Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Reading: The Monastery
Theater J

Part of the Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival

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Festival Reading: The Monastery
by Randy Baker

Monday, May 20 at 7:30 pm
In the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC

Hidden in the shadow of Mt. Ararat, in a monastery forgotten by time, two American soldiers discover a woman among the rubble who will change their lives forever.

Through the Locally Grown Festival, Baker will be developing a play called The Monastery. He describes the piece as an exploration of “a character who is immortal but, because she did something terrible long ago, is cursed with forgetfulness, never to remember her past lives. Now she’s in our era, and destruction—both personal and literal—follows her wherever she goes.” He goes on to place the piece into the context of Theater J, stating “like many Theater J plays, it explores themes of divinity in the modern era, but no matter how large the questions become, the play never loses sight of the fact that it is about characters and conflicts and relationships.”

Randy BakerRandy Baker began his theatrical career at Theater J almost fifteen years ago. Since then, he and Jenny McConnell Frederick founded Rorshach Theatre, where he remains a Co-Artistic Director. Randy’s plays include Forgotten Kingdoms, The Burning Road, The First Disobedience and Dream Sailors. His work has been produced at Rorschach Theatre, Source Theatre, Forum Theatre (re)acts, Extreme Exchange, Three Leaches Theatre (Colorado), George Washington University and The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts.

He has had readings and workshops at the National New Play Network, Inkwell Theatre, Theater J, The Arts Club of Washington, Wordsmyth Theater, Primary Stages, American University, Theater Alliance and Rorschach Theatre. 

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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