After three years, FeverFest has been adopted by the newly formed Small Theatre Alliance of Boston (S.T.A.B.). S.T.A.B. is thrilled to take the reins of a festival which has come to symbolize both an exploration of diverse theatre styles, and simultaneously a coming together of disparate artists and companies to produce a unified evening of exciting work. This year's fest also has a new venue: The Factory Theatre in Boston's South End. Our mission, however, remains the same: to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating an outlet for inventive, cutting-edge contemporary performance. The year's FeverFest retains the idea of a central theme, while purposely choosing one whose possible interpretations and permutations will be as open as possible. The theme for FeverFest 09 is: Friction ('frik-shen): 1. A state of conflict between persons; 2. The resistance encountered when one body is moved in contact with another; 3. Effort expended in moving one object over another with pressure Please join us for this year's exciting festival, where 7 companies bring 7 interpretations of FRICTION to a fun, thrilling, and theatrical night! Moondance with your Sweet Thing down Cypress Avenue, the Way Young Lovers Do. would you meet me? - a piece created by Veronica Barron & Company - uses the songs of Van Morrison to investigate memory, dreams, and the friction that occurs when people, places, things transform from one state to another. FeverFest's favorite repeat offenders imaginary beasts are back with their ensemble adapted version of a play by Angelo Beolco, the father of commedia dell-arte. Weasel tells the tale of a man who loses his wife to a richer man, and travels to the city to win her back. This & That Theatre company bring you The Old Woman, A modernistic play about an unwelcome visit based on a story by Russian modernist Daniil Kharms. Returning to FeverFest just weeks after premiering the full-length version of Shh! (a piece they developed at last years' FeverFest!) New Exhibition Room bring you Last Night a DJ Saved My Life, a new play about Jesus, boxing, and Mama's boys, conceived and created by New Ex Co-Artistic Director Dawn M. Simmons and local playwright John J King. After runs in Cambridge and NYC this winter, FeverFest newbies Bright Lights & Burning Nights Old Time Circus & Travelling Road Show bring an excerpt of their folk opera The Disappearing Man & Other Sad Songs. Directed by part-time lion tamer Brendan Shea. Whistler in the Dark presents Timothy Callahan's Friction of Dust, exploring the memory and the residue of guilt and regret that builds over a life. Fresh off the (platform) heels of their spring hit The Superheroine Monologues, Phoenix Theatre Artists teams with Boston Actor/Writer/Superstar Bob Murphy for the international comedy Iron Over the Curb, or Bollywood Ending.