News: Keegan Theater announces performers for 2022 Boiler Room series

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From left, playwrights Graziella Jackson, Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown, Jordan Ramirez Puckett, Darren Donohue, Priyanka Shetty and Shadia Hafiz.

The Boiler Room 2022 series features 6 new plays on the main stage, May 13-22

April 27, 2022: The Keegan Theater is pleased to announce the 2022 Boiler Room Series (BRS), a series of presentations and events that take audiences into the world where new plays are created. This season’s Boiler Room series will include breakout sessions of 6 new plays written by an exciting cohort of playwrights from across the country, culminating in main stage presentations from May 13-22, 2022. To promote accessibility to these new electric works and to provide the BRS Playwrights with a rich and valuable audience experience, all tickets are Pay What You Can, but online reservations are strongly encouraged.

Works and artists featured in the Boiler Room 2022 series include:

THE CREASE POINT
by Graziella Jackson

Directed by Danielle Drakes, directed by Paige Washington, starring Brenna Horner, Sofia Colón Roosevelt, Ankur Garg, Bayron Celis, Stan Shulman and Mary Myers

Mina travels to Sangre de Cristo, Colorado, where she produced the first season of Clime. Tuca is the Mayorduomo of one of the last Acequia villages in the region, whose life has changed since it was featured on Clime. A fourth-generation acequia farmer, her farm, community and livelihood are threatened by water shortages caused by climate change. She tried to convince her son Udo, who recently returned from a deployment in Syria, to take over the farm and his role as Mayorduomo. If he doesn’t say yes soon, she’ll sell the farm.

PUSH THE BUTTON*
by Drew Anderson and Dwayne Lawson-Brown

Directed by Duane Richards II, stage directed by Sam Linc, starring Kevin Thorne II, Tre’mon Mills, Ashanti Symone Branch, Gary DuBreuil, Robert Willis and Mitchell Alexander

PUSH THE BUTTON focuses on the concept of heroism in the context of social justice protests and their consequences. Drew and Dwayne have always shared an enthusiasm for comic book superheroes, an enthusiasm that has helped them connect with young people in creative experiences. In this new play, they use superheroes and villains to create an environment that presents things in clear binaries — good versus evil, hero versus villain — only to challenge that foundation. What happens when the wicked sees the error of his ways? How does the hero react when he fails to save the day? Can the community support a wicked person who renounces wickedness?
*Suitable for audiences of all ages, including young people

IN LAS SOMBRAS
by Jordan Ramirez Puckett

Directed by Omar D. Cruz, scene directed by Caroline Johnson, with Silvia Escobar, Jasmine Cross, Tsaitami Duchicela, Jessica Askey and Solis Elexy

In EN LAS SOMBRAS, Mari tells the mythological story of Xenia and Luz, who travel to stand trial by the gods. If successful, they will save their mother and become gods themselves. As the play progresses, there are hints that the world on stage isn’t exactly what it seems. The first test the siblings face is escaping from a room made of ice. Then the kids have to solve a series of seemingly impossible puzzles. Finally, they are held in a room, surrounded by the bones of dead children and simply told to survive. By the end of the play, it’s clear that Xenia and Luz are being held along the US-Mexico border, and the audience has seen the world through their eyes as they try to come to terms with the horrors of their situation.

MUSHROOM
by Darren Donohue

Directed by Josh Sticklin, starring Sally Cusenza, DeJeanette Horne, Bianca Lipford, Elizabeth Hoyland, Mike Kozemchak, Sean Laraway and Patricia Williams-Dugueye

On campus, students protest the unveiling of a controversial sculpture. A meeting is called to try to defuse the situation. But as tempers flare, it becomes clear that when it comes to identity, appearances can be deceiving. Rich in humour, MUSHROOM explores the complex questions surrounding identity politics.

MARJORIE IS DEAD
by Priyanka Shetty

Directed by Momo Nakamura, directed by Sarah Daniel, starring Matthew Crawford, Katie Gallagher, Emily Sucher, Greg Strasser, Brendan Kennedy and Andrew Quilpa

MARJORIE IS DEAD follows the outbreak of a deadly “coroner’s bug” in an unsuspecting British family with convoluted lives and difficult situations. The virus is their main antagonist, but could also be the only thing that unites them. Written during the global pandemic and inspired by Fry & Laurie and the works of PG Wodehouse, Shetty’s mastery of the seemingly lost art of farce is intriguing and awe-inspiring. Funny, subversive, current and yet somehow a throwback at the same time.

STRANGERS WITH BENEFITS*
by Shadia Hafiz

Directed by Christina Coakley, with Rebecca Ballinger and Jared H. Graham

What happens when a chance encounter turns out to be your sexual soul mate? Jane Doe searches for an anonymous connection on Craigslist and is shocked to learn her photo is a lie – for the better. Boundaries are set and they embark on an intimate journey, where the sex and the kinky are both cathartic and therapeutic. But can you go on “unconditionally” while enduring the inevitable losses that come in life?
*For an informed public

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The Keegan Theater is an award-winning theater located in the vibrant Dupont Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC. Its mission is centered on its community of artists, patrons and supporters: “To take the audience to the vital heart of the theatrical experience: extraordinary artists in an intimate setting exploring the human condition. To foster positive connections and change in our community through vigorous, inclusive and empowering education and outreach. The Boiler Room Series is Keegan’s new works-focused initiative that actively seeks artists and projects through international, national and local searches for new plays and musicals, provides support and a stage for performances and new and unique performers, and works to promote the creative minds that drive theater in DC and beyond to new and unexpected places.

To reserve tickets online and learn more about the Keegan Theater and the Boiler Room series, please visit here.

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