The Kennedy Center

Where Words Once Were

Where Words Once Were

Saturday, November 5, 2016 - Sunday, November 27, 2016

Performances For Young Audiences

Get ready for wordplay in this world premiere commission from playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer--set in a city where language is rationed, a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising, and a word can change the world. Age 9+

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Where Words Once Were
A world premiere Kennedy Center commission 
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
Directed by Colin Hovde
Cast features Regina Aquino, Marcus Kyd, Chris Lane, Alina Collins Maldonado, and Tony Nam

"[Director] Colin Hovde's remarkably conceived production [is] brought to elegant life with wonderful performances and excellent technical design. This is invigorating stuff, with a wonderful bonus of being entirely family-friendly without sacrificing its political edge."--DC Theatre Scene

Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only 1,000 of them can exist: new ones are forbidden, and anything newly invented takes the place of an existing word, which is then illegal to say. Those who disobey the rules are punished in the strongest way possible. They lose their right to speak and to be spoken of; they become only "…"--a condition that causes them to slowly fade away. When Orhan accidentally takes a pen (a mighty weapon indeed!) from school, he sets in motion an adventure to reclaim lost words.
During our IRELAND 100 festival, renowned Irish Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer thrilled young audiences with The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly, a show hailed as "chock full of playfulness and rich ideas" by the Irish Times. Now come experience his next powerful tale that demonstrates the fantastic potential contained in the words we speak every day. Most enjoyed by age 9 and up.
All patrons, regardless of age must have a ticket.

Performance Timing: 70 minutes, with no intermission.

Watch and Listen

Where Words Once Were - Summer Workshop

Where Words Once Were - Sizzle

Where Words Once Were: Scene - The New Word