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An annual showcase for new plays and musicals, Page-to-Stage hosts free readings and open rehearsals to give you a glimpse of Washington's new theater season.

Watch Past Performances

Video 9/2/2019: In Series Theatre present "Stormy Weather"

Selections from a cabaret-club evening of song, word, and beat in a new imagining of Shakespeare's Tempest. Told with the music of Billie Holiday and poetic-prose by Sybil Williams explores experiences of peoples enslaved by privilege and love.

Video 9/1/2019: Synetic Theater's The Tempest + Movement Storytelling Workshop

Witness a stripped-down excerpt from Metro DC's premier physical theater Synetic Theater's water-filled production of 'The Tempest,' currently in rehearsals in Crystal City and set to run there from September 25 - October 20. Following the performance, join the company for a workshop exploring how they tell stories through a synthesis of movement styles, from dance to acrobatics to sword-fighting, and everything in between!

Video 8/31/2019: TMD Theater: Airquote Ladylike Vol. 2 "A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators"

Airquote Ladylike Vol. 2: A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators highlights and celebrates women identifying musical theater song writers and composers. Each creator will share songs from musicals they have written, are writing, will write, or is a mini-musical in itself.

Video 8/31/2014: 30th Annual VSA Playwright Discovery Performance

This performance recognizes the eight Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition: Andrew Child, On the Isle of Lotus-Eaters; Nayereh Doosti, In Your Shoes; Hannah Jarzombek, Skin Deep; Emma Morris, Space-Girl; Billy Recce, Happy; Caitlin “Cat” Reynolds, Group; Madalyn Rymer, Layover; and Jc Statt, Ikelos. Excerpts of four scripts will be performed as staged readings on the Millennium Stage and four scripts will be workshopped by a professional director and cast. The VSA Playwright Discovery Competition invites middle and high school students with and without disabilities to examine the disability experience and express their views through the art of script writing. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Part of Page-to-Stage.

Video 8/30/2014: 13th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival: In His Own Words: A Concert in Tribute to Walter Dean Myers

The Kennedy Center, in collaboration with the University of Maryland, presents a performance recognizing the acclaimed writer. During a career spanning more than 45 years, Walter Dean Myers wrote more than 100 books for children of all ages, including 2 Newbery Honor Books, 3 National Book Award Finalists, and 6 Coretta Scott King Award/Honor–winning books. In 2012, he was appointed the National Ambassador for Young People’s Literature, serving a two-year term in the position. This theatrical tribute to Mr. Myers combines music, dance, and spoken word with text from some of his most famous books, including excerpts from his picture book We Are America, his gritty teen novel Monster, his memoir Bad Boy, and from Kennedy Center–commissioned adaptations of his work, Harlem and Blues Journey.  This one-night-only celebration of Walter Dean Myers is a fitting tribute to a man who changed the face of young adult literature and touched so many with his eloquent and unflinching portrayal of young African American lives. Part of Page-to-Stage.

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