In celebration of its twentieth Anniversary Season, Theater Alliance has programmed a lineup of progressive, family-friendly, thought-provoking productions that deliver the corporate’s values to audiences of all ages.
With an eye fixed towards the previous, current, and future, Theater Alliance kicks off its season in February 2023 with This Lady Laughs, This Lady Cries, This Lady Does Nothing — a modern-day fairytale by Finegan Kruckemeyer, exploring the alternatives younger girls make, and the results of these decisions.
Subsequent, Theater Alliance revisits a present first carried out by the corporate in 2006 — Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye, which can take the stage in Might. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove, a Black lady in Nineteen Forties Ohio, needs nothing greater than to be liked by her household and schoolmates. Blaming her darkish pores and skin for the ridicule she endures, she prays for blue eyes, positive that love will observe.
To finish the season in late summer time, Theater Alliance and The John F. Kennedy Heart for the Performing Arts are collaborating on a co-production of the World Premiere of Look Each Methods: A Story Instructed in Ten Blocks, tailored from Jason Reynolds’ younger grownup novel by El Chelito and Raymond O. Caldwell. The variation, developed via Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Growth program, will carry out first at The Anacostia Playhouse, then transfer to the Kennedy Heart for a tour later within the yr.
Whereas productions start later within the season than common for Theater Alliance, the corporate has already been busy — in October, Theater Alliance artists, in partnership with the Division of State and India-based NGO Contact Base, traveled to Kolkata to steer an worldwide Arts Envoy. Working with 21 artists from India, Nepal, Bangladesh, and the USA, the group collaborated to develop and devise a brand new play that engages communities in celebrating range and fostering fairness, inclusion, and accessibility on the worldwide stage. The play, A International I.D.E.A., will likely be obtainable in digital format within the spring.
Theater Alliance’s work has been repeatedly acknowledged for its inventive excellence, together with 4 Helen Hayes Awards for Excellent Manufacturing prior to now 5 years (Black Nativity in 2015, The Fantastic World of Dissocia in 2015, Phrase Turns into Flesh in 2017, and Nonetheless Life with Rocket in 2018). In 2019, actors Regina Aquino, Josh Adams (The Occasions), and Ryan Tumulty (Flood Metropolis) every earned Helen Hayes Awards for his or her performances at Theater Alliance within the earlier yr.
By means of its Radical Neighboring initiative, Theater Alliance strives to create a group the place everybody feels welcome on the theater. Title Your Personal Value tickets can be found for each efficiency, making certain that anybody who needs to expertise the work can accomplish that.
Theater Alliance’s dedication to new performs continues via its Hothouse Play Growth Collection – which supplies native playwrights an opportunity to answer the corporate’s season with quick works and fosters the expansion and growth of latest performs over longer intervals of time.
THEATER ALLIANCE SEASON 20: IN DETAIL
This Lady Laughs, This Lady Cries, This Lady Does Nothing
February 27 – March 25, 2023
By Finegan Kruckemeyer
With music by Nate Weida
Directed by Johamy Morales
Triplet sisters are left in a forest by a woodcutter father and compelled to seek out their very own approach on this planet. From this fairytale starting, three resolutions are made — one sister walks one solution to discover goal, one the opposite to seek out journey, and the third stays proper the place she is, to create a house.
A transferring and irresistibly charming modern-day fairytale by Finegan Kruckemeyer with music by Nate Weida. Acceptable for all ages.
The Bluest Eye
Might 31 – June 25, 2023
Tailored from the e-book by Toni Morrison
By Lydia R. Diamond
Directed by Otis Cortez Ramsey-Zöe
Nobel Prize-winning writer Toni Morrison’s The Bluest Eye is a narrative a few younger black lady in Nineteen Forties Ohio. Eleven-year-old Pecola Breedlove needs nothing greater than to be liked by her household and schoolmates. As a substitute, she faces fixed ridicule and abuse. She blames her darkish pores and skin and prays for blue eyes, positive that love will observe.
Enthralling, gorgeously written, and extremely emotional, The Bluest Eye is an American touchstone.
Look Each Methods: A Story Instructed in Ten Blocks
A Co-Manufacturing with the John F. Kennedy Heart for the Performing Arts
Tailored from the e-book by Jason Reynolds
By El Chelito and Raymond O. Caldwell
Directed by Raymond O. Caldwell
This story was going to start like all the perfect tales. With a college bus falling from the sky. However nobody noticed it occur. They have been all too busy — speaking about boogers. Stealing pocket change. Skateboarding. Wiping out. Braving up. Executing difficult handshakes. Planning an escape. Making jokes. Lotioning up. Discovering consolation. However principally, too busy strolling dwelling.
By means of these ten tales, Nationwide Guide Award finalist and New York Instances bestselling writer Jason Reynolds affords glimpses into the non-public struggles, strengths, and secrets and techniques of scholars who solely know one another in passing. For all ages.
The well being and security of our artists, patrons, and workers are of paramount significance. Theater Alliance is holding abreast of the newest suggestions from the CDC, in addition to the newest security pointers put forth by Actors Fairness Affiliation. Particular steerage for patrons of every present will likely be launched nearer to efficiency dates to make sure the newest data is taken under consideration.
ABOUT THEATER ALLIANCE
Theater Alliance develops, produces, and presents socially acutely aware, thought-provoking work that totally engages its group in energetic dialogue. Because the resident theater firm of the Anacostia Playhouse since 2013, Theater Alliance is proud to supply skilled, award-winning work in Anacostia about social and cultural subjects. By means of its work, Theater Alliance hopes to create an viewers laboratory the place the myriad views of DC come face-to-face, confronting points and tackling troublesome questions that have an effect on our various group.
Domestically, Theater Alliance has twice been finalists for the Mayor’s Arts Award, has been featured within the Higher Washington Catalogue for Philanthropy, obtained the Capitol Hill Neighborhood Basis’s Keller Award for making important, ongoing contributions to the lifetime of the group, and been awarded two DC Fee on the Arts and Humanities’ UPSTART Grants for capability constructing. Nationally, Theater Alliance has obtained the American Theatre Wing’s Nationwide Theater Firm Grant, an NEA Artwork Works grant, and is a proud Core Member of the Nationwide New Play Community. Theater Alliance has obtained 88 Helen Hayes Award Nominations and 19 Helen Hayes Awards.
Theater Alliance and affiliated artists to steer Arts Envoy to India (information story, October 23, 2022)