Forum Theatre in Silver Spring will present the U.S. premiere of The State, November 29-December 3.The theatrical event was conceived by Alexander Manuiloff, who is a native of Sofia, Bulgaria. Manuiloff publishes exclusively online in both Bulgarian and English.His films and dramaturgy works have been recognized at major festivals around the globe. The play “tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria." Audience members take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, and change the piece each time it is presented.
Quotidian Theatre is presenting two plays – Horton Foote’s A Coffin in Egypt, featuring Jane Squier Bruns, and Conor McPherson’s St Nicholas, featuring Steve Beall- in repertory, at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda, thru December 17. Both plays are directed by Jack Sbarbori.A Coffin in Egypt is “a moving tale of the dramatic life of a ninety-year-old Texas Widow.” St Nicholas “tells of a Dublin theatre critic who runs into vampires while following an actress to London.”
Rockville Little Theatre will present Carl Sternheim’s farce from 1910 titled The Underpants, adapted by Steve Martin & directed by Karen Fleming, January 26, 27 & 28 & February 2, 3, & 4. It’s the tale of a man whose wife’s underpants won’t stay on. He swears to keep her at home “until she can find some less unruly undies. Amid this chaos he's trying to rent a room in their flat. The prospective lodgers have some underlying surprises of their own.”
Round House Theatre in Bethesda will present Lauren Gunderson’s play The Book of Will, directed by Ryan Rilette, November 29-December 24. The concept is that Shakespeare's works were lost after his death and that “two actors were determined to compile the First Folioand preserve the words that shaped their lives. They’d just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done.”
The play was “inspired by the true story of Shakespeare’s First Folio.”
Round House Theatre in Bethesda will present the American premiere of Moira Buffini’s comedy Handbagged, directed by Indhu Rubasingham, January 31-February 25.The Olivier Award-winning, West End hit comedy focuses on the relationship between Great Britain’s Iron Lady & The Queen. The two women were born six months apart, & each woman “had a destiny that changed the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand?” The comedy imagines “what the world’s most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors.”