Margot Manburg is a dramaturg and director dedicated to new works and Theatre for Young Audiences. A California native, Margot relocated to Washington, D.C .last year. Fittingly, Washington D.C. is where she got her start in new works. In 2011, she was named the National Runner-Up in Dramaturgy at the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival and received a fellowship as one of six inaugural dramaturgy fellows at the Kennedy Center’s first annual New Play Dramaturgy Intensive. From there, she developed her skills during back-to-back internships in the literary departments of Marin Theatre Company in Mill Valley, California and Alliance Theatre in Atlanta, Georgia.
After her internships, Margot freelanced across the San Francisco Bay Area. Favorite Bay Area credits include assistant-directing the world premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s I and You (Marin Theatre Company), directing the world premiere of Matthew Crawley’s The Mice Will Play (Left Coast Theatre Company), and dramaturging the world premiere adaptation of Ladybug Girl and Bumblebee, the Musical (Bay Area Children’s Theatre). Her production of David Lindsay-Abaire’s Rabbit Hole (Benicia Old Town Theatre Group) won her the 2013 Solano County Arty awards for Best Direction of an Adult Drama and Outstanding Dramatic Production. Residential positions include her tenure as the Literary Manager at Playwrights Foundation for the 2013-2014 season, during which she led the 37th annual Bay Area Playwrights Festival selection committee, and as Resident Dramaturg for Alter Theater’s 2015 Playwrights Lab.
Committed to making theatre arts accessible for all ages, Margot has adjudicated the San Francisco Unified School District Performing Arts Competition, dramaturged two school tour productions for Bay Area Children’s Theatre, and taught an introduction to playwriting class for middle school-aged students at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. She has facilitated audience talkbacks for audiences of all ages, including student and senior matinees. In ongoing dedication to new plays, Margot has served as a volunteer script reader for the Magic Theatre, Marin Theatre Company, and the New Harmony Project, and currently serves as a volunteer script reader for the DMV’s own Source Festival, WSC Avant Bard, and various Kennedy Center playwriting awards.
Since moving to D.C., Margot has had the honor of reviewing for the 2015 Capitol Fringe Festival, directing Georgette Kelly’s Ballast for the 2016 Source Festival, dramaturging James Still’s Miranda for WSC Avant Bard, and dramaturging Dayna Smith’s The Weathergirl at the Kennedy Center’s first annual Undergraduate Playwrights’ Workshop. Margot holds a B.A. in Anthropology, Theatre Arts minor from Sonoma State University.
Between June 15th and July 31st, when the submission window closed, we received well over 100 scripts from playwrights all around the country. FABUM will produce 5 plays this December for our "A Strong Woman: 1Night/5Plays" festival, which will be announced in the coming weeks. Currently, we are pleased to announce 20 semi-finalists whose dynamic scripts made the first cut! They are:
ANGELA'S RESTAURANT BY CHIP BOLCIK
Angela is about to close and discontinue her Italian restaurant when Amelia arrives, in search of a good meal and a taste of home.
BANTER BY BARRY EITEL
In the 1920's, burgeoning writer Pearl, moves towards acclaim ahead of her male colleagues.
CUSTOMER SERVICE BY PHILIP W. HALL
When George calls customer support about his TV package, Suzanne gives him more of a reality check than support.
EAT YOUR CANDY BY PATTI VECONI
Three retirees, Janet, Nora, and Carol, test the freedom of being "innocent little old ladies" by stealing candy and encouraging each other to do what they want to do with their lives.
EGYPTIAN SONG BY JAMES CHRISTY, JR.
Zahia navigates between traditions and radical change as she comes of age in Egypt during its battle for independence from British colonialism..
F4 BY ELIN HAMPTON
In the aftermath of a devastating tornado, Wallis, an eager first time EMT, finds Crisco trapped in the rubble of his house. Can her skills save him and redeem herself?
GRAM SCAMS BY CARY PEPPER
A young man tries to scam Grandma into giving him an exorbitant amount of money but her senility sends him in circles.
JIGSAW CACTUS BY CAITLIN TURNAGE
After searching across the country for her mother, Cherry crashes her father's house to force him to talk about her estranged mother. Paul wants to Cherry to be just like her mother but Cherry wants to be everything her mother wasn't.
LITTLE OLD LADY FROM TALAFOFO BY TONY PASQUALINI
Kayana, a one-person town, is courted by presidential candidates for her tie-breaking vote. Will one of the candidates win her vote and the presidency before a rising flood washes them away?
PEGGY'S PROPERTIES BY MJ HALBERSTADT
Peggy, a math teacher, encourages her students to explore mathematical equations and gradually starts teaching solutions to real life problems instead.
SIXTEEN17 BY JASON RAINEY
On the eve of Dena's seventeenth birthday, Dena and her mother Cass clash over what adulthood and maturity really mean.
STORIES OF A NUER REFUGEE, OR RAVEN HANSEN'S TOTALLY EPIC SENIOR PROJECT BY MORGAN TRANT KINNALLY
High school senior Raven interviews Mary, a Sudanese refugee. As Raven asks probing questions about Mary's past, Mary tries to keep the interview superficial to hide the strife her mother Nyamal went through during the Sudanese civil war.
TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE BY RICHARD MANLEY
While on a train, Mary, a foremost Emily Dickinson scholar, reveals the truth behind the poetry of a famous, recently deceased poet whose work is worshipped by Elizabeth, a fellow passenger and scholar.
THE INFAMOUS 2006 KENNY ROGERS / DOLLY PARTON BOOTY CALL BY DANIEL GLENN
Dolly Parton uses tough love and a little flirtation to remind a drunk and depressed Kenny Rogers of how glamorous their lives are and how hard they worked to get there.
THE KISS BY GEORGE SAPIO
On Victory in Japan Day, 1945, veteran Glenn grabs Edith, a nurse, and kisses her while Eisenstadt photographs the iconic moment. Edith protests, and challenges the men about the propriety of their actions and about what makes art.
THE NUDE BY W.L. NEWKIRK
When Lisa's nude portrait of her friend Claire goes on exhibition, Lisa worries about her career and Claire worries about the reception of her aging body. As they await the art critic, Claire's confidence soars during a conversation with a passerby who praises more than just her body.
THE STORY OF OUR LIVES BY MADELEINE BUTLER
With the help of her daughter Sarah, Alice cleans out her home so she can move across country now that her husband is dead. When Sarah discovers an old photograph of Alice, she learns what Alice gave up to give her a "normal" life.
THREE GHOSTS OF ELIZABETH BATHORY BY ANNE FLANAGAN
Mina, a teenager with a report due the next day, is awoken in the middle of the night by the subject of her report: the ghost of Elizabeth Bathory. Elizabeth went down in history as a murderous psychopath and now she wants to set the record straight.
W.A.S.P.S BY ZANNE HALL
Sunny, Frankie, Maggie and Ziggie are Women Airforce Service Pilots during WWII. When they overlap in the mess hall, they swap stories about the discrimination they've faced and how they've adapted Army regulations to fit their needs as women pilots. Based on historical events.
YOURS AND MINE BY GLENN ALTERMAN
Pamela has felt distant from her husband Sheridan for a few years now. When she learns he's been sneaking around to write a play, she likens the preoccupied time to an extramarital affair and reveals a secret of her own.
Michael Riedel talking with students
Michael Riedel is the theater columnist for the New York Post, and co-host of the weekly talk show Theater Talk on PBS. His recently published book, RAZZLE DAZZLE: The Battle for Broadway, has been praised by The Washington Post, New York Times and others for pulling back the curtain on the fascinating, sometimes gritty and controversial behind-the-scenes world of one of the most famous entertainment empires ever - Broadway.
Vanity Fair has said of him:
"Half of Broadway hates him. The other half leaks to him."
And described him as the "assassin of Broadway".
Riedel visited DC's School Without Walls High School with FABUM artistic director Jameson Freeman on Friday, May 20th, and shared some amazing stories stories from his personal and professional journeys with a large and enthusiastic group of students. He spoke about the connection between creativity and personal growth, the importance of passion, as well as some inside scoops about a few of Broadway's biggest productions and personalities. The thoughtful questions from students kept coming until the school day ended.
School Without Walls is unique in that its student body has young people from all eight of DC's Wards.
Riedel was in Washington, DC to receive the Marfield Prize/National Award for Arts Writing from the Arts Club of Washington. FABUM coordinated with Sass Brown, administrator of the award, to bring Riedel to the DC public charter school before he returned to New York City.
RAZZLE DAZZLE is a vivid biography of Broadway itself, full of larger-than-life characters. It begins with the inimitable story of the three Shubert brothers, theatre moguls who had a presence across the country and by the start of the Depression owned and operated some of New York’s most important and prestigious theatres. But by the 1970s, Times Square had become the seedy symbol of the city’s decline, and the Shubert Organization found itself losing money and business as tourism fell off and theaters were demolished to make room for parking lots. Bernard Jacobs and Jerry Schoenfeld, two ambitious board members, saw the crumbling company was ripe for takeover and staged a coup. While battling corporate intrigue, personal betrayals, and criminal investigations, Jacobs and Schoenfeld managed to solidify their power and turned collapsed theater-owning holding company into one of the most successful entertainment empires in the world. They went on to revitalize Times Square, change the face of New York City, and produce many of Broadway’s most iconic productions, including A Chorus Line, Cats, Les Miserables, Phantom of the Opera, and Mamma Mia!
In RAZZLE DAZZLE, the drama on stage is often overshadowed by the intrigues behind the scenes. Drawing on extensive interviews and research, Riedel has created a comprehensive insider’s look like no other, examining influential figures and Broadway legends such as Michael Bennett, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Hal Prince, Frank Rich, and more while exposing bitter rivalries, unlikely alliances, and—of course—scintillating gossip. This is a great story, told with wit and passion as only Broadway’s most respected (and feared) commentator could.
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Non-profit arts group FABUM is holding auditions for its 3rd Dolce Revolution Project series.
This is a non-traditional theatre show to be performed at the historic Arts Club of Washington.
FABUM uses a collaborative approach to its performances, and actors are encouraged to provide input during rehearsals and participate in the creative process. The show will explore the anxieties and absurdities of a 'surveillance society'.
You are welcome to come with a prepared monologue or be provided slides when you arrive.
Roles (working character titles - no ethnic requirements for any):
Boldman - fit, attractive male; narcissistic
Apprentice - any gender; eager to learn
Announcer/Host - male (but gender negotiable) with great "television game show" voice
Secret Agents (3) - any gender; archetypical secret agents; often ridicule those they spy on
Fake Bohemians (2) - any gender; self-absorbed and addicted to social media
The first round of auditions will be Thursday, October 9th, 4-8pm. Additional dates may be announced shortly.
*UPDATE: Additional auditions to be held Thursday, October 16th and Wednesday, October 22nd from 3-6:30pm. Please email dolce.revolution (at) gmail.com to reserve a time.
*UPDATE: Some roles may be redesigned/renamed.
To schedule a timeslot please email a picture/resume or short introduction and your preferred 15 minute window to dolce.revolution (at) gmail.com
Jameson Freeman and Nichola Hays hosted a wonderful group of bright and talented young students as well as board members, volunteers and mentors from First Star on Saturday, December 7th at The Arts Club of Washington. The students were given a private tour of the historic building (the former home of President James Monroe), enjoyed a delicious lunch made by the club's executive chef, and engaged in a theatrical workshop. Artistic Director Freeman asked the students to choose a character to play from a list of roles based on a brief description of the character. As each group and each scene then read the characters' lines, more about the characters were revealed, and the entire group then had a discussion about all the roles we embody in our daily lives (sibling, friend, professional), and how those roles adapt and change. Some students then shared original poetry and even an original rapThe , and others sang some of their favorite songs. The FABUM team was incredibly excited to have the opportunity to work and connect with these young people and First Star. As an organization, we look forward to expanding our efforts to promote self-actualization and strength through artistic activities and self-expression.
That's a wrap!
What an amazing artistic journey!
Dream Wedding, FABUM's 2nd Dolce Revolution Project, premiered to sold-out audiences May 30th and June 20th at The Arts Club of Washington! Check out the article in the Washington Post, and stay tuned for our next project!
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"What is the true process of self-actualization? Do we have to repeat mistakes in order to finally stop making them? How can we have the best relationship with another if we do not yet have a sense of our best self?
Hosted by Morpheus (enigmatic wedding planner and Greek god of the dreamworld) and using the historic Arts Club of Washington as a setting, DREAM WEDDING is a walk-through, immersive theatrical experience that uses character-archetypes from Jungian psychology as well as Eastern mythological symbolism to take the audience (wedding guests) on a journey through a bride's dreamscape...and perhaps our collective unconscious."
The show's Paperless Post 'wedding invitation'
The 2nd Dolce Revolution Project will be a multi-setting mixed-media performance at The Arts Club of Washington's historic Monroe House.
The ability to move well is important for all roles, so dance experience is helpful but not required.
Audition Dates:Wednesday March 6th, 3 - 7pmWednesday March 13th, 3 - 7pm Additional dates/times may be added. To schedule an audition, please email email@example.com with a headshot and resume (or a picture and brief description of your prior experience). Actors will have the option of a 1-2 minute prepared monologue or a cold-reading. While unpaid, there will be a small stipend after the performances. Transportation reimbursement is also possible. ***The roles:
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- The Event Planner/Morpheus (MALE or FEMALE, any age): an androgynous and ethereal character who plays 'host' to the evening, but is also a spiritual entity that goes between dimensions/time.
- The Bride (FEMALE, 20-35): statuesque, elegant woman who is conflicted on the evening of her wedding...dance experience helpful.
- The Groom/'The Self' (MALE, 20-35): debonaire, intelligent man who is in love with his bride-to-be, but who also has a past...
- Best man/'The Shadow' (MALE, 20-35): clever, funny and a little hard-edged...exudes sexuality and wants a carefree lifestyle.
- The Three Goddesses (FEMALE, 20-65+): THREE different women to play goddesses, each representing a different Chakra, as well as mother, daughter, and wife.
- Anima (MALE, 20-35): represents femininity and all its mysteries and allows a man to relate with or understand women.
- Animus (FEMALE, 20-35): the same as Anima - with gender roles reversed.
- Piano Player (MALE, any age): must be able to play for up to 90 minutes from sheet music while occasionally interacting with audience members - ideally we are looking for 'Sam' from Casablanca, but are somewhat flexible with the character.
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The 'dolce' cast and crew of The 1st Dolce Revolution Project: (top from left) Grace Thomas, Lorna Mulvaney, Michael Santos Sandoval, Jonathan Temple, Rick Westerkamp, Suzanne Watts (lower from left) Connie Lin Fink, Shedaun Smith, Jameson Freeman, Gabriel Riera
Check out the pictures from our double-feature, world-premier of the two short plays, Lemons by Barry Eitel and Lost Belongings aka The Facebook Play by Jennifer Berry! Thanks to Eilieen Tell and the always-'dolce'-guys at Dented Lens Photography for taking them!
FABUM presents two original short plays:
Lemons by Barry Eitel, and
Lost Belongings aka The Facebook Play by Jennifer Berry...
This is the first in an ongoing series of original artistic works. They will be performed together March 27-31 in Washington, D.C. as The 1st Dolce Revolution Project. Click here to see the photos by Dented Lens Photography from the evening preview event February 16th at The Arts Club of Washington.
It was a very dolce evening!