This fall, we’ll highlight the range and excellence of some of the best women writers working today ahead of the second citywide Women’s Voices Theatre Festival.
This season of firsts includes a new play that brings the playwright/director team behind the acclaimed The Wolfe Twins into the Main Series, a world premiere featuring Maulik Pancholy (TV's Weeds, 30 Rock) and directed by David Muse, and the premiere of a piece by “monologist extraordinaire” Daniel Kitson in Studio X.
Studio once again brings you remarkable plays that examine our contemporary world with curiosity, wit, and style.
Studio’s Theatre’s Main Series is the core of our programming, offering a diverse repertoire that emphasizes extraordinary new and contemporary writing from around the world in productions marked by their elegant design and indelible performance.
BY DOMINIQUE MORISSEAU
DIRECTED BY PATRICIA MCGREGOR
BEGINS SEPTEMBER 6, 2017
“A deeply moral and deeply American play.” —The New York Times
Faye has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit. Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie must navigate his debt to his work family and need to support his family at home. As rumors spread of a plant shutdown, these tight-knit workers face what they’re willing to sacrifice to survive. A timely and searing portrait of the American working class from Detroit native Morisseau.
Studio is thrilled to welcome Dominique Morisseau, one of the most significant and talented emerging African-American voices in the theatre, to DC for the first time. An important work by an important writer, this powerhouse play excavates the lives of working class people in America today.
BY RACHEL BONDS
DIRECTED BY MIKE DONAHUE
BEGINS NOVEMBER 29, 2017
“The gifted Rachel Bonds has a unique sensitivity to dialogue and modern locutions.” —DC Metro Theatre Arts (about The Wolfe Twins)
The night before a funeral, family members gather in a tiny motel in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent family members, and preparing for their uncertain futures. A play about the moments you decide how much you will give to someone you owe nothing to. Straight from its world premiere production at South Coast Rep, Curve of Departure returns the playwright and director of The Wolfe Twins to Studio.
Following their acclaimed premiere of The Wolfe Twins, playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue return to Studio for a second collaboration. Bonds’s unerring eye for tiny shifts in relationships that accumulate in life-changing moments will reach a wider audience, now featured in the Main Series.
BY SARAH DELAPPE
DIRECTED BY MARTI LYONS
PART OF THE WOMEN'S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL
BEGINS JANUARY 17, 2018
“Skillfully drawn and undeniably affecting.” —The New York Times
Winter indoor soccer. Saturdays. Over quad stretches and squats, a team of young women prepares to defend the Wolves’ undefeated record, their banter spilling from tampons to genocide to the pressures of preparing for their adult lives. With an ear for the bravado and empathy of the teenage years, The Wolves explores the violence and teamwork of sports and adolescence, following a pack of 16-year-old girls who turn into warriors on the field. An acclaimed play from a new voice, Studio-commissioned writer Sarah DeLappe.
Studio will build a soccer field up in Stage 4 to bring you even closer to this award-winning, double-extended, New York runaway hit. The Wolves is Studio’s official entry into the citywide Women’s Voices Theater Festival. It is a good time for plays that take young women seriously, and playwright Sarah DeLappe is in their corner.
BY BRIAN FRIEL
DIRECTED BY MATT TORNEY
BEGINS MARCH 21, 2018
“Nothing short of glorious.” —The New York Times
It is 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal: While a hodgepodge group gather at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders, and translate local place names into the King’s English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from an Irish master, directed by Studio’s Belfast-born Associate Artistic Director, Translations reminds us how personal the political can be.
BY KEN URBAN
DIRECTED BY DAVID MUSE
SUPPORTED BY STUDIO R&D, STUDIO'S NEW WORKS INITIATIVE
BEGINS MAY 18, 2018
“Urban is brilliant, provocative and gushing with talent.” —The OC Weekly (about Nibbler)
Ten years after their historic wedding, Kevin and Theo host a dinner for their families. In their gorgeously renovated condo, they talk philosophy, overcook lasagna…and reveal the truth of their seemingly perfect relationship. A comedy about the tragedy of loving, starring Maulik Pancholy (Weeds, 30 Rock, Star Trek: Discovery).
Artistic Director David Muse and friend Maulik Pancholy, whom you probably know from Weeds and 30 Rock, partner on this world premiere production. Pancholy did an early workshop of the play and is making room in his TV schedule, keen to bring Urban’s timely new play to the stage.
Studio X is home for work that breaks new ground in its style or staging. Studio X represents the unknown—an opportunity to connect Washington DC audiences with work unlike any they’ve seen before. The following three plays will be presented along with a fourth Studio X production that is yet to be announced.
BY LUCY PREBBLE
DIRECTED BY DAVID MUSE
BEGINS OCTOBER 4, 2017
“An astonishingly rich and rewarding play, as intelligent as it is deeply felt.” —Daily Telegraph (UK)
Connie and Tristan can’t hide how they feel around each other: Hearts thumping, sleepless nights, a slightly ill excitement. They’ve fallen, and fallen hard. Unless their infatuation is a side-effect of the new antidepressant they’re in a clinical trial for. As the trial’s supervising doctors untangle the ethical implications of this illicit relationship—and Big Pharma’s investment in medicating sanity—Connie and Tristan engage body and mind with the mysteries and chemistry of love.
Stage 4 will again transform to house Prebble’s cheeky and sexy pharmaceutical romance. Artistic Director David Muse will remake the space for this clinical trial-turned mind-twisting reality check, an immersive all-in design experience now signature to Studio X.
WRITTEN AND PERFORMED BY DANIEL KITSON
SUPPORTED BY STUDIO R&D, STUDIO'S NEW WORKS INITIATIVE
BEGINS NOVEMBER 2017
“One of the brighter stars in the theater firmament…not to be missed.” —New York Magazine
“Monologist extraordinaire—unconditionally engaged and engaging” —The New York Times
A brand-new story told entirely through the peripheries and pivot points of an as-yet undetermined number of debates, wrangles, quarrels, arguments, discussions, tiffs, altercations, contretemps, and squabbles. Daniel Kitson, a well-regarded but bald-headed forty-year-old writer and performer from a small village in the north of England, visits Washington DC for the very first time with the world premiere of a brand new show written in this particular time, for this particular place, and likely to be both funny and thoughtful, absurd and serious, rich with humanity and riddled with frustration.
Artistic Director Muse credits Daniel Kitson with changing the way he thinks about storytelling in the theatre. In the fall, Muse will welcome Kitson to DC, marking the first time Kitson will perform in any US city outside of New York. Do yourself a favor: Sign up for his mailing list, and come experience his brilliance first-hand.
BY QUI NGUYEN
DIRECTED BY NATSU ONODA POWER
BEGINS APRIL 25, 2017
“A skillfully wrought tale of immigration, assimilation—and sex”—Seattle Times
In this high-octane comedy, Nguyen recreates (and kinda makes up) his parents’ reluctant courtship: Fresh from Saigon, they meet in an Arkansas refugee relocation camp in 1975. Vietgone follows these new Americans through a bewildering land in a story full of lust and heartache, hip-hop and motorcycles.
A sex comedy about refugees from the Vietnam War—Nguyen’s mostly autobiographical play is hilarious and timely. Studio welcomes Cabinet member Natsu back to direct, the perfect match for this play’s imaginative style and stunningly human heart.
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