Rainbow Theatre Project

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2013–2014 Concert Readings

Thank you for a wonderful inaugural season! Our 2014–2015 season will be announced soon…

The Drag • by Mae West • directed by Christopher Henley

Mae West
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."
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MIDNIGHT PSYCHIC • by Elizabeth Pringle (short play) *

Setting: Studio of cable access television station
Time: Midnight on the summer solstice

Die Mommie Die! • by Charles Busch • directed by Chris Griffin

Hand wields knife
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.
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ROMEO AND JULES • by Ron Burch (short play) *

Setting: Outside a balcony in a garden located in Verona
Time: You know, back then

Say You Love Satan • by Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa • directed by John Moletress

Heart with horns and halo
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.
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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.

Long Island Sound • by Noel Coward • directed by Delia Taylor

Long Island Sound
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.
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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

WW2 Soldier
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.
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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



The Source

Our 2013–2014 concert readings will be held at Source, located at:
1835 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009
(202) 204-7800