"This...festival of original work in repertory propels Round House Theatre into the admirable ranks of companies pumping extra resources into new drama." - Peter Marks, The Washington Post

Round House Theatre is proud to present the third National Capital New Play Festival, an annual event celebrating new work by some of the country’s leading playwrights and newer voices. In addition to a fully staged world premiere (part of Round House’s main stage season), audiences are invited to readings of plays in development, where they can sit alongside dramaturgs, directors, and other theatre professionals for an inside look into a play’s journey to the stage. 

Industry Weekends
APR 20 – 21, 2024 • APR 27 – 28, 2024

We invite our professional colleagues from around the country to join us for either (or both!) Industry Weekends in celebration of these exciting new plays. Each weekend has been planned to allow guests to attend the main stage world premiere and two staged readings, while leaving plenty of time to catch up with other guests and artists. Contact literary@roundhousetheatre.org for additional information or questions. 


A Jumping-Off Point

By Inda Craig-Galván
Directed by Jade King Carroll
April 10 – May 5, 2024 | World Premiere

Leslie Wallace is a promising Black writer who has just landed her first deal with HBO. Her celebration is cut short when she gets a surprise visit from Andrew, a white man from her grad school cohort, who accuses her of plagiarizing his script. Their confrontation—and eventual uneasy alliance—forces a reckoning on representation, privilege, and who gets to tell what kinds of stories. Full of humor and complex characters, A Jumping-Off Point is a sharp and electric new play from rising star playwright and screenwriter Inda Craig-Galván.


A Jumping-Off Point is sponsored by Nan Beckley and Noreen Marcus & Jay Sushelsky and is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.



Tickets for developmental play readings are free, but reservations are required.

Please note that all readings are currently sold out. You can join the waiting list by calling or emailing the box office and then arriving at the theatre 90 minutes before each performance to claim tickets as they become available. 

Arab Spring
Written by Denmo Ibrahim
Directed by Lila Rachel Becker 
Thursday, April 18 at 8:00pm and Saturday, April 20 at 2:30pm

In this dark comedy, two grown siblings must make their peace with each other and with their recently deceased, estranged father as they prepare for his funeral. 

Agape; or The Church Play
Written by Agyeiwaa Asante
Directed by April Amara
Friday, April 19 at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 21 at 2:30pm

Set in Maryland, this play follows a group of young women in an international church as they navigate the overlapping pressures of friendship, faith, and adulthood. 

The Prime
Written by Dani Stoller
Directed by Ryan Rilette 
Thursday, April 25 at 8:00pm and Saturday, April 27 at 2:30pm

A biting and bloody story of women's rage—and redemption—as a surgeon hits the glass ceiling and must decide what to do about it. 

The Sorcerer's Apprentice 
Written by Dendy and Aaron Posner
Performed by Dendy
Magic by Dendy 
Directed by Aaron Posner
Friday, April 26 at 8:00pm and Sunday, April 28 at 2:30pm

Dendy and Aaron Posner reunite after their smash collaboration with Round House's 2023 production of The Tempest for The Sorcerer's Apprentice. In this one-man show, Dendy explores his own history with magic and our collective fascination with the art—with more than a few jaw-dropping tricks along the way.

The National Capital New Play Festival Developmental Reading Series is sponsored by Clare Evans.

Additional support for the National Capital New Play Festival is provided by the Morgan Fund at Seattle Foundation.