Extra! Extra!  for Something You Did


5 x5 Playwrighting Festival      Book Drive       Dramaturgy Packet

In addition to our Beyond the Stage Dicussions and Events Theater J offers you a variety of ways to explore the themes and topics addressed in Something You Did.  If you have any questions about any of the following, please contact Shirley Serotsky.

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 shirley@theaterj.org, 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 shirley@theaterj.org.  Call 202-777-3228 or email for more information.

Books for Prisons Book Drive

In partnership with the Washington DCJCC Morris Cafritz Center for Community Service, Theater J invites audience members to bring in books to donate to local prison libraries through the DC Books for Prisons Project.

The DC Books for Prisons Project provides a critical link between citizens who are incarcerated and those outside prison walls by sending donated reading material to prisoners and educating the public about issues surrounding prisoner education and literacy.

Needed Donations Include:
•Dictionaries (English, Spanish-English by far most popular request)
•Atlases and almanacs
•Learning a language (especially Spanish)
•How-to (especially woodworking, plumbing, gardening, car mechanics, motor repair)
Books can be used or new. All books must be paperback copies!

Book-collection boxes will be located in the 16th Street Lobby from August 31–October 3

Dramaturgy Packet 

For every production a dramaturgy packet is developed to help the cast and crew jump inside the world they are creating.  Depending on the show the packet may include background information on the play and playwright, time period, a glossary, music, pictures and more.