LiveArtDC Holds its First Annual ‘LiveArt in a Day’ on Saturday, April 5th by James Radack

5 Plays + 3 Bands + 1 Great Cause = 1 Amazing Night of DC Talent and Stories

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What do you get when you bring together five local playwrights, five local directors and 25 local actors?…LiveArt in a Day!

On Saturday, April 5, local theatre group LiveArtDC – creators of the critically-acclaimed I <3 Hummels — will hold the first annual LiveArt in a Day, a 24-hour play festival and fundraiser at the Anacostia Arts Center.


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The event will feature the production of five 10-minute plays written overnight, devised the next day, and performed that evening. You read that right. In 24 hours, the plays will go from ideas picked out of bag to performances presented on a stage.

The theme for the plays will center on favorite DC places, people and things, which will be crowd-sourced on social media. So, if you want to join in the play-making, tweet your idea NOW with #liveart24 and @LiveArtDC.

“With our commitment to creating collaboratively developed theatre, we thought what better way to raise money for our ongoing projects than a 24 hour play festival highlighting the huge talent pool in the DC area,” said Heather Whitpan and Kevin Finkelstein, co-founders of LiveArtDC. “We can’t wait to see what our playwrights, directors and actors come up with for the night.

South Rail

 In addition to the plays, three local bands – South Rail, The Iris Bell, and Clarence Buffalo and a silent auction will entertain guests before, in between and after the evening’s performances. All proceeds of the evening will benefit the work of LiveArtDC. The details are as follows: 

The Iris Bell

What:              LiveArt in a Day 24-Hour Theatre Festival and Fundraiser 

Where:                       Anacostia Arts Center

(1231 Good Hope Rd, SE, Washington, DC 20020) 

When:             Saturday, April 5, 2014; 6-11 p.m.

6 p.m.  Opening Musical Act: The Iris Bell
7 p.m.              1st Show of Ten-Minute Plays
8 p.m.              Half Time Musical Act: South Rail
9 p.m.  2nd Show of Ten-Minute Plays
10 p.m.            Closing Musical Act: Clarence Buffalo

 How:               For more info and to purchase tickets for the 7 or 9 pm show, plus musical performances ($15 in advance; $20 at the door or $18 at the door if you mention “Metro DC Theater Arts”), go to

 Who:               Emcee: Heather Whitpan

Playwrights:  Audrey Cefaly, Brett Abelman, Jennie Berman Eng, Kevin Finkelstein, & Paco Madden.

Directors: Alexander Fernandez, Jason Schlafstein, Kari Ginsburg, Megan Behm, & Nick DePinto

Actors:  Allison Galen, Angela Pirko, Ann Fraistat, Anna Lathrop, Belén Pifel, Ben Calman, Brandon Mitchell, Carl Long, Christian Sullivan, Christopher Herring, Genevieve James, James Radack, Jill Tighe, Julie Garner, Katrina Clark, Loren Bray, Matt Strote, Melissa Marie Hmelnicky, Momo Nakamura, Pamela Lehigh, Rebecca Ellis, Sara Bickler, Seth Alcorn, Theo Hadjimichael, Ty Hallmark

Stage Manager: Clem Trott

PAs: Jon Jon Johnson and Lorraine Imwold.



 About LiveArtDC: LiveArtDC (rhymes with “Give Art DC”) is a Washington, DC based company of artists who believe in the power of collaboration to create engaging stories for the theatre. Comprised of writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs and other art lovers, LiveArtDC is focused on the process of story and character development. No play is guided by a production deadline. Since they do not have the constraints of seasons or spaces, the company has the freedom to play and explore, and allow the work to emerge when it’s ready. Their inaugural show I <3 Hummels was incubated over three years, premiered at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and remounted last year in Washington, DC and Las Vegas, NV. Current projects include The Clara Bow Project, Causality, and coming this summer R+J Star-Cross’d Death Match at DC Reynolds.  For more info:


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