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Page-to-Stage New Play Festival - MONDAY, SEP. 4 (16th Annual)

Monday, September 4, 2017 11:00 AM

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Join more than 60 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. Highlights of Monday include an opera without music, a reimagining of the mythical character Medusa, a story of desegregating a private swim club, and more.

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The 16th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Monday, September 4, 11 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

See schedule for Saturday and Sunday
View the festival overview, schedule, and venue map in our digital brochure.
Return to the Page-to-Stage festival page here.

Venues throughout the Kennedy Center
FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.

Join more than 60 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals in development by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers--some with scripts in hand, others almost fully staged. The free performances reflect the dynamic make-up of all corners of the city, whether you are a newcomer or a veteran to theater. Among the participants are Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C., African-American Collective Theater, Mosaic Theater Company of D.C., and interactive performances by dog & pony dc, Arts on the Horizon, and Naked Theatre Company. We also welcome Woolly Mammoth back to Page-to-Stage, and Ford’s Theater for the first time. Additional activities include a chance for patrons to perform on stage by reading scenes from festival participants’ plays during the day with Script Karaoke, and to rock the mic with Kostume Karaoke to cap off the festivities on Saturday and Monday nights.

This year’s Page-to-Stage is a part of the Kennedy Center’s Centennial Celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, which occurred on May 29, 2017. Page-to-Stage puts an emphasis on Courage, one of the five ideals ascribed to President Kennedy.

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
General Admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event.
Please Note: There is no free parking when attending free events.

Please see bottom of the page for full description of each work. Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.

PARTICIPATING THEATERS INCLUDE:
Adventure Theatre MTC; African-American Collective Theater (ACT); Ally Theatre Company; Arts on the Horizon; Arcturus Theater Company; Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Best Medicine Rep; Brave Soul Collective; Bridge Club: Writer's Collective; Catholic University of America; City Kids Theatre; CNU Initiative Student Theatre; Coppin Repertory Theatre; dog & pony dc; The Essential Theatre; Faction of Fools; Factory 449; First Draft at the Rose; Flying V; Ford's Theatre; Forum Theatre; FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company; Gang of Five; Georgetown University; Guillotine Theatre; The Highwood Theatre; The Indian Ocean Theatre Company; JBE Productions; Keegan Theatre; Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship Program; The Law Theatre Project; Monumental Theatre Company; Mosaic Theater Company of DC; Naked Theatre Company; Nu Sass Productions; One Off Productions; OpenStage; Pallas Theatre Collective; Pinky Swear Productions; Pipeline Playwrights part of Thelma Theatre; Playwrights Collaborative; Playwrights Group of Baltimore; Safe Streets Arts Foundation; Scena Theatre; Seventh Street Playhouse; Synetic Theater; Taffety Punk Theatre Company; Theater Alliance of Washington DC; Theater Prometheus; Tonic Theater Company; Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater; Unexpected Stage Company; University of Maryland's Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies Department; Unknown Penguin; Venus Theatre Company; Washington Improv Theater (WIT); The Washington Rogues; Washington Stage Guild; We Happy Few Productions; The Welders; The Wheel Theatre Company; Wit's End Puppets; Woolly Mammoth.

Parental Advisory/Explicit Content Guide
L – Language; D – Drugs; S – Sex; M – Mature Themes; V – Violence 
PPD – Post-Performance Discussion

Schedule for Monday, September 4

11 A.M.

City Kids Theatre
The Misadventures of the Not So Super Superheros, 40 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South

Keegan Theatre
Lake Monsters, 80 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage North [LS]

JBE Productions
Office of the Speaker, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [L]

Playwrights Collaborative
Collaborative Shorts, 90 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge

11:30 A.M.
Nu Sass Productions
Boldly Unto, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room [LSV]

Venus Theater Company
Venus Announces 2018!, 180 min.
Russian Lounge

12 P.M.
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Various works; 90 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
South Opera Tier Lounge [L]

Script Karaoke
Take the stage with your friends in scenes from this year’s plays!
Hall of States

12:30 P.M.
Monumental Theatre Company
The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Reading of a New Musical, 120 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Family Theater [LSV]

Washington Stage Guild
All Save One, 100 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [LS]

1 P.M.
Nu Sass Productions
Nu Works, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room [LDS]

Woolly Mammoth
#poolparty, 90 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South

1:30 P.M.
Mosaic Theater Company of DC
Queens Girl in Africa, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage North [S]

1:30 P.M.
dog & pony dc
Party On!, 120 min.
Bird Room

2 P.M.
FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company
Black Girl, Black Pearl, 75 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [LS]

2:30 P.M.
Guillotine Theatre
A Requiem For Sherlock Holmes, 150 min. + PPD
South Opera Tier Lounge

Washington Stage Guild
Memoirs of a Forgotten Man, 120 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Chinese Lounge

3 P.M.
Script Karaoke (see 12 P.M.)
Hall of States

3:30 P.M.
Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship Program
The Peculiar Awakening of Riley Parker, 150 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Russian Lounge [LDS]

Pipeline Playwrights
Various Works, 75 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [S]

4 P.M.
Gang of Five
Visitations: Three Plays About Confronting the Past, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage South

4:30 P.M.
Tonic Theater Company
Reykjavik, 90 min + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room

5 P.M.
Factory 449
Lela & Co., 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Israeli Lounge [LSV]

Naked Theatre Company
Of/By/For: An Experiment in Civic Discourse, 90 min.
Bird Room

Pallas Theatre Collective
Buried in Prosperity, 100 min. + PPD
Family Theater [L] [M]

6 P.M.
Synetic Theater
Peter Pan, 60 min.
Millennium Stage North

7 P.M.
Ford’s Theatre
Hope Dies Last, 100 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage South [L]

The Law Theatre Project
Myra Bradwell: American Portia, 90 min. + PPD
South Opera Tier Lounge

7:30 P.M.
First Draft at the Rose
The Broken Column, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room [LS]

Georgetown University
Landas, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [L]

One Off Productions
Pramkicker, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [LDSV]

The Welders
Will O’ The Wisp, 90 min
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Russian Lounge [LSV]

8 P.M.
FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company
Collusion
Recommended for age 13 and up.

Bird Room

Scena Theatre
Guilt, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [S]

Taffety Punk Theatre Company
Play/Ground, 90 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [M]

9 P.M.
The Welders
Alternative Departures, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Russian Lounge

9:30 P.M.
Kostume Karaoke
90 min.
Rock the mic with at this karaoke party hosted by Kostume Karaoke!
Hall of States

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FULL DESCRIPTION OF WORKS:

Baltimore Playwrights Festival: Fallout by Laura King, directed by Audra Mains; The King of Seventh Grade by Rich Espey, directed by Alice Stanley; The Man on the Street by Laura King, directed by Kathryn Falcone; and The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schecter, directed by Barry Feinstein
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival has brought Maryland audiences intriguing original plays by Maryland and D.C. authors for 36 years.

Fallout by Laura King, directed by Audra Mains: Two damaged strangers take shelter from an unknown menace in a relic from the Cold War. In the claustrophobic confines of a family bomb shelter, Anna and David must decide if the outside perils are more terrifying than their hiding place.

The King of the Seventh Grade by Rich Espey: Jay is a teacher who is being forced to retire, so he has invited all of his former students to one final inspirational class. Former student Kenya is the only one who shows up, and even she is not sure why. Hideous secrets are revealed, new lessons are learned, and two people begin to find a better path.

The Man on the Street by Marilyn Bennett, directed by Kathryn Falcone: The scene is a city street, early evening. A man in an overcoat comes to the aid of a woman being mugged. A scuffle ensues and the man slumps to the ground. A few minutes later several people walk by, including Karen and Thad, who notice the man and simply walk on. Who was he? What happened to him after they walked away? Should they have stopped? Karen struggles to find the answers.

The Accidental Death of Nelson Fritz by Noah Schecter, directed by Barry Feinstein: For some, everyday office life is full of terror and anxiety—a constant race to hide mistakes before they can be identified and the blame is assigned. For Peter, things are worse. When the sudden disappearance of a colleague leads to a surprise promotion, Peter finds himself buried in a series of lies and cover-ups leading to the assassination of a Texas rutabaga farmer via hellfire missile. Variety. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

City Kids Theatre: The Misadventures of the Not So Super Superheros written and directed by Ray Ficca
It seemed like a regular Monday for these unlikely purveyors of justice, but a city-wide emergency changes everything. Join this band of improbable and lovable crime fighters as they utilize their unique and special skills to save the day. Family Friendly. Followed by post-performance discussion.

dog & pony dc: Party On! by dog & pony dc, directed by Lorraine Ressegger-Slone
Immerse yourself in the creation of our next sensory-centered production of Party On! During this unusual new play-devising workshop, attendees will experience a selection from Romeo & Juliet through a range of senses other than sight and sound. The larger group will exchange responses to the performance and then work in small groups to revise and re-write the experience for one another. This performance experience contains some limited movement and an optional sugar-based food tasting. Please make all special needs or restrictions konwn to the artists ahead of time. Party On! is part of dog & pony dc’s participation in the DeafBlind Theatre Project. Supported in part by a grant from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts. Family Friendly. Participatory.

Factory 449: Lela & Co. by Cordelia Lynn, directed by Rick Hammerly
When 14-year-old Lela (five-time Helen Hayes Award nominee Felicia Curry) marries and is relocated to an unnamed country in the throes of civil war, she finds herself isolated, locked up, and eventually enslaved. Based on a true story, Lela & Co. unravels a story of war, oppression, and sex trafficking through language that vacillates from girlish innocence to pointed satire. Lela & Co. charts a harrowing journey which ultimately explores the power of hope and the strength of the human spirit. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

FIRST DRAFT at THE ROSE: THE BROKEN COLUMN by Stephanie House, directed by Leslie Kobylinski
FIRST DRAFT at THE ROSE presents a magical re-imagining of the mythical character Medusa in THE BROKEN COLUMN by D.C. playwright Stephanie House, part of its Modern Greeks new play reading series. Every generation finds new relevance in ancient stories. Modern Greeks at THE ROSE looks to the future by re-examining, re-imagining, and re-inventing great myths to explore the ever-changing world we live in. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Ford’s Theatre: Hope Dies Last written and directed by Derek Goldman
This new play with music, adapted from and inspired by the work of legendary journalist, oral historian and Pulitzer Prize winning author Studs Terkel (1912-2008), known as “America’s great listener," draws hope from the ties that bind us together, bringing together the inspiring voices of everyday citizens as well as well-known figures such as James Baldwin, Mahalia Jackson, Bob Dylan, and Mamie Mobley, the mother of Emmett Till. Framed by Terkel’s classic radio documentary “This Train,” which chronicled the journey of thousands of citizens from Chicago to the 1963 March on Washington,  the play travels from the streets of Chicago to the steps of the Lincoln Memorial, exploring the best and the worst of the human experience, and calling us to follow Terkel’s example of giving voice to all. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company: Black Girl, Black Pearl by Farah L. Harris
Black Girl, Black Pearl is a play-in-progress that focuses on Danah, a 25-year-old black woman who was date-raped on her birthday. To reclaim control of her own body, Danah engages in a pattern of public nudity. Her story is told through the lens of three black women, The Playground Girls, who act as a Greek chorus and also transform into the supporting characters Danah interacts with throughout the play. Black Girl, Black Pearl is poetic, heartbreaking, and empowering. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company: Collusion by Kristen Armour
Collusion is an inside look into a similar world, filled with chaos. A new age prophet comes to inform us of the vast secrets—and dark tales—society does not want them to know. Prophet is on a mission to open citizen’s eyes to the conspiracies taking place within their nation. The discovery of the lies corrupting society include but are not limited too—Santa Claus, love, and of course, the government. Will she have time to expose the truth before she gets caught? Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Gang of Five: Visitations: Three Plays About Confronting the PastTypical Night in a Town Called Somewhere by Dimitri Neos; The Harold Bloomfeld Game by Julee Newberger; Permanent Record by Ritchie Porter; directed by Ritchie Porter and Emily Sucher
In Permanent Record, a motorist is pulled over for a minor traffic violation. But, how do the three mysterious cops know every little transgression she has ever committed?
 
In The Harold Bloomfeld Game, the deceased wife of a septuagenarian returns from the dead to compete for her husband’s eternal love.

Typical Night in a Town Called Somewhere is about a guy who is fighting to move past a relationship and unexpectedly meets a new girl in a bar. Can he start over, or will he continue to mire himself in the failed relationship?

Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Georgetown University: Landas by Cristina Ibarra, directed by Maya E. Roth
A woman heads off to America to escape poverty and pursue the American Dream. Her brother remains in the Philippines to write poetry and practice Buddhism. Through the grind of nine to five jobs and psychedelic rock, the two siblings search for meaning and fulfillment within the worlds of the colonizer and the colonized. Dramedy/Magical Realism. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Guillotine Theatre: A Requiem for Sherlock Holmes by Greg Oliver Bodine, directed by Jonathan Lee Taylor
Holmes meets his match, the criminal mastermind Professor Moriarty, in a climactic struggle above the Reichenbach Falls in Switzerland, leaving a grief-stricken Dr. Watson to pick up the pieces and help solve a brutal murder nearly three years later. This new, full-length play is based on The Final Problem and The Adventure of the Empty House by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

JBE Productions: Office of the Speaker by Nicole Cox
Abigail is a progressive teacher without the means to move her life forward. When the opportunity to write speeches for the conservative Speaker of the House presents itself, she secretly takes the side job and soon finds herself lost between her principles and her dreams. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Keegan Theatre: Lake Monsters by James Lex, directed by Ricky Drummond
After her brother Sky goes missing, Jody returns to their childhood vacation spot in search of him. Once she arrives, she meets Sky’s friends, Natalie and Hudson, a couple on the verge of an explosive break-up. Jody soon realizes that everyone has secrets, no one will tell the truth about her brother’s disappearance, and the stories her brother carved are not the only mysteries of this dock. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship Program: The Peculiar Awakening of Riley Parker by Desmond Bing, directed by Jon Hudson Odom
In a world that continuously reinforces the idea that black men, particularly gay black men, are of no value to society, Riley Parker (on the surface) has managed to somehow defy the odds. However, where we come from will always be a part of us, even when that past is something we are trying to escape. Through the help of vivid dreams, and his 129-year-old great-great-grand-aunt, and Africa herself, Riley discovers that he has the power to rewrite the narrative he was born into—the one that keeps us from allowing others to know us fully or to touch the parts of ourselves we keep secret in order to appear whole. The Peculiar Awakening of Riley Parker examines how, if we want our future to be determined by who we choose to be, we have to find the courage to accept, forgive, and love not only others, but ourselves as well. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

The Law Theater Project: Myra Bradwell: American Portia by Dr. Samantha M. McDermitt, directed by Marietta Hedges
A close friend of Abe and Mary Todd Lincoln and women’s rights champion in 19th century America, Myra Bradwell only wanted a license to practice law and have the same rights as men. She passed the Illinois bar exam with honors, but the Illinois Supreme Court denied her that license only because she was a woman. Myra Bradwell: American Portia takes you into the inner sanctum of the Supreme Court’s conference room in 1873, and shows you Nine Old Men raw and nakedly discussing Myra Bradwell’s case, but not her fate. Myra would decide her own fate—and her destiny! No law school required! The Law Theatre Project presents its second Page-to-Stage Production, following up its critical successes in 2016. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Monumental Theatre Company: The Talented Mr. Ripley: A Reading of A New Musical by Danny Baird Jr. and Andrew Gordon, directed by Michael Windsor
The Talented Mr. Ripley is a musical adaptation of the eponymous Patricia Highsmith novel and 1999 film with screenplay by Anthony Minghella. The script synthesizes Highsmith’s writings, the plot of the movie, and a classic, but wholly original score (excepting “My Funny Valentine,” a tune referenced in the film). Using Highsmith herself as narrator, the musical takes place in a theatrical space similar to musicals like Chicago and Cabaret. Musical. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Mosaic Theater Company of D.C.: Queens Girl in Africa by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, directed by Paige Hernandez
Helen Hayes Award winner Erika Rose plays Jacqueline Marie Butler in this coming-of-age sequel to Queens Girl in the World, a hit of the 2015 Women’s Voices Theatre Festival. In the wake of the assassination of close family friend Malcom X, Jackie’s father packs up the family for Nigeria. Jackie must leave the comfort of her progressive, student-centered learning environment in New York City for the rigid, hierarchical culture of a post-colonial African boarding school. Jackie befriends people from all over the world, lives through two military coups, witnesses a civil war, and discovers a love of theater. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Naked Theatre Company: Of/By/For: An Experiment in Civic Discourse devised, researched, and directed by Rachael Murray
Of/By/For is about the exchange of viewpoints and perspectives in the United States, based on responses from its citizenry and inhabitants.This piece is in its beginning research stages and this will be a brainstorming session that includes anonymous recorded interviews and written responses to prompts. Stop by and share your thoughts on the state of the nation for this open-source theater project in progress. Participatory. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Nu Sass Productions: Boldly Unto written and directed by Angela Kay Pirko
Two sisters. One afraid of Death, one who longs for it. This story is about what happens when they fall into hell. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Nu Sass Productions: Nu Works by Audrey Cefaly, Danny Rovin, Olivia Haller, Leah Barsanti, Erica Smith, Amanda Quain; directed by Angela Kay Pirko
A selection of new works from some of D.C.’s rising playwrights—five short plays and scenes will be presented, covering everything from submarine workers to “the talk” with your big sister. Comedy, drama, and more, all in 10 minute bursts. Variety.
Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

One Off Productions: Pramkicker by Sadie Hasler, directed by Claire Schoonover
A comedy about a woman who kicked a pram. Hard. And the pram went flying. And it fell down the stairs—bam bam bam. It was empty. She is not a psychopath. But, then she got the mother into a headlock and ended up in a court-ordered anger management class with her sister, Susie, who is there for moral support and the occasional restraining hand. It is a story about sisters. It is a story about choices. It is a story about the struggle to define your life on your own terms. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Pallas Theatre Collective: Buried in Prosperity—A New Musical by Steve and Karen Multer, directed by Tracey Elaine Chessum
From the writers of code name: CYNTHIA, Pallas Theatre Collective is proud to present another musical by 2017 Kleban Finalist and Dramatist Guild Fellows, Steve and Karen Multer. Marooned in a dying Illinois farm town, the sole black business owner in a white world struggles to sustain his community’s last heartbeat while a century-old legend threatens to tear it all apart. When a stranger arrives with promises of a better tomorrow, seven friends and foes face an impossible choice: abandon the only home and family they have ever known, or work together to discover the real treasure in Buried in Prosperity. Musical. Explicit language/themes. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Pipeline Playwrights: Final Assignment by Jean Koppen, I Love Desilu by Nicole Burton, Hank and Gracelyn Go To New York by Ann Timmons, and The Holiest of Sacraments by Patricia Connelly
Pipeline Playwrights is a group of women playwrights based in northern Virginia working together to support, present, and promote each other’s work with the goal of moving their plays into the local and national theater pipeline. Pipeline Playwrights will be premiering four short plays.

Final Assignment: Decades in the future, an advanced android discovers what it means to be a human.

I Love Desilu: Lucy and Desi invent the Hollywood TV industry.

Hank and Gracelyn Go To New York: A darkly comic re-telling of Hansel and Gretel, updated and set in New York.

The Holiest of Sacraments: Will Father O’Hearn ever make it through seven-year-old Molly’s first confession? Variety. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Playwrights Collaborative: Collaborative Shorts written and directed by Members of Playwrights Collaborative
Short plays locally sourced from mature playwrights. Dry and sweet! Smooth and sharp! Variety. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Scena Theatre: Guilt by John Shand, directed by Robert McNamara
An opera without music, Guilt tells the story of a philandering priest, Grandier (1590-1634). Nuns in the convent fall in love with him and the church deems he has cast a spell on them. So, he is burned at the stake. The play traces the accusers’ remorse and denial over burning an innocent man. Guilt is a metaphor for the culture of lies, clash of religions, and rejection of human rights in modern times. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for age 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Synetic Theater: The Adventures of Peter Pan adapted by Ed Monk, directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
Take flight to Neverland with Peter Pan, his Lost Boys, and the Darling children! In this magical place filled with fairies, pirates, and mermaids, Peter Pan and crew will battle the delightfully sinister Captain Hook with acrobatics that will leave you on the edge of your seat! Family Friendly. Adventure. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Taffety Punk Theatre Company: Play/Ground by Scott Rink, directed by Marcus Kyd
The ghosts of a childhood tragedy plague a woman into fragments. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

Tonic Theater Company: Reykjavik by Richard Rhodes, directed by Kelsey D. Phelps, featuring Edward Gero and David Bryan Jackson
On October 11 and 12, 1986, at the height of the Cold War, President Ronald Reagan and General Secretary of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union Mikhail Gorbachev meet in Reykjavik, Iceland to discuss each country’s stockpile of nuclear weapons and the future of the nuclear arms race. Over the course of these two days, an unexpected bond begins to develop between the two leaders as each discovers the very human side of the other. However, will this newfound mutual respect be enough to forge a new arms reduction treaty and stop the race to build more nuclear weapons? Pulitzer Prize-winning author of The Making of the Atomic Bomb, Richard Rhodes, explores the complex and often frustrating events of perhaps the most important meeting of the Cold War. Featuring Edward Gero (The Originalist at Arena Stage) as Mikhail Gorbachev and David Bryan Jackson (TURN: Washington's Spies) as Ronald Reagan. Recommended for age 13 and up

Venus Theatre Company: Venus Announces 2018! directed by Deborah Randall
Venus aims to fully produce multiple woman-empowering plays a year. Continuing their decade-long participation in Page-to-Stage, Venus Theatre Company will announce its 2018 season at this year’s festival and present excerpts from two works. Drama.

Washington Stage Guild: All Save One written and directed by Greg Jones Ellis
Set in Hollywood in 1950, All Save One explores what happens when a famous writer, his actress wife, his male lover, her male lover, and a well-meaning young priest deal with the consequences when a young hustler threatens to expose their secrets to an unsympathetic America. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Washington Stage Guild: Memoirs of a Forgotten Man by D.W. Gregory, directed by Carl Randolph
A Soviet journalist with the gift of total recall. A psychologist seeking to rehabilitate herself. A government censor with a secret past. For more than two decades, their fates become entwined as victims and collaborators in Stalin’s campaign to rewrite public memory. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

The Welders: Will o’ the Wisp by Brett Steven Abelman, directed by The Welders
A reading of Act One of Brett Steven Abelman’s upcoming Welders production, Will o’ the Wisp. What do you do when your country goes to the swamps? When a nation loses in war and its citizens are forced to move into a bog, a power struggle begins. A widow wants to fight, a soldier wants to leave, and the princess just wants everyone to join together. But, it is a lowly lady-in-waiting who will decide the fate of the nation in this epic, melancholy comedy written in blank verse. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

The Welders: Alternative Departures by Deb Sivigny and Rachel Hynes, directed by The Welders
A showcase of two short excerpts of The Welders’ work that start from alternative departure points including devising and design. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company: #poolparty by Jennifer Mendenhall, directed by Jennifer Nelson
The history of swimming pools, a family’s success in desegregating a private swim club, and the legacy that lands on a young swimmer. Family Friendly. Followed by post-performance discussion.