The Festival is over, and it was a success because of you!
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and we can’t stop thinking about how thankful we are for you. You asked the questions, bought the tickets, learned in our workshops, joined us for a few post-show drinks, and sold out the house on quite a few occassions. Your support made it possible for us to share:
- 8 mainstage shows
- 2 world premieres
- 1 U.S. premiere
- 2 NY premieres
- 6 thought-provoking panels
- 6 stimulating workshops
- Our first ever show for young audiences
- A workshop performance from our Artist In Residence James Judd
If you joined us for any part of the festival, please click here to take our audience survey. We’d love to know more about you and to hear about your experience at AFOFest
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If you aren’t already familiar with our year-round programming, I urge you to take a look around this site. We can do so much more for you than you an imagine. We offer opportunities for anyone to learn how to share their story through our classes, salons, and play development programs.
We’d like to wish you all a warm and happy Thanksgiving, and a happy Thursday to all of you outside of the States. We’ll be thinking of you, and the support you’ve so graciously given. We hope to see you again soon at a salon or AFO event so we can thank you in person.
Are you looking for an unique internship experience?
The All For One Theater Festival is looking for interns to join us as we embark on our fourth season. Because of our small staff, an internship with AFO gives you the opportunity to take on a lot of exciting responsibilities and look at many different aspects of the professional theatre world.
We’re more than just a festival, and the year-round work of keeping all our programs going takes a lot of work! If you haven’t already, check out these posts from former interns Jenna Briedis and Maya Shah about their experience working with AFO.
On top of the exciting work and new experiences, AFO interns become a part of our family. We’re a big community here at AFO and that means our interns never really go away.
Associate Producer Corinne Woods and Director of Communications Kati Frazier are both former AFO interns. Former management/development intern Lauryn Shirra is on our associate board, and it’s never a surprise to run into our former submissions intern Gianfranco Lentini or communications intern Cameron Draper at a salon or other AFO event. Right now AFO is looking for a Literary Intern and a Management/Development Intern. Take a look at what they have to offer, and we hope to hear from you soon!
This internship opportunity with All For One Theater Festival fell into my lap and I was thrown right into the role as a Communications and Public Relations Intern. Yet I don’t think I’ll ever forget my first day, the 2013 Benefit, nor will I forget my first salon, or my first open mic. But it was the long awaited Festival that really made my internship memorable. All of the work we had been doing, the meetings we were sitting-in on, and the re-labeling that had to be done was for this five week festival at the historic Cherry Lane Theatre.
I honestly don’t know how we would have done it if it weren’t for David’s Tea and the amazing staff at CLT. But what I was excited about were the shows, meeting with all of the performers beforehand made me excited about seeing the shows all in their entirety. I was itching to find out about where the body went in Killer Quack, scared to see what exactly Marcus Sharp did, and was so honored to have witnessed U’deen Morgan make it to the Grand Canyon.
Doing something that I have a passion for right out of college is rare and I genuinely thank everyone at AFO for this opportunity.
See you soon,
It’s my last day at All For One Theater Festival, and while I am so sad to say goodbye to all of my wonderful coworkers, I am happy to look back on this experience and be grateful for all I’ve learned, all of the people I have met, and the memories I have made.
I’ve said it before, and I will say it again: the AFO office was the coolest place to work. From day 1, Michael was a fearless leader, always available to listen and offer advice. The ladies of the office made coming to work fun every day. I feel so lucky to have had Corinne as a boss: passionate, patient, and one of the hardest workers I know. And Kati: supportive, hilarious, and a person that can always see the positivity in a situation. Finally, my fellow interns: Angela and Maya. What can I possibly say? I couldn’t imagine the experience without them. We stuck together, every step of the way.
As a passionate artist and educator, I am constantly seeking opportunities to work with youth and to help enrich their lives through artistic expression. The Mentor Project gave me the opportunity to do that. Watching these students grow as artists and human beings was unbelievably rewarding. Starting with seedlings of ideas, these students dug deep into their hearts, bravely shared their stories, and wrote solo pieces with structure and voice far beyond their years. In truth, I think that these students taught me more than I taught them; they showed me just how capable they are, and just how important their voices can be in a city, and world at large, that is in desperate need of understanding and empathy. So with that I say—Thank you Julissa. Thank you Steven. Thank you Lydia. Thank you LeVar. Thank you Cheyenne. Thank you. Keep shining, keep dreaming, keep creating, and keep smiling. You are wonderful.
With love and fond farewells,
A Little Potato and Hard to Peel
My first experience with A Little Potato and Hard to Peel was at my desk, as I was prepping myself for the festival and educating myself on each of the shows. Immediately, I was hooked. I rippled with laughter as I watched the promo clip, and as David impersonated Mr. T, a recurring character in his play. I had a feeling that his show would serve as a comic upswing to the festival.
Turns out I was right—when I finally got to see the show start to finish, all of my expectations were met. David’s show is filled with personal anecdotes about his unconventional experience growing up with only one hand. His run ins as a young boy, all up until his relationships as an adult, are told with honesty, heart, and humor.
This humor helps drive the underlying message in the piece. As the late director Harold Clurman noted, “The truth is like castor oil. It’s difficult to take and hard to swallow, so we get them to laugh and while their mouths are open, we pour a little in.” Harrell achieves this delicate balance; his show hooks the audience with humor, and then presents the truths about life with a disability.
As a person with fibromyalgia and other physical challenges, I could relate to his message, and was appreciative of his honesty. But this show is for everyone—not just those with disabilities. Harrell’s play shows us that we all deal with our own challenges, but they don’t define us. We are strong enough to push through and live our dreams.
Come out for David’s last show to see what it’s all about! The last show is November 9th, at 7 PM at The Cherry Lane Theatre!
Jenna, Mentor Project Intern
When I sit in the booth at the Cherry Lane Studio booth as sound board operator, it would be easy for me to zone out and only focus on the GO button I have to press. Luckily at AFO, all of our shows have commanded my attention, and the U.S. premiere of Erin Fleck’s THOSE WHO CAN’T DO is at the top of that pack.
The subject matter of the show itself is fascinating: teen sexuality, sexual education, the role of authority, how a scandal gets “handled.” But what makes THOSE WHO CAN’T DO so enthralling is Fleck’s masterful characterization of both in the writing and performance of her characters. It is no easy task to both write and perform in a show (much less a one-person piece!) but Fleck rises to the occasion and is mesmerizing to watch. From the young wallflower of Nora to crass Coach Lee to the opinionated Taylor, Fleck has created compelling and complex characters. I am so happy that Fleck has brought this show to American audiences.
The final performance of THOSE WHO CAN’T DO is this Saturday, November 9th at 4 pm. I hope to see you there!
Buy your tickets now!
The last week of the festival starts Thursday, and if you have not seen a show yet, we’d love to see you at the Cherry Lane Theatre!
This Thursday we will be hosting our Festival Salon! The AFO festival salon celebrates the vibrant and thriving solo theater community with an evening of 10-minute excerpts from new works by up-and-coming solo performers, including: David Crabb, Kambri Crews, Gabrielle Maisels, Katie Northlich, Jennifer Rawlings, Matthew Trumbull, and Damaris Webb. This performance is open to all for a suggested donation of $10 at the door!
Friday at 2:30, we will have the amazing Deb Margolin facilitate Acting on Impulse a workshop where actors will explore the joy and discipline of being fully present in comical and rich conversations with ourselves and those around us. Closing his show Friday at 7pm will be Vichet Chum’s KNYUM.
Our last day at the Cherry Lane will have the workshop performance of Killer Quack at 1pm, Those Who Can’t Do… at 4pm, and A Little Potato and Hard to Peel at 7pm accompanied with an ASL interpreter!
All of our events will be at the Cherry Lane Theatre on 38 Commerce Street! Use discount code FAMILYFEST for all of our shows too!