“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 Next Bold New Work - 2018
From the dawn of time, women have been demonized, feared and objectified whenever their power challenged the traditional order. Weaving a thread from the Salem Witch trials through modern day politics, this world premiere musical examines the complex and compelling stories of women who’ve been labeled as witches throughout the centuries.
It is because of the generosity of donors like you that we are able to fund this unique program and provide our community with new musicals that deliver intimate storytelling and connection. Mounting original productions does incur significantly higher costs that cannot be covered by ticket sales alone. We need to raise $35,000 to fully fund our next season’s world premiere. Jon Wiant, one of our most avid “Bold New Works” supporters and fans, has made a $10,000 matching pledge for this campaign that will put us well on our way to meeting this goal. Can you help us match this generous donation?
Just a $35 donation makes you a part of a family of supporters here at Creative Cauldron and you’ll be among the first to receive your very own copy of the Kaleidoscope cast album in the fall.
Donate $50 and you’ll receive an invitation to the workshop reading of Witch, getting the first glimpse at the piece and providing your feedback to help shape the work.
Donate $100 and you’ll also receive an invitation to the opening night celebration of Witch, where we toast our team and you, our supporter, who make it all possible!
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This Year's "Bold New Work" - 2017
Kaleidoscope takes 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 is currently showing in our Cay Wiant Theater!
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
The “Bold New Works for Young Audiences” Fund helps us create original adaptations for our Learning Theater program! 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 2016-17 Learning Theater productions Oliver Twist and The Emperor's New Clothes 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.