Written by Kathleen Akerley | Directed by Rex Daugherty

September 3 – 27, 2015

Anacostia Playhouse

Presented as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival


Renee has had a rough couple of years. Screw that: Renee has had a rough life, shaped by alcoholism and estrangement. All that changes when she gets a massage and discovers that her body is a world unto itself. With help from her younger sister she starts to map and explore a lifetime of trauma:  but is she healing, or is she vanishing into her own world?  Will her exploration heal her relationship with her older sister, or widen their divide?  

Developed as part of Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series, this wholly original work, featuring stunning visual imagery and intricately woven language, presents a woman’s complex and unexpected journey to herself.



Playwright |  Kathleen Akerley

Director | Rex Daugherty

Assistant Director/Stage Manager | Eric Swartz

Scenic Design | Paige Hathaway

Costume Design | Kelsey Hunt

Lighting Design | John Burkland

Sound Design | Eric Shimelonis

Props Design | Gadgetgrlz – Debra Crerie and Kay Rzasa


Renee | Jeanne Dillon-Williams

Holly | Natalie Cutcher

Annette | Kerri Rambow

Claudia | Amanda Haddock-Duchemin

Daniel | Peter Finnegan


About the Festival

More than 50 of the Washington, D.C. region’s professional theaters are joining together to produce, in the fall of 2015, the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. The companies will each present a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights, highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital. The Women’s Voices Theater Festival will be the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history.


To highlight the scope of new plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in the nation’s capital.

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Kathleen Akerley’s play Tyrant received its Midwest premiere earlier this year at Sideshow Theatre in Chicago, the same company that produced her Theories of the Sun to critical acclaim in 2010.  Premieres at Longacre Lea, where she is Artistic Director, include Goldfish Thinking, The Oogatz Man, this year’s Pol Pot & Associates, LLP, her own adaptation of Kurt Vonnegut’s “Cat’s Cradle,” and Something Past in Front of the Light, the last of which she is now making into a feature-length film.  Kathleen is a contributor to the Hope Operas (Unnatural, The Long Weight, Law & Ordure, and this year’s Hell is On the Red Line, which she is co-writing with Séamus Miller) and The Source Festival (1,952 Miles, Feet, . . . listening, and Banquo’s Dead, Jim).  Other work includes Render Games (Rorschach’s Myth Appropriations Series), Only Angels (Theatre J’s 5×5 Series), and multiple commissions of short plays for Round House Theatre’s ‘Heyday Players’ program.  Kathleen is a member of the Dramatists Guild, and of the playwriting collective Lizard Claw.

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