(Re)Acts is a community-minded event used to delve deeper into and diversify the perspectives on topics that are important to Forum and related to our current work. Forum invites local artists from multiple disciplines to create artistic responses to a specific prompt, topic, or theme. The outcome is a one-night performance of all of their 10 minute reaction pieces that is casual, experimental, engaging, and electric.
The next event will be in the Spring of 2017. Topic to be announced shortly!
Monday, November 14
In the aftermath of a brutal and polarizing election, we may find ourselves in a place of more questions than answers. It's been a campaign that no expert could have predicted and one that has revealed more about America than we ever could have imagined.
We'll look at what the results on Nov 8 mean for the future of the US and how the divide can ever be closed.
Monday, July 25th
An evening of artistic responses to the tragic shooting in Orlando. Pieces that grapple with the culture of gun violence in America, the differing views on how we prevent such atrocities, and the particular targeting of the LGBTQ community in the June 12th, 2016 attack.
Forced From Home, #RefugeeCrisis
December 21, 2015
Imagine making the decision to leave your home, your community, or maybe even your own family for safety reasons. Imagine how difficult a decision that must be.
As the global refugee crisis makes its way into Americans' dinner table conversations, we present new, original, (Re)Actionary works that address the human side of this massive topic.
Featuring pieces by:
Nora Achrati, Contradiction Dance, Annalisa Dias, Michael Dove, Jenna Duncan, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Christine Evans, Kathy Gordon, Thomas Keegan, and Kelly King.
December 15, 2014
"The role of the artist is exactly the same as the role of the lover. If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don’t see."
In light of the recent events in Ferguson and New York, Forum Theatre has asked local artists to respond to the deaths of Michael Brown, Eric Garner, Tamir Rice, and the ongoing discussion around inequality and racism in America. (Re)Acts: #BlackLivesMatter will be an evening of expression, an artistic call to action, and a dialogue about our local and national community. Local artists and members of the community will be encouraged to explore how we can move forward and harness our reactions to create effective change.
Following the production, we will convene a dialogue, facilitated by Jessica Solomon (Art in Praxis, U.S. Department of Arts and Culture) in the signature OpenForum style - grab a chair, join us in a circle, share your own thoughts and see the play from someone else’s point of view. Together we'll explore how rapid response art can be a tool of resistance, solidarity and healing.
It would be an honor to include your voice in this conversation. Even if you are unable to to attend the performance (details below), our post-show dialogue would be enhanced by your experience as an artist, organizer, and justice-seeker.
September 15, 2014
Can an idea ever truly be original? Where, if anywhere, does your art and culture end, and mine begin? Can we ever truly start from nothing?
(Re)Acts: The (Re)Mix challenges artists to create pieces that react to remixing, remix culture, and artistic genesis. This installment of (Re)Acts sets up the conversations around How We Got On and The Shipment.
Featuring work created by: Sandra Atkinson, From Block2Block, Elizabeth Hansen, Jon Jon Johnson, Anu Yadav, and Kit Young
How We Cope
April 7, 2014
Local artists were commissioned to create short pieces inspired by stories of violence and bullying committed in our society.
November 18, 2013
Local artists were commissioned to create short pieces inspired by stories of gentrification and shifting communities in Maryland, Virginia, and Washington, DC. The first (Re)Acts of Forum's 10th season explores questions of place, home, and belonging within our city's rapidly changing neighborhoods.
Featuring work created by: dog & pony dc, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, From Block2Block, Teri Gillmor, Mark Hairston, Paige Hernandez, Terah Jackson, Tom Minter, Kerri Redding, and Tatyana Safronova.
The First Time
December 10, 2012
For this (Re)Acts we'll tell stories about firsts, beginnings, and startings outs ...
Featuring work created by: Kathy Gordon, Ann Fraistat & Robert Mueller, Sam Lahne, Kevin Boggs, Danielle Mohlman, Jon Lee, Juliana Avery, and Michael Dove.
Who Am I?
July 23, 2012
Featuring a combination of some of our favorite pieces from the past season of (Re)Acts as well as newly-comissioned work, this installment in the series asks the big question: "Who am I?" Stories about identity, birth, expression, and more from an amazing array of artists.
Featuring work created by: Patrick Bussink, Micheline Heal, Steve Spotswood, Gwydion Suilebhan & Gabriel Walsh, Tim Guillot, and Kathy Gordon
July 16, 2012
One-night only special (Re)Acts performance. For this OVER THE LINE special installment in the series, we are trying something a little different---the participating artists will be given only ONE HOUR to create response performances on the night's theme. Come see it all come together on Monday at 7:30!
Gotta Have Faith
April 9, 2012
Local artists explore our season's theme, "Faith in Things Unseen", and create 10-minute multidisciplinary works centered on their beliefs -- in love, community, government, ghosts, caffeine, gravity, and optical illusions.
Featuring work created by: Liz Maestri, Gwydion Suilebhan, Emma Strauss and Emma Jaster, Keira Hart, Shawn Northrip & Jason Schlafstein, and Happenstance Theatre.
Sex on the Brain
January 9, 2012
Inspired by self-help books (like "Brain Sex, Sex on the Brain"), we explore the way men and women communicate in a series of 10 minute performances by local artists. The performance was followed by a post show reception where we tried to figure out which pieces were written by men and which were written by women.
Featuring work created by: Kathleen Akerley, Patrick Bussink, Genna Davidson & Hunter Styles, Hannah Hessel, John Milosich, Steve Spotswood, and Pinky Swear Productions.
“Did We Have a Revolution?”
October 23, 2011
8 teams of artists were given a singe page with images, quotes, and death tolls of an historical revolution and asked to create a 10-minute reaction piece. The page did not name the revolution or its location, participants, and date. The audience experienced their responses and discovered the revolutions at the same time that the artists did.
Featuring work created by: Randy Baker, Ameneh Bordi & Amie Cazel, Richard Byrne, Tim Guillot, Aaron Jones, Jon Lee & Wyckham Avery, Ilana Silverstein, and Contradiction Dance
This (Re)Acts was presented in conjunction with Forum's production of Mad Forest
February 28, 2011
We invited local writers, dancers, and artists to create short-yet-potent theatrical responses to one of the poems in Wallace's "To Dance a Stony Field" (1995).
Featuring work created by: Lee August Praley, Patrick Bussink, Jesse Terrill, Kathleen Akerley, and Anne McCaw.