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Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC
1529 Sixteenth Street, NW Washington, DC 20036
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Their lot is tiny. Use Metro or the Colonial Garage close by.
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Locally Grown Festival
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349 events
230 reviews
79 stars
attended May 20 2013

It was a miiserable 80 minutes listening to words that sounded like they were put together by a computer.

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2 reviews
9 stars
attended May 06 2013

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...continued

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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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