Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center, in association with Missing Bolts Productions Inc. (Blair Baker & Zac Kline artistic directors) and NoPassport Theatre Alliance and Press (Caridad Svich, founder) are pleased to present a staged reading of AFTER ORLANDO, an evening of short plays in response to the shooting at Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, Florida.
The free reading will be held TOMORROW, MONDAY, OCTOBER 10, 2016 AT 7 PM at Round House Theatre (4545 East West Highway, in Bethesda, MD).
Our current production of Angels In America speaks volumes as to who we are as a country, especially concerning LGBT issues,” says Round House Theatre Artistic Director Ryan Rillette.
AFTER ORLANDO is a testament to the spirit of hope, healing and progress that Tony Kushner honors in his play. We’re proud to share these artistic responses to the tragic events at Pulse Nightclub, and to support the OneOrlando victim’s fund.
AFTER ORLANDO will feature the following plays:
—Fun Fact by Neil LaBute, directed by Joe Calarco.
—We Are Molecules by J. Julian Christopher, director TBD; everybody gets a stick by Deborah Zoe Laufer, director TBD.
—At the Store with my Daughter by Rohina Malik, directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick.
—Departure by Jordan Tannahill, directed by Tom Story.
—Before. Before. After. by Lisa Schlesinger, directed by Amelia Powell.
—Ally by Alexander Kveton, directed by Michael Bobbitt
—Orlando Monologue by Lindsey Ferrentino, directed by Randy Baker.
The reading will be free and open to the public, and proceeds will benefit OneOrlando Fund, which directly distributes aid to victims’ families and survivors in an open, transparent, and fair manner.
If you cannot attend, please consider making a donation.
Whitman Walker Health joins as Community Sponsor. For more information, visit RoundHouseTheatre.org/After-Orlando.
ABOUT AFTER ORLANDO AFTER ORLANDO is an international playwright driven theatre action including over-fifty playwrights form the United States, Canada, the United Kingdom and Africa. Plays have been specifically written and curated in response to this tragic event and will be read across the country and in the UK throughout the fall.
Partners venues include: The Finborough Theatre (London); Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre and the LGTB Center (NYC); Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center (DC); The Inge Center (Independence, KS); Shot Gun Players (Berkeley, CA); Boston Court Theatre and the University of Southern California (Los Angeles); Miami New Drama (Miami) and many more.
Kline and Baker of Missing Bolts note:
As theatremakers, we have the ability to bring together many singular unique voices toward a common goal. We have invited some of the most admired theatre artists worldwide to participate; to share our grief, our anger, our hope and our desire to combat the violence we are now living with on a daily basis.
Svich of NoPassport adds:
Making some healing art, some fiery art, some work that just says we can rise up from and through collective mourning.
ABOUT ROUND HOUSE THEATRE:
Round House is one of the leading professional theaters in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, producing a six-show season of modern classics, new plays and musicals for more than 40,000 patrons each year at our 400-seat theater in Bethesda.Round House has been nominated for 146 Helen Hayes Awards (including six in 2015) and has won 27 (including three in 2014). Its productions have won “Outstanding Resident Play” four times. Round House’s educational programs serve more than 2,500 students of all ages at its six-classroom Education Center in Silver Spring and in schools throughout Montgomery County. Its many innovative education programs encompass Full Day 3 Programs for Youth, including Summer Programs for K – 12; a Teen Performance Company, with classes and events for teens throughout the year culminating in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play, the only play produced by a regional theater that is directed, acted and designed by high school students.
School Outreach, including Intersections, Student Matinees, and Play It Forward, a program that allows Montgomery County high school students to attend Round House shows for free; and Classes for Adults & Youth. Round House is a member of LORT (League of Resident Theatres) and LOWT (League of Washington Theatres).
The theatre is a 501(c)3 not-for-profit organization with major support from Montgomery County, the Maryland State Arts Council (an agency funded by the State of Maryland and the National Endowment for the Arts), and the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County.
ABOUT OLNEY THEATRE CENTER:
Olney Theatre Center is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Our mission is to produce and present extraordinary theatre and performance from our fourtheatre campus for an ever-more diverse set of audiences in our community, and to educate the next generation of theatremakers to follow in our footsteps. We strive every day to unleash the creative potential of our artists and audiences, and in so doing, become Maryland’s premier center for theatre performance and education.
In the past two years, Olney Theatre has had six world or regional premieres, including Andrew Hinderaker’s Colossal (2015 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical), and Jennifer Hoppe-House’s Bad Dog (2015 Steinberg Award nominee).
Olney’s shows and educational activities are accessible and affordable, and we strive to provide a thought-provoking and enjoyable theatrical experience.
Located just north of Washington, DC in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of over 300 professional productions year-round. It is situated on 14 wooded acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick “triangle,” within easy access to all three cities, and is also home to National Players, America’s longest-running touring company.
Olney Theatre Center is led by Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Debbie Ellinghaus.