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    (Re)Acts is a community-minded event used to delve deeper into and diversify the perspectives on topics that are important to Forum and related to our current work. Forum invites local artists from multiple disciplines to create artistic responses to a specific prompt, topic, or theme. The outcome is a one-night performance of all of their 10 minute reaction pieces that is casual, experimental, engaging, and electric.

     

    Upcoming (Re)Acts:
     
    The 10th edition of (Re)Acts wil happen in the Fall of 2014---stay tuned for more info soon!
     
     
     
     
    Past (Re)Acts:
     

     

    How We Cope
    April 7, 2014

    Local artists were commissioned to create short pieces inspired by stories of violence and bullying committed in our society.
     
    Featuring work created by: Zachary Fernebok & Adi Stein of Flying V, Alison Talvacchio, David Robinson, Sam McCormally, Lori Pitts, Mark Perkins, Savanna Nilsen, and Milind Raj. Designed by Katie McCreary.
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Changing Neighborhoods
    November 18, 2013


    Local artists were commissioned to create short pieces inspired by stories of gentrification and shifting communities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The first (Re)Acts of Forum's 10th season explores questions of place, home, and belonging within our city's rapidly changing neighborhoods.
     
    Featuring work created by: dog & pony dc, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, From Block2Block, Teri Gillmor, Mark Hairston, Paige Hernandez, Terah Jackson, Tom Minter, Kerri Redding, and Tatyana Safronova.
     
     
     
     
        
    The First Time
    December 10, 2012
     
     
    For this (Re)Acts we'll tell stories about firsts, beginnings, and startings outs ...
     
    Featuring work created by: Kathy Gordon, Ann Fraistat & Robert Mueller, Sam Lahne, Kevin Boggs, Danielle Mohlman, Jon Lee, Juliana Avery, and Michael Dove.
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Who Am I?
     
    July 23, 2012
     
    Featuring a combination of some of our favorite pieces from the past season of (Re)Acts as well as newly-comissioned work, this installment in the series asks the big question: "Who am I?" Stories about identity, birth, expression, and more from an amazing array of artists. 
     
    Featuring work created by: Patrick Bussink, Micheline Heal, Steve Spotswood, Gwydion Suilebhan & Gabriel Walsh, Tim Guillot, and Kathy Gordon
     
    presented in the Over The Line Festival

     

     

     
    (Re)Acts NOW!
    July 16, 2012
     
    One-night only special (Re)Acts performance. For this OVER THE LINE special installment in the series, we are trying something a little different---the participating artists will be give only ONE HOUR to create response performances on the night's theme. Come see it all come together on Monday at 7:30!
     
    Featuring work created by: Happenstance Theatre, Contradiction Dance, Tim Guillot, and Clown Cabaret
     
    presented in the Over The Line Festival
     
     
     
     
     
    Gotta Have Faith
    April 9, 2012

    Local artists explore our season's theme, "Faith in Things Unseen", and create 10-minute multidisciplinary works centered on their beliefs -- in love, community, government,  ghosts, caffeine, gravity, and optical illusions. 

    Featuring work created by: Liz Maestri, Gwydion Suilebhan, Emma Strauss and Emma Jaster, Keira Hart, Shawn Northrip & Jason Schlafstein, and Happenstance Theatre.

     
     
     
     
     
     

    Sex on the Brain
    January 9, 2012 

    Inspired by self-help books (like "Brain Sex, Sex on the Brain"), we explore the way men and women communicate in a series of 10 minute performances by local artists. The performance was followed by a post show reception where we tried to figure out which pieces were written by men and which were written by women.

     
    Featuring work created by: Kathleen Akerley, Patrick Bussink, Genna Davidson & Hunter Styles, Hannah Hessel, John Milosich, Steve Spotswood, and Pinky Swear Productions.
     
    This (Re)Acts was presented as part of Forum Reverb’s Female Voices Festival.
     
     
     
     

    “Did We Have a Revolution?”
    October 23, 2011 
     
    8 teams of artists were given a singe page with images, quotes, and death tolls of an historical revolution and asked to create a 10-minute reaction piece. The page did not name the revolution or its location, participants, and date. The audience experienced their responses and discovered the revolutions at the same time that the artists did.
     
    Featuring work created by: Randy Baker, Ameneh Bordi & Amie Cazel, Richard Byrne, Tim Guillot, Aaron Jones, Jon Lee & Wyckham Avery, Ilana Silverstein, and Contradiction Dance
     
    This (Re)Acts was presented in conjunction with Forum's production of Mad Forest
     
     
     
     

    Chatterbox by Kathleen Akerley

     
    Naomi Wallace
    February 28, 2011

    We invited local writers, dancers, and artists to create short-yet-potent theatrical responses to one of the poems in Wallace's "To Dance a Stony Field" (1995).

     
    Featuring work created by: Lee August Praley, Patrick Bussink, Jesse Terrill, Kathleen Akerley, and Anne McCaw.
     
    This (Re)Acts was part of the Naomi Wallace Festival.