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Logan Festival of Solo Performance

July 6 - 16, 2017

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
The Logan Festival of Solo Performance, the first of its kind in the DC Region, features some of the county’s most celebrated solo playwrights and performers.

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FEATURING:

EMPANADA FOR A DREAM by Juan Francisco Villa–Villa, a second generation Colombian immigrant, performs a one-man show that “is at the heart of our current national debate about what it means to be an American and how much responsibility we owe to each other.” (Chicago Tribune).

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HICK: A LOVE STORY by Terry Baum–This compelling one-woman show draws on real letters to explore Lorena Hickok’s romantic relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, highlighting the evolution of LGBTQ relationships in America.

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THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis (returning to 1st Stage following the extended run of her world premiere play Now Comes the Night)–Drawing on a personal history with firearms, Lewis has created a play that examines the gun control debate and how a diverse nation searches for mutual understanding.

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Community Conversations

Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.

Stay tuned for information about artist talks and Community Conversations during the Logan Festival of Solo Performance.

 

Cast

Hick: A Love Story

Terry Baum (Playwright & Actress): Baum, a pioneer lesbian playwright, has toured internationally as a solo performer. Most recently in 2013, Baum toured South Africa with her play, Lesbo Solo! She has had her plays published, produced all over the world, and translated into French, Dutch, Italian, and Swedish. Dos Lesbos (1981, with Carolyn Myers) was the first time many lesbians saw their lives accurately portrayed in the media. It inspired the first anthology of lesbian plays (Places, Please, 1985). Baum has toured the U.S., Canada, Europe and Israel as a solo performer. Two of her short films have been shown at the LGBT Film Festival, San Francisco (1997, 2007). Baum ran for Mayor of San Francisco in 2011. She made a difference and had a good time.

Carolyn Myers (Director) Carolyn directed her first original play at age 8, and has not stopped since. She has been an active member of four theatre companies: The Isla Vista Community Theater; Lilith Women’s Theatre in SF; Mixed Company Theater in Ashland, Oregon; and The Hamazons, warrior princesses of comedy, an improv troupe. For 15 years, she directed Planned Parenthood’s Teen Theatre in Southern Oregon, for which she received state, regional, and national recognition.

Empanada for a Dream

Juan Francisco Villa is an actor, playwright and teaching artist currently residing in Chicago. He has worked nationally with both his acting and writing being performed in New York City, Los Angeles, Syracuse, and Chicago.
His credits include numerous theatres, from the Goodman to Rattlestick, television, and film. He has been nominated for two Joseph Jefferson Awards, 3 New York Theatre Innovation Awards, won ITBA Patrick Lee Award, and performed in the Jeff winning production of Luis Alfraro’s MOJADA. Juan’s play, EMPANADA FOR A DREAM, was named best show in Chicago and Los Angeles.
Juan grew up in New York City, part of the only Colombian family in the Lower East Side of Manhattan.  Juan wanted to deepen his craft and trained under Maggie Flanigan at The Maggie Flanigan Meisner Studio.
Juan is represented by Gray Talent Group and is an ensemble member of 16th St. Theatre (NYC) and InViolet (NYC).

The Gun Show

E.M. Lewis (Playwright) is an award-winning playwright, librettist, and teacher of playwriting. She was a finalist for the 2014 Shakespeare’s Sister Fellowship. She received the Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University in 2010-2011, and a fellowship from the New Jersey State Arts Commission in 2012. She won the ATCA/Steinberg Award for her play “Song of Extinction,” which also received the Ted Schmitt Award for Outstanding Writing of a World Premiere Play from the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle. She won the Primus Prize for her play “Heads.” Her work has been produced around the world, and is published by Samuel French.

Vin Shambry (Co-Producer, Performer) is honored to be part of this important and powerful show, as well as to work with CoHo for the first time. As a local Portlander himself, it is especially meaningful to tell this story of rural Oregon, particularly during this time in our nation, and as a black man. Vin is a resident artist at Artist Repertory Theater and has performed in numerous local shows at Portland Center Stage, Portland Playhouse, Oregon Children’s Theater, Staged, Portland Opera, and Artists Repertory Theater. Before returning home to Portland, Vin performed on Broadway as Tom Collins in Rent and John in Miss Saigon, and toured nationally with Rent, Miss Saigon, Honk and Big River. Vin was recently voted Portland’s Best Actor by Willamette Weekly reader’s poll (2016), has won three Portland Drammys (2011), and an Audience Award for Best Actor in a Play for Black Man Rising (2006).  Vin has a BFA in Musical Theatre from the American Musical and Dramatic Academy in NYC (2005).  Vin also moonlights as a live storyteller at the Moth, Back Fence PDX and Entertainment for People, and is working on a collection of short stories about his childhood.  In his day jobs, Vin directs and choreographs youth performances in local schools.

Shawn Lee (Co-Producer, Director) Shawn recently directed the Northwest Premiere of Bess Wohle’s American Hero at Artists Repertory Theatre. He has 20 years of experience producing theatre, including 25 productions as cofounder and co-artistic director with Furious Theatre Company in Los Angeles. He is the recipient of the Los Angeles Drama Critics Circle Award, The Back Stage Garland Award, LA Weekly Theatre Award, LA Stage Alliance Ovation Award and the Pasadena Arts Council’s Gold Crown Award. He is a co-creator of foundfootage.net with Matt Palfrey (MTV Skins) and has directed multiple episodes of the web-series AGANG. Shawn is the Artistic Producer at Artists Repertory Theatre, producing 20 shows to date, as well as coordinating and producing shows for Profile Theatre, Portland Shakespeare Project, Risk/Reward, Hand2Mouth, Tiempo Libre concerts, Corrib Theatre, Phame, and many other solo projects.

Special Events

 The 1st Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance

July 6-16, 2017

      

Presented with generous support from:

  

ABOUT THE FESTIVAL:
The Logan Festival of Solo Performance, the first of its kind in the DC Region, features some of the county’s most celebrated solo playwrights and performers. This two-week festival includes performances of three outstanding plays and brings together audience and performers through community discussions, artist interviews, new play readings, happy hours, networking opportunities, and celebrations around 1st Stage’s upcoming 10th anniversary season. Buy a Solo Festival Pass so you can see all 3 productions (at a discount!) as well as receive an “all access” pass to readings, workshops, and receptions. View the full main stage schedule-Logan Festival of Solo Performance Schedule 2017

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FEATURING:
EMPANADA FOR A DREAM by Juan Francisco Villa–Villa, a second generation Colombian immigrant, performs a one-man show that “is at the heart of our current national debate about what it means to be an American and how much responsibility we owe to each other.” (Chicago Tribune). Playing July 7 at 8pm, July 8 at 2pm, July 9 at 8pm, July 11 at 8pm, July 15 at 8pm, and July 16 at 2pm.

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HICK: A LOVE STORY by Terry Baum–This compelling one-woman show draws on real letters to explore Lorena Hickok’s romantic relationship with First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt, highlighting the evolution of LGBTQ relationships in America. Playing July 6 at 8pm, July 8 at 8pm, July 9 at 2pm, July 12 at 8pm, July 15 and 16 at 5pm.

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THE GUN SHOW by E.M. Lewis (returning to 1st Stage following the extended run of her world premiere play Now Comes the Night)–Drawing on a personal history with firearms, Lewis has created a play that examines the gun control debate and how a diverse nation searches for mutual understanding. Playing July 13 at 8pm, July 14 at 8pm, July 15 at 2pm, and July 16 at 8pm.

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