From theatreWashington

theatreWashington has heard the growing voices speaking out for justice, transformation, and accountability in the Washington theatre industry. We stand with you and the concerned community to create the changes that will make Washington area theatres more equitable and better places to work. Full statement...

  • Adventure Theatre MTC’s "Jingle in July" looks to bring the magic of winter into the homes of children & families. Seeking DC, Maryland, or Virginia writers to take part in a flash creation of new work for a series of online readings for family audiences focused on winter and holiday themes and actors to perform in them. "Jingle in July" script readings will be a free event on Facebook Live, July 26, 2020 and the theatre will select at least one playwright to be commissioned to present their play at WinterFest in the coming 2020-21 season. To Submit A Script (sign up by July 17, scripts due by July 20) or for actors to submit to perform via an open call (over the age of 16; send info by July 17), see details at link.

  • Embracing the ubiquity of contemporary podcasts while harkening to the earlier radio dramas, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting presents its summer repertory season of 3 radio plays: Hamlet by William Shakespeare (July 16) dir by program director Alec Wild, Man and Superman by George Bernard Shaw (July 18) dir by Aaron Posner, and Romeo and Juliet by William Shakespeare (July 17) dir by Holly Twyford. ACA Program Director Alec Wild says, “Radio doubles down on this idea. Everything is up to the imagination of the audience! It is arguably the most purely theatrical experience, and we’re thrilled to be adding these audio dramas to the STC/ACA repertoire.”

  • Synetic Theater's rescheduled streaming of the virtual production of "The Decameron" begins July 10 and over 10 days. This new closing event of the 2019-20 season is their first designed-for-digital production: an adaptation of Giovanni Boccaccio's "The Decameron." Written in Italy in response to The Black Plague of 1347-1351, it is a collection of 100 novellas that celebrates the human impulse to connect through storytelling in a time of despair and isolation. Artists are adapting one story each remotely while being mentored by other Synetic company members and artistic leadership. Choose your own experience through individual selections, pre-created playlists, or tune in beginning July 10 to experience the work serially over 10 days, in honor of the source material. Pay-What-You-Can ticket options begin at just $10.

  • Studio Theatre launched a three-part series of virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24 - Psalm's Salons at Studio on June 25 (now streaming). The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music with our Studio community. Next event is July 23 (5pm) with actor Justin Weaks, Galvanize DC founders J.J. Johnson and Jefferson A. Russell, and Jjana Valentiner, executive producer of the Making Space to Breathe/Gathering to Grieve vigil, plus a live mix from DJ Nick tha 1da. FREE

  • Adventure Theatre MTC, Convergence Theatre, and 4615 Theatre Company invited playwrights, devisers, and theatre makers to Q-FEST Playwriting Fest 2.0 on June 28 (the readings are now streaming on each theatre's Facebook pages). This edition of DMV QFEST was committed to defining space for POC artists from the DMV, who have worked in the DMV, or feel connected to the DMV, as well as recognizing June as Pride month so encourage hearing from DMV artists in the LGBTQ+ community as they intersect with the POC community.

  • Arena Stage opens its online Spring/Summer Season with two world premiere films, "May 22, 2020" and "Inside Voices: a film by Arena Stage’s Voices of Now ensembles", through Arena’s new Supper Club (then streaming). Patrons will be able to dine on delicious fare delivered to their door from area restaurants while watching the live premieres. Premiered June 12, now streaming for Free "May 22, 2020", a filmed docudrama, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, captures one day in the life of 10 DMV subjects interviewed by area playwrights on May 22, 2020, turned into original monologues and filmed with Washington actors. June 19 (7p.m.) premiere thru Supper Club, then streaming for Free starting June 20 - "Inside Voices". Voices of Now (VON) is a season-long drama program that devises autobiographical plays with ensembles of middle-school, high-school and adult artists locally and internationally.


10 Questions


Everything is Go-Go's right now over at Monumental Theatre Company as their production of the jukebox musical Head Over Heels opens in...

10 Questions


19th century math whiz Ada Lovelace is known as the first programmer for her work with her mentor and friend Charles Babbage and his “Analytical Engine,” considered the first computer. She was also the only legitimate child of the...

10 Questions


We've all been there, applauding at curtain call and the cast gestures their thanks to the orchestra, the director, and... who are we clapping for now? It's likely the show's stage manager, the person who does a bit of...