Mission and History

 MISSION STATEMENT

In an age where the notion of “neighborhood” is fast evolving into a series of intangible on-line social media webpages, A Public Fit aims to reinvigorate the tangible community by working with emerging Las Vegas artists to create exciting, innovative and provocative theater. APF believes strongly in the communal power of great stories, dramatic ideas and the sincere engagement that audiences find in challenging theatrical events. A Public Fit genuinely hopes to unite artists and audiences through the most effective form of human connection, treating each production as the beginning of an unending conversation.

OUR HISTORY

We started slowly – a series of play readings on a Las Vegas patio. Soon, it was standing room only as a growing company of theatre professionals envisioned making a major contribution to a growing local scene. Taking the monthly readings public brought in new talent and new audiences. As the readings continued to draw SRO crowds it was time for us to throw our first fully-realized Public Fit:

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It was met with critical and audience acclaim.
Our cast and crew received 11 nominations and won 4 awards in the 2015 Vegas Valley Theatre Awards:

Foxfinder – Best Play (Won)
Ann-Marie Pereth – Best Director (Play)  (Won)
Timothy Cummings – Best Actor in a Principal Role (Play)
Chris Brown – Best Actor in a Principal Role (Play)
Shelley Lynn – Best Actress in a Principal Role (Play)
Ginger Lanier – Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Play)  (Won)
Foxfinder – Best Ensemble (Play)
Rachel Gordon Smallwood – Best Scenic Design
Josh Wroblewski – Best Lighting Design (Won)
Mariya Radeva-Nedyalkova – Best Costume Design
Steven Zeller – Best Sound Design

STAGED READINGS

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APF looks to bridge the disconnect often felt in both the artistic and civic communities in Las Vegas. By having FREE monthly staged readings of current, contemporary theatre, we hope to encourage, nurture and create a strong engaging theatre culture in Las Vegas.

What is a reading or a staged reading?

A staged reading is a type of theatre performed without fully realized sets or costumes. The actors may carry scripts, may be seated at music stands, may stand in fixed positions or may employ abbreviated, minimal stage blocking. Often, lengthy stage directions may be read out loud for the benefit of the audience. Readings generally employ a shortened rehearsal period.

What you can expect to see / experience when you come to an APF monthly reading or staged reading?

Each month, A Public Fit will present a public reading of a compelling script. Some of the readings will incorporate a modicum more staging than others, which will follow a more traditional “table read” style. Following the readings, audiences are encouraged to remain and participate in APF’s BUZZZ – a discussion of the play, its themes, imagery, history and impact (and, frankly, anything else you care to talk about!) The BUZZZ offers insight into the minds of directors, performers, playwrights and designers and has become an integral part of APF’s downtown mission.

Previous table readings:

The Thugs from The Office Plays by Adam Bock
Waiting for Lefty by Clifford Odets
Compleat Female Stage Beauty by Jeffrey Hatcher
The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh
The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
One Thousand Years by Kenneth Finkel
Foxfinder by Dawn King
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime adapted by Simon Stephens
Circle Mirror Transformation by Annie Baker

Check out our calendar of events for upcoming staged readings and productions.