09/08/16 - 09/30/16
Written by Jonas Hassen Khemiri; Translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles, Directed by Michael Dove
A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. His best to become invisible and not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over twenty-four hours, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s fierce, funny, and explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur.
03/16/17 - 04/15/17
Written by Monica Byrne, Directed by Jenna Duncan
DC PREMIERE (In Rep with DRY LAND)
In 1914, four teen girls in a New York reformatory discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to the same tiny dormitory room. Adopting birth control activist Margaret Sanger as their secret patron saint, they build a communal fantasy life where they travel the world, take lovers at will, and assassinate their enemies. Their fantasy life grows more and more elaborate until objects from their fantasy world start appearing in the real one—including a baby.
03/16/17 - 04/15/17
Written by Ruby Rae Spiegel, Directed by Amber McGinnis
DC PREMIERE (In Rep with WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW)
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. DRY LAND is a play about abortion, female friendship, and resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left. This timely and unflinching new play is from one of America’s most exciting young playwrights, Ruby Rae Spiegel.
04/27/17 - 05/27/17
Written by Robert Schenkkan, Directed by Michael Dove
The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall is the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way), and will be directed by Michael Dove. "Building the Wall" imagines a very near future where President Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric is turned into harrowing reality. Millions of undocumented immigrants are rounded up and detained, overflowing private prisons and incarceration camps. Now, a historian interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.
05/08/17 - 05/08/17
Written by Tony Kushner, Directed by Michael Dove
A Benefit Reading of A Bright Room Called Day
In 1930s Berlin, a group of left-leaning friends struggle to understand the world around them as Hitler rises to power. However, while they claim to have lofty ideals, they do not partake in active resistance against Hitler. The main character, Agnes, is mainly concerned about keeping her rent-controlled apartment. Meanwhile, these events are contrasted with a parallel presentation of events in America in the 1980s by a modern day activist, Zillah, who insists on taking action to fight repression and authoritarianism.