10 Directors. 10 Hours. 10 New Work-In-Progress Showings.
Prison Tongues is a feminist, contemporary adaptationof Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing and Hamlet. Both plays are juxtaposed withcontemporary characters in order to expose and reclaim the "minor"female characters, namely Hero and Ophelia. The play circumvents traditionalstructure by weaving contemporary adaptations with a secondary story-line abouthow actresses in Shakespeare companies grapple with the baggage of these iconiccharacters while staying true to themselves and their womanhood.
The First Stage Festival is where new work takes its first steps. 10 directors will have 10 hours to focus, manifest, and present a particular moment or element of a new work for an audience. 10 work-in-progress showings will provide glimpses into the future of the American Theater.