The 2015/16 Kogod Cradle Series
Cradling Creative Risk-Taking
The Kogod Cradle Series supports the exploration and development of new and emerging work in the Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle with visiting companies, artists and ensembles. The Series focuses on interrogating, investigating and developing new work of all kinds. We invite artists and audiences to explore the development process and to participate in the early stages of art-making that might otherwise not be accessible at Arena Stage. This Series also supports the development of local artists and seeks to further develop our local talent pool of playwrights, actors and directors here in Greater Washington.
2015/16 Kogod Cradle Series*
Sanctuary (American Psalm) by Caridad Svich
Directed by John Moletress
Featuring Jocelyn Kuritsky and John Moletress
January 28–31, 2016
Sanctuary (American Psalm) is an epic poem for the stage by Obie-Award winning playwright Caridad Svich that explores how we are born, how we live and how we come to terms with and find spaces of sanctuary in our lives, whether you are a migrant, ghost, worker, child, elder or the voice of the earth itself. Call it the cry of the 99 percent, call it a shout-lullaby, Sanctuary is offered as a healing balm for performance during these troubled times. This work-in-progress presentation of the piece will feature the collaboration of director/performer John Moletress of D.C.-based ensemble force/collision and New York-based actor Jocelyn Kuritsky. www.caridadsvich.com
Good Men Wanted by Kevin Armento
Directed by Jaki Bradley
Choreographed by Ani Taj
February 11-14, 2016
Good Men Wanted brings to life the true stories of five women who fought in the Civil War disguised as men, blending drama, movement and modern pop music to chronicle this untold chapter of American history. The play is based on the letters, memoirs and historical accounts of the more than 400 women — Union and Confederate alike — who ditched their petticoats for uniforms, serving their country in the bloodiest war in American history before they could even vote. www.jakibradley.com, www.kevinarmento.com
Featuring works by Steven Butler, Patricia Davis, Joshua Ford, Liz Maestri and David Mitchell Robinson
April 21-24, 2016
This festival will feature 20-minute excerpts from works by five of the current members of Playwrights’ Arena, a new play initiative developed by the American Voices New Play Institute. Centering on a small collaborative group of local playwrights dedicated to the support and development of each other’s work, Playwrights’ Arena, facilitated by Director of Artistic Programming Robert Barry Fleming, meets throughout the year to investigate each other’s work and develop their dramaturgical practice as playwrights while creating new work. Playwrights’ Arena launched at Arena Stage in January 2013 and began a second round in February 2015. Learn more
The Kogod Cradle Series is generously sponsored by Arlene and Robert Kogod.
*Titles, artists and dates are subject to change.
Tickets for the Kogod Cradle Series are $10 and free to subscribers and members.