With the closing of H Street Playhouse, Theater Alliance moves into what they call their “itinerant” phase, planning future productions in one, possible two theatres, and renewing their Monday night reading series, titled Hothouse on the Hill.
Theater Alliance plans to keep a presence on H Street, so we may see some productions at Atlas Performing Arts Center. Their second venue will the Anacostia Playhouse, moving in this July for the August opening of BROKE-OLOGY by Nathan Louis Jackson.
Meanwhile, Theater Alliance staff are preparing for the free reading series which starts Monday night May 13th and runs through June 10th. Audiences will hear the works of Jackie Sibblies Drury, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Young Jean Lee and Therese Rebeck. It all takes place at at The Fridge DC, 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, (Rear Alley), Washington, DC.
It’s free. Donations are accepted.
Hothouse on the Hill Reading Series
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by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nathan Mendez
May 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM
“I just thought that, you know, if something like this happened – I thought we would be different.” From Brooklyn-based playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury comes this dark and funny exploration of what happens when a group of anonymous strangers isolates themselves from a nameless danger in the outside world in an effort to preserve a sense of civil society. But who do you trust when fear and survival are your only rules?
by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Joshua Morgan
May 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Vic thinks she’s finally found the one in bookish poet Ram. When Vic introduces the scholar to her sister, Free, sparks don’t exactly fly. But when Free, a deaf woman, reads the scholar’s translations of Sanskrit poetry, Ram and Free begin to build a language all of their own. In this moving play about the power of communication and finding ways to understand one another, Aditi Brennan Kapil has created a love story between word and sign, between Sanskrit poetry and ASL.
by Young Jean Lee
Directed by Mark Hairston
June 3, 2013 at 7:30 PM
How do we define ourselves and how do others see us? What is the grey area between? Identity and stereotypes are the subjects of this absurdly funny performance piece that blends movement, comedy, and drama into a sharp exploration of what it means to be an African American in modern America.
by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
June 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM
Meet Alice, a typical teenage girl in 21st century America. Student. Daughter. Friend. But Alice’s world will soon turn upside down as it collides with a world of Tea Party politics, gun control, bullying, rape, American history, and religion. In this hysterical satire, playwright Theresa Rebeck ponders about what happens when we really look at America, our past, and our future.