FIRST RESPONSES Festival
world premiere plays by
Anthony Jackson, Kathryn Kahlson,
Betty Migliaccio, and Ben Toderico
March 23-April 15, 2023
A one-act festival of 4 world premiere plays by first responders about their experiences on the front line.
Captain Anthony Jackson of Richmond Police takes us to a fresh crime scene that opens a portal to the past, present, and future in SOMETHING SO SMALL; Kathyrn Kahlson, a retired Fire Captain from Chesterfield Fire & Emergency Services, navigates the parallel lives of two mothers -- a first responder and the woman she meets on an emergency call in MOTHER AT WORK; In Betty Migliaccio's EIGHT BUTTONS, the Richmond Firefighter takes us on a flashback journey of memories triggered by the death of a colleague; and Richmond Police Detective Ben Toderico gives us a front row perch to a suicide intervention in PILLAR.
Our festival partners are Richmond Professional Firefighters Association IAFF Local 995 and Virginia First Responder Support Services.
In the service of these heroes' stories the festival is performed by an ensemble of 10 actors, supported by 4 directors, 4 designers, a dramaturg, 4 stage managers, and 2 crew members.
The plays in the festival were originally written in Frontline Writers.
ALL 4 PLAYS ARE PERFORMED EVERY PERFORMANCE and THERE WILL BE A TALKBACK AFTER EVERY PERFORMANCE
Wed March 22 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Thu March 23 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Fri March 24 @ 7:30pm (preview)
Sat March 25 @ 7:30pm (opening)
Thu March 30 @ 7:30pm
Fri March 31 @ 7:30pm
Sat April 1 @ 7:30pm
Sun April 2 @ 3pm
Thu April 6 @ 7:30pm
Fri April 7 @ 7:30pm
Sat April 8 @ 7:30pm
Thu April 13 @ 7:30pm
Fri April 14 @ 7:30pm
Sat April 15 @ 7:30pm
Sun April 16 @ 3pm
$35 general admission