Rainbow Theatre Project
Our Stories. Our Voices. Our Time.
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2013–2014 Concert Readings
Washington DC is the second-largest theatre town in North America. There are very few theatres currently in DC that exclusively reflect the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) experience. We're very excited about this new project, but we need help to make it happen. Please show your support.
Thank you for a wonderful inaugural season! Our 2014–2015 season will be announced soon…
Monday, October 28, 2013, 7:30 p.m.
Mae West, wise-cracking vaudeville performer, was one of the most controversial figures of her era. Rarely, however, do people think of Mae West as a writer. The Drag (1927) dealt with homosexuality and was what West called one of her "comedy-dramas of life."
MIDNIGHT PSYCHIC • by Elizabeth Pringle (short play) *
Setting: Studio of cable access television station
Time: Midnight on the summer solstice
Monday, January 27, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
A comic melodrama that evokes the 1960’s "grande guignol" films that featured aging stars such as Bette Davis, Joan Crawford and Lana Turner. A plot that reflects Greek tragedy as well as Hollywood kitsch, with a twist ending which airs out all the family’s dirty laundry.
ROMEO AND JULES • by Ron Burch (short play) *
Setting: Outside a balcony in a garden located in Verona
Time: You know, back then
Monday, February 24, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
Late one rainy night in Baltimore, Andrew meets a handsome stranger named Jack. The two immediately hit it off and start dating, despite the fact that Andrew already has a super-duper boyfriend, and that Jack has the Mark of the Beast — you know, 666 — burned into his forehead.
WHITE ROOM w/ RED DOOR • by Frank Anthony Polito (short play) *
Setting: A white room brightly lit. The walls are padded from floor to ceiling.
Time: Yesterday. Or maybe the day before.
WARNING: adult content dealt with in a graphic nature.
Monday, March 17, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
An English author on his first speaking tour in America is invited to spend a weekend at a friend's place on Long Island Sound. In what might be described as a comedy of bad manners, he finds himself the guest curiosity at a gathering of carousing theatrical and society people.
EPIPHANY III • by Dr. Samantha M. McDermitt (short play) *
Setting: A small restaurant where Eric comes out as Erika to her future boss
Time: Yesterday or today
Yank! The Musical • Book & Lyrics by David Zellnik, Music by Joseph Zellnik • directed by Rick Hammerly and Patrick Pearson
Monday, May 5, 2014, 7:30 p.m.
The story of Stu, a scared Midwestern kid who gets drafted for World War II in 1943, and becomes a photographer for Yank Magazine, the journal "for and by the servicemen." Yank! explores what it means to be a man, and what it is to fall in love and struggle.
ME AND MY GUN • by Jon Heron (short play) *
Setting: Bedroom of a fabulous drag queen
Time: Very recent
* All short plays directed by Christopher Janson
Our 2013–2014 concert readings will be held at Source, located at:
1835 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009