Jewish Community Center of Washington, DC

Reading: A Grand Design
Theater J

Part of the Locally Grown: Community Supported Art Festival

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Festival Reading: A Grand Design
by DW Gregory

Monday, June 10 at 7:30 pm
In the Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater, Washington DCJCC

Claire and Len are in for some seriously bad karma when he inadvertently instigates the break-up of another couple.

The piece that Gregory will be developing with Theater J is entitled A Grand Design, a three-actor piece inspired in part by the DC sniper shootings a decade ago. It is a dark comedy that, as Gregory puts it, “wrestles with the tradeoffs we make between security and satisfaction, and how those calculations are thrown into disarray when the shooting starts.”  Discussing what drew her to work with Theater J, Gregory explains, “I started writing plays in the late ‘80s in Rochester, NY, and one of my inspirations was a playwright named Ari Roth [Theater J’s current Artistic Director], whose play Oh the Innocents was featured in a festival at GEVA Theatre Center. So it would be about coming full circle, for me.”

DW GregoryDW Gregory writes in a variety of styles and genres, from historical drama to screwball comedy, but a recurring theme is the exploration of political issues through a personal lens. The New York Times called her “a playwright with a talent to enlighten and provoke” for her most produced play, Radium Girls (Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey), about dial painters poisoned on the job in the 1920s. A resident playwright at New Jersey Rep, she received a Pulitzer nomination for the Rep’s production of The Good Daughter.

Other plays include The Good Girl Is Gone (Playwrights Theatre); October 1962 (NJ Rep); and Molumby’s Million (Iron Age Theatre Co.), a comedy about the boxer Jack Dempsey, which was nominated for the 2011 Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play by the Theatre Alliance of Philadelphia. Ms. Gregory is also a founding member of the Playwrights Gymnasium, a process-oriented workshop based in Washington, DC.

Time: 7:30 PM - 9:30 PM

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