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.

stageguild-57x57Denotes a World Premiere
Diamond-OrangeDenotes an Area Premiere


A String of Pearls, readings of–

Candida by George Bernard Shaw, October 9, 2018
Getting Married by George Bernard Shaw, October 16, 2016
O’Flaherty, VC and Augustus Does His Bit by George Bernard Shaw, October 23, 2016
Lord Arthur Savile’s Crime adapted from Oscar Wilde by Bill Largess, October 30, 2016


It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry
November 25-December 18, 2016

Reading of A Child’s Christmas In Wales and Other Stories, December 14, 2016


Last Train To Nibroc by Arlene Hutton
January 26-February 19, 2017

Reading of The Marriage of Figaro by Beaumarchais, February 15, 2017


Back To Methuselah part 3 by George Bernard Shaw
March 23-April 17, 2017

Reading of The Makropoulos Secret by Karel Capek, April 12, 2017


Tiny Island by Michael Hollinger

Reading of Works by Hrotsvitha, October 21


It’s A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play adapted by Joe Landry
November 12-December 13, 2015

Reading of The Rover by Aphra Behn, December 2


St Nicholas by Conor McPherson
January 28-February 21, 2016

Reading of Rutherford and Sons by Githa Sowerby, February 17


The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord by Scott Carter
March 31-April 24 2016

Reading of Works by Susan Glaspell, April 20


Pen by David Marshall Grant
October 30-November 23, 2014


In Praise of Love by Terence Rattigan
January 1-25, 2015

Reading of The Rover by Aphra Behn, December 2


Back To Methuselah part 2 by George Bernard Shaw
February 19-March 15, 2015


On Approval by Frederick Lonsdale
April 23-May 17, 2015

Readings of the complete Tonight At 8:30 by Noel Coward
November 18, January 20, March 10, May 12


Inventing Van Gogh by Steven Dietz
October 31-November 24, 2013

Reading of The Doctor’s Dilemma by George Bernard Shaw, November 12


The Old Masters by Simon Gray
January 2-February 2, 2014

Reading of The Late Christopher Bean by Sidney Howard, January 14


Back To Methuselah part 1 by George Bernard Shaw
February 20-March 16 2014

Reading of The Diary of Adam and Eve by Mark Twain, March 4


Elling by Simon Bent
April 24-May 18 2014

Reading of A Severed Head by Iris Murdoch and JB Priestley, May 6


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. Eliot
April 25 to May 19, 2013

Reading of The Rock by T.S. Eliot
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. ShawMay 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 MolnarOctober 6, 2008
Reading of Captain Brassbound’s Conversion by G. B. ShawNovember 9, 2008
Reading of Candlelight by Siegfried Geyer, adapted by P.G. WodehouseDecember 8, 2008
Reading of The Infernal Machine by Jean CocteauFebruary 9, 2009
Reading of Deirdre of the Sorrows by John Millington SyngeMarch 16, 2009
Reading of Pelleas & Melisande by Maurice MaeterlinckApril 6, 2009
Reading of Do We Agree? by George Bernard Shaw, G.K. Chesterson, & Hilaire BellocJune 14, 2009
Reading of Alison’s House by Susan GlaspellJune 28, 2009
Reading of Break Of Noon by Paul ClaudelSunday, July 12, 2009
Reading of The Dragon by Yevgeny SchwartzSunday, August 9, 2009
Reading of Barbellion adapted from The Journal of a Disappointed Man by Alan WadeAugust 23, 2009

 

2007-2008 Season

Opus by Michael HollingerSeptember 3 – September 30, 2007
Reading of Return of the Prodigal by St. John HarkinJanuary 11 – January 12, 2008
Reading of The Best of Friends by Hugh WhitemoreFebruary 5, 2008
Reading of Don Juan in Hell by George Bernard ShawFebruary 26, 2008
Reading of Rising of the Moon & Spreading the News by Lady GregoryMarch 2 – March 4, 2008
Reading of Widowers’ Houses by George Bernard ShawMarch 18, 2008
Reading of Lord’s Arthur Savile’s Crime adapted from Oscar Wilde by Bill LargessMarch 25, 2008
Reading of Dangerous Corner by J.B. PriestlyApril 29, 2008
Reading of The War with the Newts adapted from Karel Capek by Emily SolomonMay 6, 2008
Reading of Mary Rose by J. M. BarrieJune 22, 2008
Reading of The Voysey Inheritance by Harley Granville-BarkerJune 29, 2008
Reading of Hobson’s Choice by Harold BrighouseJuly 13, 2008
Reading of The Amorous Servant by Carlo Goldoni, translated by John Van BurekAugust 3, 2008
Reading of Magic by G. K. ChestertonAugust 10, 2008
Press Cuttings & Farfetched Fables by G. B. ShawAugust 17, 2008

 

2006-2007 Season

An Inspector Calls by J.B. PriestleyOctober 26 – December 1, 2006
The Countess by Gregory MurphyJanuary 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 GlassOctober 27 – November 27, 2005
An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf by Michael HollingerJanuary 5 – February 12, 2006
Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard ShawMarch 2 – April 9, 2006
The Play’s the Thing adapted from Ferenc Molnar by P.G. WodehouseApril 20 – May 25, 2006

 

2004-2005 Season

Pound by Sean O’LearyOctober 28 – November 28, 2004
Incorruptible by Michael HollingerJanuary 6 – February 13, 2005
You Never Can Tell by George Bernard ShawMarch 3 – April 10, 2005
Humble Boy by Charlotte JonesApril 21 – May 29, 2005

 

2003-2004 Season

The Underpants by adapted from Carl Sternheim by Steve MartinNovember 6 – December 21, 2003
The Family Reunion by T.S. EliotJanuary 8 to February 8, 2004
On the Rocks by George Bernard ShawMarch 4 to April 20, 2004
Enigma Variations by Eric-Emmanuel Schmitt, translated by Jeremy SamsApril 22 to May 23, 2004

 

2002-2003 Season

All the World by Ferenc MolnarOctober 31 to December 8, 2002
The Unexpected Man by Yasmina Reza, translated by Christopher HamptonJanuary 9, 2003 to February 16, 2003
The Philanderer by George Bernard ShawMarch 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 MurrellDecember 9, 2001 to January 9, 2002
Getting Married by George Bernard ShawJanuary 17 to February 17, 2002
Amphitryon 38 by Jean Giraudoux, translated by S.N. BehrmanApril 18 to May 19, 2002

 

2000-2001 Season

Ill Met by Moonlight by Michael MacLiammoirOctober 26 to November 26, 2000
Major Barbara by George Bernard ShawFebruary 22 to April 1, 2001
Hughie by Eugene O’NeillMarch 4 to March 28, 2001
Inferno by DanteApril 21 to May 15, 2001
The Memory of Water by Shelagh StephensonMay 31 to July 8, 2001

1999-2000 Season

The Confidential Clerk by T.S. EliotOctober 14 to November 14, l999
St. Nicholas by Conor McPhersonDecember 11, 1999 to January 16, 2000
Hughie by Eugene O’NeillFebruary 12 to March 14, 2000
Too True To Be Good by George Bernard ShawMarch 23 to April 30, 2000

 

1998-1999 Season

The Chalk Garden by Enid BagnoldOctober 28 to November 29, l998
Lucia Mad by Don NigroDecember 30, 1998 to February 14, l999
Heartbreak House by George Bernard ShawFebruary 24 to April 11, l999
Olympia by Ferenc MolnarApril 21 to May 30, l999

 

1997-1998 Season

Camping with Henry & Tom by Mark St. GermainOctober 29 to November 30, l997
Anna Karenina adapted from Leo Tolstoy by Helen EdmundsonDecember 31 to February 1, 1998
Man & Superman by George Bernard ShawFebruary 25 to April 5, l998
The Rules of the Game by Luigi Pirandello, translated by David HareApril 22 – May 24, l998

 

1996-1997 Season

The Late Edwina Black by Dinner & MorumOctober 30 to December 1, 1996
Murder in the Cathedral by T.S. EliotJanuary 1 to February 2, 1997
An Ideal Husband by Oscar WildeFebruary 26 to March 30, 1997
Indiscretions (Les Parents Terribles) by Jean CocteauApril 23 to May 25, 1997

 

1995-1996 Season

A Tale of the Wolf by Ferenc MolnarOctober 30 to December 1, 1996
The Cocktail Party by T.S. EliotJanuary 3 to February 5, 1996
John Bull’s Other Island by George Bernard ShawFebruary 28 to March 31, 1996
Play Strindberg by Friedrich DuerrenmattApril 24 to May 26, 1996

 

1994-1995 Season

Old Times by Harold PinterOctober 19 to November 20, 1994
The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux, translated by William Largess & Laura GiannarelliJanuary 4 to February 5, 1995
The Potting Shed by Graham GreeneMarch 1 to April 2, 1995
Wonderful Tennessee by Brian FrielApril 26 to May 28, 1995

 

1993-1994 Season

Back to Methuselah by George Bernard ShawNovember, 1993 & March 12, 1994
Fanny’s First Play by George Bernard ShawMarch 5, 1994
John Bull’s Other Island by George Bernard ShawMarch 19 & 20, 1994
Overruled & Man of Destiny by George Bernard ShawApril 11 & 12, 1994
Caesar and Cleopatra by George Bernard ShawApril 18 & 19, 1994
Forever Ivor by Nick OlcottApril 6 to May 1, 1994
Misalliance by George Bernard ShawMay 4 to June 5, 1994

 

1992-1993 Season

Bailegangaire by Thomas MurphySeptember 23 to October 25, 1992
Arms and the Man by George Bernard ShawNovember 11 to December 20, 1992
The Alchemist by Ben JonsonJanuary 20 to February 21, 1993
The Makropoulos Secret by Karel CapekMarch 10 to April 11, 1993
The Play’s the Thing adapted from Ferenc Molnar by P.G. WodehouseApril 21 to May 23, 1993
Forever Ivor by Nick OlcottApril 6 to May 1, 1994

 

1991-1992 Season

Aspern Papers adapted from Henry James by Nick OlcottSeptember 18 to October 20, 1991
Maud by Alfred Lord TennysonSeptember 29 to October 29, l991
Anatol by Arthur SchnitzlerNovember 6 to December 15, l991
A Song at Twilight by Noel CowardJanuary 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 OlcottSeptember 20 to October 29, 1989
Blithe Spirit by Noel CowardNovember 8 to December 31, 1989
Terra Nova by Ted TallyJanuary 24 to February 25, 1990
First Lady by Katherine Dayton & George S. KaufmanApril 4 – May 6, 1990

 

1988-1989 Season

The Constant Wife by W. Somerset MaughamOctober 5 to November 6, 1988
Figaro’s Marriage by BeaumarchaisDecember 7 to December 18, 1988
The Simpleton of the Unexpected Isles by George Bernard ShawFebruary 8 to February 26, 1989
Busman’s Honeymoon by Dorothy L. Sayers & Muriel St. Claire ByrneApril 19 to June 4, 1989

 

1987-1988 Season

The Blood Knot by Athol FugardSeptember 15 to October 11, 1987
An Ideal Husband by Oscar WildeJanuary 5 to February 21, 1988
Candida by George Bernard ShawMarch 15 to April 10, 1988

 

1986-1987 Season

Uncle Vanya by Anton ChekhovOctober 14 – November 9, 1986
Chekhov in Yalta by John Driver & Jeffrey HaddowJanuary 6 to January 31, 1987
Translations by Brian FrielMarch 10 to April 12, 1987

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