What We've Heard

08/05/2020 - 1:35pm

Join Studio Theatre for their 3rd virtual dance party with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24. The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music by DJ Nick tha 1da. On August 30 (5pm), Psalm moderates a discussion with Natalie Graves Tucker, Dane Figueroa Edidi, and Farah Lawal Harris. The first all-female or femme Psalm's Salons panel, guests will discuss forging a career in theatre as a woman of color, support systems for women of color in the DC-area arts sector, and opportunities for trans and nonbinary people in theatre, among other topics. FREE

08/03/2020 - 8:52pm

The Keegan Theatre's virtual performance series, Boiler Room LIVE, next presents Chani Wereley's "Hard Times Part 2," August 8, 8pm. Just your friendly neighborhood out-of-work actor fighting off COVID, racists, and crippling anxiety. You might know Chani from Spring Awakening/Round House, Little Shop/Constellation Theatre, Love’s Labors Lost/Folger Theatre, or you might know her from her Instagram Famous Cat. Chani returns to Keegan Theatre in a sort-of-remount of her solo cabaret, Hard Times, which is, perhaps, more relatable now than ever before. Featuring the Marika Countouris on the keys, Sam “Kick Drum” Carolla on percussion, and Jonas Creason on bass; $5 suggested donation with half proceeds benefiting organization chosen by the artists, For the Gworls.

08/03/2020 - 12:33pm

Quotidian Theatre Company will close for good after its final production in April 2021 in Bethesda, and must empty its storage facility by summer 2021 so are liquidating many fascinating collectibles, antique furniture, gently used area rugs, carpentry tools, lamps, and much more from August 3 to 21. Browse the collection; for more information on a particular item or if looking for something not shown, email quotidiantheatre@comcast.net or call 301-816-1023. Every effort has been made to keep the starting bids as low as possible. The items pictured in the auction are just a representative sampling of our vast collection.

07/30/2020 - 9:00pm

On August 1 (2-4pm), Synetic Theater invites you to their Virtual Party in the Park, a Celebration honoring the Synetic Serves: AFAC campaign (supporting the Arlington Food Assistance Program) - and they hope to be celebrating $20,000 raised for Synetic & AFAC. Enjoy performances from The Lion's Den, Covenant Babatunde, Maria Simpkins, Scott Brown, and Vato Tsikurishvili. Free.

07/30/2020 - 8:33pm

A groundbreaking online performance for families that explains what racism is, how to know it when you see and experience it, and ideas for what you can do about it. Thirty seven producing theatre for young audiences theaters inncluding Imagination Stage premiere this online theatrical experience for children 7+ and their families. Now extended and available to watch thru August 7, along with accompanying interviews and educational videos, by creating a free account on Broadway on Demand (30min long). Adapted and Directed by Khalia Davis, Lyrics by Davied Morales, Music by Justin Ellington, Based on the book by Jelani Memory.

07/30/2020 - 12:56pm

Check out Signature Theatre's inaugural episode of "The Signature Show", a biweekly half-hour digital experience featuring performances by acclaimed artists, interviews, celebration of new musical voices and tributes to the past, present and future of Signature Theatre. Inaugural episode features Heidi Blickenstaff, Natascia Diaz, DeWitt Fleming Jr, Jennie Harney-Fleming, Tom Kitt (Composer, Next to Normal), Inés Nassara, Christiane Noll, Nova Y. Payton, Jacquelyn Piro Donovan and Emily Skinner, along with a tribute to music director and composer Darius Smith.

07/28/2020 - 2:36pm

Embracing the ubiquity of contemporary podcasts while harkening to the earlier radio dramas, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting presents its summer repertory season of 3 radio plays: Hamlet by William Shakespeare (July 16) dir by program director Alec Wild, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw (July 18) dir by Aaron Posner, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (July 17) dir by Holly Twyford - then available as podcasts. ACA Program Director Alec Wild says, “Radio doubles down on this idea. Everything is up to the imagination of the audience! It is arguably the most purely theatrical experience, and we’re thrilled to be adding these audio dramas to the STC/ACA repertoire.”

07/23/2020 - 5:12pm

Prologue Theatre presents readings & a bike challenge. The readings July 24 (7pm) and August 8, 2020 (2pm) are of the play "Bike America" by Mike Lew which pedals the audience along a cross-country bike trip from Boston to California, with stops in big cities and small towns along the way as Penny looks to bring more meaning into her life, to find a lifestyle that suits her and a town that feels like a home. Both readings are followed by discussions with the artists. Plus, check out the 4,000 Mile Challenge - participate with the Prologue team as they virtually travel the cross-country route in the play, collectively walking, running and biking 4,000+ miles. Register and you will be sent all the details to complete the enrollment process on My Virtual Mission. You can also complete the activity of your choice and log your miles.

07/22/2020 - 2:55pm

July 25 (8pm) and then streaming, Dark Horse Theatre presents the first Video Play of their Rogue Runner Series - "Spirit Seekers, A play written for virtual performance" by Amy Dellagiarino. An amateur group of ghost hunters camps out in the haunted and infamous Hunterville House only to end up encountering more then they bargained for. A fast-paced comedy for online theatre filled with laughs, ghosts, and face paint. The Rogue Runner series is the home for all of the Dark Horse virtual entertainment options, including: Performances of plays written specifically for virtual presentation, short films, video sketches, and readings of new plays with our sister company Walking Shadow Readers' Theatre. There will be a Q&A with cast, crew, and the playwright after the performance. FREE, but registration required to receive streaming link. Donations are accepted. Register by emailing darkhorseva@mail.com.

07/22/2020 - 2:48pm

On July 23, 2020 (8pm), 4615 Theatre Company presents a free, live-streamed reading of "Wannabe", the first full-length play by actor and playwright James. J. (J.J.) Johnson, directed by 4615 resident artist Reginald Richard. "Wannabe" follows a young black dreamer from the age of six to eighteen, as he zealously navigates the distractions of growing up in a small, working-class town nestled in the mountains of Virginia. Jay wants to be a lot of things in life, but his aspirations can feel too big for such a small town. Wannabe is a hilarious exploration of how identities are carved from the people and the environment by which we are surrounded, and how life can not only manifest whom we want to be but also whom we need to be.

07/16/2020 - 12:11pm

This summer, The Keegan Theatre's Boiler Room Series rolls out a unique online performance series to help serve playwrights, artists, and audiences while the global pandemic continues. BRS LIVE features the series' signature mix of new works and unique performances, streamed live from their stage. "What It Is" is a new series from host, performing artist, and educator Drew Anderson (Keegan's Helen Hayes-nominated "From Gumbo to Mumbo"); each episode introduces audiences to Drew's very favorite artists and brings levity and love to a world in dire need of both. Episode 1 features Rhonisha D. Franklin, an award-winning photographer, and Basic the Bassist, a multi-talented musician and artist. Ticket sales and donations for Episode 1 support the Red Dot Campaign.

07/15/2020 - 5:48pm

Join Monumental Theater Company for a reading of Ricky Drummond's new musical, Desiderium July 20 8pm (then streaming thru July 24). The musical - which features the music of The Oh Hellos, is directed by Caroline Dubberly and includes arrangements and music direction by Marika Countouris - explores how we grieve and move forward in the wake of a tragedy. Sam, a high schooler, dies and his family and friends must find a way forward through their memories of him. Online reading will feature a talk back with the cast and creative team.

07/14/2020 - 5:12pm

Adventure Theatre MTC’s "Jingle in July" looks to bring the magic of winter into the homes of children & families. Seeking DC, Maryland, or Virginia writers to take part in a flash creation of new work for a series of online readings for family audiences focused on winter and holiday themes and actors to perform in them. "Jingle in July" script readings will be a free event on Facebook Live, July 26, 2020 and the theatre will select at least one playwright to be commissioned to present their play at WinterFest in the coming 2020-21 season. To Submit A Script (sign up by July 17, scripts due by July 20) or for actors to submit to perform via an open call (over the age of 16; send info by July 17), see details at link.

07/09/2020 - 11:10am

Synetic Theater's virtual production of "The Decameron" is now streaming. This new closing event of the 2019-20 season is their first designed-for-digital production: an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron." Written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347-1351, it is a collection of 100 novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Artists are adapting one story each remotely while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership. Choose your own experience through individual selections, pre-created playlists, or experience the work serially in honor of the source material. Pay-What-You-Can ticket options begin at just $10.

07/01/2020 - 11:07pm

Adventure Theatre MTC, Convergence Theatre, and 4615 Theatre Company invited playwrights, devisers, and theatre makers to Q-FEST Playwriting Fest 2.0 on June 28 (the readings are now streaming on each theatre's Facebook pages). This edition of DMV QFEST was committed to defining space for POC artists from the DMV, who have worked in the DMV, or feel connected to the DMV, as well as recognizing June as Pride month so encourage hearing from DMV artists in the LGBTQ+ community as they intersect with the POC community.

06/17/2020 - 5:31pm

Arena Stage opens its online Spring/Summer Season with two world premiere films, "May 22, 2020" and "Inside Voices: a film by Arena Stage’s Voices of Now ensembles", through Arena’s new Supper Club (then streaming). Patrons will be able to dine on delicious fare delivered to their door from area restaurants while watching the live premieres. Premiered June 12, now streaming for Free "May 22, 2020", a filmed docudrama, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, captures one day in the life of 10 DMV subjects interviewed by area playwrights on May 22, 2020, turned into original monologues and filmed with Washington actors. June 19 (7p.m.) premiere thru Supper Club, then streaming for Free starting June 20 - "Inside Voices". Voices of Now (VON) is a season-long drama program that devises autobiographical plays with ensembles of middle-school, high-school and adult artists locally and internationally.

06/15/2020 - 6:20pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company presents "Shakespeare Hour LIVE!" events in which you can join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for online tours through various corners of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon with special guests and friends of the STC extended family. These live conversations will be on Zoom - now extended thru July 29. FREE.

06/14/2020 - 12:00pm

A couple of offerings for budding playwrights of all ages. First, The Welders partner with Young Playwrights Theater for "The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting' - a virtual playwriting workshop for adults interested in learning and practicing the art of playwriting. Deadline to register is June 9, $300 (tuition assistance avail). Second, Young Playwrights' Theater offers "Young Playwrights in Progress," an opportunity for young and/or early-career DC-area playwrights to engage in a script-development and workshop reading process of original, not-yet-produced, one-act or full-length plays. Two playwrights selected & will receive a small stipend for their participation. Free, apply by June 30. Be no younger than 14 yrs by Sept. 5, and no older than 24 yrs by May 4, 2021.

06/09/2020 - 11:25pm

Explore the possibilities of Spooky Action Theater's New Works in Action readings series as it moves online for 4 readings May 24 thru June 14. After, stay for a talk-back with actors, director and playwright. NEXT: Circular by Laura Shamas on June 14 (3pm)

06/05/2020 - 3:45pm

Virtual camps are starting at theaters across our area and anyone still looking for programs for youngsters can find out who's offering what at the "Summer Theater Camps" section of our At Home page on theatrewashington.org including Arena Stage, Adventure Theatre MTC, Round House, Synetic Theater, Arts on the Horizon, ETC Educational Theatre Company and others.