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(DALLAS, TX) The 2010 Festival of Independent Theatres (FIT) promises an array of theatrical delights and surprises. Including, for the first time ever, a FIT musical featuring incomparable theatre and cabaret star, Denise Lee; an imaginative retelling of the classic Alice in Wonderland; a cast of young Upstarts; a new piece from the imaginative minds of Jeff Schmidt and Lydia Mackay; and the companion piece to last year’s smash hit, Under a Texaco Canopy.

The Bath House Cultural Center, in association with the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs, is pleased to announce the line-up for the 2010 twelfth annual Festival of Independent Theatres. Since 1998, FIT has grown into one of the most significant theatrical events of the year; and, has since become the longest running festival of its kind in the North Texas region. The Festival of Independent Theatres continues its commitment to exploring new theatrical work and encouraging diverse voices within the independent theatre scene.

This year’s festival is certainly no exception. Eight independent theatre companies will present a variety of productions, including four world premiers and five regional premiers. This year’s line-up includes festival founding companies Echo Theatre and WingSpan Theatre Company, as well as festival favorites, The Drama Club, Second Thought Theatre, One Thirty Productions and White Rock Pollution. Making their FIT debuts are the newly formed McClarey Players and Pegasus Theatre’s non-black and white arm Churchmouse Productions.

The twelfth annual Festival of Independent Theatres runs July 16-August 7, 2010 in the theater of the Bath House Cultural Center (521 E. Lawther Drive, Dallas, TX 75218). The four-week one-act play festival features eight shows, each less than sixty minutes in length, performed Thursdays through Sundays in two-show blocks.

Festival Passes and Individual Tickets will go on sale beginning June 15th and can be purchased by contacting the AT&T PAC Box Office at 214-880-0202 or by visiting Four week festival passes for $69. Two week festival passes for $49. Individual Tickets $12-$16. (All sales subject to a $5 handling charge per order.)


Georgie Gets a Facelift by Dan Guyton, and
Thank U Berry Munch * by Kurt Kleinmann

Directed by Chad Cline
Featuring: Joey Folsom, Stephanie Hall and Lisa Haram

Just one more day in the life of a suicidal/homicidal maniac and his mother, this double bill includes Dan Guyton’s Georgie Gets a Facelift, a black comedy about an underachieving momma’s boy with a vision and the girl scout who stands in his way, and Kurt Kleinmann’s devilishly delicious prequel that asks the question, "Just how far will one girl scout go to sell a box of cookies?"

Bible Women
by Elizabeth Swados with additional text by Vicki Caroline Cheatwood

Directed by Pam Myers-Morgan Featuring: Denise Lee, Annie Benjamin, Teri Ferguson, Jodi Wright and Amy Hughes

Several of the Bible’s most intriguing characters are brought to life in this contemporary song cycle that fuses world music, jazz, gospel, and pop.  At times both spiritual and secular, Bible Women celebrates all women and explores the universality of their battles, sorrows, victories and contemplations.  Featured in the songs and text are Esther, Ruth and Naomi, Deborah, Sarah, Lilith, and Miriam.

Purgatory, a Bedroom Farce * by Cliff McClelland

Featuring: Amanda Doskicil, Amber Guest, Aaron McDavis, Sean Murphy and Dustin Sauter

Meet the residents of Purgatory Apartments.  Phil, Vanessa and Morty are all content to pass eternity repeating the same sins they enjoyed in life until the sudden arrival of a new roommate, Angela.  Now these four very different dead people must help each other on their quests toward eternal salvation because, come to find out, their afterlives depend on it.

The Turquoise Pontiac * by Ellsworth Schave

Directed by Larry Randolph
Featuring: Shane Beeson, Morgan Justiss, Elias Taylorson and Dan Tillman

The Turquoise Pontiac, a companion piece to Mr. Schave’s Under a Texaco Canopy, tells the tale of a traveler on his way to the newly opened Disneyland in the summer of 1955.  As he crosses the desert he encounters three extraordinary people who may change his life forever.  Or perhaps it is he who will forever change their lives.

Once More, With Feeling (A Power Play) by Christina Cigala

Directed by Mac Lower
Featuring: Sachin Patel, Jason Robert Villareal, Tiffany Lonsdale-Hands, Cara Reid and Matt Clark

A woman’s quest to find her voice and courage, Once More, With Feeling is the tale of one couple’s breakup intertwined with the urban legend of a snake and its owner.  As Chloe’s relationship uncoils and she battles through reason, logic and justification with her belligerent beau, she must face the harsh realization that her companionship may no longer be mutually beneficial. The snake begins to stretch, as do the limits of her relationship. A story about the devourer and the devouree. Who will eat whom first?

The Muse * by Jeffrey Schmidt

Directed by Lydia Mackay
Featuring: Anastasia ‘Tasia’ Munoz, Lulu Ward, John M. Flores, Marayam Baig Lush and Newton Pittman

The Muse discovers a child on the cusp of the monumental transformation into adulthood. The two worlds collide like a storm surge against the breakers as the Muse explores a newfound sexuality and its inherent delights and dangers. An imaginative and theatrical journey, the story is a blend of myth, fantasy, sex and fashion.

Alice in Wonderland
based on the production by Andre Gregory and the Manhattan Project

Directed by Tom Parr IV
Featuring: Danielle Pickard, Randy Pearlman, Brian Witkowicz, Ben Bryant and Clay Wheeler

A familiar tale with a surprising twist, all of your favorite characters are here—but with an arresting difference. From the presumed innocence of the original is drawn a caustic and giddy revelation of the human psyche and the dark, unsettling shadows which can linger there. Freud and Jung, Kafka and Dali, all make their presences felt, in a piece of pure theatre that is full of truth, fun, terror and uncanny pertinence to our own topsy-turvy times.

Feeding the Moonfish by Barbara Wiechmann

Directed by Susan Sargeant
Featuring: Josh Glover and Barrett Nash

Set on an isolated dock in southern Florida, this dreamscape play tells the story of two unlikely companions, Martin and Eden.  Both running from a past that is destined to catch up with them, our couple share a not so chance encounter that leads to an unlikely friendship.  Together, under the spell of moonlight, night and water, they form a powerful bond and demonstrate that an unexpected moment between strangers can change everything.
* Denotes World Premier     † Denotes first-time FIT participant

12th Annual Festival of Independent Theatres

July 16-August 7, 2010

Bath House Cultural Center • White Rock Lake

 View the 2010 FIT Brochure by clicking on the graphic above.
To download the PDF file, click on the i corner button to visit the documents page.

Brochure can also be downloaded and printed HERE

Downloadable Press Photographs

Churchmouse Productions
Georgie Gets a Facelift /Thank U Berry Munch - Pictured: Joey Folsom and Stephanie Hall

Echo Theatre
Bible Women - Pictured: Jodi Wright, Terri Ferguson, Annie Benjamin, and Denise Lee.  Photo by Ellen Locy.

McClarey Players
Purgatory, a Bedroom Farce - Pictured: Amanda Doskocil and Sean Murphy

One Thirty Productions
The Turquoise Pontiac - Pictured: Shane Beeson and Morgan Justiss

Second Thought Theatre
Once More, With Feeling (A Power Play) - Photo by Duane Deering

The Drama Club
The Muse - Photograph courtesy of The Drama Club

White Rock Pollution
Alice in Wonderland - Photograph courtesy of White Rock Pollution

WingSpan Theatre Company
Feeding the Moonfish - Pictured: Barrett Nash and Josh Glover. Photo by Lowell Sargeant.


Festival Passes
• 2-Week Festival Passes Only $49**
• 4-Week Festival Passes Only $69!
Festival pass holders receive preferred seating at all performances.  No need to make reservations.
Just show up at the theater 15 minutes before the curtain, show your pass, and be seated first!
** 2-Week festival passes available for July 16-25 and July 29-August 7.

Single Tickets
$16 - Fridays and Saturdays (8 PM)
$12 - Thursdays (8 PM)
$12 - All 2 PM and 5 PM Matinees

(The box office charges a $5 handling fee per order)

To purchase your tickets, patrons can call the AT&T Center for the Performing Arts Box Office at (214) 880-0202
The box office is open Monday-Saturday (10 AM-8 PM) and Sundays (11 AM-4 PM)

FIT 2010 is sponsored by the Bath House Cultural Center and the City of Dallas Office of Cultural Affairs. FIT was created in 1999 as an outlet for smaller companies without a permanent performance space to give them an opportunity to produce seldom seen, new, or avant-garde works. FIT exists to promote awareness and growth of Dallas area theatre through collaboration, participation and cultivation.