Rorschach Theatre presents a trio of staged readings of new plays, along with some enhanced design components to give audiences a taste of what a full production might feel like. Audiences will also have the opportunity to talk with artists in a post-show conversation following each play. Prior to the readings, the playwrights will spend three days in DC working with a director, dramaturg, actors and designers to set and achieve goals for their new work.
By Iris Dauterman
Directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick
Dramaturgy by Cam Magee
April 8, 2018 @ 12pm
The Greek muse of epic poetry breaks down and hires a human girl as an intern when she gets overwhelmed with her workload. In a modern mythological world, where dreams and ideas are tangible things, both gods and humans have to learn their own limitations and explore the place of the artist in a chaotic world.
The SING TO ME NOW team will include a lighting designer who will explore the creation of dreamscapes throughout the play.
FEATURING Ian Armstrong, Linda Bard, Erik Harrison, Scott McCormick, Adrienne Nelson and Madeline Joey Rose / WITH Elliot Shugoll (Lighting Design) and Sophie Barden (Stage Management)
By Georgette Kelly
Directed by Cara Gabriel
Dramaturgy by Alan Katz
April 8, 2018 @ 4pm
Bethany is the only daughter of a charismatic creationist preacher who has founded The Museum of God’s Creation in rural Kentucky. When Bethany returns home from her first year in a liberal arts college, she finds herself working retail in the museum’s gift shop as her father preps for a televised debate with Rita Anning, a famed evolution scientist. The morning before the debate, Bethany’s atheist boyfriend shows up and they must juggle two worlds and a big secret. Meanwhile, Bethany discovers a six-year-old girl who has been living in the museum and who promises to deliver a miracle.
The FAITH IN A FALLEN WORLD team will include a prop/puppet designer to explore how some of the small creatures in Georgette’s world might manifest.
FEATURING Linda Bard, Scarlett Mackenna, Paige O’Malley, Reginald Richard, John Stange and Stephanie Wilson / WITH Patti Kalil (Puppet Design) and Sophie Barden (Stage Management)
By Jack Novak
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Dramaturgy by Brent Stansell
April 8, 2018 @ 8pm
Kora, a young woman who is obsessed with death, has just come home from college after a significant loss. Kora’s return forces her and her mother, Rose, to re-examine their roles as mother and daughter, and learn to relive happier times in their life through the video game Tekken 2. Meanwhile, Cato, wakes up in a strange vehicle on the way to an unknown destination, piloted by a mysterious, powerful figure. To avoid making this transferal, they will attempt impossible things: erasing a memory, eliminating emotions, reclaiming a family, reversing a death.
The TRANSFERAL team will include a sound designer who will explore the auditory world of the play as the plane’s engines drive the action of the play forward.
FEATURING Sara Barker, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Allyson Harkey, Kathleen Jones, Hilary Kelly and Tyasia Velines / WITH Robert Pike (Sound Design) and Sophie Barden (Stage Management)