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Tampa Local 24-year-old playwright, Kevin Michael Wesson, is behind this year’s original production of Where We Go Together or The Flashlight Play.
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WHERE WE GO TOGETHER OR THE FLASHLIGHT PLAY

Written by: Kevin Michael Wesson
Directed by: Julia Barton
Featuring: Gabby Cabrera, Julia Rudgers, Maddison Wise, Laura Mitts

A new play written for ignored, broke, and unrecognized youth returns to Tampa

Tampa, FL
Local 24-year-old playwright, Kevin Michael Wesson, is behind this year’s original production of Where We Go Together or The Flashlight Play, with six shows May 3rd-12th apart of the 2018 Tampa International Fringe Festival.

Where We Go Together or The Flashlight Play revolves around three young adults breaking into a theater to perform their own plays. With zero lights, zero sounds, and zero censorship, the stories are performed in complete darkness, apart from their flashlights. The stories deal with themes of censorship and artistic freedom through the medium of children's storytelling. In a climax of artistic liberty, the final story is told by the audience, resulting in a completely and mandatorily different ending for each show where anything can happen.

The Flashlight Play tells the stories of a bookworm who writes a book, but can’t get it published because it’s too different, and a honey bee who can’t sell any honey because no one is willing to try anything different. The immersive play places viewers in an illegal breaking and entering of the Silver Meteor Gallery (Tampa’s sole outlier to the points made in the following paragraph). The final “story” is a textual mechanism designed for the audience to tell whatever story they want in an act of artistic defiance, all censors removed, and true sandbox-ism.

The Flashlight Play was born of real plans to break into theaters and perform shows due to Tampa’s lack of affordable theaters to produce anything in, leaving young artists???whom which can’t afford thousands of dollars for a single weekend show??? high and dry. The Flashlight Play was born of anger against a theatre community that failed to foster young artists, writers, and designers, and the resulting exodus of arts graduates due to that fact. The Flashlight Play was born of frustration against Tampa’s lack of producing new works with the continual cycling seasons of Wicked, Samuel French, or Shakespeare.

Location:
Silver Meteor Gallery, 2213 E 6th Ave, Tampa, FL 33605

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Tickets: $5 donation + ($3 festival support fee)

Showtimes and Dates:
Thursday, May 3 at 10:30pm
Saturday, May 5 at 10:15pm
Sunday, May 6 at 8:30pm
Monday, May 7 at 10:15pm
Tuesday, May 8 at 10:30pm
Saturday, May 12 at 10:30pm

– 50 Minutes

Kevin Michael Wesson
Kevin is a 24-year-old playwright/puppeteer now based in Chicago. Originally from Tampa, FL, he received a B.A. in Theatre Arts from the University of South Florida and a minor in creative writing. His plays have been read and performed in Atlanta, GA; Chicago, IL; Charleston, NC; Columbus, OH; New York City, NY; Pittsburgh, PA; Tampa/St. Petersburg, FL; and Dubai, UAE. Currently, he is an artistic associate of the Chicago-based puppet theatre company, Rough House Theater.



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