BOILER ROOM SERIES: WOMXN on Fire Festival
Every year Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series produces the WOMXN on Fire Festival to celebrate the phenomenal talents of DMV womxn theatre makers. Our goals are simple: to create opportunities for emerging artists, to increase representation onstage, to provoke important conversations, to crank up the artistic heat on new works in progress, and to let loose the creative voices of tomorrow’s theatre.
2020 WOMXN on Fire Sponsors
BLAZING FESTIVAL SPONSORS ($1,000+)
The Dupont Circle Citizens Association, The Woman’s National Democratic Club, Marcie Cohen, Maggie Butler, Holly Hassett
SMOKIN’ PRODUCTION SPONSORS ($500+)
Jackie Greenbaum, Vishwas & Josie Lewis, Josh Sticklin
SPARKIN’ ARTIST SPONSORS ($100+)
Deb Crerie & Kay Rzasa, Graziella Jackson, Jennifer Knight, Mark A. Rhea, Kenn & Anne Speicher, Megan Thrift, Rick Westerkamp
Your name could be listed here!
You can help bring light to this important initiative through a tax-deductible contribution to Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series (including the WOMXN on Fire Festival). Sponsorships include special insider perks like access to our sponsor lounge, acknowledgment in the lobby, playbill, and on the website, exclusive meet-and-greets with the artists, and complimentary tickets and concessions items.
Visit our Donate page and select “New Works” as your fund to support the Boiler Room Series and the WOMXN on Fire Festival. Sponsorship deadline: February 24, 2020
ONE NIGHT ONLY!
Mar 9 at 8:00 pm
FIRE & SPICE CABARET
music directed by Tiffany Underwood Holmes
drums by John Guido, bass by Matt Carroll
featuring Shayla Lowe, Linda Bard, Sarah Anne Sillers, Katie Rey Bogdan, Sally Horton, Angelica Miguel, Rebecca Ballinger, Alice Squeglia, Simone Brown, and Adelina Mitchell
Burnin’ down the patriarchy – one song at a time. The Fire & Spice Band and 10 womxn-identifying cabaret artists ignite the 2020 WOMXN on Fire Festival by singing pieces originally written for, or famously performed by men. Re-appropriation never smoldered so good!
Show info: 90 minutes, no intermission. Followed by a champagne toast with the full company of the 2020 WOMXN on Fire Festival.
Mar 11 at 7:30 pm (performance + talkback)
Mar 14 at 3:00 pm (performance only)
THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM
written and performed by Priyanka Shetty
directed by Theresa M. Davis
Unapologetically Indian, THE ELEPHANT IN THE ROOM is a tumultuous ride through seemingly immiscible cultures, love and loss, issues of race, and the desperation that comes with not fitting in. This one-woman play navigates playwright Priyanka Shetty’s transition from her deeply embedded roots in India to finding context and common ground in America.
Show info: 60 minutes, no intermission
Mar 12 at 7:30 pm (performance + talkback)
Mar 14 at 7:00 pm (performance only)
Mar 15 at 7:00 pm (performance + post-show toast)
by Graziella Jackson
directed by Marietta Hedges
rehearsal stage manager Elizabeth Ludlam
featuring Bianca Lipford and Paige O’Malley
LITTLE WARS is the story of two ambitious women at an advertising agency who have twenty-four hours to pitch and win a marquee client in order to save their jobs and the agency. As they attempt to develop a campaign for the largest women’s shapewear company, they find themselves absorbed in conflicts of power, feminism, sexuality, and commerce.
Show info: 90 minutes, no intermission
Mar 10 at 8:00 pm (preview)
Mar 13 at 8:00 pm (pre-show Happy Hour at 7:00 pm)
Mar 15 at 11:00 am (pre-show brunch drinks/snacks)
Mar 15 at 3:00 pm (pre-show brunch drinks/snacks)
by Jean Koppen
directed by Nicole Maneffa
featuring Julieta Gozalo and Douglas Sebamala
Ben and Leslie are both orchestra first chairs, but their lives are far from equal.
by Rebecca Dzida
directed by Simone Montague
featuring Katy Risotto and Kourtney Richards
Moms Shayne and Catherine watch their eight-year-old daughters spar each other in a taekwondo match, but the real fight is between them on the sidelines.
THE HOLIEST OF SACRAMENTS
by Patricia Connelly
directed by Lynn Sharp-Spears
featuring Aidan Hughes and Scarlett Mackenna
Seven-year-old Molly Marie Fitzgerald is last in line to make her first confession. What will she say?
by Shanta Parasuraman
directed by Katie Ciszek
featuring Stephanie Wilson and Gabby Wolfe
Camila and Mia are co-workers and friends, but Camila has feelings for Mia, and is unsure whether the attraction is mutual.
THERE IS NO HOPE IN THE CITY OF CHAOS
by Elizabeth Ung
directed by Paige Washington
featuring Sophia Colon Roosevelt, Natasha-lee Loyola Otero, and Whitley Cargill
In the not-so-distant apocalyptic future, sibling morals clash in the fight to survive a harsh world.
STICKS AND STONES
by Linda Bard
directed by Lisa Hodsoll
featuring Lily Warner, Chris Rios, and Paz Lopez
A bad review sends an actor over the ledge, but it’s places in 10!
by Lilian Oben
directed by Temidayo Amay
featuring Bryanda Minix and Skye Ellis
Two beings. A life cycle. How much do we really know, and does it really matter? The answer is out there. Isn’t it?
by Billie Krishawn
directed by Goldie Patrick
featuring Patricia Dugueye and Preshona Ghose
Su is a feisty sixty-eight year old woman who meets her match in her young caretaker Daise who is no longer satisfied with just listening to Su’s stories.
by Ruthie Rado
directed by Momo Nakamura
featuring Shubhangi Kuchibhotla, Jasmine Brooks, and Andrew Teye
Everyone told Giselle her dream was crazy. But she’s gonna do it. She’s gonna catch a pigeon with her bare hands.
Show info: 2 hours with one 15 minute intermission
What’s the Boiler Room Series?
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. LEARN MORE