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Prelude 2007

Page-to-Stage Festival

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Saturday-Monday, Sep. 1-3 from 2-10 p.m. each day
Venues all around the Kennedy Center
FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.

During this three-day event, the Kennedy Center welcomes more than 40 theaters from the D.C. metropolitan area with the goal of producing and supporting the success of new plays and musicals. 

Featuring free readings, open rehearsals, and panel discussions, the festival lets you catch a glimpse of upcoming Washington premieres in the 2007–2008 theater season. This year will include new works by Keith Bridges, Kara Corthron, Allyson Currin, Ken Ludwig, Callie Kimball, S.M. Shephard-Massat, Shawn Northrip, and many more. 

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
General admission seating opens approximatly 30 minutes prior to each event.

Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
No free parking for free events.


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PARTICIPATING THEATERS
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Active Cultures
Adventure Theatre in cooperation with the National Park Service
African Continuum Theatre Company
The Arts Club of Washington
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
Bowie State University & AccokeekCreek Theatre Co.
Catalyst Theater Company
Catholic University of America (MFA Playwrights)
Catholic University Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
Charter Theatre
Constellation Theatre Company
Didactic Theatre Company
Doorway Arts Ensemble
Forum Theatre & Dance
Ganymede Arts
The Georgetown Theatre Company
Georgetown University Program in Performing Arts
The Inkwell
Journeymen Theater Ensemble
J.T. Burian Theatricals
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
Mobtown Theatre
The Playwrights Forum
The Playwright's Group of Baltimore
The Playwrights Gymnasium
Prisons Foundation
Rorschach Theatre Company
Scena Theatre
The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Education Department)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Kennedy Center
Signature Theatre
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Cultures in Motion
Songwriters' Association of Washington
Synetic Theater
Taffety Punk Theatre Company
Theater Alliance
Theatre J
Theater of the First Amendment
Venus Theatre
Washington Improv Theater (WIT)
Washington Shakespeare Company
Washington Stage Guild
Women's Work Writers Group
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTIONS
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See the performance schedule further below for the date, time, and location for each event.
Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
 
Active Cultures
THE WHITE HYACINTH LETTER
By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Mary Resing
Watch the heroic, infuriating, and complicated story of Rachel Carson, Rosalind Franklin, and Roger Young-three women who loved science and changed the world. 
 
Adventure Theatre in cooperation with the National Park Service
CLARA BARTON: THE COURAGE WITHIN
By Kevin Krug
Directed by Laurie T. Freed
Featuring Devin Shadid, John Tweel, and Wendy Nogales as Clara Barton  
Commissioned for Woman's History Month, this one-act, 45-minute interactive play dramatizes the pivotal moments in the life of American Red Cross founder and local hero, Clara Barton.
 
African Continuum Theatre Company
FRESH FLAVAS
Enjoy excerpts from three new plays in development by playwrights Kara Corthron, Malcolm Pelles, and Sherry Shephard Massat.
 
The Arts Club of Washington
HARD COVER, SOFT CORE
By Denis Lipman
Directed by Patrick Torres
This lively romp is about an author who has writer's block until her characters literally come alive.
 
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival presents excerpts from the top plays from their summer festival. 
 
Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ZIDNEY
By Shawn Northrip
Music by Mike Pettry
This musical adaptation of the fable The Scorpion and Frog is set in the fictitious Zidney Corporation. Ike Mizner attempts to simultaneously deal with his need for Jacob Fishberger to advance the company and his own scorpion-like nature.

Bowie State University & AccokeekCreek Theatre Co.
SHORTSTACK V3
ACTC presents new plays that experiment with structure and language and address race, class, and power in America. Seven short plays have been written by Glenn Alan, Joe Dennison, Christine Hirrel, Patricia Montley, John Muller, Gwydion Suilebhan, and Rosemary Frisino Toohey.

Catalyst Theater Company
THE TRIAL
By Franz Kafka, adapted by Christopher Gallu
Directed by Christopher Gallu
A new adaptation of Kafka's mesmerizing masterpiece, The Trial is the story of Joseph K., a man arrested and put on trial before a mysterious court that never names his alleged crime.
 
Catholic University of America (MFA Playwrights)
Enjoy four short plays by MFA playwrights directed by MFA directors: YELLOW LENTILS by Emily Solomon; DEFORESTATION AND ITS EFFECTS ON WOOD NYMPHS by Stephen Lewis, directed by Matt Ripa; BORN NORMAL by Stephen Spotswood, directed by Carrie Klewin; and CHANGING COLORS by Meg Schadle, directed by Ryan Whinnem.
 
Catholic University Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
THE EDEN DIARIES
Based on the writings of Mark Twain
Music composed by Kyle Gullings
Based on two short stories by Mark Twain, The Eden Diaries presents a "relationship comedy" take on Adam and Eve in Eden, as they explore, quarrel, and eventually choose between a perfect existence and their love for each other.
 
Charter Theatre
FORGIVE US
By Keith Bridges
Directed by Richard Washer
Featuring Allyson Currin, Ray Ficca, and Michael Skinner
Charter Theatre presents a bitter comedy about facing your fears.
 
Constellation Theatre Company
THE TRAGEDY OF MARY LOU SKATONDA
By Callie Kimball
Constellation presents a play about the average white American brown-haired girl. There's a reason they all look the same.
 
Didactic Theatre Company
WHISPER RINGS
By Allyson Currin
On the one-year anniversary of his wife's suicide, Yuri is still haunted by the whispers of ghosts from the past. Can his friends help unearth a buried secret?
 
Doorway Arts Ensemble
ANIMA
By Christiaan Greer
Directed Patrick Torres
Featuring Marissa Molnar, Parker Dixon, and Andres Talero
Three young people at a crossroads confront the danger of distorted compassion. A woman's quest to disentangle herself from the men who have wrapped themselves around her spills blood, guilt, and sex onto the stage.
 
Forum Theatre & Dance

THE COLLAGE PROJECT
Compiled and arranged by Forum
Forum presents a theatrical collage from texts by Charles Mee, Sophocles, the Internet, David Beckham, Bohumil Hrabal, Jean Anouilh, Richard Nixon, Shakespeare, This American Life, Heiner Muller, the classifieds, and whatever else they can get their hands on.
 
Ganymede Arts
APHRODITE AND HER SON
By Luis M. Correa-Power
Directed by John C. Bailey
Inspired by a true event, this play focuses on the relationship between a mother and her transgendered daughter who died in a car accident because paramedics failed to act fast enough after they discovered her male genitalia. 
 
The Georgetown Theatre Company

YOUNG TURG
By John Morogiello
Directed by Catherine Aselford
A play that bites the hand that feeds us! A literary intern struggles to attain a full-time job at a major regional theater in New England without becoming jaded about the submission process. 
 
Georgetown University Program in Performing Arts
GLORY
By Miguel García
Glory tells the story of eight Latinos who attend the predominately white Glory University. Within the dreams of pizza boxes, endless weekend parties, and a prestigious education exist monsters ready to tear them apart. 
 
The Inkwell
Stay for a day of playwriting collaborations: O.K. by Anne McCaw, THE F-WORD by Melissa Blackall, UNDERGROUND by James McManus, and scenes from GRAVE'S RULE by James Hesla.
 
Journeymen Theater Ensemble
ASHES & VALENTINES
By Michael Harris
Directed by David Binet
Nathan has been hounded for months by the ghost of a German woman. On this day, he seeks violent atonement in the midst of the people he loves.
 
J.T. Burian Theatricals
ENGAGING SHAW
By John Morogiello
Directed by Langdon Brown
Morogiello presents a full-length romantic comedy about the courtship of Bernard Shaw and Charlotte Payne-Townshend. He considered himself the Superman; she allowed him to believe it.
 
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
CUANTOS CUENTOS
By Marco Ramirez
Featuring Melissa Flaim, Paige Hernandez, Michael Russotto, Jenna Sokolowski, and Alexander Strain
Ramirez presents Latin American folk tales from then, now and, like, whenever, including B Minor, Sirena, Lupe and the "F" Train Monster, Carbón, and Chester, Who Painted the World Purple. For ages 7 and up.
 
DIS'D
Written and performed by Gregg Mozgala
In his performance commissioned in association with VSA arts, Gregg Mozgala speaks out. "I feel Dis'd. ... Disrespected, Disillusioned, Disgusted, Dislocated, Disassociated, Disfigured, Clearly, Frankly, and Unabashedly DIS'd." For ages 14 and up.
 
Mobtown Theatre

A GIRL CALLED ALICE
By Kimberley Lynne
Directed by Carrie Klewin
Lewis Carroll's nearly-schizophrenic, parallel-universe fairy tale evolved into a compelling archetype that still captivates our culture. A Girl Called Alice is a fresh exploration of Alice in Wonderland's themes of self-discovery and determination.  

The Playwrights Forum
PADDY'S POT
By Tom Stephens
Old Ireland meets the new Ireland, head-on, determined to preserve the old traditions. At once hilarious and touching.  Paddy's Pot may only be about three old Irish women, but they fill the stage with a world not quite ready to disappear. 

The Playwright's Group of Baltimore
WHISTLING NAKED LIGHTBULB
This collection of short plays showcasing the wide range of talent within Maryland's playwriting community is unified by the presence of a naked light bulb and a whistle somewhere in the play. 
 
The Playwrights Gymnasium
TRIPLE PLAY
Featuring Rose McConnell, Jane MacFarlane, Meg Johannessen, Joe Peck, Lynn Steinmetz, and Jason Stiles. Directed by Dawn Naser, Stacey Fearheiley, and Colin Hovde.
Enjoy three one-acts from this D.C.-area playwrights' workshop. In THE B WORD by D.W. Gregory, a timid copy editor recovers from road rage. In UNTITLED NO. 57 by Eric C. Peterson, the world's greatest living female artist takes on a protege. In AND DARKNESS COVERED THE FACE OF THE EARTH by Mary Watters, a young man's induction into the Ku Klux Klan goes horribly awry.
Contains strong language

Prisons Foundation
FROM PRISON TO THE STAGE
Featuring Inner Voices, Horton Dance! Inc., Lamont Carey, 1 Wise African, Ringo Fernandez, Malinda Dix-Hunt, Emilio Perez, Elisa Fernandez-Arias, Lidia Perez, Harry Coleman, Joe Shade, Michael Yugo, Anthony Newlon, Linda Greene, and Dennis Sobin
Prisons Foundation presents prison songs and dramatic sketches performed by ex-prisoners and other talented singers and actors.
 
Rorschach Theatre Company
THE DREAM SAILORS: EPISODE 1
By Randy Baker
Four friends, drawn together by their uniquely powerful ability to dream lucidly, discover a dead man in their basement and suspect that one of them is the killer. To solve the mystery they must each return to the dark landscape of their dreams.
 
Scena Theatre
THE BLUE ANGEL
By Robert McNamara
Directed by Gabriele Jakobi
Musical Director/Composer Steve Jones
Featuring Sienna Joy Poulard, Bill Largess, Brian Hemminmgsen, Allan Jirikowic, Tom Fenton, Rashard Harrison, Joseph Lewis, Micha Kemp, Valeka Jessica Nichols, and Kryztov Lindquist
Lola Loa is a cabaret singer in the notorious Blue Angel bar. Students at the local high school come to hear her sing, as does their domineering teacher, Professor Rath, who is led to his destruction as he falls in love with her. 
 
The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Education Department)
THE DEVIL'S SWEET WATER 
By Jacqueline E. Lawton Directed by Danielle A. Drakes
Featuring Paige Hernandez, Rachel Miller, Adrienne Nelson, Andrew Price, Francisco Reinoso, and Clay Steakley
A deal with the Devil! Bullfighting! Belly dancing! Early '90s love ballads! Sex during an Air Raid! The Devil's Sweet Water is a provocative and poetic story about love, friendship, and patriotism in the U.S. and Lebanon post-9/11.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Kennedy Center
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
By Ken Ludwig
Directed by David Muse
Cast includes Caroline Bootle, Chris Crawford, Blake DeLong, MaryBeth Fritsky, Austin Herzing, Christopher Innvar, Scott Jaeck, Michael Kramer, Andrew Long, Cameron McNary, Brandon Miller, Kaytie Morris, Connan Morrissey, Martin Rayner, Jenna Sokolowski, Erik Steele, Mark Sullivan, Holly Twyford, and Jay Whittaker
Experience the classic tale of a young man named d'Artagnan, his quest to become a musketeer, and his adventures with Athos, Porthos, and Aramis - the inseparable men who coined the phrase "One for all, and all for one."
 
Signature Theatre
Listen to a musical sampling of new works from future productions at Signature.
 
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Cultures in Motion
KING LYNDON LEAR AND HIS YEAR OF CRISIS
By E. Warren Perry Jr.
Directed by Michael Kramer
Featuring Dan Manning as Lyndon B. Johnson
Lyndon B. Johnson discusses the shortcomings of his years in office, and debates the merits of his ambitions in light of the struggle in Vietnam and the protests at home.
 
Songwriters' Association of Washington
FICTITIOUS - THE MUSICAL
By Tom Hyndman
Directed by Patrick Yuran
Music Director/Arranger Mayumi Baker
Hugh Diffindoffer is a young immigrant from the small country of "Nonexzistia" making his way through America. He eventually rises to become the number one "Leader of the Free World." Stay until the end to see this satirical musical comedy's explosive double twist!
 
Synetic Theater
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
By Edgar Allan Poe
Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
Choreography by Irina Tsikurishvili
Synetic Theater yet again dives deep into the dark corners of the human psyche with the psychologically spine-tingling work of Edgar Allan Poe, the father of the modern detective story.
 
Taffety Punk Theatre Company
SUICIDE CHAT ROOM
An open rehearsal
Watch The Taffety Punks launch a movement-based composition with real text from Japanese Suicide Chat Rooms on the Internet. It's an exciting peek into their process, and the various explorations that take place between page and stage.
 
Theater Alliance
BANANA RAT
By Phoebe Rusch
From the award-winning playwright of the Helen Hayes-nominated play 3/4 of a Mass for St. Vivian comes a riveting exploration of the complicated relationship between a prisoner and his captor in present-day Guantanamo Bay. 
 
Theater J
PROPHECY
By Karen Malpede
Hosted by John Vreeke
Featuring Maria Tucci, Larry Pine, George Bartenieff, Jake Robards, and Najla Said
The War in Iraq and the Palestinian-Israeli conflict enter the lives of a New York couple as classroom assignments turn into deeply entangled relationships and theater practitioners get a lesson in real-life politics.
 
Theater of the First Amendment
KINDRED SPIRITS
By Lara Marie Harmon
Directed by Kimberley Cetron
In an urban fantasy set on a crowded Metro platform, the Green Woman, now human, meets the Gray Man, who has never been human. Simply by meeting, they change each other, they bring one another awareness.
 
Venus Theatre
OH, BABY
By Aoise Stratford
Featuring Christy Frye and Jeni Simas
Cindy is pregnant in Anytown, USA. Is she pregnant with a human or an alien? Why does a game show host named Sunny keep jumping out of her TV and into her living room, offering her chances to spin the wheel for genetic testing?
 
Washington Shakespeare Company
HAM-THELLO
By Jeff Goode
Directed by Gaurav Gopalan
Ham-Thello is a new adaptation of Shakespeare's Hamlet and Othello - using lines from the two plays and creatively mixing up characters and plots to create a fresh look at their important themes.
 
SPRING AWAKENING
New translation by Paul Tacaks
Directed by Michael Tolaydo
Spring Awakening is Paul Tacaks's new look at the classic play about youth coming of age, sexual politics, and the dreams and terrors of growing up. 
 
The Washington Stage Guild
THE RETIREMENT YEARS
By E.B. Solomon
Directed by Bill Largess
Watch how today's neuroses affect the choices made by Charles, Marge, Big Sally, and their offspring to preserve their American dreams.  
 
Washington Improv Theater (WIT)
 iMUSICAL: THE IMPROVISED MUSICAL!
Directed by Travis Ploeger
Featuring Mark Chalfant, Liz Demery, Jordan Hirsch, Karen Lange, Natasha Rothwell, Jason Saenz, Letty Tomlinson, and Shawn Westfall
iMusical: The Improvised Musical! joins the unpredictable playfulness of comedic improvisation with the wondrous joys of musical theater.
 
Women's Work Writers Group
DIRTY QUESTIONS
By Nicole J. Burton
When an official at the Department of Energy blows the whistle on the cover-up of nuclear weapons waste, she ignites a chain reaction of recrimination, revelation, and revenge.
 
TOM TO TENN
Book and lyrics by Shelley Herman Gillon, and Harriet McFaul Pilger
Music by Paul D. Leavitt
Featuring Donna Migliaccio, Sherri Edelen, Andy Brownstein, Harry Winter and Dana Krueger
Watch scenes and songs from Thomas Lanier Williams's musical biography, read and performed to explain the genius/iconoclast/gay icon/accidental addict who became Tennessee Williams, one of the most influential American playwrights of the 20th century.
 
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
NOW WHAT?
Written and performed by Josh Lefkowitz
Boy gets job. Boy hates job. Boy writes one-man show about hating job. One-man show becomes a huge success, leaving Boy in a panic to figure out what comes next. Josh Lefkowitz returns to juggle politics, poetry, and love as he attempts to answer the question "What are you working on NOW?"
 
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PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
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Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
General admission seating opens approximatly 30 minutes prior to each event.

Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.

FF - These events are Family Friendly, all other events may contain mature content.

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SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
 
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
CLARA BARTON: THE COURAGE WITHIN
(FF)
Adventure Theatre in cooperation with the National Park Service
2 p.m.
 
WHISPER RINGS
Didactic Theatre Company
7:30 p.m.
 
SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
YOUNG TURG
The Georgetown Theatre Company
2 p.m.
 
FROM PRISON TO THE STAGE
Prisons Foundation
7 p.m.
 
NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
WHISTLING NAKED LIGHTBULB
The Playwright's Group of Baltimore
2 p.m. 
 
TOP PLAYS FROM SUMMER FESTIVAL
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
7 p.m.
 
TERRACE  THEATER
TOM TO TENN
Women's Work Writers Group
2 p.m. 
 
DIRTY QUESTIONS
Women's Work Writers Group
4 p.m.
 
HAM-THELLO
Washington Shakespeare Company
8 p.m.
 
TERRACE GALLERY
SPRING AWAKENING
Washington Shakespeare Company
4 p.m.
 
PADDY'S POT
The Playwrights Forum
7:30 p.m.
 
FAMILY THEATER
THE WHITE HYACINTH LETTER
Active Cultures
2 p.m.
 
NOW WHAT?
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
6 p.m.
 
ASHES & VALENTINES
Journeymen Theater Ensemble
7:30 p.m.
 
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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
 
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
FICTITIOUS - THE MUSICAL
Songwriters' Association of Washington
6 p.m.
 
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
THE FALL OF THE HOUSE OF USHER
Synetic Theater
2 p.m.
 
GLORY
Georgetown University Program in Performing Arts
7:30 p.m.
 
SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
HARD COVER, SOFT CORE
The Arts Club of Washington
2 p.m.
 
THE DEVIL'S SWEET WATER
The Shakespeare Theatre Company (Education Department)
7 p.m.
 
NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
SHORTSTACK V3
Bowie State University & AccokeekCreek Theatre Co.
2 p.m.
 
TRIPLE PLAY
The Playwrights Gymnasium
7 p.m.
 
TERRACE THEATER
VARIOUS WORKS
Catholic University of America (MFA Playwrights)
2 p.m.
 
THE WONDERFUL WORLD OF ZIDNEY
Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
8 p.m.
 
TERRACE GALLERY
FORGIVE US
Charter Theatre
2 p.m.
 
THE BLUE ANGEL
Scena Theatre
5 p.m.
 
THE RETIREMENT YEARS
Washington Stage Guild
8 p.m.
 
FAMILY THEATER
THE DREAM SAILORS: EPISODE 1
Rorschach Theatre Company
5:30 p.m.
 
APHRODITE AND HER SON
Ganymede Arts
8 p.m.

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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 3
 
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
MUSIC SAMPLING
(FF)
Signature Theatre
6 p.m.
 
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
THE EDEN DIARIES
Catholic University Benjamin T. Rome School of Music
7:30 p.m.
 
SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER
A GIRL CALLED ALICE
Mobtown Theatre
3 p.m.
 
OH, BABY
Venus Theatre
7 p.m.
 
NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
ANIMA
Doorway Arts Ensemble
2 p.m.
 
THE COLLAGE PROJECT
Forum Theatre & Dance
5 p.m.
 
KING LYNDON LEAR AND HIS YEAR OF CRISIS
The Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery, Cultures in Motion
8 p.m.
 
THEATER LAB
KINDRED SPIRITS
Theater of the First Amendment
2 p.m.
 
THE TRAGEDY OF MARY LOU SKATONDA
Constellation Theatre Company
5 p.m.
 
SUICIDE CHAT ROOM
Taffety Punk Theatre Company
7:30 p.m.
 
iMUSICAL
Washington Improv Theater (WIT)
8:30 p.m.
 
TERRACE THEATER
THE THREE MUSKETEERS
(FF)
The Shakespeare Theatre Company in association with the Kennedy Center
2 p.m.
 
ENGAGING SHAW
J.T. Burian Theatricals
7 p.m.
 
TERRACE GALLERY

PROPHECY
Theater J
3 p.m.
 
BANANA RAT
Theater Alliance
7 p.m.
 
FAMILY THEATER
THE TRIAL
Catalyst Theater Company
2 p.m.
 
CUANTOS CUENTOS & DIS'D
(FF)
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
5 p.m.
 
FRESH FLAVAS
African Continuum Theatre Company
8 p.m.
 
REHEARSAL ROOM 1
UNDERGROUND
THE F-WORD
GRAVE'S RULE
O.K.
The Inkwell
2 p.m.