Saturday, September 4, 2010 - Monday, September 6, 2010
The ninth annualPage-to-Stage festival features more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies in free readings and open rehearsals of works being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.
Various Kennedy Center Locations
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The Page-to-Stage festival is made possible by The Morris and Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation.
Saturday–Monday, September 4–6 from 2–10 p.m. each day Venues throughout the Kennedy Center FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.
The Kennedy Center hosts its ninth annual Page-to-Stage festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.
Don't miss your chance for a first look at outstanding works for upcoming season premieres!
Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. General admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event. Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice. No free parking for free events.
PATRON NOTICE: Metro will close five Red Line stations during the Labor Day Holiday weekend from 10 p.m., Friday, Sep. 3, to closing on Monday, Sep. 6, as the agency undertakes a major rehabilitation and rebuilding project to improve safety, comply with a recommendation made by the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) and maintain service reliability and a state of good repair. The Takoma, Silver Spring, Forest Glen, Wheaton, and Glenmont Metrorail stations will be closed during the Labor Day Holiday weekend. Normal service will resume on Tuesday, Sep. 7, at 5 a.m. Metro will operate free shuttle bus service between the Fort Totten and Glenmont Metrorail stations. Please click here to read Metro's press release about the Labor Day Weekend closures.
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PARTICIPATING THEATERS INCLUDE: ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ABG Playwrights Active Cultures Adventure Theatre African Continuum Theatre Company Artists' Bloc The Audible Group Baltimore Playwrights Festival Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions Bowie State University Theatre Department Bright Alchemy Theatre Calliope Arts and Theater Capital Fringe Festival Catholic University Benjamin T. Rome School of Music Catholic University of America (MFA Playwrights) Charter Theater/First Draft ClassiqueNouveau Didactic Theatre Company Doorway Arts Ensemble The Essential Theatre Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc. Factory 449 Folger Theatre Forum Theatre Ganymede Arts The Georgetown Theatre Company Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program Howard University Department of Theater Arts The Hub Theatre The Inkwell Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences Northern VA Community College Theater The Playwrights Forum The Playwright's Group of Baltimore Playwrights Zone Rorschach Theatre Company Run of the Mill/Dramatic Adventure Theatre Safe Streets Arts Foundation Scena Theatre Seventh Street Playhouse Signature Theatre Synetic Theater Taffety Punk Theatre Company Theater J Theater of the First Amendment theHegira Venus Theater Company Washington Improv Theater Washington Shakespeare Company Washington Stage Guild Wanderlust Theater Lab Y.O.U.R. Productions and OFT/ON
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Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
FF – These events are Family Friendly; all other events may contain mature content.
Saturday, September 4, 2010
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH Doorway Arts Ensemble, 2–4 p.m. Hutto, by Rose-Mary Harrington, explores the life and relationships of families held in the first federal detention center for illegal immigrants. The work tells the story of two teens and their families caught in the crossfire of U.S. immigration policy and the Department of Homeland Security.
Washington Improv Theater, 4:30–6 p.m. iMusical: the Improvised Musical is a completely improvised musical, with all music (including piano accompaniment), lyrics, characters, dialogue, and narrative created and performed live on the spot, based on a single audience suggestion. Georgetown Theatre Company, 7:30–9 p.m. Belle Parricide is written by R. L. Nesvet, Lori Fischer, Lucy Tyler, Monique LaForce, and Alia Faith Williams. Who was Beatrice Cenci? Victim or murderess? Sinner or saint? Violated virgin or calculating seductress? In 1598, they found her father's body, presumably the victim of an accident. Dozens of stories swirled around the notorious Cenci family: incest, greed, violence, promiscuity. Five playwrights collaborate to examine the possibilities.
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH Faction of Fools, 6–7 p.m. A new creation by DC's Commedia dell'arte theater company.
SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER Playwrights Zone, 2–3 p.m. The Ghosts of Dickens, by John Becker, is a full-length play about the dramatic, little-known events that inspired Charles Dickens to write A Christmas Carol. He was haunted all of his life by his father's stint in prison, a ruined childhood, and the death of his wife's seventeen-year-old sister--with whom he was believed to have been in love. Much of The Ghosts of Dickens is structured after A Christmas Carol, but the familiar characters are replaced with the most significant people in Dickens's life. Many of the lines of dialogue are culled from letters by Dickens and the other characters, such as his father, his wife, and Thackeray. NOVA Community College Theatre, 4–5 p.m. Written by Kim Yaged and directed by Renee Charlow, America is a choreopoem celebrating the rich cultural diversity of our country.
The Essential Theatre, 7:30–10 p.m. Betty's Wish, by LA'Chris Jordan, is the story of a family matriarch who has fallen into a deep, life-threatening coma. The necessary medical procedure that can save her life is forbidden by Betty and her family's religion. However, Betty's husband is determined to keep her alive despite objections from family members who are unwilling to go against strict religious doctrines. NORTH ATRIUM FOYER Run of the Mill/Dramatic Adventure Series, 2–3:30 p.m. Three Condors: A Tigua Painting for the Stag is a new piece of "travel" theater which was crafted as the playwright, Jason Williamson, journeyed to Ecuador over the month of June. Drawing from local myths, history, and artwork, the playwright was inspired by the Tigua folk paintings native to the Andes of Ecuador. These paintings are rendered on sheep hide and often depict indigenous mythology. Mr. Williamson uses the myth of the condor as a lens through which to examine the issues of alienation, cultural isolation, and poverty that face post-colonial societies in this production directed by Kathleen Amshoff.
Playwrights Group of Baltimore, 4–5:30 p.m. The "Skin in the Game" plays are a collection of ten-minute plays developed around the theme of "Skin in the Game," a term coined by investor Warren Buffet referring to an investor's show of confidence by putting his or her own personal money in a business investment. Not restricted to this literal use of the term, the "Skin in the Game" plays include high stakes, poignant comedy and drama…and "skin" and "games" figure prominently! Featuring work by John Conley, Dwight Cook, Peter Davis, Brent Englar, Rich Espey, Susan Middaugh, Ken Greller, and Laronika Thomas. Theater of the First Amendment, 7:30–9:30 p.m. After serving in Vietnam, four men share a rehab unit in a military hospital in Texas. Ann Stingle's Still Beating Heartsexamines the aftermath of war and one veteran's struggle to rediscover his self worth. TERRACE GALLERY Audible Group, 2–3 p.m. Troublesome Gap, Episode 3: The Audible Group is a collective of theater professionals dedicated to all things aural. They will be presenting episode 3 of the epic episodic audio theater series Troublesome Gap entitled "The Curious."
Catholic University School of Music, 4–5 p.m. The Nightingale and the Rose(excerpts): In Timothy Eisman's musical adaptation of the Oscar Wilde short story, themes of love, self-sacrifice, and tragic irony are explored through the interactions of a Boy, a Girl, a Nightingale, and a Rose Tree during a day and night in early spring. Excerpts presented are part of a work in progress in fulfillment of the thesis project requirement for the MM Composition, Stage Music program. (FF) The Crossroad (an excerpt), an opera in one act by Roc Lee and David Tannous, imagines what it might have been like for the historical Jesus to say good-bye to his family before suffering death on a cross. Through an exploration of the emotions of Jesus and of his family being left behind, this chamber opera strives to display the humanity of the one Christians believe to be fully divine and fully human.
Playwrights Forum, 7:30–9 p.m. The Right Thing & Marriages: Adaptations of two Henry James short stories by playwright Bari Biern. TERRACE THEATER Seventh Street Playhouse, 2–4 p.m. The Agony of David is written by Anthony Gallo. Last year, Seventh Street Playhouse performed a reading of the black comedy, The Last Days of King Solomon. This year, the company will visit his father in the reading of The Agony of David. This two-act tragedy of faith and sin is based on the life of David, second king of Israel, and is pivotal to the two Davidic religions: Christianity and Judaism. King David faces conflicts with his God, political and military enemies, family of origin, King Saul, wife Micah, and children Amnon, Abijah, Tamar, and Absalom. In The Agony of David, David faces the tragic consequences of his decisions. However, in the end, he is sustained by remarkable faith and inner strength. His personal struggle is reflected in the enduring 50 Psalms, which he wrote 3,000 years ago.
Washington Shakespeare Company, 4:30–6 p.m. Redd Reidenhude, by Arthur H. Roach, is an absurdist, Theater of Alienation re-telling of the classic Little Red Riding Hood story. Redd has fallen in love with the dairy deliveryman Elmer, but her life is interrupted by the arrival of Lobo Blitzer, who attempted to sexually assault her while they were in high school. Lobo continues to obsess about Redd, even though he is now in love with her younger brother, Kiwi. Redd's feisty and elegant grandmother, Bianca, is in poor health, but is tended by her neighbor, Buck. In a magical evening in the city park, the characters, including Redd's best friend Azula and Georges-Luc, a Portuguese-Canadian Avon District Manager, meet and celebrate their love. The story continues with the classic Red Riding Hood elements. Lobo follows Redd to her grandmother's house and attempts to disguise himself as Bianca in order to attack Redd. Buck appears and saves the day, amid some very Brechtian plot resolutions. Safe Streets Arts Foundation, 7:30–10 p.m. Joy in the Morning, by Tammy Archibald,is a story about sisters Verna and Joy. Their stepfather is abusive towards them and their mother doesn't seem to care. Verna leaves home to seek her destiny in life, but promises to return for her younger sister Joy, if she can. Featuring the Prince George's County Police Rhythm and Blues Jazz Band. Busted at City Hall, by Dennis Sobin,is anoperetta based on a true story, taking many liberties in the telling of it. The comedy concerns a man who goes to City Hall, gets arrested for a nonsensical offense, goes to jail, and gets out to be hailed as a political hero. Learning to be a Mommy, by Lamont Carey. A 13-year-old girl wants a better life for herself and her family, but the obstacles are great since her mother and father are drug addicts. She decides to take matters into her own hands, and use any means necessary. FAMILY THEATER Charter Theater/First Draft Reading Series, 2–3:30 p.m. (FF) Jack and the Beanstalk is a comedic adaptation of the classic children's tale for adults and children alike by Mario Baldessari, with music by Rex Daugherty.
Y.O.U.R. Productions and OFT/ON, 4:30–6 p.m. (FF) The Lemonade Stand is written by Carole Mumin, Bismillah Ba'th, and Dawn Jones, with original music by Fadlullah Ba'th. When two 10 year olds, Sparkle and Kia, best friends since kindergarten, team up to help put on a yard sale, their friendship is tested after Kia breaks her word to sell the lemonade stand to Sparkle. This drama unfolds when Kia learns a "large" amount of money can be made selling lemonade, and Sparkle is crushed that her best friend chooses money over their friendship.
Theater J, 7:30–9 p.m. The Moscows of Nantucket is written by Sam Forman. Affluent, anxious, and at each other's throats, the Moscovichs attempt family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze, and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who have avoided each other for years. A fast-paced new American comedy with its heart in Chekhov's country, from the author of Helen Hayes Award–nominated The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall.
SOUTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE Active Cultures, 2–4 p.m. The Resurrectionist King,writtenby Stephen Spotswood,is a multi-ethnic comedy that introduces Vigo Mortenson, the Resurrectionist King, as a grave robber/folk hero from DC's murky past.
Active Cultures, 4–6 p.m. Run Home, writtenby Jennifer Nelson,explores the dual histories of slavery and baseball in Bladensburg, MD. Based on a 10-minute play written for Sportaculture.
Scena Theatre, 7–9 p.m. Little Criminals Set in a Remand School in Dublin in the 1980s, ten wards of the court meet with a down-at-heels actor: the Master who will collide with the realities of their world. A humorous take on the "Pygmalion" motif by Scena Theatre artistic director Robert McNamara.
Sunday, September 5, 2010
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH Washington Stage Guild, 2–4 p.m. Amelia, by Alex Webb, is a Civil War–era romance in which two performers embody separated lovers and a diverse wider society. The story of one woman's odyssey across the battlefields of the American Civil War in search of her husband, Ethan, it reaches a crescendo at the gates of Andersonville, the notorious prisoner of war camp in Georgia where thousands died. MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH Howard University, 6–7 p.m. U.G.L.Y.,a new musical by Darius Smith, redefines what it means to come of age. It explores the lives of young people in Beulah, Alabama, as they journey from middle school to high school. Complex harmonies and rich melodies told through sounds of neo-soul meets R&B meets jazz and traditional musical comedy add texture and depth to the lives of young people who are at once naïve and world-wise. U.G.L.Y. is a story about youth, but one that speaks to the awkward person living inside each of us.
Howard University, 8–9:30 p.m. Set in the long, long ago past of 2008, Frat, a new musical conceived by Chris McGriff, with book by Nkosi Sharpe and music and lyrics by Charles Coakley Jr.,tells the story of a white student (Duane) from Shaker Heights, Ohio, who decides to go to a HBCU (Howard) and pledge a historically black fraternity. He is met with some initial objection from his line brothers but with time, things seem to improve and friendships are formed. When a noose is found hanging from the Frat's Tree in the middle of campus, Duane finds himself in the middle of a nasty media and political circus that seems to bring out the "ugly" in everyone. Frat focuses on five young men who must face adversity and put racial issues aside to become the best of friends/brothers. With upbeat, high-energy, contemporary musical theater songs, it's the ultimate "bromance" musical that will open your eyes to a whole new world and remind you to cherish the gift of life called friendship. SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER The Essential Theatre, 3:30–5:45 p.m. In Sampson and Miss Delilah, written by Natalie Blank, prostitution is now a legalized profession in the country and Ms. Delilah is the leading lady of the union organized under the moniker "Eves." The highest-paid and most-desired, a young writer holds information that forces her to re-visit her past against her will.
Wanderlust Theater Lab, 7–8:30 p.m. White Noise by Tom Block follows Tim, an African American painter, as he struggles with inner demons, an increasingly bizarre exterior reality, and a scantily clad Simone Weil, a historical figure that metastasizes as a figment of his own imagination. Having abandoned true faith, Tim grasps for "faith in faith" and in the end finds dubious consolation, alone in a bathroom. MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH Rorschach Theatre Company, 2:30–3:30 p.m. KLECKSOGRAPHYis written by H.R. Zurich, adapted by Randy Baker, and directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick. In a black and white world, the answers are on the other side.
Calliope Arts and Theatre, 4–5:30 p.m. In The Tambora Cure, by R. L. Nesvet, a young Israeli scientist finds a cure for HIV in the ash of a 19th century volcanic eruption. He is championed by a professor at an English University. But because of political opposition to Israel, both scientist and his discovery are turned away. In a sequence of events, the formula is lost. The Hub Theatre, 7–8 p.m. Leto Legend by Kristin DeWulf is the story of a real-life superwoman, Charlie, who makes life at the top rung look easy. Except, it is not easy, and Charlie's coming apart at the seams. Alternating between her real life and her alter superhero ego, Leto. Charlie struggles against her fans, feminists, family, and her own destructive hubris. As decisions become matters of life and death, will she be able to save the day?
SOUTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE Playwright's Gymnasium. 2–4:30 p.m. Heart of Gold by Ben Kingsland is a high comedy that ensues when ambitious TV cooking show host Donna Dunetramples ethics, common sense, and her flagging maternal instincts to pursue a prestigious humanitarian award.
Ganymede Arts, 7–9:30 p.m. InKuchu Uganda, written by Bob Bartlett, the reach of hate is felt across continents in this alarming response to the proposed death penalty for homosexuals in Uganda..
TERRACE GALLERY ABG Playwrights (formerly Women's Work Writers' Group), 2–6 p.m. Last Call at the Marble Bar is written by Nicole Burton with music and lyrics by Jim Landry and Ken Moss. When the manager of the Marble Bar Nightclub is raped after closing, she does what she's always done: toughs it out. But rape drops her into a Felliniesque hell of courtrooms, crapshoots, and ghost parades. On the brink of murder, she wonders--is it better to be right or to be happy? All the Sins of My Past Life is written by Patricia Connelly. After discovering a horrifying secret about her 1950s childhood, Sallie must find out the truth about what happened and why. The search pits Sallie against her mother, who will fight to keep the past buried at all costs. It also destroys her relationship with her husband and shatters her deep religious faith. Metemphsychosis: from Cockroach to CEO is written by Judith Brussell. One morning, a family of middleclass cockroaches is shocked to discover that their son has awakened radically transformed. From a hardworking, busily scuttling everywhere roach, he has become unrecognizable as a hideous monster: a human being.
Bowie State University. 7–8:30 p.m. The Women of Bradville by Frances Rice is a political drama by the president of the National Black Republican Association.
FAMILY THEATER Bouncing Ball Theatricals, 2–3:30 p.m. The Boy and Girl from the River features a book by Shawn Northrip and music and lyrics by Christian Imboden. Having lost her husband to the river's current, a young mother makes her son promise to never cross the river. When he grows and falls in love with the girl on the other side, he embarks on a quest to get to her by traveling the other way around the world. Taffety Punk, 5–5:30 p.m. Taffety Punk's adaptation of Brothers Grimmis a sonic-dance inquiry into the darker corners of the popular fairy tales. Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, 7–7:45 p.m. (FF) KCTYA will be sharing a draft of a newly commissioned script by Canadian playwright SusannaHamnett entitledBirthday. This solo show focuses on a young girl with a vivid imagination who needs to look at her past to make sense of her future. On the journey, she stumbles upon a travelling circus, swaps stories with a real star, and even befriends her parents as children. Monday, September 6, 2010
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program, 2–4:30 p.m. Georgetown University students present plays about choice: Scared of Sarah by Laura Brienzaand scenes from a work-in-progress by Joshua Goode. In Scared of Sarah, Lily and Sam are expecting their first child, and neither one feels ready: Sam worries about what this means for their bank account, while Lily's troubled relationship with her autistic sister, Sarah, causes her to question their parenting abilities. Terrified of their genes, their student loans, and not being "fully formed" human beings still in their twenties, Scared of Sarah explores the fear that sets in when two people make a third. This funny and complicated family play will be presented with scenes from a new short work that uses absurdism and at-risk social situations to frame pregnancy and "choice" from a different perspective. A lively post-show discussion on the art and politics of these two works by recent GU alums will follow.
Didactic Theater, 7:30–9:30 p.m. The Thing About Getting (A Dog's Tale), by Paul Down Colaizzo, visits lifelong friends Kelly, Cole, and Darren in a house in Hoboken. These three kindred spirits are depicted as 26-year-old buddies faced with a life-threatening fork in the road, as well as 11-year-olds soon to be middle-schoolers, preparing themselves for the next section of their lives. A character exploration in the point of it all, this play questions the human relationship with the ever-impending tomorrow. MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH Signature Theatre, 6–7 p.m. American Voices Musical Voices Project: The Next Generation:Signature Theatre and the Shen Family Foundation created the American Musical Voices Project in 2007 to support emerging composers in the creation of new work for musical theater. This concert will feature music from musicals in development at Signature Theatre by Matt Conner, Adam Gwon, Marisa Michelson, Chris Miller, and Scott Davenport Richards. SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER Baltimore Playwrights Festival: Various, 2–5 p.m. Featuring six plays from the Baltimore Playwrights Festival summer production brochure.
Bright Alchemy Theatre, 5:30–6:30 p.m. A Cre@ation Story for Naomi, by Stephen Spotswood, is about Naomi Birdsong-Schultz, a 16-year-old with a stratospheric IQ. She has little contact with humanity outside of cyberspace. With little faith in the future of the species, she's always been more consumed by how the world will end than how it began. But when her sleep becomes troubled by a recurring dream of her long-dead grandfather, she finds herself plagued with questions about her own origin and her own future, seting her on a journey that starts before the beginning of time and ends somewhere out in the stars. A Cre@ion Story for Naomi weaves ancient creation myths with cutting-edge science to tell the story of one girl's struggle to come to terms with who she is and what she needs to become.
The Inkwell, 7–9 p.m. A showcase of DC-area finalists from The Inkwell's national call for submissions followed by an open discussion concerning the company's support of DC-area playwrights. Meet fellow playwrights, discuss how DC's new play development resource can better serve the needs and goals of the playwriting community, and learn more about The Inkwell's plans for the upcoming season.
NORTH ATRIUM FOYER Playwrights Gymnasium, 2–3:30 p.m. In Our Shorts, Vol. 2 is written by Patrick Bussink, Chris Graybill, Mary Watters, George P. Tilson, Eric Peterson, Ben Kingsland, Rich Espey, and D.W. Gregory. With love, loss, longing, dwarfed ambition, and a bit of steam punk thrown in, this series of short plays from Washington, DC's only process-oriented playwrights' workshop wrestles with some of the big questions and a few of the annoying small ones.
theHegira, 4–6 p.m. In Dirty, written by Carla Ching, Winston and Cordelia meet, fall in love, and do exactly what they should have never done: get married. A play exploring the oldest and most troubled institution.
theHegira, 7–9:30 p.m. Lyme Park, by Nandita Shenoy, explores an Austenian romance of an Indian nature (inspired by Jane Austen's "Northanger Abbey").
REHEARSAL ROOM 1 Venus Theatre Company, 4–6 p.m. Another Manhatten, written by Claudia Barnett, is the story of Liz, a cook who worked on the 107th story of a Manhattan skyscraper until a fiery explosion transported her to 17th-century New Amsterdam. Rescued by a mute hunter named Daniel and nursed by his mother Anika, she embarks on a personal quest to retrieve her baby daughter and a political crusade to save her new world--which is in some ways very much like her old world.
THEATER LAB African Continuum Theater Company, 2–4 p.m. The Emcee Inquisition, by Dominique Morisseau, tells the story of a globally active hip hop artist, Sharif Stanley, who is on the brink of being awarded the esteemed literature prize of Hip Hop Laureate. Preparing for an interview with a legendary renowned hip hop scholar, Sharif and his wife Naima anticipate that this interview will be the final push to assure the prize. But when the visiting scholar triggers violent memories for Naima, suddenly everything is laid on the line: the prize… their dreams… and even their lives…. The Emcee Inquisition takes a deeper look at the effects of misogyny and gender violence in the worlds of hip hop and intellectualism, and dares to raise the social question of our responsibilities--in our music, in our institutions, in our communities and in our own lives.
Washington Improv Theater, 5–6 p.m. An improvised look at the creative process of a staged reading. Using suggestions from the audience to arrive at a name of a play and certain characteristics of the characters, setting, and cast, the players will create an open rehearsal of the production just collectively imagined. The "playwright" and "director" will also be in attendance and participating in full, including in a talk-back with the audience.
ClassiqueNouveau, 7–9:30 p.m. Late Night Double Feature: Vampire Lesbians of Scotland and Who Killed Captain Kirk? are written by Paco José Madden. First, a trio of vampire lesbians save the world and the 2012 election in a campy adventure comedy. Then, William Shatner aka Captain Kirk is killed at a sci-fi convention. It's up to a bunch of trekkies with the help of the audience to find out whodunit. Experience two oddball shows in this late-night double feature. TERRACE GALLERY Theater J, 2–3:30 p.m. Photograph 51,by Anna Ziegler, is a funny and moving retelling of the unrequited life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th Century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists remembers the trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman whose most stunning discovery was the beating of her own romantic heart. Artists' Bloc, 4:30–5:45 p.m. In Sixty 9/11 by Lee August Praley, entrepreneurial producer Felix Habbernathy finds the means to produce an erotic film based on the events of the September 11thtragedy in a last-ditch effort to save the company. Faced with protests, death threats, and bomb scares, the movie perseveres to incredible reviews and sales. The company is saved but must continue to make movies that push the envelope into uncharted and dangerous territory: new films about other atrocities. Finally, faced with a new tragedy and the concern of eroticizing all tragedies, Felix reconsiders what it means to profit off of the pain and suffering of others.
Factory 449, 7–9 p.m. Magnificent Waste is written by Caridad Svich. Lizzie B makes shock art. Arden buys beautiful things. A young man wants to be famous. In a modern world addicted to speed, fashion, celebrity, and trauma, the trio makes a pact that will change their lives, while a TV show documents everything and a movie star tries to stay out of the fringe.
TERRACE THEATER The Kennedy Center's Kenan Fellowship Program, 3–5 p.m. The Game's Afoot (or Holmes for the Holidays) is written by Ken Ludwig. Double-crosses, triple-crosses, gunplay, murder, lies, deceit, disguise, and sex. What do you expect? They're actors. Comedy, mystery, and Sherlock Holmes meet in this world premiere reading of a new comedy-thriller by Olivier Award–winning author of Lend Me a Tenor, Crazy for You, and Shakespeare in Hollywood. Featuring a cast of DC Favorites: Joseph Brack, Brigid Cleary, Mitchell Hébert, Valerie Leonard, Faith Potts, Erin Weaver, Michael Willis, Nancy Robinette as Inspector Goring, and four-time Tony Award nominee Marc Kudisch as William Gillette/Sherlock Holmes.
Signature Theatre and Folger Theatre, 7:30–9 p.m. The Greenwood Tree, featuring words by William Shakespeare with music by Will Reynolds,is a contemporary telling of the secret story embedded in the Sonnets, Shakespeare's most personal work. A young poet falls victim to Puck's notorious flower and he becomes entangled in a love triangle with his songwriting best friend and a beautiful woman named Sylvia. It is a story about self-discovery; about art and inspiration; about friends and lovers, and the fine line that is often blurred between the two. Shakespeare's sonnets are set to a soaring, acoustic score.
FAMILY THEATER Adventure Theatre, 2–4 p.m. Come and celebrate with Adventure Theatre, DC's longest running children's theater, with scenes and songs from the 59th season. Have a party with Spot's Birthday Party, celebrate the holidays with Rudolph, the Red-nosed Reindeer, dance with Mirandy and Brother Wind, and see what happens in A Year with Frog and Toad or If You Give a Cat a Cupcake.
Synetic Theater, 7:30–9 p.m. A world of mystery, magic, heroes, and romance comes alive as Synetic inaugurates its tenth season and its entrance into its new home in Crystal City with a new wordless epic, King Arthur. Drawing from a rich pool of centuries-old myths and legends, Synetic will breathe fresh life into the legend of King Arthur. The drawing of the legendary Sword from the Stone, the power of Merlin and Morgan le Fay, the romance of Lancelot and Guinevere, and the apocalyptic battle with Mordred will all be woven together in a new adaptation that sees the legend reborn in Synetic's signature mixture of movement, music, combat, and drama. SOUTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE Catholic University of America, 3–5:30 p.m. and 7–9:30 p.m. Featuring a new work by Rachel Barclay, Bob Bartlett, Frank DiSalvo, Rebecca Gingrich-Jones and Timothy J. Guillot--the MFA Playwrights of Catholic University School of Drama.
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