Celebrating 30 Magical Seasons at Everyman Theatre! Joining us is simple, safe, and flexible.

Please join us for the NEXT 30 YEARS — it wouldn't be EVERYMAN without YOU!

For 30 years and counting, Everyman Theatre has celebrated the power and intimacy of our art form with ARTISTS and AUDIENCES at the core of what we do. We stand apart from others with our Resident Company of Artists, who have kept us spellbound and engaged with their fierce, authentic, risk-taking performances and their humanity. We've sat together and laughed, loved, cried, and hurt through our shared experiences. We've exchanged robust ideas, collaborated, provoked, broken down barriers, and yes, even made a mistake or two. But through it all, there's been YOU, our audiences, to support, challenge, and elevate us every step of the way.



PLEASE NOTE: These are Video-on-Demand new play readings, not mainstage productions.

From Memorial Day week to the week after Independence Day, enjoy some hot fun in the summertime with this weekly offering of new play readings, all with the comfort and flexibility of watching from home. 



The Lifespan of a Fact
Written by Jeremy Kareken, David Murrell, + Gordon Farrell, based on the book by John D’Agata + Jim Fingal 
Streams May 31 - June 6

John D'Agata is a talented writer with a transcendent essay about the suicide of a teenage boy—an essay that could save the magazine from collapse. When Jim is assigned to fact check D'Agata's essay, the two come head-to-head in a comedic yet gripping battle over what’s fact and what’s fiction.

Written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings 
Streams June 7 - 13

Pray, dream, love, hide, heal, eat, text -- what do we do in our beds?  In a round robin of short plays, the bed takes center stage in this intriguing new play that looks at our very human failures, fears, joys, and triumphs. From the playwright who brought us the Queens Girl trilogy.

Dinner and Cake
Written by Tuyet Thi Pham
Streams June 14 - 20

New to D.C., Mylinh finds herself serving as translator and only other dinner guest with two older couples, one American, one Vietnamese. Navigating the tension between the couples, Mylinh finds herself deflecting and defusing complicated questions about the cultural, national, and socio-political differences between the two countries that make up her own identity.

Blood Dries Brown
Written by Patrick Du Laney
Streams June 21 - 27

How far would you go to achieve artistic immortality?  Paul, a young and brilliant painter, struggles with demons, both imaginary and real, after a traumatic experience leaves him unable to create.  A funny, searing indictment of the price of fame and the stigmas associated with mental illness.

Behold, A Negress*
Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton 
Streams June 28 – July 4

Set in Paris at the beginnings of Napoleon's reign, the play imagines an intimate relationship between a real-life painter and her muse, a formerly enslaved black woman. A passionate and daring examination of the challenges of intersectional feminism and the role of art during times of social unrest and political upheaval.

Crying on Television*
Written by R. Eric Thomas 
Streams July 5 - 11

A new comedy from Baltimore-based writer, humorist, and internet sensation R. Eric Thomas, is a platonic rom-com about four strangers in an apartment building, loving TV characters as much as you love your real friends, and trying to make genuine friendship connections as a grown-up in an ever-changing world.

* These are staged readings of the full scale productions, which are part of our 2021/2022 season. Single tickets will go on sale for both mainstage productions in late summer.



Written by Dominique Morisseau

Directed by Paige Hernandez
Best enjoyed by patrons 14+
A mother's hopes for her son clash with the systemic racism of an educational system that’s rigged against him in this riveting new work. Nya, an inner-city high school teacher, is committed to her students but desperate to give her son, Omari, opportunities he'll never have. With profound compassion and lyricism, this play delves into urgent issue around class, race, parenting, and education in America, leaving us to question the structures that trap young men of color. “Pipeline confirms Morisseau’s (MacArthur Fellowship recipient) reputation as a playwright of piercing eloquence.” -NYTimes




Written by Heather McDonald

Directed by Noah Himmelstein
Best enjoyed by patrons 12+
Featuring the transcendent Bruce Randolph Nelson, this Pulitzer Prize nominated production takes a timely look at one man’s spiritual journey for solace and meaning, and his quest toward understanding -- and impacting -- his own destiny. Amidst unthinkable odds, Samuel Gentle, a church groundskeeper, struggles to comprehend mysteries he cannot reconcile and the existence of divine encounters. Will Samuel regain his faith and discover what is most holy? And, can we as mere mortals learn how to traverse from the mundane to the operatic in our own lives?


Written by Robert Harling 

Directed by Casey Stangl 
Best enjoyed by patrons 10+
In a beauty parlor in northwestern Louisiana, life is anything but boring. This heartwarming and uproariously joyful story follows six culturally distinct yet uniquely Southern women over the course of three years as they gather to gossip and share each other’s lives with wit, warmth, and intelligence. Steel Magnolias celebrates the power of female friendship through the highest highs and the lowest lows. The play received a Drama Desk Award nomination, and the perennially popular film adaptation was nominated for an Academy Award and two Golden Globes.





QUEENS GIRL: Black in the Green Mountains
Written by Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Directed by Paige Hernandez

Best enjoyed by patrons 10+
A world premiere production commissioned by Everyman, our new Associate Artistic Director, Paige Hernandez returns to direct the third and final installment of Jennings’s award-winning Queens Girl series. As the Vietnam War rages and the Kent State killings ignite college campuses across the country, Jackie arrives in Vermont to begin college. Caught between wildly divergent sets of friends — wealthy “WASPS,” militant Black activists, and passionate theatre people—Jackie is forced to confront the space between white and Black culture to find her place in the world.

Want more Queens Girl? Check out all three award-winning Queens Girl plays with QUEENS GIRL: THE TRILOGY.


Written by Molly Smith Metzler
Directed by Vincent M. Lancisi

Best enjoyed by patrons 12+
Midnight feedings, dirty diapers, and other hazards of motherhood are enough to give anyone sleepless nights. This no holds-barred modern comedy from the award-winning writer of Casual (Hulu), Orange Is the New Black (Netflix), and Shameless (Showtime -writer/producer), holds a magnifying glass and megaphone to the joys and perils facing new parents today. Join Jessie and Lina in their Long Island backyards where the wildly different, but equally difficult parenting decisions facing each mother—and the new neighbors in the mansion up the hill — are “worthy of your attention” -Broadway World


Written by Angelica Chéri
Directed by Reginald L. Douglas

Best enjoyed by patrons 14+
Mississippi, 1920. Leroy returns to the doorstep of his long-lost lover covered in blood after committing a shocking crime. With his freedom in the balance, the clock is ticking to make amends. As their quarrelsome beginning transforms into an impassioned consummation of their love, can the inevitability of his fate be averted? A hit from the 2018 Contemporary American Theatre Festival, this “riveting, gut-wrenching fable” (DC Metro Theater Arts) weaves an intimate, yet epic love story inspired by the prison work song, “Berta, Berta.”


As we plan what a return to the theatre might look like, we are committed to reducing COVID-19 risks for our patrons, staff, and artists. We are creating physically distanced seating in the theatres, will require face coverings for entry, have adjusted HVAC for maximum filtration and air flow, and will thoroughly disinfect between every audience.

We realize this is not a traditional season and you must have lots of questions.  Click here to find out the answer to some of the most frequently asked quesitons.