Nu Sass Productions announces celebratory 15th season

Lineup features Stoppard, Kushner, a DC premiere, and exciting new partnerships with Theatre Prometheus and Pinky Swear Productions.

Nu Sass Productions announces a year of celebrations for its 15th season, featuring the DC premiere of a new play, a new look at their first production, a revival of one of their most popular shows, and exciting new partnerships that deepen the company’s ties to the DMV arts community.

Nu Sass starts the celebration of their 15 years in DC with a return to their roots by presenting a new production of their inaugural 2009 play, Tom Stoppard’s Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, with a new cast and crew.

From its first performance at the 1966 Edinburgh Fringe Festival, to Nu Sass’s first production of it at the 2009 Capital Fringe Festival, to the opening of their 2024 season, Ros and Guil (as they lovingly call it) holds a special place in the hearts of all Nu Sass members and fans. Nu Sass invites you to relive the whimsy and wonder of their origins with a new cast featuring DC’s rising stars on and off the stage. As they embark on their journey into their next 15 years, they encourage audiences to join them in celebrating where they came from. As Rosencrantz (or was it Guildenstern?) says, “Look on every exit as being an entrance somewhere else.” Welcome new Nu Sass artists, a new season, and a new future as Nu Sass says “thank you” to where they came from.

In the second show of their 2024 season, Nu Sass will team up with fellow local theater company, Theatre Prometheus, for a co-production of the DC premiere of Meghan Brown’s The Pliant Girls.

An adaptation of Aeschylus’ The Suppliants, this play tells the story of 50 sisters seeking protection after murdering the 50 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.

Closing out their 2024 season, Nu Sass will partner with fellow feminist theatre company, Pinky Swear Productions, for a co-production of Tony Kushner’s A Bright Room Called Day. This revival of their hit 2015 production will highlight Nu Sass company members and feature several stars from their original production.

A Bright Room Called Day juxtaposes 1980s America against 1930s Berlin in an exploration of humanity’s struggle to preserve the best of ourselves in the face of insurmountable injustice and cruelty. This haunting play is as relevant today as it was when it premiered in 1985, exploring questions like “Who is responsible for a global health crisis?,” “How does one respond to the violence of war?,” and “What can one person do in the face of growing fascism?” Nu Sass invites you to join Kushner’s eclectic characters as they celebrate humanity’s victories, mourn our losses, question the power of the individual, and act to create a better future.

Do not miss out on Nu Sass’ biggest season ever — a celebration of 15 years of growth, community, and collaborative art created by and for the District. All performances of every play will be Pay What You Will to ensure everyone has access to the shows. Season tickets will be available for those who would like to secure their seats to all three shows in advance. Celebrations will be held all year long, so sign up for the Nu Sass newsletter to get your invite to exciting parties and fundraisers.

Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead by Tom Stoppard, directed by Ashley Mapley-Brittle, will run from September 13 to 28, 2024.

The Pliant Girls by Meghan Brown, directed by Ileana Blustein, will run from October 4 to 19, 2024.

A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner, directed by Aria Velz, will run from October 25 to November 16, 2024.

Ticketing information for all shows will be available in May 2024 at

Nu Sass Productions is a nonprofit theater company supporting marginalized genders in the arts in Washington, DC.

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.

Pinky Swear Productions is a nonprofit theater company that produces plays with bold, strong, engaging female characters.


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