Kennedy Center Hosts 11th Annual Page-to-Stage New Play Festival, 9/1-3


The Kennedy Center hosts its 11th annual Page-to-Stage new play festival from Saturday, September 1, 2012 to Monday, September 3, 2012, featuring more than 40 theaters from the D.C. metropolitan area, all with a mission to produce and support new work. The three-day, Center-wide event offers a series of free readings and open rehearsals of plays and musicals being developed by local, regional, and national playwrights, librettists, and composers. A performance schedule appears below.

Participating theaters include:

ABG Playwrights
Active Cultures Theatre
African-American Collective Theater
American Ensemble Theater
The Apothetae
Artists' Bloc
Bouncing Ball Theatricals
Bowie State University Theatre Department
Catholic University
Charter Theatre
DC-Area Playwrights Group
Dramatists Guild of America
Essential Theater
Field Trip Theatre
Folger Theatre
Forum Theatre
Georgetown University
Guillotine Theatre
Hollins University
Hub Theatre
Indian Ocean Theatre Company
The Inkwell
Intersections: A New America Arts Festival
Kennedy Center Access
The Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences
My Creative Spirit
National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
The Performance Corporation
The Playwright Zone
Playwrights Group of Baltimore
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Scena Theatre
Seventh Street Playhouse
Signature Theatre
Synetic Theater
Taffety Punk
The Comedy Academy, Inc.
Theater J
Thunderous Productions
Timeless Visual Works, LLC
Venus Theatre
Virginia Children's Theater
Wanderlust Theater Lab
The Washington Rogues


*Schedule and artists subject to change without notice*

Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance. Seating is limited and subject to availability. There is no free parking for free events. Age recommendations have been determined by the company.

Saturday, September 1, 2012


Catholic University: Padre by Robert Montenegro, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

A panicky priest making his way through a bad part of town is accosted by a young female gang member with a bullet in her gut and a yearning for her one shot at final redemption. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.

Catholic University: The Laundryman by Robert Montenegro, 1:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.

When a young politician gets involved in a nasty hit and run, he seeks out the help of a Senate veteran whose contact known as The Laundryman specializes in washing away political stains. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Catholic University: Nothing to Keep You by Matthew Buckley Smith, 2:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Two brothers meet in an airport terminal. They both need help, but only one will get it. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Catholic University of America: Love Birds by Katherine White, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

When rare, endangered birds refuse to mate, scientists race to intervene and struggle with the ethical implications. How far should they go to save a species that won't save itself? Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Catholic University of America: Beggars and Chooser by Teri Gillmore, 3:30 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Having fought with his girlfriend that morning, Mark waits for her at the train station with a bouquet of flowers, ready to apologize. But she's late – and Mark's growing anxieties are mocked by Harry, a homeless man, who is determined to prove to Mark just how much worse things could be. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.

Virginia Children's Theater: How to Catch a Leprechaun by Mario Baldessari and Rex Daugherty, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Riley O'Really really wants to catch a leprechaun. He's got everything he needs for his trap: a pair of sharp eyes, a good Irish folk song and, most importantly, an irresistible pitcher of green lemonade. The unusually tall leprechaun he captures readily agrees to give up the gold. But is the not-so-wee one telling the truth or playing a trick? Find out in this new comedy based on the old Irish folktale. Fun-for-the-whole family entertainment. Family friendly.

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