Escape to Create Performances in Seaside Jan & Feb 2018

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  1. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Seaside’s Escape To Create (E2C) artist residency launches its 26th season with the arrival of a dozen artists selected from an international pool of applicants for the renowned creative retreat in Seaside, Florida. E2C artists are in residency this January and February as they escape to create their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts.

    As a residency requirement, artists give a public performance as a contribution to the community. Produced in partnership with The REP Theater in Seaside, their readings, screenings, lectures and performances bring outstanding cultural programs to the South Walton community. Tickets to performances:

    The 2018 E2C performance season opens Tuesday, Jan. 9 with The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia on stage at the Seaside Repertory Theatre at 7:30pm. Performances continue throughout January and February.

    Escape to Create Performance Schedule 2018

    Tuesday January 9
    The Escape Trio and Calvin Arsenia

    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | Tickets $25 at

    Escape to Create 2018 season opens Tuesday, January 9th at 7:30pm with a one-night only performance by four musicians already redefining their genres as emerging artists. Miami virtuoso pianist Jacob Mason, UK violinist Andrew Samarasekara, and Venezuelan-American cellist Sebastian Ortega represent the next generation of international classical music artists. They have each achieved international recognition while current students at the prestigious New England Conservatory of Music. Their performance of classical and jazz repertoire as The Escape Trio showcases astounding individual virtuosity and eloquent interpretation.

    Fresh from his European summer tour and following select appearances on the West Coast, Kansas City’s ascending star, the Neo-folk harpist and singer-songwriter Calvin Arsenia, defies categorization and is credited with “turning the arts world on its head...” ( At 6’5,” the multi-instrumentalist is a commanding presence on stage and his alluring 5-octave range voice leaves audiences transfixed.

    Sunday January 21
    The Escape Trio Concert & Reception

    Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 2pm
    Tickets are $25 at the door or online

    Reception and concert featuring a full classical program performed by The Escape Trio.
    THE ESCAPE TRIO was formed at the New England Conservatory of Music (NECM) by Jacob Mason following his electrifying solo performance as an Escape to Create Visiting Artist in 2017.
    Pianist Jacob Mason, Cellist Sebastian Ortega and Violinist Andrew Samarasekara.

    Thursday January 25
    Book Reading, Signing & Reception with Authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano

    Seaside Institute Assembly Hall | 6pm
    Tickets $20, at Sundog Book Store, at the door or online: Seaside Institute

    Wine and hors d'oeuvre reception, reading and book signing with awarded authors Dennis Covington and Mark Spano. Hosted by The Seaside Institute at the Town Assembly Hall, 168 Smolian Circle.

    Alabama author DENNIS COVINGTON is revered for his deep understanding of the idiosyncratic South and for finding substance in places where cultures collide and people are living on the edge. The author of six books, Covington’s best-known work, Salvation on Sand Mountain: Snake Handling and Redemption in Southern Appalachia, was finalist for the 1995 National Book Award.

    Redneck Riviera: Armadillos, Outlaws and the Demise of an American Dream, is a comic and tender tribute to his father that provides a ”...brilliant look at the clash of values that is tearing apart much of rural America.” (Publisher’s Weekly).

    Revelation: A Search for Faith in a Violent Religious World, is a fast-paced memoir of his journeys through violent domains in Mexico, Turkey and Syria while on a quest for “the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”

    Awarded writer and filmmaker MARK SPANO's fiction, poetry and criticism have appeared in over 40 national publications. At age 66 Spano created his own publishing company and published his first mystery/crime novel Midland Club. The 120-page knotted tale of corruption, lies and murder set in Middle America during the 1950’s received unexpected critical praise and continues to attract a passionate readership in the genre of noir fiction. The book received a Pinnacle Book Achievement Award from the National Association of Book Entrepreneurs in 2017, one of only two new novels honored in the mystery category.

    Wednesday January 27
    Film Screening: A Plastic Ocean hosted by John K. Melvin, International Artist

    Seaside REP Theatre | FREE | 4pm
    Free community event with film screening, potluck and conversation.

    International sculptor John K. Melvin up-cycles discarded plastics to create arresting ecological sculptures exhibited across the world. A 2016 artist resident of the World Monuments Fund (Plastic Pollution), Siem Reap Cambodia, Melvin will co-host a screening of the awarded adventure documentary film, A Plastic Ocean on January 27th at 4pm.

    Filmed in 20 locations across the globe, the epic adventure follows a filmmaker and a world record-holder free diver during their four-year search for the elusive blue whale and their discovery of what lurks just below the surface. The film explores the personal, scientific and technological solutions that if adopted today, can restore our oceans for the better.


    Sunday, January 28
    JOLEY Script Reading with Playwright Caitlin Saylor Stephens
    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30PM
    Tickets $25 at the door or

    Caitlin Saylor Stephens is a Brooklyn-based playwright who writes plays about bad women. Recipient of the 2018 Goody Fellowship for Playwrights, Stephens represents a new generation of voices and diversity of works written for theatre. JOLEY is her dramatic new Americana play about a Tennessee mountain woman who, inspired by self-help television, kills her abusive husband in hope of building a life of integrity.

    JOLEY: After a long separation, two Tennessee mountain lovers reunite one hot n’ heavy evening in a broke-ass bar. But when Joley reveals her battle wounds from a particularly violent episode of domestic abuse, the two are challenged with the task of confronting their wrongs, unearthing their truths, finding forgiveness, and burying a body.


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  2. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Escape to Create 2018 Performance Schedule (continued)

    Thursday February 8
    Jazz, Ragtime & Blues Piano Concert feat. Anthony R. Green
    Celebrating the rich legacy of African American composers in American Music

    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25
    Anthony R. Green is a composer, performer (piano and voice) and social justice advocate dedicated to advancing the rich world of black classical artists. His compositions have been presented in over 20 countries by notable soloists and ensembles and have been honored by ASCAP and the Argos Foundation. He has performed across the US, the UK, Europe and South Korea. Green is co-founder of COOS, Castle Of Our Skins, a Boston-based concert and education series organization celebrating Black artistry through music. While in Seaside, Green will compose three song cycles for voice and piano, utilizing poems bytexts in German, Italian, and French. He will perform a concert at The REP Theatre and in area schools.

    Tuesday February 13
    Kim Richey is LIVE at The REP: Valentine to 30A Concert

    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25
    Singer Songwriter Kim Richey debuts new works and revisits old favorites in E2C's 5th annual Valentine To 30A concert. Includes video and memoir photos documenting her life as a touring artist.

    Kim Richie is a Nashville-based singer songwriter who has written numerous chart-topping songs, recorded with the industry’s top musicians and gained two Grammy nominations. Her 2013 album “Thorn In My Heart” was named among Top Albums of the Year by the Boston Globe and AP. Richie has performed at both the 30A Songwriters Festival and The REP Theater Concert Series.

    Richie will premier new songs in concert at The REP Theatre and will contribute a songwriting workshop for county middle and high school students.

    Thursday February 22
    Award Winning Theatre Arts and Poetry Collide Onstage At The REP
    Artist & Set Designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita | Poet Sam Taylor

    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25
    Internationally awarded artist and set designer Ana Ines Jabares Pita and citizen poet Sam Taylor present groundbreaking works in a unique immersive theatrical event.

    While in Seaside, Jabares-Pita will produce an immersive exhibition/performance incorporating painting, video, cell phones, the Seaside community, and sound experiment. She will conduct a workshop on costume and set design using recyclable materials for students in Walton County.

    Sam Taylor's residency is devoted to writing a fourth volume of poems engaging with issues of race, ethnic identity and the diaspora. While in Seaside, Taylor will contribute a reading of his awarded works and will visit creative writing classes in county schools.

    Tuesday February 27
    Playwright Kevin Doyle: Dramatic Script Reading

    Seaside REP Theatre | 7:30pm | tickets $25
    International playwright Kevin Doyle debuts his newest play inspired by the viral photograph of the albatross and the ingested plastics that endanger our planet. A dramatic script-in-hand reading by the company of The REP.

    Doyle returns to E2C with a new script inspired by the viral photograph of the ingested plastics extracted from an albatross found starved to death in the Pacific Ocean. The REP Theatre will perform a script in hand reading of the play in process and Doyle will contribute a master class to area theatre majors.

    All E2C performances at Seaside REP Theatre are featured in the SoWal Events Calendar.

    Tickets for the Escape to Create performance series at The Seaside REP are available at or via telephone at 850-231-0733. Ticket purchases support Escape to Create Residencies and Educational Outreach throughout Walton County.

    Come out to enjoy the work of visiting artists from all over the world on stage here in SoWal. Experience the performances in the Seaside REP's intimate theater located in Seaside, Florida just behind Modica Market on Quincy Circle.

    E2C artists in retreat are devoted to their individual projects in the music, literary, visual, theater and performance arts. During their stay as guests of our community, artists share their works with the public through contribution of performance at The REP Theatre, the Seaside Chapel and other iconic venues in Seaside. They also support teachers and serve as mentors to the Walton County student population through classroom visits and after school workshops.. They will live and work in Seaside cottages donated for their month-long creative projects and in support of their contributions to the larger community through educational outreach and performance. Read about this year's E2C artists online.

    Escape to Create is a nationally recognized multidisciplinary artist residency hosted since 1993 by the Seaside community. E2C is a volunteer non-profit organization that represents the unique character of a community deeply invested in the arts. Residencies are made possible through the generosity of Seaside homeowners, merchants, and donors. For more information about Escape to Create, visit

    To be in a place where the art, new generative ideas and critical thoughts are appreciated is a beacon of hope for all artists. ~ David Wayne Reed, Writer and Playwright

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  3. Teresa

    Teresa SoWal Guide Staff Member

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    Escape to Create 2018 UPDATE

    Writer and Filmmaker Mark Spano
    Documentary Film Screening- Reimagining Sicily
    Tuesday, January 16, 11 am – 1pm
    Walton County Coastal Branch Library

    Walton County Coastal Library welcomes Escape to Create Artist in Residence awarded filmmaker Mark Spano on Tuesday, Jan 16 at 11am. Spano will screen his documentary on Sicily entitled Sicily: Land of Love and Strife. The film explores Sicily’s cultural and historic relevance as “the most (frequently) invaded place on the planet.” The island’s story rivals both Greece and Egypt as a primary source for Western ideas. Few of Europe's more popularized regions compare to Sicily for a story of authentic human struggle, for the presence of cultural icons, and for the significance of so many important historical sites.

    Sicily: Land of Love and Strife
    explores history, family, religion, arts and culture and their effects on the people of Sicily.

    Escape to Create will serve appetizers. Reservations are recommended by calling Linda at the library. (850) 267-2809.

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