A good friend of mine who is active in the DC theatrical arts scene just forwarded this to me.
If you are looking for something entertaining to do for little or no money, please join the Theatre Lab and Theater J for a series of staged readings of political plays (none of which are tied directly to our current election for those of you who are already sick of politics with the current election season). They are all fun, interesting, and in most cases, comical and most importantly, you pay what you can, even if it’s only $5.00. (Great date idea) Each staged reading is directed by a professional director and stars a professional actor/actress. The information is as follows:
First Lady by George S. Kaufman, Katharine Dayton
Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 7:30 p.m.
Theater J, 1529 16th St, NW, WDC (Dupont Circle Metro)
The conflict centers upon the feud between two Washington hostesses, who show no quarter in their struggle for the position of First Lady. Irene Hibbard, wife of Supreme Court Justice Hibbard, incurred the undying hatred of Lucy Chase Wayne, wife of the Secretary of State, when she stole the latter’s cook. For revenge Lucy, to discourage Irene’s interest in a young Senator, lets a false rumor circulate that the party is considering Hibbard for the Presidency. But the rumor goes out of Lucy’s control and threatens to become a reality. Realizing she would be responsible for thwarting her own husband, Lucy frantically tries to repair the damage.
Necessary Targets by Eve Ensler
Tuesday, Sept. 15 at 7:30 p.m.
Two American women, a Park Avenue psychiatrist and an ambitious young writer, travel to Bosnia to help women refugees confront their memories of war. Though the two have little in common beyond the methods they use to distance themselves from their subjects, they emerge deeply changed as they confront their own fears in the face of violence, resiliency and war. Based on interviews conducted by Eve Ensler with numerous women who survived the civil war in the former Yugoslavia.
Bill of (W)rights by Rebecca Gilman et al.
Tuesday, Oct. 2 at 7:30 p.m.
Bill of (W)Rights is a political funhouse growing from a moment in history when self-censorship abounds and the populace is increasingly governed by fear. Nine playwrights offer ten plays, each based on one of the U.S. Constitution’s first ten amendments. These pieces focus less on government interference and more on the interpersonal, from a father and daughter facing a criminal trial to the silence of an unfaithful husband “pleading the fifth” to his family — not to mention a company of actors yelling “Fire!” in a crowded theater. The creation of the script, encompassing a diversity of voices and opinions, was itself an act of democracy, demonstrating that theatre can be a voice of revelation and revolution.
The Best Man by Gore Vidal
Tuesday, Oct. 9 at 7:30 p.m.
Theatre Lab, 733 8th St, NW, WDC (Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro)
The New York Post describes the plot as follows: ” -William Russell, the ex-Secretary of State, is a wit and scholar with high liberal principles, beloved of the eggheads and suspected by practical politicians. Joseph Cantwell is a ruthless and hard-driving young man, a dirty fighter who will let no scruples stand in the way of his ambitions. And Arthur Hockstader is an ex-President, who loves politics for their own sake, admires a rough-and-tumble battler more than a chivalrous one, and is determined to have the final say in the selection of his party’s candidate – The ruthless young man has got hold of papers indicating that his rival once suffered from a mental crackup, which he is all set to use. Then his scrupulous antagonist comes across some incriminating evidence about Cantwell, which he is loath to produce. The scruples don’t appeal to the ex-President, who enjoys seeing the boys fight. All of this provides the framework for some vivid and interesting scenes in which Mr. Vidal contrasts the minds, emotions and fighting spirits of the two candidates –