Artists and companies that wished to participate submitted proposals in March. Snider said Arena was looking for artists and companies “with projects where it felt like they were at a tipping point . . . that being in the Cradle would help them grow as artists.” He estimates they received 50 applications for the 2013-14 series.
“I think it’s really important for us to serve the local field here,” Snider said. “By having multiple offerings, we demonstrate that here, locally, we have a ton of great work going on.”
In his 12 years in the District, Snider has “seen how the local theater scene has just exploded,” citing companies such as Dog & Pony D.C. and Faction of Fools as part of that expansion. “It’s really important to [Arena], as much as we can, [to] feature these kind of new works so that, locally and nationally, people can see all the exciting growth and process that’s going on in Washington. It’s not just Fringe, it’s not just institutional theater. There’s a continuum of artists feeding the field.”
If you are the sort of person who saw “The Rocky Horror Show” at Studio Theatre and thought, “I wish I could take one of those sex toys home with me!” then, oh man, do I have some news for you.
This Saturday is Studio’s Annual Garage Sale, when the 14th Street theater cleans out its colorful closets and puts the goodies on the sidewalk for you to peruse and purchase. Among the available wares are props and costumes from 2012-13 productions “Invisible Man,” “The Motherf---er with the Hat,” “4000 Miles,” “The Real Thing” and “The Aliens” (no word yet if there will be a ladder, or maybe a ladder, or perhaps a ladder, ladder, ladder) as well as some gems from 2011-12. The event is part of the 14th Annual Dog Days Sidewalk Festival, a two-day shindig for shops and restaurants on 14th and U streets.
Highlights of what’s up for grabs: the apartment set from “4000 Miles”; couch sectionals from “The Real Thing”; an industrial compression champagne corker that almost wound up in “Bachelorette”; a set of eight restaurant chairs from “The Big Meal”; and a giant stuffed teddy bear and some (unused) sex toys from “Rocky Horror.” Prices range from $1 to $1,000, and the sale lasts all day. Prices drop as the day goes on, but the good stuff can go quickly, so play the waiting game at your own risk.
Saturday, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. at Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, www.studiotheatre.org, 202-232-7267.