12th Annual Page-to-Stage


Aug. 31 - Sep. 2, 2013
Throughout the Center
Running Time: Throughout the Day
Tickets On Sale:


The 12th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival 2013

Saturday, August 31, 12–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, September 2, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

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

The Kennedy Center hosts its12th annual Page-to-Stage festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.

Don't miss your chance for a first look at outstanding works for upcoming 2013-2014 season premieres!
Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
General admission seating opens approximately 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 INCLUDE:
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1st Stage Theater
ABG Playwrights
African Continuum Theatre Company
African-American Collective Theater
American Ensemble Theater
Arts on the Horizon
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
Bowie State University Theatre Department
Catholic University
City Theatre Group
Crash of Rhinos
dog & pony dc
EMP Collective
The Essential Theatre
Faction of Fools
Federal Theatre Project
Field Trip Theatre
First Draft
Flying V
force/collision
Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
Guillotine Theater
Howard University

The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
The Inkwell
Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
MetroStage
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Pinky Swear Productions
Playwrights Forum in association with LCTM Enterprises
Playwrights Group of Baltimore
The Playwrights' Gymnasium
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre
Seventh Street Playhouse
Strand Theater Company
Synetic Theater
Theater Alliance
Theater J
Timeless Visual Works, LLC
VSA

Washington Improv Theater
The Washington Rogues
The Welders


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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULE
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Please note that the scheduleis broken down by day, followed by show timesat each venue that dayin chronological order.

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, AUGUST 31
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NORTH PLAZA

2–5 p.m. Faction of Fools (Open Rehearsal 2–4, Performance 4–5)

The Three Musketeers [FF]
DC's commedia dell'arte theatre company presents a unique version of this audience favorite outside.

MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

2–5 p.m. Catholic University of America
Circulation (2–2:10)
by Robert Montenegro
Library employee Chase experienced a true and rare moment of Zen while in the restroom but now finds himself unable to share his secret with an eager co-worker. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Soldier W (2:10–2:50)
by Kathleen Cole Burke
A soldier shows up on his best friend's doorstep, home from the Iraq war, and totally unable to speak to her.
Why You Shouldn't Have Sex in a Car (2:50–3) By Amanda Zeitler
Max and Cee Cee's relationship hits a speed bump when a bungled backseat tryst lands them behind bars. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Prufrock (3–3:40)
adapted by Teri Gilmor
based on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Shrewd housemaid Marta adores the agoraphobic pianist James Prufrock, but it's hopeless – not only is James her employer, he's desperately in love with the beautiful and haughty Elizabeth. On the eve of Elizabeth's wedding, James sets out to stage the perfect evening in her honor – music, conversation, tea and cakes and ices. Will Marta and James find the courage to confess their feelings before it's too late?
Life Intercepted (3:40–4:10)
by Robert Montenegro
A high school football player wakes up in heaven only to find that it's not operated as quite the tight ship he had anticipated.
Bite Me (4:10–5)
by Amanda Zeitler
An absurdist 10-minute play in which a shark attempts to sign up for swimming lessons at his local community pool, but is denied access by the desk attendant. Recommended for age 13 and up.

8–10 p.m. MetroStage
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Book by Lee Summers
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Maurice Hines
Featuring Freda Payne
Hosted by Maurice Hines
Ella along with her cousin/traveling companion, Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell her on and offstage stories. This production explores Ella's start as a homeless street dancer, winning an amateur night at the Apollo Theatre at age 15 which launched her on to the national stage, headlining with Chick Webb and his orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom, to performing live at the Cote D'Azur. From scat to bebop, this play will show the fascinating journey of a legendary artist. Musical.

MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH

12–3 p.m. Field Trip Theatre
Our Father
by Danielle Mohlman
Thrown together on Christmas Eve, three displaced siblings are forced to confront addiction, religion, and what it really means to "grow up." Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

6–7 p.m. Arts on the Horizon
The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure [FF]
Meet brother and sister, Andrew and Emma--aka The Young Spectaculars! Energized by their super-powered imaginations, but stuck creating their own adventures near the front porch, they save a cat and a picnic lunch before stumbling upon more than they bargained for. Join the Young Spectaculars for this show intended for the little hero inside all of us. Recommended for children ages 2 to 5.

TERRACE THEATER

2–5 p.m. Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
Polk Street
Written by T. Chase Meacham
Based on Polk Street Storiesby Joey Plaster
Directed by Joseph Megel
Polk Street: an end-of-the-line stop for people who are running from pieces of the past. It is a cradle of rebirth, for some, and a gutter for most. It is a place of sex and drugs – of love, and things that feel like it. It is a nest for runaways, lost children, drag queens, ministers, strippers, hustlers, druggies, artists, gays, and others who dream of freedom and dancing, of new lives with pasts. But, for all its inhabitants, for better or worse – Polk Street is home. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–10:30 p.m. African-American Collective Theater
Aural Sex
by Alan Sharpe
Readings of short plays chronicling the contemporary black, gay experience. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

FAMILY THEATER

12–2 p.m. Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Before Oscar Was Wilde by Steven Levingston
A comic and bittersweet recounting of Oscar Wilde's U.S. Tour as a young style-setter of 28. Featuring Aubrey Deeker, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, and Michael Glenn, directed by Jeremy Skidmore.

4–5:15 p.m. Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and VSA
Mockingbird [FF]
by Julie Jensen from the novel by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin's world has always been black and white. As a girl with Asperger's syndrome, she has always relied on her older brother Devon to help her make sense of the world outside of her favorite textbooks and dictionaries. Suddenly, tragedy strikes and Caitlin is left on her own. But with the help of a new friend, her school advisor, and her father, Caitlin begins to see that maybe what everyone needs is closure. Adapted by Julie Jensen from Kathryn Erskine's National Book Award-winning novel, and directed by Tracy Callahan, Mockingbird is a new theater for young audiences play in development that shows how black and white are complemented by vibrant colors, which are beautiful and necessary for healing.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Compilation of plays by inmates across America that reflect their regrets, hopes, and aspirations. Drama/Music. Recommended for mature audiences.

REHEARSAL ROOM #1

12–2:30 p.m. 1st Stage Theatre
One More Night [FF]
Book, Music and lyrics by Lou Ann K. Behan
Music and lyrics by Gary Fitzgerald
Additional music provided by Gary Cuccurullo
Neither death nor flimsy shoes can stop Queen Caroline, (Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest sister), while her household in the new Kingdom of Naples is in turmoil. Her husband, King Joachim, is consumed with guilt about her death. Their daughters bicker, snipe and think of clever ways to drive him crazy. The King outlaws all dancing and balls, yet the daughters continue mysterious nightly forays, defying him openly and ruining their slipper like shoes. His scorned former lover, now the Queen of Sicily, plots to overthrow him using her son, the foppish, cruel Prince of Agata. A brash, determined young shoemaker hawks newfangled leather shoes… and he looks familiar. In this re-imagining of a beloved Grimm Brothers' tale, there is an urgent need to set things right. Promises made long ago must be kept, but Queen Caroline has only One More Night. Musical.

3:30–5:30 p.m. Timeless Visual Works
Time Will Tell… Stage 1
Written, directed, and produced by Ollie L. Jefferson
Time Will Tell…Stage 1 introduces the timeless true story of a young woman full of dreams, coming of age and on her way to harsh reality. Travel through time with her as she recounts the decisions made in creating her life. Experience the journey of growing pains as she looked for love in all the wrong places. Based on the memoir to inspire daughters from all walks of life to turn from dead-end roads and step into their divine destiny. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9:30 p.m. American Ensemble Theater
The Law of Return
by Martin Blank
A spy thriller inspired by the mid-1980s Jay Pollard spy case set in Washington, D.C.

REHEARSAL ROOM #2

1–2:45 p.m. Seventh Street Playhouse
Eugenio
by Anthony E. Gallo
This fact-based, two-act drama deals with that tragic period in Italy during the Holocaust when 1,500 Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. It touches on the role of the Church and the Holocaust, and examines forgiveness amidst three conversions. Rome's aloof and scholarly Chief Rabbi Israel Zolli loses faith following the apparent slaughter of his Polish family. He receives asylum in the Vatican, where he comes to appreciate Jesus as God suffering for humanity. The Rabbi rediscovers faith and converts to Roman Catholicism. This is seen as a betrayal of his spiritual duty and a defection to the age-old enemy. Was his conversion one of conviction or merely gratitude? What does he demand at his baptism that eventually removes a major symbol of discrimination? Drama.

4–6 p.m. The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
The Good Devil, In Spite of Himself
by Mario Baldessari & Tyler Herman
Come enjoy the comedic travails of a 17th century commedia troupe besieged by an official decree that forbids them from using dialogue in their plays. The royally imposed restriction sends the comedy troupe on a rollercoaster ride of comic invention as they seek to successfully skirt the dialogue police! Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–9 p.m. Crash of Rhinos
Doubting Thomas
by Mario Baldessari
Tom's been diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. When modern medicine fails him, he's urged to seek out Thomas of God, a mysterious faith healer in Mexico, who is believed to channel the spirit of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The actual spirit of Thomas Aquinas, however, has other plans in store for Tom, his family and friends. Doubting Thomas is a comedy about life, death, and life-or-death situations. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

AFRICAN LOUNGE

12–2 p.m. EMP Collective
Spooky Action at a Distance
by Matthew Buckley Smith
It's 1971, and with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon finds out just how thrilling uncertainty can be. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

4–5:30 p.m. The Playwrights' Gymnasium
Falwell
by Bob Bartlett
It's been over eight years since Harlan Hodgson has left his tiny apartment. But, when his hateful dog, Falwell (an obese black lab), unexpectedly expires and 20-something newlywed interns Stephen and Sarah move next door, the outside world like never before beckons – and Harlan hears it. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Playwrights Group of Baltimore
It Happened in the Harbor
Various 10-minute plays discussing Baltimore harbors. Comedy/Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE

12–2 p.m. dog & pony dc
Toast Incubator Salon
This is your opportunity to experience the development of a new work from the inside out. DC-based devised theater ensemble dog & pony dc is exploring technological innovation, invention, group process, and creativity in their newest participatory work Toast. d&p dc creates work through collaborative inquiry and artistic experimentations. In creating Toast, d&p dc is trying to distill key ingredients for innovation (i.e. discovery-oriented environments, culture of "tinkering," "liquid networks") and apply them in a multi-media, participatory performance that fully and transparently harnesses the audience as a resource integral for the completion of the show in performance. Which is where you come in! d&p dc brings their public devising events, Toast Incubator Salons, to Page-to-Stage. Inspired by TED talks and literary salons, these events pair a scientific discussion-demo with performances of works-in-progress from Toast, and culminate in a full-group devising activity. At this Toast Incubator Salon, participants will take in the first-look at the prologue to Toast (examining the relationship between artistic movements and scientific discoveries over time) and then work in small groups to edit, revise, or completely reimagine the script and staging. Participatory Theater.

4–5:30 p.m. The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
In to the Out Side & D.C. al Coda
by John Sowalsky
Samuel Beckett meets the Marx Brothers in this self-deconstructing absurdist comedy. Comedy.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Theater Alliance
Risk and Return
The members of DC Area Playwrights Group on Facebook were issued the following challenge by Theatre Alliance: Write a short piece for the stage on an issue/topic/idea that scares you to write about. It should be relevant to the DC metro area. It should have an element of danger and risk. It should matter, to you and to your audience. This presentation showcases a selection of short works by the playwrights who accepted the challenge.



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SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 1
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MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

6–7 p.m. VSA Playwrights
The nine winners of the 29th Annual Playwright Discovery Performance competition and their winning scripts will be celebrated, and excerpts of a few scripts will be performed as staged readings.



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MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 2
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MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

6–7 p.m. Synetic Theater
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A text-and-movement interpretation of Oscar Wilde's classic. Fearing the ravages of time and realizing the impermanence of youth, Dorian Gray makes a fateful wish--that his almost supernaturally lifelike portrait grow old while he remains forever young and beautiful. Synetic inventiveness and unforgettable visuals will elevate Oscar Wilde's fantastical story to yet another level. Movement/Drama.

MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH

11 a.m.–3 p.m. The Inkwell: Plays in Progress
An afternoon of Inklings and an Inkwell showcase. The afternoon of Inklings will include six 10 minute readings of local playwrights works in development with The Inkwell including plays by Danielle Mohlman, Noelle Vinas, Kitty Felde, Rick Massamo, Jason Wells, and Gina Fierra. The Inkwell Showcase will include two 20 minute readings of plays further along in the Inkwell's development process. These plays include Gwydion Sulieban's The Great Dismal and a new musical by Krista Knight titled Salamander Leviathan. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

7:30–10 p.m. Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
Gründlehämmer
With the aid of the Royal Guard, Lothario has oppressed his citizens, confiscated the powerful instruments that gave voice to their music, and formed an alliance with an immortal cave-dwelling monster, the Gründle. While most Brojans live their lives in fear, an innocent young boy of great talent is coming of age in a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of the Kingdom. His tremendous skills on the guitar bring hope to the tiny farming village and spark the flames of resistance in those that can still remember true Rock. Will this young boy cast off his innocence to claim the Gründlehämmer? Will the Dark King release his iron grip on the lifeblood of Brotopia? Join the Brojans in their struggle to reclaim the power of Rock n' Roll. Rock Opera. Recommended for age 13 and up.

FAMILY THEATER

3–5:30 p.m. African Continuum Theatre Company
Mon Chaton
by Thembi Duncan
Summer, 1926. A country schoolteacher inherits a Harlem boarding house from her worldly, sophisticated aunt and finds herself caught in a whirlwind of enthralling characters and events that teach her more about herself than ever imagined. Mon Chaton is one of the untold stories of lesbians and gays during the period that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–10 p.m. Flying V
The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea
by Zachary Fernebok
Finn, Grayscale, and the rest of the pirates of the Chartreuse are back in a brand new adventure! Trouble has a new synonym on the seas of Ephrata and it's Ray del Mar, King of the Sea. He's abducting pirate laureates in order to become the best poet in the world, and no dictionary or thesaurus can stop him.Oodoo magic, cannibals, and the curse of the dreaded Writer's Block set the stage for this highly anticipated sequel.Comedy/Adventure.

TERRACE GALLERY

1–2 p.m. Bowie State University
A Mile in My Shoes [FF]
by Jennifer L. Nelson
A Mile in My Shoes is a series of linked original playlets that illuminate moments in the lives of families from various backgrounds. An ensemble employs a wide variety of shoes to bring to life humorous and touching stories resonant for children and parents.

2:30–4:30 p.m. First Draft
Hinged
by Sarah Sorkin
In 1570, Queen Elizabeth's ailing court painter, Levina Terling, is under pressure not to let the secrets of her portrait techniques die with her. An up-and-coming rival senses an opportunity and plants his apprentice to find out the secrets. 440 years later, art historian Lorna Buckley strives to rescue Levina Terling from historical obscurity and set the record straight. Can she overcome four centuries of male-dominated opinions or has nothing really changed since 1570? Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Washington Rogues
The Campsite Rule
by Alexandra Petri
Popular sex columnist Dan Savage's campsite rule states that the one guideline for May to December romance is: leave your younger partner better than you found him. With humanity and wit, The Campsite Rule charts the course of 20-something professional Susan and college freshman Lincoln's unlikely relationship. Between their friends' disapproval, Susan's other hookups, and the chaos of life in general, the duo face challenges on the road to romance. Alexandra Petri's sexy new comedy "The Campsite Rule" asks: what is normal and when can you tell you've grown up? Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

TERRACE THEATER

12–1:30 p.m. Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
It's Like That for Everyone
by Shawn Northrip
The songs of the seminal '70s glam punk band The New York Dolls have been transported into the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte's Così fan tutte as set on the Bowery in the early '70s. Two teenage boys enter into a bet to prove their girlfriends' fidelity; each will attempt to seduce the other's girl before the night is out. Recommended for age 13 and up.

4:30–6:45 p.m. The Playwrights Forum in association with LCTM Industries

Welcome to the Land of Bad Choices
by James H. Hanrahan and Harry M. Bagdasian
A school security guard and two soldiers with PTSD carry guns to school on this day. No one set out to be the bad guy, but there's shooting. Two of the men are injured and a child is dead. Welcome to the land of bad choices. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

THEATER LAB

1–2:30 p.m. Federal Theatre Project
The Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson's Sixth Grade Class [FF]
by Kevin Finkelstein
An allegory on America's presidential elections, this reading tells the story of Mrs. Jacobson's sixth grade class. When the class' hamster dies, Mrs. Jacobson decides to hold an election for class president. Six candidates pledge, but only one can win. Comedy.

7:30–10 p.m. Theater J
Our Suburb
by Darrah Cloud
Directed by Tony Award–winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey
An homage to Our Town, this world premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis marched on Skokie. Amidst holiday planning, interfaith teenage relationships, and a growing dark menace--life and love happen. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER

1–2:30 p.m. Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy (1–1:25)
by S. Ann Johnson

Little Miss Mabelle would describe her maternal grandfather as a sweet old man who makes her laugh and spoils her rotten. So the sick stories her family members share about him must be figments of their imagination, right? Wrong. In Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy, the drunken past conflicts with the docile present of a husband, father, and gentle granddaddy. Recommended for age 13 and up.
When The Letter Writers Have All Died (1:25–1:45)
by Tricia Schwaab

Lori comes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to connect with the father she never met and to be alone in the presence of others. She meets Andrew, a college student doing research for a paper. When he tries to strike up a conversation, Lori appears to be uninterested in being friends with him. But Andrew persists and Lori finds herself looking forward to spending time with him. As their friendship develops, Andrew discovers Lori's secret, and he's troubled by what he learns. He's not sure he can bear losing Lori, whom he cares about, so soon after meeting her. Andrew decides to share his own battle with depression in order to save Lori from her inner demons. Interwoven with the stories of others who visit the wall, Lori and Andrew's story is about finding their individual paths to healing. Recommended for age 13 and up.
The Rainbow Plays (1:45–2)
by Rich Espey

The rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride and the gay rights movement was created more than 30 years ago. In its current version, the flag consists of six horizontal stripes, each of which has a symbolic meaning: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunshine), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple (spirit). The first six plays in this collection address one of those themes; while the seventh play incorporates them all into one. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Countdown to the Happy Day (2–2:30)
by Thomas W. Stephens
A two-character drama that depicts the unlikely involvement of Gertie, 30s/40s and a self-inflicted street person; and Cervin, a hulking 15-year-old. From their initial encounter on a nighttime city street, the two are chary of each other and emotionally combustible. Gertie, a troubled Army vet, resists being drawn into the world of Cervin, a seventh-grade dropout. Their relationship, nonetheless, grows ever more overlaid, complex, and inevitable. Recommended for age 13 and up.

3– 6 p.m. Strand Theater Company
House Beautiful
by Liz Maestri
In a decaying town, one lone house still stands. Inside, three generations of a family weather the end of an era. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Welders
Greatest Hits
The Welders, a DC-area playwrights' collective whose mission is to establish an organically evolving, alternative platform for play development and production, will present a reading of the best short works from throughout its members' career. The Welders: Renee Calarco, Allyson Currin, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Bob Bartlett, and Gwydion Suilebhan. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH ATRIUM FOYER

2–4:30 p.m. City Theatre Group
The Great Ascent
by David L. McWellan
An explosion in Hyde Park, in which two people have been killed brings British Intelligence to investigate the action. A social-political thriller that explores prejudice and misunderstanding. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Playwrights' Gymnasium
An Ordinary Afternoon
by Mary Watters
A woman is finally forced to confront a terrible problem that she's turned a blind eye to for years. Her husband's actions trigger series of events and the woman's carefully managed life begins to unravel when strangers intrude on her comfortable world. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

REHEARSAL ROOM #1

1–5 p.m. ABG Playwrights
Time of the Troubles (1–3:30)
by Kitty Felde
Why does brother turn against brother, almost overnight? That's the question that haunts the characters of Time of the Troubles. The play is set at Christmastime, in a poor parish on the outskirts of Dandora, on the eve of the bloody 2007 elections. But it's as much a story about the LA riots and how the violence haunts a pair of cops who were stranded in South Central as the violence erupted. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Bethesda (3:45–5)
by Jennie Berman Eng
Diplomat Barry and his family have recently returned to Washington, D.C., after a mysterious scandal abroad. Wife Joy tries to work her networking magic and reinstate Barry as quickly as possible. She's also pulled strings and secured the kids into prestigious Sidwell Friends School. But Barry is dragging his feet, and seems unwilling to try to get his job back. The kids, too, are suffering both from their parents' fighting, and from the emotional wounds of their recent past in Bolivia, including Kevin's discovery that his father was involved with their maid. When Kevin finds out his sister Hildy is cheating on her boyfriend back in La Paz with an American, he runs away. The family tracks him down to the airport, where he's trying to return to La Paz, and all of the past and its secrets come to head in a violent clash between father and son. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

7:30– 9 p.m. Washington Improv Theater
iMusical: Uncovered
iMusical: Uncovered is an improvised musical that discovers the songs underneath the cover of ordinary life. A single audience suggestion inspires the cast to explore the magic within the human condition, using lyrics, music and scenes created instantly "on the spot." Musical Theater. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

REHEARSAL ROOM #2

3–5 p.m. The Essential Theatre
The Music of Nina Simone
by Robert Neblett and David Grapes
Music arrangements by Vince Dimura
An electric new musical revue celebrating jazz icon Nina Simone. Child prodigy, jazz superstar, civil rights activist, political exile, Nina Simone was all of these things and more. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. Silky, soulful, and a jazz legend, this musical tribute provides a celebrated exploration long overdue. Biography/Musical. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9:30 p.m. force/collision
Separate Rooms
by Joe Calarco
force/collision presents a work-in-progress reading of playwright Joe Calarco's new play Separate Rooms. Sex, death, booze and a mysterious woman in the closet as friends and lovers unite during a wake in a New York City apartment. Cast includes Tracy Olivera, Kimberly Gilbert, Thomas Keegan, Jenna Sokolowski, Evan Casey, and Tim Getman. Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up.

REHEARSAL ROOM #3

3–5:30 p.m. Theater Alliance
Risk and Return, part 2
(See also Sat., Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in North Opera Tier Lounge)

7:30–9:30 p.m. Scena
Saboteur!
Eight German saboteurs ran off the U.S. Coast in 1942 with the intent of launching a terror campaign in New York and Washington, D.C. Three of our American citizens were captured and tried--wherein the right and wrong of all involved hung in the balance. In this action-packed drama, is it justice or mob rule? Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

AFRICAN LOUNGE

2:30–5 p.m. Guillotine Theater
Civilizing Lusby
by John Morogiello
Two businessmen try to make a killing on a railroad venture during the Gilded Age. But when they condemn a Chesapeake waterman's shack to make way for the track, will the waterman opt to make a killing of his own? Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–10:30 p.m. Howard University
The Olive Fig Tree
Huma is a young woman who dressed, and was accepted, as a boy in her Afghanistan village. Now she's in New York enrolled at NYU, where she and three of her fellow freshmen are attempting to start an all-girls group consisting of a Muslim (Huma), a Christian, a Jew, and an atheist. But life in the Big Apple gets complicated when Huma and her Jewish girlfriend fall in love with each other. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE

2:30–4:30 p.m. Pinky Swear Productions
The Last Burlesque
by Stephen Spotswood
Darcy was raised by fire-eaters, contortionists, and clowns. It's only natural she'd fall for a woman who pierces her body with hooks, dangles from the ceiling, and disrobes for an audience. Burlesque, sideshow. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

12th Annual Page-to-Stage


Aug. 31 - Sep. 2, 2013
Grand Foyer
Running Time: Throughout the Day
Tickets On Sale:


The 12th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival 2013

Saturday, August 31, 12–10:30 p.m.
Sunday, September 1, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, September 2, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.

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

The Kennedy Center hosts its12th annual Page-to-Stage festival, featuring more than 40 D.C.-area theater companies. This three-day event offers free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.

Don't miss your chance for a first look at outstanding works for upcoming 2013-2014 season premieres!
Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
General admission seating opens approximately 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 INCLUDE:
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1st Stage Theater
ABG Playwrights
African Continuum Theatre Company
African-American Collective Theater
American Ensemble Theater
Arts on the Horizon
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
Bowie State University Theatre Department
Catholic University
City Theatre Group
Crash of Rhinos
dog & pony dc
EMP Collective
The Essential Theatre
Faction of Fools
Federal Theatre Project
Field Trip Theatre
First Draft
Flying V
force/collision
Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
Guillotine Theater
Howard University

The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
The Inkwell
Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
MetroStage
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
Pinky Swear Productions
Playwrights Forum in association with LCTM Enterprises
Playwrights Group of Baltimore
The Playwrights' Gymnasium
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre
Seventh Street Playhouse
Strand Theater Company
Synetic Theater
Theater Alliance
Theater J
Timeless Visual Works, LLC
VSA

Washington Improv Theater
The Washington Rogues
The Welders


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PERFORMANCE DESCRIPTIONS AND SCHEDULE
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Please note that the scheduleis broken down by day, followed by show timesat each venue that dayin chronological order.

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, AUGUST 31
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NORTH PLAZA

2–5 p.m. Faction of Fools (Open Rehearsal 2–4, Performance 4–5)

The Three Musketeers [FF]
DC's commedia dell'arte theatre company presents a unique version of this audience favorite outside.

MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

2–5 p.m. Catholic University of America
Circulation (2–2:10)
by Robert Montenegro
Library employee Chase experienced a true and rare moment of Zen while in the restroom but now finds himself unable to share his secret with an eager co-worker. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Soldier W (2:10–2:50)
by Kathleen Cole Burke
A soldier shows up on his best friend's doorstep, home from the Iraq war, and totally unable to speak to her.
Why You Shouldn't Have Sex in a Car (2:50–3) By Amanda Zeitler
Max and Cee Cee's relationship hits a speed bump when a bungled backseat tryst lands them behind bars. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Prufrock (3–3:40)
adapted by Teri Gilmor
based on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Shrewd housemaid Marta adores the agoraphobic pianist James Prufrock, but it's hopeless – not only is James her employer, he's desperately in love with the beautiful and haughty Elizabeth. On the eve of Elizabeth's wedding, James sets out to stage the perfect evening in her honor – music, conversation, tea and cakes and ices. Will Marta and James find the courage to confess their feelings before it's too late?
Life Intercepted (3:40–4:10)
by Robert Montenegro
A high school football player wakes up in heaven only to find that it's not operated as quite the tight ship he had anticipated.
Bite Me (4:10–5)
by Amanda Zeitler
An absurdist 10-minute play in which a shark attempts to sign up for swimming lessons at his local community pool, but is denied access by the desk attendant. Recommended for age 13 and up.

8–10 p.m. MetroStage
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song

Book by Lee Summers
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Maurice Hines
Featuring Freda Payne
Hosted by Maurice Hines
Ella along with her cousin/traveling companion, Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell her on and offstage stories. This production explores Ella's start as a homeless street dancer, winning an amateur night at the Apollo Theatre at age 15 which launched her on to the national stage, headlining with Chick Webb and his orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom, to performing live at the Cote D'Azur. From scat to bebop, this play will show the fascinating journey of a legendary artist. Musical.

MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH

12–3 p.m. Field Trip Theatre
Our Father
by Danielle Mohlman
Thrown together on Christmas Eve, three displaced siblings are forced to confront addiction, religion, and what it really means to "grow up." Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

6–7 p.m. Arts on the Horizon
The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure [FF]
Meet brother and sister, Andrew and Emma--aka The Young Spectaculars! Energized by their super-powered imaginations, but stuck creating their own adventures near the front porch, they save a cat and a picnic lunch before stumbling upon more than they bargained for. Join the Young Spectaculars for this show intended for the little hero inside all of us. Recommended for children ages 2 to 5.

TERRACE THEATER

2–5 p.m. Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
Polk Street
Written by T. Chase Meacham
Based on Polk Street Storiesby Joey Plaster
Directed by Joseph Megel
Polk Street: an end-of-the-line stop for people who are running from pieces of the past. It is a cradle of rebirth, for some, and a gutter for most. It is a place of sex and drugs – of love, and things that feel like it. It is a nest for runaways, lost children, drag queens, ministers, strippers, hustlers, druggies, artists, gays, and others who dream of freedom and dancing, of new lives with pasts. But, for all its inhabitants, for better or worse – Polk Street is home. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–10:30 p.m. African-American Collective Theater
Aural Sex
by Alan Sharpe
Readings of short plays chronicling the contemporary black, gay experience. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

FAMILY THEATER

12–2 p.m. Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Before Oscar Was Wilde by Steven Levingston
A comic and bittersweet recounting of Oscar Wilde's U.S. Tour as a young style-setter of 28. Featuring Aubrey Deeker, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, and Michael Glenn, directed by Jeremy Skidmore.

4–5:15 p.m. Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and VSA
Mockingbird [FF]
by Julie Jensen from the novel by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin's world has always been black and white. As a girl with Asperger's syndrome, she has always relied on her older brother Devon to help her make sense of the world outside of her favorite textbooks and dictionaries. Suddenly, tragedy strikes and Caitlin is left on her own. But with the help of a new friend, her school advisor, and her father, Caitlin begins to see that maybe what everyone needs is closure. Adapted by Julie Jensen from Kathryn Erskine's National Book Award-winning novel, and directed by Tracy Callahan, Mockingbird is a new theater for young audiences play in development that shows how black and white are complemented by vibrant colors, which are beautiful and necessary for healing.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Compilation of plays by inmates across America that reflect their regrets, hopes, and aspirations. Drama/Music. Recommended for mature audiences.

REHEARSAL ROOM #1

12–2:30 p.m. 1st Stage Theatre
One More Night [FF]
Book, Music and lyrics by Lou Ann K. Behan
Music and lyrics by Gary Fitzgerald
Additional music provided by Gary Cuccurullo
Neither death nor flimsy shoes can stop Queen Caroline, (Napoleon Bonaparte's youngest sister), while her household in the new Kingdom of Naples is in turmoil. Her husband, King Joachim, is consumed with guilt about her death. Their daughters bicker, snipe and think of clever ways to drive him crazy. The King outlaws all dancing and balls, yet the daughters continue mysterious nightly forays, defying him openly and ruining their slipper like shoes. His scorned former lover, now the Queen of Sicily, plots to overthrow him using her son, the foppish, cruel Prince of Agata. A brash, determined young shoemaker hawks newfangled leather shoes… and he looks familiar. In this re-imagining of a beloved Grimm Brothers' tale, there is an urgent need to set things right. Promises made long ago must be kept, but Queen Caroline has only One More Night. Musical.

3:30–5:30 p.m. Timeless Visual Works
Time Will Tell… Stage 1
Written, directed, and produced by Ollie L. Jefferson
Time Will Tell…Stage 1 introduces the timeless true story of a young woman full of dreams, coming of age and on her way to harsh reality. Travel through time with her as she recounts the decisions made in creating her life. Experience the journey of growing pains as she looked for love in all the wrong places. Based on the memoir to inspire daughters from all walks of life to turn from dead-end roads and step into their divine destiny. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9:30 p.m. American Ensemble Theater
The Law of Return
by Martin Blank
A spy thriller inspired by the mid-1980s Jay Pollard spy case set in Washington, D.C.

REHEARSAL ROOM #2

1–2:45 p.m. Seventh Street Playhouse
Eugenio
by Anthony E. Gallo
This fact-based, two-act drama deals with that tragic period in Italy during the Holocaust when 1,500 Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. It touches on the role of the Church and the Holocaust, and examines forgiveness amidst three conversions. Rome's aloof and scholarly Chief Rabbi Israel Zolli loses faith following the apparent slaughter of his Polish family. He receives asylum in the Vatican, where he comes to appreciate Jesus as God suffering for humanity. The Rabbi rediscovers faith and converts to Roman Catholicism. This is seen as a betrayal of his spiritual duty and a defection to the age-old enemy. Was his conversion one of conviction or merely gratitude? What does he demand at his baptism that eventually removes a major symbol of discrimination? Drama.

4–6 p.m. The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
The Good Devil, In Spite of Himself
by Mario Baldessari & Tyler Herman
Come enjoy the comedic travails of a 17th century commedia troupe besieged by an official decree that forbids them from using dialogue in their plays. The royally imposed restriction sends the comedy troupe on a rollercoaster ride of comic invention as they seek to successfully skirt the dialogue police! Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–9 p.m. Crash of Rhinos
Doubting Thomas
by Mario Baldessari
Tom's been diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. When modern medicine fails him, he's urged to seek out Thomas of God, a mysterious faith healer in Mexico, who is believed to channel the spirit of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The actual spirit of Thomas Aquinas, however, has other plans in store for Tom, his family and friends. Doubting Thomas is a comedy about life, death, and life-or-death situations. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

AFRICAN LOUNGE

12–2 p.m. EMP Collective
Spooky Action at a Distance
by Matthew Buckley Smith
It's 1971, and with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon finds out just how thrilling uncertainty can be. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

4–5:30 p.m. The Playwrights' Gymnasium
Falwell
by Bob Bartlett
It's been over eight years since Harlan Hodgson has left his tiny apartment. But, when his hateful dog, Falwell (an obese black lab), unexpectedly expires and 20-something newlywed interns Stephen and Sarah move next door, the outside world like never before beckons – and Harlan hears it. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Playwrights Group of Baltimore
It Happened in the Harbor
Various 10-minute plays discussing Baltimore harbors. Comedy/Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE

12–2 p.m. dog & pony dc
Toast Incubator Salon
This is your opportunity to experience the development of a new work from the inside out. DC-based devised theater ensemble dog & pony dc is exploring technological innovation, invention, group process, and creativity in their newest participatory work Toast. d&p dc creates work through collaborative inquiry and artistic experimentations. In creating Toast, d&p dc is trying to distill key ingredients for innovation (i.e. discovery-oriented environments, culture of "tinkering," "liquid networks") and apply them in a multi-media, participatory performance that fully and transparently harnesses the audience as a resource integral for the completion of the show in performance. Which is where you come in! d&p dc brings their public devising events, Toast Incubator Salons, to Page-to-Stage. Inspired by TED talks and literary salons, these events pair a scientific discussion-demo with performances of works-in-progress from Toast, and culminate in a full-group devising activity. At this Toast Incubator Salon, participants will take in the first-look at the prologue to Toast (examining the relationship between artistic movements and scientific discoveries over time) and then work in small groups to edit, revise, or completely reimagine the script and staging. Participatory Theater.

4–5:30 p.m. The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
In to the Out Side & D.C. al Coda
by John Sowalsky
Samuel Beckett meets the Marx Brothers in this self-deconstructing absurdist comedy. Comedy.

7:30–9:30 p.m. Theater Alliance
Risk and Return
The members of DC Area Playwrights Group on Facebook were issued the following challenge by Theatre Alliance: Write a short piece for the stage on an issue/topic/idea that scares you to write about. It should be relevant to the DC metro area. It should have an element of danger and risk. It should matter, to you and to your audience. This presentation showcases a selection of short works by the playwrights who accepted the challenge.



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MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

6–7 p.m. VSA Playwrights
The nine winners of the 29th Annual Playwright Discovery Performance competition and their winning scripts will be celebrated, and excerpts of a few scripts will be performed as staged readings.



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MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH

6–7 p.m. Synetic Theater
The Picture of Dorian Gray
A text-and-movement interpretation of Oscar Wilde's classic. Fearing the ravages of time and realizing the impermanence of youth, Dorian Gray makes a fateful wish--that his almost supernaturally lifelike portrait grow old while he remains forever young and beautiful. Synetic inventiveness and unforgettable visuals will elevate Oscar Wilde's fantastical story to yet another level. Movement/Drama.

MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH

11 a.m.–3 p.m. The Inkwell: Plays in Progress
An afternoon of Inklings and an Inkwell showcase. The afternoon of Inklings will include six 10 minute readings of local playwrights works in development with The Inkwell including plays by Danielle Mohlman, Noelle Vinas, Kitty Felde, Rick Massamo, Jason Wells, and Gina Fierra. The Inkwell Showcase will include two 20 minute readings of plays further along in the Inkwell's development process. These plays include Gwydion Sulieban's The Great Dismal and a new musical by Krista Knight titled Salamander Leviathan. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

7:30–10 p.m. Baltimore Rock Opera Society (BROS)
Gründlehämmer
With the aid of the Royal Guard, Lothario has oppressed his citizens, confiscated the powerful instruments that gave voice to their music, and formed an alliance with an immortal cave-dwelling monster, the Gründle. While most Brojans live their lives in fear, an innocent young boy of great talent is coming of age in a tiny hamlet on the outskirts of the Kingdom. His tremendous skills on the guitar bring hope to the tiny farming village and spark the flames of resistance in those that can still remember true Rock. Will this young boy cast off his innocence to claim the Gründlehämmer? Will the Dark King release his iron grip on the lifeblood of Brotopia? Join the Brojans in their struggle to reclaim the power of Rock n' Roll. Rock Opera. Recommended for age 13 and up.

FAMILY THEATER

3–5:30 p.m. African Continuum Theatre Company
Mon Chaton
by Thembi Duncan
Summer, 1926. A country schoolteacher inherits a Harlem boarding house from her worldly, sophisticated aunt and finds herself caught in a whirlwind of enthralling characters and events that teach her more about herself than ever imagined. Mon Chaton is one of the untold stories of lesbians and gays during the period that came to be known as the Harlem Renaissance. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–10 p.m. Flying V
The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea
by Zachary Fernebok
Finn, Grayscale, and the rest of the pirates of the Chartreuse are back in a brand new adventure! Trouble has a new synonym on the seas of Ephrata and it's Ray del Mar, King of the Sea. He's abducting pirate laureates in order to become the best poet in the world, and no dictionary or thesaurus can stop him.Oodoo magic, cannibals, and the curse of the dreaded Writer's Block set the stage for this highly anticipated sequel.Comedy/Adventure.

TERRACE GALLERY

1–2 p.m. Bowie State University
A Mile in My Shoes [FF]
by Jennifer L. Nelson
A Mile in My Shoes is a series of linked original playlets that illuminate moments in the lives of families from various backgrounds. An ensemble employs a wide variety of shoes to bring to life humorous and touching stories resonant for children and parents.

2:30–4:30 p.m. First Draft
Hinged
by Sarah Sorkin
In 1570, Queen Elizabeth's ailing court painter, Levina Terling, is under pressure not to let the secrets of her portrait techniques die with her. An up-and-coming rival senses an opportunity and plants his apprentice to find out the secrets. 440 years later, art historian Lorna Buckley strives to rescue Levina Terling from historical obscurity and set the record straight. Can she overcome four centuries of male-dominated opinions or has nothing really changed since 1570? Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Washington Rogues
The Campsite Rule
by Alexandra Petri
Popular sex columnist Dan Savage's campsite rule states that the one guideline for May to December romance is: leave your younger partner better than you found him. With humanity and wit, The Campsite Rule charts the course of 20-something professional Susan and college freshman Lincoln's unlikely relationship. Between their friends' disapproval, Susan's other hookups, and the chaos of life in general, the duo face challenges on the road to romance. Alexandra Petri's sexy new comedy "The Campsite Rule" asks: what is normal and when can you tell you've grown up? Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.

TERRACE THEATER

12–1:30 p.m. Bouncing Ball Theatrical Productions
It's Like That for Everyone
by Shawn Northrip
The songs of the seminal '70s glam punk band The New York Dolls have been transported into the story of Lorenzo Da Ponte's Così fan tutte as set on the Bowery in the early '70s. Two teenage boys enter into a bet to prove their girlfriends' fidelity; each will attempt to seduce the other's girl before the night is out. Recommended for age 13 and up.

4:30–6:45 p.m. The Playwrights Forum in association with LCTM Industries

Welcome to the Land of Bad Choices
by James H. Hanrahan and Harry M. Bagdasian
A school security guard and two soldiers with PTSD carry guns to school on this day. No one set out to be the bad guy, but there's shooting. Two of the men are injured and a child is dead. Welcome to the land of bad choices. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

THEATER LAB

1–2:30 p.m. Federal Theatre Project
The Inaugural Election for President of Mrs. Jacobson's Sixth Grade Class [FF]
by Kevin Finkelstein
An allegory on America's presidential elections, this reading tells the story of Mrs. Jacobson's sixth grade class. When the class' hamster dies, Mrs. Jacobson decides to hold an election for class president. Six candidates pledge, but only one can win. Comedy.

7:30–10 p.m. Theater J
Our Suburb
by Darrah Cloud
Directed by Tony Award–winning actress and Broadway director Judith Ivey
An homage to Our Town, this world premiere invites audiences to suburban Illinois in 1977, when the Nazis marched on Skokie. Amidst holiday planning, interfaith teenage relationships, and a growing dark menace--life and love happen. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

SOUTH ATRIUM FOYER

1–2:30 p.m. Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy (1–1:25)
by S. Ann Johnson

Little Miss Mabelle would describe her maternal grandfather as a sweet old man who makes her laugh and spoils her rotten. So the sick stories her family members share about him must be figments of their imagination, right? Wrong. In Sick Stories, Gentle Granddaddy, the drunken past conflicts with the docile present of a husband, father, and gentle granddaddy. Recommended for age 13 and up.
When The Letter Writers Have All Died (1:25–1:45)
by Tricia Schwaab

Lori comes to the Vietnam Veterans Memorial to connect with the father she never met and to be alone in the presence of others. She meets Andrew, a college student doing research for a paper. When he tries to strike up a conversation, Lori appears to be uninterested in being friends with him. But Andrew persists and Lori finds herself looking forward to spending time with him. As their friendship develops, Andrew discovers Lori's secret, and he's troubled by what he learns. He's not sure he can bear losing Lori, whom he cares about, so soon after meeting her. Andrew decides to share his own battle with depression in order to save Lori from her inner demons. Interwoven with the stories of others who visit the wall, Lori and Andrew's story is about finding their individual paths to healing. Recommended for age 13 and up.
The Rainbow Plays (1:45–2)
by Rich Espey

The rainbow flag that symbolizes gay pride and the gay rights movement was created more than 30 years ago. In its current version, the flag consists of six horizontal stripes, each of which has a symbolic meaning: red (life), orange (healing), yellow (sunshine), green (nature), blue (harmony), and purple (spirit). The first six plays in this collection address one of those themes; while the seventh play incorporates them all into one. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Countdown to the Happy Day (2–2:30)
by Thomas W. Stephens
A two-character drama that depicts the unlikely involvement of Gertie, 30s/40s and a self-inflicted street person; and Cervin, a hulking 15-year-old. From their initial encounter on a nighttime city street, the two are chary of each other and emotionally combustible. Gertie, a troubled Army vet, resists being drawn into the world of Cervin, a seventh-grade dropout. Their relationship, nonetheless, grows ever more overlaid, complex, and inevitable. Recommended for age 13 and up.

3– 6 p.m. Strand Theater Company
House Beautiful
by Liz Maestri
In a decaying town, one lone house still stands. Inside, three generations of a family weather the end of an era. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Welders
Greatest Hits
The Welders, a DC-area playwrights' collective whose mission is to establish an organically evolving, alternative platform for play development and production, will present a reading of the best short works from throughout its members' career. The Welders: Renee Calarco, Allyson Currin, Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Bob Bartlett, and Gwydion Suilebhan. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH ATRIUM FOYER

2–4:30 p.m. City Theatre Group
The Great Ascent
by David L. McWellan
An explosion in Hyde Park, in which two people have been killed brings British Intelligence to investigate the action. A social-political thriller that explores prejudice and misunderstanding. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9 p.m. The Playwrights' Gymnasium
An Ordinary Afternoon
by Mary Watters
A woman is finally forced to confront a terrible problem that she's turned a blind eye to for years. Her husband's actions trigger series of events and the woman's carefully managed life begins to unravel when strangers intrude on her comfortable world. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

REHEARSAL ROOM #1

1–5 p.m. ABG Playwrights
Time of the Troubles (1–3:30)
by Kitty Felde
Why does brother turn against brother, almost overnight? That's the question that haunts the characters of Time of the Troubles. The play is set at Christmastime, in a poor parish on the outskirts of Dandora, on the eve of the bloody 2007 elections. But it's as much a story about the LA riots and how the violence haunts a pair of cops who were stranded in South Central as the violence erupted. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.
Bethesda (3:45–5)
by Jennie Berman Eng
Diplomat Barry and his family have recently returned to Washington, D.C., after a mysterious scandal abroad. Wife Joy tries to work her networking magic and reinstate Barry as quickly as possible. She's also pulled strings and secured the kids into prestigious Sidwell Friends School. But Barry is dragging his feet, and seems unwilling to try to get his job back. The kids, too, are suffering both from their parents' fighting, and from the emotional wounds of their recent past in Bolivia, including Kevin's discovery that his father was involved with their maid. When Kevin finds out his sister Hildy is cheating on her boyfriend back in La Paz with an American, he runs away. The family tracks him down to the airport, where he's trying to return to La Paz, and all of the past and its secrets come to head in a violent clash between father and son. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

7:30– 9 p.m. Washington Improv Theater
iMusical: Uncovered
iMusical: Uncovered is an improvised musical that discovers the songs underneath the cover of ordinary life. A single audience suggestion inspires the cast to explore the magic within the human condition, using lyrics, music and scenes created instantly "on the spot." Musical Theater. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

REHEARSAL ROOM #2

3–5 p.m. The Essential Theatre
The Music of Nina Simone
by Robert Neblett and David Grapes
Music arrangements by Vince Dimura
An electric new musical revue celebrating jazz icon Nina Simone. Child prodigy, jazz superstar, civil rights activist, political exile, Nina Simone was all of these things and more. One of the true divas of the 20th century and a genuine musical powerhouse, she defined a generation and defied classification. Silky, soulful, and a jazz legend, this musical tribute provides a celebrated exploration long overdue. Biography/Musical. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–9:30 p.m. force/collision
Separate Rooms
by Joe Calarco
force/collision presents a work-in-progress reading of playwright Joe Calarco's new play Separate Rooms. Sex, death, booze and a mysterious woman in the closet as friends and lovers unite during a wake in a New York City apartment. Cast includes Tracy Olivera, Kimberly Gilbert, Thomas Keegan, Jenna Sokolowski, Evan Casey, and Tim Getman. Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up.

REHEARSAL ROOM #3

3–5:30 p.m. Theater Alliance
Risk and Return, part 2
(See also Sat., Aug. 31 at 7:30 p.m. in North Opera Tier Lounge)

7:30–9:30 p.m. Scena
Saboteur!
Eight German saboteurs ran off the U.S. Coast in 1942 with the intent of launching a terror campaign in New York and Washington, D.C. Three of our American citizens were captured and tried--wherein the right and wrong of all involved hung in the balance. In this action-packed drama, is it justice or mob rule? Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

AFRICAN LOUNGE

2:30–5 p.m. Guillotine Theater
Civilizing Lusby
by John Morogiello
Two businessmen try to make a killing on a railroad venture during the Gilded Age. But when they condemn a Chesapeake waterman's shack to make way for the track, will the waterman opt to make a killing of his own? Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

7:30–10:30 p.m. Howard University
The Olive Fig Tree
Huma is a young woman who dressed, and was accepted, as a boy in her Afghanistan village. Now she's in New York enrolled at NYU, where she and three of her fellow freshmen are attempting to start an all-girls group consisting of a Muslim (Huma), a Christian, a Jew, and an atheist. But life in the Big Apple gets complicated when Huma and her Jewish girlfriend fall in love with each other. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up.

NORTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE

2:30–4:30 p.m. Pinky Swear Productions
The Last Burlesque
by Stephen Spotswood
Darcy was raised by fire-eaters, contortionists, and clowns. It's only natural she'd fall for a woman who pierces her body with hooks, dangles from the ceiling, and disrobes for an audience. Burlesque, sideshow. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

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