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Page-to-Stage New Play Festival - SATURDAY, SEP. 1 (17th Annual)

Saturday, September 1, 2018 10:00 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 Saturday include a Hip Hop-infused take on The Prince and the Pauper, a teenager's journey from El Salvador, a hilarious whodunnit, and more.

Venue

Various Kennedy Center Locations

Run Time

All Day

About

The 17th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Saturday, September 1, 10 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.

This year, Page-to-Stage embraces the Center’s season-long exploration of The Human Journey by tackling subjects such as migration, identity, and discovery. Participants include Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C., Mosaic Theater Company of D.C., African-American Collective Theater, and more. The Kennedy Center is also excited to welcome back Signature Theater for another season of celebrating local work.

Join the fun on Saturday and Monday with yoga in the morning and participatory performances throughout the day, including a looping workshop with Kid Prince and Pablo.

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:

African-American Collective Theater (ACT); Alliance for New Music-Theatre; Ally Theatre Company; Arcturus Theater Company; Arts on the Horizon; ArtStream Inc; Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Best Medicine Rep; Brave Soul Collective; Bridge Club; Cage Free Voices Theatre; Catholic University; City Kids Theater; Collington Players; Crash of Rhinos; DayDreamers International; Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue; Faction of Fools; Federal Theatre Project; First Draft at The Rose Theatre Co.; FRESHH Inc; GALA presents: Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group; Georgetown University; GildaPapoose Collective; Guillotine Theatre; JBE Productions; Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences; Liberated Muse Arts Group; Monumental Theatre Company; Mosaic Theater Company; National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts; Nu Sass Productions; One Off Productions; Openstage; Pipeline Playwrights; Playwrights Collaborative; Playwrights Group of Baltimore; Rorschach Theatre; Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre; Selah City Urban Theatre; Seventh Street Playhouse; Showcase on Main; Signature Theater; Soul-Satisfying Productions; Spooky Action Theater; Starting Gate Theatrical; Synetic Theater; The Highwood Theatre;The Indian Ocean Theatre Company; The Law Theater Project; The Welders; The Wheel Theatre Company; Theater Alliance; Tonic Theater Company; Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater; Unexpected Stage Company; University of Maryland—School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; Unknown Penguin; Venus Theatre; Voices Unbarred; Washington Improv Theater; Washington Stage Guild; Washington Women in Theatre; We Happy Few; Who What Where Theater Collective; Wit’s End Puppets; Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT).

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


Schedule for Saturday, September 1

10 a.m.
Kid Prince and Pablo Looping Workshop

60 min.
Eisenhower Greenroom [FF]

Showcase on Main
The Unpredictable Times, 75 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Chinese Lounge [LS]

The Wheel Theater Company
The City in the City in the City, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [LS]

10:15 a.m.
Yoga, 60 min.
Roof Terrace

10:30 a.m.
Arts on the Horizon
Sailing on String PLAY-shop
30 min. + PPD
South Atrium Foyer [FF]

11 a.m.
City Kids Theater

A Fairy Tale Day in Court, 35 min. + PPD
Family Theater [FF]

The Highwood Theater
Betrayal: The Truth Revealed, 75 min.
Terrace Gallery [FF]

University of Maryland
I've Been a woman, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Bird Room [LS]

11:30 a.m.
Selah City Urban Theatre
Dancing on Air, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Rehearsal Room 1 [L]

Wits End Puppets
Malevolent Creatures: Where the Water Goes, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
North Atrium Foyer [LV]

12 p.m.
Rorschach Theater
Season Fragments: Selections From Three New Plays, 70 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Eisenhower Green Room [LSV]

12:30 p.m.
ArtStream Inc
The Miraculous Tales of Stonehaven, 40 min.
Millennium Stage North [FF]

1 p.m.
Bridge Club
Glimmer/Jellyfish Summer, 120 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [LS]

Guillotine Theatre
Deadlie Affairs: Arden of Faversham, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Gallery [LSV]

Open Stage
What are the Odds, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Bird Room [LS]

Seventh Street Playhouse
The Springfield boys, 90 min.
Chinese Lounge

2 p.m.
Alliance for New Music Theater
Women of Troy: Voices from Afganistan, 40 min. + PPD
Terrace Theater

Scena Theatre
Home Sweet Home - From Basra to Kabul, 60 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Eisenhower Green Room [LSV]

2:30 p.m.
Faction of Fools

The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery Workshop: The First Clues; 40 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South [FF]

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Kid Prince and Pablo, 60 min. +  PPD
Family Theater [FF]

3 p.m.
Soul-Satisfying Productions
White Russian, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
North Atrium Foyer [L]

3:30 p.m.
Tonic Theater Company
Lake Effect, 100 min. + PDD
Recommended for adults only.
Bird Room [LS]

National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts/Crash of Rhinos 
Magic, Misfits & Mirrors, 100 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery [V]

Venus Theatre
Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley, 60 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Rehearsal Room 1 [L]

4 p.m.
OpenStage
The Gentrification Ball; 75 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [V]

Unexpected Stage Company
Tell Me Something Good, 120 min + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Chinese Lounge [L]

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
She A Gem, 60 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Rehearsal Room 7 [L]

4:30 p.m.
Brave Soul Collective

Brave Soul Collective Presents "Life Lines," 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
North Atrium Foyer [LS]

Arcturus Theater Company
Goya’s Los caprichos, 40 min. + PPD
Eisenhower Greenroom

5:30 p.m.
Monumental Theatre Company
Montgomery, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Theater [L]

6 p.m.
GALA presents: Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group
A Butterfly's Eyes; 60 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North

6:30 p.m.
FRESHH Inc.
Afromemory, 90 min. + PPD
Eisenhower Greenroom

7 p.m.
Catholic University
The Unraveling, 30 min. + PPD
Rehearsal Room 1

7:30 p.m.
African-American Collective Theater
UNPROTECTED sex, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Gallery [S]

University of Maryland
Luna, 45 min. + PPD
Chinese Lounge

8:30 p.m.
Liberated Muse Arts Group

Building Beautiful; 65 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [V]

Playwrights Group of Baltimore
The Twenty Dollar Bill Plays, 80 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
North Atrium Foyer [LS]

Safe Streets Arts Foundation
From Prison to the Stage: Music Art and Writing from Prisons Across America, 45 min. + PPD
Family Theater [LSVM]

9 p.m.
Unknown Penguin
Miranda After the Storm, or: What Happens to Savage Little Whores, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Rehearsal Room 1 [LSVM]

9:30 p.m.
Openstage
Recommended for adults only.
Ode to Cuffing Season, 60 min. + PPD
Eisenhower Greenroom [LS]

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FULL DESCRIPTION OF WORKS:

African-American Collective Theater (ACT): UNPROTECTED sex, written and directed by Alan Sharpe                       

African-American Collective Theater (ACT) continues its exploration of the realities and repercussions of contemporary LGBTQ life in the Black community with an edgy collection of short plays reflecting the serious, sexy, and sometimes silly challenges encountered while navigating the path through self-awareness, self-acceptance, and self-affirmation that leads to an authentic life. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Alliance for New Music-Theatre: Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan, written and directed by Susan Galbraith      
Alliance for New Music-Theatre ventures on its most ambitious cross-cultural work to date in a music-rich retelling of Euripides’ famous anti-war play, Trojan Women, set in modern day Afghanistan. Women of Troy: Voices from Afghanistan responds to the conflict that entangles America in its longest war to date. The work tells the story of the resilience of Afghan women and, through their creative expressions, provides a more uplifting side of the country’s history. The drama also includes the voices of American female veterans who served in the region. In its final form it will showcase the cooperative efforts of two playwright-poets, two composers, and 12 international performers. Musical. Recommended for general audiences.

Arcturus Theater Company: Goya’s Los Caprichos by Arcturus Theater Company, directed by Ross Heath
Arcturus Theater Company’s original interpretation of the set of prints collectively known as Los Caprichos, Francisco Goya’s commentary on societal ills and oddities in Spain (1798-1799). Set to new music by Armando Bayolo using referential techniques Goya himself used and performed by the Great Noise Ensemble. This is a work in progress. New music with pantomime. Recommended for general audiences.

Arts on the Horizon: Sailing on String by Becca Drew Ramsey, directed by Kate Debelack
Take an active role in shaping Arts on the Horizon’s newest show, Sailing on String! In what we are calling a PLAY-shop, families will participate in a series of interactive activities designed to explore how children ages 0-2 engage with various objects, images, and multi-sensory elements related to the play’s themes. Participatory. Family friendly.

ArtStream Inc: The Miraculous Tales of Stonehaven, written and directed by Madeleine Barry
Giants, trolls, dragons, and a kingdom in peril! Can three regular kids save the day? The opening scene of The Miraculous Tales of Stonehaven introduces us to Julian, Emily, and Timothy as they let their imaginations take them to a magical world. Fairy Tale. Family friendy.

Brave Soul Collective: Life Lines by Monte J. Wolfe, Alan Sharpe, Josette Marina Murray, Anthony Green, and Jared Shamberger, directed by Alan Sharpe and Monte J. Wolfe        
A collection of theatrical works written, performed, and directed by black LGBTQ artists which examine the notion of visibility and highlight the importance of human connections. Drama/Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Bridge Club: Glimmer/Jellyfish Summer by Darcy Parker Bruce and Natalie Ann Valentine      
Glimmer/Jellyfish Summer is a reading of two plays that wonder what, who, and where home is. Do we bring it with us or is it in someone else? What happens when they leave? In both Paradise, Florida, and Sound, Maryland, we find young, queer, heart-wanderers who have built hope on the foundation of a better yesterday and whatever magic there is beneath the water. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Catholic University: The Unraveling by Elena Hartwell, directed by Matt Ripa       
A Shakespearean scholar who loathes speaking in public is roped into substitute teaching a college literature class. Her lecture on the beauty of Shakespeare's language unravels into an outpouring of grief over her wounded daughter’s return from Afghanistan. How do we reunite with our country's veterans? How do we connect with those who have come home irreparably damaged from the longest war in American history? A brief talkback will follow. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

City Kids Theater: A Fairy Tale Day in Court by Ray and Nan Ficca, directed by Ray Ficca
The Big Bad Wolf, Little Red Riding Hood, and the Three Little Pigs have their day in court to get to the bottom of about the goings on in Fairy Tale Land, and boy do they have some stories to tell! Family friendly.

GALA presents: Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group: A Butterfly’s Eyes by Paso Nuevo Participants, directed by Mauricio Pita
A teenager from El Salvador recounts her journey crossing borders to reach the United States. With each step, she encounters issues relating to love, racism, coming out, bullying, self-esteem, immigration, and how to find solidarity and comradery in a dangerous world. A Butterfly’s Eyes is a series of short scenes and monologues that reflect the scope of the teenage experience. The show is the culmination of a three-month process that brought together ethnically diverse youth from throughout the D.C. area to explore self-expression through theater. Drama, Family, Comedy, Adventure. Recommended for general audiences.

Guillotine Theatre: Deadlie Affairs: Arden of Faversham, written and directed by Catherine Aselford and Cate Brewer
You study to be a classical actor and the best gigs you get are on True Crime TV shows. A pair of women stuck in cable TV reenactment gigs believe in their dreams, but can’t seem to get away from sex and murder. Deadlie Affairs: Arden of Faversham combines scenes from the original play with devised work by a bunch of oddball D.C. actors. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Faction of Fools: The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery Workshop: The First Clues, written and directed by Paul Reisman
Zanni bellhops, femme fatales, hidden clues, mustachioed detectives, and more! In the grand tradition of Agatha Christie, Clue, Sherlock Holmes, and other classics, this hilarious new whodunnit will keep you guessing until the very end! Faction of Fools Theatre Company will end their 10th Anniversary Season with this world premiere production in April 2019. Don’t miss your chance to start sleuthing early with a sneak peek at this classic in the making! Family, Comedy, Commedia dell’Arte/Devised. Recommended for general audiences.

FRESHH Inc: Afromemory by Teshonne Powell, directed by Goldie Patrick; Elijaheen Becomes Wind by Nina Angela Mercer, directed by Ayesis Clay; and Sculpting Clay or How I Inherited 210 Kids, written and directed by Ayesis Clay
Afromemory by Teshonne Powell: In 2153, the United States claims to have dismantled the construct of race, but brown-skinned Sarah B. still feels that a piece of her is missing. In order to regain some semblance of cultural identity, Sarah undergoes an outlawed and risky procedure that allows her to access the memories of her ancestors, and having done so, knows she can no longer go back to the life she had before. Now, she must find her way in a world that shuns cultural identity, but how long can she resist and how long can she survive? Drama. Recommended for general audiences.

The Highwood Theatre: Betrayal: The Truth Revealed, written and directed by The Highwood Theatre           
The Highwood Theatre presents a selection of scenes, songs, and monologues from their upcoming season—Betrayal: The Truth Revealed. Explore the nuanced performances that make up this new season, featuring Highwood’s talented student and professional actors. Variety. Family friendly.

Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences: Kid Prince and Pablo by Brian and Marvin Quijada, directed by Pironne Yousefzadeh; and She a Gem by Josh Wilder, directed by Paige Hernendez
Kid Prince and Pablo by Brian and Marvin Quijada: Based on Mark Twain’s The Prince and the Pauper, Kid Prince and Pablo reimagines the classic tale of mistaken identity with a digital, Hip Hop infused twist to examine race, class, the wealth divide, and what it means to walk in someone else’s shoes. Musical, Family, Comedy, Hip Hop. Family friendly.

She A Gem
by Josh Wilder: Krystin, Jaleesa, and Amber form a double-dutch team in inner city Philadelphia to compete in their neighborhood pageant. If they win, they'll recieve a special prize: their futures told by Ms. Mary, the local psychic. Will they become a famous singer? A hair dresser? Or maybe a gem, a special leader who cares for the neighborhood? Then they meet a pregnant teen from North Pilly who can jump double-dutch better than any of them. Just as the girls anticipate learning about their futures, they'll learn something important about her past that affects them all. Dramedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Liberated Muse Arts Group: BuildingBeautiful by Khadijah Ali-Coleman, directed by Khadijah Ali-Coleman and Khari Dawson         
The shooting death of a college student home for Thanksgiving shatters the boundaries separating the lives of five strangers. In the aftermath, at a town hall meeting-turned-press conference, anger, fear and extraordinary courage take center stage as the grieving and the accused fight to be heard. Musical, Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Monumental Theatre Company: Montgomery by Britt Bonney, music direction by Marika Countouris
In 1955, two women were arrested on Montgomery buses for violating segregation law. One went on to be called the Mother of the Civil Rights movement, her name taught to every American schoolchild. The other works as a nurse’s aid in the Bronx. With its blues and rock score, Montgomery puts you on the ground at the birth of the civil rights movement. When 15-year-old Claudette Colvin is arrested, Montgomery’s civil rights leaders are breaking down her door, intent on using her case as the catalyst for a city-wide bus boycott. But is Claudette too young, poor, and dark-skinned to unite the community in protest? When the mild-mannered, light-skinned Rosa Parks is arrested, the boycott is on, and Claudette all but forgotten—until a new court case gives her one more chance to make history. Musical. Familiy friendly. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

National Conservancy of Dramatic Arts/Crash of Rhinos: Magic, Misfits & Mirrors by Teddy and Vita Zambetti, directed by Ray Ficca  
Magic, Misfits & Mirrors is an original story following the ups and downs of an eclectic group of social misfits whose common thread is a quaint urban café and its proprietor Katy. The group’s dreams, losses, and love stories weave through the musical’s narration to paint a stunningly raw and emotional portrait of a true community that heeds the call to bond together through love and magic when tragedy strikes. Musical. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Openstage: Ode To Cuffing Season, written and directed by Harvey Fitz; The Gentrification Ball, written and directed by Brittney Sankofa; and What Are The Odds by Madeline Farrington, directed by Emily Canavan
Ode to Cuffing Season by Harvey Fitz: Cuffing season is that period between fall and winter when avid singletons start looking for someone they can spend those long, frigid months with. This activity is fueled by a desire for physical companionship that stems from elevated levels of codependency and emotional insecurity. Ode To Cuffing Season navigates the nuances of five very different individuals whose questionable yet very relatable actions will have the audience feeling as though they are watching replays of their lives. The dialogue is written entirely in free verse poetry and includes musical elements as accompaniment. Each of the five characters have been conceptualized as non-gender specific roles to give better insight on the good, the bad, and the inconvenient truths associated with casually bumping uglies. They say all is fair in love and war, even the cold ones. Musical, Drama, Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

The Gentrification Ball by Star Johnson: In the vein of the NYC underground ball scene (Paris is Burning, Pose) The Gentrification Ball is an immersive show where DC gentrifiers will walk, vogue, and strut in categories such as “GW grad on her way to Bikram Yoga” and “ First time on the Green Line realness. Participatory, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

What are the Odds by Madeline Farrington: Some days are better than others, and today is—well, sort of, mostly—Clara’s lucky day! If she can just avoid getting arrested for peeing in the park and getting dragged down by the liberal industrial complex, she’s gonna cure what ails ya! The sky’s the limit if she manages to get out of bed. Maybe even if she doesn’t. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Playwrights Group of Baltimore: The Twenty Dollar Bill Plays, written and directed by members of the Playwrights Group of Baltimore
The twenty dollar bill was supposed to get a facelift in 2018, with the replacement of Andrew Jackson by Harriet Tubman. While that change appears to have been moved to the back burner, the Playwrights Group of Baltimore got a jump start on writing ten-minute plays to celebrate the switch. Changing currency or not, we’ve got a set of comedies and dramas, each with a crucial $20 bill to make you think, laugh, and ponder. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Rorschach Theatre: Season Fragments: Selections From Three New Plays
Rorschach Theatre presents staged readings of 20-minute sections from the three world-premiere plays being presented in their 2018/2019 season: Sing to Me Now by Iris Dauterman, directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick; Reykjavich by Steve Yockey, directed by Randy Baker; and Annie Jump and the Library of Heaven by Reina Hardy, directed by Jonelle Walker. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Safe Streets Arts Foundation From Prison to the Stage: Music Art and Writing from Prisons Across America by Roach Brown and other prisoners and ex-prisoners, directed by Michael Brown               
From Prison to the Stage is a Multimedia Show featuring music, art, and writing from prisons across America. Every member of the audience will receive a piece of original art created by an imprisoned artist. Musical, Drama, Comedy, Multimedia. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Scena Theatre: Home Sweet Home—from Basra to Kabul by Andreas Garfield, directed by Robert McNamara               
Home Sweet Home is a hard-hitting drama from Denmark that shows the trials and tribulations of a Danish soldier returning from the Iraq war as he struggles to readjust to normal life. Originally produced at the Grob Teater, Copenhagen. Drama. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Selah City Urban Theatre: Dancing on the Air, written and directed by Jiiko Ozimba
The Great Migration deposited thousands of African Americans into Washington, D.C., creating a thriving middle class consisting of government workers, business owners, scholars, domestics, and artists. Dancing on the Air explores the cultural dynamic within the relatively privileged black community in the District during the 1960s, being both segregated and stratified by skin color and socioeconomic status. The legacy of the Teenarama Dance Party is manifold. It speaks of milestones in the history of African Americans, the broadcast industry, Washington, D.C., and American music, while sharing lessons on community, Civil Rights, war, and the persistence and vibrancy of youth. Musical. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Seventh Street Playhouse: The Springfield Boys, written and directed by Anthony E. Gallo
This two-act dramedy traces the relationships between Abraham Lincoln, his closest friend Joshua Fry Speed, and law partner William H. (Billy) Herndon from 1837 to 1891. Both Herndon and Speed were to play important roles in the legacy of the 16th President. How did the pro-slavery Speed, who shared a bed with Lincoln for four years, help to preserve the Union? Why did Lincoln choose this man as his only complete friend ever? No one showed greater political allegiance to Lincoln than Billy, one of only two eyewitness biographers of the tragic President. Billy’s innumerable eye-popping but questionable assertions about Lincoln and his family have influenced thousands of Lincoln biographers. But was Lincoln really a free thinking agnostic? Was he illegitimate? Other claims are even more shocking. Did Herndon forever malign Mary Lincoln because of their mutual hatred? Drama. Recommended for general audiences.

Showcase on Main: The Unpredictable Times by Kevin Ray, directed by Johnson S. Lee Lewis                       
Five friends reunite in their hometown of Champlin, Minnesota, after graduating college. They attempt to deal with unresolved issues from the past and present that will challenge their lifelong friendships. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Soul-Satisfying Productions: White Russian, written and directed by Sherryle Kiser Jackson
A recently engaged man finds he has more in common with a bartender and a popular mixed drink than he does with his family and friends who attend an impromptu engagement party in his honor in this Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner tale. Who has a right to his head space when his heart has already made its choice? Presentation followed by a talk back with the writer/director and cast. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Tonic Theater Company: Lake Effect by Richard Brockman, directed by Kelsey D. Phelps
Mary Shelley, Percy Bysshe Shelley, Lord Byron, John Polidori, and Claire Clairmont lead lives filled with drama and tragedy worthy of a great novel. In Lake Effect, over a particularly stormy weekend in June 1816, during their stay at the Villa Diodati on Lake Geneva, we see what led to Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and Polidori’s The Vampyre. Drama. Adults Only. Explict language/themes.

University of Maryland—School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Luna by Hana Huie, directed by Jasmine Mitchell;  I’ve Been a Woman by Jordan Ealey, directed by Leticia Ridley
Luna by Hana Huie: What happens when the barriers holding you back from your dreams are also the people closest to you? Luna explores how we construct identity in the midst of obstacles and expectations—in the form of a Chinese-American family. We follow the journey of a recently deceased young woman who tries to use her new perspective on life to make sense of familial expectations and pain, culminating in the frenzy of the Chinese Moon Festival. Drama. Recommended for general audiences.
                       
I’ve Been A Woman by Jordan Ealey: I’ve Been a Woman features two souls that are reincarnated in black women’s bodies during feminist movements of the past, present, and future. As these souls connect with one another across three distinct time periods, they struggle to reconcile the realities of race, gender, and sexuality within societies that seek to deny their humanity. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Unexpected Stage Company: Tell Me Something Good, written and directed by Audrey Cefaly           
A new collection of ache stories written and directed by D.C. playwright Audrey Cefaly (The Gulf, Maytag Virgin, Love is a Blue Tick Hound). Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Unknown Penguin: Miranda: After the Storm, or: What Happens to Savage Little Whores by Amanda Zeitler, directed by Patrick Flynn            
This feminist epilogue to Shakespeare’s The Tempest explores what Miranda’s life at court in Naples is like after being raised on a magical, deserted island. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Venus Theatre: Living and Dying with Tricia McCauley, directed by Deborah Randall
After a year and a half of PTSD recovery, Deb has begun to tell this story. Deciding not to allow the tragic loss of Tricia on December 25, 2016 to overshadow the brilliance of her spirit and vibrant life, Deb takes the stage. Tricia helped Deb develop several solo works over the 23 years of their friendship, Deb creates this one for her as an artistic monument to their joined laughter. Solo/Tribute piece. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Wheel Theatre Company: The City in the City in the City by Matthew Capodicasa, directed by Jack Read              
Tess’s mother dies just before they are supposed to leave for the ancient city-state of Mastavia to retrieve a package left for them by Tess’s estranged father. Unwilling to give up the mission, Tess posts an ad online for a traveling companion with her mother’s exact name, and meets a new Laura, a mysterious woman eager to escape her life. This unlikely duo sets off on a journey to this strange city of doubles, mystifying bureaucracy, ancient graves, and a hidden world neither of them expected to encounter. Drama, Comedy, Adventure. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Wit’s End Puppets: Malevolent Creatures: Where the Water Goes by Nina Budabin McQuown, directed by Cecilia Cackley              
When engineers arrive to drain the wetlands, a community living there turns to a local water spirit for help fighting back. While humans tell conflicting stories about who owns the land and water, the ecosystem itself has a long memory. This piece is one of three stories from Malevolent Creatures, a full-length play that retells traditional British folk tales through a modern lens. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

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