614
Email: pcocuzz@siue.edu

Festival Description

Xfest was established in 2010 as an annual festival — it’s back and it’s more Xciting than ever! SIUE’s second annual experimental theater festival, Xfest 2.0, welcomes five theater companies from across the nation to entertain, inspire and spark creativity on campus and in our community.

Xfest 2.0 is a continuation of our dedicated effort to introduce our campus and community to local and national alternative theatre productions, and to grow as a center for artists to discuss and create new work.

In addition to our academic season of eclectic plays and summer season of musicals, this is a wonderful opportunity to bring a different style of theater to our community. It is also a chance to expand the University’s Arts & Issues series into the early summer. Without the support of Arts & Issues and the University, this dream might not have happened. We also thank University Marketing and Communications for seeing the potential of this event and adding their advice and energies.

As a Department of Theater and Dance within a liberal arts university, part of our strategic plan is to seek an identity that makes our department unique among our peers, as well as other liberal arts B.A. theater programs across the country. We believe that exposing our students to unique styles of theater and allowing them freedom to understand and create their own theater works can make this happen.

What’s different about Xfest 2.0?
—5 performances instead of 4
—A featured key note speaker
—Family-friendly shows and workshops
—2 never before seen, world-premier performances

Festival Dates May 29 - June 1, 2013
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Festival Events:

Programming 2011:
  • During a 4-day flurry of activities, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville will host its second annual Xfest — a campus celebration of experimental theater. Performances during the week, featuring national experimental theater groups will include:
    • CROW by St. Louis native Jeremy Sher, who weaves together 1,200 feet of rope, layered projection and inventive physicality to illuminate a haunting saga based on a true story.
    • 52 Pickup by Theater Simple from Seattle is an intimate 75-minute showpiece of acting, chance and human emotion.
    • In Retrospect by New York City’s Loco7 investigates how we each construct our personal memory box, and features giant puppets, marionette scenery, masks, choreography, acrobatics, live original music and video.
    • This Is Not Funny by SIUE alumni group Theatre 310b was originally created during last year’s Xfest, andtakes a second glance at the line between childhood innocence and a jaded adulthood.
    • 500 Clown Frankenstein by Chicago’s 500 Clown stitches together the tale of the Doctor and the Monster from scraps of the classic novel and various Hollywood versions, inviting audience involvement throughout.


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