Why You Should See Every Show in Rave Theater Festival
And just like that, folks, Rave Theater Festival begins performances this Friday and several of the performances are already sold out!
I can hardly believe it’s been five months since we announced this brand-new festival for emerging writers and Theater Makers from across the globe. And we’ve got 20 incredible shows by creators of diverse backgrounds . . . our top selling show was written by a 12-year-old . . . we have teams coming from South Africa, Australia, and Ireland . . . there are shows that span the centuries and will open hearts and minds.
It’s all part of my mission to help 5,000 shows get produced by 2025, so I hope you’ll turn out and support some new theater.
Recently, I asked the creators of each show to tell me why audiences should choose to see their show out of all 20, and here’s what they had to say . . .
911 GNOMES: A CHRISTMAS EMERGENCY
Written by Shellie O’Neal
911 Gnomes is an entertaining journey to a land of imagination where you can forget the troubles of today and be inspired to hope for a better tomorrow.
Written by Matt Webster
It’s like a live version of a black mirror episode about human connections.
BIG SHOT THE MUSICAL
Written by Lauryn Gaffney, Music and Lyrics by Lauryn Gaffney
Big Shot represents the future of Broadway with a blend of drama, comedy and unforgettable original music, all the way from Ireland.
Written by Craig Donnelly
Artists ask the tough questions and explore tricky subject matter. Doppelgänger examines the powerful companies that control the content we view on the Internet and what happens when what we see on screen becomes more important than what we do off screen. If you enjoy smart dramas that open up your perspective, come see Doppelgänger.
Written by Harold Hodge
Fancy Maids explores the ramifications of slavery, the power of sisterhood, and the strength in womanhood, all while posing questions society has yet to answer.
GIRLS ON TAP
Written by Sally Dashwood, Music and Lyrics by Sean Peter
Come see Girls on Tap if you like female empowerment, tap dancing Australians and to have a good time!
Written by Lauren Gundrum, Music by Brandon Lambert
People should come to see Just Laugh because it’s cheaper than therapy.
NI MI MADRE
Written by Arturo Luís Soria
Come experience your larger-than-life Brazilian mother, who swears she would’ve been the “It” thing if it weren’t for Madonna and Meryl Streep, as she grapples with the secrets that tear her and her son apart.
Written by Michael Bontatibus
If you’re up for an adventure, are willing to discover things, and follow your own detective instincts, Noir Town is your show.
Written by Morgan Smith, Music and Lyrics by Mhairi Cameron
Created, written, produced, and crewed entirely by teenage girls, Oceanborn will remind you that the future is worth investing in.
Written by J. Todd Allan, Music by Doug Katsaros, Lyrics by Peter B. Allen
In a time where we most need love to bridge the divide, the interracial love story in Rose’s War shows us how love can withstand the ravages of war and racism.
Written by Michael MacKenzie Wills
It has always been my belief that above all, we are here to entertain and Stormy Weather is pure unadulterated entertainment. It’s a farce that powerfully uplifts the audience and lets them forget their troubles and laugh at this cockeyed world we live in.
Written by Rajendra Ramoon Maharaj & Adam Mace
The world is very divided right now, and it is vital to find work and creative space where stories like Sweet Lorraine can be shared, as it reminds us that love wins and that Lorraine and James were fighting many of the same societal ills that we find ourselves fighting today, both politically and socially.
THE ERRONEOUS MOBY DICK
Written by Thom Talbott
The literary classic of revenge, obsession, and friendship gets turned on its head in a modern retelling. In other words, it ain’t your Dad’s Moby Dick.
THE PERFECT FIT
Written by Joshua Turchin
This original musical for all ages (book, music and lyrics by 12-year-old musical sensation Joshua Turchin) addresses the important and universal message of acceptance and finding your own perfect fit in the world. With its all-star Broadway cast and creative team, come see The Perfect Fit, “It’s where you belong!”
Written by Graham Techler
The Tycoons! packs more railroad cash, parasols, soothing jujubes, newspapery, lentil pâté, hand-to-member action, business coups, bullwhipping and deer heads into 90 minutes then you’ll see in every other play for the rest of your life combined.
Written by Robin Bradford
If your only solution to infidelity is dissolution, strap on some training wheels.
UMSHADO – MARRIAGE OF HERITAGE
Written by Bogosi Bolokwe, Music and Lyrics by Eddie Mathiba
The journey to experience the beautiful singing and sharp choreography of diverse cultures in Africa.
WAITING FOR JOHNNY DEPP
Written by Janet Cole Valdez and Deedee O’Malley; Music by Janet Cole Valdez, Deedee O’Malley and Bettie Ross; Lyrics by Janet Cole Valdez and Deedee O’Malley
The L.A. and Houston hit musical Waiting for Johnny Depp is laugh-out-loud funny, heartbreakingly poignant, and features a tour de force performance by Broadway’s Donna Vivino!
Written by Sydney Blake
What’s funnier than the Pilgrims?
If you want to support new work by up and coming talent, click the ticket links above to secure your seat or click here and snag a festival pass for 30% off with code RAVE30. Several performances are already SOLD OUT so don’t wait!
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