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Spotlight on: Source Festival

June 16, 2017 by Seonjae Kim
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Now in its 10th year, Source Festival is Washington DC’s hottest occasion for discovering new work. Every creative journey begins with one bold step. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, Source Festival artists from across the nation present 24 new works over three weeks. Read on for our suggestions on what not to miss at the festival.

Enjoy a revival of a smash hit.

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Described as a “for-sure laugh riot” by DC Theatre scene, Perfect Arrangement by Topher Payne was a big hit at Source Festival when it debuted in 2013 – and bound to be another one this time around! The premise of the 1950s-set comedy is hilarious yet incendiary: two gay men and two lesbian women hide their sexuality by marrying the men to the women and switching rooms at night, but things get complicated when one of the men, who works for the State Department, is charged with expelling homosexuals as part of McCarthy-era witch hunts. Get your tickets on TodayTix for just $10 – a deal for a crowd-pleaser.

Grab something short and sweet. 

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Have an attention span shorter than Dory’s? Source Festival’s rich selection of 10-minute plays – chosen from over 400 submissions – are perfect for you. For just $10, you get not one but six of “the sharpest, wittiest, most incisive, and thought-provoking writing going on in America today.”

Go on a blind date. 

Actually, to be exact, watch someone else on a blind date…Framed as an “Artistic Blind Date,” seven artists from different disciplines, divided into two teams, collaborated over four months with the goal of creating something totally new for the 2017 Festival. If you liked Perfect Arrangement, you’ll certainly enjoy these – it was the jumping point for their making process. Catch Through The Wall or Exquisite Depths through TodayTix at an astonishing price of $5.

Discover the next big thing.

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Alongside their fully staged offerings, Source Festival is also presenting three readings, selected from more than 140 scripts submitted to the Festival by invitation. Frelmetsch The Maneater by Matthew Capodicasa, Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy, and F*ck la vie d’artiste by Georgette Kelly – remember these names, you might see them on big stage one day, or next year!

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