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The Share Fund
The Julian R and Varue W Oishei Foundation
The Kennedy Center/Kenan Fund's Artists-in-Residence Program
The Orbit of Mercury
by Bob Bartlett
directed by KenYatta Rogers
March 25 - 26, 2017
Saturday evening at 8:00pm and Sunday afternoon at 3:00pm
FREE to attend
Mercury's future is bright - basketball star at prep school, recruited by top colleges nationwide, but right now Mercury's orbit is wobbling, retrograde in fact. Returning to unfamiliar inner city haunts, he meets a girl who remembers all about the past that he forgot. Spirits of the place take shape, joining the retired white cop who raised him, to light Mercury's way through an expanding universe.
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The Yellow Bird
Motherless Children by Jenn Tash
Saturday, August 27th at 8:00pm and Sunday, August 28th at 3:00pm
Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff
What if humanity's guardian angels aren't up to the job? Set in the midst of an outbreak of a deadly disease that kills by destroying our dreams, Motherless Children follows ten humans and two angels as they try to figure out "WTF happened?" and, hopefully, reclaim their dreams.
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Bell and Bliss
directed by Rebecca Holderness
Monday, November 23rd, 2015 at 7:00pm
Free to attend
Set in the sweltering Washington DC summer of 1881, President James Abram Garfield lays dying behind a curtain in the White House - Charles Guiteau has buried a bullet deep in the President's belly, and Dr. D Willard Bliss is trying desperately to find it. Enter Alexander Graham Bell, overwhelmed and exhausted by the success of his revolutionary telephone. Both men seek greatness: for Bell, an invention that will redefine his success as a scientist; for Bliss, to be the ultimate medical savior of the nation. As Garfield slowly succumbs to sepsis, their failed attempts to save him fully charge the motivations of Bell's assistant, Charles Sumner Tainter, as what he hears from Bell's machine suggests what they're searching for may not be a piece of lead.
BELL AND BLISS was inspired by primary resource materials that include not only the personal journals and letters of the titular characters, but also visceral artifacts such as President Garfield's spine and the bullet that wounded him. The playwright interacted with these primary resources at institutions including the Library of Congress Manuscript Division, the Historical Society of Washington DC, and the National Museum of Health and Medicine, among others.
This developmental workshop features Michael Kevin Darnell, Elliot Bales, and Jefferson Breland. There will be a post-show discussion with the director and playwright to engage audience response.
Written and directed by Sandra Kammann
With Mary Abbott, Craig Allen, A.J. Calbert, Miss Jessica Denson, Madelyn Farris, Madison Middleton, Vanessa Nolan, Lilian Oben, and Carol Spring.
Driven by activist passion and anthropological training, playwright Sandra Kammann’s new work tackles religious persecution, eco-spirituality, the mother-daughter bond and the nature of eternity, for starters. The hallmark alchemy of her mythic approach is deliciously nourishing, and the play’s visionary perspective proves both disarming and exhilarating in its bold authenticity. With a stirring musical score, luscious vocals, ancient poetic lore and arresting physical-theatre, Duir-wyyd: The Dreamer’s Doorway weaves tangible magic, offering a compelling message for our time.
Coordinated by Kristy Simmons, New Works in Action presents two workshop performances of Duir-wyyd: The Dreamer's Doorway, a new play by Sandra Kammann, October 31- November 1, 2015. Please stay for the talk-back after the show and become part of the development process!
The Bison Beast of Dubois
by Mario Baldessari
Directed by Lynn Sharp Spears
With Melissa Robinson, Robert John Biedermann, Bill Aitken, Susan Porter, Jen Bevan and Jonathan Lee Taylor
A small-town prank aimed at kickstarting local tourism reawakens long-simmering prejudices between the town and the neighboring Reservation – as well as something strange from deep in the Wyoming backcountry.
Coordinated by Kristy Simmons, New Works in Action presents two workshop performances of The Bison Beast of Dubois, a new play by Mario Baldessari, August 22-23, 2015. Please stay for the talk-back after the show and become part of the development process!
“I like small towns. I like stories that make you laugh - and maybe think a little bit. And I like comedy that comes from ordinary people caught up in extraordinary circumstances. The Bison Beast of Dubois has all of that, rolled into one,” describes Mario Baldessari.
Read more insights from the playwright, director, and artistic director in DC Metro Theater Arts.
Fully Staged Workshop Productions
Saturday, August 22, @ 7:30pm
Sunday, August 23, @ 3:00pm
Admission is Free (Donations are Welcome)
Directed by Jason Schlafstein
A parade of sights and sounds on a mysterious journey underground.
FISKER FIGHTS FOR HIS LIFE
KLYTMNESRTRA: AN EPIC SLAM POEM
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