Production History

The Washington Stage Guild (incorporated as Theatre Downtown, Inc.) produces eloquent plays of idea and argument, passion and wit– plays from all periods of world drama enacted by a classical ensemble with a contemporary sensibility—smart theatre for a smart town.

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Diamond-OrangeDenotes an Area Premiere


Pygmalion by G. B. Shaw
October 25 to December 2, 2012

Reading of Androcles And The Lion by G. B. Shaw
November 19, 2012

Diamond-OrangeTryst by Karoline Leach
January 3 to February 10, 2013

Reading of Speed The Plough by Thomas Morton
January 14, 2013

Dante’s Inferno adapted by Bill Largess
February 2 to March 17, 2013

Reading of Everyman by Anon
March 4, 2013

Diamond-OrangeThe Elder Statesman by T.S. Eloit
April 25 to May 19, 2013

Reading of The Rock by T.S. Eloit
May 6, 2013
Diamond-OrangeWilder Sins by Thornton Wilder
November 3 to November 27, 2012

Reading of Even Wilder Sins by Thornton Wilder
November 14, 2011

stageguild-57x57Amelia by Alex Webb
January 5 to February 12, 2012

Reading of Our American Cousin by Tom Taylor
January 16, 2012

stageguild-57x57Husbands & Lovers by Ferenc Molnar
February 23 to March 18, 2012

Reading Liliom by Ferenc Molnar
March 5, 2012

Diamond-OrangeWives & Wits – Overruled and Village Wooing
by G. B. Shaw April 26 to May 27, 2012

Reading of St. Joan by G. B. Shaw
May 7, 2012
Diamond-Orange Darwin in Malibu by Crispin Whittell
October 28 to November 21, 2010

Diamond-Orange Magic by G. K. Chesterton
January 6 to January 20, 2011

Diamond-Orange Red Herring by Michael Hollinger
March 3 to April 3, 2011

Diamond-Orange The Apple Cart by G. B. Shaw
April 28 to May 22, 2011
2009-2010 Season

Diamond-Orange Strange Bedfellows: Press Cuttings & Augustus Does His Bit by G. B. Shaw
September 30 to October 18, 2009

Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime, adapted form Oscar Wilde by Bill Largess
February 25 to March 28, 2010

The Best of Friends by Hugh Whitemore
May 6 to May 29, 2010



2008-2009 Reading Season

Reading of The Lawyer by Ferenc Molnar
October 6, 2008

Reading of Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by G. B. Shaw
November 9, 2008

Reading of Candlelight by Siegfried Geyer, adapted by P.G. Wodehouse
December 8, 2008

Reading of The Infernal Machine by Jean Cocteau
February 9, 2009

Reading of Deirdre of the Sorrows by John Millington Synge
March 16, 2009

Reading of Pelleas & Melisande by Maurice Maeterlinck
April 6, 2009

Reading of Do We Agree? by George Bernard Shaw, G.K. Chesterson, & Hilaire Belloc
June 14, 2009

Reading of Alison’s House by Susan Glaspell
June 28, 2009

Reading of Break Of Noon by Paul Claudel
Sunday, July 12, 2009

Reading of The Dragon by Yevgeny Schwartz
Sunday, August 9, 2009

Reading of Barbellion adapted from The Journal of a Disappointed Man by Alan Wade
August 23, 2009



2007-2008 Season

Opus by Michael Hollinger
September 3 – September 30, 2007

Reading of Return of the Prodigal by St. John Harkin
January 11 – January 12, 2008

Reading of The Best of Friends by Hugh Whitemore
February 5, 2008

Reading of Don Juan in Hell by George Bernard Shaw
February 26, 2008

Reading of Rising of the Moon & Spreading the News by Lady Gregory
March 2 – March 4, 2008

Reading of Widowers’ Houses by George Bernard Shaw
March 18, 2008

Reading of Lord’s Arthur Savile’s Crime adapted from Oscar Wilde by Bill Largess
March 25, 2008

Reading of Dangerous Corner by J.B. Priestly
April 29, 2008

Reading of The War with the Newts adapted from Karel Capek by Emily Solomon
May 6, 2008

Reading of Mary Rose by J. M. Barrie
June 22, 2008

Reading of The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville-Barker
June 29, 2008

Reading of Hobson’s Choice by Harold Brighouse
July 13, 2008

Reading of The Amorous Servant by Carlo Goldoni, translated by John Van Burek
August 3, 2008

Reading of Magic by G. K. Chesterton
August 10, 2008

Press Cuttings & Farfetched Fables by G. B. Shaw
August 17, 2008



2006-2007 Season

An Inspector Calls by J.B. Priestley
October 26 – December 1, 2006

The Countess by Gregory Murphy
January 4 – February 4, 2007

Shaw’s Shorts: by George Bernard Shaw –
The Dark Lady of the Sonnets
O’Flaherty V.C.
The Man of Destiny

March 1 – April 8, 2007



2005-2006 Season

If We Are Women by Joanna McClelland Glass
October 27 – November 27, 2005

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf by Michael Hollinger
January 5 – February 12, 2006

Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard Shaw
March 2 – April 9, 2006

The Play’s the Thing adapted from Ferenc Molnar by P.G. Wodehouse
April 20 – May 25, 2006



2004-2005 Season

Pound by Sean O’Leary
October 28 – November 28, 2004

Incorruptible by Michael Hollinger
January 6 – February 13, 2005

You Never Can Tell by George Bernard Shaw
March 3 – April 10, 2005

Humble Boy by Charlotte Jones
April 21 – May 29, 2005



2003-2004 Season

The Underpants by adapted from Carl Sternheim by Steve Martin
November 6 – December 21, 2003

The Family Reunion by T.S. Eliot
January 8 to February 8, 2004

On the Rocks by George Bernard Shaw
March 4 to April 20, 2004

Enigma Variations by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, translated by Jeremy Sams
April 22 to May 23, 2004



2002-2003 Season

All the World by Ferenc Molnar
October 31 to December 8, 2002

The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher Hampton
January 9, 2003 to February 16, 2003

The Philanderer by George Bernard Shaw
March 6 to April 13, 2003

Rose by Martin Sherman.
April 24 to May 25, 2003



2001-2002 Season

A Skull in Connemara by Martin McDonagh/span>
October 18 to November 25, 2001

Memoir by John Murrell
December 9, 2001 to January 9, 2002

Getting Married by George Bernard Shaw
January 17 to February 17, 2002

Amphitryon 38 by Jean Giraudoux, translated by S.N. Behrman
April 18 to May 19, 2002



2000-2001 Season

Ill Met by Moonlight by Michael MacLiammoir
October 26 to November 26, 2000

Major Barbara by George Bernard Shaw
February 22 to April 1, 2001

Hughie by Eugene O’Neill
March 4 to March 28, 2001

Inferno by Dante
April 21 to May 15, 2001

The Memory of Water by Shelagh Stephenson
May 31 to July 8, 2001

1999-2000 Season

The Confidential Clerk by T.S. Eliot
October 14 to November 14, l999

St. Nicholas by Conor McPherson
December 11, 1999 to January 16, 2000

Hughie by Eugene O’Neill
February 12 to March 14, 2000

Too True To Be Good by George Bernard Shaw
March 23 to April 30, 2000



1998-1999 Season

The Chalk Garden by Enid Bagnold
October 28 to November 29, l998

Lucia Mad by Don Nigro
December 30, 1998 to February 14, l999

Heartbreak House by George Bernard Shaw
February 24 to April 11, l999

Olympia by Ferenc Molnar
April 21 to May 30, l999



1997-1998 Season

Camping with Henry & Tom by Mark St. Germain
October 29 to November 30, l997

Anna Karenina adapted from Leo Tolstoy by Helen Edmundson
December 31 to February 1, 1998

Man & Superman by George Bernard Shaw
February 25 to April 5, l998

The Rules of the Game by Luigi Pirandello, translated by David Hare
April 22 – May 24, l998



1996-1997 Season

The Late Edwina Black by Dinner & Morum
October 30 to December 1, 1996

Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. Eliot
January 1 to February 2, 1997

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
February 26 to March 30, 1997

Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) by Jean Cocteau
April 23 to May 25, 1997



1995-1996 Season

A Tale of the Wolf by Ferenc Molnar
October 30 to December 1, 1996

The Cocktail Party by T.S. Eliot
January 3 to February 5, 1996

John Bull’s Other Island by George Bernard Shaw
February 28 to March 31, 1996

Play Strindberg by Friedrich Duerrenmatt
April 24 to May 26, 1996



1994-1995 Season

Old Times by Harold Pinter
October 19 to November 20, 1994

The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux, translated by William Largess & Laura Giannarelli
January 4 to February 5, 1995

The Potting Shed by Graham Greene
March 1 to April 2, 1995

Wonderful Tennessee by Brian Friel
April 26 to May 28, 1995



1993-1994 Season

Back to Methuselah by George Bernard Shaw
November, 1993 & March 12, 1994

Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard Shaw
March 5, 1994

John Bull’s Other Island by George Bernard Shaw
March 19 & 20, 1994

Overruled & Man of Destiny by George Bernard Shaw
April 11 & 12, 1994

Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard Shaw
April 18 & 19, 1994

Forever Ivor by Nick Olcott
April 6 to May 1, 1994

Misalliance by George Bernard Shaw
May 4 to June 5, 1994



1992-1993 Season

Bailegangaire by Thomas Murphy
September 23 to October 25, 1992

Arms and the Man by George Bernard Shaw
November 11 to December 20, 1992

The Alchemist by Ben Jonson
January 20 to February 21, 1993

The Makropoulos Secret by Karel Capek
March 10 to April 11, 1993

The Play’s the Thing adapted from Ferenc Molnar by P.G. Wodehouse
April 21 to May 23, 1993

Forever Ivor by Nick Olcott
April 6 to May 1, 1994



1991-1992 Season

Aspern Papers adapted from Henry James by Nick Olcott
September 18 to October 20, 1991

Maud by Alfred Lord Tennyson
September 29 to October 29, l991

Anatol by Arthur Schnitzler
November 6 to December 15, l991

A Song at Twilight by Noel Coward
January 22 to February 23, 1992

Joyce, The Music and Magic of Joyce Grenfell
February 16 to March 31, 1992

1989-1990 Season

A Turn of the Screw adapted from Henry James by Nick Olcott
September 20 to October 29, 1989

Blithe Spirit by Noel Coward
November 8 to December 31, 1989

Terra Nova by Ted Tally
January 24 to February 25, 1990

First Lady by Katherine Dayton & George S. Kaufman
April 4 – May 6, 1990



1988-1989 Season

The Constant Wife by W. Somerset Maugham
October 5 to November 6, 1988

Figaro’s Marriage by Beaumarchais
December 7 to December 18, 1988

The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles by George Bernard Shaw
February 8 to February 26, 1989

Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers & Muriel St. Claire Byrne
April 19 to June 4, 1989



1987-1988 Season

The Blood Knot by Athol Fugard
September 15 to October 11, 1987

An Ideal Husband by Oscar Wilde
January 5 to February 21, 1988

Candida by George Bernard Shaw
March 15 to April 10, 1988



1986-1987 Season

Uncle Vanya by Anton Chekhov
October 14 – November 9, 1986

Chekhov in Yalta by John Driver & Jeffrey Haddow
January 6 to January 31, 1987

Translations by Brian Friel
March 10 to April 12, 1987

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