Press Release: The Gift



Press Contact:

Kelly Mayfield |



 Contradiction Dance Presents THE GIFT,

An Original Adaptation of

Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree




March 1, 2012



SILVER SPRING, MD — Contradiction Dance and The Kelly Mayfield Dance Company present THE GIFT—an original adaptation on Shel Silverstein’s The Giving Tree—on April 6-14, 2012 at Round House Theatre-Silver Spring. Tickets range from $10-15, and are available at All performances begin at 8:00 p.m., and are recommended for ages 5 and up.


Inspired by the classic tale The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, The Gift tells the story of a boy and a tree, and the intricate relationship that develops throughout the boy’s lifespan. Like any intimate relationship, sentiments ebb and flow; however, they remain the one and only constant in each

other’s lives.


Blending dance and theatre, The Kelly Mayfield Dance Company brings this magical story to life. Directed by Artistic Director Kelly Mayfield, with an original script by Director of Theatre Melissa-Leigh Bustamante,The Gift is a physical expression of the struggle to discover, and subsequently appreciate,

unconditional love.


In describing the artistic process, Mayfield states, “With such a beloved story at-hand, we’ve molded, tweeked, and added content to create The Gift. It’s a wonderful challenge to blur the lines between theatre and dance. We are creating a unique experience for both the artists and the audience. I am excited to share this work with the community.”


Esteemed DC-actor Carlos Bustamante performs the role of The Boy. Carlos has performed regionally with Olney Theatre Center, Source Theatre Festival, and Actors’ Theatre of Washington, among others; and received a Helen Hayes nomination for Best Supporting Actor for his role in The Keegan Theatre production of Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf? He was most recently seen, and acclaimed, in the 2011 Capital Fringe Festival production of Squirrel, or The Origin of A Species.


Dancer, actor, and visual artist Erica Chamblee presumes the role of The Tree. After studying theater and dance at SUNY Purchase, Erica has been involved in numerous regional and national productions. Her most recent projects include appearing on Showtime and The Sundance Channel in a film called Toe to Toe, as a part of Flashmob American’s show for CVS, and as choreographer/dancer for the recording artist Chris.


Choreography by: Kelly Mayfield, Artistic Director

Original Script by: Melissa-Leigh Bustamante, Director of Theatre

Performed by The Kelly Mayfield Dance Company: Shelley Alingas, Carlos Bustamante, Melissa-Leigh Bustamante, Erica Chamblee, Eleni Grove, Makeyda Hilliard, Kelly Mayfield, Anneliese Parisi, Matina Phillips, Lyndsey Pressley


For more information, contact Kelly Mayfield at 240.644.1400 or


Dates & Times: Friday, April 6 | Saturday, April 7 | Thursday, April 12 | Friday, April 13 | Saturday, April 14. All performances are at 8:00 p.m.

LocationRound House Theatre-Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD

Tickets$15 General Admission | $10 Students & Under 30. Available online, by phone at 240.644.1100

Metro/BusSilver Spring Station

ParkingSeveral local parking garages (free on weekends, and after 8pm on weekdays)



Established in 2006 by founder Kelly Mayfield, Contradiction Dance strives to blur the lines between art forms in hopes of introducing audience members to the endless possibilities of dance and theatre. The company blends contemporary and classical forms of modern, jazz, tap, and hip-hop with storytelling and theatre to foster discussion, reflection, and change through live performance and dance education. Contradiction Dance is located in the Round House Theatre-Silver Spring Education Center at 925 Wayne Avenue, Silver Spring, MD.