August 28 - October 3, 2010

Featuring Rick Foucheux and Deborah Hazlett With Norman Aronovic, Aakhu Freeman and Lolita-Marie

By Willy Holtzman
Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

Designed by Luciana Stecconi, Jason Arnold, Frank Labovitz, Michelle Elwyn


A stellar student from a good family, Alison Moulton is serving her 30th year behind bars for an anti-war bombing that resulted in the death of a police officer. Now petitioning for parole, she’s visited by the slain officer’s daughter, and a former comrade turned neo-conservative media star who not only argues against her, but implicates a past associate, now a public official residing in the White House. Smear politics, 60s revisionism, and the desire to rejoin society form the driving, conflicting forces in this “fluid and eloquent play.” (The New York Times).


 "This intellectual freight train of a drama is just as smartly constructed and IMPECCABLY timed as any EXPLOSIVE”
- DC Theatre Scene

-The Washington Post

“SOMETHING TO TALK ABOUT. Something You Did delivers that in spades.”
- Washington City Paper


Theater J presents 5X5: Playwrights respond to SOMETHING YOU DID, a 5-minute play festival.


Books for Prisons Book Drive



About the Author, Willy Holtzman:

Willy Holtzman is an American playwright and screenwriter, often focusing on theatrical representations of actual historical events. Holtzman has received, two Pulitzer Prize nominations, a Humanitas Prize, a Writers Guild Award, a Peabody Award, as well as an HBO Award at the National Playwrights Conference.

His plays include:

Hearts (nominated for 2003 Pultizer Prize, Arthur Miller Award for Dramatic Writing, Barrymore Award for Outstanding New Play)
Sabina (Gradiva Award Nominee)
Bovver Boys 
The Closer (Davie Award)
Inside Out Blanco San Antonio Sunset (Best Short Plays of 1989)

For film and television: Edge of America (directed by Chris Eyre, Sundance 2004), Blood Brothers (HBO, Cine Golden Eagle, WGA Nomination), The Aaron Henry Story (HBO, Emmy Nomination), Mad Dogs and Englishmen (Two Drivers Films), The Plagiarist (Cornucopia Films).

Willy taught as a visiting artist at Bronx Regional High School in the South Bronx, 1987-89, and was Resident Playwright at Juilliard, 1990-92. He has worked with the 52d Street Project in New York's Hell's Kitchen and on the Navajo Reservation. He is a former member of New Dramatists and now serves on its Board of Directors.