The Cutting Ball Variety Pack

A Fortnight of Collaboration and Exploration
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February 2 – February 13, 2018

The Cutting Ball Variety Pack is a festival with three components: The Directors Series, The Playwrights Series, and The Reading Series.
The Directors Series: 
Friday, February 2nd at 8 pm
Saturday, February 3rd at 8 pm
Sunday, February 4th at 5 pm
Friday, February 9th at 8 pm
Saturday, February 10th at 8 pm 
Sunday, February 11th 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 – Monday, February 5th at 7 pm
                                Tuesday,  February 6th at 7 pm
Playwright #2 – Monday, February 12th at 7 pm
                                Tuesday, February 13th 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 Two unproduced and unpublished plays will be selected from a pool of 150 submissions; these plays may be wildly different from one another but both are rooted in a poetic logic, rather than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- Wednesday, February 7th at 7 pm
Reading #2 – Friday, February 8th at 7 pm
Reading #3 – Sunday, February 11th at 2 pm
Reading #4- Monday, February 12th 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.


Artwork by Jennifer Berkowitz 

The Cutting Ball Variety Pack is made possible in part by Associate Producer Russell Nelson.