Rorschach Theatre, whose recent work has been characterized by world premieres, outlandish concepts, magical realism and suspenseful moments, will offer three world premieres of suspenseful, outlandish plays full of magical realism for its 2018-2019 season.
The season begins with Sing to Me Now, a play in which the last surviving muse, Calliope (the muse of epic poetry and eloquence), decides to take on an intern. But Calliope needs more help than someone to make the coffee or even give a rough draft of an epic a going-over, and only her intern can give her that help. This play was a finalist for the 2016 Jerome Fellowship for playwright Iris Dauterman, who was also a finalist for the 2017 Jerome for Something Bad Happened: A Love Story. Rorschach co-Artistic Director Jenny McConnell Frederick will direct; the play will run between October 19 and November 18 of 2018.
Rorschach will kick off the new year with Steve Yockey’s Reykjavik, a story of a tourist lost in darkness. James goes to Iceland’s capital (the site of the epic Spassky-Fischer chess match and later a crucial summit between Reagan and Gorbachev) in search of the Northern Lights. No Northern Lights, though — just mysterious and threatening people and things. Yockey is a playwright familiar to DC audiences; we’ve seen Pluto and Blackberry Winter at Forum, very close and hard to see at Rorschach, and The Thrush and the Woodpecker at the Source Festival, all in the last four years. Reykjavik will run between February 8 and March 3 of next year; no director has been announced. Rorschach advises that this show may not be appropriate for those under 18.
Annie Jump & the Library of Heaven is the final announced Rorschach show. In Reina Hardy’s drama, young Annie Jump, an incipient scientist, discovers that the popular girl (with great hair) may actually be an intergalactic super computer whose mission it is to bring humanity to the stars. Hardy is a Michener Fellow and winner of the 2014 KCACTF TYA prize. Rorschach produced her Glassheart in 2014. Annie Jump will run from April 19 to May 19, 2019.
In addition to these three plays, Rorschach will be scheduling an unspecified number of staged readings and its Klecksography event, which will feature 12 plays in 10 days. Details of these events are not yet available.