written by JONAS HASSEN KHEMIRI
translated from Swedish by Rachel Willson-Broyles
directed by MICHAEL DOVE
SEPTEMBER 9-OCTOBER 1, 2016
Featuring Ensemble Members Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Nora Achrati as well as Ahmad Kamal and Sarah Corey
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.
TWO DC PREMIERES IN REPERTORY WITH ALL-FEMALE CREATIVE AND DESIGN TEAMS:
written by MONICA BYRNE
directed by JENNA DUNCAN
"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."
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.
by RUBY RAE SPIEGEL
directed by AMBER PIAGE MCGINNIS
“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
National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere
by ROBERT SCHENKKAN
directed by MICHAEL DOVE
April 27- May 7 @ Kogod Cradle
May 18- May 27 @ Silver Spring Black Box
The National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Building the Wall is the newest play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Robert Schenkkan (The Kentucky Cycle, All the Way), and will be directed by Michael Dove. Building the Wall imagines a very near future where President Trump’s anti-immigration campaign rhetoric is turned into harrowing reality. Millions of undocumented immigrants are rounded up and detained, overflowing private prisons and incarceration camps. Now, a historian interviews the supervisor of a private prison as he awaits sentencing for carrying out the federal policy that has escalated into the unimaginable. This riveting and illuminating drama delivers a powerful warning and puts a human face on the inhuman, revealing how, when personal accountability is denied, what seems inconceivable becomes inevitable.
Brand new installments of the Forum (Re)Acts series including two election-focused events on either side of November 8th and how the results will shape the ongoing American conversations on race, religion, and society.