Day of Absence


It’s another morning in another country fried southern town. As citizens begin to stir, they are forced to deal with a shocking discovery that sends the town topsy turvy. Reclaiming the complexity and depth of the African-American population, Ward’s 1965 script and this imaginative retelling is a comedic and pointed commentary on systemic racism that still bears relevance today. Douglas Turner Ward’s Day of Absence caps off an evening of song, dance, and other performative delights that are sure to tickle and titillate the senses.

Presented by Theater Alliance

Show Type
Running Time
90 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For All Ages Price Ranges
$1 - $50

Discount Tickets Available Radical Neighboring Initiative

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Box Office Phone: 202-241-2539

Schedule Open/Close Dates: 10/05/2019 - 11/03/2019
Sunday 08:00pm--
Monday ---
Tuesday ---
Wednesday ---
Thursday 08:00pm--
Friday 08:00pm--
Saturday 08:00pm--
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 10/21/2019 - 8:00pm Industry Night
Performer Role
Ezinne Elele 3rd Op/Three/Pious
Dylan J. Fleming Luke
Kaisheem Fowler Bryant Jackson
Charles Franklin IV 1st Op/One/Businessman/Clan/
Damondre Green Clem
Jonathan D Palmer John/Rastus
Sisi Reid Supervisor/Clubwoman
Nia Savoy Mary/Announcer
Jared Shamberger Mayor
Kayla Warren 2nd Op/Two/Corier
Production Personnel
Douglas Turner Ward
Raymond O. Caldwell
Angelisa Gillyard
Costume Designer
Jeannette Christensen
Set Designer
Jonathan Dahm Robertson
Lighting Designer
Alberto Segarra


Anacostia Playhouse
2020 Shannon Place SE, Washington, DC 20020

Getting There

  • Anacostia (Green Line)
  • Easily accessible via 90-series buses


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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