Boiler Room Series

Turning up the Heat for New Voices

The Boiler Room Series at Keegan, named after the old boiler room of the pre-renovation Keegan Theatre, is a bold programming initiative that focuses on the development of new works and the producing of unique performances.

The name speaks to the two-part mission: crank up the artistic heat on new works in progress and let loose the creative voices of tomorrow’s theatre.

Since its founding, Keegan has always been a supporter and producer of new works. In addition to fully producing 17 World Premieres, Keegan has workshopped many new works and played a critical developmental role in dozens of others. The Boiler Room Series amplifies those efforts by actively seeking artists and projects in international, national, and local searches for new plays and musicals. Working on a new play or musical? Submit yours below to be considered for the 2017-18 Boiler Room Series. 

And when it comes to producing innovative and bold theatre – Keegan is no stranger. By offering support and a stage for unique performances and performers, Keegan’s Boiler Rooms Series promotes the creative edge that’s driving theatre in DC and beyond to new and unexpected places.

Play and Musical Submissions

The Boiler Room Series is committed to supporting the development of new plays and musicals. Five plays or musicals will be selected to be workshopped and performed as Boiler Room Series staged readings over the course of the in 2017-2018 season, and selected scenes from all 5 plays will be showcased in a festival in July.

The plays chosen will be announced on a rolling basis; the script chosen for October’s reading will be announced in late September. Submissions will be accepted until April 1, 2018.  

The 2017-18 Boiler Room Series

STEAM HEAT CONCERT: The Harry Bells present Keegan’s Greetings

If you served eggnog in a coconut, in a beach bar with Christmas lights, you might be getting close to The Harry Bells’ Keegan holiday concert. Hailing from Washington, DC., The Harry Bells are a horn-and-percussion tribute to the music of Harry Belafonte. WAMU’s Michael J. West has described their sound as “boisterous” and that each song “threatens to dance right out of the speakers.” Start your own holiday tradition with the double feature: see AN IRISH CAROL and stay for Keegan’s Greetings! LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: New Works Staged Reading #2

At the beginning of the season, Boiler Room Series launched an international, national, and local search for new plays and musicals. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this play or musical will be workshopped by Keegan’s Artistic Development Team and presented to the public as a staged reading. Every staged reading is followed by a post-show discussion. Stay tuned – new works will be announced on a rolling basis. LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: New Works Staged Reading #3

At the beginning of the season, Boiler Room Series launched an international, national, and local search for new plays and musicals. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this play or musical will be workshopped by Keegan’s Artistic Development Team and presented to the public as a staged reading. Every staged reading is followed by a post-show discussion. Stay tuned – new works will be announced on a rolling basis. LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: The Future Is Female Festival of 10-Minute Plays

Based on its wild success last year, Boiler Room Series is pleased to announce the return of the Future Is Female Festival. We found the best of best of DC’s female playwrights and asked them to write a new 10-minute play on the subject “The Future is Female,” and what that means to them. This year the new works will be fully staged, as opposed to static staged readings. Instead of spending March celebrating women’s history, we’ll celebrate women’s futures and emerging writers in the theater! LEARN MORE

RADIATOR CABARET: Sneakin’ Peepers Cabaret – Keegan’s 2018-19 Season Sampler

We know you’re curious — and tonight, we’re saying it’s okay to look. Join the star-studded cast of Keegan Theatre’s production of CHICAGO (and other special guests) as they reveal everything … that we’re producing in the 2018-19 season. You’ll find it hard to avert your eyes as we dazzle with songs from upcoming musicals and cabarets and snippets from plays and new works. Sneakin’ Peepers is your first look at Keegan’s daring 2018-19 season. LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: New Works Staged Reading #4

At the beginning of the season, Boiler Room Series launched an international, national, and local search for new plays and musicals. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this play or musical will be workshopped by Keegan’s Artistic Development Team and presented to the public as a staged reading. Every staged reading is followed by a post-show discussion. Stay tuned – new works will be announced on a rolling basis. LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: New Works Staged Reading #5

At the beginning of the season, Boiler Room Series launched an international, national, and local search for new plays and musicals. Selected from hundreds of submissions, this play or musical will be workshopped by Keegan’s Artistic Development Team and presented to the public as a staged reading. Every staged reading is followed by a post show discussion. Stay tuned – new works will be announced on a rolling basis. LEARN MORE

BOILER MAKER: Plays at the Boiling Point – New Voices Sampler Festival

If you missed any of our new works staged readings this season, the new voices festival is your chance to get a taste of all the new play development work that Keegan’s Boiler Room Series has been up to in its inaugural year. Selected scenes will be fully staged and presented as part of the festival, and we’ll feature a post-show discussion with all 5 playwrights. LEARN MORE

RADIATOR CABARET: Unproducible – Songs from Shows We Can’t/Shouldn’t/Won’t/Might Do

Keegan Theatre will NEVER produce Cats! and there are hundreds of good reasons for that. In fact, there’s a whole canon of musicals that Keegan will never produce for any number of reasons. This irreverent and illuminating cabaret pokes fun at theatre business from all angles – chiefly, our own. Few will be spared. Bet you’ve never thought like a theatre producer thinks… Go on, we dare you. LEARN MORE

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