Prologue Theatre kicks off monthly new works series

Running through March 2021, the series features five creative-team workshops and five virtual public readings.

Prologue Theatre has launched FOREWORD: A New Works Series. Each month through March 2021, a creative team will come together for two weeks to workshop a playwright’s new play, culminating in a virtual reading. First up is Secret Hour by Jenny Stafford, slated for virtual reading and post-show conversation Friday, November 13.

Prologue Theatre has designed a series of conversations to pair with each monthly new play workshop.

• New Play Development Conversation Series: During the first week of each workshop, Artistic Director Jason Tamborini will discuss the process of new play development with other members of the DC area theatre community.

• Reading & Post-Show Conversation with the Playwright: At the end of each two-week workshop, Prologue will host a virtual public reading and post-show conversation with the playwright.

• Deep Dive Conversation: Finally, in the week following the public reading, Prologue will bring audiences back together virtually for an in-depth conversation into the key issues each play explores.

When you sign up for all five monthly events (November 2020 through March 2021), you’ll receive a link a to access each conversation and reading. See the full schedule here.


Friday, November 13, 2020, at 8pm
Secret Hour Reading & Post-Show Zoom Conversation with playwright Jenny Stafford

While exploring the relationship between a couple it asks, “Is your greatest ethical responsibility to yourself or to others?” The workshop is being directed by Laley Lippard and the cast includes Michael Dillahunt Jr (Leaf), Chloe Mikala (Kate), and Greg Watkins (Ben).

Monday, November 16, 2020, at 8pm
Debrief: A Zoom conversation with Artistic Director Jason Tamborini and other members of the Prologue Theatre community exploring ethics and morality as found in Secret Hour.

‘The Secret Hour’ playwright and director, Jenny Stafford and Laley Lippard.


American Yu by Terence Patrick Hughes ​
Friday, December 11, 2020, 8pm EST

Monsters of the American Cinema by Christian St. Croix
Friday, January 15, 2021, 8pm EST

The Whole Shebang by Jason Odell Williams ​
Friday, February 12, 2021, 8pm EST

Webster’s Bitch by Jacqueline Bircher
Friday, March 12, 2021, 8pm EST


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