Originally Published by: MD Theatre Guide on 02/18/2022
Written by: News Desk
Continuing its longstanding commitment to new play development and to developing a new body of work that will help reshape the face of American theatre, Round House Theatre announces the full slate of plays comprising the inaugural year of the National Capital New Play Festival. The annual event will celebrate new work by some of the country’s leading playwrights and newer voices. In addition to two fully staged world premieres (part of Round House’s main stage season), audiences are invited to readings of four plays in development, where they can sit alongside dramaturgs, directors, and other theatre professionals for an inside look into a play’s journey to the stage.
Produced by Associate Artist for Literary and New Plays, Naysan Mojgani, Round House’s festival is designed to honor and explore the relational aspect of producing new plays. “There are many reasons I’m excited to launch this festival, but at the end of the day, just like everything else in theatre, it’s all about the relationship between artists and audience,” says Mojgani. “Playwriting typically starts as a solitary endeavor, but there comes a point where you have to get other people involved—directors, actors, and yes, audiences. We’re honored that these writers are trusting us with this important part of the process, and I’m grateful that our audiences get to have a hand in shaping what these plays become.”
The month-long event will be headlined by a pair of world premieres, as part of the mainstage season, presented in rotating repertory: it’s not a trip it’s a journey (April 5 – May 8), written by Charly Evon Simpson and directed by Nicole A. Watson, and “We declare you a terrorist…” (April 7 – May 8), written by Tim J. Lord and co-directed by Round House Theatre Artistic Director Ryan Rilette and Jared Mezzocchi. Press night for it’s not a trip it’s a journey is Monday, April 18, 2022, and press night for “We declare you a terrorist… is Tuesday, April 19, 2022. Please see below for complete program details and ticket information.
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