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The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts announces a concert featuring three-time Tony Award® winner Jason Robert Brown (Parade, Songs for a New World, The Last Five Years, The Bridges of Madison County) and 2018 Tony Award®winner Lindsay Mendez (Carousel, Wicked, Dogfight) on April 18, 2019 in the Eisenhower Theater. The evening will also feature the nine Musical Theater Fellows of KCACTF from across the United States and Helen Hayes Award winner Tracy Lynn Olivera (the Kennedy Center’s Me…Jane and Ragtime), one of the key teaching artists of the students’ residency at the Kennedy Center. The concert celebrates the 50th Anniversary of Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival’s National Festival, which will take place at the Kennedy Center April 15–20, 2019.
The National Festival includes short play readings featuring the finalists of the John Cauble Award for Outstanding Short Play and the KCACTF Ten-Minute Play Award; the National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship auditions; master classes, visits to Arena Stage, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, the Shakespeare Theatre Company, and the opportunity to network with peers from across the nation and the Washington, D.C. theater community. The National Festival closes with the presentation of awards for excellence in production, directing, choreography, acting, writing, design, stage management, dramaturgy, and dramatic criticism.
Gregg Henry, Artistic Director of KCACTF states, “The Kennedy Center American College Theater Festival has been offering professional development opportunities to thousands of young artists for the past 50 years. Jason has been a staple of KCACTF over the years—his students have been past recipients of the Musical Theater Award and he served as a teaching artist for several Festivals. We are thrilled that high caliber artists such as Jason and Lindsay will be performing in the 50th anniversary tribute as well as meeting with the playwriting and musical theater students while in residence.”
An Evening with Jason Robert Brown and his Band, with Special Guest Lindsay Mendez will be performed Thursday, April 18, 2019, at 8:00 p.m. in the Eisenhower Theater. For more information, please visit the Kennedy Center website, in-person at the Kennedy Center Box Office, or call (202) 467-4600 or (800) 444-1324.