audience engagement


Studio produces plays that start conversations. Over his first several seasons, Artistic Director David Muse has tripled the resources we invest in our audience engagement programs. Studio believes that theatre is an empathy-creating endeavor—watching an actor embody someone’s story on stage can kindle a connection that is ultimately more persuasive than reading about a situation, a crisis, or a cultural moment. To capitalize on theatre’s capacity to show similarities and differences across an audience, Studio is committed to providing forums for lively conversations about the themes and context of a particular play, alongside opportunities for our audience to connect with the people who craft these plays.

We offer a variety of ways for audiences to engage with the plays, process, and people behind the work on our stages.

  • Artists in Conversation Series, dialogues with the Studio’s actors, directors, and playwrights. (You can purchase a five-play subscription to the After-Show Discussion with the Cast Saturday or Sunday matinee series.)
  • Plays in Context Series, conversations with scholars and community members that explore the themes and context of Studio’s plays.
  • PostScript, a new series of candid and invigorating conversations about Studio’s Subscription Series plays, like a book club for plays.

 

Events for the 2017-2018 season

Skeleton Crew
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast 
September 17, 2017 after the 2pm matinee
September 30, 2017 after the 2pm matinee 

Join actors from Skeleton Crew for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series. 

Cities and their Storytellers: Black Broadway on U 
October 1, 2017. after the 2pm matinee 

Skeleton Crew is the third play Dominique Morisseau has written about her hometown of Detroit. "I wanted to write about Detroit because the narrative I know about the city is not visible," she's said. After the play, we will present an insightful and engaging conversation between community activist and lifelong Washingtonian Rayceen Pendarvis,​ ​who hosts ​​The Ask Rayceen Show monthly at HRC Equality Center in DC, and Shellée Haynesworth, the Executive Producer and Creator of "Black Broadway on U", a multi-platform project that chronicles, preserves, and sheds light on the overlooked history and heritage of DC’s U Street corridor. Part of Studio's Plays in Context Series. 


PostScript 
October 8, 2017 after the 2pm matinee 

PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available. 

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the effect
 

Designing The Effect: A Conversation with David Muse and Luciana Stecconi
October 6, 2017 after the 7:30pm performance

Join director David Muse and members of the design team for The Effect to discuss the process of creating the world for Lucy Prebble's Play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series.  

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Curve of departure
 

Rachel Bonds and Mike Donahue in Conversation
December 1, 2017, after the 8pm performance

Join Curve of Departure's playwright and director as they discuss the process of writing and bringing this play to the stage. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversations Series.

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
December 10, 2017, after the 2pm matinee
December 23, 2017, aftert the 2pm matinee

Join actors from Curve of Departure for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series.


PostScript 
January 7, 2018, after the 2pm performance

PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available. 

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the wolves
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
January 28, 2018, after the 2pm matinee
February 10, 2018, after the 2pm matinee

Join actors from The Wolves for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series.


PostScript
March 4, 2018, after the 2pm matinee

PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available. 

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translations
 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
April 1, 2018, after the 2pm matinee
April 14, 2018, after the 2pm matinee

Join actors from Translations for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series. 

Maps, Language, and the Literary Imagination: A Conversation about Translations
Sunday, April 15, after the 7pm show

Join Cóilín Parsons, Associate Professor of English at Georgetown, and Matt Torney, Studio's Associate Artistic Director and director of Translations, as they discuss the history behind Translations and the wide-ranging legacy of the Irish Ordnance Survey (1829-1842), which mapped and renamed many Irish places. Part of Studio's Plays in Context Series.


PostScript 
April 22, 2018, after the 2pm performance

PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series plays, like a book club for plays. Concessions available. 

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the remains
 

Ken Urban in Conversation
May 18, 2018, after the 8pm performance

Join playwright Ken Urban as he discusses the process for bringing The Remains to the stage. Part of Studio's Artists in Conversation Series. 

After-Show Discussions with the Cast
May 28, 2018, after the 2pm matinee
June 9, 2018, after the 2pm matinee

Join actors from The Remains for a lively conversation about rehearsing and performing the play. Part of our Artists in Conversation Series. 


PostScript
June 17, 2018, after the 2pm matinee 

PostScript is a series of candid and invigorating conversations about our Main Series plays, like a book club for plays. 

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