“Bold New Works for Intimate Stages” is a five-year commissioning project in which Creative Cauldron will produce an original world premiere musical for five seasons.
Our inspiration for “Bold New Works for Intimate Stages” came from our experience working in ArtSpace Falls Church, our intimate performance venue. The limitations of our space are obvious—there are no wings, a very small backstage area and only 92 seats in the house. It’s really not suitable for large-scale theater productions or casts. Yet the intimate size is precisely what our audiences have come to love about their experience at Creative Cauldron. As a work of art unfolds before them, the customary barrier between artist and audience seems to melt away, and audiences are keenly aware that they are an integral part of this moment of creation.
The director Orson Welles, working at a time of Hollywood excess, once said: “the absence of limitations is the enemy of art.” We accept our limitations as an invitation to be creative!!
Our Producing Director, Laura Connors Hull, shares our inspirations behind the "Bold New Works" Initiative and fundraising campaign
Our Next Bold New Work - 2017
Building upon the success of the original musical adaptation of The Turn of the Screw (which received 3 Helen Hayes nominations!) and the critically-acclaimed Monsters of the Villa Diodati, our dynamic creative team Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith are deeply engaged in the next “Bold New Work” musical, Kaleidoscope.
Kaleidoscope will take us on a journey through the life of a legendary Broadway performer as she premieres her come back one-woman show. Her performance takes on a new dimension as we learn that she is experiencing the early stages of Alzheimer’s. Conner and Smith are tackling this sensitive subject with pathos, humor and insight and we feel sure that this will be another musical gem. Kaleidoscope will premiere at Creative Cauldron May 4th – 28th.
Our First Bold New Work - 2015
The Turn of the Screw premiered in January 2015
Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith adapted Henry Jame's classic novella into a hauntingly beautiful musical. The production received some of the most stunning critical reviews in our history.
“The Turn of the Screw is getting a fresh musical ride” – The Washington Post
“Smart, moving, amazing” – DC Theatre Scene
“Hypnotic and Unnerving!” – DC Metro Theatre Arts
“The first of what looks to be a promising series” – Broadway World
Our Second Bold New Work - 2016
Monsters draws its inspiration from one of the most pivotal moments in gothic history – a fateful summer night when some of the greatest literary minds of the 19th century gathered at a villa on Lake Geneva to entertain one another with ghost stories. Prodded by their “rock star’ host, Lord Byron, these writers set to work on producing the perfect tale of terror. And from that challenge two of the most iconic stories in literature were born: John Polidori’s The Vampyre and Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.
"Monsters delivers a powerful spark to all of the senses" - DC Metro Theater Arts
"Monsters of the Villa Diodati is a must-see" - Broadway World
"Introspective, powerful ballads dominate." -The Washington Post
Bold New Works for Young Audiences
We have just launched the “Bold New Works for Young Audiences” Fund that will help us create three original adaptations for our Learning Theater in the 2015-16 Season! Our Learning Theater premieres require additional resources beyond the scope of a traditional production. We assume the costs of developing and writing the libretto, printing scripts, and more. We also create original music that must be scored, and orchestrated and recording tracks that can be used during performances.
Our 2015-16 Learning Theater productions Pinocchio, The Dancing Princesses, and Wind in the Willows will be brought to life with Matt Conner’s original music. We will also re-visit our popular productions of Alice in Wonderland and Peter Pan and Wendy and get them properly scored and recorded, ready for other companies to produce.
Donate $35 or more and receive a special mention in our program, and a Creative Cauldron commemorative tee shirt.
Donate $50 or more and also receive a DVD copy of a Learning Theater production of your choice.
We have a goal of raising $5,000 this year for this new “Bold New Works for Young Audiences” Fund.