What We've Heard

07/09/2020 - 11:10am

Synetic Theater's rescheduled streaming of the virtual production of "The Decameron" begins July 10 and over 10 days. 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 tune in beginning July 10 to experience the work serially over 10 days, in honor of the source material. Pay-What-You-Can ticket options begin at just $10.

07/02/2020 - 1:35pm

Studio Theatre launched a three-part series of virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24 - Psalm's Salons at Studio on June 25 (now streaming). 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 with our Studio community. Next event is July 23 (5pm) with actor Justin Weaks, Galvanize DC founders J.J. Johnson and Jefferson A. Russell, and Jjana Valentiner, executive producer of the Making Space to Breathe/Gathering to Grieve vigil, plus a live mix from DJ Nick tha 1da. FREE

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)

06/09/2020 - 12:56pm

Tune in to SIGNATURE STRONG - LIVE! every Tuesday at 8pm on Facebook Live. Signature Theatre Members of the artistic team will host live conversations with Signature favorites. Past episodes are streaming on their YouTube channel.

06/05/2020 - 5:12pm

Adventure Theatre MTC presents "Black is Beautiful: A Celebration of Art for Children & Families" on June 7, 2020 (now streaming). This is a celebration of the African-American experience with readings of family-friendly poetry and/or stories, followed by honest discussions about race, racism, how to express yourself, love, bullying, and pain. 2-2:40pm Storytime for Kindergarten and 1st Grades; 3-3:40pm Storytime for 2nd and 3rd Grades; 4-4:40pm Storytime for 4th and 5th Grades; 5-5:45pm Reflections and discussions with a guest host, Christina Conolly, Psy.D, NCSP, is the Director for Psychological Services with the Montgomery County Public Schools in Rockville, MD. Adventure Theatre believes these discussions are more important than ever during this tumultuous time in our nation's history.

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.

06/05/2020 - 3:35pm

Galvanize DC and Actors Arena hold the "Making Space to Breathe/Gathering to Grieve" vigil, Mon, June 8 (now streaming on Galvanize DC's public Facebook page outside Arena Stage (6th & Maine Ave, SW, Waterfront Metro). "There has been an overwhelming need and want to gather (taking COVID precautions) to express our feelings around the senseless deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and countless other Black people. We've got to put this feeling somewhere. As artists, we hold up a bright light for the world to look closely at itself. And oftentimes, it doesn't like what it sees but still we continue to hold that light up. It's necessary.

05/27/2020 - 5:35pm

Young Playwrights' Theater's May 30 live-streamed event is now available for viewing on YouTube Live and Facebook - "Tell It Forward - The Power of Stories to Shape Our Future" is an evening of inspirational writing from YPT’s young playwrights, words from our supporters and friends, and the premiere of our 25th Anniversary documentary short. This event is free, and all are encouraged to make a donation in support of YPT. Leading up to the big day, we will be raising a goal of $10,000 to support our programs and operations in this unprecedented time.

05/27/2020 - 12:23pm

The Madloba Physical Theater Conference presented by Synetic Theater (Opening remarks: May 25, Conference: May 26-extended to June 1!) will convene physical theater artists, designers, and administrators in a pay-what-you-will virtual conference in the Spring of 2020. Programming includes artist and designer workshops, panel discussions for artistic leaders, and access to globally-sourced technique-driven classes and information sessions, including interactive workshops with Synetic co-Founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili among other industry leaders. Madloba is Georgian for “Thank You”.

05/26/2020 - 4:22pm

Round House Theatre presents "Homebound", new 10-episode web series (April 27-June 29), with new episodes added & archived each Monday. The theatre's gathered DC-area playwrights, actors, and designers, pairing artists with 10 playwrights, each of whom will pick up on the prompts offered in the previous writer’s episode, writing a story that the actors can film themselves at home. Directed by Round House Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and Associate Artistic Director Nicole A. Watson.

05/23/2020 - 5:02pm

Olney Theatre Center offers "Streaming Saturdays: Artists Envision the Future" starting May 9 and running til June 20 (5pm). This new series of live, online discussions will feature the perspectives of a wide range of theatre makers locally and across the country on alternate Saturdays; Washington Post Chief Theatre Critic Peter Marks will host a live-streamed discussion with artists in different parts of the industry, and Olney Artistic Director Jason Loewith will talk with Olney-affiliated artists with productions slated for the 20-21 Season. See website for panelists/dates. FREE.

05/19/2020 - 11:15pm

This second virtual open mic in Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's series, SAY NERD on May 25 (lobby stream 7:30pm, event 8-9pm), will be hosted by Spit Dat's own Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown. A celebration of the geeks, the nerds, the outcasts, the freaks, the gamers, and all of the fandoms. Get ready to geek out alongside fantastic hosts and features on the OPEN MIC. Sign-up for a slot and reserve your tickets.

05/18/2020 - 5:38pm

Social Distancing? Flying V is streaming their wrestling events and podcasts while you're stuck inside. Also, check out their well-lauded "The Pirate Laureate of Port Town," Zachary Fernebok's charming tale of wonder, wit, and wordplay, streaming May 22 to June 1, Pay-What-You-Can.

05/08/2020 - 6:03pm

Brave Spirits Theatre presents "Shakespeare's Histories: Online Reading Series" (Mons/Tues May 11 to June 2) - a virtual summer staged reading festival celebrating the history plays of the English early modern stage; a supplement to BST's Shakespeare’s Histories productions. Performed by BST's Histories ensemble cast and collaborators from across the world. Free, donations are welcome.

05/05/2020 - 2:18pm

Check out Keegan Theatre's PLAY-RAH-KA online activities in May and June for families - new opportunities for young people of all ages to be creative and have fun with theatre and storytelling from home! PRK helps young people discover their authentic voices and express themselves use their imagination through creative play. For ages 5 years old to high school.

05/01/2020 - 4:33pm

Connect with The IN Series as they offer streaming of their productions of "Butterfly" and "Here Be Sirens", as well as their IN Tune podcast series with Artistic Director Timothy Nelson, and periodic Cocktail Concerts with IN Series artists.