Theater Alliance Offers Monday Night Reading Series ‘Hothouse on the Hill’

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Theater Alliance is offering a Monday night reading series called Hothouse on the Hill. The free reading series are on begins on Monday, May 13th, 20th, June 3rd, and June 10, 2013. It features works by Jackie Sibblies Drury, Aditi Brennan Kapil, Young Jean Lee, and Therese Rebeck. The readings are free, but donations will be appreciated. The performances will be at The Fridge DC – 516 1/2 8th Street, SE, in Washington, DC. 

Here’s the lineup:

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Monday, May 13, 2013 at 7:30 PM

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“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?

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Monday, May 20, 2013 at 7:30 PM

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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.

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Monday, June 3. 2013 at 7:30 PM

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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.

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Monday, June 10, 2013 at 7:30 PM

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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.