Theatre Prometheus announces its tenth-anniversary season, featuring adaptations of Greek myth, a world premiere, and exciting new partnerships that deepen the company’s ties to the DMV arts community.
Kicking off the season is the world premiere of Dua: The Monster’s Story by DMV-based playwright Robin Berl. Selected as the winner of Prometheus’ 2022 “Pitch Your Passion” program, Robin will direct this moving feminist retelling of the Medusa myth after a year of development with Theatre Prometheus, including a reading at the Kennedy Center’s 2023 Local Theatre Festival. The fully staged world premiere is slated for the spring and is being produced as part of a residency with MC Live Arts at Montgomery College.
“From the 2017 award-winning world premiere of Rachel Lynett’s Abortion Road Trip to the upcoming world premiere of Dua: The Monster’s Story, the development of powerful new plays in partnership with groundbreaking playwrights has been a key element of Theatre Prometheus’ programming. We look forward to continuing this tradition over the next ten years with our long-term work with playwrights through our immersive approach to new play development,” says Director of New Works Mari Fluegeman.
In the fall, Theatre Prometheus will team up with fellow local theater company Nu Sass Productions for a co-production of Meghan Brown’s The Pliant Girls. An adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, this play tells the story of fifty sisters seeking protection after murdering the fifty brothers they would have been forced to marry. Combining humor, heart, and a healthy dose of rage, The Pliant Girls is a sharply insightful exploration of love, sisterhood, and reclaiming the power to make your own choices.
Says Co-Artistic Director Lauren Patton Villegas, “This season really is ten years in the making. In 2014 a group of us were sitting in a tiny apartment talking about the kind of art we wanted to create and how we could make it accessible to the community. Now we have the opportunity to strengthen our ties with our friends at Nu Sass and build a new partnership with MC Live Arts at Montgomery College. We can’t wait to share this season with audiences, and look forward to seeing what the next ten years will bring.”
Dua: The Monster’s Story by Robin Berl opens May 10, 2024, at Montgomery College’s Cultural Arts Center Studio Theatre, and will run through June 1.
The Pliant Girls will run October 4-19, 2024, at Caos on F. Ticketing information for both shows will be available approximately one month before opening at theatreprometheus.org.
ABOUT THEATRE PROMETHEUS
Theatre Prometheus is a not-for-profit company producing classic and new works in Washington, DC. They share a goal of exploring and promoting feminist, queer, and diverse narratives. They believe in the power of local theater and are committed to providing opportunities to local artists and creating productions by and for the communities they live in.