Festival Reading: The Return to Latin by Allyson Currin
Monday, April 15 at 7:30 pm In the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC
The idea for Allyson Currin’s play, provisionally titled The Return to Latin came from a discussion hosted by Arena Stage called “Women of a Certain Age.” Currin describes the result of the discussion, sharing, “I was tasked, privately, at the end of the discussion, by three of the best actors I know…to write a play for women in their fifties as those women really are. Not caregivers or grandmothers or dowagers or any tired stereotypes, but real women, who are smart, sexy and powerful…There are so few plays that give women in their fifties (and beyond) real and complicated journeys. This play, while comic, will not shy away from the small humiliations embedded in women’s journeys as they age, and the very real fear that, in middle age, a woman’s ‘chance’ might have passed her by.”
Allyson Currin is the author of over twenty plays, several of which have been honored by the Helen Hayes Awards, DC Theatre Scene, and the Mary Goldwater Award from the Theatre Lobby of Washington, DC. She has also been singled out for numerous honors from the Washington Theatre Festival of New Plays.
Recently produced works include Hercules in Russia at Doorway Arts Ensemble; Treadwell: Bright and Dark, commissioned and premiered by the American Century Theatre; and The Dancing Princesses, a world premiere musical for young audiences produced at Imagination Stage in the 2009–10 season and named DC Theatre Scene's Audience Choice Pick for Best Family Show.
She has written original multi-media pieces for the classical music company Musica Aperta that have been performed at The Embassy of Spain, The Shakespeare Theatre, and Strathmore Arts Center. She has also written original theater pieces about Restoration women poets and dramatists that were featured at The National Museum for Women in the Arts.
Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM
Address: 1529 16th Street NW Washington, DC 20036