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11th Hour Theatre Company Presents World Premiere Of John Jiler And Georgia Stitt’s BIG RED SUN

May 7, 2018
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11th Hour Theatre Company closes its 2017-2018 season with its MainStage production, Big Red Sun. This World Premiere musical, which the company helped develop is set to run May 31-June 17. Written by John Jiler& Georgia Stitt this emotional new musical will open Monday June 4 at 7 p.m. It is directed by 11th Hour co-founder and Resident Director Megan Nicole O’Brien with Music Direction by 11th Hour regular Dan Kazemi.

O’Brien, when asked what drew her to this show, [said], “Quite simply, the music and the story. John has created a story from scratch that leaves a lasting impact. Totally original musicals, without drawing from some sort of source material, are pretty rare. Georgia’s music is just gorgeous. Every time I’ve been away from the show for a while and I come back and hear the music again, I realize how much I missed it while I was away. It just fills your soul.”

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World Intellectual Property Day

April 21, 2018
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The U.S. Copyright Office will celebrate World Intellectual Property Day with a special event on Thursday, April 26, 2018, at 10:30 a.m. in the historic Coolidge Auditorium in the Jefferson Building in Washington, DC. This year’s theme, as announced by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO), is “Powering change: Women in innovation and creativity.”

The Copyright Office’s program will feature an impressive array of prominent speakers discussing the myriad ways women have shaped creativity and innovation. Congresswoman Judy Chu, co-chair of the Congressional Creative Rights Caucus in the U.S. House of Representatives, will provide featured remarks. Michele Woods, head of the Copyright Law Division of WIPO will then moderate a lively panel discussion featuring Judy Herrmann (photographer), Michelle Hurd (actor, Cagney and Lacey, Blindspot, Law & Order SVU), Georgia Stitt (composer and lyricist, Snow Child), and Julie Swidler (EVP, Business Affairs and General Counsel, Sony Music Entertainment). Acting Register Karyn Temple will provide introductory remarks.

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Bluegrass-themed musical, Snow Child opens in DC on April 26

April 17, 2018
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Interview in BLUEGRASS TODAY.  “The book was written by John Strand, with music composed by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt. We had a chance to speak with Bob and Georgia this week to get some insight into how the music was put together, and they both reported being moved by the story, and the music they wrote to support it.”  Read more HERE.

ASTEP Gala on April 23, 2018

March 9, 2018
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When Mary-Mitchell Campbell says, “Hey, would you be willing….?” I answer yes. Truly, it doesn’t matter what it is. But in this case, what she’s doing is some of the most inspiring philanthropy I’ve ever witnessed, year after year, seemingly tirelessly, on top of a Broadway schedule that puts the rest of us to shame. Help me celebrate, the organization my dear friend created. Come to the gala if your life and budget allow, and if not, please check out and support the work that they do, because it is truly life-changing.

Matt Bogart, Christiane Noll, and More Lead Cast of SNOW CHILD

March 7, 2018
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Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater announces the full cast and creative team for the world-premiere musical Snow Child, based on Eowyn Ivey’s Pulitzer Prize-nominated novel. Infused with a score that combines Alaskan string band-traditions with contemporary musical theater, Snow Child follows a couple rebuilding their lives in the Alaskan wilderness when they meet a magical and mysterious snow child who transforms them. Concluding her 20th anniversary season at Arena Stage, Artistic Director Molly Smith directs this world-premiere musical, featuring a book by John Strand, music by Bob Banghart and Georgia Stitt and lyrics by Stitt. Snow Child is a co-production with Perseverance Theatre and runs April 13-May 20, 2018 in the Kreeger Theater, and May 25-27, 2018 in Anchorage, and June 9-10, 2018 in Juneau.

The cast includes Matt Bogart as Jack, Christiane Noll as Mabel, Fina Strazza as the snow child Faina and Natalie Toro as Esther. D.C.-based actors Alex Alferov and Dan Manning will play Garrett and George, respectively. Rounding out the company are ensemble members Dorothy James, and D.C.-based David Landstrom and Calvin McCullough.

“Molly sent me Eowyn Ivey’s novel back in the fall of 2014, and before I even finished reading it I wrote her to say ‘Yes, count me in. I love this book,'” says Stitt. “The story was so evocative, so theatrical, and the humanity of the main character, Mabel, was palpable. I’ve been most excited to write such a complex female character, to explore the relationships between what we own and what we only inhabit, and to write American theater music that lives fully and dramatically on the five most traditional bluegrass instruments (fiddle, guitar, mandolin, banjo and upright bass).” Read more here…