<![CDATA[FABUM - Latest News]]>Sun, 24 Sep 2017 10:37:52 -0500Weebly<![CDATA[Auditions for FABUM's "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" Festival]]>Thu, 29 Sep 2016 21:56:10 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/09/auditions-for-fabums-a-strong-woman-1night5plays-festival.htmlFABUM will hold two auditions for its upcoming 10-minute play festival on Thursday, October 13th and Tuesday, October 25th, both from 3:00-9:00pm at the Arts Club of Washington located at 2017 I (Eye) Street NW, DC. 

Auditions will be on a walk-in basis, with potential for assigned callback slots on Oct. 25th. Performers who require a specific time window can email astrongwoman@fabum.org. 

All performers must provide headshot & resume in person or in advance by emailing them to astrongwoman@fabum.org.

Monologue optional; FABUM will provide sides to read. Non-Equity.
FEMALE ROLES*
Age
20's-30's
mid-late 40's
40's
18
late 60's
mid-late 60's
mid-late 60's
50's
50's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
early-mid 20's
Descriptor
nurse
refugee
ghost
high school senior
retiree
retiree
retiree
retiree, model
painter
WWII pilot
WWII pilot
WWII pilot, fmr dancer
WWII pilot
Ethnicity
any
Nuer South Sudanese
Nuer South Sudanese
any, "American"
any
any
any
any
any
any
any
any
Chinese-American
MALE ROLES*
Age
early 20's
30's-40's
50's
50's
Descriptor
sailor, returning WWII veteran
photographer
attorney
art critic
Ethnicity
any
any
any
any
*Performers of all identities and expression are encouraged to audition. 
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<![CDATA[5 Plays and Date Announced for FABUM's "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" 10-Minute Play Festival]]>Thu, 22 Sep 2016 19:50:41 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/09/5-plays-and-date-announced-for-fabums-a-strong-woman-1night5plays-10-minute-play-festival.html
FABUM will premiere five 10-minute plays in a one-night festival at the historic Arts Club of Washington on the evening of Friday, December 9th. Preview and open rehearsals to be announced soon. 

The festival explores the notion of 'a strong woman', and how that is interpreted by playwrights from all over the country, from every walk of life. Of the well-over 100 (123 to be exact - great number, yes?) plays received between July 15th and August 31st, these are the finalists that FABUM will premiere later this Fall:


The Kiss by George Sapio
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, Glenn, a sailor returning from WWII, grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her. Edith protests then argues with Eisenstadt (the photographer who captured the image) and Glenn about the propriety of Glenn's action and about what makes art. Edith challenges Eisenstadt to take a second picture and reverses the positions of herself and Glenn.   



Stories of a Nuer Refugee, or Raven Hansen's Totally Epic Senior Project by Morgan Trant Kinnally

Raven, a senior in high school, interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about her past and talks frivolously about her relationship with her mother, Mary hides the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the war. Ghost Nyamal encourages Mary to share what she overcame to be where she is today. 


Eat Your Candy by Patti Veconi
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives. 
 

The Nude by W.L. Newkirk
Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition. Lisa's nervous about her career and Claire's having some serious body issues. Claire mistakes passerby Brian for an art critic and is pleased when he compliments her and the painting. The real critic Jeffrey shows up, pans the painting, and offers a better review in exchange for sex... 


W.A.S.P.s by Zanne Hall
Based on true historical events, Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. They swap stories in the mess hall about the discrimination they've faced, how they've adapted and adjusted Army regulations to suit women, and how even in the shadows, their achievements as aviators overshadowed the men around them. 

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<![CDATA[Meet Margot Manburg: Associate Producer and Lead Curator of FABUM's "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" 10-minute Play Festival! ]]>Wed, 14 Sep 2016 16:01:59 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/09/meet-margot-manburg-associate-producer-and-lead-curator-of-fabums-a-strong-woman-1night5plays-10-minute-play-festival.htmlPicture
Margot Manburg is a dramaturg and director dedicated to new works and Theatre for Young Audiences. A California native, Margot relocated to Washington, D.C .last year. Fittingly, Washington D.C. is where she got her start in new works. In 2011, she was named the National Runner-Up in Dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received a fellowship as one of six inaugural dramaturgy fellows at the Kennedy Center’s first annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive. From there, she developed her skills during back-to-back internships in the literary departments of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia. 

After her internships, Margot freelanced across the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite Bay Area credits include assistant-directing the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You (Marin Theatre Company), directing the world premiere of Matthew Crawley’s The Mice Will Play (Left Coast Theatre Company), and dramaturging the world premiere adaptation of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee, the Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Her production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Benicia Old Town Theatre Group) won her the 2013 Solano County Arty awards for Best Direction of an Adult Drama and Outstanding Dramatic Production. Residential positions include her tenure as the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation for the 2013-2014 season, during which she led the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival selection committee, and as Resident Dramaturg for Alter Theater’s 2015 Playwrights Lab.

Committed to making theatre arts accessible for all ages, Margot has adjudicated the San Francisco Unified School District Performing Arts Competition, dramaturged two school tour productions for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and taught an introduction to playwriting class for middle school-aged students at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has facilitated audience talkbacks for audiences of all ages, including student and senior matinees. In ongoing dedication to new plays, Margot has served as a volunteer script reader for the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and the New Harmony Project, and currently serves as a volunteer script reader for the DMV’s own Source Festival, WSC Avant Bard, and various Kennedy Center playwriting awards.

Since moving to D.C., Margot has had the honor of reviewing for the 2015 Capitol Fringe Festival, directing Georgette Kelly’s Ballast for the 2016 Source Festival, dramaturging James Still’s Miranda for WSC Avant Bard, and dramaturging Dayna Smith’s The Weathergirl at the Kennedy Center’s first annual  Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop. Margot holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Theatre Arts minor from Sonoma State University. 

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<![CDATA[20 Semi-finalists announced for FABUM's "A Strong Woman" 10-Minute Play Festival ]]>Thu, 01 Sep 2016 20:02:05 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/09/20-semi-finalists-announced-for-fabums-a-strong-woman-10-minute-play-festival.html
Between June 15th and July 31st, when the submission window closed, we received well over 100 scripts from playwrights all around the country. FABUM will produce 5 plays this December for our "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" festival, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Currently, we are pleased to announce 20 semi-finalists whose dynamic scripts made the first cut! They are:


ANGELA'S RESTAURANT BY CHIP BOLCIK 
Angela is about to close and discontinue her Italian restaurant when Amelia arrives, in search of a good meal and a taste of home. 

BANTER BY BARRY EITEL 
In the 1920's, burgeoning writer Pearl, moves towards acclaim ahead of her male colleagues. 

CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHILIP W. HALL 
When George calls customer support about his TV package, Suzanne gives him more of a reality check than support. 

EAT YOUR CANDY BY PATTI VECONI 
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives. 

EGYPTIAN SONG BY JAMES CHRISTY, JR. 
Zahia navigates between traditions and radical change as she comes of age in Egypt during its battle for independence from British colonialism.. 

F4 BY ELIN HAMPTON 
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, Wallis, an eager first time EMT, finds Crisco trapped in the rubble of his house. Can her skills save him and redeem herself? 

GRAM SCAMS BY CARY PEPPER 
A young man tries to scam Grandma into giving him an exorbitant amount of money but her senility sends him in circles. 

JIGSAW CACTUS BY CAITLIN TURNAGE 
After searching across the country for her mother, Cherry crashes her father's house to force him to talk about her estranged mother. Paul wants to Cherry to be just like her mother but Cherry wants to be everything her mother wasn't. 

LITTLE OLD LADY FROM TALAFOFO BY TONY PASQUALINI 
Kayana, a one-person town, is courted by presidential candidates for her tie-breaking vote. Will one of the candidates win her vote and the presidency before a rising flood washes them away? 

PEGGY'S PROPERTIES BY MJ HALBERSTADT 
Peggy, a math teacher, encourages her students to explore mathematical equations and gradually starts teaching solutions to real life problems instead. 

SIXTEEN17 BY JASON RAINEY 
On the eve of Dena's seventeenth birthday, Dena and her mother Cass clash over what adulthood and maturity really mean. 

STORIES OF A NUER REFUGEE, OR RAVEN HANSEN'S TOTALLY EPIC SENIOR PROJECT BY MORGAN TRANT KINNALLY 
High school senior Raven interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about Mary's past, Mary tries to keep the interview superficial to hide the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the Sudanese civil war. 

TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE BY RICHARD MANLEY 
While on a train, Mary, a foremost Emily Dickinson scholar, reveals the truth behind the poetry of a famous, recently deceased poet whose work is worshipped by Elizabeth, a fellow passenger and scholar. 

THE INFAMOUS 2006 KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON BOOTY CALL BY DANIEL GLENN 
Dolly Parton uses tough love and a little flirtation to remind a drunk and depressed Kenny Rogers of how glamorous their lives are and how hard they worked to get there. 

THE KISS BY GEORGE SAPIO 
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, veteran Glenn grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her while Eisenstadt photographs the iconic moment. Edith protests, and challenges the men about the propriety of their actions and about what makes art. 

THE NUDE BY W.L. NEWKIRK 
When Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition, Lisa worries about her career and Claire worries about the reception of her aging body. As they await the art critic, Claire's confidence soars during a conversation with a passerby who praises more than just her body. 

THE STORY OF OUR LIVES BY MADELEINE BUTLER 
With the help of her daughter Sarah, Alice cleans out her home so she can move across country now that her husband is dead. When Sarah discovers an old photograph of Alice, she learns what Alice gave up to give her a "normal" life. 

THREE GHOSTS OF ELIZABETH BATHORY BY ANNE FLANAGAN 
Mina, a teenager with a report due the next day, is awoken in the middle of the night by the subject of her report: the ghost of Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth went down in history as a murderous psychopath and now she wants to set the record straight. 

W.A.S.P.S BY ZANNE HALL 
Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. When they overlap in the mess hall, they swap stories about the discrimination they've faced and how they've adapted Army regulations to fit their needs as women pilots. Based on historical events. 

YOURS AND MINE BY GLENN ALTERMAN 
Pamela has felt distant from her husband Sheridan for a few years now. When she learns he's been sneaking around to write a play, she likens the preoccupied time to an extramarital affair and reveals a secret of her own. 
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<![CDATA[FABUM Youth Group at Premiere of BALLAST by Georgette Kelly]]>Sat, 25 Jun 2016 17:45:58 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/06/fabum-youth-group-at-premiere-of-ballast-by-georgette-kelly.htmlPictureDirector Margot Manburg and the cast of BALLAST
FABUM organized a group of young people to see the workshop premiere of trans playwright Georgette Kelly's play BALLAST on Friday, June 24th at CulturalDC's Source Theatre in DC.

The play is a thought-provoking theatrical work about the issues of belonging, love and acceptance that many LGBTQ-identifying individuals - especially young people - experience. It was a play written from a personal perspective with many universal themes.

Following the performance, director Margot Manburg and the talented cast held a private talkback with FABUM's youth group and attendees, which lasted late into the evening. 

Students and young people will send their thoughts and reactions to playwright Georgette Kelly, who personally encouraged it. 

FABUM is grateful for the support of the Human Rights Campaign and George Washington University for their assistance in organizing young people of all identities to take part in the evening. 

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<![CDATA[FABUM Launches 10-minute Play Competition]]>Thu, 16 Jun 2016 18:56:33 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/06/fabum-launches-10-minute-play-competition.htmlPicture
Playwriting competition will result in the DC-based, non-profit performing arts group premiering five original short plays as part of "A Strong Woman: 1 Night/5 Plays", as it approaches its 5th anniversary year.

WASHINGTON - June 16, 2016 - The non-profit, DC-based performing arts group FABUM Inc. announces the opening for submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition.

The program, called "A Strong Woman: 1 Night/5 Plays", will include five original, 10-minute plays featuring the thematic element of 'a strong woman'. What comprises 'a strong woman', and how she is incorporated into the work is entirely autonomous to the playwright.

The competition will be open for submissions from June 15 to July 31, 2016.

Five finalists will be chosen to be presented, and audience members will vote in real time for the "Audience Choice" following the performances. All five playwrights will receive a $100 award.

The Fall 2016 shows will be at the historic Arts Club of Washington, and dates and times are yet to be determined.

Requirements:

Only plays with a reasonably-estimated performance length of 10 minutes or under will be considered; Plays cannot contain more than five characters; Plays must be producible in a relatively small theater space (12' x 10' stage).

Playwrights may submit works via email to astrongwoman@fabum.org in either Word or PDF format.

Since it's founding in 2011, FABUM has produced four world-premiere theater works as part of its The Dolce Revolution Project series, with a focus towards self-realization and an immersive performance format. The organizations also runs a creative youth education program and hosts salon-style events as catalysts for artistic inspiration and community engagement.

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<![CDATA[FABUM brings the "Assassin of Broadway" to School Without Walls]]>Sun, 22 May 2016 15:32:33 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2016/05/fabum-brings-the-assassin-of-broadway-to-school-without-walls.htmlPictureMichael Riedel talking with students
Michael Riedel is the theater columnist for the New York Post, and co-host of the weekly talk show Theater Talk on PBS. His recently published book, RAZZLE DAZZLE: The Battle for Broadway, has been praised by The Washington Post, New York Times and others for pulling back the curtain on the fascinating, sometimes gritty and controversial behind-the-scenes world of one of the most famous entertainment empires ever - Broadway. 
Vanity Fair has said of him:
"Half of Broadway hates him. The other half leaks to him." 
And described him as the "assassin of Broadway".

Riedel visited DC's School Without Walls High School with FABUM artistic director Jameson Freeman on Friday, May 20th, and shared some amazing stories stories from his personal and professional journeys with a large and enthusiastic group of students. He spoke about the connection between creativity and personal growth, the importance of passion, as well as some inside scoops about a few of Broadway's biggest productions and personalities. The thoughtful questions from students kept coming until the school day ended. 

School Without Walls is unique in that its student body has young people from all eight of DC's Wards. 

Riedel was in Washington, DC to receive the Marfield Prize/National Award for Arts Writing from the Arts Club of Washington. FABUM coordinated with Sass Brown, administrator of the award, to bring Riedel to the DC public charter school before he returned to New York City.

RAZZLE DAZZLE is a vivid biography of Broadway itself, full of larger-than-life characters. It begins with the inimitable story of the three Shubert brothers, theatre moguls who had a presence across the country and by the start of the Depression owned and operated some of New York’s most important and prestigious theatres. But by the 1970s, Times Square had become the seedy symbol of the city’s decline, and the Shubert Organization found itself losing money and business as tourism fell off and theaters were demolished to make room for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup. While battling corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations, Jacobs and Schoenfeld managed to solidify their power and turned collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world. They went on to revitalize Times Square, change the face of New York City, and produce many of Broadway’s most iconic productions, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia!

In RAZZLE DAZZLEthe drama on stage is often overshadowed by the intrigues behind the scenes. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, Riedel has created a comprehensive insider’s look like no other, examining influential figures and Broadway legends such as Michael Bennett, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hal Prince, Frank Rich, and more while exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and—of course—scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion as only Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentator could. 

Pictures from the afternoon:

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<![CDATA[FABUM Launches Visual Arts Connection]]>Mon, 23 Mar 2015 19:11:50 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2015/03/fabum-launches-visual-arts-connection.htmlWe are launching a new visual arts-focused initiative that we're calling Visual Arts Connection, that will feature artist-interviews. Read more about it over at PRLog!

Excerpt:

Non-profit arts group FABUM is launching a new online platform that will feature personal interviews with visual artists called the Visual Arts Connection. The website, currently operating as a Google blog (http://visualartsconnection.blogspot.com), will also have an event calender for local galleries and exhibition spaces.

Artistic Director Jameson Freeman explains his feeling that visual artists aren't given the opportunity to reflect and share the process and inspirations behind their work often enough. "They can provide a narrative for their work during a gallery opening, or on the 'about' page of their website, but this will be an opportunity for them to be questioned by someone else, and therefore perhaps asked to think about their work - and themselves - a little differently," he says.

Click here to read the entire press release!
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<![CDATA[Celebrating FABUM Interns]]>Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:49:50 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2015/03/celebrating-fabum-interns.htmlPicture
On Tuesday, March 17th, Members of FABUM's Board of Directors as well as parents and friends gathered at the Arts Club of Washington for a retrospective on Youth Program FABUM's last year...and to honor interns Zawadi Carroll and Liz Williams on their recent college admittance, upcoming high school graduation...and their FULL college scholarships! 

Both Zawadi and Liz have been working with FABUM as interns as well as volunteering for community service hours. They have been part of several major projects, including the world premiere of the performance work See You See in December of 2014.

Zawadi has been with FABUM since the beginning of 2014, and Liz joined up with us during the summer.

We will miss them when they go, but this is not good-bye...it is good luck! 

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<![CDATA["See You See" a Suggestive and Relevant Success!]]>Sun, 14 Dec 2014 03:39:28 GMThttp://fabum.org/1/post/2014/12/see-you-see-a-suggestive-and-relevant-success.htmlPicture
See You See, the third original performance event in our Dolce Revolution Project series had two sold-out performances and generated active audience discussion. This was a walk-through performance that played with notions of voyeurism, exhibitionism and privacy as we grapple with a sense of self and place in an ever-watchful society…  


We are incredibly grateful for the ability to share this work, and the incredible response we received.

See You See Premiered Wednesday, December 10th and Friday, December 12th, 2014 @ 7pm at The Arts Club of Washington


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