Rose Play Festival opens at Compass Rose Theater in September

| August 30, 2015 | 1 Comment

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This fall Compass Rose Theater adds three more shows to their season with a fall play festival. Entitled The Rose Play Festival, this rich and varied selection oCompass Rosef plays will be performed from September 10-27, 2015.

First, the students of Compass Rose Theater’s Young Actors’ Studio will offer four performances of an abridged version of Shakespeare’s “Twelfth Night”. Set in the 1920’s instead of the 1500’s this is a fresh look at one of the most funny and famous of Shakespeare’s plays.

The next two plays are professional productions, which will run in rotation, with six performances each from September 17-27; both fully produced, both very different in content and style. “If I Hold My Tongue” is a new play Patricia Henley, a drama about women struggling to find a way out of a life of prostitution in Baltimore. This play is part of the Women’s Voices Play Festival in Washington, D.C.

The other play running in repertory is a one-woman show about the personal life of Eleanor Roosevelt. Eleanor; Her Secret Journey by Rhoda Lerman is a thoughtful reflection by the great lady on her own struggles and dreams. Each of these productions is an experience that will entertain and engage, building upon our reputation for outstanding theater at affordable prices. The professional shows are the same price as the regular Compass Rose tickets.

The student play ticket is $12 for ages 3 to 12; $15 for ages 13+..You can attend all three productions for $81 ($10 savings).

More about the productions…

“If I Hold My Tongue” by Patricia Henley Last year Compass Rose Theater had the honor of being selected with other professional theaters in the D.C. area to participate in the Women’s Voices Play Festival. With an Honorary Committee that includes women playwrights Beth Henley and Paula Vogel, director Julie Taymor, actors Kathleen Turner, Alison Janney and many other actors and directors, this is a festival of national prominence which focuses on plays by and about women. Compass Rose Theater selected this edgy and dark new play about women who live in the shadows, trying to find a way out of a life of drugs and prostitution. It is the fragile but earnest bonds which these women form with each other that are the focus of the play. For more information about the Women’s Voices play festival, please visit their website at:

“Eleanor: Her Secret Journey” by Rhoda Lerman, is a one-woman show, in which Eleanor Roosevelt recalls the years between 1918 and 1922. Directed with care and sensitivity by Rick Wade, one of the most noted directors in this area, the show is powerful and engaging. Sue Struve, a local actor who has appeared in many productions in the D.C. area, and as Ethel in Compass Rose Theater’s Barefoot in the Park, inhabits the role of Eleanor with grace and dignity. As one of the most brilliant and influential women of the 20th century, Eleanor charted a course for other women to follow and broke the mold for the established role of a President’s wife. In this intimate look into her thoughts and feelings she searches for meaning in her life and embarks on a voyage that takes her from self-doubt to confidence.

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