What’s next in Prologue Theatre’s monthly new works series

Running through March 2021, the series features five creative-team workshops and five virtual public readings.

Prologue Theatre has launched FOREWORD: A New Works Series. Each month through March 2021, a creative team will come together for two weeks to workshop a playwright’s new play, culminating in a virtual reading. Next up is American Yu by Terence Patrick Hughes, ​slated for virtual reading and post-show conversation Friday, December 11, 2020, 8pm EST.

Prologue Theatre has designed a series of conversations to pair with each monthly new play workshop.

• New Play Development Conversation Series: During the first week of each workshop, Artistic Director Jason Tamborini will discuss the process of new play development with other members of the DC area theatre community.

• Reading & Post-Show Conversation with the Playwright: At the end of each two-week workshop, Prologue will host a virtual public reading and post-show conversation with the playwright.

• Deep Dive Conversation: Finally, in the week following the public reading, Prologue will bring audiences back together virtually for an in-depth conversation into the key issues each play explores.

When you sign up for all five monthly events (November 2020 through March 2021), you’ll receive a link a to access each conversation and reading.


Playwright Terence Patrick Hughes

A new play by Terence Patrick Hughes, American Yu asks the question: Do you have the strength to stand up for your convictions? During the FOREWORD workshop the play will still be in development and in process, exploring the key themes of protest, politics, college, rights and freedoms, and students.

Terence Patrick Hughes’ plays include LINES, The Kiss of Caiaphas, Fake Plastic Love, and a collection of short works set at the fictional grade school, Our Lady of the Bleeding Heart, Mind, and Spirit – Once Reformed. The New York Times noted that Hughes “…explores heavy subject matter with humorous dialogue and strong characters”. His youth plays are licensed to educators through Drama Notebook and include adaptations of Shakespeare and Christopher Marlowe.

‘American Yu’ cast: Jacob Yeh (Niao Yu), Zach Brewster-Geisz (Barnabus Hicks), Cory Hardin (Ted Lewis), Alice Wu (Kaitlin Mower), Mitchell Reid (Governor Lester), and Emmanuel Kyei-Baffour (Asher Finn).

Behind the Workshops
Wednesday, December 2, 2020 at 8pm
A Facebook Live conversation with Artistic Director Jason Tamborini and Jenna Duncan, Associate Artistic Director/Casting Director at Olney Theatre Center

American Yu Reading & Post-Show Zoom Conversation
Friday, December 11, 2020 at 8pm
A full reading of the play and a conversation with playwright Terence Patrick Hughes

Monday, December 14, 2020 at 8pm
A Zoom conversation with Artistic Director Jason Tamborini and other members of the Prologue Theatre community that explores Protest & Action as found in American Yu

Register here for virtual reading and conversations.


Monsters of the American Cinema by Christian St. Croix
Friday, January 15, 2021, 8pm EST

The Whole Shebang by Jason Odell Williams ​
Friday, February 12, 2021, 8pm EST

Webster’s Bitch by Jacqueline Bircher
Friday, March 12, 2021, 8pm EST


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