The Cutting Ball Variety Pack is a festival with three components: The Directors Series, The Playwrights Series, and The Reading Series.
The Directors Series: Feb 2, 3, 9, 10 at 8 pm, Feb 4 and 11 at 5 pm
The Directors Series is a program of short works dedicated to directorial exploration and experimentation. With the aim of introducing audiences to a broad array of experimental techniques across a single evening of performance, The Directors Series is interdisciplinary, promoting collaboration between mediums of theater, music, and movement and crossing cultural and linguistic boundaries. The Directors Series places a premium on the inventive capacities of its lead artists and encourages and supports them to make brave choices. Four short pieces helmed by four directors – including Artistic Director Paige Rogers, and choreographer Daria Kaufman featuring dancer Randee Paufve – will make up this program which will run for two weekends on Cutting Ball's main stage.
The Playwrights Series: Playwright #1 – Feb 5, 6 at 7 pm, Playwright #2 – Feb 12 and 13 at 7 pm
The Playwrights Series is an incubator for experimental new works. Two unproduced and unpublished plays will be selected from a pool of 150 submissions; these plays may be wildly different from one another but both are rooted in a poetic logic, rather than a naturalistic one, while pushing theatrical expectations and conventions in form and content. Selected playwrights will receive a week-long developmental workshop where – in close collaboration with a director, a team of actors, and designers – they'll focus on conceptualizing a full production of the play. At the end of this week, each play will be given two public staged readings on Cutting Ball's mainstage. The Playwrights Series reflects Cutting Ball's commitment to the new experimental canon and the emerging artists who will shape it.
The Reading Series: Reading #1- Feb 7 at 7 pm, Reading #2 – Feb 8 at 7 pm, Reading #3 – Feb 11 at 2 pm, Reading #4- Feb 12 at 1 pm
The Reading Series is designed to rally groups of performers and curious listeners for informal, one-time-only readings of plays that may find their way to Cutting Ball's stage in future seasons, or that are just plain exciting to the company's core artists. The Reading Series invites audiences to peek into Cutting Ball's artistic hivemind to get acquainted with classical, canonized, modern and new works and provides Cutting Ball's artists the space to explore and engage with prospective plays in depth.