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Marfa Live Arts sets ambitious 2017 season

March 9th, 2017 under Arts
photo by RUSSELL J YOUNG) Georgina Escobar will be Marfa Live Arts playwright in residence in April. She will teach a workshop at Marfa High School and present “Beacons,” her new one-act play at the Crowley Theater.

Georgina Escobar will be Marfa Live Arts playwright in residence in April. She will teach a workshop at Marfa High School and present “Beacons,” her new one-act play at the Crowley Theater.

MARFA – Marfa Live Arts will kick off its 2017 season with Del Valle at the Capri on April 8, a play written and performed by Ned Van Zandt and directed by Chris Bauer.

Van Zandt plays 16 characters based upon his life, including a tumultuous time living in New York’s Chelsea Hotel.

As a precursor to the event, there will be a screening of the documentary Sad Vacation including interviews with Van Zandt about the notorious Sid Vicious and Nancy Spungeon on April 6 at the Lumberyard Adobe Room.

Also in April, Marfa Live Arts hosts the 6th Annual Playwriting Workshop at Marfa High School. Guest playwright Georgina Escobar will be in Marfa for a residency, and will teach the playwriting workshop.

The winning student plays will be staged on May 2nd during the One-Acts showcase at the Crowley Theater.

During Escobar’s residency, Marfa Live Arts will also host a staged reading of her new play on April 19th at the Crowley Theater. “Beacons” is a satirical work envisioning a fictitious dystopian society with “Divisible and Justice for Some.” Escobar is from Juarez, Mexico and currently resides in New York City.

In May, Marfa Sounding will return with a focus this year on dance and movement. Happening during Memorial Day weekend, May 26-28th, the program will be centered on the legendary choreographer Anna Halprin, featuring public discussions and film screenings of extant work at the Crowley Theater and dance performances at various locations around Marfa.

Dance will also be featured in August, with Lower Left Performance Collective returning to town for Dance Ranch Marfa. A series of workshops and performances showcasing the collective’s commitment to teaching that aims to propel adventurous movers beyond their perceived ideas of dance and the creative process. Their weeklong program will conclude with a public performance at the Crowley Theater on August 7th.

Summer will mark the return of our new standout education program. Presented during Marfa ISD’s Camp Summer Shake-Up, La Banda, invites local Tejano musicians Juan Tarango Martinez, Manuela Martinez, David Beebe, and Primo Carrasco to teach 2nd through 8th graders the basics of rhythm, instrument usage, and cumbia. There will be a final performance at the Crowley Theater on June 8th, beginning with a community potluck. Last year’s concert was standing room only and recognized by a member of the Marfa ISD School Board as a valued addition to the school’s music program.

On September 22nd, actor and performer John Stallings will travel to Marfa to present Song of Myself, a poem by Walt Whitman, on the Courthouse Lawn. On September 23rd, Stallings will lead a Whitman workshop with adults and students. Fall will also bring Japanese sound artists Akio Suzuki and Aki Onda to West Texas for a site-specific outdoor performance in October. The duo’s work is an amazing clash and collaboration of two giants of Japanese sound art and improvisation. As part of the education program, we will host an in-school concert and donate traditional Japanese instruments to the band department.

Marfa Live Arts goes back into the school in winter. In December, they will host the second year of the Monologue Workshop, a new annual in-school playwriting program with Marfa Junior High School students in the 7th and 8th grade English classes. This weeklong program led by Director Jennie Lyn Hamilton serves to prepare students for their participation in the high school playwriting workshop by focusing on scene and character development. Winning selections from each grade will be debuted at the Winter Theater Showcase at the Crowley Theater on December 12th.

All programs will be free and open to the community. In 2014, to broaden the organization’s outreach and diversity of audiences, the board mandated that all public programs be presented without admission fees and that Marfa Live Arts would cover 100% of all costs for the public school programs.

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