request for proposals
Stage invites proposals from theater companies and informally organized
collectives of theater artists for the Edward Albee Festival of staged
readings, to be held March 6 – April 24, 2011 in our new home, the
Running concurrently with Arena Stage’s productions of Albee’s AT HOME AT THE ZOO and the visiting Steppenwolf production of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, the Edward Albee Festival will offer audiences an unprecedented opportunity to experience all of Mr. Albee’s released plays as they were meant to be experienced—in performance. In this free-admission Festival, Arena Stage seeks to present a cross-section of local theater artists representing the range of artistic philosophies, training, cultural traditions, and ethnic identities present in our community of professional performing artists.
Interested artists should prepare proposals of less than 750 words describing an artistic approach to a staged reading of one or more of the eligible plays on the attached list. Companies will only be invited to present one play in the Festival, but proposals detailing multiple plays are welcome and encouraged. Preference will be given to proposals that illuminate Albee’s texts and characters as written.
A note about casting, from Edward Albee: "Here are my feelings about non-traditional casting. I do think it best to have roles played by actors of the same sex as the characters and usually of an age relative to that instructed by the author. As for the matter of race, I deal with it on a case to case basis. However if it would raise questions that the play does not answer, I would probably say no."
include ideas for creative, artistically-inspired use of traditional and
non-traditional performance spaces in the
time slots in the month of September have been set aside for artists writing
proposals to take informal tours of the
The Edward Albee Festival is accepting proposals for the following plays:
The American Dream
Fam and Yam
The Ballad of the Sad Café
A Delicate Balance
Everything in the Garden
Finding the Sun
Three Tall Women
The Play About the Baby
The Goat or Who Is Sylvia?