Preview: Playwrights’ Revolution at Capital Stage

Capital Stage presents its annual Playwrights’ Revolution, which features staged readings of four new, never-produced scripts, recently written by rising young playwrights, and presented at The CLARA, or E. Claire Raley Studios for the Performing Arts (Studio 1, 2420 N Street) July 24-27 at 7 p.m. Tickets are free, donations accepted.

This year’s “revolutionary” scripts are:

Tue, July 24: The End of the World, by English playwright Andrew Biss. A reclusive character is mugged and seeks refuge at a bed and breakfast ominously named The End of the World, run by a dour woman named Mrs. Anna.

Wed, July 25: Welcome to Matteson! By Linda Craig-Galv&#;aacute;n (a Latina from the Midwest). This dark intra-racial comedy features a suburban couple who meet their new neighbors, who were forcibly relocated from Chicago’s roughest housing project.

Thu July 26: Great White by Deborah Yarchun (who is New Jersey born and Air Force raised). A coming-of-age drama featuring teenage characters facing dangers ranging from a hungry shark to unstable, violent siblings.

Fri, July 27: Monica: This Play is Not About Monica Lewinsky by Dianne Nora (who divides her life between Chicago, Brooklyn and Ireland). A series of scenes between Monica Lewinsky and different imagined lovers, asking what the cost of intimacy is, and how we reckon with our past selves.

These staged readings generally play to a full house in a small studio. Reserve tickets online at