Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival 2017

A Preview of the Fall Theatre Season in Washington, D.C.

Photo © Carol Pratt/Kennedy Center

Each Labor Day weekend, the Kennedy Center hosts its Page-to-Stage new play festival featuring free performances by more than 60 theaters from the Washington, D.C. capital region. This year’s festival is a part of the Kennedy Center’s Centennial Celebration of President John F. Kennedy’s 100th birthday, which occurred on May 29, 2017. Participating theaters and artists present open rehearsals, concert readings, and workshops of new plays that are often still in the development phase. The performances tackle issues such as self-exploration, rebelling against the popular opinion, and overcoming adversity. Attendees are encouraged to partake in post-presentation discussions with the artists about pressing topics of today that impact them, shaping the future productions of the playwrights’ work.

Dates and Times

September 2-4, 2017

Saturday, noon–10 p.m.
Sunday, 6–7 p.m.
Monday, 11 a.m.–10 p.m.


Page-to-Stage is free and open to the public. No tickets are required. Seating is on a first-come, first-served basis. Doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of each performance. Seating is limited and subject to availability.

Location and Transportation

The Kennedy Center is located at 2700 F. St. NW, Washington, D.C. near the Foggy Bottom/George Washington Univ. Metro Station. The FREE Kennedy Center Shuttle departs every 15 minutes from 9:45 a.m.-Midnight, Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-Midnight, Saturdays; noon-Midnight, Sundays; and 4:00 p.m.-Midnight on Federal holidays. Free parking is not available when attending free events. Performances are held throughout the Kennedy Center.

Participating Theaters  

Adventure Theatre MTC, African-American Collective Theater (ACT), Ally Theatre Company, Arts on the Horizon, Arcturus Theater Company, Baltimore Playwrights Festival, Best Medicine Rep, Brave Soul Collective, Bridge Club: Writer’s Collective, Catholic University of America, City Kids Theatre, CNU Initiative Student Theatre, Coppin Repertory Theatre, dog & pony dc, The Essential Theatre, Faction of Fools, Factory 449, FIRST DRAFT at THE ROSE, Flying V, Ford’s Theatre, Forum Theatre, FRESHH Inc. Theatre Company, Gang of Five, Georgetown University, Guillotine Theatre, The Highwood Theatre, The Indian Ocean Theatre Company, JBE Productions, Keegan Theatre, Kennedy Center Kenan Fellowship Program, The Law Theater Project, Monumental Theatre Company, Mosaic Theater Company of D.C., Naked Theatre Company, Nu Sass Productions, One Off Productions, OpenStage, Pallas Theatre Collective, Pinky Swear Productions, Pipeline Playwrights, Playwrights Collaborative, Playwrights Group of Baltimore, Safe Streets Arts Foundation, Scena Theatre, Seventh Street Playhouse, SHORN, Synetic Theater, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Theater Alliance of Washington, D.C., Theatre Prometheus, Tonic Theater Company, Too Much Damn Theater (TMD), Unexpected Stage Company, University of Maryland’s Theatre, Dance and Performance Studies Department, Unknown Penguin, Venus Theatre Company, Washington Improv Theater (WIT), Washington Stage Guild, The Washington Rogues, We Happy Few Productions, The Welders, The Wheel End Theatre Company, Wit’s End Puppets, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

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Don't miss the Labor Day Concert on Sunday, September 3, 2017 at 8 p.m. on the West Lawn of the U. S. Capitol. The National Symphony Orchestra performs a free concert.

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