M.F.A. Playwriting student Nathan Alan Davis, whose Dontrel, Who Kissed the Sea we are premiering in March as part of the At First Sight series, has been named one of 25 finalists in CulturalDC / Source Festival’s competition for full-length plays.
For 15 years the nonprofit CulturalDC has served the Washington, D.C., region to increase the impact of DC’s creative community. CulturalDC creates spaces, opportunities, and resources for artists and arts organizations.
CulturalDC’s Source, a multi-user performing arts space, located in the heart of the capital’s 14th Street arts district, produces the Source Festival, a 3-week summer festival of new work. The festival selects 18 ten-minute plays, 3 “Artistic Blind Dates,” and 3 full-length plays to be performed over three weeks in June. The Festival will decide the winners of the full-length play competition this month and announce them in February.
The Source Festival describes Nathan’s entry in the competition, The Wind and the Breeze, saying the play “explores the politics of place, the pull of collective fate, and the thin line between loyalty and betrayal when we choose to stand our ground on shifting sands.”
Entrance to the competition is by invitation, and Nathan is among, as you can see, some of the finest emerging talents in the American theatre. Nathan and his compatriots make up a kind of Who’s Who in up-and-coming talent. Nathan and his fellow playwrights have enjoyed productions and workshops throughout the country and the world, including the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, the Goodman Theatre, 7 Stages, Actors Theatre of Louisville, the Roundabout Theatre Company, the Kennedy Center, and many others. They have been awarded Obie Awards, Lucille Lortel Playwriting Fellowships, Joseph Jefferson Awards, and many other awards, while working as actors, dramaturgs, playwrights, directors, etc.
Nathan “is,” notes understating Professor Ken Weitzman, head of our playwriting program, “in good company,” and we wish him the best in the coming months.