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The Creators of the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown and a Newly Expanded Glowberon Series at Oberon Announce Those Seasons’ Rosters…Plus…The Launch of the First Annual Glow Festival for Cambridge, MA Takes Place at Oberon/American Repertory Theater, July 27-30, 2017
Fueled by the success of Provincetown’s acclaimed non-profit performing-arts Afterglow Festival, and the growing collaborative Glowberon series at Oberon/American Repertory Theater, comes the first annual Glow Festival in Cambridge, MA, which aims to to secure this creative New England city a shining star on the international festival map along with Edinburgh and other fringe theater and performance capitals around the world.
Best known as one half of the author (Sextrology, Cosmic Coupling) and performing duo Starsky + Cox, with wife Stella Starsky, Quinn Cox founded the Afterglow Festival in Provincetown in 2011 with John Cameron Mitchell, Tony-award-winning creator of Hedwig and the Angry Inch. With an advisory board that includes Pulitzer-prize-winning novelist Michael Cunningham and native Cambridge poet Eileen Myles, who received a Guggenheim Fellowship for her forthcoming Afterglow (a memoir), inspired by the festival name, Cox’s non-profit Afterglow has produced, premiered and developed over sixty, mostly solo plays and performance pieces, which have won major awards and grants and moved Off-Broadway and to top theatrical venues around the globe.
While preserving and championing Provincetown’s birthright as the birth place of modern American theater and as an active incubator for new stage works, Cox turned to Cambridge in 2015 to curate and launch the celebrated Glowberon series collaboration with Oberon/A.R.T.. After two years of packed houses, A.R.T. commissioned an expanded third season of the series for this coming year and agreed to play host to Cox’s newest not-for-profit enterprise, the Glow Festival, taglined: Cambridge Live Performance Arts Festival.
With a rich theatrical history, supported by Boston’s own cultural heritage, Cambridge is known for its legitimate theatre (most notably A.R.T.) as well as its progressive spirit, being a bohemian bastion that has birthed innovative performance, much like Provincetown—from punk to neo-cabaret, alternative comedy to spoken word, burlesque to cirque, art to folk rock, interpretive dance to dramatic plays—with ties to NYC’s downtown performance scene.
The Glow Festival mission is multifold: It aims to create a home for innovative international performers who have heretofore not had a base in our New England capitol. It seeks to establish Cambridge as a global festival city, growing year on year in scope to rival that of other cities synonymous with their fringes. Glow aims to connect eager audiences with exciting, emerging and established artists endeavoring to expand and evolve the forms (and our notions) of theater and performance. It is also the Glow Festival’s intent to invigorate the community, culturally and commercially, in cultivating audiences who will stay, eat, drink, shop, visit, and otherwise be served, locally.
Hosted by Starsky + Cox, the first annual Glow Festival takes stage at Oberon at the American Repertory Theater, July 27-30, 2017, presenting the important, progressive talents of Justin Vivan Bond, Penny Arcade, Marga Gomez, Tammy Faye Starlite, Brian King & What Time Is It Mr. Fox?.
The Afterglow Festival invades the Art House in Provincetown, September 12-16, fearturing innovative artists Phoebe Legere, Dynasty Handbag, Debs Gatenby, Lady Rizo, Joseph Keckler, Champagne Jerry, Mary Birdsong, Dane Terry, Paul Iacono, Martha Graham Cracker. And, autumn to spring, the Glowberon series delivers wow evening performances by John Kelly (September 21), Bridget Barkan (November 16), Paul Iacono (December 14), Lady Bunny (January 25, 2018), Joseph Keckler (April 5, 2018), and Fauxnique (May 17, 2018).
It all happens non-profit! The Glow Festival and the Afterglow Festival are a 501(c)(3) charitable arts organization to which donations are tax-exempt to the full extent of the law. Sponsors can visit www.glowfest.org/sponsorships or www.afterglowfestival.org/sponsorships contribute to either festival at P.O. Box 129 Provincetown, MA, 02657.
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