Tuesday, May 21, 2013

Save the Date: Icicle Creek Announced Plays for the 2013 Festival

By CotoBlogzz

Leavenworth, WA – Save the dates.  Icicle Creek Center for the Arts, in partnership with ACT - A Contemporary Theatre, announced  the two new plays that will be presented in August 2013 as part of its renowned The Icicle Creek Theatre Festival (ICTF) program. This will be the first professional theater event to be presented by the Icicle Creek Center for the Arts on the stage of the brand-new venue the Snowy Owl Theater

Brand New Snow Owl Theater

Since its inception in 2007 the Icicle Creek Theatre Festival has played an innovative role in advancing the American theater. Recognized by the Seattle press as a “prestigious incubator of new plays,” the ICTF offers playwrights the opportunity to develop their new work in collaboration with professional actors and directors.

The Icicle Creek Center for the Arts is dedicated to celebrating excellence in the lively arts and inspiring generations of students, artists and audiences through exceptional educational experiences, live performances, and special events - all in the breathtaking, natural setting of the mountain meadows

Selected from this year’s submissions are THE PRIVATE SECTOR by Cory Finley, and A PERFECT ROBOT by Sarah Saltwick.

The playwrights will arrive in Leavenworth on August 12 and begin a week of intensive workshops of their plays, in collaboration with a company of professional actors and directors. The workshop week will culminate in performances for the public on Sunday, August 18, at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. in.

In THE PRIVATE SECTOR, four new hires at an elite hedge fund endure an increasingly strenuous wilderness training retreat, fighting to assert their worth as human assets before a strange and ruthless managing director. A fascinating new play which examines the competing forces of sex, power, ethics, and ambition.

Cory Finley's work has been produced and developed at Ars Nova, Ensemble Studio Theater, Theater for the New City (with Less Than Rent), Prospect Theater Company, the Flea, and the Brick. He is a member of Youngblood at Ensemble Studio Theater, and a graduate of Yale University. His is work as a journalist has been featured in the Arizona Republic and New Haven Advocate.

In A PERFECT ROBOT, playwright Sarah Saltwick introduces the extraordinary "Mollybot," a female robot who may well pass the Turing test for humanness; her creator has gone missing, and there's only one chance left to convince investors of her worth - The phrase “The Turing Test” is most properly used to refer to a proposal made by Turing (1950) as a way of dealing with the question whether machines can think – This is an up-to-the-minute examination of the implications of robotics’ rapid advancement, which will soon take mankind into completely uncharted territory.

Ms. Saltwick writes love stories between people, places, and things. Her adaptation of The Scarlet Letter premiered this year at the University of Texas; She Creatures was produced by Nouveau 47 and will be produced shortly at Weber State University. Her fiction has been published by Escape Into Life, and will soon be seen in Timber Magazine.

Kurt Beattie, Artistic Director of Seattle's ACT Theatre, will direct THE PRIVATE SECTOR. Anita Montgomery, freelance director and Literary Manager/Director of Education at ACT Theatre, will direct A PERFECT ROBOT.

Both plays will be presented on Sunday, August 18th at Icicle Creek’s Snowy Owl Theater in Leavenworth. The plays will be re-mounted on Tuesday, August 20 and Wednesday, August 22 at Seattle’s ACT-A Contemporary Theatre. All play presentations will be followed by talkback sessions between the audience and the playwrights.

WARNING!  THE PRIVATE SECTOR contains very adult language. A PERFECT ROBOT is appropriate for mature audiences, 16 and older. Tickets: www.icicle.org, or 509- 548-6347 extension 41, or toll-free 877-265-6026 extension 41.

For further information, contact Lilia Grundy at lgrundy@icicle.org or (509) 548-6347 extension 42.

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