Blake talks about Permanent Collection

I hope you’ll join us at Round House for our first Bethesda production of 2010. Launching this new year, we have an explosive, thought-provoking play that I’m Blake 1 [cropped]positive you’ll be discussing long after the final bow – one that should lead to spirited conversation on your way home following the performance!

When I first started reading the script of Thomas Gibbons’ Permanent Collection, I couldn’t put it down. Loosely based on events surrounding Philadelphia’s Barnes Foundation, it examines how much space – literally and figuratively – society gives to African-Americans in our arts and culture organizations. It asks the question: what’s the cost of failing to view the world through another’s eyes?  Each season at Round House, we seek out plays that make us think, that challenge our preconceptions and force us to re-examine the world around us.  And so I knew immediately that we had to bring this searing drama about art, race, perspectives, and journalism to our stage

I’m confident that you’ll have a lot to say about the play.  And we want to hear it.  So I invite you to take advantage of a new feature on this website. Click “Citizen Reviews” on our home page to post your own comments and critique of our production. Let your friends and neighbors know what you think. And continue the dialogue about the play’s important issues in our own community.

In addition to Permanent Collection, Round House is proud to present the 2010 edition of our dynamic, affordable Silver Spring Series in our black box in downtown Silver Spring. This eclectic mix of theatre, music, and dance features performances by some of the dynamic groups and artists that call the D.C. metropolitan area home. Also, our nearby Education Center has a full range of classes and activities for students of all ages – from Free for All Fridays to our upcoming Spring Break program. You’ll find information about all these activities on this website.

I hope you’re enjoying our new RHT Blog. I also hope we’ll see you often during 2010.

Blake Robison
Producing Artistic Director

P.S. We’ll be announcing our 2010/2011 season soon – watch for more information!