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Page-to-Stage New Play Festival - SATURDAY, SEP. 2 (16th Annual)

Saturday, September 2, 2017 - Monday, September 4, 2017

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 Saturday include a silly spin on fairytales, an imagined debate between abolitionists John Brown and Frederick Douglass, Kostume Karaoke, and more.

Venue

Various Kennedy Center Locations

Run Time

All Day

About

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

Saturday, September 2, 10:30 a.m.–11:30 p.m.

See schedule for Sunday and Monday
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 Saturday, September 2

10:30 A.M.

Arts on the Horizon
Outside The Lines: a Play-shop with Arts on the Horizon, 45 min.
Opera House Lobby

11 A.M.
Adventure Theatre MTC
Tinker Bell, 60 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South

Coppin Repertory Theatre
HOMEPLACE, 100 min. + PPD
North Opera Tier Lounge [D]

The Highwood Theatre
Off Your Rocker: Insanity, Dystopia, and Rock & Roll; 90 min.
Family Theater

The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
Have a Good Crygh: Two Short Plays, 60 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [M]

Seventh Street Playhouse
The Tragedy of King Saul, 90 min. + PPD
Russian Lounge [SV]

11:30 A.M.
CNU Initiative Student Theatre
Various works, 35 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [LSV]

Unexpected Stage Company
How to Talk about Your Miscarriage, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only
South Opera Tier Lounge [LSM]

12:00 P.M.
We Happy Few Productions
Dracula, 30 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [SV]

12:30 P.M.
Script Karaoke
Take the stage with your friends in scenes from this year’s plays!
Hall of States

Ally Theatre Company
Rabbit Summer, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
African Room [LSV]

1:30 P.M.
Faction of Fools
Foolish Fairytales, 40 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South

Theater Alliance
The Raid, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage North [LV]

University of Maryland's Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies Department
Swirl, 35 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Chinese Lounge [L]

2 P.M.
Bridge Club: Writer’s Collective
The Fall of a Sparrow, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for Adults Only.
Israeli Lounge [LSV]

Too Much Damn Theatre
Shadow Man, 60 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge

2:30 P.M.
FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company
Chi Boy, 75 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Russian Lounge [LV]

3 P.M.
Brave Soul Collective
Brave Soul Collective presents: Blind Spots, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
South Opera Tier Lounge [LSM]

The Essential Theatre
Into the Sun, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Family Theater [SM]

Too Much Damn Theatre
Soulmates Body, 30 min. 
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [LS]

3:30 P.M.
Best Medicine Rep
The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart, 95 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Chinese Lounge [M]

Catholic University of America
Works In Progress: from ringworm to weddings, 70 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage South [LS]

Too Much Damn Theatre
Up All Night Singing, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [LS]

4 P.M.
Unknown Penguin
The Guilt of the Possible, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room [LS]

4:30 P.M.
Script Karaoke (see 12:30 P.M.)
Hall of States

5 P.M.
Wit’s End Puppets
Malevolent Creatures: What the Waves Bring, 40 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [LSV]

5:30 P.M.
Pinky Swear Productions
Blight. 100 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Russian Lounge [LS]

6 P.M.
Washington Improv Theater
Unpaged to Stage!, 60 min.
Millennium Stage North [L]

7 P.M.
OpenStage
Rooftop: A Song Cycle, 40 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [L]

The Washington Rogues
To Fall In Love With Anyone, Do This, 80 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Israeli Lounge [LDS]

7:30 P.M.
African-American Collective Theater
What Had Happened, Was…, 120 min.
Recommended for adults only.
South Opera Tier Lounge [LDSV]

Flying V: Sheila & Moby
120 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage South [L]

Playwrights Group of Baltimore
On the Edge, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
African Room [LS]

8:00 P.M.
Forum Theatre
Cherry Pop Bowling, 100 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Millennium Stage North [LSV]

OpenStage
That Much is True, 60 min.
Recommended for adults only.
North Opera Tier Lounge [LDSMV]

Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Elvis, Cagney, Eddie Murphy and More Stars Behind Bars: Multimedia Presentation of Classic Prison Movie Scenes with Live Music and Celebrity Readings of Prison Poetry, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Family Theater [LD]

The Wheel Theatre Company
Some Pictures of the Floating World, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [LV]

8:30 P.M.
Arcturus Theater Company
Sister Sister, 95 min.
Recommended for age 13 and up.
Russian Lounge [L]

9 P.M.
OpenStage
Star and Tim Has a Show!, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for age 13 and up.
North Opera Tier Lounge [S]

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:

Adventure Theatre MTC: Tinker Bell by Patrick Flynn, directed by Nick Olcott
Everyone knows the story of Peter Pan. Or, at least they think they do. But unless you have heard it from Tinker Bell’s point of view, you really have not heard it at all. Family Friendly. Followed by post-performance discussion.

African-American Collective Theater (ACT): What Had Happened, Was… written and directed by Alan Sharpe
ACT’s latest sampler of sexy, quirky, compelling short plays explores the challenges and rewards of LGBTQ life in the nation’s capital. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences. Explicit language/themes

Ally Theatre Company: Rabbit Summer by Tracey Conyer Lee, directed by KenYatta Rogers
Wilson sees nothing wrong with his marriage to Ruby nor his job as a police officer in the midst of the Black Lives Matter movement. He smiles through the pain Ruby wishes he would share. When her best friend loses her husband to the quick trigger of a white cop, Ruby forces Wilson to confront his idealized manhood. An exploration of legacy, gun rights, secrets not well kept, and what it means to “live your truth” in an America built on lies. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for mature audiences. Explicit language/themes.

Arcturus Theater Company: Sister Sister by Barbara Blumenthal-Ehrlich, directed by Ross Heath
For Deirdre and Janice, Mom’s dead and it is a great day. There is going to be a celebration, and hopefully nothing will go flying out the window—including one of them. A viciously comic and tense 15-year reunion between two sisters on the day of their mother’s unforgettable death. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Arts on the Horizon: Outside The Lines: A Play-Shop by Tia Shearer Bassett, directed by Megan Alrutz
Take an active role in shaping Arts on the Horizon’s newest show: Outside the Lines. In what we are calling a Play-shop, families will participate in a series of interactive activities designed to explore how children ages two to five want to engage with various objects, images, and stories related to the play’s themes. Join us for a fun-filled participatory workshop where we will invite you to play with blanket forts, move to tango music, and to imagine what happens when you are standing in someone else’s shoes. Family Friendly.

Best Medicine Rep: The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart by John Morogiello, directed by Stevie Zimmerman
Inspired by true events. On the eve of World War II, the German consul to Hollywood tries to stop production on Charlie Chaplin’s controversial first talkie, The Great Dictator. Winner of the 2015 Julie Harris Playwriting Award, the Dayton Playhouse FutureFest, and finalist for the Christopher Brian Wolk Award from Abingdon Theatre Company off-Broadway, The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart is a comedy about art, politics, commerce, and what it means to be American. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Brave Soul Collective: Blind Spots by Josette Marina Murray, Alan Sharpe, Jared Shamberger, Thembi Duncan, Zukeh Freeman, and Monte J. Wolfe; directed by Alan Sharpe, Jared Shamberger, Monte J. Wolfe
An evening of theatrical performances which examine the human experience as it pertains to the acceptance of truth. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Bridge Club: Writer’s Collective: The Fall of a Sparrow by Riley Bartlebaugh, directed by Kerry McGee
The Fall of a Sparrow explores how we react when our systems of belief are challenged. Henri has just been found after being abducted for a year and a half. Her mother and childhood friend are forced to put their history aside to work together to nurse Henri back to health, but Henri has changed. They are chomping at the bit to hear what happened to her during her time missing, but Henri isn’t talking. And once she starts, their faith is shaken to the core. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Catholic University of America (CUA): Works In Progress from Lobsters to Marriage by Liz Maestri, Rachel Rios, and Conor Larocque
Come and experience raw and hysterically funny new works in development, written by M.F.A. candidates in playwriting at CUA. Be an integral part of the shaping of three new plays. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

CNU Initiative Student Theatre: I Check Other by Bonnie Newton, directed by Glenn Abernathy; Til Death Do Us Part written and directed by Glenn Abernathy
I Check Other explores a small snapshot of the non-binary trans experience as a high school student confronts their mother and school principal about gender identity and bathroom laws.

Til Death Do Us Part is a short work centered around the deteriorating marriage of Miles and Francine Freeman. As Miles begins and continues degenerating from the effects of AIDS, Francine feels trapped in a marriage that is no longer what it once was.

Drama. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Coppin Repertory Theatre: HOMEPLACE by Claudette Alexander-Thomason, directed by Willie O. Jordan
The year is 1985 and two families, black and white, are bound by tradition in upstate South Carolina. The Sampsons, an African American family, gathers at the old home-place to hear important news after the death of the matriarch, only to have past ghosts reveal secrets, broken promises, and shattered dreams. Can the family find truth, peace, and progress on the road to redemption? Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

The Essential Theatre: INTO THE SUN by Michael Gubser, and Paolo Prandoni (Book, Music, Lyrics), directed by Kate Arecchi
The Essential Theatre’s New Play Reading Series partners with James Madison University’s School of Theatre and Dance under the College of Visual and Performing Arts in the workshop presentation of INTO THE SUN. The musical follows the saga of three young English friends who go off to the trenches of World War I, where their experiences of war transform their lives and the lives of those they love. The show is loosely based on the lives of the British War Poets. The lyrics of some of the songs come from poems by Wilfred Owen, Rupert Brooke, Siegfried Sassoon, and others. Musical. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Faction of Fools: Foolish Fairytales written and directed by Paul Reisman
Get a peek behind the masks of D.C.’s award-winning Commedia company as they devise and develop an upcoming production! In Foolish Fairytales, Faction of Fools puts its trademark spin on everyone’s favorite tales in a physical flurry of bears, pigs, witches, slippers, and more! In advance of a December 2017 production at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, audiences will get a sneak peek into this unique process as well as an opportunity to play along! Family Friendly. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Flying V: Sheila & Moby by Patrick Flynn, directed by Jason Schlafstein
When Sheila, a successful young businesswoman, returns home for her dad’s retirement, she is immediately swept up in a tale of intrigue and suspicion. A young neighbor girl thinks her stuffed koala has been kidnapped, and Sheila pulls her own stuffed best friend Moby out of storage for one last adventure to help rescue the stolen friend. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language.

Forum Theatre: Cherry Pop Bowling by Stephen Spotswood
Shay and Rufus find themselves on the verge of the biggest payday of their lives when a post on their fake news site sparks a hostage situation and goes viral. But how far do they follow the money at the risk of people’s lives? Inspired by true events, this play negotiates the murky waters of truth and ethics in the age of social media news. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company: Chi Boy by Traci Tolimare
Chi Boy explores the traumatic state of fifteen-year-old Dionte Thomas after he kills his older brother in an accidental shooting in their home on the south side of Chicago. As a stipulation of his probation, Dionte is court-mandated to attend weekly sessions with school psychologist Anita Nichols. Starved for attention and connection, he finds refuge with Ms. Nichols. However, as the relationship grows, Dionte’s already fractured relationship with his mother, LaTasha, falls apart when she tells the neighborhood that the shooting wasn’t an accident. The weight of the community’s judgement causes Dionte to throw himself into isolation and a spiral of dispair. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

The Highwood Theatre: Off Your Rocker: Insanity, Dystopia, and Rock & Roll by Madison Middleton, directed by The Highwood Theatre
The Highwood Theatre presents a selection of scenes, songs, and monologues from their upcoming season, Off Your Rocker: Redefining and Defying the Status Quo. Performances will feature a special preview of The Dog Must Die, a new play by up-and-coming playwright Madison Middleton, looking into a world of environmental dystopia. Variety.

The Indian Ocean Theatre Company: Have a Good Crygh: Two Short Plays written and directed by John Sowalsky
A pairing of two short, one-act plays. Passing is a story about the Holocaust and the long shadow it casts over two sisters more than 40 years later. Waiting is neither sequel nor prequel, but more of a “quel,” and answers the vexing question—Where was Godot? Variety. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

OpenStage: Rooftop: A Song Cycle by Star Johnson, directed by Natalia Gleason
A one-woman, pop-folk musical loosely inspired by the true story of Nayla Kidd, a Columbia University student who, amidst the pressures of Ivy League life, dropped out of school, went into hiding, and became a missing person for two weeks. Musical. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

OpenStage: Star and Tim Has a Show! written and directed by Star Johnson and Tim Abrams
Hailing from Washington, D.C. and New York respectively, best friends and sometimes roommates Star Johnson and Tim Abrams present a modern-day, vaudeville-style double act, featuring original music on such topics as politics, dating, and getting old(er). Musical. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

OpenStage: That Much Is True written and directed by Madeline Farrington
As a blizzard approaches, members of the D.C. activists’ collective, Safe House, are planning something big. Once snowed in together, they discover that one of their dearest friends, lovers, or accomplices is not who they thought, and a great unraveling begins. How well can you ever really know someone? In their high-stakes world, the answer can mean the difference between life and death. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Pinky Swear Productions: Blight by John Bavoso, directed by Ryan Maxwell
Can a home be haunted by the actions of its owner? In Blight, Silvia and Cat Henson have just moved from a small apartment in Washington, D.C., into their sprawling, dream home in the small town of Greenville, Delaware. But, the house only happens to be in their price range because it was most recently the home of a teenaged mass shooter and his single mother. Within days of moving in, they are confronted by a mayor who wants to erase their house from the map, a neighbor who wants to turn it into a museum, and an alarmingly chipper consultant who specializes in the macabre. Is this the right time and place for Silvia and Cat to bring a new baby into the world or will the house create a rift between them and their new community? Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

Playwrights Group of Baltimore: On the Edge written and directed by various members of Playwrights Group of Baltimore
These are interesting times, right? The Playwrights Group of Baltimore offers a series of ten-minute (or less) plays about life On the Edge. Some are funny, some are serious, and all will make you think! Variety. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Robert Pike
While Dracula is well-acquainted with the stage or screen adaptations, We Happy Few’s take on this nightmare-ish achievement of storytelling derives its form directly from the original novel—dragging us through the memorandum, newspaper clippings, and diary pages of a frantic vampire hunt. With faithful adherence to Stoker’s text, immersive staging and design, and chilling, terrifying (and of course silly) performances, We Happy Few’s staging brings the audience into the heart of Dracula’s conflict—the intersection of predator and prey. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

Safe Streets Arts Foundation: Elvis, Cagney, Eddie Murphy, and More Stars Behind Bars by Imprisoned Writers Across America, directed by Michael Brown
This is a multimedia presentation of classic prison movie scenes with live music and celebrity readings of prison poetry, written by men and women incarcerated in prisons across America. Celebrity readers include Michael Brown, a former D.C. councilmember recently released from prison where he spent years after accepting an unauthorized donation from an undercover FBI agent. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

Seventh Street Playhouse: The Tragedy of King Saul written and directed by Anthony E. Gallo
This play is the third in the dramatist’s Dynastic Trilogy (The Agony of David and The Last Days of King Solomon) of three monarchs whose legacy is still pervasive both in the Abrahamic religions and the modern secular world. Saul was Israel’s first king, following 200 years of being ruled by judges or seers, and this play deals with Saul’s tragic kinship. A mighty warrior who succeeded in the battlefield, Saul aroused the enmity of an already jealous Samuel because he (Saul) had disobeyed God’s will by not killing all the Amalakites, only some of them. Saul eventually loses both human and divine favor because of his character flaws. He comes into conflict with his biological son Jonathan, adopted son David (eventually king), daughter Michal, and all others around him as he deals with his own melancholy and eventual destruction while creating and defending the nation of Israel. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C.: The Raid by Idris Goodwin, directed by Colin Hovde
Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order, and chaos, and the possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater: Shadow Man written and directed by Tuesday Barnes
Shadow Man explores the life of a sanitation worker who obsessively plays the lottery in hopes of becoming a millionaire. After a severe pay cut, he realizes that the only way to escape his life is to fake his own death. The play follows Shadow Man as his plan unravels and he is forced to closely examine his life. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater: Soulmates Body written and directed by Marketa S. Nicholson
Soulmates Body is a dark romantic comedy about finding love and yourself in the most unlikely of places. Chloe is a morgue director who feels like spending time with the dead is really living—that is until a new assistant, Connor, shows her that there is more. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater: Up All Night Singing—48 Hour Musicals by Five Playwrights, Dara Gold as creative director
TMD Theater will produce five 10-minute musicals within 48 hours made by five different musical theater teams. Each team will undertake the challenge to write, compose, rehearse, and stage their musical within the space of 48 hours. Nothing will be created beforehand. With time-limited stakes, each team will be able to free themselves of overthinking, unleash their creativity, and develop unexpected original works that test what we traditionally expect out of musical theater. Each musical theater team will consist of a writer, composer, lyricist, musical arranger, accompanist, director, and up to 5 cast members. Musical. Explicit language/themes.

Unexpected Stage Company: How to Talk about Your Miscarriage by Christopher Goodrich and Rachel Stroud-Goodrich, directed by Christopher Goodrich
How to Talk about Your Miscarriage is a candid new work written and performed by Unexpected Stage co-founders Christopher Goodrich and Rachel Stroud-Goodrich about the exhilarating and frustrating realities of starting and raising a young family. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for adults only. Explicit language/themes.

University of Maryland’s Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies Department: Swirl written and directed by Agyeiwaa Asante
This one-act play will explore the complex relationships (romantic, social, political, etc.) between Asian-Americans and Black Americans in modern America. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Unknown Penguin: The Guilt of the Possible by Patrick Flynn, directed by Kari Ginsburg
New parents Lee McKenzie and Makenzie Lord-Nelson discover that the first year of parenting is as much about survival as anything else. Through a barrage of advice from friends, co-workers, parents, neighbors, and strangers, they navigate the choppy waters and discover that parents cannot always have it all. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 13 and up. Explicit language/themes.

Washington Improv Theater (WIT): Unpaged to Stage! by Ensemble, directed by Mark Chalfant
The playful, irrepressible improvisers of Washington Improv Theater present an assortment of short, comedic, family-friendly pieces inspired by audience suggestion. Comedy. Followed by post-performance discussion.

The Washington Rogues: To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This by Jennifer Lane, directed by Ryan S. Taylor
Longtime loves Wyatt and Merryn meet to take one last chance at mending their damaged relationship. Their guide is a folder filled with 36 questions. Will the answers bring them back together or tear them apart? A passionate and intense new drama from the writer of Harlowe and Agents of Azeroth. Drama. Explicit language/themes.

We Happy Few Productions: Dracula adapted from Bram Stoker’s novel by We Happy Few, directed by Robert Pike
While Dracula is well-acquainted with the stage or screen adaptations, We Happy Few’s take on this nightmare-ish achievement of storytelling derives its form directly from the original novel—dragging us through the memorandum, newspaper clippings, and diary pages of a frantic vampire hunt. With faithful adherence to Stoker’s text, immersive staging and design, and chilling, terrifying (and of course silly) performances, We Happy Few’s staging brings the audience into the heart of Dracula’s conflict—the intersection of predator and prey. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion.

The Wheel Theatre Company: Some Pictures of the Floating World by Matt Minnicino, directed by Jack Read
Shiloh is happy, or at least trying to be. Ever since she joined The World of Joy and left the Sunken World behind, she has had no good reason to be sad. The others in the home love her, she has everything she could want, and her days are spent telling wondrous and true tales of forgotten times—free of harm or sadness. But, when a stranger arrives (supposedly a documentary filmmaker) with questions of her own in a hunt for hidden truth, the blissful foundations of Shiloh’s world start to crack, and the members of The World of Joy are faced with the widening fault lines in their precious happiness. A play about cults, stories, joy, sadness, truth, lies, and why we believe the things we believe. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.

Wit’s End Puppets: Malevolent Creatures: What the Waves Bring by Nina Budabin McQuown and Annalisa Dias, directed by Genna Beth Davidson
A magical sea creature, who can become either a woman or a seal, falls in love at first sight with a fisherman. But, their relationship soon takes a darker turn, and welcoming a baby makes going back home even more complicated. This piece is one of three stories from Malevolent Creatures, a full-length play that retells traditional British folk tales through a modern-day lens. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Explicit language/themes.
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