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As a child growing up in a one-bedroom railroad apartment in Brooklyn, Marilyn Hausfeld loved to sing. She landed a spot on a weekly television show and a Nathan's Hot Dogs commercial, but she didn't truly take to the stage until after she'd seen her three kids off to school. She has appeared in many D.C.-area theaters in roles including Golde in Fiddler on the Roof, Stella Adler in Stella, Kate in Neil Simon's Broadway Bound and Brighton Beach Memoirs, and Esther in Richard Rashke's Dear Esther.
Now Marilyn tells her own story in an intimate one-woman cabaret show featuring 15 songs plus reflections on parenthood, marriage, and being a grandparent. Washington Women in Theatre chose Just Between Us as the only cabaret at the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
Is there poison in the coffee…or in the deviled egg? That date you made over the internet — will it be your last? Is that the ghost of your dead mother telling you she hates your new haircut, or are you finally losing it? Love and Real Estate puts a modern musical spin on Hamlet, the myth of Persephone, and The Three Little Pigs in order to tell the stories of three young women trying to figure out who they are, what they want, and how they want to live.
Amas Musical Theatre and the Amas Musical Theatre Lab present staged readings of Love and Real Estate, three one-act musicals with book and lyrics by Sean Hartley and music by Sam Davis.
The Plurality of Privacy Project in Five-Minute Plays (P3M5) is a transatlantic theater project initiated to explore the value of privacy. In cooperation with the Goethe-Institut Washington, theaters across the United States and Europe have commissioned playwrights to write five-minute plays themed around the question, "What does privacy mean to you in the digital age?" The results are being presented in different formats by a network of theaters between January 2017 and June 2018. These performances, staged readings, and community forums create an artistic and cultural dialogue centered around varying American and European understandings of privacy.
Note: Performance dates and locations vary. For more information, visit the Goethe-Institut website (URL below).
In Press Cuttings, it's 1909 and the men in charge of England are having a wild time trying to adjust to the Women's Rights movement! Press Cuttings, George Bernard Shaw's "suffragette comedy," involves a prime minister in drag (Tim Jerome), a conservative general out of control (Paxton Whitehead), a rebellious orderly (A.J. Shively), and some very determined women (Christine Pedi, Andréa Burns, Cady Huffman).
In Shaw's 1910 comedy Dark Lady of the Sonnets, Shakespeare (Shively again) has a secret rendezvous with Queen Elizabeth (Burns), who may or may not be one of his inspirations for some of his most treasured sonnets.
Rooms is a series of short works, each lasting approximately 15 minutes. The pieces are presented as installations in a rugged former tire repair shop. Each individual room is contained within a 15' x 15' white cube. Audiences of six people at a time are invited to step inside and explore these spaces for two minutes before the recorded audio, through which a character is introduced and a short story is told, begins. In "Room 303," set within the musty bedroom of an old seaside boarding house, an old man voiced by Niall Buggy lies alone, waiting, as his time nears an end. "A Girl's Bedroom" features the voice of Charlie Murphy as a six-year-old girl who leaves her bedroom and family home and walks, never stopping…until now. And in "Kitchen," set within a long and narrow galley kitchenette, a wife (Eileen Walsh), standing by her sink, wills her own implosion.
Samantha Spade, Ace Detective is a film-noir detective musical (in black and white). Originally written for young people to perform at TADA! Youth Theater, this one-time concert event features a grownup Broadway cast, including Tony Award nominees Adrienne Warren (Shuffle Along) as Veronica Venus and Marc Kudisch (Finding Neverland) as the villainous Greenstreet, along with Caitlin Kinnunen (The Bridges of Madison County) as Samantha. The hard-boiled one-act musical tells the story of a misfit teen who escapes reality by entering a fantasy world of dames, palookas, grifters, chiselers, flatfoots, and flimflammers, where she is Samantha Spade, ace detective — the go-to gumshoe who always solves the case (for $25 a day, plus Twizzlers). The book and lyrics are by Lisa Diana Shapiro (Princess Phooey), and the music is by Georgia Stitt (Snow Child).
This award-winning collection of world premiere plays returns with seven brand-new commissioned selections. This year (number seven!), a fresh batch of lauded playwrights riff on the theme of "rebound."
Iyaba Ibo Mandingo, formerly Kenny Athel George DeCruise — painter, poet, husband, father, son, and undocumented immigrant from Antigua. At the age of 11, Iyaba is plucked from the tropical comfort of his boyhood and taken to life in America where he must navigate his way to manhood without the guidance of a father.
Using canvas, paint, poetry, prose, and song, Iyaba tells us a story of his transformation from "Mommy Me No Wanna Go Merrica" — a prophetic piece that hints at the many trials he will face in a new land — to his powerful political poetry that would lead to his arrest and attempted deportation in post 9/11 America. Throughout the play, Iyaba shares his rage, his determination, and his hope while he paints his self-portrait and successfully struggles to redefine his humanity, rediscover his smile, and truly accept himself for the first time.
Strap on your ruby slippers, and join the Scarecrow, the Tin Man, the Lion, Dorothy, and her little dog too for this adaptation of The Wizard of Oz. Lots of people love this classic story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches, munchkins, and monkeys — and befriends a cowardly lion, a tin man without a heart, and a scarecrow with no brain in her quest to find her way back home. Journey down the yellow brick road through the land of Oz to meet the wizard while humming along to memorable songs from the Oscar-winning film, including "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard," and "If I Only Had a Brain."