Studio Theatre presents the Olney Theatre production of

every brilliant thing (June 19 — July 7)


WRITTEN BY DUNCAN MACMILLAN WITH JONNY DONAHOE
DIRECTED BY JASON LOEWITH
STARRING ALEXANDER STRAIN

Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? When he was 7, a boy’s mother attempted suicide. In response, he started a list of things to live for. As he grows up, the list takes on a life of its own. From “Ice Cream” (#1 on the list) to “the Alphabet” (#999,997), Every Brilliant Thing shines a hilarious and compassionate light on dark corners of the human condition. Written by Studio Cabinet member Duncan MacMillan (1984, Lungs), and coming from a sold-out run last year, Studio brings Olney Theatre Center’s production to DC for SHOWROOM. A play about depression, resilience, and the lengths we will go to for those we love—told in collaboration with the audience.

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Produced in association with Zachary Laks

Bright colors and bold patterns (july 9 — july 28)


WRITTEN BY DREW DROEGE
DIRECTED BY MICHAEL URIE
STARRING JEFF HILLER

It’s the night before Josh and Brennan’s picture-perfect Palm Springs wedding, and their old friend Gerry arrives car-cranky and a few beers in, furious that the invitation demands that he “refrain from wearing bright colors or bold patterns.” Gerry stews poolside with his ex and the ex’s twentysomething boyfriend in this hyper-verbal and tragicomic one-man show that asks some essential questions about contemporary gay life: Why do people settle for assimilation instead of liberation? Where’s khaki in the rainbow? Is there any cocaine left?

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Diana Oh in concert 

Oh performs original music from her journal entries and the beyond, including selections from her Clairvoyance concert commissioned by A.R.T. 
Featuring Matt Park
JUNE 28 & 29 at 8PM

“There are few things Diana doesn’t have time for these days. Notably: Assholes and subtlety.” —Vulture

“Bad-ass.”—The Wall Street Journal

Diana brings her original synth rock, soul, jazz, punk, lapdance, blues, pop, funk, indie acoustic, throat singing music to SHOWROOM, alongside music from her latest work, Clairvoyance, about what has happened since she took the advice of a spiritual counselor in the jungle in Thailand. An evening of fiercely independent music.

Spokaoke 

BY ANNIE DORSEN
JULY 6 at 9PM & JULY 7 at 7PM

Spokaoke is a karaoke bar unlike any other: Instead of Top 40, Annie Dorsen has curated a Top 100. Take the mike for one of 100 political speeches from Jesus’s “Sermon on the Mount” to Sojourner Truth’s “Ain’t I a Woman” to George W. Bush’s “Mission Accomplished” to Cher Horowitz’s “Should All Oppressed People be Allowed Refuge in America” from CluelessHere’s your chance to play with power: Who needs ABBA when you’ve got Sarah Palin? 

Mortified

JULY 13 at 7PM (SOLD OUT) & 9:30PM

“Unbearably intimate…completely funny!” —The AV Club

“Comedy gold…funny, touching, and intensely relatable.. [a] celebration of the maelstrom of emotions, careful posturing, and naked vulnerability that make up adolescence.”—Wired

As seen on Netflix, Mortified stars adults sharing their most embarrassing childhood artifacts (journals, letters, lyrics, poems, home movies…) in front of total strangers. Celebrate the strange and extraordinary things that kids create—and the adults that they become. Share the shame.

Werk! A cabaret celebrating black women

CURATED AND PERFORMED BY LADY DANE FIGUEROA EDIDI
JULY 23 at 8PM

Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi is a Goddess, healer, performer, and literary powerhouse. The first Trans Woman Of Color in DC to publish a work of fiction, her advocacy and art continues to cultivate space for Trans and Gender-non conforming Artist. Lady Dane, “a shining star” (DC Metro Theatre Arts) who performed as one of the Fates in Wig Out!, returns to Studio for Werk! A one-night-only cabaret celebrating Black Women through storytelling and fan favorite songs. Lady Dane will be selling and signing copies of her books following her performance.      

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what is showroom?


Join Studio this June for SHOWROOM, a curated performance series in the summertime spirit—with spirits. 

Anchored by two one-man shows and featuring an eclectic slate of limited-run engagements, SHOWROOM will transform Studio's Milton Theatre into a laid-back hangout, serving up entertainments and specialty drinks alike.