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Anacostia Playhouse

At Anacostia Playhouse, we are dedicated to being an artistic center in the Anacostia neighborhood of Washington DC. Our organization is unique in that it is both a rental facility and a producing theater company, and we pride ourselves in bringing artists and companies to Anacostia and working with artists living here as well. Our programming is also unique in that we produce work that spans from working with youth to producing older favorites such as Driving Miss Daisy and Black Nativity, and producing new works series to develop writers’ new works.

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In late summer 2013 Playhouse reopened as The Anacostia Playhouse. The theater at 2020 Shannon Place, SE, is located in a place of both rich history and great promise. We have set a goal of providing performance space to new and emerging artists and theater companies at below-market rates, with a special focus on those who are based east of the Anacostia River.

 

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Throughout all our programming we seek to connect with the community, facilitate conversations, and bring artists together. We have been many artists’ first professional jobs, and we are very proud of those who worked with us who then decided they wanted to do theater full time. In our youth programming, we both produced a musical The Rainbow Fish, and did a youth acting camp that taught students from nearby neighborhood about acting, writing, hip hop, and poetry among other topics. Since our opening in Anacostia in 2013, we are proud of the work we have done and the friends we have made along the way.

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With this progress, we hope to do even more work within this community. We hope to produce another youth acting camp this summer. We hope to do an interview project to address gun violence in DC. We hope to bolster new development and improvements in our staff to support even more hours of operation. We hope to produce more plays. Our goal is $5,000. $5,000 funds tuition for 20 students, allows us to bring a playwright to take mothers’ stories and bring them to the stage, and funds one designer’s work for our next production.

The holiday season is just around the corner, and we invite you to kick it off with us on Giving Tuesday! Giving Tuesday is a global day of giving back. On the Tuesday following Thanksgiving, people around the world will come together to celebrate generosity and make an impact. We are honored to be part of this larger community day. This year, we want to hit our goal to ensure we can continue to be a resource and change maker in this community.

That's why this Giving Tuesday, we're inviting you to join us in supporting our local community. You can donate right now, or create a personal fundraising page and ask your network to donate as well.

Your support makes a big impact.

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