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Tonye Patano, Julian Rozzell Jr., Sterling K. Brown, Jenny Jules and Jeremie Harris in "Father Comes Home from the Wars." (Photo by Joan Marcus)

Round House Theatre Announces 2015–16 Season

The D.C. theatre’s new season will include a world premiere by Martyna Majok, plus Suzan-Lori Parks’s ‘Father Comes Home From the Wars.’

WASHINGTON, D.C.: Round House Theatre has announced its 2015–16 season, which will include a world premiere by Martyna Majok, plus Suzan-Lori Parks‘s three-hour epic Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2, and 3).

The season will launch with Ironbound by the Polish-born Majok (Sept. 9–Oct. 4), which follows a Polish immigrant and three of her relationships over the course of 22 years. The play will be presented as part of the D.C.-area Women’s Voices Theater Festival, and it will be directed by Daniella Topol. Round House will also host another festival event: a stage combat workshop from all-female faculty members of Tooth & Claw Arts (Oct. 22–26) called Belle of the Brawl.

Next will be Conor McPherson’s The  Night Alive, (Oct. 21–Nov 15) about an Irishman who takes in an abused woman. The play will be directed by Round House artistic director Ryan Rilette and will feature D.C. actors actors Ed Gero and Katie deBuys.

Following will be Sarah Ruhl’s Stage Kiss (Dec. 2–27), about the blurry lines between real life and art when two actors who had an affair find themselves cast in a play about two people who have an affair. The production will be directed by Aaron Posner.

Parks’s Father Comes Home from the Wars (Parts 1, 2 & 3) will open 2016 (Jan. 27–Feb. 21, 2016). The play follows a slave, Hero, from a West Texas plantation to the Confederate battlefield, and back. Timothy Douglas will direct.

A revival of Tennessee Williams’s Cat on a Hot Tin Roof  (March 30–April 24, 2016) will follow. It will be directed by Mitchell Hébert and will feature actors Rick Foucheux, Alyssa Wilmoth Keegan, Nancy Robinette and Gregory Wooddell.

Next will be Ayad Akhtar’s The Who and the What (May 25–June 19, 2016), about a Pakistani-American female author who writes a book about the Prophet Mohammad that throws her family’s beliefs into question.

The season will close with Good Kids by Naomi Iizuka (March 11–13, 2016), about the messy aftermath of a sex crime; it’s loosely based on the Steubenville High School rape case.

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