FIRST DRAFT JOINS THE WOMEN'S VOICES THEATER FESTIVAL

New Play Commission

FIRST DRAFT is pleased to be participating in the 2015 Women's Voices Theater Festival through a new play commission from THE ROSE THEATRE CO."Stolen Beauty" by Leslie Kobylinski will be presented as part of the festival at multiple venues next Fall.  The WVTF is a celebration of women playwrights and the vibrant theater arts scene in the DC metro area.

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Word Driven.  Audience Tested.

Actors Sun King Davis, Allyson Currin, Liz Mamana, Chris Stezin and Megan Graves (l to r) Photo Credit: Keith Bridges Media

FIRST DRAFT'S NEW PLAY A HIT IN HOLLYWOOD

"Highly Entertaining" "Delightful"

THE ROSE THEATRE CO.'s production of "Saint Mel", Chris Stezin's hilarious dark comedy about the price of fame, closed on June 27th to rave reviews.  Partnered by Divergent Theatre, the play was developed through FIRST DRAFT, and presented as part of the Hollywood Fringe Festival this summer.  The production featured acclaimed Helen Hayes award-winners Christopher Lane and Jennifer Mendenhall alongside NCDA alumnus Dustin Loomis and LA based actress Lola Kelly.  

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We're dedicated to bringing you new "plays in progress" from some of the potomac area's finest playwrights.  Our New Play Reading Series is always free and open to the public.

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TITLE: CUTE IN CAPTIVITY

Photo Credit: Keith Bridges Media

FIRST DRAFT NEW SEASON 2015/16

Labor Day Kick-Off 

The FIRST DRAFT Reading Series will kick off its 2015/16 season with a brand new play from FD's Inaugural Playwright-in-Residence, Richard C. Washer, at the 14th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival over Labor Day weekend at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.  Click here to see next season's roster of exciting new works for the stage.

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STOLEN BEAUTY                   Photo Credit: Keith Bridges Media

365 STOP LOOK STORY

Essay Contest Winner 

JA Prufrock's entry (see below) based on the 365 STOP LOOK STORY photo "Cute in Captivity" was selected as this month's inspired entry in THE ROSE THEATRE CO.'S essay writing challenge. Prufrock is automatically eligible for a chance to develop the story into a play with FIRST DRAFT.  Click here to see today's photo and enter.


Entry Date: 6/15/2015


Of the many mysteries in life none is greater than the magic wall. Some call it the wall of water because you can see through it and like the floor of water where we drink, you can see life forms beyond that defy imagination much less description. But unlike the floor of water, you can't break through the surface. And the creatures that inhabit the world beyond the magic wall are quite large, some of them enormous. They don't do much; they move around slowly on two legs, some rest their top legs against the wall, others just gaze through it as if they are bored. One day I defied my mother's instructions and climbed some rocks to touch the wall: it was smooth and cool to the touch. But there was no way to climb it or go through it. Some say that when we leave we go to that world but I've never seen my grandfather or my uncle who left us a while back. For them I made a vow to solve the mystery of the magic wall before I go away myself. Who am I kidding, nobody cares. "Plato," they all laugh... "you're such a dreamer."