Round House Theatre is proud to present the second National Capital New Play Festival, an annual event celebrating new work by some of the country’s leading playwrights and newer voices. In addition to two fully staged world premieres (part of Round House’s main stage season) presented in rotating repertory, audiences are invited to readings of plays in development, where they can sit alongside dramaturgs, directors, and other theatre professionals for an inside look into a play’s journey to the stage. 


Industry Weekends
APR 21 – 23, 2023 • APR 28 – 30, 2023

We invite our professional colleagues from around the country to join us for either (or both!) Industry Weekends in celebration of these exciting new plays. Each weekend has been planned to allow guests to attend both main stage world premieres and two staged readings, while leaving plenty of time to catch up with other guests and artists. Contact literary@roundhousetheatre.org for information about Industry Weekend ticket packages or other questions.

"This...festival of original work in repertory propels Round House Theatre into the admirable ranks of companies pumping extra resources into new drama."
-Peter Marks, The Washington Post
  • On the Main Stage

    On the Far End
    By Mary Kathryn Nagle
    Directed by Margot Bordelon
    April 1 – May 7, 2023 | World Premiere

    Muscogee leader Jean Hill Chaudhuri traces her family’s history from the Trail of Tears to her grandfather’s allotment in central Oklahoma. In an astonishing one-woman play, she shares her story—the Native boarding school she fled on foot, her marriage to a young Bengali scholar, and the advocacy that became her life’s work. With On the Far End, a reference to the landmark 2020 Supreme Court opinion in McGirt v. Oklahoma  that upheld the sovereignty of the Muscogee territories, one of America’s leading playwrights (SovereigntyManahatta) weaves a deeply personal account of one family—her own mother-in-law’s—and a legacy of broken promises between nations. 


    A Round House Theatre Equal Play Commission
    On the Far End  is sponsored by Leslie Grizzard and Joe Hale and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

    Jennifer Who Is Leaving
    Written and directed by Morgan Gould
    March 30 – May 7, 2023 | World Premiere

    Nan is working the night shift, fielding periodic calls from her retired husband with questions about reheating dinner and where his car keys are. Jennifer is trying to tune out Joey, her elderly patient who is relishing getting on her last nerve. And Lili is stressing out about her upcoming SATs. Set in a Dunkin Donuts on the side of a Massachusetts highway, Jennifer Who Is Leaving  is a familiar and hilarious exploration of the expectations placed on women; the physical, mental, and emotional labor of being a caregiver; and what happens when we reach our breaking point.


    Jennifer Who Is Leaving  is sponsored by Mitch and Heidi Dupler.
  • Developmental Readings
    Tickets for developmental play readings are free. Reservations are now available. Please note that masks are required at all play readings. 

    Bad Books 
    Written by Sharyn Rothstein
    Directed by Ryan Rilette 
    April 20 at 8:00pm & April 22 at 2:30pm

     A poignant and hilarious exploration of what it truly means to care for our children. 


    How to Raise a Freeman
    Written by Zakiyyah Alexander
    April 21 at 8:00pm & April 23 at 2:30pm

    A dark comedy about the drama of living while Black—in America.  


    Hot Little Slice
    Written by Jennifer Barclay
    Directed by Ryan Rilette 
    April 27 at 8:00pm & April 29 at 2:30pm

    An empathetic, dark comedy about a pair of estranged sisters reconnecting after their celebrity dad is accused of sexual assault. 


    limp wrist on the lever
    Written by Preston Choi
    Directed by Ethan Heard 
    April 28 at 8:00pm & April 30 at 2:30pm

    A queer trio's escape plan from a conversion camp takes a topsy-turvy turn in their face off with a straight laced counselor. 


    She Sings Me Home
    Book, Lyrics, and Music by Artemis Montague
    Arrangements by Chris Bulle-Goyri and Angela Ortiz
    Directed by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi
    May 6 at 2:30pm & 8:00pm

    She Sings Me Home is a modern queer-, trans, and Black-led story in the African American musical tradition about young love and alliances in a mental health institution’s under-21 ward. 

    The National Capital New Play Festival Developmental Reading Series is sponsored by Clare Evans.
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