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The Modern Drama Discussion Group
of Washington, DC

Now playing: December 15, 2014

Chekhov Re-imagined

Each month, 35-50 Footlights members meet over dinner with playwrights, directors, and scholars to discuss modern drama. We read the plays on our own, meet at inexpensive restaurants near Washington-area metro stations, and eventually attend performances of most of the plays we've discussed. You can attend our dinner-discussions, join our theater trips, or both. 

Membership is free. We do ask that you read the plays for discussion in advance. There is a $5 charge to attend the discussion. You pay for dinner and theater tickets. Footlights always gets group rates at local theaters. Contributions to Footlights are tax-deductible.

Footlights next meets on Monday, December 15 to discuss Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and the many derivatives, spinoffs and new adaptations of Vanya and other Chekhov characters. Three Sistahs  is just closing at MetroStage. Aaron Posner is busy creating his newest riff on Chekhov - Life Sucks - which Theater J will produce early in 2015. Then come Spring we'll see Christopher Durang's Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike arrive at Arena Stage. Not to be outdone, Round House will stage Annie Baker's new version of Uncle Vanya.

To help us sort all this out, Footlights welcomes WaPo theater critic Nelson Pressley to our dinner-discussion at Alfio's on Monday, December 15. Mary Ann Wren will moderate. Mark your calendars now and make reservations with Phyllis Bodin, phylbo@verizon.net or 301-986-1768.

Alfio’s is located at 4515 Willard Avenue, Chevy Chase, Maryland, on the ground floor of the Willoughby Apartments, a short walk from the north entrance of the Friendship Heights metro stop on the red line. Street parking is limited if you drive, but valet parking is free at Alfio’s. Dinner is at 6:30; the discussion begins at 7:30 and ends at 9.

The all-inclusive cost for dinner and discussion is $20. Dinner is a green salad, choice among six entrées, and spaghetti, green beans, bread and butter, ice cream, and tea or coffee. Alfio’s salad bar may be substituted for the entrée if you wish. Cash or check – no credit cards, please. Wine, beer, and cocktails are available from the bar. You may come for the discussion only for just $5.

Make reservations with Phyllis Bodin, phylbo@verizon.net or 301-986-1768. Reservations and cancellations will be accepted until noon of the day of the discussion. If you must cancel, please let Phyllis know as soon as possible since this is a seated dinner and the restaurant needs an accurate count for the place settings.

We suggest you read Uncle Vanya -- found in local libraries and bookstores. Also online.

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This page was last updated on December 01, 2014.