FIRST LOOK FESTIVAL-Fernando preview

The Open Fist Theatre Company

is proud to present



Produced by Charles Otte


Come see new theatre exploring themes of love, lust, trust, and redemption at the Open Fist.  The festival will highlight four major productions running in repertory and also include six staged reading and concerts running July, August and September.


FERNANDO by Steven Haworth

Directed by Charles Otte

Part farce, part love story, Fernando tells a tale of passion and intrigue in the Madrid art world.  Love, Art, Sex and Death.


GOLIATH by Karen Hartman

Directed by Marya Mazor

In the contemporary Middle East, who is David and who is Goliath?

A single tense day during the 2005 Israeli pullout from Gaza begs the question.


World Premiere


Directed by Bjorn Johnson

A writer and his producer try to recast an important role in a new play.



Directed by Neil LaBute

A gaping wound opens in the side of a seemingly happy relationship.



Directed by Randee Trabitz

Jeannette LeBlanc is a troubled teenager with a gift - a comtemporary Joan of Arc with a message that connects with the public and goes viral.



In the Staged Reading Series, you can see new workshop productions with a cast of talented professional actors, musicians, writers and directors. 

ELEPHANT'S GRAVEYARD- by George Brant, directed by Michael Franco

The haunting tale of the tragic collision of a struggling circus and a tiny town in Tennessee.

BOTH - by Mark Wilson, directed by Martha Demson

A musical retelling of the nativity story that combines modern music and pop imagery with the Bibical story of the birth of Christ


This musical presentation is a concert born out of the work of a collective of writers and composers under the creative leadership of Rolfe Kent

SAM AND LUCY - by Brooke Berman, directed by Caitlin Moon

The play deliciously, playfully explores layers of family mythology and questions about the nature of love until reaching its final heartbreaking end-note.

OLD ACTOR FIGHTS - by Rick Pagano, directed by Alex Wright

In a not-so-distant nightmare future, the hot new reality show on TV is Old Actor Fights!!, which pits two actors in a ring to fight for roles.

LIDLESS - by Francis Ya Chu Cowhig, directed by Martha Demson

A former Guantanamo detainee dying of liver disease journeys to the home if his former U.S. Army interrogator 15 years after their time together.


Producers: Laura Flanagan, Ben Burdick, Caitlin Renee Campbell, Ina Russell, Teresa Willis

Scenic Design: Myung Hee Cho, Sarah Ryung Clement

Lighting Design:  Charlie Otte, Chris Wojcieszyn, Edward Marks

Sound Design:  Peter Carlstadt, John Zalewski, Mark Wheaton, Weba Garretson

Costume Design: Chris Wright, Christy M. Hauptman

Stage Managers:  Renee Peffer, Jordana Berliner, Michelle Lema, Ina Russell


THE ACTORS: Bjorn Johnson, Persia White, Robert Lesko, Laura Flanagan, Wyatt Fenner, Anna Khaja, Richard Knolla, Ayana Hampton, Miriam Glover, Michael Franco, Andrew Schlessinger, Dustin Eastman, Pilar Alvarez, Sharon Sharth, Charles Reese, Willie Carpenter, Barbara Schofield, Bruce Dickinson, Matt Borrel, Alex Wright, Tina Preston, Amanda Weier, Ben Burdick, David Castellani, Shawn MacAuley, Ina Russell, Kevin McCorkle, Rod Sell, Colin Walker, Michelle Lema


Performance are on

Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00pm

Sundays at 7:00pm

Saturday and Sunday matinees at 3:00pm


Preview tickets at $15

Single Show tickets at $23

Two Show Passes at $30 - purchase at the box office 

Four Show Passes at $45 - purchase at the box office





Name Sales End Price Fee
Preview - General Admission Pre-paid with Pay Pal Ended $15 $0.99
Preview - General Admission Pay $15 at door Ended Free

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