Presented as the second offering in Centerstage's Short Works Series, Working It Out consists of extended excerpts from Hidden in This Picture by Aaron Sorkin (creator of "The West Wing"), Washed Up on the Potomac by Lynn Rosen and Jerry and Tom by Rick Cleveland (staff writer for "Mad Men" and "Nurse Jackie"). Jason Loewith (co-writer of Adding Machine: A Musical) will direct. The New Works Series features fully produced plays performed in under 90 minutes without an intermission. The cast for Working It Out features Vasili Bogazianos, Kate Buddeke, Amy Hohn, Katie Jeffries, Garrett Neergaard, John Ramsey, Luke Robertson and Joseph Wycoff. Written in Sorkin's early career, Hidden in This Picture "pokes fun at the scramble of movie-making to reflect on artistic compromise and aspiration," according to press notes. Washed Up on the Potomac "focuses on three D.C. proofreaders haunted by the memory of a vanished co-worker as they face a defining choice: down in the security of full-time employment, or risk chasing their dreams." Cleveland's Jerry and Tom "follows a couple of regular guys trying to juggle family life, principles, and their jobs as hit men."
According to Centerstage, "Each piece, and the collection as a whole, presents different reflections on work and the workplace, asking ultimately whether we are defined by what we do."
Working it Out will play through March 28 at Centerstage's Head Theatre, 700 North Calvert Street, Baltimore. For tickets or more information, call (410) 332-0033 or visit centerstage.org.