Here is the schedule for TODAY, Saturday, August 31st
at the ‘Page-to-Stage’ Festival’:
Performances are from NOON until 10:30 PM
Page-to-Stage is FREE!
No tickets are needed.
Seating is on a first-come basis.
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of each performance.
Paid parking is available in the building.
Free shuttle from The Foggy Bottom Metro.
Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship
Before Oscar Was Wilde
by Steven Levingston
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
Field Trip Theatre
by Danielle Mohlman
1st Stage Theatre
One More Night
Book, Music and lyrics by Lou Ann K. Behan
Music and lyrics by Gary Fitzgerald
Additional music provided by Gary Cuccurullo
Neither death nor flimsy shoes can stop Queen Caroline, (Napoleon Bonaparte’s youngest sister), while her household in the new Kingdom of Naples is in turmoil. Her husband, King Joachim, is consumed with guilt about her death. Their daughters bicker, snipe and think of clever ways to drive him crazy. The King outlaws all dancing and balls, yet the daughters continue mysterious nightly forays, defying him openly and ruining their slipper like shoes. His scorned former lover, now the Queen of Sicily, plots to overthrow him using her son, the foppish, cruel Prince of Agata. A brash, determined young shoemaker hawks newfangled leather shoes… and he looks familiar. In this re-imagining of a beloved Grimm Brothers’ tale, there is an urgent need to set things right. Promises made long ago must be kept, but Queen Caroline has only One More Night. Musical.
Spooky Action at a Distance
by Matthew Buckley Smith
It’s 1971, and with the Vietnam War still grinding on, Simon Pirklowski plays it safe, studying physics at Berkeley to avoid the draft. But when he befriends a shady bartender and agrees to tutor his beautiful wife, Simon finds out just how thrilling uncertainty can be. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
dog & pony dc
Toast Incubator Salon
This is your opportunity to experience the development of a new work from the inside out. DC-based devised theater ensemble dog & pony dc is exploring technological innovation, invention, group process, and creativity in their newest participatory work Toast. d&p dc creates work through collaborative inquiry and artistic experimentations. In creating Toast, d&p dc is trying to distill key ingredients for innovation (i.e. discovery-oriented environments, culture of “tinkering,” “liquid networks”) and apply them in a multi-media, participatory performance that fully and transparently harnesses the audience as a resource integral for the completion of the show in performance. Which is where you come in! d&p dc brings their public devising events, Toast Incubator Salons, to Page-to-Stage. Inspired by TED talks and literary salons, these events pair a scientific discussion-demo with performances of works-in-progress from Toast, and culminate in a full-group devising activity. At thisToast Incubator Salon, participants will take in the first-look at the prologue to Toast (examining the relationship between artistic movements and scientific discoveries over time) and then work in small groups to edit, revise, or completely reimagine the script and staging. Participatory Theater.
1 PM–2:30 PM
Seventh Street Playhouse
by Anthony E. Gallo
This fact-based, two-act drama deals with that tragic period in Italy during the Holocaust when 1,500 Jews were sent to their deaths at Auschwitz. It touches on the role of the Church and the Holocaust, and examines forgiveness amidst three conversions. Rome’s aloof and scholarly Chief Rabbi Israel Zolli loses faith following the apparent slaughter of his Polish family. He receives asylum in the Vatican, where he comes to appreciate Jesus as God suffering for humanity. The Rabbi rediscovers faith and converts to Roman Catholicism. This is seen as a betrayal of his spiritual duty and a defection to the age-old enemy. Was his conversion one of conviction or merely gratitude? What does he demand at his baptism that eventually removes a major symbol of discrimination? Drama.
2 PM-5 PM
Faction of Fools
DC’s commedia dell’arte theatre company presents a unique version of this audience favorite outside.
MILLENNIUM STAGE SOUTH
2 PM–5 PM.
Catholic University of America:
Conversations I’ve Never Had
by Kathleen Cole Burke
by Kathleen Cole Burke
A soldier shows up on his best friend’s doorstep, home from the Iraq war, and totally unable to speak to her.
Adapted by Teri Gilmor
Based on The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock by T.S. Eliot
Shrewd housemaid Marta adores the agoraphobic pianist James Prufrock, but it’s hopeless – not only is James her employer, he’s desperately in love with the beautiful and haughty Elizabeth. On the eve of Elizabeth’s wedding, James sets out to stage the perfect evening in her honor – music, conversation, tea and cakes and ices. Will Marta and James find the courage to confess their feelings before it’s too late?
by Robert Montenegro
Library employee Chase experienced a true and rare moment of Zen while in the restroom but now finds himself unable to share his secret with an eager co-worker. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
by Amanda Zeitler
An absurdist 10-minute play in which a shark attempts to sign up for swimming lessons at his local community pool, but is denied access by the desk attendant. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
by Robert Montenegro
A high school football player wakes up in heaven only to find that it’s not operated quite the tight ship he had anticipated.
Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies
by T. Chase Meachum
Polk Street: an end-of-the-line stop for people who are running from pieces of the past. It is a cradle of rebirth, for some, and a gutter for most. It is a place of sex and drugs – of love, and things that feel like it. It is a nest for runaways, lost children, drag queens, ministers, strippers, hustlers, druggies, artists, gays, and others who dream of freedom and dancing, of new lives with pasts. But, for all its inhabitants, for better or worse – Polk Street is home. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
3:30 PM–5:30 PM
Timeless Visual Works
Time Will Tell… Stage 1
Written, directed, and produced by Ollie L. Jefferson
Time Will Tell…Stage 1 introduces the timeless true story of a young woman full of dreams, coming of age and on her way to harsh reality. Travel through time with her as she recounts the decisions made in creating her life. Experience the journey of growing pains as she looked for love in all the wrong places. Based on the memoir to inspire daughters from all walks of life to turn from dead-end roads and step into their divine destiny. Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
4 PM–5:15 p.m.
Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences and VSA FAMILY THEATER
by Julie Jensen from the novel by Kathryn Erskine
Caitlin’s world has always been black and white. As a girl with Asperger’s syndrome, she has always relied on her older brother Devon to help her make sense of the world outside of her favorite textbooks and dictionaries. Suddenly, tragedy strikes and Caitlin is left on her own. But with the help of a new friend, her school advisor, and her father, Caitlin begins to see that maybe what everyone needs is closure. Adapted by Julie Jensen from Kathryn Erskine’s National Book Award-winning novel, and directed by Tracy Callahan, Mockingbird is a new theater for young audiences play in development that shows how black and white are complemented by vibrant colors, which are beautiful and necessary for healing.
4 PM–6 PM
The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts
The Good Devil, In Spite of Himself
by Mario Baldessari & Tyler Herman
Come enjoy the comedic travails of a 17th century commedia troupe besieged by an official decree that forbids them from using dialogue in their plays. The royally imposed restriction sends the comedy troupe on a rollercoaster ride of comic invention as they seek to successfully skirt the dialogue police! Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
4 PM–6:30 PM
The Playwrights’ Gymnasium
by Bob Bartlett
It’s been over eight years since Harlan Hodgson has left his tiny apartment. But, when his hateful dog, Falwell (an obese black lab), unexpectedly expires and 20-something newlywed interns Stephen and Sarah move next door, the outside world like never before beckons – and Harlan hears it.Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
NORTH OPERA TIER LOUNGE
4 PM–6:30 PM.
The Indian Ocean Theatre Company
In to the Out Side & D.C. al Coda
by John Sowalsky
Samuel Beckett meets the Marx Brothers in this self-deconstructing absurdist comedy. Comedy.
MILLENNIUM STAGE NORTH
6 PM–7 PM
Arts on the Horizon
The Young Spectaculars and the Front Yard Adventure
7:30 PM–10:30 PM
African-American Collective Theater
by Alan Sharpe
Readings of short plays chronicling the contemporary black, gay experience. Drama. Recommended for mature audiences.
7:30 PM-9:30 PM
Safe Streets Arts Foundation
Compilation of plays by inmates across America that reflect their regrets, hopes, and aspirations.Drama/Music. Recommended for mature audiences.
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
American Ensemble Theater
The Law of Return
by Martin Blank
A spy thriller inspired by the mid-1980s Jay Pollard spy case set in Washington, D.C.
REHEARSAL ROOM #2
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Crash of Rhinos
by Mario Baldessari
Tom’s been diagnosed with an incurable form of cancer. When modern medicine fails him, he’s urged to seek out Thomas of God, a mysterious faith healer in Mexico, who is believed to channel the spirit of Saint Thomas Aquinas. The actual spirit of Thomas Aquinas, however, has other plans in store for Tom, his family and friends. Doubting Thomas is a comedy about life, death, and life-or-death situations. Comedy. Recommended for mature audiences.
7:30 PM–9:30 PM.
It Happened in the Harbor
Various 10-minute plays discussing Baltimore harbors. Comedy/Drama. Recommended for ages 13 and up.
7:30 PM–9:30 PM
Risk and Return
The members of DC Area Playwrights Group on Facebook were issued the following challenge by Theatre Alliance: Write a short piece for the stage on an issue/topic/idea that scares you to write about. It should be relevant to the DC metro area. It should have an element of danger and risk. It should matter, to you and to your audience. This presentation showcases a selection of short works by the playwrights who accepted the challenge.
8 PM–10 PM
Ella Fitzgerald: First Lady of Song
Book by Lee Summers
Conceived, directed, and choreographed by Maurice Hines
Featuring Freda Payne
Hosted by Maurice Hines
Ella along with her cousin/traveling companion, Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell her on and offstage stories. This production explores Ella’s start as a homeless street dancer, winning an amateur night at the Apollo Theatre at age 15 which launched her on to the national stage, headlining with Chick Webb and his orchestra at the Savoy Ballroom, to performing live at the Cote D’Azur. From scat to bebop, this play will show the fascinating journey of a legendary artist. Musical.
THE ENTIRE SCHEDULE FOR THE 2013 PAGE-TO-STAGE FESTIVAL.