Monthly Archives: January 2011

Flea OpenForum: Podcast Trading

We at Forum are BIG podcast listeners and were starting to find that we’d often reference a podcast we’d heard in rehearsal or when talking about a show. So, we decided that this can be a natural extension of OpenForum as we want to share our findings with you and hopefully get some suggestions for continued listening FROM you.

So, with One Flea Spare in our minds, we’ll kick things off with some lovely Plague-casting. In this podcast from The English Programme, Daniel Defoe discusses The Great Plague and its effects on 1665 London, where Flea takes place.

(Perfect for being cooped up at home with this snow storm)

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We missed out on posting this last week, so here’s catch-up:

Maura Judkis over at has just posted her 2nd article (here’s the 1st one on “First Read”) as part of their “behind the scenes, from start to finish” coverage of our production of One Flea Spare, which started rehearsals last week.

Flea Bites: Come. Sit. Stay.

FLEA dramaturg Laura Miller and actors Nanna Ingvarsson and Sarah Taurchini

#Newplay DC Discussion Hosted by Forum Theatre

Forum Theatre is thrilled to host the DC Theatre community “watch party” and discussion as part of the American Voices New Play Institute at Arena Stage national convening, entitled From Scarcity to Abundance: Capturing the Moment for the New Work Sector.”

The event will be held on Saturday, January 29 from 9am to 1:45pm at the Silver Spring Civic Building, just a block from the Round House Theatre Silver Spring Black Box where Forum is the company-in-residence.

The national convening will focus on the following: identifying the rich and vital activity that already exists in the new play sector, exploring the gaps and challenges facing the field and strategizing the means of continued and closer collaboration to advance the new work infrastructure moving forward. This convening will build upon the outcomes and initiatives that grew out of last year’s convenings: Defining Diversity, Black Playwrights: the Stories We Tell and Devised Work.

The Forum-hosted event will be a combination of livestreamviewing of the national convening and DC theatre community-specific conversations about the state of new plays in our area.  The DC gathering of theatremakers will be part of at least 8 others events, nation-wide, that will all be a part of a cumulative report put out by the New Play Institute. The discussion will be led by Artistic Director Michael Dove and company member Hannah Hessel.

The watch party event is free to attend, but please RSVP to as space is limited.

You can also follow the entire week’s discussion via Twitter under #NewPlay as well as livestreamed portions at #Newplay TV and coved on the 2AMt blog. Forum Theatre will be live-tweeting the event on the 29th via @forumtheatre.

For more information on the entire convening, visit


One Veteran’s Place, Civic Building

Silver Spring, MD

(back, side entrance)

Directions here

OpenThread: Inequality

As we lead up to One Flea Spare, we want to continue our season-long discussions on the topic of “Home & Origins.”

This week’s question is:

What are the glaring reasons for social inequality, today?


Share your responses below or in our Twitter feed.


Open Thread: The Power of Theatre?

Very interesting blog post from The Guardian titled “Subversion on stage: can theatre change the world?” focusing on the recent interactions/confrontations between theatres in Hungary, Belarus, and Iraq.

What do you think?

Belarus Free Theatre's production of Being Harold Pinter