Side Splitting, Pearl Clutching Performances – THIS Weekend!

Join Rabble Crew Productions at DCAC for a hilarious weekend of light theater! Shows both nights are from 8:00 pm – 9:15 pm.

Night 1: Sketchy comedy (think SNL) written
and performed by local women.

  • Friday night is Star Johnson, Cristen Stephansky, Yvonne Paretzky, Kristina Brooks, and Madeline Farrington performing ten brand new bawdy, pearl-clutching, off-color sketches. There might be a sock puppet involved.

Night 2: Riotous (Stage) Readings that’ll have you LOL-ing all night!
Tickets are $10, cash at the door or online at

Getting pumped for night 1 of hilarity!

  • Here’s a sneak peak for night 2’s stage readings!

“Extra Virgin” by Jen Williams

– Cherry poppin’ good!

Featuring: Christina Wilharm, Jenna St. John, James Cullen, Peter Orvetti, and Eileen Haley

“Shut-in” by Matt Spangler

– Who knew that Godzilla was such a cry baby?

Featuring: Merancia Noelsaint, Banks Cancún, Brian Lewandowski, Sarah Hensley, Tony Green, and James Cullen

“Pacing” by Jessica Bylander 

– Who needs couples therapy when you have a marathon?

Featuring: James Cullen, Jenna St. John, and Sarah Hensley.

“GOT” by Matt Spangler

– Hidden deep underground, there is a group of gullible humans who think they are the back-up government for the universe.

Featuring: Eileen Haley, Brittany Sankofa, Banks Cancún, and Tony Green.

“Friends Against Humanity” by Ayan and Dara Gold

– A party game for backstabbers, threesomes, and sperm donors.

Featuring: Eileen Haley, Sarah Hensley, Tony Green, Merancia Noelsaint, Christina Wilharm, and Brian Lewandowski

Stage Directions read by Peter Orvetti

Readings directed by Dara Gold.

Conception to Reality

Super grateful to Rabble Crew Productions for the opportunity to perform the one-act script “Sex-O-Lympics” as a part of their 2 weekends of sex-ed themed plays.

Photos of the show are below 🙂

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Hashtag 52 plays by women

The #52playsbywomen sounds very neat! In a nutshell: “Could you see a play by a woman a week for a year and tell everyone about it on Twitter?”
Going to try to find feasible and affordable ways to make this possible.

One way recently discovered is to read the scripts (some here:, but nothing can replace a live performance 🙂

Oooo! Idea in the moment as this blog post is being written. Maybe we’ll do podcasts/radio dramas or filmed stage readings (possibly cold) of the scripts to help people participate! While not quite the same as a staged show, it can help busy actors participate in an easy way and make female playwright scripts accessible to more people! More brainstorming to come.


On Monday, a brilliant new international theatre parity advocacy call to action launches on social media: #52playsbywomen. This international campaign has been started by American writer Laura Annawyn Shamas.

Could you see a play by a woman a week for a year and tell everyone about it on Twitter? (Readings count and if there are not enough performed plays available by women writers in a specific region, reading a play by a woman playwright instead that week is fine.) This should last for a year, so that each participant will have experienced #52playsbywomen.
The rules are simple:

I. Pledge to see a play by a woman (including woman-identified) playwright each week for a year. If you’d like (optional), you can announce your pledge on social media, something like:
“I pledge to see a play by a woman playwright each week for one year to support #52playsby women. Follow…

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On-the-Go Theater


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What is this you ask? It sounds a lot like asking for a doggy bag when you leave a restaurant. It’s kinda like that, but waaaaay better 😉

Theater becomes one of those loves that gets sacrificed for the “I’m too busy” or “I have to pay the bills” reasons. Both are very valid, but fortunately there are ways to end your painful sacrifice; such as, on-the-go theater.

Example of a rehearsal of an on-the-go short-term play at a local university.

Example of a rehearsal of an on-the-go short-term play at a local university.

For these types of theater, it’s important to note that the process can have a very rough feel. Rehearsals will be non-traditional and many scripts are in-the-works/being work-shopped as rehearsal is happening. They are great for community theater, especially if there is a limited budget. But at the end of the day, the shows turn out awesome and they are sooo much fun to do!

There are many forms of on-the-go theater.

  1.  Short term theater: This can be broken down into 2 sub-groups:
    • 24 hour theater: Literally only a one day commitment. There are many ways to produce these type of shows.
    • Over 3-8 weeks from the moment the playwright starts writing. For this there are typically 2-5 rehearsals and then show time!
    • Both of these types are fantastic for people with full time jobs, other priorities, and passions.
  2. Blind Theater: This is a growing trend. This is where the actors either:
    • Receive the script as they walk on stage, or
    • They are pre-casted, but do not meet anyone (no other cast members, or even the director) until 24 hours before the first performance.
  3. Stage Readings: When you have the script in front of you. Some have few to no rehearsals. And you may get the opportunity to help workshop a new script.
  4. Pop-up theater: Like a pop-up restaurant where actors and artists show up and put up a show. These shows are typically free too, so it’s great for people who love watching theater. Improv groups have been known to do this.
  5. Traveling Theater: Be prepared to perform or rehearse anywhere. If there are good dimensions, space for props and costumes (if there are any, simple is best for this style), and

Venues/rehearsal spaces good for on-the-go theater include:

  • University campuses that allow public use or if there is a student in the cast who can secure permission
  • Public Libraries
  • Coffee Shops
  • Public parks in the warm months (make sure you don’t need a permit)
  • Community Centers, and
  • Churches

Love My City

I love my city.

My city is D.C.

D.C. Is my home and has been so the last 4 years. 

Each day I discover more and more treasures revealing its endless abundance of magnificence. Especially the art and the people who make it more than magic.

I know the  DC arts community is outstanding, but I’m constantly more awe inspired each time I see something new. New styles, genres, interpretations, such fun clever wit and creativity! And we are a part of this magic. Last night I finally went to the Wooly Mammoth Theater for the 1st time. I’ve always heard the best, but never made my way over. The time had come, especially thanks to their Pay What You Can Night and freedom from homework. I saw “Collective Rage: A Play in Dive Boops.” 

I learned about the pay what you can night on Facebook and just took a leap of faith. I didn’t lookup the show, just texted friends and went! It was AMAZING! Every part! The set, writing, acting, directing  — absolutely all if it. It was hilarious , smart, simple and yet also layers of complexity. No spoilers here. I also loved that it was an all woman cast and playwright. The post-theater high was strong and the reaffirmance of  choosing DC as my joke and reclaiming my creative Identity was rejenveated in the best of ways!!!

– Dara 

Super Proud of Theater Friends

Several of our theater friends wrote, directed, and produced show’s at the The Kennedy Center in D.C. as a part of its 15th Page to Stage Festival!

Shout outs to them and their phenomenal work!!!

  • “Flattops and F Words” by Star Johnson

Page to Stage 1

  • A love letter to the mothers of hip-hop, join us for “Flattops and F Words” at the Kennedy Center Page to Stage (Millennium Stage North). Rap. Spoken Word. Converse. Colorism. Boombox. Intersectionalism. Sexuality. Teeny Weeny Afros.
  • Spoken Word Faceoff and “Colombo Calling” Play – Presented by Bucharest Inside the Beltway



End of a 31 Day Playwriting Spree

The 31 Plays in 31 Days August Project is over! It was an incredible, fun, challenging, sometimes frustrating, but worthwhile experience.

Although I did not quite make it to 31, I am incredibly proud that I at least wrote 15 plays totaling 105 pages of theater. And there are some that are on the verge of being finished or will be integrated into new works. I think I’ll continue to play around with the plays I did write. In fact, one of them will be produced this Sept.

The Sept. play is called “Sex-O-Lympics” and will be produced by Rabble Crew Productions in their theater extravaganza “Sex Education: 8 One Acts in 2 weekends.”

Sex Ed