Studio Theatre Extends Admissions—A Caustic Comedy By Joshua Harmon, Creator of Bad Jews, The Most Successful Play in Studio's History
January 25, 2019
Studio Theatre is extending Admissions, the DC premiere of playwright Joshua Harmon’s noholds-barred comedy, which slams privilege, toxic whiteness, and the hypocrisy of lip service without sacrifice, directed by Mike Donahue. Download the full release.
Studio Presents The World Premiere of Queen of Basel by Hilary Bettis—A Bold Take On Strindberg's Miss Julie
January 20, 2019
Playwright Hilary Bettis upends August Strindberg’s classic Miss Julie in the world premiere of Queen of Basel, directed by José Zayas. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Announces Writers, Directors For Studio R&D Commisioning Program
January 14, 2019
Building on 40 years of producing powerful contemporary theatre, Studio Theatre is pleased to announce a new class of commissioned playwrights and directors to Studio R&D, its incubator to support the creation of new work from inception to first production. Download the full release.
Next Up At Studio: Creator of Most Successful Play In Studio History Returns to Skewer White Privilege With His Explosive Comedy Admissions
December 16, 2018
White liberals, brace yourselves for a no-holds-barred look at the hypocrisies of lip service without sacrifice. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: DC-Area Native Sarah Burgess Captures The Relentless Real-World Drama of the Beltway in Washington Premiere of Incisive and Darkly Funny Kings
November 18, 2018
As the dust settles from midterm elections, with freshman members of Congress learning to navigate the maze of Capitol Hill 2.5 miles away, Studio Theatre presents its next Studio X production Kings written by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess and directed by Marti Lyons. Download the full release.
Next Up At Studio: The Lives of Four New Parents Collide in Molly Smith Metzler's Comic Drama About Motherhood, Cry It Out
October 25, 2018
Molly Smith Metzler puts audiences in the trenches of new parenthood in Studio Theatre’s next Main Series production, Cry It Out, directed by Joanie Schultz (Studio’s hit 2016 production of Hand to God). Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Announces New Managing Director
October 16, 2018
Studio Theatre’s Board of Trustees today announces that Rebecca Ende Lichtenberg will join the organization as Managing Director beginning in December 2018. Download the full release.
South African Students Chart The Trajectory of the #RhodesMustFall Movement and the Long Arc of Social Change in Studio Theatre's The Fall
October 3, 2018
The Fall is a play forged in the 2015 #RhodesMustFall movement, which, after five weeks of student protest, led to the dismantling of a statue of Cecil Rhodes, the British imperialist, industrialist, and former South African Prime Minister. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre's Season-Opening Production of If I Forget Extended
September 30, 2018
Studio Theatre has extended the opening production of its 40th anniversary season, Tony Award winning playwright Steven Levenson’s (Dear Evan Hansen) If I Forget, directed by Studio’s Associate Artistic Director Matt Torney. Download the full release.
Update to Studio 2018-2019 Season: Artistic Director David Muse to Direct Main Series Finale, Lucy Kirkwood's Eco-Thriller, The Children
August 20, 2018
The DC premiere of British playwright Lucy Kirkwood’s urgent and unsettling eco-thriller The Children rounds out Studio Theatre’s Main Series for its 40th Anniversary Season. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre opens 40th Anniversary Season With Bethesda Native Steven Levenson's If I Forget, A Powerful Drama Exploring Family, Identity, and Legacy
August 17, 2018
Studio Theatre kicks off its 40th Anniversary season by stepping outside its front door as Associate Artistic Director Matt Torney directs Tony Award-winning playwright (Dear Evan Hansen) and Bethesda native Steven Levenson’s If I Forget. Download the full release.
Up Next at Studio: Studio's David Muse Reunites with Friend Maulik Pancholy in The Remains, Bringing Audiences Tableside As A Relationship Unravels Over Dinner
April 29, 2018
In the concluding Main Series production of Studio Theatre’s 2017-2018 Season, Artistic Director David Muse directs the world premiere of Ken Urban’s The Remains. Urban’s timely, funny, and human play reunites Muse with longtime friend, Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock, Star Trek: Discovery) playing Kevin, one half of a same-sex couple whose seemingly perfect but deeply fraught relationship unravels during a family dinner party. Download the full release.
Four Decades of Daring: Studio Announces 40th Anniversary 2018-2019 Season
April 3, 2018
Studio Theatre celebrates its 40th anniversary in the 2018-2019 Season with the announcement of seven projects, all new to DC, that feel particularly alive to this political and cultural moment. Download the full release.
Up Next at Studio: Viegtone, A Refugee Love Story And Action-Packed Road Trip Across America
March 25, 2018
Vietgone by Qui Nguyen is the Vietnamese-American playwright's own creation story—a telling of his parents' 1975 refugee camp romance in a "geek theater" spectacle that's at turns affecting, sage, raucous, and fantastical. Download the full release.
Comedy of Miscommunication Turns Tragic in Translations at Studio
February 26, 2018
Treasured Irish playwright Brian Friel captures the frustrations and foibles of communication in his poignant masterwork, Translations. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: Pulitzer Finalist The Wolves by Sarah DeLappe, Studio's Official Entry Into the Citywide Women's Voices Theater Festival
December 12, 2017
Studio kicks off its new year with Sarah DeLappe's The Wolves. The play, a 2017 Pulitzer finalist, arrives at Studio on the heels of its remount at Lincoln Center, following last year’s sold-out New York run. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: The Wolfe Twins Team Reunites at Studio for Rachel Bonds's Latest Play, Curve of Departure, Directed by Mike Donahue
November 11, 2017
Up next in Studio's Main Series is the reunion of The Wolfe Twins playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue for a production of Bonds’s latest, Curve of Departure, which comes to DC with the same director and design team as its world premiere production at South Coast Rep this fall. Download the full release.
Extended Again: Lucy Prebble's The Effect, Directed by David Muse
October 31, 2017
The Effect, written by Lucy Prebble and directed by Studio’s Artistic Director David Muse, extends again at Studio Theatre, now playing through November 11. Download the full release.
Studio Announces Extension for Lucy Prebble's The Effect, Directed by David Muse
October 24, 2017
The Effect, written by Lucy Prebble and directed by Studio's Artistic Director David Muse, will now run through November 5, extended by popular demand. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: Edinburgh Fringe Favorite Daniel Kitson Makes DC Debut
October 17, 2017
This fall, Daniel Kitson brings a brand new show titled A Short Series of Disagreements Presented Here In Chronological Order. to Studio Theatre, in his first US production outside of New York City. Download the full release.
Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew Extended Again By Popular Demand
October 11, 2017
Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew extends for a second time at Studio Theatre, now running through October 22. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: Artistic Director David Muse Directs Lucy Prebble's Smart and Sexy Parmaceutical Romance The Effect
September 14, 2017
The 2017-2018 season continues with its first Studio X offering: The Effect, written by Lucy Prebble and directed by Studio’s Artistic Director David Muse. Muse reunites with a veteran Studio design team, including set designer Luciana Stucconi (Cloud 9, Bad Jews, An Iliad), sound designer Ryan Rumery (The Father, Constellations), and lighting designer Jesse Belsky (Three Sisters/ No Sisters) to transform Stage 4 with an all-in design experience now signature to Studio X. Download the full release.
Dominique Morisseau's Skeleton Crew Kicks Off Studio's 2017-2018 Season, Directed by Patricia McGregor and Starring Caroline Clay
August 11, 2017
Studio’s 2017-2018 Main Series kicks off with Dominique Morisseau’s Skeleton Crew. “Studio is thrilled to welcome Dominique Morisseau, one of the most significant and talented African-American voices in the theatre today, to DC for the first time,” says Artistic Director David Muse. Download the full release.
Studio Announces Two Week Extension of Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out!, directed by Kent Gash
July 21, 2017
Following in the footsteps of Studio's sold-out summer smashes (Hand to God, Silence! The Musical, Richard O'Brien's The Rocky Horror Show), Tarell Alvin McCraney's Wig Out! has been extended for two additional weeks, by popular demand. Inspired by house ballroom culture and its competitive dance-offs, Studio's Stage 4 has been transformed into an underground pageant, and audiences walk the runway as they choose their seats—none more than four rows from the action. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre to Host Third Annual Community and Culinary Celebration "Taste of Studio"
July 18, 2017
On August 5, 2017, Studio Theatre will open its doors for the third annual Taste of Studio—a free, all-day open house that celebrates the cuisine and culture of the district. The festival will open Studio’s doors like never before, with Studio’s landmark three-building complex transforming to host art installations, live music, community partner programming, and a sneak peek of Studio’s summer spectacular Wig Out! Download the full release.
Updates to Studio 2017-2018 Season: Brian Friel's Translations Rounds Out Main Series; Title Announced for Daniel Kitson World Premiere
July 5, 2017
Brian Friel’s Translations will round out Studio’s 2017-2018 Main Series. A celebrated Irish playwright, Friel published two dozen plays over his fifty-year career, including Molly Sweeney; Faith Healer; Philadelphia, Here I Come!; and Dancing at Lughnasa (recipient of three Tony Awards, a New York Drama Critics Circle award for Best Play and an Olivier Award for Best Play). Download the full release.
Moonlight's Tarell Alvin McCraney Returns to Studio, Reunited with Choir Boy Director Kent Gash for Summer Extravaganza Wig Out!
June 8, 2017
Tarell Alvin McCraney, who recently received an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay for Moonlight, returns to Studio this summer to close out the 2016-2017 season with an updated version of Wig Out! for Studio X. Inspired by house ballroom culture and its competitive dance-offs, Studio's Stage 4 will become home to a underground pageant, complete with catwalk, created couture, and a cash bar. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: Florian Zeller's Award-Winning The Father, Directed by David Muse, Starring Ted van Griethuysen
April 18, 2017
Florian Zeller’s The Father will round out Studio’s 2016-2017 Main Series this spring. Mr. Zeller received the Molière award, France's premier prize for new work, for The Father in 2014. The play is translated by two-time Tony Award recipient Christopher Hampton. “The Father is an extraordinarily original and moving play: disorienting, funny, and theatrically thrilling,” says Studio Artistic Director David Muse, who will direct the play's DC debut. Download the full release.
Studio Announces 17-18 Season of DC and World Premieres
April 5, 2017
Studio’s 2017-2018 season features plays that examine the contemporary world with curiosity, wit, and style. The nine projects include freshly commissioned writers and veteran Studio Cabinet members alike, with three new works, a slew of exciting projects coming to DC for the first time, and two additional plays to be announced. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Partners with TodayTix to Launch Lottery for their Simultaneous Productions of Three Sisters and No Sisters
March 16, 2017
Studio Theatre and TodayTix announce the "5 for 5 lottery" program that will allow TodayTix users the chance to win $5 tickets to the first five performances of both Three Sisters and No Sisters. Users may enter the lottery, which opens for all performances on March 16th, via the TodayTix app. Download the full release.
Studio Partners with New Neighborhood to Stage Chekhov's Three Sisters and Simultaneous Production of its Contemporary Cousin, the World Premiere of Aaron Posner's No Sisters
February 15, 2017
This winter, Studio Theatre, in association with New Neighborhood, will produce a theatrical event of unparalleled ambition. Jackson Gay will direct Chekhov’s tragicomic masterpiece Three Sisters in the Main Series, running concurrently with Aaron Posner's latest Chekhovian adaptation No Sisters, commissioned by Studio and produced as a part of Studio X. The two plays share a company of actors, seven of whom will be performing in both plays at the same time. Download the full release.
Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem Extends at Studio
February 3, 2017
Due to popular demand, Studio announces an extension of Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, now running through February 26. Download the full release.
Next at Studio: World Premiere of I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart, Written and Directed by Morgan Gould
January 18, 2017
Next at Studio, playwright and director Morgan Gould will direct the world premiere of her play I Wanna Fucking Tear You Apart. Download the full release.
A Year of Achievements and Growth for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
January 5, 2017
2016 was a year of growth and enrichment for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. The Conservatory surpassed its financial and enrollment goals, serving 502 students, who took 637 class places over 77 classes across its Core, Adjunct, Workshop, and Young Person curriculums, filling many classes to capacity. Download the full release.
Studio Announces Casting for Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem
December 20, 2016
Studio announces the cast for Tom Stoppard's The Hard Problem, which will open at Studio in January, directed by Studio's Associate Artistic Director Matt Torney. Download the full release.
Tom Stoppard's Latest, The Hard Problem, to Open at Studio in January
December 9, 2016
Master dramatist Tom Stoppard's newest play, The Hard Problem, arrives at Studio for the new year, directed by Studio's Associate Artistic Director Matt Torney. Studio is one of Mr. Stoppard's most important homes in the US, producing his work for what will be the sixth time in the past 30 years. Download the full release.
Studio Announces Two Week Extension of Young Jean Lee's Razor-Sharp Comedy Straight White Men
December 5, 2016
Due to popular demand, Studio Theatre will extend its production of Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, directed by Shana Cooper. Download the full release.
Young Jean Lee's Razor-Sharp Comedy Straight White Men Comes to Studio, Directed by Shana Cooper
October 20, 2016
Studio’s Main Series continues with fearless playwright Young Jean Lee’s Straight White Men, directed by Shana Cooper. This piercingly perceptive family drama marks Ms. Cooper’s Studio debut and Young Jean Lee’s second production at Studio Theatre, which previously produced Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven in 2010. Download the full release.
Studio Announces Partnership with TodayTix to Support Artist-Selected Charities, Inspired by Staceyann Chin's MotherStruck
October 12, 2016
Award winning performer and activist Staceyann Chin has selected community health organizations Whitman-Walker Health and Planned Parenthood to receive donations during the show’s run. Download the full release.
The End is Near: Hand to God Extends for the Fifth and Final Time
September 27, 2016
Studio Theatre announces its fifth and final extension of Robert Askins’s Hand to God, now running through October 9th. Download the full release.
Runaway Hit Hand to God Extends for the Fourth Time
September 13, 2016
Studio Theatre announces its fourth extension of Robert Askins’s Hand to God, now playing through October 2nd. Originally scheduled for a five-week run, the show has been extended for an additional eight weeks, now totaling a (lucky) 13 weeks of performances. Download the full release.
2016-2017 Studio X Series Begins With Staceyann Chin's Motherstruck
September 9, 2016
Studio's 2016-2017 season continues with its first Studio X production, written and performed by Staceyann Chin and directed by Matt Torney. Download the full release.
Blasphemous Summer Hit Hand to God Extends Again
August 19, 2016
Studio Theatre announces another extension of Robert Askins’s Hand to God, now playing through September 18th. Running in Stage 4 as part of Studio X, the production is directed by Joanie Schultz and stars Studio favorite Liam Forde (Jumpers for Goalposts, Helen Hayes Award nomination) as Jason/Tyrone. Download the full release.
Studio's 2016-2017 Season Begins With Caryl Churchill's Masterwork Cloud 9, Directed by Michael Kahn.
August 17, 2016
Studio’s 2016-2017 Main Series will kick off in September with British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9, starring Holly Twyford. Download the full release.
Florian Zeller's The Father Rounds Out Studio's 2016-2017 Main Series; Ted van Griethuysen to Star
August 8, 2016
Florian Zeller’s Tony- and Olivier-nominated play The Father will complete Studio’s 2016-2017 Main Series this spring. The production reunites Artistic Director David Muse with DC theatre mainstay Ted van Griethuysen. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Extends Again, Adds Performances to Current Run of the Blasphemous Summer Hit Hand to God, and Welcomes New Actor
July 29, 2016
Studio Theatre is thrilled to announce the addition of performances on August 2 and 9 at 8pm, August 14 at 7pm, and another extension of Robert Askins’s Hand to God, now playing through August 28. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Announces Extension of the Blasphemous Summer Hit Hand To God
July 20, 2016
Studio Theatre is thrilled to announce the extension of Robert Askins’ Hand to God, now playing through August 14. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Will Host Second Annual 'Taste of Studio' Summer Benefit Event
June 24, 2016
On August 6, 2016, Studio Theatre’s landmark building will be transformed for Taste of Studio – a multi-sensory food, beverage, and lifestyle experience celebrating the cuisine and culture of the 14th Street corridor. The festival will open Studio’s doors like never before, with guests invited to feast on the flavors of dozens of local vendors; purchase costumes, props, and set pieces from past productions; join workshops taught by the Acting Conservatory faculty; and enjoy pop-up performances by the cast of Hand to God. Download the full release.
Updated: New Plays Announced for Studio's 2016-2017 Line-up
June 10, 2016
Artistic Director David Muse announced updates to the 2016-2017 season today. Straight White Men, previously slotted for Studio X, will now be featured in the Main Series, programmed in place of Whorl Inside a Loop. Studio Theatre and the creators of Whorl Inside a Loop have decided to postpone the DC premiere to further the show’s commercial prospects on Broadway. Download the full release.
Blasphemous Broadway Hit At Studio Theatre This Summer
June 8, 2016
Studio ends its season with Robert Askins’s Broadway hit Hand to God this summer, playing in Stage 4 as part of Studio X. Following a successful Broadway run, five Tony nominations, and an Olivier nominated run on London’s West End, Studio is the first regional theatre to produce Hand to God. Chicago-based Joanie Schultz will direct, and Studio favorite Liam Forde (Jumpers for Goalposts, Helen Hayes Award nomination) will star as Jason/Tyrone. Download the full release.
Seven Plays Announced for Studio's 2016-2017 Lineup
May 3, 2016
Artistic Director David Muse announced seven plays in Studio Theatre’s 2016-2017 season today. These plays compose both Studio’s Main Series and Studio X, an eclectic and innovative series of work that benefits from particularly intimate staging. Highlights from the season include a masterwork from British playwright Caryl Churchill, blending sex farce with gender politics; a world premiere from Studio-commissioned playwright Aaron Posner in Studio X, paired in repertory with its modern classic source material in the Main Series; a moving play inspired by the experience of two theatre professionals teaching a writing class to prison inmates; and legendary playwright Tom Stoppard’s newest play. Download the full release.
Studio X Presents Award-Winning Immersive Installation The Object Lesson by Illusionst Geoff Sobelle for a Strictly Limited Run
April 25, 2016
Illusionist/actor/clown Geoff Sobelle’s award-winning immersive performance-installation The Object Lesson comes to Studio X for a three-week limited run. “Geoff’s been here before with rainpan 43’s three-show residency,” says Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse, “and his latest solo piece shares the inventiveness and humor of that work. The Object Lesson is part installation, part magic show, and part meditation on the things we accumulate and lose over the course of a life—it’s very funny, very moving, and wholly original." Download the full release.
Mark O'Rowe's adaptation of Hedda Gabler rounds out Studio's 2015-2016 Main Series
April 14, 2016
Henrik Ibsen’s Hedda Gabler, in a new version by Irish playwright Mark O’Rowe (Terminus, Crestfall), will round out Studio’s 2015-2016 Main Series this spring. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre Announces Extension of Gripping Irish Drama Moment
April 13, 2016
Studio Theatre is pleased to announce the extension Deirdre Kinahan’s family drama Moment, directed by DC-native Ethan McSweeny, now playing through April 30. Download the full release.
Broadway's Christine Dwyer returns to Studio Theatre for 2016 Gala Benefit Performance
March 14, 2016
Studio Theatre will host the Fool’s Paradise Gala featuring a performance by Broadway’s Christine Dwyer on Friday, April 1. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre announces second extension of intimate, intellectual romance Constellations
March 14, 2016
Studio Theatre is excited to announce a second extension of Constellations, now playing through March 27. Download the full release.
Studio Theatre announces extension of intimate, intellectual romance Constellations
March 2, 2016
Studio Theatre is thrilled to announce the extension of Nick Payne’s Constellations, now playing through March 20. Download the full release.
Tony Award-Nominated Ethan McSweeny Directs Acclaimed Playwright Deirdre Kinahan's Family Drama Moment at Studio Theatre
February 17, 2016
Irish writer Deirdre Kinahan’s family drama Moment, directed by DC-native Ethan McSweeny, will fill out Studio’s winter programming. Download the full release.
Year of Achievements, Celebration, and Growth for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory
January 11, 2016
2015 was a year of celebration and success for the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory. The Conservatory surpassed its financial and enrollment goals, serving 500 students, who took 750 class places over 63 classes across its Core, Adjunct, Workshop, and Young Person curriculums, filling many classes to capacity. Download the full release.
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