The Wilting Point

World Premiere

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THE WILTING POINT by Graziella Jackson
April 15-30, 2023
Graziella Jackson
Danielle A. Drakes
World Premiere

Audiences travel with Mina Melo, the producer of the award-winning podcast Clime, back to the Sangre de Cristo Mountains in Southern Colorado, where she is reluctantly adapting Clime as a series for a new streaming entertainment company. The series producer wants Mina to pick up with an unsolved murder investigation, but Mina is determined to tell a story about how climate-related water shortages and drought are threatening the community’s way of life…

THE WILTING POINT is the first entry in the four-part ELEMENTS play cycle by 2022-2023 Playwright in Residence Graziella Jackson. The other three plays — AIR, EARTH, and FIRE — are being workshopped as part of the 2023 Boiler Room Series. Each workshop culminates in a public reading, bringing audiences directly into the new play development process. LEARN MORE & RESERVE TICKETS

Boiler Room Series

This project was originally developed through Keegan’s 2022 Boiler Room Series, a new works-focused initiative working to support and promote theater-makers who are driving theater in DC and beyond to new and unexpected places. LEARN MORE

Special Events
Audience Talkback with Challenging Racism

April 16, 2023 | Following the matinee performance
Free and open to all patrons

Audience Talkback: Meet the Artists

April 23, 2023 | Following the matinee performance
Free and open to all patrons

THE WILTING POINT Young Professionals Happy Hour

April 28, 2023 | Happy Hour @ 7:00 pm, Show @ 8:00 pm
Discounted tickets are $40 and include 1 pre-show drink, exclusive access to our upstairs lounge, and a seat for the evening’s performance


Washington City Paper Review

“THE WILTING POINT contains impactful moments that underscore generational and economic divides that families everywhere are facing. Sally Ann Flores’ Antuca is tender and endearing, and the audience can easily connect with her struggle as she holds to the ground she can no longer rely on.”

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Broadway World Review

“THE WILTING POINT premieres with hope and tremendous heart … [it] urges us to consider those who tended to and inhabited the earth before us and to imagine those who will come after we are long gone. It asks, what world will we give them to inherit?”

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MD Theatre Guide Review

“Taking a serious and frightening issue such as climate change and turning it into a thought-provoking, heartwarming, and overall entertaining show is no small feat. Graziella Jackson’s new play, THE WILTING POINT, certainly rises to the challenge.”

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Graziella Jackson
Graziella Jackson

GRAZIELLA JACKSON is the 2022-2023 Playwright-in-Residence with Keegan Theatre, where she is developing The Elements Plays, a four-play cycle about climate change. A native of the Washington, D.C. region, Graziella’s full-length plays also include After Eleven, produced in 2015 at the Capital Fringe Festival (D.C.), and Little Wars, produced in 2020 by Keegan Theatre’s Boiler Room Series. Her plays have been read and produced by Theater J, Source Festival, Rorschach Theatre, Word Dance Theatre, and The Playwright’s Forum in D.C. Her plays focus on intimate exploration of human relationships and social justice issues, ranging from gender equity to gun violence to climate justice.

Also an experienced designer, Graziella has worked with nonprofit organizations including ASPCA, Brennan Center for Justice, Greenpeace, Facing History & Ourselves, and the National Education Association to connect communities, stories, and social and environmental action. She has an academic background in journalism (BA, George Mason University) and communication, culture, and technology (MA, Georgetown University), and studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory in D.C. Graziella is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America, a member of Leadership Greater Washington, and currently serves on the board of the Washington Improv Theater (WIT).

Mina Melo
Beverlix Jean-Baptiste
River Pike
Sophia Colón Roosevelt
Antuca Otero Veracruz
Sally Ann Flores
Takudo Otero Pike
Gabriel Alejandro
Maximillian Wasser
Silas Gordon Brigham
Finley Grey
Judy Lewis
Production Team
Danielle A. Drakes
Stage Manager
Paige Washington
Resident Scenic Designer / Lead Carpenter
Matthew J. Keenan
Properties / Set Dressing Designer
Cindy Landrum Jacobs
Lighting Designer
Alberto Segarra
Projections Designer
Zavier Augustus Lee Taylor
Sound Designer
Thom Woodward
Costume Designer
Johnna Presby

Photos by Mike Kozemchak