Locally Grown Festival Nurtures Talented Playwrights
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The last date listed for Locally Grown Festival was Monday June 24, 2013 / 7:30pm (People of the Book).
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A hit on Broadway when it debuted in 1975, the revered drama Yentl gets a thrilling new adaptation with a rousing rock-pop score by Jill Sobule, singer-songwriter of the original 1995 hit "I Kissed a Girl." Forbidden from studying the Talmud because of her gender, Yentl disguises herself as a man and sets out for a yeshiva. But when she falls in love, she must decide how far she's willing to go to protect her identity. Based on Isaac Bashevis Singer's classic Yiddish short story, Yentl the Yeshiva Boy, this powerful tale set in 19th-century Eastern Europe has inspired legions of artists, including Barbra Streisand, who transformed it into a powerful musical film in 1983. Learn More
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Featured review from Devon Elyse Steven
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Liz Maestri's play was simply wonderful. I'm amazed that something developed so recently, and quickly, had such depth and emotion. The multigenerational cast and the end of life theme reminded me of recent DC productions of 4000 Miles and How To Write a New Book for the Bible, but the voice was very much unique to the playwright. I very much look forward to seeing the evolution of this piece and more of Ms. Maestri's work.
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Full small house! Fascinating reading of play in progress by highly talented local playwright and superb and attractive trio of actors and actresses. Mystical and non-denominational play not recommended for everyone, but rather for experienced...continued
April 15, 7:30pm: *_The Return to Latin*_ by Allyson Currin
This play, while comic, will not shy away from the small humiliations embedded in women’s journeys as they age, and the very real fear that, in middle age, a woman’s ‘chance’ might have passed her by.
May 6, 7:30pm: *_House Beautiful *_by Liz Maestri
This one-act play demonstrates her clear sense of what interests her as a playwright. “My work is often influenced by a fascination with things supernatural and found in nature.”
May 20, 7:30pm: *_The Monastery*_ by Randy Baker
He describes the piece as_ _an exploration of “a character who is immortal but cursed with forgetfulness, never to remember her past lives. Now she’s in our era and destruction — both personal and literal — follows her wherever she goes.”
June 10, 7:30pm: *_A Grand Design*_ by DW Gregory
A three-actor piece inspired in part by the DC sniper shootings a decade ago. It is a dark comedy that, as Gregory puts it, “wrestles with the tradeoffs we make between security and satisfaction, and how those calculations are thrown into disarray when the shooting starts.”
June 24, 7:30pm: People of the Book by Renee Calarco
This piece asks us to consider how far we would go to believe a story that’s too good to be true. Partially inspired by the story of Rabbi Menachem Youlus — the self-dubbed “Jewish Indiana Jones” — the play goes to “some uncomfortable places,” according to Calarco. “We all yearn for survival stories,” she says, “and I’m obsessed with the stories that we collect and re-tell and believe—beyond the point of reason. It’s a theme that I explored a bit in The Religion Thing, too, and I’m so grateful to Theater J for continuing to develop my work.”
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