The Bishop Arts Theatre Center (BATC), Oak Cliff’s multicultural and multidiscipline center for the arts, continues its 25th Anniversary “Silver Stories” season with the return of Down For #TheCount: Women’s Theatre Festival which previews March 21, 2019. Opening Night for this festival of one act plays is Friday, March 22, 2019, and performances will continue through Sunday, April 7, 2019.
Back for a fourth year, BATC’s Down for #TheCount features six dynamic female playwrights from diverse social and ethnic backgrounds including nationally recognized playwrights Emily Mann, France-Luce Benson, Kiana Rivera, Kat Ramsburg, as well as North Texas playwrights Gabrielle Denise Pina and Blue McElroy. The festival breathes life into their compelling, hilarious, and heartbreaking stories. True to BATC’s mission, Down For #The Count is a vital platform for the perpetuation of innovative theatrical productions where a variety of female voices may be heard. Directed by Camika Spencer, Teresa Coleman Wash serves as Executive Producer.
Following every performance, Bishop Arts Theatre Center will host a series of “Stay & Say” audience discussions on ideas and themes within the production such as racial healing, women’s health, and LGBT issues. These post-show discussions will last 15 to 20 minutes and will be led local experts, artists, and community leaders guiding the conversation.
THE PLAYS OF DOWN FOR #THECOUNT
UNDER THE LIBERTY TREES by Emily Mann; An enslaved family, working at the President’s House at Princeton, prepare themselves for separation through hard truths and tough love.
THE TALK by France-Luce Benson; A recent widow awakens her daughter in the middle of the night to ask a wildly inappropriate question, beginning a contentious confrontation that transcends into an honest dialogue about intimacy and identity.
THE FIRST STEP by Kat Ramsburg; It's Callie's first day in New York, and where she takes her first step will make or break her.
PUZZY by Kiana Rivera; Mele is just your average Samoan Jehovah’s Witness on a quest for true love – except she’s a lesbian.
UNCOMMON REVELATIONS by Gabrielle Denise Pina; A mother’s spirit, left bruised by a loveless marriage, finds redemption in reconnecting with her estranged gay son.
CARDBOARD BOX by Blue McElroy; When the time comes to move on, young Mary learns the hard truth that sometimes there are things you can’t pack away in a cardboard box.
Down for #TheCount is suitable for audiences ages 18 and above.