Red Light Winter, Adam Rapp's provocative, Pulitzer Prize finalist, a tale of power plays — sexual, emotional and fraternal — between two friends, will make its D.C. debut at The Studio. Also expected are the D.C. premieres of Paula Vogel's The Long Christmas Ride Home, Mark O'Rowe's Crestfall, Stephen Temperley's Souvenir, Martin McDonagh's The Pillowman, Dan Dietz's tempOdyssey and Neil LaBute's This Is How It Goes.
The Studio Theatre will join forces with the Shakespeare in Washington Festival, a regional celebration of Shakespeare's life and work, with Tom Stoppard's Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead.
The Studio Theatre season at a glance:Red Light Winter by Adam Rapp, directed by Joy Zinoman. Opening Sept. 6 in the Mead Theatre.
The Long Christmas Ride Home by Paula Vogel, directed by Serge Seiden. Opening Nov. 15 in the Metheny Theatre. "Vogel combines exquisite storytelling, music and puppetry to create a mesmerizing portrait of the delicate and often painful bonds of family."This Is How It Goes by Neil LaBute. Opening Jan. 3 in the Mead Theatre. "LaBute once again goes for the jugular, taking on the taboos and unspoken truths of contemporary American life. Racial prejudice wars with desire" in the tale of "a tumultuous interracial love triangle."The Pillowman by Martin McDonagh, directed by Joy Zinoman. Opening March 14, 2007, in the Metheny Theatre. "Both hilarious and horrifying, The Pillowman tells the gripping tale of a writer whose dark fables seem to be coming to life."Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by Paul Mullins. Opening May 16 in the Mead Theatre. "On the fortieth anniversary of this groundbreaking modern classic, The Studio Theatre returns to Tom Stoppard's first play" about "Hamlet's two schoolmates," who "find themselves the reluctant heroes of their own play, driven forward by the plot of Hamlet itself."The Passion of the Crawford Featuring John Epperson as Lypsinka as Joan Crawford, opening Feb. 7, 2007, as a Studio Special Event. "With uncanny precision and unforgettable pizzazz, John Epperson — also known as Lypsinka — pays homage to ultimate screen-queen Joan Crawford."Souvenir by Stephen Temperley, directed by Serge Seiden. Opening April 2007, as a Studio Special Event. "A side-splitting celebration of the life of Florence Foster Jenkins, the real-life singer whose voice made her a legend — for her complete lack of pitch and rhythm. Souvenir follows Jenkins and her talented accompanist Cosme McMoon from drawing-room performances to the sold-out house of Carnegie Hall."Crestfall by Mark O'Rowe, opening Oct. 11. "A ferocious, edge-of-your-seat ride into the lives of three fierce and struggling women. In three interlocking monologues, Mark O'Rowe creates an unforgettable world?a brutal and beautiful tapestry of contemporary Irish life."tempOdyssey by Dan Dietz, opening Dec. 6. "A surprising, screwball comedy about the epic drudgery of temp work. As it rockets from the chicken farms of Appalachia to the skyscrapers of Seattle, unexpected twists and fantastical surprises keep audiences guessing in this whip-smart new play."
Reefer Madness by Kevin Murphy and Dan Studney, opening July 11. A "wild, uproarious musical is a parody of the 1936 anti-marijuana propaganda film of the same name." For more information, visit www.studiotheatre.org.