The 2018 Season
A Bright Room Called Day
By Tony Kushner
Directed by Ryan Guzzo Purcell
October 25 - November 18, 2018
Hillman City Collaboratory
A new president has just come to power by the slimmest of margins. Though his rhetoric is alarming, democratic institutions are strong and the opposition is looking good heading into the next election. This is Berlin, in 1932. In Agnes Eggling’s apartment, a group of artists and activists struggle between their conscience and their comfort, trying to decide how much they are willing to sacrifice for their beliefs.
First produced in 1985, this prophetic play by Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning playwright Tony Kushner is a wake-up call and warning for contemporary America, posing timely questions about citizenship, resistance, and complicity. Building upon The Williams Project's commitment to making theatre that sparks civic discourse and connects communities, performances will feature partnerships with other local non-profits, highlighting for audiences ways of becoming more politically engaged.
About the Venue
"The Hillman City Collaboratory is an incubator for social change where community forms across boundaries and visionaries bring their dreams to life. The Collab is a cooperative multi-purpose space shared by grassroots organizations and individuals who care about social justice, creative expression, and community building. They strive to be an instrument of transformation that provides a built environment and programming designed to support community and equip change-makers. The space is a shared, communal space. Donations and contributions, both financial and exchange, cover the cost incurred by partners and organizations." Learn more at hillmancitycollaboratory.org.
In an isolated village, a bride is visited on her wedding day by her former lover. This act of rebellion sparks a sequence of events that will shock everyone, from the flower girls to the vengeful Moon above. In a translation by famed American poet Langston Hughes, Federico García Lorca's iconic Andalusian tale explodes notions of violence, desire, shared history, and community - reminding us that the only undeniable truths are love, death, and change.
Incorporating live music, dance, and art installation from a host of creative collaborators, The Williams Project’s Blood Wedding is not just a piece of theatre. It's a play, a block party, a communal meal, a concert, a gathering space for friends and strangers. In other words, everyone is invited to the wedding!
About the Venue
The Williams Project is thrilled to partner with Equinox Studios to present Blood Wedding. Equinox is a Georgetown studio complex and community hub that’s home to more than 125 artisans working in blacksmithing, metal sculpture, painting, ceramics, woodwork, leatherwork, glass, and photography. Learn more at equinoxstudios.org.
About the Event
This one-weekend-only event is a Williams Project developmental production, rehearsed in just two weeks and shared with a spirit of experimentation and surprise. Picture a jam session by your favorite band, or a comedian testing brand-new material. Something unique is bound to happen every night, and we can't wait to embrace the unpredictability of live theatre with you!
Arrive at 7:00 p.m. to wander the pre-show festival; food and drinks will be available for purchase. The play itself will begin at 8:00 p.m. and take place in Equinox's outdoor courtyards. Dress comfortably, in anticipation of the elements and moving multiple times throughout the performance.
Meet the Cast
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Meet the Team
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