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:
Active Cultures Theatre
African-American Collective Theater
American Ensemble Theater
Bouncing Ball Theatricals
Bowie State University Theatre Department
DC-Area Playwrights Group
Dramatists Guild of America
Field Trip Theatre
Indian Ocean Theatre Company
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
Seventh Street Playhouse
The Comedy Academy, Inc.
Timeless Visual Works, LLC
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
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
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.
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Synetic Theater: Jekyll and Hyde Training, 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Company founders Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili lead a demonstration of Synetic's training techniques combined with excerpts from the new wordless interpretation of the company's adaptation of Robert Louis Stevenson's The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll and Mr.Hyde. Training/Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Safe Streets Arts Foundation: Six Prisoner-Written Short Plays, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Safe Streets Arts Foundation, which works to identify and develop outstanding talent in playwriting among men and women in prison, will be presenting six short plays written by prisoners. Between the plays, songs about prison will be performed by Folsom Prisoners, a combo that includes an ex-prisoner guitarist-singer. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
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Guillotine Theatre: History and Myth: Two One-Acts, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Men are from Mars and women from Venus? Well men are history-centric while women operate in the world of myth. Guillotine Theater presents two short works based on history/myth. Merryman, an all-male play by Paul Handy, and Four Riffs for a Sailor, an all-female play by Monica Raymond. A psychological drama based on political events during the civil war, Merryman questions under what circumstances – if ever – can we suspend the rule of law. Poetic drama Four Riffs for a Sailor examines four of the loves of Greek hero Odysseus. These two plays – like men and women – are very different, yet go well together. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
A fictional account dramatizing the last days before hip hop icon Tupac Shakur was killed preceded by a self-arranged meeting between him and his rival Biggie Smalls. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
African-American Collective Theater: 11 x 8 1/2 inches, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Alan Sharpe's African-American Collective Theater (ACT) returns to the Page-to-Stage Festival with a steamy new series of his short plays exploring the lives of same-gender-loving men in the Black community. Darkly dramatic, explicitly erotic, candidly comic, and raunchily romantic – these dramas chronicle the challenges facing urban brothers embracing their true sexuality...and those still struggling towards self-recognition and redemption. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
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ABG Playwrights: Swimming Up the Sun -The Adoption Play by Nicole Burton, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
At age 22, the playwright set out to find her English birth parents, a Jewish father and a mother believed to be an artist. The adventure led to parents, grandparents, and siblings, a kaleidoscope of relationships with one dark secret at its center. Drama. Family friendly.
Playwrights Group of Baltimore: Playful Poe, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Short works by Susan Middaugh, John J. Conley, Kevin Kostic, Amy Bernstein, Brent Englar, Andrew Hager, and Rich Espey based on Edgar Allen Poe's short stories set in modern times. Some are spooky, most are funny, and all are quirky tributes to Baltimore's most famous buried resident. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Artists' Bloc: The Crow by Danielle Mohlman, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
The Crow is a reverse-gender take on J.M. Barrie's classic novel Peter Pan. This full-length play is set in 1967 Boston and imagines the story from a female Pan's perspective during the height of Vietnam-era counterculture. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Inspired by Greek mythology, Orphie and the Book of Heroes is a newly commissioned musical being developed by Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences. Intended for children 7 and up and their families. Orphie, a young orphan girl in Ancient Greece, is obsessed with the stories that her guardian Homer tells her about great heroes. But while searching for a story about a female hero, Orphie sets out on a journey to rescue Homer from Hades, a quest that takes her from the heights of Mt. Olympus to the depths of the underworld. And in the end, Orphie realizes that the story she is searching for is actually her own. Directed by Scott Schwartz.
MetroStage: Ladies Swing the Blues book and lyrics by Thomas W. Jones II, original music by William Knowles, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The year is 1955. The place is New York City's 52nd Street, the cultural mecca of jazz in the universe. Explore the jazz folklore, mythologies and backstage stories of the 40's and 50's at a gathering to commemorate the passing of jazz legend Charlie Parker. A place where music and mythology mingle in one unforgettable evening. Four jazz divas in the tradition of Billie Holiday, Sarah Vaughn, Ella Fitzgerald, and Peggy Lee gather in a dressing room waiting to go on. From their lips we hear the tapestry of bebop, blues and jazz in music, and the collective storytelling that gave rise to the mythic folklore of jazz mythology about Miles, Monk, Bird, Basie, Ellington and others including the one mysteriously known as the Jazz Baroness. Experience the many colorful personalities that define one of the most pivotal music periods of the twentieth century. Musical. Family friendly.
Charter Theatre: Monkeyboy II by Mario Baldessari and Keith Bridges, 8:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
Monkeyboy II is a continuation of the adventures of Monkeyboy, the cursed cockatoo whose very presence brings terrible personal misfortune. Smarter (and meaner) than your average bird, Monkeyboy erodes people's self-confidence, reveals embarrassing truths about their lives, and spouts insightful profanities and pop songs. Having mysteriously survived abandonment in the Amazon, the bird is back – ready to destroy relationships and a city council campaign. A sequel to Charter Theater's 2005 hit, Monkeyboy. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
Seventh Street Playhouse: The Botticelli Cruise by Anthony Gallo, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
The Botticelli, a small exclusive cruise ship, takes a dramatic cruise around the east coast of Africa on the Botticelli. Bernard is taking his 40th cruise. Boo, who is now on her 10th cruise and fifth marriage, likes gin including cognac, scotch, bourbon, martinis, and anything else that is available. Arthur, the Somali waiter, is accommodating to her. The ship cruises toward dangerous ports with rumors of revolutions, terrorists, and pirates. They each claim they want nothing, but then pirates invade the ship… Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
The Kennedy Center's Access program in association with The Apothetae: Good Dancer by Emily Chadick Weiss; Downsizing Camus by Todd Bauer; The Hephaestus Project by AshlinHalfnight; The Penalty by Clay McLeod Chapman, based on the novel The Penalty by Gouverneur Morris, and its film adaptation by Charles Kenyon, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
The Apothetae is a company dedicated to the production of new plays about the "Disabled Experience." The company focuses on newly commissioned works by both established and up and coming playwrights, and plays that already exist in the theatrical canon featuring characters with disabilities or dealing with disabled themes: Oedipus, Richard III, John Merrick (the Elephant Man), etc. By making visible the human impact of disabled people throughout history, empathy is engaged, perceptions changed, and new communities forged through the collaborative and transformative power of the artistic process. Recommended for mature audiences.
The Comedy Academy Inc.: …and a play to be named later by Harry Bagdasian, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
A playwright-in-residence at a financially troubled theatre must create a new play to keep the woman he secretly loves from going to jail. She has, after all, raised funds by promising five foundations that the opening play of the season would be about their cause. And they're all coming to opening night. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
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Timeless Visual Works, LLC: The Mommy Miniya & Me Show: My Diary by Ollie L. Jefferson, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Miniya thought she was getting some juicy lessons about life when she finds her older sister, Nailah, diary. Hidden secrets reveal the truth about relationships among sisters and brothers. A lesson about moral values and obedience, as well as the consequences for disobedience. Family friendly.
My Creative Spirit: Happily Ever After (the Myth) by Rebekah Pierce, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
Happily Ever After "is simply a myth when four friends in a love triangle find their lives eviscerated in this psychological thriller that plays fast and loose with truth and longing." Drama. Not rated.
The Playwright Zone: Everything I Do by John Becker, 7:30 p.m. – 10:00 p.m.
REHEARSAL ROOM #7
National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts: The Pelican Point Players' Original Adaptation of Mr. Sir Charles Dickens's A Christmas Carol by Chris Stezin, 4:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Every year, the annual production of Dickens's A Christmas Carol is the only thing that keeps the Pelican Point Players' tiny little community theater from going under for good. This year's production is more comically troubled than ever. There's a real ghost of Christmas Present who wants to shut the theater down and a zany, out-of-control director who challenges everyone's Christmas spirit. What the dickens is going to happen? Will this show be the one that brings the curtain down forever? Comedy/Drama. Not rated.
Sunday, September 2, 2012
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
Recipients of the 2012 VSA Playwright Discovery Award, 6:00 p.m – 7:00 p.m.
Mr. Pan & Neverlandby Samantha Brown, from Brooklyn, NY
To the Beat of a Funeral Marchby Catherine Caffera, from Fairport, NY
Life is Jazzby Bradley Hildebrandt, from Elkhorn, NE
Dominoesby Christian Mincks, from Colonial Heights, VA
This annual award recognizes excellence in young playwrights writing on themes of disability. The VSA Playwright Discovery Program is an annual, national program that invites middle and high school students to take a closer look at the world around them, examine how disability affects their lives and the lives of others, and express their views through the art of playwriting. Excerpts from the plays will be presented in concert reading format featuring Jessica Frances Dukes, Phillip James Brannon, Carlos Saldana, Rana Kay, Michael Willis, Michael Sazonov, and Kimberly Schraf.
Monday, September 3, 2011
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
Theater J: The Hampton Years by Jacqueline E. Lawton, 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
This breakthrough premiere explores the development of great African-American artists,
John Biggers and Samella Lewis under the tutelage of Austrian Jewish refugee painter and educator, Viktor Lowenfeld. Focusing on the pivotal years at Hampton Institute, Virginia during WWII, this richly researched tapestry reveals the dreams and travails of young artists in a still segregated society. Drama. Recommended for ages 8 and up.
Signature Theatre: New Musical Showcase, 6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
New songs from new musicals by commissioned by Signature Theatre with the support of the Shen Family Foundation.
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Hollins University: Bellocq's Ophelia, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Based on the book by U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey, adapted by Ernest Zulia, T. J. Anderson III, and Lexie Martin Mondot. Set in 1911, Bellocq's Ophelia is a multimedia theatrical odyssey that follows the journey of a young biracial woman who leaves the cotton fields of Southern Mississippi, and when confronted by the roadblocks of racial and gender discrimination, finds her only opportunity for survival in a New Orleans brothel. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Bouncing Ball Theatricals: Titus, the musical, a retrospective, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Shawn Northrip's punk rock musical adaptation of Shakespeare's bloody revenge tragedy first appeared ten years ago at Page-to-Stage. Since then, it has had a long journey to the stage and back again. Half a dozen drummers and titles later, company members reunite to reflect on its evolution, present excised material, and perform the original version of the script. Punk Rock Musical. Recommended for mature audiences.
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Thunderous Productions: Tibet's Beckoning Soil by David McWellan, 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
An 89-year-old Tibetan woman, living in exile in the United States, wants to return to her native land, in order to spend her last living moments. Her son, who is disinterested in his Tibetan heritage, opposes his mother's request. However, his sister (her daughter) is loyal and adheres to her mother's wishes. Obtaining a visa from China becomes a bureaucratic nightmare. Thus begins a round of conflict between the siblings and with the Chinese authorities. The brother, in a climactic moment of lost love, begins to rediscover his identity and embrace his Tibetan heritage. A play of finding identity in the heritage of the past. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Active Cultures Theatre: HellSpawn II: Black Aggie Speaks, 3:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
A trilogy of horror: Faceless by Mary Resing, Verite by Michael John Garces, and What Fresh Hell by Alexandra Petri. On a cold December morning in 1886, Washington insider Clover Adams commits suicide in her Lafayette Square home. In the early hours of a day in November 1956, a UMD fraternity pledge dies in the arms of a statue on her grave. In broad daylight in September 2012, her statue lurks in the garden of a courthouse where disastrous political decisions are made. Coincidence? Urban legend? Or something else entirely... Thriller. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Wanderlust Theater Lab: Butterfly, 7:30 p.m.
Butterfly centers on a self-appointed prophet, Todd. Born of African-American descent,
jazz musician father (Jules) and Gertie, who was raised as an Orthodox Jew, Todd was a rising professional baseball player when he discovered that he had overwhelming prophetic urges. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
NORTH ATRIUM FOYER
The Inkwell: Terminals by David Robinson; Long Black Veil by Julie Lewis; Fortune and Pain (at the End of the World) by Tira Palmquist; and K Comma Joseph by Kirby Fields; 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Four new plays in development with Washington D.C.'s own center of new play development, the Inkwell. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
The Washington Rogues: In the Forest, She Grew Fangs by Stephen Spotswood, 7:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Lucy is the forgotten girl at her high school – ghosting through the hallways unnoticed, except for when she's being tormented. She figures her life is over before it's begun. Until she finds something in the dark forest – something that fills her dreams with teeth and claws. This bloody deconstruction of Little Red Riding Hood takes the familiar elements of werewolves, teen lust, and high school bullies and puts them through a blender, until you don't know the difference between the victim and the monster. Thriller. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Adapted from the classic thriller by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, Ken Ludwig's adaptation of The House of the Baskervilles, perhaps the greatest and most haunting of Sherlock Holmes's adventures, is a highly theatrical tour-de-force for five actors. Thriller.
Dramatists Guild of America: Moving from Page to Stage: Playwriting Opportunities in the greater D.C. region, 7:00 p.m. – 7:45 p.m.
A "meet-and-greet" session for playwrights and aspiring playwrights to network and to learn about The Dramatists Guild of America. Regional representatives of the Dramatists Guild of America will convene the meeting. Attendees will have the opportunity to share information about writing groups, opportunities for production, classes, and to generate new ideas in a setting with other interested playwrights. Informational Session.
D.C. Area Playwrights Group: The Seven-Ten Split, 8:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Seven top D.C. area playwrights perform their own ten-minute plays in a slam-style showcase of local voices: Jazz Noir Ballad for a Soldier by Brett Abelman, Family Values by Renee Calarco, Sounds of Alarm by Kathryn Coughlin, Fightin' Words by Brian Doyle, Eurzulie by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, RSVP by Pamela Leahigh, Screamers by Will Mallon, Ultimate Success by Jack Novak, and She's a Mess by Jenny Splitter. Drama/Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
Intersections: A New America Arts Festival: Intersections: Under Construction, 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Three collaborative artists whose work will premiere at Intersections: A New America Arts Festival at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in 2013 will share excerpts from their pieces "under construction." Hip hop artist Paige Hernandez and classical Indian dancer Chitra Kalyandurg's collaboration will explore feminine archetypes, solo artist Allie Villerreal tackles issues of body size and image in "InFATuation," and writer/singer Rachel Cross combines text and song in her theater/music piece "Synesthia." Innovative forms of audience feedback will be led by Ms. Hernandez.Music, Movement, and Spoken word. Recommended for mature audiences.
Georgetown University: Brother of War by Justin McCarthy, 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
A murder sends shockwaves through a community and challenges its conceptions of honor, character, and the meaning of manhood at an elite prep school, enveloped in privilege and staunchly committed to its firmly entrenched ideals. Brother of War tells a story woven by tensile threads of masculine tradition and athletic rituals, woven together through lacrosse. In the wake of a terrible tragedy, The Players must determine the true value of keeping the strings from snapping. Thriller. Recommended for mature audiences.
American Ensemble Theater: The Pirate Laureate of Port Town by Martin Blank, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A poetic pirate must decide between the greater of two booties: his peerless crew or the land-locked love of his life. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
REHEARSAL ROOM #1
Taffety Punk: Somersaulting by Liz Maestri, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
This piece is an adaptation of Sammy Harkham's three-color comic, "Somersaulting" from Drawn and Quarterly Showcase #3. Somersaulting is the tale of two best friends, Edie and Iris, and a long high school summer before the start of senior year. It's the summer that propels them both into adulthood – their listless days of dreaming about the future become spotted as they have their first discoveries of death, love, and sex in the suburbs. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
Field Trip Theatre: Jim & Paul Meet in Dreams by Danielle Mohlman, 3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Two men who have everything and nothing in common take over each other's subconscious state. Narrated by the female presence in their lives, this pair navigates everything from missed opportunities to gained experiences, solitude to companionship -- struggling to find a home for mortality and reality in this constant dream state. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
Hub Theatre: Dire Wolves by Kristen LePine, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
It's the brutally fast-moving 21st Century even in Evansville, Indiana, the third-largest city in Indiana. This is the setting for Dire Wolves, a Hub Theatre commission that examines how quick changes impact personal identity. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
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Scena Theatre: Amelia by Robert McNamara, 3:00 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.
In 1937, famed American aviatrix Amelia Earhart began her around the world solo flight. On July 2, after taking off from Lau, New Guinea she disappeared forever. Was pilot error to blame, or was she a spy for the U.S. government who fell into the hands of the Japanese? One of the top ten mysteries of all time, come join Scena Theatre as we explore the final chapter of this great American heroine. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Indian Ocean Theatre Company: Custom of the Sea: A Washed-Up Comedy by John Sowalsky, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
A washed-up comedy about cannibalism. Comedy. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
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Bowie State University Theatre Department: Presidential Timber byBarbara and Carlton Molette, 1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
University President Dickman exposes 10 years of accumulated hidden debt. But instead of being applauded, students and faculty demand his removal. Later a "plan" is unveiled to get rid of the university's financial woes, and calm the protesting voices of students and faculty. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Venus Theater: Devil Dog Six by Fengar Gael and Claudie Hukill by Sean O'Leary, 3:00 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venus Theater closes out the Bold Hope 2012 Season with these two plays. In Devil Dog Six, a female jockey attempts to ride the devil. Claudie Hukill is about a simple Appalachian family and a prophetic rabbit living in an extraordinary situation. Both plays tell the tale of hope and explore familial connections in beautiful and sometimes shocking ways. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
Forum Theatre in association with the Performance Corporation: Emerald City byTom Swift, 7:30 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.
Naive 19-year-old Seersha has run away from her dysfunctional family in the city, in search of a fresh start in the country. She's got a job as the live-in companion to Missus – a lonely middle-aged lady who's been abandoned by her daughter. Seersha's delusions about country life are tested when she finds that her new home is in a crime-ridden village beside an eight-lane freeway.
TICKET INFORMATION: Page-to-Stage is free and open to the public. No tickets required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Seating is limited and subject to availability. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance. There is no free parking for free events.
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