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 – and Season 15 pursues that mission full steam.
Season 15 starts with an encore presentation of the acclaimed Helen Hayes Award-winner from Season 13, the “innovative” and “galvanizing” Word Becomes Flesh. Following in February 2018 will be a radically reimagined presentation of The Raid, Idris Goodwin’s play that explores the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, how race informs activism, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance. Capping the mainstage season in May 2018 will be the Regional Premiere of Gabrielle Reisman’s hopeful dark comedy: Flood City. In addition to exploring these three acclaimed plays, Season 15 will feature numerous short and full-length works as part of the expanded, season-long Hothouse New Play Development Series (versions 6.0 and 6.5).
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Word Becomes Flesh
By Marc Bamuthi Joseph
Featuring additional dramaturgical compositions by Khalil Anthony and Dahlak Brathwaite
Directed by Psalmayene 24
September 7 – October 8, 2017
WINNER OF 5 HELEN HAYES AWARDS, INCLUDING OUTSTANDING PRODUCTION OF A PLAY
Using spoken word, stylized movement, tableau, and music, an ensemble of performers delivers a series of letters from a man to his unborn son, documenting his range of emotions, fears, and expectations. Back by popular demand, Word Becomes Flesh critically, lyrically, and choreographically examines masculinity and responsibility from a young, expectant father’s perspective within the constructs of hip-hop culture.
Word Becomes Action Festival
September 11 – October 9, 2017
The Word Becomes Action Festival explores the diversity of experiences and narratives of the African Diaspora. Local artists will present new work that interrogates the most provocative social issues, providing audiences space for inquiry, reflection, and thought. The goals of each post-show discussion move past simple conversation by linking audiences directly with local nonprofits that provide resources to a number of communities here in DC. Audiences will transform words into tangible actions that make real change!
by Idris Goodwin
Directed by Colin Hovde
February 8 – March 18, 2018
Idris Goodwin’s The Raid is a fabulation of a debate between two American icons: White abolitionist John Brown and Black abolitionist and social reformer Frederick Douglass. On the eve of Brown’s raid on the federal armory in Harpers Ferry, these men argue the merits of violence and pacifism, order and chaos, and possibility of a nation free of the scourge of slavery. The Raid examines the difference between being an ally and an accomplice, the implications of race in social protest, and the limits of radicalism in the age of #Resistance.
by Gabrielle Reisman
Directed by Jenna Duncan
May 10 – June 17, 2018
In Johnstown, Pennsylvania in 1889, the Great Flood has decimated the vibrant steel town, leaving behind a ragtag crew of survivors, aid workers, and surveyors to assess the damage and speculate what, or who, could be responsible. A century later, at a bar in Johnstown, recently laid off steelworkers ponder their uncertain futures in a town when industry, and the world, seems to have left them behind. Traversing time and space, Flood City is a hopeful dark comedy about disasters, corporate (ir)responsibility, and a community’s resilience in the wake of the unimaginable.
Hothouse New Play Development Series
Celebrating our 15th Season as a professional theater company, we are expanding our Hothouse New Play Development Series to take place over the course of the whole season.
Hothouse 6.0: Short Plays, Big Conversations
New 10-minute plays by DC-area playwrights, inspired by, and in conversation with, our mainstage productions: Word Becomes Flesh, The Raid, and Flood City.
Readings will take place on the following dates:
Monday, October 2, 2017, 8pm
Monday, February 26, 2018, 8pm
Monday, June 4, 2018, 8pm
Hothouse 6.5: Full-Length Plays, Full Throttle Development
Thanks to the generous support of the Reva and David Logan Foundation, Theater Alliance is taking an active role in fostering the DC region as a hotbed for new plays from varied voices and perspectives. Over the course of Season 15, we will be working on several full-length plays that will receive public readings at dates to be announced.
Monday, September 25, 2017
The Most Excellent and Busted Battle
By Psalmayene 24
With beats by Nick tha 1da
Presented as a part of the East River Performance Series