The mission of Theater Alliance is to develop, produce, and present socially conscious thought-provoking work that fully engages with our community in active dialogue. Season 14 passionately pursues the accomplishment of that mission. The season launches in September with the Regional Premiere of brownsville song (b-side for tray) by Kimber Lee. Throughout October, the Fifth Annual Hothouse New Play Development Series will develop several new plays by DC-area playwrights and present them to the public. In the holiday season, the company will reprise its production of Langston Hughes’ Black Nativity, winner of the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Musical. In the spring, the season continues with Mnemonic by Complicité, directed by Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde. The main stage season concludes with the World Premiere of A Beautiful Thing, created and directed by Mollye Maxner, creator and director of Season 12’s Occupied Territories.
For Season 14, Theater Alliance is offering several Subscription packages:
- Full Season: See all four shows on the night of your choosing. $150/ea
- Full Season Opening Night: See all four shows on Opening Night with a reception after. $200/ea
- New Play: See the three new plays (not including Black Nativity) on the date of your choosing. $100/ea
Each Subscription comes with the following benefits:
- Priority and reserved seating to all performances.
- Guaranteed admission to all Hothouse readings.
- One companion ticket to any one of the three new plays to introduce a friend to Theater Alliance.
- One complimentary drink before each show.
- The option to exchange your ticket at no cost.
- Invitations to open rehearsals, developmental workshops, and other special events.
Life in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn can feel predictable, and inevitable, but Tray has a way out. Then, when a senseless act of violence cuts his life short, his family must confront their grief and find a way to move forward. Kimber Lee’s hopeful drama shifts between memory and reality, and bids that we examine the personal pain beyond the headlines.
Praise for brownsville song (b-side for tray):
“Ms. Lee’s language is vivid and rhythmic…[and] it argues persuasively against treating the next neighborhood death as just one more sad statistic.” – The New York Times
Winner of 3 Helen Hayes Awards!
by Langston Hughes
Directed and Choreographed by Princess Mhoon
Musical Direction by e’Marcus Harper-Short
November 23 – December 31, 2016
Theater Alliance is thrilled to bring back the Award-winning Holiday classic for the third year in a row. Langston Hughes’ “Gospel Song-Play” chronicles and celebrates the birth of Jesus and the unique cultural identity and heritage of Black Americans. This joyous musical compels us to look inward and find the wonder in life. This performance is recommended for audiences of all ages.
Praise for Black Nativity:
“Resist the urge to clap and sing along if you can” – Washington Post
“come prepared for a total, spiritually uplifting theater experience!” – Broadway World
Directed by Colin Hovde
Movement by Dody DiSanto
March 16 – April 9, 2017
The human story is the story of migration. Through potent physicality, inventive design, and striking visuals, Mnemonic reminds us of our interconnectedness in a world where people are still moving, whether by choice or circumstance. Theater Alliance’s production will update the piece with American touchstones and 21st century
technology, to highlight the universality and timelessness of the quest to learn where we are from and where we are going.
Praise for Mnemonic:
“a compelling tale for the era of the global village.” – Variety
Still Life with Rocket
Created and directed by Mollye Maxner
Choreography by Kelly Maxner
June 8 – July 2, 2017
From the team that brought you the critically acclaimed Occupied Territories, comes a new play about female boxing in the 1950s, interracial adoption, and the power of memory. Still Life with Rocket will be developed over the course of the season with the ensemble and the Theater Alliance staff, and will challenge and explode your notions of motherhood, mortality, and theater itself.
Praise for Occupied Territories:
6 Helen Hayes Award Nominations including Outstanding Play
“[an] arresting new theater piece” – The Washington Post
Hothouse New Play Development Series
October 3, 10, 17, 24, and 31, 2016
In Theater Alliance’s 5th Annual Hothouse New Play Development Series, we continue our commitment to fostering an environment that empowers artists to develop their voices. A multi-faceted project, the Hothouse serves as an intellectual incubator—a place where local playwrights can nurture and grow their ideas sustained and supported through collaboration with our staff and artists in the DC Metro Area.
Season 14’s Hothouse New Play Development Series will feature the work of 4 DC-based playwrights. presented on Mondays in October, following a week of development with a director, actors, and the Theater Alliance staff.