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Page-to-Stage New Play Festival - MONDAY, SEP. 3 (17th Annual)

Monday, September 3, 2018 10:00 AM

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Join more than 60 D.C.-area theater companies at the Kennedy Center for a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals. Highlights of Monday include a new take on Frankenstein, apocalyptic improv, an exploration of life after prison, and more.

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The 17th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival

Monday, September 3, 10 a.m.–10:00 p.m.

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

Join more than 60 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 free performances reflect the dynamic make-up of all corners of the city, whether you are a newcomer or a veteran to theater.

This year, Page-to-Stage embraces the Center’s season-long exploration of The Human Journey by tackling subjects such as migration, identity, and discovery. Participants include Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C., Mosaic Theater Company of D.C., African-American Collective Theater, and more. The Kennedy Center is also excited to welcome back Signature Theater for another season of celebrating local work.

Join the fun on Saturday with yoga in the morning and participatory performances throughout the weekend, including a live Hip Hop looping workshop with the creators of Kid Prince and Pablo.

Limited seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. 
General Admission seating opens approximately 30 minutes prior to each event.
Please Note: There is no free parking when attending free events.

Please see bottom of the page for full description of each work. Programs, artists, and schedules are subject to change without notice.


African-American Collective Theater (ACT); Alliance for New Music-Theatre; Ally Theatre Company; Arcturus Theater Company; Arts on the Horizon; ArtStream Inc; Baltimore Playwrights Festival; Best Medicine Rep; Brave Soul Collective; Bridge Club; Cage Free Voices Theatre; City Kids Theater; Collington Players; Crash of Rhinos; DayDreamers International; Faction of Fools; Federal Theatre Project First Draft at The Rose Theatre Co.; FRESHH Inc; GALA presents: Paso Nuevo Youth Performance Group; Georgetown University; GildaPapoose Collective; Guillotine Theatre JBE Productions; Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences; Liberated Muse Arts Group; Monumental Theatre Company; Mosaic Theater Company; National Conservancy of Dramatic Arts; One Off Productions; Open Circle Theatre Company; Openstage; Pipeline Playwrights; Playwrights Collaborative; Playwrights Group of Baltimore; Rorschach Theatre; Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre; Selah City Urban Theatre; Seventh Street Playhouse; Showcase on Main; Signature Theater; Soul-Satisfying Productions; Spooky Action Theater; Starting Gate Theatrical; Synetic Theater; The Apothetae; The Highwood Theatre;The Indian Ocean Theatre Company; The Lark Play Development Center; The Law Theater Project; The Welders; The Wheel Theatre Company; Theater Alliance; Tonic Theater Company; Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater; Unexpected Stage Company; University of Maryland—School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies; Unknown Penguin; Venus Theatre; Voices Unbarred; Washington Improv Theater; Washington Stage Guild; Washington Women in Theatre; We Happy Few; Who What Where Theater Collective; Wit’s End Puppets; Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT).

Parental Advisory/Explicit Content Guide
L – Language; D – Drugs; S – Sex; M – Mature Themes; V – Violence 
FF – Family Friendly
PPD – Post-Performance Discussion

Schedule for Monday, September 3

10 a.m.
Baltimore Playwrights Festival
Consent, 20 min.
Unlucky Soldier, 20 min.
Small House, No Secrets, 20 min.
Family Theater [L]

Spooky Action Theater Company
Torgus & Snow, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
South Atrium Foyer [LV]

Brainstorming Session
Area playwrights to discuss and plan the formation of a resource center for area dramatists, 90 min.
Russian Lounge

10:30 a.m.

DayDreamers International
A New Heart, 90 min., + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [L]

Too Much Damn Theater
Ladies, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Gallery [LS]

11 a.m.
Crash of Rhinos
Lamoni the King, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for general audiences.
North Atrium Foyer [LSV]

S'Mothered, 60 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage North [LS]

Seventh Street Playhouse and Collington Players
Charleston Revisited, 45 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge

Who What Where Theater Collective
Spills, 70 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Bird Room [LS]

12 p.m.
Starting Gate Theatrical
The Count of Monte Cristo, 90 min.
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Family Theater [V]

12:30 p.m.
Pipeline Playwrights
The Wish, 75 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Russian Lounge [LMV]

1 p.m.
Ally Theatre Company
The Head that Wears the Crown, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Israeli Lounge [LSM]

Washington Stage Guild
Culver City Fever, 90 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Bird Room [LS]

1:30 p.m.
The Indian Ocean Theater Company
Custom of the Sea, 60 min. + PPD
Chinese Lounge

Too Much Damn Theater
Enough – A Musical, 90 min. + PPD
Terrace Gallery

2 p.m.
Cage Free Voices Theater
From Divorce to Restoration, 120 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Terrace Theater [L]

Federal Theater Project
Glass Bottles, 80 min. + PPD
Millennium Stage South

Theater Alliance
The Blackest Battle, 80 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Rehearsal Room 1 [LSV]

Young Playwrights Theater
Tunnel Vision, 30 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
South Atrium Foyer [LSVM]

3:30 p.m.
University of Maryland
Lost Sons, 45 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Russian Lounge [LVM]

Washington Improv Theater
iMusical: Apocalypse How?, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Family Theater [LSV]
4 p.m.
Best Medicine Rep
Die, Mr. Darcy, Die! 105 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Chinese Lounge [LS]

4:30 p.m.
First Draft at The Rose Theatre Co.
Balls Out, 100 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
Israeli Lounge [LS]

Playwrights Collaborative
Collaborative Shorts, 120 min.
South Atrium Foyer

5 p.m.
Too Much Damn Theater
Airquote "Ladylike:" A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators, 80 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Terrace Gallery [LSVM]

The Welders
The Welders Preview: Exploring New Ways to Create, 120 min.
Recommended for ages 13+.
Rehearsal Room 1

5:30 p.m.
JBE Productions
Abomination, 45 min.
Recommended for adults only.
North Atrium Foyer

6 p.m.
Mosaic Theater Company
The Alchemists of Jerusalem, 120 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Theater [L]

Signature Theater
In The Works: Signature’s New Musicals, 60 min.
Millennium Stage South

7 p.m.
Georgetown University
Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong, 75 min.
Recommended for adults only.
Family Theater [LSM]

University of Maryland
Hapa, 30 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Russian Lounge [LS]

Washington Women in Theatre
Enter the Roar, 95 min.
Chinese Lounge

7:30 p.m.
One off Productions
Fran and Leni, 70 min. + PPD
Recommended for adults only.
South Atrium Foyer [L]

GildaPapoose Collective
There is a Field, 60 min. + PPD
North Atrium Foyer

The Law Theater Project
Will the Court Drop the F-Word? Cohen v. California, 90 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Terrace Gallery [L]

8 p.m.
We Happy Few
Frankenstein, 30 min. + PPD
Israeli Lounge [V]

8:30 p.m.
Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns, 60 min.
Millennium Stage North
Voices Unbarred
The Return: A Collaborative & Interactive Exploration of Re-entry, 60 min. + PPD
Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Rehearsal Room 1 [LMD]


Ally Theatre Company: The Head That Wears The Crown by Hope Villanueva, directed by Megan Behm                       

Three highschoolers are the queens of their school until Danielle arrives. When she catches the eye of one of their exes just before the Winter formal, they decide to keep their friend close and their enemy closer, manipulating her emails, social media, and relationships. When their mean-spirited plan for revenge goes far out of control, the repercussions of their choices will follow all of them for the rest of their lives. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Baltimore Playwrights Festival: Consent by Glynnece Lynn, directed by  Andre Tittle; Unlucky Soldier by Robert Garcia, directed by Barry Feinstein; and Small House, No Secrets by Jody Nusholtz and Sonia Rutstein, directed by Michael Stricker and Sharon Weaver
Consent by Glynnece Lynn: In a near yet very changed future, where civilians volunteer to undergo traumatic medical testing in exchange for favors from the government, two doctors find themselves on lockdown with their belligerent patient, and are forced to confront the very nature of their work: Does the given consent absolve them of the horrors of their work? Is informed consent still consent if all you’ve done is make it impossible to say no? Drama. Recommended for general audiences.

Unlucky Soldier by Robert Garcia: Andre Regal is returning home from his combat tour in Vietnam. Unbeknownst to him, he is coming home with an uninvited guest for a final role of the dice. Don’t miss this semi autobiographical play of one soldier’s battle for sanity and survival. Comedy. Recommended for general audiences.

Small House, No Secrets by Jody Nusholtz and Sonia Rutstein: When Liz arrives at her cousin’s house on Thanksgiving, secrets are served instead of dinner in this coming out musical. Musical. Recommended for general audiences.

Best Medicine Rep: Die, Mr. Darcy, Die!, written and directed by John Morogiello
A wild comedy about a woman who gives up on men because they can never live up to the hero of Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, especially his embodiment by Colin Firth. Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Cage Free Voices Theatre: From Divorce to Restoration by Bathsheba Smithen (with contributions from Guests Performers Talaya Simpson and Shannon Webster), directed by Kristina Buck, co-produced and stage managed by Michelle Talkington             
From Divorce to Restoration is a story of love, pain, healing, and empowerment which will have viewers on an emotional rollercoaster while opening up a much-needed dialogue regarding how to bounce back from the emotional, mental, and physical damage resulting from a dramatic loss. While the story centers around examples of divorce, it is a must-see for anyone who has been hurt as a result of any form of broken relationship. Drama, Variety. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Crash of Rhinos: Lamoni the King, adapted and directed by Matthew McGee
In ancient South America, a heartless king of a fierce and violent people finds himself converted to the peaceful faith of his enemies when a stranger arrives in his land. While many of his people follow in his footsteps, others do not and a division forms among his nation. As anger stirs against him, Lamoni the King and his followers make a vow to never use their weapons for war again, seek refuge at the hands of their former enemies, and witness many years of wars fought on their behalf. When the wars finally catch up to the younger generation of his people, Lamoni questions his leadership, his legacy, and his faith. Drama, Epic. Recommended for general audiences.

DayDreamers International: A New Heart, written and directed by Pooja Chawla and directed by Gwen Outen
Meghna believes her heart is broken and is in desperate need of a new one. She is full of hope when she comes across a small clinic in town that claims to restore hearts to brand new. Little does she know there are several others in the clinic’s waiting room seeking the very same thing from Dr. Free’s unconventional methods of healing. What ensues is a journey into the many facets of the human heart to see what makes it tick as well as triumph. Drama. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Federal Theatre Project: Glass Bottles by Jennifer Dane Clements, directed by Kevin Finkelstein                  
A homegrown play by a nationally recognized playwright, Glass Bottles focuses on civic engagement and activism through the lens of the Anacostia River and Watershed. We all have our own stories, and Glass Bottles attempts to help us see not only the stories of others, but how each of our own stories intertwine and explain the world in which we live. We are anticipating using P2S as a vehicle to read the script and solicit audience feedback. This will be a staged reading, not a costumed performance. Drama. Recommended for general audiences.

First Draft at The Rose Theatre Company: Balls Out by Chris Stezin, directed by Richard C. Washer              
Darla Marini is supporting three worthless ex-husbands, so she’ll do whatever it takes to hang on to her job as a Division I softball coach. Patrick DeBodean has just been cut from the baseball team and, due to a natural disaster back home, has nowhere else to go. He’ll do whatever he can to stay at Southwest Iowa State Tech. Together they hit on an entirely deceitful, thoroughly reprehensible, and quintessentially modern solution to their problems. Comedy, Sports Fantasia. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

FRESHH Inc: S'Mothered, written and directed by Ebony Rosemond; and Sculpting Clay or How I Became Mother of Unicorns, written by Ayesis Clay and directed by Danielle A. Drakes
S’Mothered dissects a mother-daughter relationship through four scenes from the BOXES trilogy (BOXES, VOICES, STEPS). Drama, Choreopoem. Recommended for general audiences. Followed by a post-performance discussion.

Sculpting Clay or How I Inherited 210 Kids by Ayesis Clay: A young out-of-work actress turns to the last place she ever thought she'd find herself—at the head of the classroom. Through chaos, tragedy, and humor, she is forced to find her true passion while juggling family, Shakespeare, and the dreaded hell week. Drama. Recommemended general audiences.

Georgetown University: Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong by K.J. Moran, directed by Maya E. Roth                        
In a college apartment somewhere between delusions and punk rock, Louise is a student still reeling from her sexual assault a year ago. When she meets a new beau, Lou must face her anxieties head on and figure out how to be intimate without reliving the trauma of her past. A tribute to punk, Sylvia Plath, and the songs and friends that get us through our darkest moments, Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong is the soundtrack of Lou’s resurrection and an ode to survivors everywhere. Drama, Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

GildaPapoose Collective: There Is A Field by Jen Marlowe, directed by Je Naè Taylor
There Is A Field tells the story of a 17-year old Palestinian boy, Aseel Asleh, who was killed by Israeli police. Through his sister Nardeen’s struggle to cope with the murder of her brother, the play offers an intimate view into the racism and violence faced by Palestinian citizens of Israel, and contributes to the vital conversation of the systematic devaluation of Black and Brown lives in the United States. With the political convictions of the play, we’ll highlight social justice campaigns in D.C. and put an end to the injustices the play exposes. Participatory. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

The Indian Ocean Theatre Company: Custom of the Sea by John Sowalsky, directed by Harley Venton           
Bigg and Liddle are stuck in a lifboat in the middle of the Indian Ocean. This all-consuming comedy answers the question: What's the worst tuna? Comedy. Recommended for general audiences.

JBE Productions: Abomination by Nicole Cox, directed by Jose Carasquillo            
A small group of queer yeshiva graduates take to the courts to end an organization of their abusers. Drama. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

The Law Theater Project: Will the Court Drop the F-Word? Cohen v. California by Dr. Samantha M. McDermitt, directed by Prof. Marietta Hedges 
Supreme Court drama for non-lawyer general audiences. Have you ever wondered what happens in the Supreme Court’s Conference Room? Cohen v. California is a momentous free speech case from the Vietnam War Era. Hear the Justices talk like ordinary human beings and speak “from their gut philosophies.” Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Mosaic Theater Company: The Alchemists of Jerusalem by Bill Martin, directed by Ari Roth
The Alchemists of Jerusalem takes place in East Jerusalem and the West Bank during the last week of September 2000––the week that led up to the Al-Aqsa Intifada––and follows an ambitious plan to build a "Trash To Cash" recycling plant uniting Palestinians, Israelis and Americans in a cooperative joint venture without graft or kickbacks. But old business practices (and political realities) die hard. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

One Off Productions: Fran and Leni by Sadie Hasler, directed by Stevie Zimmerman     
I was the punk. I was born punk. But she was my rock. The only one I ever had. 1976. Fran and Leni meet in a North London comp. Three years later they are The Rips. Girls with guitars, bored of playing nice. Music, sex, fishnets, tits, and spitting. A two-girl escape from everything sugar and spice. Fran and Leni is punchy two-hander about punk rock and lifelong friendship from the writer of the critically acclaimed Pramkicker. Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Pipeline Playwrights: The Wish by Crystal Adaway, directed by Jordan Friend
Barbara has wished for the same impossible thing for 12 long, bitter years. For her 50th birthday, her plucky daughter, Bonnie, concocts an elaborate scheme to make that wish finally come true. Will her combative sister, Lyla, bring it all crashing down? This dark drama/comedy explores the twists and turns of family dynamics and the consequences that may result. Drama. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Playwrights Collaborative: Collaborative Shorts, written and directed by Members of Playwrights Collaborative           
Short plays, sustainably sourced by local playwrights. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Seventh Street Playhouse and Collington Players: Charleston Revisited by Anthony E. Gallo, directed by Grant Bagley            
This two-act mystery-comedy takes place in the heart of the renowned Charleston Historic district. Charlotte Butler raises flowers to the hum of classical music, cultivates birds, plays championship bridge, ballroom dances daily, sometimes cleans her own house, and spars with both her parrot Jacob and her flighty neighbor Ginny (Gin) Middleton. Gin’s latest flame is the distinguished former New Hampshire Senator Mark Smythe who appears to have a curious interest in Charlotte. When Gin is out of town, Mark visits Charlotte. He accompanies her to St Philips’ Cemetery at night where they encounter someone she does not want to see. Comedy. Recommended for general audiences.

Signature Theater In The Works: Signature’s New Musicals                         
Be among the first to hear new musicals in development come to life when Signature Theatre presents a concert of songs from works by up-and-coming writers Ross Baum, Angelica Cheri, Ben Clark, Michael R. Jackson, Andrew Kramer, Kent Moran, and Darius Smith. Plus, get a sneak peek at John Dempsey and Dana P. Rowe’s world premiere musical Blackbeard which will open at Signature in June 2019. Musical. Recommended for general audiences.

Spooky Action Theater: Torgus and Snow by Christine Evans, directed by Kate Bryer
There’s a strange condition in Sweden. Facing deportation, refugee children become listless. They lie down, they close their eyes, stop talking. They lapse into an endless sleep. For months—or years. Doctors come to care for them, skeptics to sniff out a sham. But in the secret places of their minds, where are they now? Down in the ocean depths precariously encased in glass, soaring, drifting like smoke on the wind. Their bodies immobile while their minds use every ounce of will to survive. Torgus learns to speak to them. Torgus hears their rplies. Torgus is a prototype—version one. Can be buggy, but he won’t tell. Because everyone ignores a simple robot. Drama. Magical Realism. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Starting Gate Theatrical: The Count of Monte Cristo by John Tafone and Elena Tafone, directed by Megan Bunn
The year is 1815—Napoleon has been defeated, banished to the island of Elba. When Edmond Dantès, a heroic young sailor, makes an unscheduled stop at Elba, he comes into possession of a letter that will change his life forever. He suddenly finds himself framed by his enemies and condemned to life in prison, where he meets Abbé Faria, a priest who helps him escape. Gaining not only his freedom, but a map to the fabled treasure of Monte Cristo, Dantès seeks revenge under a new name: the Count of Monte Cristo, but he finds himself caught between those two identities—that of Edmond Dantès and that of the Count. What is justice? And can mortal men ever truly achieve it? Musical, Adventure. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Theater Alliance: The Blackest Battle by Psalmayene 24, directed by Raymond O. Caldwell                
It’s the Fourth of July in the fictional city of Chief County, New York—a place where so-called Black on Black violence rains down like a fiery storm. In this unique Hip Hop musical, Bliss and Dream, members of warring rap factions, fall in love and wrestle with making sense of their turbulent lives. Musical, Hip-Hop Theatre. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater: Ladies, written and directed by Marketa Seliyah Nicholson; Enough—A Musical, written and directed by Amber Waltz; and Airquote Ladylike: A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators, directed by Dara A. Gold
Ladies by Marketa Seliyah: Two young college roommates come from different walks of life. Shannon is free thinking and questions society’s expectations while Molly is very conservative. The show explores the rules of being a woman and asks the question, who the hell made them? These two roommates must find a way to make their differences work. Drama, Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Enough by Amber Waltz: This modern rock musical tells the story of Iris, our burnt-out protagonist. Iris is guided through the past, present, and future of the feminist movement by her Feminist Godmother, a rebellious apparition determined to inspire Iris to stand up for herself. This comedic, fiery musical examines how feminism has evolved through decades of political and social change. Along the way, we’ll meet historical figures like Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Alice Paul, explore the nuances of feminism in the modern age, and investigate the future course of women’s rights and feminism in America. Musical. Recommended for general audiences.
Airquote Ladylike: A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators highlights women 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. These musical theater creators are reclaiming the narrative and the word ladylike by showing all they can be through their music and creative storytelling. This musical theater concert will have songs that push past the status quo of a world where women must deal with mansplaining, face standards defined by others, and are limited to roles that water down the depth of women. You’ll hear songs that allow creators and performers alike to be unapologetically themselves. Musical. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

University of Maryland—School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies: Hapa by Jenna Gerdsen, directed by Jonelle Walker; Luna by Hana Huie, directed by Jasmine Mitchell; Lost Sons by Niree Turner, directed by Avery Collins; and I’ve Been a Woman by Jordan Ealey, directed by Leticia Ridley
Hapa by Jenna Gerdsen: Hapa weaves Gerdsen’s personal upbringing in Hawaii with the island-state’s imperialist history and tourist economy. The show exposes the years of labor and layers of cultural difference that lie beneath the pleasurable, paradisaical landscape of Hawaii. Solo Performance. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Lost Sons by Niree Turner: Lost Sons explores the effects of having a father figure in children’s lives. The play shows how mass incarceration in the black community leads to the downfall of black youth, especially males. In this piece, Turner shows how some situations turn out differently with a father figure in the picture. Drama. Adults Only. Explict language/themes.

Voices Unbarred: The Return: A Collaborative & Interactive Exploration of Re-entry, written by The Men of Cohort 31-FCI Petersburg Life Connections program, directed by Lori Pitts, Je Naé Taylor, Elle Sullivan, and Emily Sucher
This play explores issues with our prison system and life after release, as well as potential solutions through real stories, questions, and fears. Written by men currently incarcerated in a federal prison, this play uses interactive techniques as well as poems and scenes to show a full picture of what life is like for these men and what they hope for. Drama, Participatory, Variety. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Washington Improv Theater: iMusical: Apocalypse How? by the iMusical ensemble, directed by Travis Ploeger                     
It’s the end of the world as we know it, so let’s make it a musical. The audience provides the cause of a world-changing apocalypse, then the players of iMusical improvise a one-act musical exploring the apocalyptic event and the aftermath. Musical, Comedy, Improv. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Washington Stage Guild: Culver City Fever, written and directed by Greg Jones Ellis     
Geraldine St. James, former primetime soap diva, hasn’t been able to work since the series ended. Her flashy role turned her into an industry joke. She has one shot to regain her credibility, and the only one who can help is her old frenemy, Jane Farrell. Jane, once a promising actress who left the business to be a wife and mother, wants back in the spotlight. What’s Jane’s price for putting aside Gerry’s old betrayal? A chance for a career back in the biz. Punctuated with flashbacks depicting the two women in younger days, this modern comedy examines the deals and sacrifices we make to stay relevant in a fickle world. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Washington Women in Theatre: Enter the Roar by Barbara Hammonddirected by Susan Lynskey and produced by Karen Berman                 
Mercy or Murder? A timely piece about modern Ireland. Four witnesses struggle in private, in testimony, and to the press, with what it means to take fate into your own hands. Acclaimed feminist playwright Barbara Hammond paints a gripping portrait of a death—and a life—that probes our ideas of faith and family. Enter the Roar fiercely asks: How do you stand up for what you know to be true when all of the forces around you ask you to compromise? Adults only. Explicit language/themes.

We Happy Few: Frankenstein, adapted from Mary Shelley’s novel, directed by Robert Pike and Bridget Grace Sheaff           
In a room of filthy creation, a young man stands alone at the turning point of human history. On the table lies his greatest promise, the product of all his hard work, the summation of his hopes and dreams. As Victor Frankenstein brings his creation to life, he opens a door to destruction and regret. In the newest installment of We Happy Few’s Classics in Action series, we’ll explore Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein using her original text, bypassing the square heads, hunch-backed assistants, and neck electrodes, and instead bring to life the Frankenstein you’ve always wanted to know. Adventure. Recommended for general audiences.

The Welders: The Welders Preview: Exploring New Ways to Create by Hannah Hessel Ratner, Rachel Hynes, and Annalisa Dias, directed by Anna Brenner
A preview of the next three productions from the creators of The Welders playwrights’ collective. First, a look at Rachel Hynes’s LadyM, coming spring 2019, in which the three witches from Shakespeare’s Macbeth cast a spell in order to understand the wage gap, violence against women, and the power and pain of menstruation. Then, an exploration around Lucy the Australopithecus as she tells the story of the earth’s history, as part of the development process/ecology of Annalisa Dias’s The Earth, That is Sufficient. Finally, an interactive workshop on personal storytelling, as part of the creation process of Hannah Hessel Ratner’s In This Hope: A Pericles Project, coming this November. Come be a part of the creation. Drama, Comedy, Participatory. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Who What Where Theater Collective: Spills by Ruthie Rado, directed by Rebecca Wahls
Spills is a dynamic theatrical experience in three acts and three styles. It explores the fine line between self discovery and performative sexuality. A colorful, riotous celebration of hookup culture, Spills is a joyful, raunchy comedy that holds a mirror up to a millennial audience. Comedy. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.

Young Playwrights’ Theater (YPT): Tunnel Vision by Dan Goldman, directed by Farah Lawal Harris     
Sebastian, through a sequence of terrible events, ends up a victim of sex trafficking. In this gritty and emotional play, he struggles to find his way out while protecting a friend even more vulnerable than he is. Drama. Adults Only. Explicit language/themes.