Monthly Archives: August 2008


For DC theaters, Labor Day weekend means one thing: the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival. Forum’s contribution to this annual event is a staged reading of Mimesophobia (or Before and After) by exciting playwright Carlos Murillo. We hope you can join us Saturday night!



Mimesophobia (or Before and After)

By Carlos Murillo

They seemed like the perfect couple. Affluent. Attractive. Well educated. Why did the husband brutally murder his wife and then take his own life? A desperate screenwriting duo struggles with severe writer’s block to unearth the answer.

Featuring Frank Britton, James Flanagan, Maggie Glauber, Eric Messner, Helen Pafumi, and Jenna Sokolowski.

Directed by Michael Dove


Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival
Saturday, August 28, 2008 at 7:30 pm
The Kennedy Center
2700 F Street, NW
Washington, DC 20566






Carlos Murillo is a playwright, director, and assistant professor at The Theatre School of DePaul University. His play dark play or stories for boys received its world premiere at the 31st Annual Humana Festival of New American Plays at Actors Theatre of Louisville in March 2007. Carlos’ other plays include Unfinished American Highwayscape #9 & #32 (or The Broken Tractor Graveyard ), A Human Interest Story (or The Gory Details and All), Offspring of the Cold War, The Patron Saint of the Nameless Dead, Schadenfreude, Near Death Experiences with Leni Riefenstahl, Never Whistle While You’re Pissin, and Subterreneans. Murillo’s plays have been developed at The Public, NY Theatre Workshop, The Goodman Theatre, South Coast Rep, Portland Center Stage, Madison Rep, the Sundance Institute, The Playwrights’ Center, Bay Area Playwrights Festival, A.S.K. Theatre Projects, the Chautauqua Conservatory, Annex Theatre, UC Santa Barbara, the Loyola University Museum of Art, and others.

Murillo was a Jerome Fellow at The Playwrights’ Center in Minneapolis, and has received grants from the Rockefeller Foundation MAP Fund, the Minnesota State Arts Board and is a two-time recipient of the National Latino Playwriting Award from Arizona Theatre Company. He has received commissions from The Public Theatre, The Goodman Theatre, Berkeley Rep, South Coast Rep, En Garde Arts and Disney Creative Entertainment. He is a resident playwright at New Dramatists in New York City and a member of The Dramatists Guild.


A Little Love for Judas

This year’s Audience Choice Awards nominations just came out, over at DCTheatreScene and our production of The Last Days of Judas Iscariot was nominated 3 times, in 2 categories: Favorite Play and Favorite Actor in a Play (both Jim Jorgenson and Brian Hemmingsen get noms in this category).

So, loyal Forum-ites, head over and cast your vote today. Also, check out Tim Treanor’s season wrap-ups on shows and performers. JUDAS gets good mentions in both articles, with our show being Tim’s #1:

1. Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Forum Theater. In future years, those who saw this show will speak of it in terms of reverence. Seldom does a play, or any artistic work, so fully challenge our hearts, and almost never successfully. Last Days was more than a play: it was an act of grace.


We’ve been a little quiet around here, taking a break after Marat/Sade closed its successful run, and getting ready for the 5th season. Big announcements for that any day now, so stay tuned.

Thank you all, for making this past season so great.


The Show’s Backbone

Taking a moment to send out a special “thank you” to the folks who really run things around the theatre–our backstage team of Jenn Carlson (stage manager) and Christine Millette (assistant stage manager).  Their work starts way before each performance and long after the curtain calls with tasks that are far less than fun.  This show, in particular, has had it’s fair share of last-minute fixes and repairs with a cast of 20 in very active performances.  We’ve had tub leaks, daily costume rips, and constant prop repairs on top of the standard show maintenance tasks that include dealing with wet clothes and destroyed cabbage.  For a show so big, it’s amazing that Jenn and Christine keep it going, and they deserve their own round of applause.

Nice little article in the NYTimes about these unsung heroes of our industry, who don’t get nearly the accolades they deserve.

Thank you, guys.