Adapted by James L. Rogers III and Jenny McConnell Frederick from the novel by James L. Rogers III
Original Music composed by Shawn Northrip
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick

July 7 – July 30, 2023

1020 Connecticut Ave NW
Near the Farragut North Metro stop

Shows on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays at 8pm
and Sundays at 3pm
Sunday performance on July 9 is at 8pm
Additional show on Wed, July 26 at 8pm

“It’s part road trip, part romance, part rock show, part love letter to the ’90s indie music scene, and all bleeding heart.” — DC Fray Magazine


When Angel meets Cupid in a bar and her band gets an opening slot on a tour, life takes some unexpected turns into a past she tried to leave behind. Part rock show, part booze-soaked road trip through the dive bars and dark clubs of the late 90’s east coast music scene, Angel Number Nine shows us that the things we need are sometimes found on the roads we tried to avoid.

Rorschach has transformed a two-level former retail space at 1020 Connecticut Avenue NW into a dingy 90s rock club, complete with a working bar. There is be a pre-show experience with curated listening stations, vinyl for sale, and an exhibit highlighting hidden histories of DC music.

“Angel Number Nine made for a fun and worthwhile evening, hitting so many spots on my “things I love to see in the theater” bingo card: bisexual and queer representation, kick-ass rock music, naturalistic dialogue, magical realism, and a truly immersive experience.” — DC Theater Arts

“Rorschach’s permanence lies in the liminal space of the imagination. Finding the next space is part of the artistic adventure.” — Washington Post (paywall free version HERE)

This show contains mature content.
for a more detailed description of the play.


FEATURING Ian Armstrong, Billy Bob Bonson, Veronica Rose Bundy, Lauren Farnell, Kate Kenworthy, Irene Hamilton, Bri Houtman, Max Johnson, James Carlos Lacey, Constance (CC) Meade, and Robert Bowen Smith.
UNDERSTUDIES: Izzy Gholl, Lydia Gifford, Shana Laski, and Danielle Ray

DESIGNED BY Nadir Bey (Set), Kylos Brannon (Video), Ashlynne Ludwig (Costumes), Marianne Meadows  (Lights), Ian Vespermann (Sound) and Luke Hartwood (Props).
WITH Shawn Northrip (Music Director), Caraline Jeffrey (Stage Manager), Natasha Sánchez (Associate Stage Manager), Christian Sullivan (Technical Director), Malory Hartman (Master Electrician), Cody Von Ruden (Assistant Costume Designer), Tabitha Littlefield (House Manager), Michael Kyrioglou (Box Office Manager),  and Germar Townsend  (Production Manager)
PRODUCED BY Randy Baker and Jenny McConnell Frederick

This project is produced in partnership with Lerner Enterprises
and The Golden Triangle BID

and with support provided by the DC Commission for the Arts and Humanities.


Audience members will enter the venue lobby via the street level door. When the house opens, audience will descend a flight of stairs to the performance space. (There is an alternative entrance to the lower level that does not require stairs. Please email us at if you’d like this additional info so we can help you coordinate access.)

Once on the lower level, guests may remain seated for the entire performance. You may choose to shift in your seat to follow the 360 degree action, but there is no additional walking required to see the play.

The play includes a live rock band. We’ll offer earplugs at the box office for anyone who would prefer to use them during the songs. Please feel free to contact us at if you have any other questions.


Get his behind-the-scenes take here.

“Rorschach play follows boozy journey of bisexual singer Angel” –Washington Blade

“Rorschach Theatre’s “Angel Number Nine” Will Rock Downtown D.C. This July” –DC Fray Magazine

“Rorschach’s Inventive Dissonant City to culminate with Angel Number Nine–DC Theater Arts

“Rorschach Theatre Converted A Vacant D.C. Storefront Into A ’90s-Era Rock Club For Its New Show” –DCist/WAMU

Angel Number Nine Rocks, Literally” –Washington City Paper