2012-13 Season 10

Hothouse on the Hill

May 13 & 20, Jun 3 & 10, 2013

Theater Alliance’s Hothouse on the Hill reading series is an incubator for ideas and female voices in playwriting. Drawing on the principles of greenhouse convection, Theater Alliance presents a new reading series that aims to cultivate female playwrights and create a space for their work to grow. Join us each Monday at the Fridge as we feature the reading of a different play written by a strong and beautiful voice in playwriting.

Social Creatures

by Jackie Sibblies Drury
Directed by Nathan Mendez
May 13, 2013 | 7:30 PM

“I just thought that, you know, if something like this happened – I thought we would be different.”  From Brooklyn-based playwright Jackie Sibblies Drury comes this dark and funny exploration of what happens when a group of anonymous strangers isolates themselves from a nameless danger in the outside world in an effort to preserve a sense of civil society.  But who do you trust when fear and survival are your only rules?

Love Person

by Aditi Brennan Kapil
Directed by Joshua Morgan
May 20, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Vic thinks she’s finally found the one in bookish poet Ram.  When Vic introduces the scholar to her sister, Free, sparks don’t exactly fly.  But when Free, a deaf woman, reads the scholar’s translations of Sanskrit poetry, Ram and Free begin to build a language all of their own.  In this moving play about the power of communication and finding ways to understand one another, Aditi Brennan Kapil has created a love story between word and sign, between Sanskrit poetry and ASL.

The Shipment

by Young Jean Lee
Directed by Mark Hairston
June 3, 2013 | 7:30 PM

How do we define ourselves and how do others see us?  What is the grey area between?  Identity and stereotypes are the subjects of this absurdly funny performance piece that blends movement, comedy, and drama into a sharp exploration of what it means to be an African American in modern America.

O Beautiful

by Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Jennifer L. Nelson
June 10, 2013 | 7:30 PM

Meet Alice, a typical teenage girl in 21st century America.  Student.  Daughter.  Friend.  But Alice’s world will soon turn upside down as it collides with a world of Tea Party politics, gun control, bullying, rape, American history, and religion.  In this hysterical satire, playwright Theresa Rebeck ponders about what happens when we really look at America, our past, and our future.

All performances at The Fridge DC | 516 1/2 8th Street, SE | Rear Alley | Washington, DC

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