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Studio Theatre's 40th Season to Include Works by Steven Levenson and More

Levenson's acclaimed play If I Forget will open the DC theater's 2018-19 lineup.

Steven Levenson's If I Forget, which had its world premiere at Roundabout Theatre Company in 2017, will be mounted at Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
(© Tricia Baron)

Studio Theatre in Washington, DC, has announced seven productions set for its 2018-19 season.

Studio's Main Series will feature Steven Levenson's If I Forget, Molly Smith Metzler's Cry It Out, the world premiere of Hilary Bettis's Queen of Basel, and Joshua Harmon's Admissions, which is currently being presented off-Broadway at Lincoln Center's Mitzi E. Newhouse Theater. A fifth Main Series production will be announced at a later date.

The Studio X season will include the Baxter Theatre Center at the University of Cape Town's The Fall, a new piece about seven students' experiences as activists who brought down the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. The play is created by Thando Mangcu, Kgomotso Khunoane, Ameera Conrad, Cleo Raatus, Oarabile Ditsele, Sihle Mnqwazana, Sizwesandile Mnisi, Tankiso Mamabolo, and Zandile Madliwa.

Also joining the Studio X season will be the world premiere of Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm's P.Y.G. or The Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, as well as Sarah Burgess's Kings, which recently completed its world-premiere run at the Public Theater.

Over the summer of 2019, Studio will additionally present Showroom, a new curated performance series during which Studio's Milton Theatre will be turned into a laidback hangout.

"When we were planning our 40th anniversary season, we considered going the nostalgia route, remounting one of our most memorable past productions, or producing our most-produced playwrights," says Studio artistic director David Muse. "But we decided the best way to honor our past is to keep doing what we do best. So this is a season that is especially now: stories about 14th Street real estate and the mechanics of American politics, the latest audacious comedy from the writer of Bad Jews, and a boundary-breaking summer performance series. They're plays with the characteristic thoughtfulness and style of Studio work — with a little more oomph for a year of celebration."