We’re gearing up for the Alcyone Festival again. This year is a little later in the year than last. It’ll open September 7th, instead of in mid-summer as we normally do.
I’m pretty excited to say we’ll be performing this year’s festival in Albany Park, which has been our home base for a while now, even though we’ve been doing most of our public performances in other parts of the city. With the new location, we took a little more time for planning.
Performances will be at Christ Lutheran Church, where we’ve been rehearsing for the past two years. I also love that it’s where Albany Park Theatre Project started. They’re one of my favorite arts organizations in the country, so I’m happy to be performing where they began.
In addition to the new performance location, we’ve also made a lot of internal changes. Our organizational model is completely different, we’ve added awesome company members and the artists-in-residence program and a lot of really exciting new programming that’s about to go out of the lab and into the world in the next year.
So with all that, it seemed a natural fit to have this year’s theme for the Alcyone festival be “A New Dawn, A New Day.”
This year’s lineup includes a pretty great mix of plays, from classical farce to new plays being developed in the festival.
The full lineup includes:
- The Emperor of the Moon by Aphra Behn, directed by Jennifer Adams
- Heart Shaped Nebula by Marisela Treviño Orta, directed by Juan Castañeda
- One Week in Spring by Kristiana Colón, directed by Tara Branham
- The First Woman by Nambi E. Kelley, directed by Alexander St. John
- MAY 39th by Callie Kimball, directed by Rinska Carrasco-Prestinary
For me it’s also a great mix of people we’ve worked with for a long time, people we’ve wanted to work with for a long time and great artists we’ve meeting for the first time.
As we get closer to the festival, each of the plays and their processes will be talked about more here, but I’m really excited to be able to share these with you.