The Kennedy Center

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

The 15th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Saturday, September 3, 2016 - Monday, September 5, 2016

The Kennedy Center hosts more than 50 D.C.-area theater companies in a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers.

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The 15th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Saturday, September 3, 11:00 a.m.–10:30 p.m.

Sunday, September 4, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, September 5, 11 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

Venues throughout the Kennedy Center
FREE! No tickets required, limited seating available.
Join more than 50 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals in development by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers--some with scripts in hand, others almost fully staged. The roster of performances covers a range of contemporary material--from D.C. election-year topics like presidents and social unrest to Black Lives Matter and the LGBT community--as well as subjects ranging from Peter Pan and fabled historic figures to romance and relationships in the 21st century.

Enjoy beer, wine, and spirits served at a special reduced price or grab a cup of complimentary coffee (available 10 a.m.–6 p.m.) in celebration of the festival's 15th anniversary, as the Kennedy Center's Atrium and Roof Terrace transforms into a café and beer garden for the duration of the festival. Plus, don't miss dressing up for the karaoke after-party hosted by Kostume Karaoke taking place in the Atrium on Saturday beginning at 9 p.m. And on Labor Day Monday, stop by the Atrium for free hot dogs, chips, and soda beginning at 12 noon--available on a first-come, first-served basis while supplies last.

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Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis.
General admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event.
No free parking for free events.

Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.
1st Stage; ABG Playwrights and Thelma Theatre; African-American Collective Theater; All of the Above; Ally Theatre Company; American Ensemble Theater; Arcturus Theater Company; Arts on the Horizon; Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Bowie State University; Brave Soul Collective; Bucharest Inside the Beltway; Catholic University of America Department of Drama; City Kids Theatre; Crash of Rhinos; Doorway Arts Theatre Company; The Essential Theatre; Faction of Fools; Factory 449; First Draft at The Rose Theatre Co.; Forum Theater; FRESHH Inc Theatre Company; Georgetown University Program in Theater and Performance Studies; GPC Productions; The Highwood Theatre; The Indian Ocean Theatre Company; Initiative Student Theatre; Istijmam presented by Center Stage; The Kennedy Center's VSA and Accessibility Program; LiveArtDC; The Law Theater Project, in collaboration with the Rainbow Theatre Project; Monumental Theatre Company; Mosaic Theater Company of DC; Naked Theatre Company; NextStop Theatre; Nu Sass Productions; Pallas Theatre Collective; Pinky Swear Productions; Playwrights Collaborative; Playwrights Group of Baltimore; Rapid Lemon Productions, Inc.; Rorschach Theatre; Safe Streets Arts Foundation; Scena Theatre; Seventh Street Playhouse; Strand Theater Company; Synetic Theater Company; Tonic Theater Company; Unexpected Stage Company; University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; Unknown Penguin; Venus Theatre Company; The Washington Rogues; Washington Stage Guild; The Welders; Words Beats & Life
Parental advisory/Explicit Content
L – Language D – Drugs S – Sex M – Mature Themes V – Violence
PPD – Post-Performance Discussion
Saturday, September 3
11 a.m.
City Kids Theatre
Cashall Alley Kids Kick It Old School [FF]
By Ray Ficca and Raya Kenney
Directed by Ray Ficca
The kids of Cashell Alley procrastinated on a group project for Ms. Henry's history class. At the eleventh hour a spring thunderstorm knocks out the power (and internet access) in their Georgetown neighborhood and they have to do some real time history gathering so they don't fail or miss their championship wiffle ball game! Followed by post-performance discussion. 40 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North
Ally Theatre Company
By Laura Rocklyn and Ty Hallmark
Directed by Ty Hallmark
This new full-length play explores the life of Gilded Age Washington socialite Clover Adams, who dives into the political and social scene upon arriving in D.C. However, while coping with her beloved father's death and the possible philandering of her husband, the darker forces that brew through her family line finally catch Clover in their grasp. Drama. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for age 13 and up. 80 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [MV]
11:30 a.m.
Unexpected Stage Company
What Difference Does It Make?
By Deb Margolin
Directed by Christopher Goodrich
Written by OBIE Award Winner and founding member of Split Britches Theater Company Deb Margolin, What Difference Does It Make? is a tragicomic human cartoon located in a telephonocracy--a land where the telephone company's Board of Directors has created its constitution and rules the world. The main characters, Myrtle and Arnold Schmidt, are struggling to reconcile different views on the importance of their own status as fictional characters, and hence the very meaning of their lives. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for adults only. 90 min. + PPD
African Room [LS]
Initiative Student Theatre
Question. No Answer
By Maggie Hirst, Derek Martin, and Hunter Mass
Directed by Bonnie Newton, Maggie Hirst and Gabi Wright
Initiative Student Theatre presents three disquieting one-act plays guaranteed to make you question your ideas about everything from sexual assault on college campuses to coming out and maybe even sexually confident grandmas. Recommended for adults only. 75 min.
Russian Lounge [LSMV]
12 p.m.
Seventh Street Playhouse
A Musical Medley [FF]
Book, Libretto, and Lyrics by Anthony E. Gallo
Composed by John Ward, Beatrix Whitehall, Margaret Bagley, and Grant Bagley
Directed by Beatrix Whitehall
This is a medley of musical pieces from four musicals:  Lincoln and God, Vandergrift!, Peggy, and David: The Bluegrass Musical. Followed by post-performance discussion. Musical. 60 min. + PPD
South Atrium Foyer
First Draft at The Rose Theatre Co.
Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster
By David Emerson Toney
Directed by Leslie Kobylinski
This new dramatic interpretation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein fuses events from Shelley's life with scenes inspired by her novel, chronicling. Betrayal and anger set Shelley and The Monster on a violent path through 19th century London as their worlds collide and shatter into violence. Humorous and tragic, David Emerson Toney's Frankenstein: Dawn of a Monster chronicles Mary Shelley's triumph over self-destruction.  Part of DC's acclaimed First Draft New Play Reading Series. Followed by a post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 110 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery [L]
12:30 p.m.
Strand Theater
Exit Pluto
By Amy Bernstein
Directed by Elena Kostakis
Betty believes that by running her bakery like a fortress constantly under siege, she will stave off what she fears most and understands least: change. But change is a hungry beast, knocking at the door, and not even the fortress can withstand the pounding. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. 75 min. + PPD
Roof Terrace Restaurant
Scena Theatre
Illegal Helpers
By Maxxi Obexer
Directed by Robert McNamara
This documentary play by prize-winning novelist and playwright Maxxi Obexer deals with the plight of the "illegal helpers" who seek to provide aid and shelter to the migrants--even though it is against the law. A powerful insight of a contemporary tragedy that threatens to engulf Western Europe, it provides a sharp look at those who help--and those who callously sit by doing nothing. Drama. 90 min. + PPD
South Opera Tier Lounge [M]
1 p.m.
The Highwood Theatre
The Students' Arts Collaborative [FF]
Students from The Highwood Theatre and Loiederman Middle School for the Creative and Performing Arts present a collection of short scenes, monologues, songs, and previews of the upcoming season. Followed by post-performance discussion. Variety. 60 min + PPD
Millennium Stage South
2 p.m.
Pallas Theatre Collective
Crazy Mary Lincoln
By Jan Tranen & Jay Schwandt
Directed by Tracey Elaine Chessum
A new musical exploring the First Family following the assassination of Abraham Lincoln. Mary and Robert Todd grapple with grieving Lincoln and a very new dilemma--does a president belong to the family, or does he belong to the ages? Followed by post-performance discussion. Musical. 120 min. + PPD
Family Theater
2:30 p.m.
The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
A Theist
Written and directed by John L. Sowalsky
A full-length absurdist comedy which questions the existence of God. The perfect antidote for those who found "The God Delusion" too strident and "God's Not Dead" too trite. There are no easy answers, only cheap laughs. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. 65 min. + PPD
African Room
Catholic University of America Department of Drama
Short pieces by the CUA MFAs
Directed by Rebecca Dzida, Garret Lee Milton, and Linda Lombardi

Myth, Faith, and Folklore: Catholic University playwrights Rebecca Dzida and Garret Lee Milton tackle subjects from millennials to virgin birth. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min.
Israeli Lounge [LM]
2:45 p.m.
The Essential Theatre
The Bloodless Jungle
By Peter Lawson Jones
Directed by S. Robert Morgan
In this taut political drama, an up-and-coming local politician, Ethan St. John, is a sitting President's handpicked, Skull & Bones Society–style choice to receive national support in a run for Congress. His success would solidify the President's and his party's power on the House floor. Will the diligence and dedication that endeared St. John and his wife to his local constituents be enough to sustain him? Will the political machine and unrelenting glare of the media crush his dream? This play offers a compelling lesson for every politician and citizen about the limits of friendship when political stakes are elevated. Considering the heightened rancor that characterizes politics today, the story can be torn from the headlines of any news publication. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 90 min. + PPD
South Atrium Foyer [LSMV]
3 p.m.
The Kennedy Center's 2016 VSA Playwright Discovery Competition
By Lukia Artemakis, Ella Brett-Turner, Sophia DuRose and Kaitlyn O'Malley, Emma Filosa, Elijah Gaines and Jaleel Lindsay, Andrew Projansky, and Brad Weatherford
Directed by Lori Hudson Wolter, Gregg Wiggans, and Kevin Thorne II
This performance recognizes the Senior Division (grades 10–12) winners of the VSA Playwright Discovery Competition. Excerpts of seven scripts will be performed as staged readings. 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. Followed by post-performance discussion. A Jean Kennedy Smith Arts and Disability Program. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min. + PPD
Russian Lounge
3:30 p.m.
Words Beats & Life
Flattops and F Words
Book, Lyrics, and Beats by Star Johnson
Directed by Directed by Desiree Springer
Flattops and F Words is a choreopoem-style new musical by DMV native Star Johnson. A love letter to the mothers of Hip Hop, MC Lyte, Yoyo, Queen Latifah, and Salt N Pepa, Flattops and F Words is a Hip Hop musical that takes us through a day in the life of three young black women in D.C. who meet at a fundraiser for a jailed local activist who is awaiting trial for shooting and killing a police officer. And it's all set to funky, pulsing '90s Hip Hop beats in the style of the aforementioned artists. The show tackles hard questions about women's place in the Black Lives Matter movement, teeny weeny afros, colorism, and the lack of intersectionality in white feminism (the f word). The action is set to music played by an onstage DJ. Followed by post-performance discussion. Musical. Recommended for age 13 and up. 30 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [DSM]
Washington Stage Guild
An Unhealthy Man Lectures You on Medical Issues
Written and directed by Vincent Clark
A short screen (and stage) play in which a modern-day Job lampoons his history of health issues and the attempts to treat them, while confronting the issue of whether to take the arduous steps needed to become healthy, or to squeeze the most pleasure he can out of the time he has left. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. 30 min. + PPD
Roof Terrace Restaurant [L]
4 p.m.
Brave Soul Collective
TENFOLD: An Evening of Brave Soul Performances
By Thembi Duncan, Stanley Z. Freeman, Josette Marina Murray, Jared Shamberger, Alan Sharpe, and Monte J. Wolfe
Directed by Thembi Duncan, Josette Marina Murray, Jared Shamberger, Alan Sharpe, and Monte J. Wolfe
In honor of Brave Soul Collective's ten-year anniversary as a vital arts, education, and outreach organization dedicated to HIV/AIDS outreach & prevention as well as issues affecting the lives of Black LGBTQ people through the performing and healing arts, this "theatrical mixed bag" of monologues and short scenes focuses on a host of hot button issues, including: police brutality, homophobia, mental health, relationships, sex, gender identity, & racism--all within the scope of life "&…the unknown." Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 120 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery [LDSMV]
4:30 p.m.
The Washington Rogues
Pillowtalk, and Other Parts of Speech
By Natalie Piegari
Directed by Ryan S. Taylor
Romance in the 21st century is like a game of sexy Tetris. Pillowtalk, and Other Parts of Speech, is a series of interconnected comic vignettes following a group of contemporary young people through relationships across the spectrum of gender and sexuality. A comedy about new love, lost love, and love reignited, told in the language created between two people. And sometimes more. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for adults only. 90 min. + PPD
South Opera Tier Lounge [LDSM]
5:30 p.m.
Unknown Penguin
Anatomy of an Infidelity
Written and directed by Patrick Flynn
Famed British broadcaster and science historian James Burke presents the audience with a test in perception. Ryan Hollander commits an infidelity of unknown severity against his wife Cindy Malatesta with a coworker during a party. We never meet the couple in question or know for certain what happened. Instead we follow two couples who know Ryan & Cindy: Julia & Frank, an unmarried but cohabitating D.C. power couple and Becca & Amelia, a married "average" couple (Becca's an assistant, Amelia's a teacher). The couples all react to the infidelity differently but with a level of moral certainty that is then tested when their significant other does not automatically reinforce their views. Their relationships and views of morality are tested as the characters intertwine and interact. Presented in a Thornton Wilder meets BBC documentary style. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min. + PPD
African Room [LS]
Georgetown University Program in Theater and Performance Studies
Appalachian Nightingale
By Olivia Duff
Directed by Anita Maynard-Losh
Set in the contemporary mountains of eastern Kentucky, Appalachian Nightingale re-stages the Philomena myth (two sisters, one man, a broken song) in a world that sounds like a tough banjo. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 120 min. + PPD
Atrium Café [LSMV]
6 p.m.
FRESHH Inc Theatre Company
Name Calling
By Goldie Patrick
Directed by Candis Jones
What do most girls want to be when they grow up? A lawyer? A teacher? A Goddess?! Name Calling dissects the marginalization of women in their common daily encounters. From grocery shopping, to going to work, to intimate relationships with lovers, the main character is haunted by the advances, harassment, and stereotypes that plague her. No one seems to know her real name, not even her closest friends. Until the day she can take no more of the rest of the world telling her who she must be, and she must decide how to fight to rename herself. The way she decides to fight surprises everyone, including herself. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 50 min. + PPD
Sat. at 6 p.m. Roof Terrace Restaurant [LSMDV]
Pinky Swear Productions
Over Her Dead Body: A Bluegrass Benediction
By John Bavoso with Seth Alcorn, Karen Lange, Kenny Neal, and Brittany Alyse Willis
Directed by Ryan Maxwell
With the band Dead Men's Hollow
Sing a song of murder, forget the lady's name. Toss her in the water, try not to take the blame. Play a lilting melody on bones and flaxen hair. But they're awake and coming back for you so gentlemen, beware. Over Her Dead Body: A Bluegrass Benediction comes to you fresh from winning the audience awards for Best Musical and Best Overall Show (out of more than 100 shows) at the 2016 Capital Fringe Festival. Musical. 70 min.
Millennium Stage South [S]
Tonic Theater Company
By P. Seth Bauer
Directed by Kelsey Phelps
Based on actual events: Josh struggles with his own memories and the evidence published by his Uncle Steve Hodel in Black Dahlia Avenger, that his Grandfather George Hodel was responsible for the gruesome unsolved 1947 Black Dahlia murder of Elizabeth Short. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 110 min. + PPD
Russian Lounge [LSMV]
6:30 p.m.
Bucharest Inside the Beltway
Spoken Word
By various Bucharest Inside the Beltway artists
A presentation of spoken word pieces by artists in Bucharest Inside the Beltway. Variety. Recommended for age 13 and up.
South Atrium Foyer
7:10 p.m.
Rapid Lemon Productions Inc.
The 12th Annual Variations Project: Variations on Blame
By DC Cathro, Audrey Cefaly, Shelby Chapman, Kevin Costa, Joe Dennison, Kevin Kostic, Michal Roxie Johnson, Justin Lawson Isett, Kimberley Lynne, and Nancy Murray, and Paddy O'Carroll
Directed by Lance Bankerd
Preview performance of selected plays from the 12th annual Variations Project production. Followed by post-performance discussion. Variety. Recommended for age 13 and up. 60 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [LM]
7:30 p.m.
Playwrights Group of Baltimore
USA 2017
Written and directed by members of the Playwrights Group of Baltimore
How will the events of 2016 change us? What will our nation look and feel like next year? We don't know either, but it's fun to imagine! The Playwrights Group of Baltimore presents a set of ten-minute play prognostications designed to provoke and delight. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for age 13 and up. 80 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [LSM]
Bucharest Inside the Beltway
Colombo Calling – a play from Sri Lanka
By Cristina Bejean
Directed by Alex Mihail
Having recently received a PhD. from Cambridge, Karthi returns to Colombo for the first time in 22 years. He comes to settle family affairs as his mother lays on her death-bed in London. His male cousin, Shahan, is a loud, vocal Sri Lankan with a very strong Tamil identity, and Shahan's sister, Thushanti, is Colombo's most famous and desired party girl. Shahan works for an American NGO set up post-Tsunami through which he met his white girlfriend, Molly. Karthi's aunt, Varthini, has difficulty accepting Karthi's family's rejection of their homeland, her own children's erratic behavior, and the extreme changes happening in Sri Lanka due to never-ending civil war, natural disaster and international humanitarian intervention. Facing discrimination and racism even as a visitor, Karthi learns what it means to be Tamil in 2006 Sri Lanka. Colombo Calling first appeared as a live-reading in Bucharest, Romania, in 2008 At Teatrul Foarte Mic And Museo Cafe, starring Maia Morgenstern as Varthini, Ana Popescu as Claudia and directed by Alex Mihail. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 90 min. + PPD
South Atrium Foyer [LMV]
8 p.m.
African-American Collective Theater (ACT)
More Than a Mouthful
Written and directed by Alan Sharpe
ACT returns, racy as ever, with this tease of its 25th Anniversary Season--another sexy sampler of subversively silly, slyly salacious, and even sporadically serious short plays chronicling life in the black gay community. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 120 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery [LDSMV]
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Holocaust Images and the Poetry, Art, and Music of American Prisoners
Directed by Argentilhia Boechat
Multimedia presentation showing Holocaust period Jewish family films and Nazi propaganda films while the poetry, art, and music of American prisoners is presented live. This original film was produced with the assistance and cooperation of the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum Variety. Recommended for adults only. 120 min.
Family Theater [LSMV]
8:30 p.m.
Pinky Swear Productions
Mighty Storms, Strange Seas, and the Metro
Samples of three works-in-progress from Pinky Swear Productions' resident playwrights. Three stories where the everyday rubs up against the supernatural, the sublime, and the surreal: 90 min. + PPD
Safe as Houses
By Natalie Piegari
A violent storm brings more than just wind and rain as a patchwork family struggles to survive disasters... natural and otherwise. Drama. Recommended for adults only.
By Joan Cummins, adapted from Clive Barker
A young woman must journey through a group of fantastical islands peopled by monsters friend and foe. Drama. Recommended for adults only.
Use All Available Doors
By Brittany Alyse Willis
Every strange and wonderful Metro story happens at once on a single dreamlike trip down the Red Line. Drama. Recommended for adults only.
Roof Terrace Restaurant [LS]
Sunday, Sep. 4 at 6 p.m.
Synetic Theater
Dante's Inferno
Written and directed by Paata Tsikurishvili
Demonstration of Synetic Technique followed by a few scenes from the upcoming production of Dante's Inferno. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up. 45 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [S]
Monday, Sep. 5 
11 a.m.
Arts on the Horizon
Adventures with Mr. Bear [FF]
Written and directed by Ryan Sellers
The wonder and magic of a child's imagination are brought to life in this charming nonverbal production. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide-and-seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities--all from the comfort of her playroom! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a sneak peek at this work in progress. Followed by post-performance discussion. Recommended for ages 2–5. 25 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South
Nu Sass Productions
The Veils
By Hope Villanueva
Directed by Clare Shaffer
Splitting time between the present wedding planning of Mel and her family, and Mel's time in Afghanistan, The Veils explores the experiences of a soldier coming to terms with being a part of two very different worlds and a woman who isn't sure who she is or what she wants anymore. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min. + PPD
African Room [LMV]
11:30 a.m.
University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
By Shuping Yang
Directed by Olivia Brann
Enter the mind of a Chinese son, "the golden child," as he struggles between traditional Confucian values and Western notions of individuality. When his cousin Li Yi visits him the night before his wedding, Xiao Zhong is faced with a series of life-changing decisions that will affect his family, his relationships, and his future. Is he really free? Or is he just a goldfish stuck in a bowl? Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 60 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [LDS]
Crash of Rhinos
The Lost Chapters of Peter Pan [FF]
By Paul Reisman
Directed by Matthew McGee
After returning from Neverland with her brothers and her newly adopted Lost Boy siblings, Wendy doesn't see Peter Pan again until she's grown up with a child of her own. But where was Peter Pan during all those years? What had he been doing and why did he wait until that particular moment to return? Learn more about the fairy boy who wouldn't grow up and the happy thoughts that keep him flying! Followed by post-performance discussion. Adventure. 60 min. + PPD
Family Theater
12 p.m.
Venus Theatre
By Vanda
Directed by Deborah Randall
Venus Theatre playwright Vanda brings to D.C. The Juliana Project, a group of actors and one writer from New York City who perform Vanda's novel, Juliana, monthly at The Duplex nightclub. It is about LGBT life in 1940s New York City. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min.
Roof Terrace Restaurant [LS]
12:30 p.m.
All of the Above
A Very Present Presence
Written and directed by Ann Timmons
When daily pressures become too much for Alice, she flees her home and almost-grown children to enjoy the solitude of the family farmhouse retreat. Her plan to have time to sort things out is thwarted, however, by a surprise visitation from a "spirit guide" who used to be her Great Aunt Nell. With Nell, Alice takes a journey through memory and history, and learns that her problems spring from sources deeper than she imagined. Alice finds that in a world of ghosts and family secrets, time travel and self-discovery, maybe, just maybe, anything is possible! Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up. 110 min. + PPD
Russian Lounge [L]
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
In the Closet
By Siegmund Fuchs, Directed by John Wilson
The Room Where I Was Held
By David Zax, Directed by John Wilson
Crash and Burn
By Robert Bowie, Directed by Barry Feinstein
Frank Talk
By Sharon Goldner, Directed by Miriam Bazensky
(verb) A play on words
By Seth Freeman, Directed by Ryan Haase
Feeding the Furies
By Andrea Markowitz
Directed by Miriam Bazensky
The Baltimore Playwrights Festival has brought its audiences intriguing original plays by Maryland and D.C. authors for 35 years. This time you'll see scenes from six plays ranging from a hilarious and poignant gay support group in the closet (literally and metaphorically) to a riveting story of a war correspondent abducted by the Taliban, from a biting satire toying with the notion that Anne Frank is indeed alive and well to a corrupt businessman's farcical legal team, and from a young man arrested for offending the community with a word (and what a word) on a sign to the 1960s answer to All in the Family. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min.
Terrace Gallery [LSM]
12:50 p.m.
Nu Sass Productions
Oedipus Regina
Written and directed by Angela Kay Pirko
The story has been told and retold, yet once again the Muses gather to try and claim the tale each for their own. Love, death, sorrow, and sacrifice; the damnation of a family as you've never heard it before. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min. + PPD
African Room [LSV]
1 p.m.
Monumental Theatre Company
Wendy [FF]
By Gretchen Midgley and John Henderson
Directed by Walter Ware III
Many years after the Peter Pan story has come to a close, a grown Wendy Darling finds her daughter, Jane, on the brink of growing up herself. It takes reliving the magical events of her past for Wendy to rediscover the bittersweet wonders of childhood, growing up, and imagination, and to realize it is her daughter's turn to live the same adventure. Journey second to the right and straight on till morning with Wendy. Musical. 60 min.
Atrium Café
University of Maryland School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies
B.W.A. (Black Woman's Anonymous)
Written and directed by Whitney Geohagan and April Monu
This piece explores what it means to be an African American woman in the 21st century, addressing the deep-seated issues these women face. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 30 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [LM]
Faction of Fools
Classics Made Foolish – The Threequel [FF]
Adapted and directed by Paul Reisman
D.C.'s award-winning Fools are back in the factory exploring a physical take on scenes from beloved classics replete with their celebrated brand of comedy and high-flying spectacularity.  The audience will get a window into this unique process, including the live-workshopping of a scene and a question-and-answer session. Commedia dell'Arte. 40 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North
1:30 p.m.
Rorschach Theatre
Forgotten Kingdoms
By Randy Baker
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man's father, the future of this island's ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns into morning, the fate of David's haunted young son becomes the biggest question of all. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min.
Theater Lab [LV]
2 p.m.
BSU Theater (Bowie State University)
Red Solo
By Jeremy Keith Hunter
Directed by Charles H. Franklin IV
The recipe is simple: strength, intelligence, bravery. For Heath, a young artist discovering himself, this requires adherence to strict standards instilled in him by his alpha father: hard work, womanizing, and absolute control. Torn between expectation, promise, and fame, Heath must come to terms with the man he is... and the one he wants to be. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 100 min. + PPD
South Atrium Foyer [LSM]
2:10 p.m.
Venus Theatre
The Ravens
By Alana Valentine
Directed by Deborah Randall
The Ravens is a riveting drama about Kira, a trying-to-be-ex–sex worker in Kings Cross, Sydney, Australia. When she receives a large victim's compensation payout, her friend Mark, who once saved Kira's life and feels that he is ‘owed' by Kira, moves back into her life and her flat. But a chance meeting with Nina, a young social work student working at the local chocolate shop, seems like it might give Kira the courage and support she needs to finally get the violent Mark out of her life. An encounter with one of Nina's old age clients at a nursing home focuses Kira's determination but can she get out alone or can she take her friend Nancy, who is working at the Honey Spot strip club and brothel but living in a dominating lesbian relationship? As an evocative radio play, The Ravens won the 2015 BBC International Radio Writing Award from the BBC World Service. As a stage play, it is a visceral, provocative work of fierce insight and compassion for women's' struggle out of violence. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 110 min.
Roof Terrace Restaurant [LS]
2:30 p.m.
GPC Productions
Shoah Business
By Jennie Berman Eng
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
NYU Screenwriting student Ivy is tasked with writing a Holocaust screenplay. As she investigates a Mercedes Benz Holocaust labor camp for women, and begins to write about it, she soon discovers writing historical fiction is a great responsibility and carries hefty emotional weight. When she is offered a production deal, Ivy must decide if the requested edits that come along with the deal are worth compromising a true story. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 120 min.
South Opera Tier Lounge [LSMV]
3 p.m.
FRESHH Inc Theatre Company
Just how black?
By Gianina Lockley
Directed by Goldie Patrick
Just how black? is an ethnoautobiographical exploration into the various definitions of blackness encountered as the performer travels throughout Africa and the U.S. This one-woman show revisits conversations that challenge, accept, and reject the notion that blackness can be defined or (inter)nationally agreed upon. Just how black? uses multimedia to examine the intersections of race, class, ethnicity, and gender, and its impact on our identity. Followed by post-performance discussion. Musical. Recommended for age 13 and up. 60 min. + PPD
Mon. at 3 p.m. Millennium Stage South [LSM]
Doorway Arts Theater Company
A Minute in Presidential History
By Lindsay Adams, John Bavoso, Patricia Connelly, Rich Espey, Chema Pineda Fernandez, Joshua Ford, Rich Espey, Patrick Gallagher Landes, Annalisa Dias Mandoly, Warren Perry, and Lauren Jane Redmond
Directed by Matt Ripa
Enjoy this theatrical hall of presidents as local playwrights tackle each president one minute at a time. Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up. 90 min.
Israeli Lounge [LM]
3:30 p.m.
Playwrights Collaborative
Collaborative Shorts
Written and directed by members of the Playwrights Collaborative
Program of short plays dealing with current issues. Recommended for age 13 and up. 90 min.
African Room
4 p.m.
Naked Theatre Company
Directed by Rachael Murray and Kevin Place
An ensemble-driven, vignette-style show inspired by internet "click bait" and "viral" phenomena. ClickB@it will examine how these elements shape media, permeate social development, and  exacerbate news headline ‘numbness'--all delivered with a fun, pop-y, sketch sensibility. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for adults only. 55 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery [LS]
ABG Playwrights
and Thelma Theatre

Around the Snake Turn
By Patricia Connelly
Directed by Cody Jones
Baaba is a woman in a small African village who questions its religious traditions after her son is accused of rape and she is expected to turn over her daughter to become a sexual slave to the high priest to atone for her son's alleged crime. As Baaba fights to save her children from their fate, she finds herself caught in a struggle between a changing world and one that's holding on to its old ways to preserve its cultural past. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 120 min. + PPD
Russian Lounge [SM]
5 p.m.
American Ensemble Theater
Character Building [FF]
Adapted by Martin Blank from Booker T. Washington
Directed by Martin Blank
A one-man musical for middle, high school, and adult audiences adapted from Dr. Washington's inspirational talks given to his students at Tuskegee University. Musical. 60 min.
South Atrium Foyer
Arcturus Theater Company
Indian Summer
By Gregory S. Moss
Directed by Ross Heath
When a young man stays with his bereaved stepgrandfather for a few months, he becomes entangled in a love triangle with two of the other young residents of the Rhode Island ocean-side town in this comic tragedy... or is it a tragic comedy? Comedy/Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 130 min.
Roof Terrace Restaurant [LS]
6 p.m.
The Law Theater Project
in collaboration with the Rainbow Theatre Project

The IMHO Series 1 Trilogy, featuring Justice Disordered
By Dr. Samantha M. McDermitt
Directed by Christopher Janson
Have you ever wondered what goes on behind the closed doors of the U.S. Supreme Court's Conference Room, where no records are kept and cases are decided which affect all our lives? Come with us now to Justice Disordered, an accurate and highly charged tour by First Class 'fly-on-the-wall' and watch a very tight case discussed and decided by the nine Justices! Forget legalese! They speak from their guts, and their views often crash into their fellows'. Justice Disordered is Supreme Court drama at its best in one act, on very current, cutting-edge gender discrimination issues. It is written for the individual theater-goer and non-lawyer, general audiences. No law school required! Two, short, 10-15 minute-long plays each on related issues will precede Justice Disordered. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 60 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [M]
Presented by Center Stage
Et'teffah/The Apples
By Abdelkader Alloula
Directed by Jamil Benhamamouch
Istijmam, a collaborative of theater makers from Oran, Algeria, moves outward from the manifestos of Brecht and Grotowski to repopulate the halga, Algeria's town square, and renew populist traditions of improvisation and physical interaction. A U.S. premiere, Et'teffah/The Apples foregrounds the repression and sectarian schisms that consumed Algeria during the Dark Decade of the 1990s. The play is performed by a trio led by Rihab Alloula and written by her father, theater director and playwright Abdelkader Alloula, who was assassinated in 1994. Remounted for its US debut, this gritty, intimate production, full of dark humor and barbed observation, bears witness to Algeria's shadowed past and confronts the complex destiny of the present day. Presented in collaboration with the U.S. Department of State Center Stage program. Drama/Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min. Free general admission tickets will be distributed in the Hall of States starting at approximately 5 p.m., up to two tickets per person.
Family Theater [M]
The Welders
Girl in the Red Corner
By Stephen Spotswood
Directed by Amber Paige McGinnis
Girl in the Red Corner will be the inaugural production of the second generation of The Welders Playwrights' Collective (premiering in November 2016 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center). When Halo signs up for mixed martial arts lessons, she thinks it might make a good hobby. Her trainer thinks she's a lightweight. Her mother and sister think it's just plain weird. Very quickly she learns that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 105 min.
African Room [LSV]
6:30 p.m.
1st Stage
Eat It Too
By Jennifer Barclay
Directed by Johanna Gruenhut
Brett, a thriving Hollywood actress, returns to her hometown to wreak the most horrific kind of revenge. A dark comedy where the American dream meets the American nightmare. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama/Comedy. Recommended for age 13 and up. 100 min. + PPD
South Opera Tier Lounge [LSMV]
Mosaic Theater Company of DC
Hooded, or Being Black for Dummies
By Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm
Directed by Serge Seiden
This irreverent world premiere comedy set in Achievement Heights, Maryland follows Marquis, a book-smart prep-schooler and Tru, a street-savvy dropout from inner-city Baltimore. Their worlds overlap in a holding cell where both are being detained. Tru observes that Marquis seems to have lost his "blackness" and pens a how-to manual entitled "Being Black for Dummies," assuming the role of professor, courtship counselor, and Hip Hop advisor. Marquis returns to school ready to make his mark as he and Tru continue to butt heads, debate, and ultimately prove that Nietzsche and 2pac were basically saying the same thing. Serge Seiden (When January Feels Like Summer, Bad Jews) directs this urgent world premiere by local rising star Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Followed by post-performance discussion. Comedy. Recommended for adults only. 120 min. + PPD
Theater Lab [LSM]
7 p.m.
NextStop Theatre
Still Alive
By Jonathan Coulton and Ricky Drummond
Directed by Ricky Drummond
A new musical featuring the music of Jonathan Coulton. The show follows scientist Jon as he fights to survive zombie and robot apocalypses. Musical. Recommended for adults only. 70 min.
South Atrium Foyer [LSMV]
7:30 p.m.
Becoming "It" – The Clara Bow Story
By Alia Faith Williams
Directed by Heather Whitpan
Clara Bow was born in the slums of Brooklyn, NY on July 29, 1905, the first of three daughters to survive infancy. In 1921, at the age of 16, she competed in and won Brewster publications' magazine's annual nationwide acting contest, "Fame and Fortune," which launched her career. Clara Bow is most well known as the spunky shopkeeper in the film It which earned her the nickname "The It Girl." Throughout her film career, Bow came to personify the Roaring Twenties and is described as its leading sex symbol. She appeared in 46 silent films and 11 talkies, though she never fully embraced the novelty of the talkie. In 1933, Clara Bow retired at the age of 28, married Rex Bell, and became a mother and a cattle rancher in Nevada. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min.
Russian Lounge [LS]
7:45 p.m.
The Welders
The Welders 2.0 Showcase of New Work
By members of The Welders
Directed by KenYatta Rogers
Meet the second generation of The Welders, a D.C.-based playwrights' collective. The Welders are committed to passing on the organization to future generations of DC playwrights. This showcase, following the full-length presentation of Stephen Spotswood's Girl in the Red Corner (slated for production fall 2016), will give audiences a chance to get to know the other 6 playwrights of Welders 2.0 through original ten-minute plays and excerpts. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 105 min.
African Room [LSV]
8 p.m.
Forum Theatre
Selections from Forum (Re)Acts
(Re)Acts is a community-minded event used to develop immediate artistic responses to current events and pressing topics and to create safe space for progressive conversations. Forum invites local artists from multiple disciplines to create new work in response to a specific prompt, topic, or theme. The outcome is a one-night performance of a variety of diverse work that is casual, experimental, engaging, and electric. This collection presented for Page to Stage will include pieces from Forum's last three (Re)Acts performances. These evenings were: (Re)Acts: #BlackLivesMatter; (Re)Acts: #RefugeeCrisis, and (Re)Acts: #Orlando. With these topics still overwhelming both our international and domestic conversations, Forum will revive a mix of pieces that feel just as raw, relevant, and worthy of exploration as they did in their original performance. Followed by post-performance discussion. Variety. Recommended for age 13 and up. 75 min. + PPD
Atrium Café [LSM]
Tonic Theater Company
By Carol Bugge
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman
A new draft born out of Tonic's 2015 Page to Stage reading audience feedback. Riffing on a real-life train ride in which American physicists Burt Ovrut and Paul Steinhardt and English physicist Neil Turok tweaked the Big Bang theory, changing it forever. En route from Cambridge to London, the fictional trio discusses science, explores old jealousies and infidelities, and is visited by famous dead scientists Isaac Newton, Marie Curie, and Max Planck. Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for age 13 and up. 90 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South [LS]
8:30 p.m.
Factory 449
Made You Ugly
By Elan Zafir
Directed by Rick Hammerly
One man's relationship with love, failure, and the fight to connect. The story of a father's exploration of sex, death, science fair projects, and the Holocaust... fast cars, bedtime stories, Neil Sedaka, losing everything you love, and the unpaved road back to that little boy you call "son." Followed by post-performance discussion. Drama. Recommended for adults only. 60 min. + PPD
Roof Terrace Restaurant [LSMV]