ATTICREP'S INTERNATIONAL FEST OF THEATRE
Established in 2005, AtticRep has the mission to challenge the creative imagination of our community, create immediate, performance-driven theatre, and inspire dialogue that informs and provokes change. Theatre has a fundamental place in our community and functions to present cultural events that reflects and responds to the social discourse of its community. Theatre as a high form of art must create an impetus for dialogue in order to inspire constructive change. The goal for each production is to create a platform for social discourse for a broad cross-section of people through impactful and high quality performances.
In the past eleven years, AtticRep has nurtured this discourse within the cultural and artistic life of San Antonio producing 35 plays, 5 Forum Theatre Projects, and 4 Sans Souci Festivals of Dance Cinema for a total 44 productions and 448 performances. AtticRep has enriched the San Antonio cultural and social community with 36 San Antonio Premiers and 13 world premiers.
Artistic growth requires measuring up and collaborating with national and international organization from a wide spectrum of performance approaches. In addition to collaborating with SOLI Chamber Ensemble, COSA, Aerial Horizon, Magik Theatre, DiwaliSA, Luminaria, Trinity University, AtticRep has brought to San Antonio international artists and collaborated with theatre companies abroad. In 2013, AtticRep went to Taiwan for an Opera Workshop at Pingtung University. In 2014, AtticRep was in India, to collaborate with Crea-Shakti in the creation of a Forum Theatre Project on Skin Tones. In 2015 and 2016, AtticRep was in Italy to participate in F.L.I.P.T, an International Festival of Theatre Research, and then Arrivano dal Mare, an International Festival of Physical Theatre. In 2017, AtticRep was invited back to participate again in both festivals. Currently, AtticRep is working on a co-production of The Tempest with Teatro del Drago (Ravenna, Italy), and has been invited by Teatro Potlach to take part in an Invisible Cities Project in Fara Sabina, Italy, in July 2017.
With the 3rd INTERNATIONAL FEST OF THEATRE, AtticRep continues to bring International Artists to work with local talent and contribute to the growth of our community. Last season we brought together actors, dancers, directors, choreographers, graphic designers, visual artists, stage managers, musicians, singers from USA, Mexico, Columbia, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Cuba, Equator, Switzerland, and Germany. This year we focus on INDIA, MEXICO and USA, with two world premiers and one USA premiere. Two of the three productions are original world premiers, while one is a USA premiere.
CREA-SHAKTHI - INDIA --- June 8-9
SNAPSHOTS OF A FERVID SUNRISE by Mahesh Dattani
About the Play:
Mahesh Dattani’s next play, is a story of two teenagers in love. Not the kind of love we associate with teenagers. Khudiram Bose and Thillayaadi Velliamai never met, but they were both connected by a common passion – a love for their motherland. The Play explores through these two forgotten characters the way we have come to honour our fallen heroes and how the present & future will create & celebrate heroes as well. Beyond jingoism, and certainly beyond blind faith or parochialism, these brave young people took on an entire establishment, shaking the foundation of an unjust government. One chose the bomb, the other chose the power of self pride. Heroes who were present for us at the break of dawn, so that our days could be lived in dignity and peace . We need them now.
About the Writer:
Mahesh Dattani (born 7 August 1958) is an Indian director, actor, playwright and writer. He wrote such plays as Final Solutions, Dance Like a Man, Bravely Fought the Queen, On a Muggy Night in Mumbai, Tara,Thirty Days in September and now Snapshots of A Fervid Sunrise.
He is the first playwright in English to be awarded the Sahitya Akademi award. His plays have been directed by eminent directors like Arvind Gaur, Alyque Padamsee and Lillete Dubey.
Mahesh Dattani began his career as a copywriter in an advertising firm. In 1986, he wrote his first full-length play, Where There’s a Will, and since 1995, he has been working as a full-time theatre professional. Dattani is also a film director. His debut film is Mango Souffle, adapted from one of his plays. He also wrote and directed the movie Morning Raaga.
About the Director:
Dushyanth Gunashekar, Founder & Creative Head – has directed 3 plays and now with “Snapshots” it becomes 4, apart from having acted, produced and written as well for stage but primarily working with theatre in education. Crea-Shakthi was founded on the principle of making theatre a communion and that which must reach out to masses especially the young and Dushyanth has trained several youngsters to take up the craft seriously in 12 years and embrace its many benefits. “Snapshots” is a critical milestone in his theatre career of 12 years.
Founded in March 2012, Creashakthi started out as a ‘Fund’ by four partners whose passion for the craft prompted them to grow theatre in the city. In less than three years, Creashakthi has grown into nine partner strong firm, an institution that provides a platform for theatre, offering training and theatre-based learning solutions, curating arguably the largest youth theatre festival in the country, a well-established stand-up comedy wing and offering full-time employment to professionals. This is Creashakthi’s first full length monologue and having had it penned by the legendary Mahesh Dattani makes it a landmark production in its already illustrious cap of plays. Crea-Shakthi aims to turn itself into a community theatre group but by bridging the gap between professional and amateur and bring about industry standards for live performances in Chennai & other cities as well.
Cast and Crew:
Written By: Mahesh Dattani
Design & Direction: Dushyanth Gunashekar
Performed by: Vaishwath Shankar
ATTICREP AND TUPPENCE ENTERTAINMENT - USA --- June 10-11
ON THE PORCH WITH THE LAVENS: HOW MUSIC SHAPED A FAMILY by Rachel Laven and Jacob Pursell
A production by: AtticRep in collaboration with Tuppence Entertainment
Director: Roberto Prestigiacomo
Writers: Rachel Laven and Jacob Pursell
A new original and devised work by AtticRep in collaboration with Tuppence Entertainment, featuring San Antonio’s own Laven Family. The production tells the story of The Lavens – from the generation of Lavens that immigrated from Holland to their present day Laven family band. Learn how music shaped the Lavens as a family and as one of San Antonio’s most loved bands. The show will feature live performances of songs by Rachel, Niko, and Andreas Laven, and the Lavens will tell their stories up close and personal on their widely known “porch.”
Well known in Texas for their blend of Blues, Folk, and Country music, The Lavens are a family group made up of parents, Andreas and Jana, and their grown kids, Niko and Rachel Laven. The four have released three albums as a band between 2005-2007, while Niko and Rachel have since released solo albums of their own. Voted Best Female Vocals by the San Antonio Current (Rachel), and TMC’s Artist of the Year (The Lavens), and more recently Kerrville Newfolk Songwriting Competition Winner (Rachel), The Lavens are among San Antonio’s longest performing, and most loved bands. Tuppence Entertainment is a new company in San Antonio owned and operated by Trinity graduates and entrepreneurs, Rachel Laven and Jacob Pursell. Tuppence offers costumed characters and bartenders for events. Tuppence also does theatre for social change projects that address social issues within a community, using theatre as a means of education, offering a safe place to practice real life situations.
Learn more at Tuppence Entertainment.com
Cast: Andreas Laven – Jana Laven – Niko Laven – Rachel Laven
MEXICAN CULTURAL INSTITUTE - MEXICO --- June 16-18
THROUGH THE WALL / A TRAVES DEL MURO – A Theatre for Social Change Project by Regina Moya
Through the Wall/A Traves del Muro is created from testimonies of Mexican migrants that have illegally crossed the border between Mexico and United States. It considers texts generated from interviews and stories of children, women, men, families and all those people who alone or accompanied embarked on the adventure to cross the border and achieve the American dream. A parallel program will be developed at the Cultural Institute of Mexico in San Antonio on the topic of Protection of Mexicans Abroad, Migratory Policies and Trafficking, as well as activities for children with the participation of storyteller Carolina Quiroga-Stultz. The program will start June 15th with an exhibition of Betsabeé Romero installation work called El Vuelo y Su Semilla.