SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop
Signature continues our commitment to supporting local talent with the SigWorks: Young Musical Theater Directors Workshop. The program consists of a two day workshop with Signature’s Artistic team about directing musical theater, enhanced productions, working with designers, budgets and a performance of a Signature musical. The application period for the 2017 program is now closed; please check back in 2018 for more information.
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab
SigWorks: Musical Theater Lab is a new developmental workshop that furthers our mission to promote new theatrical work. The creators of a selected original musical spend two intensive weeks working with Joe Calarco, Signature’s Director of New Works, refining their work, and the program culminates with public readings for the musical.
SigWorks Presents Gun & Powder
By Ross Baum & Angelica Chéri
Gun & Powder features music by Ross Baum and book and lyrics by Angelica Chéri. It is inspired by the true story of Mary and Martha Clarke, fair-skinned African-American twin sisters who passed for white. According to family legend, the ladies were outlaws. The musical follows the girls’ journey into forsaking their true identity and becoming respected white women of the West. It is a story about defying social and racial bounds, the honor of family legacy, the bond of sisterhood and the power of identity.
September 2, 2PM
FREE, Reserved Tickets Required
SigWorks in the Schools
Continuing Signature’s ongoing commitment to the rising generations of theatre artists, SigWorks in the Schools focuses on burgeoning high school playwrights. Exclusively for Arlington Public Schools high school students, five young writers are chosen to go through a 5-session playwriting course led by a professional playwright, culminating in an evening of staged readings performed by professional actors.
This season’s SigWorks in the Schools will run from February 28 – April 9, 2018. The application process will be announced this fall.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali’s Bar
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings is an initiative which highlights and supports the work of DC-area playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. Each reading will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists.
The plays for the 2017/18 season will be announced in the late summer.
SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writer’s Initiative
Through a generous grant from The Jenna and Paul Segal Foundation, Broadway Producer Jenna Segal will sponsor a world premiere by a female playwright with a female director for the next five years through SigWorks: The Heidi Thomas Writer’s Initiative. Slated to begin in the 17/18 Season, the grant also gives Signature the resources to help playwrights secure second and third productions by bringing artistic directors from across the country to Signature during the run of their plays to meet with the playwright and plan for future productions of the work.
This program is named after acclaimed British playwright and screenwriter Heidi Thomas. Miss Thomas is the creator and executive producer behind the BBC’s Call of The Midwife series and adapted the recent Broadway revival of Gigi directed by Eric Schaeffer and produced by Jenna Segal. Heidi’s award-winning theatrical work has been performed at the Liverpool Playhouse, the National Theatre Studio, The Almeida, Chichester Festival and Royal Court Theatres, the National Theatre of Norway, by the Women’s Playhouse Trust and by the Royal Shakespeare Company. Her screenwriting has been acknowledged and awarded by BAFTA, the Emmys, The Writers Guild of Great Britain, Women in Film and Television UK, and the Royal Television Society.