Beyond the Stage - Something You Did 

Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. Entrance is free with a ticket to any mainstage production.

  • Saturday, August 28 at 9:30 pm: Post-Preview Talkback

  • Sunday, August 29 at 4:30 pm: A Discussion with the Creative Team

  • Sunday, September 5 at 4:30 pm: Scripture Unscripted: Clerical Perspectives on Protest & Punishment, Prisons & Parole
    Moderated by Rabbi Tamara Miller: Educator and Spiritual Counselor
    John W. Wimberly, Jr.: Pastor, Western Presbyterian Church
    Naeem M. Baig: Executive Director, Islamic Circle of North America Council for Social Justice

  • Sunday, September 12 at 4:30 pm:  How the 60's Changed the World with Dave Eberhardt, Poet and member of the Baltimore Four

  • Sunday, September 12 at 9:00 pm: When Protest Comes to Shove: How Far is Too Far?
    Mark Goldstone: chair of the Demonstration Support Committee of the Washington DC chapter of the National Lawyers Guild
    Phil Hirschkop: Civil Rights Lawyer since 1965
    Andy Shallal: Peace Cafe co-founder and Owner of Busboys and Poets

  • Thursday, September 16 at 9:00 pm: Cast Talkback

  • Sunday, September 19 at 4:30 pm: Switching Sides: Neo-Conservatism and the Journey of Gene Biddle
    Moderated by Ron Kampeas, JTA’s Washington Bureau Chief
    Daniel Halper, Writer for The Weekly Standard
    William Galston, Senior Fellow, Governance Studies, The Brookings Institute
    Ron Radosh, Author, Professor and Historian
    Jeffrey Herf, Author and Professor at University of Maryland

  • Sunday, September 26 at 4:30 pm: Protest Movements and the Internet: Political Activism Yesterday and Today
    Niv Elis, analyst and writer living in DC, Niv has published articles on and the Washington Post blog "On Faith." He is the author of the blog “Quotidian Dissent”
    Amy Spitalnick, Press and New Media Associate at J Street
    Mia Cambronero, Global Campaigner with, a global online advocacy community; former social media coordinator for Organizing for America

  • Tuesday, September 28 at 9:00pm: Peace Café, Defining Terrorism

  • Saturday, October 2 at 9:30 pm: "David Horowitz responds to the portrait of Gene Biddle"with author and historian Ron Radosh, playwright Willy Holtzman, and actor Rick Foucheux reading comments from the prominent neo-conservative author, David Horowitz moderated by artistic director, Ari Roth

  • Sunday, October 3 at 4:30 pm:  Scenes from After the Revolution (The Return of 5 x 5 – an open call for five-minute play submissions)

    **Theater J presents 5X5: Playwrights respond to SOMETHING YOU DID, a 5-minute play festival.
    Theater J invites local playwrights to respond to the pertinent issues of smear politics, 1960’s revisionism, the desire to rejoin society, and the anti-war movement, as dramatized by Willy Holtzman’s SOMETHING YOU DID, at Theater J August 28 – October 3, 2010. The production, directed by Eleanor Holdridge will mark the world premiere of this updated version of the play. 

    Playwrights are asked to read the script, available by emailing, or attend one of three preview performances, August 28 at 8 pm, and 29 and 30 at 7:30 pm. Just mention “5 X 5” at the box office for Pay What You Can Tickets. Then write a five minute play inspired by the show.  Five of these plays will be chosen to be read by professional actors following the October 3rd performance of SOMETHING YOU DID.

    The deadline for play submission is Friday, September 15th, 2010. Plays can be submitted via email to  Call 202-777-3228 or email for more information.