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2016/2017

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I CALL MY BROTHERS

written by JONAS HASSEN KHEMIRI
translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles 

directed by MICHAEL DOVE

SEPTEMBER 9-OCTOBER 1, 2016

DC PREMIERE

A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. His best to become invisible and not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over twenty-four hours, Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s fierce, funny, and explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur.

Written in response to the Stockholm terrorist attacks of 2010, I Call My Brothers began as a New York Times column Khemiri published just one week after the suicide bombing and is being adapted for this DC production. Khemiri is an internationally-renowned and award-winning playwright and novelist whose work has been translated into more than fifteen languages and his plays have been performed by over 100 companies. He won a 2011 Obie Award for playwriting.

 

WHAT EVERY GIRL SHOULD KNOW

written by MONICA BYRNE
directed by JENNA DUNCAN

MARCH-APRIL, 2017

DC PREMIERE

"Top to bottom, start to finish, What Every Girl Should Know KNOW is an excellent piece of theater…as long as the war over women's reproductive rights rages on, [this is] a story people need to keep telling." 
NewYorkTheatre.com 

In 1914, four teen girls in a New York reformatory discover their sexuality and personal power as they reveal the horrifying events that led each to the same tiny dormitory room. Adopting birth control activist Margaret Sanger as their secret patron saint, they build a communal fantasy life where they travel the world, take lovers at will, and assassinate their enemies. Their fantasy life grows more and more elaborate until objects from their fantasy world start appearing in the real one—including a baby. 

 

DRY LAND

by RUBY RAE SPIEGEL
directed by 
AMBER PIAGE MCGINNIS

MARCH-APRIL, 2017

DC PREMIERE

“This portrait of an unlikely friendship under uncommon pressure is tender, caustic, funny and harrowing, often all at the same time...[a] remarkable play”
The New York Times

 
Ester is a swimmer trying to stay afloat. Amy is curled up on the locker room floor. Dry Land is a play about abortion, female friendship, and resiliency, and what happens in one high school locker room after everybody’s left. This timely and unflinching new play is from one of America’s most exciting young playwrights, Ruby Rae Spiegel. 
 
This Susan Blacksmith Prize nominated play premiered in a sold-out Off-Broadway run and marks the Forum return of director Amber McGinnis after her critically-acclaimed production of World Builders.

 

4TH SHOW TBA

MAY-JUNE, 2017

 

 

 

 

 

 

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