The Week Ahead (and WHAT a week!)

Let's get right down to it: I'm directing three projects in the next five days, and everyone can see at least one! If you're in DC or NYC, you can check them out live, and if you're on the internet you can livestream...

April 15 – KCACTF on the Millennium Stage

First up is the Kennedy Center ACTF Michael Kanin Playwriting Awards Showcase. I'll be directing Michael Russotto and Nanna Ingvarsson in a ten-minute play by University of Minnesota Duluth playwright and Kanin Award honoree Erik Meixelsperger.

The performance is April 15th at 6pm on the Millennium Stage at the Kennedy Center. Also! If you can't make it to the KC, you can watch the whole program live on the web.


April 19 – THE SOONER CHILD at Project Y Theatre (NYC)

This Sunday in New York, I'll be directing a reading of Ally Currin's new play The Sooner Child as part of Project Y Theatre's "Parity Plays" series of work by women, with casts that are all at least 50% female. On top of loving Ally's script, I'm proud to be taking part in a project that champions this work and these artists.

The reading is this Sunday, April 19th at 7pm at the Collaborative Arts Project 21 in Chelsea, and it's free and open to the public.


April 20 – Young Playwrights' Theater NEW PLAY FESTIVAL

Finally: This Monday I'm directing two plays by DC-area elementary schoolers as part of Young Playwrights' Theater's 2015 New Play Festival. Because, as challenging and rewarding as the work of college and mid-career playwrights can be, they almost never ask you to stage a fight between a samurai and a dragon or to help them tell the story of a piece of bacon out to save the world.

The performance begins at 7pm on Monday, April 20th at Gala Hispanic Theatre. (And if supporting the wonderful work of YPT appeals to you, you can see the middle and highschool plays on the 21st and 22nd!)

So there it is: Five days, two cities, three shows. I hope to see you out there!

Ryan Maxwell

Washington, DC, USA