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The American Legacy

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Martin Denton on the Founders Festival

Founders Festival
January 14 - 27, 2013


Founders Festival

Eight New Plays
Eight Companies
All Inspired by the Writing of the Founding Fathers and Mothers
First Performance: January 14, 2013
Final: January 27, 2013

Plus an Exhibition of local artists in the theater lobby
A concert by Justin Flagg

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Founders Festival

Featured in THE VILLAGER. Read the article here.

15 new plays by The New York Neo-Futurists
written, directed and performed by
Cecil Baldwin, Meg Bashwiner, Daniel McCoy and Mike Puckett
followed by

Occupy Independence
a unique dramatic performance of the
Declaration of Independence

From Shore To Shore
written and performed by LuLu LoLo
A Lulu Lolo Production

JAJ Productions presents
My First Lady

by David Koteles

The Parchment Copy
by Dan Evans
A LuLu LoLo Production

A Room In The Middle
by Vladimir Zelevinsky

Revolt! Death! And Taxes!
by Zero Boy

A Servant For Life
by Andrea Pinyan
A Radio Hound Production

Your Colonel
by Montgomery Sutton

in order of first performance
(See performance Calendar Below)

Performances marked with * are AEA Showcases

new plays from the New York Neo-Futurists
(Written, directed and performed by Cecil Baldwin, Meg Bashwiner, Daniel McCoy and Mike Puckett)
 In 15 short plays based on George Washington’s Rule of Civility, the New York Neo-Futurists attempt to illuminate and deconstruct our codes of conduct as New Yorkers, Americans and humans, asking the question, “What does it mean to be civilized?”
PLUS - Readings of John and Abigail Adams' remarkable letters

New York Neo-Futurists website

NYNF Facebook

BenjaminThe Parchment Copy* (performed with From Shore to Shore)
by Dan Evans, A LuLu LoLo Production
July 4, 1776: the Declaration of Independence proclaimed the birth of our new nation. August 2, 1776 : the Continental Congress reconvened to actually sign the great document. On the eve of the signing, at Benjamin Franklin’s home in Philadelphia, eight leading Patriots are drawn together in these perilous times that try men’s souls.

LuLu LoLo website

From Shore To Shore
Theodosia  (performed with The Parchment Copy)
 written and performed by LuLu LoLo, A Lulu Lolo Production
A one-person performance of a farcical melodrama portraying the ghostly laments of Aaron Burr and his daughter, Theodosia Burr Alston, as they haunt the shorelines of Battery Park and South Carolina. Burr, remembered as the man who killed Alexander Hamilton, was also a visionary who advocated the rights of women.

From Shore to Shore photos

A Servant For Life
by Andrea Pinyan. A Radio Hound Production
Thomas Jefferson - a founding father with conflicting beliefs on slavery.
Phillis Wheatley - a slave who earned her freedom through her poetry.
When these two come face to face in an imagined conversation, she will question his attitudes towards her race - and he will challenge her definition of freedom.

Radio Hound

A Room In The Middle
by Vladimir Zelevinsky
1787, Massachusetts. Farmers, returning from the Revolutionary War, find their homes in foreclosure—and decide to protest, starting what will be known as Shays' Rebellion. After a disastrous attempt to take the Springfield arsenal, the surviving rebels are pursued through the blizzard by a superior force of state regulars. Three rebels are cornered in an abandoned farmhouse and have less than an hour to decide whether they give up or die.

Revolt! Death! And Taxes!
by Zero Boy
The Boston Revolt sparked the American Revolution and Independence. The man that all the founding fathers thought of as the founder was Sam Adams. Beer maker or muckraker? Riot leader or politician? Zero Boy takes you on sonic, comic, and visual journey to Boston and England to learn what really happened!

Zero Boy's Website

Your Colonel
Aaronby Montgomery Sutton
In July 1776, the Declaration of Independence is the last thing on the mind of young Colonel
Aaron Burr. As the British fleet invades Staten Island, Burr’s illicit romance with the teenage daughter of a British Major and his longstanding battle of principles with George Washington collide, propelling him towards becoming our most vilified founding father.

1For Your Colonel, there is no children's rate, and TDF vouchers will not be accepted

Your Colonel website

JAJ Productions presents
My First Lady*

Abigailby David Koteles
March 1801: You are cordially invited to join Martha Washington, Abigail Adams, Dolley Madison, and Thomas Jefferson’s daughters for an afternoon of tea and pleasantries at the newly-opened President’s House. All slaves must be left at the door. My First Lady seeks to explore how a tea party becomes a battle of race, class, and gender in the New American Republic.

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