Washington’s Source For New Work

Source Festival

CulturalDC’s Source Festival combines the forces of rising talents with established artists. Driven by creativity, collaboration and invention, artists from across the nation present new works over three weeks. The relationships built here lay the path for the next generation of outstanding performing artists.

Now in its tenth year, Source Festival has built a reputation as a vital launching pad for new work and a proving ground for the district’s actors, directors, and designers. In the last nine years, three of the Source Festival Full-Length Plays have been finalists for the American Theatre Critics Association Steinberg Award. Topher Payne’s remarkable PERFECT ARRANGEMENT (Source Festival 2013) won the ATCA’s 2013 Osborn Award and Nathan Alan Davis’ outstanding DONTRELL, WHO KISSED THE SEA (Source Festival 2014) received the ATCA Steinberg Citation in 2015. COLLAPSING SILENCE, an Artistic Blind Date that debuted at the 2011 Festival, inspired the launch of Washington’s interdisciplinary arts organization Force/Collision. The Festival continues to deepen its engagement with playwrights and the Washington community as a whole though script development workshops and partnerships.

SOURCE FESTIVAL 2017 features …

  • PERFECT ARRANGEMENT by Topher Payne, a revival of Source Festival 2013’s smash-hit!
  • Six 10-Minute Plays selected from more than 400 submissions from across the country;
  • Six “Best-Of” 10-Minute Plays selected from ten years of innovative new work and;
  • Workshops and readings of three Full-Length Play Readings by some of the country’s most inventive playwrights.

Photo by C. Stanley Photography


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