The Kennedy Center

Women's Voices Theater Festival
Washington, D.C.
Kennedy Center productions & presentations


Full Production

Darius & Twig
October 30 – November 8, 2015 | Kennedy Center Family Theater

Based on Darius & Twig by Walter Dean Myers, this Kennedy Center world premiere commission is adapted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings and directed by Eleanor Holdridge. Darius and Twig have been best friends since they were nine. Now 16, the two dream of finding a world beyond the confines of their daily lives on 145th Street in Harlem. Certainly, their talents are on their side: Darius is a highly intelligent writer and Twig is a gifted runner. But are the two free to use their gifts? A suspenseful, street-smart novel by acclaimed novelist Walter Dean Myers, Darius & Twig depicts a viscerally real setting in which young men must struggle to overcome obstacles by finding the best within themselves. For ages 13 and up.

The cast features Manu Kumasi, Latia Stokes, Justin Weaks and Christopher Wilson.

Most enjoyed by age 13 and up.

Readings

Roe
September 28, 2015 at 8 p.m. | Kennedy Center Theater Lab
In association with Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions Project

This is a FREE event.
Bill Rauch directs a concert reading of playwright Lisa Loomer's Roe, presented in association with Oregon Shakespeare Festival's American Revolutions Project, which is commissioning up to 37 new plays inspired by major moments of change in American History. The play looks at the 1973 Roe v. Wade case, and tells a riveting story of the compelling and fascinating individuals behind that legislative battle with humor, compassion and revelations that will surprise—even those who think they know the history. The cast features Sarah Agnew, Tonya Beckman, Sarah Bruner, Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Rick Foucheux, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Glenn, Thomas Keegan and MaryBeth Wise.

NOTE: This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting approximately 30 minutes before curtain, up to 2 tickets per person.

Good Kids
October 12, 2015 at 8 p.m. | Kennedy Center Theater Lab

This is a FREE event.
A concert reading of Naomi Iizuka's Good Kids, the inaugural commission of the Big Ten Theatre Consortium’s Women Playwrights Commissioning Project. The concert reading is directed by Scot Reese and is presented in association with the University of Maryland celebrating the Big Ten’s important initiative. For the next ten years, one female playwright will write a large-scale, resonant piece of theater for university students across the country. After a high school party, Chloe is raped by a group of football players, and eventually the whole school finds out about it through social media. What leads a group of "good kids" to collectively assault a peer or not intervene when they see it happening? Hosted by Leigh Wilson Smiley, Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland. Hosted by Leigh Wilson Smiley, Director of the School of Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies at the University of Maryland.

The cast features Joseph Carlson, Felicia Curry, Antonella Perez Ferrero, Kimberly Gilbert, Paige Hernandez, Thomas Keegan, Manu Kumasi, Christopher Lane, and Jon Hudson Odom.

NOTE: This program contains mature themes and strong language. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the States Gallery starting approximately 30 minutes before curtain, up to 2 tickets per person.

Millennium Stage

Eleven Reflections on September
September 15, 2015 at 6pm | Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

Playwright: Andrea Assaf

A FREE performance. Part of Millennium Stage. Eleven Reflections on September is a poetry-based multimedia performance on Arab American experience, Wars on/of Terror, and "the constant, quiet rain of death amidst beauty" that each autumn brings in a post-9/11 world. Written and directed by Andrea Assaf, featuring live music with an international ensemble of women artists, Eleven Reflections offers an embodied manifesto on the devastation and empowerment of women in the face of war.

SEPIA SCULPTRESS: The Life and Times of Edmonia Lewis
September 19, 2015 at 6pm | Millennium Stage

A FREE performance. Part of Millennium Stage. Written and performed by Caroline Clay, this performance is a look at the life of the 19th century sculptress. A rich celebration of artistic agency and freedom, emancipation, and the joys and challenges of creative genius. Her talents emerging in the days following the Civil War while a student at Oberlin College, Edmonia Lewis was an African American and Native American sculptor who worked for most of her career in Rome. Her work is known for incorporating themes relating to black and American Indian people into Neoclassical style sculpture.

The Kennedy Center

Panel Discussion: (All) Women's Voices: A Conversation About Intentionality and Inclusion
September 21, 2015 at 6pm | Kennedy Center Theater Lab

A FREE panel discussion with performance elements. Part of Millennium Stage. With an introduction by Kennedy Center President Deborah F. Rutter, the panel will be moderated by Jennifer Nelson. Panelists include: Michelle Banks, Thembi Duncan, Paige Hernandez, Colin Hovde, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, and Anu Yadav.

When you hear the word "woman", who first comes to mind? What does she look like? What does her family look like? Where is she from? Where does she live? Who does she love? What's important to her? What worries her? How often do you hear her story? Has she ever been asked to tell it? We invite the community to join theater professionals in a dialogue about making space for women's intersectional identities both onstage and behind the scenes.

Women of Welders 2.0
September 28, 2015 at 6pm | Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

A FREE performance. Part of Millennium Stage. Playwrights: Annalisa Dias, Rachel Hynes, Ronee Penoi, Alexandra Petri, Hannah Hessel Ratner Showcase of work by the women of the 2nd generation of DCs own Playwrights' Collective, the Welders.

We speak their names...a tribute to Warrior Women! By FRESHH Inc.
September 30, 2015 at 6pm | Kennedy Center Millennium Stage

A FREE performance. Part of Millennium Stage. The Hip-Hop Theatre ensemble of young women in FRESHH Inc pay tribute to warrior women artists, Nina Simone, Pearl Cleage, and MC Lyte in this high energy performance of music, dance, and Hip-Hop Theatre. Young women from ages 13-20 years old cover classics such as Four Women, Flyin West, and Cha Cha Cha as well as perform original works inspired by the theme of Warrior Women. Playwright, poet, performer, and educator Goldie Patrick is the founder and executive director of F.R.E.S.H.H. Inc, Females Representing Every Side of Hip-Hop.