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Logan Festival Returns to 1st Stage in Tysons - Source Connection news papers

Posted on Jul 03,2019
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Tia Shearer performing in “The Happiest Place on Earth” at 1st Stage’s 3rd Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance. Photo courtesy of the Hub Theater
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By David Siegel

TYSONS, VA. - The “Annual Logan Festival of Solo Performance” returns to 1st Stage with all new stories and performers. “We always look for shows that show the range of what solo work can be in style, voice and content,” said Alex Levy, 1st Stage Artistic Director. Levy curated the Festival.

This 2019 Logan Festival features three unusual tales. “All three are very different in structure and content but are remarkably beautiful and show off the unique power of solo work,” said Levy. The three are: “The Things They Carried,” “The Happiest Place on Earth,” and “Joy Rebel.”

In “Joy Rebel,” Khanisha Foster performs an autobiographical story with multiple characters each played by Foster. She shares her very distinctive personal experiences growing up in a bi-racial family. Her dad was a Black Panther. “’Joy Rebel’ is about more than surviving the chaos of my early family life,” said Foster. “It explores finding myself in the middle of the chaos and asking ‘what next’? To blend in was to disappear. How could I stand out? Finding joy was a way for me to become who I am.”

“The Things They Carried” is a dramatized experience based upon the literary classic by Vietnam vet Tim O’Brien, as dramatized by Jim Stowell. The production features a solo performance by David Sitler in more than a dozen characters. He “explores the lives of those serving in the Vietnam War. The live medium of Theatre has a unique opportunity to put us in touch with their physical presence; to give us a sense of the strong but breakable bodies our service members put on the line in our name.”

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