Join Theater Alliance for a year focused on stories of healing, the celebration of life, personal empowerment, and overcoming the obstacles and expectations that prevent us from truly connecting with ourselves and each other. We are opening Season 13’s year of self-affirmation with Kathleen Akerley’s World Premiere Night Falls on the Blue Planet, as part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival. We are continuing our commitment to supporting local playwrights with our Hothouse New Play Development Series; followed by the return of Langston Hughes’ holiday classic Black Nativity. Kicking off 2016, we will be presenting, in repertory, two beautiful explorations of identity, race, and struggle with Ntozake Shange’s For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide/When the Rainbow is Enuf and Marc Bamuthi Joseph’s Word Becomes Flesh.
This year Theater Alliance introduces two different subscription options: the three- show or the five-show package. Both offer substantial discounts off the single ticket price. In addition, all subscriptions are Flexible Passes allowing patrons to choose tickets that best fit their interest and schedule. For example: you can choose one ticket for each of the five main-stage productions, or five tickets to one production. Additional events for subscribers include the season announcement party, VIP pre-show opening night receptions, working rehearsal invitations, and Hothouse event invitations.
Renee has had a rough couple of years. Screw that—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. She starts to map and explore a lifetime of trauma: but is she healing, or is she vanishing into her own world? Developed as part of Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Development Series.
Theater Alliance continues our commitment to develop new work with our Fourth Annual Hothouse play development program, as Season 13 will see the work of four DC-based playwrights in various stages of development over the course of the year. A multi-faceted project, Theater Alliance’s 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.
“If you are looking for a Christmas performance that defines joy, warms the heart and feeds the soul, look no further than Black Nativity.”
—DC Theatre Scene
An American classic, the power of for colored girls…is eternal. This stirring choreopoem weaves together 20 separate poems with music and movement to tell the stories of love, empowerment, and struggle of seven African American women. Originally produced on Broadway in 1976, Ntozake Shange’s work proves as vital today as it was then.
Through spoken word, dance, DJing, and visual images, a collective of performers delivers a series of letters from a single father to his unborn son, documenting the range of emotions, fears, and expectations. Word Becomes Flesh critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines masculinity and responsibility from a young, single father’s perspective within the constructs of hip-hop culture.
FINAL SHOW OF THE SEASON:
GOING TO A PLACE WHERE YOU ALREADY ARE
Written by Bekah Brunstetter | Directed by Colin Hovde
June 2 – 26, 2016
Roberta has always agreed with her husband Joe that there is no heaven, no afterlife, just life. Their granddaughter Ellie has never even stopped to think about it. But as the years have passed and the idea of mortality becomes more real, Roberta has started to wonder. And when she claims to have gone to heaven and back, Roberta knows where she will spend eternity. With humor, humanity, and the guidance of an Angel, Brunstetter’s hopeful new play explores life, family, and moving on.
Commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, Going to a Place where you Already Are had its World Premiere in March.