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  • Arena Stage opens its online Spring/Summer Season with two world premiere films, "May 22, 2020" and "Inside Voices: a film by Arena Stage’s Voices of Now ensembles", through Arena’s new Supper Club (then streaming). Patrons will be able to dine on delicious fare delivered to their door from area restaurants while watching the live premieres. Premiered June 12, now streaming for Free "May 22, 2020", a filmed docudrama, directed by Artistic Director Molly Smith, captures one day in the life of 10 DMV subjects interviewed by area playwrights on May 22, 2020, turned into original monologues and filmed with Washington actors. June 19 (7p.m.) premiere thru Supper Club, then streaming for Free starting June 20 - "Inside Voices". Voices of Now (VON) is a season-long drama program that devises autobiographical plays with ensembles of middle-school, high-school and adult artists locally and internationally.

  • Adventure Theatre MTC, Convergence Theatre, and 4615 Theatre Company invite playwrights, devisers, and theatre makers to Q-FEST Playwriting Fest 2.0 on June 28 (10am-4pm). This edition of DMV QFEST is committed to defining this space for POC artists from the DMV, who have worked in the DMV, or feel connected to the DMV. They also recognize June is Pride month so encourage hearing from DMV artists in the LGBTQ+ community as they intersect with the POC community. Interested playwrights: Sign up by Sat, June 20th, email You'll then get instructions June 21 with 5 items to incorporate in your script (no more than 10 pages/10 minutes) due no later than Wed, June 23. Zoom Rehearsals follow June 26 & 27, with Live Zoom Performances Sun, June 28. Submissions and questions may be addressed to

  • Shakespeare Theatre Company presents "Shakespeare Hour LIVE!" events in which you can join Artistic Director Simon Godwin and Resident Dramaturg Drew Lichtenberg for online tours through various corners of the Shakespeare universe. Each week, Simon and Drew will examine the world of Shakespeare and our own by discussing two plays from the Shakespearean canon with special guests and friends of the STC extended family. These live conversations will be on Zoom - now extended thru July 29. FREE.

  • A couple of offerings for budding playwrights of all ages. First, The Welders partner with Young Playwrights Theater for "The Playwrights’ Lab: Introduction to Playwriting' - a virtual playwriting workshop for adults interested in learning and practicing the art of playwriting. Deadline to register is June 9, $300 (tuition assistance avail). Second, Young Playwrights' Theater offers "Young Playwrights in Progress," an opportunity for young and/or early-career DC-area playwrights to engage in a script-development and workshop reading process of original, not-yet-produced, one-act or full-length plays. Two playwrights selected & will receive a small stipend for their participation. Free, apply by June 30. Be no younger than 14 yrs by Sept. 5, and no older than 24 yrs by May 4, 2021.

  • Studio Theatre is launching a three-part series of virtual dance parties with conversation in collaboration with director, educator, theatre-maker—and now digital emcee—Psalmayene 24 - Psalm's Salons at Studio on June 25, 2020 (5-5:45pm). The digital salons are an online gathering space to highlight the work of Black creatives, signal boost local and Black-owned businesses, and kick back to live music with our Studio community. Psalm kicks things off on June 25 with Philly-based playwright James Ijames and a live mix from DJ Nick tha 1da. Psalm and James will discuss their latest projects, artistic inspirations, and the role of theatre during this moment of racial unrest. FREE

  • Explore the possibilities of Spooky Action Theater's New Works in Action readings series as it moves online for 4 readings May 24 thru June 14. After, stay for a talk-back with actors, director and playwright. NEXT: Circular by Laura Shamas on June 14 (3pm)


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