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Women’s Voices Theatre Project Q&A Hosted by Signature Theatre and Busboys & Poets

Signature Theatre Q&A with 4,380 Nights Director Kathleen Akerley, Playwright Annalisa  Dias, and Activist Shilpa Jindia
Thursday, February 1
6-7:30pm; free to attend

DC playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity and what it means to be an American in the world premiere of 4,380 Nights, part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival, January 16- February 18, at Signature Theatre. Join Signature Theatre at Busboys & Poets for a discussion and Q&A with Director Kathleen Akerley, playwright Annalisa Dias, and activist Shilpa Jindia, and enjoy readings from 4,830 Nights (now playing at Signature Theare). Event is open to the public, and Busboys & Poets will operate regular table service for attendees during the discussion.


Annalisa Dias (Playwright) WRITING: One Word More, The Last Allegiance, A Legacy of Chains, Crooked Figure, Consider the Dust, Matanuska, Coal, the earth that is sufficient, and Servant of the Wind. DEVISING: Wit's End Puppets: Malevolent Creatures; banished? productions: Tyger; Theater Alliance: I Love DC. DIRECTING: The Salima Project (film). Annalisa Dias’ work has been produced or developed by The Welders, Theater Alliance, the Phillips Collection, The Gulfshore Playhouse, the Mead Theatre Lab, The Hub Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Tron Theatre (Glasgow), and Theatre 503 (London). Acting Creative Producer and Producing Playwright: The Welders. Co-Founder: DC Coalition for Theatre & Social Justice. AWARDS: TCG Rising Leader of Color 2016, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship 2016 and 2017, and Puffin Foundation Grant 2016.

Kathleen Akerley (Director) REGIONAL: The Skriker, The Gas Heart, Everything Between Us, The Small Things, shkspr prjct (Helen Hayes nomination), The Tooth of Crime, Jumpers, Macbett, On the Waterfront, Beyond the Horizon, The Winter’s Tale, Voodoo Macbeth, Penetrator, The Graduate, Ubu Roi, Writer’s Cramp, [sic], Love’s Fire, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern are Dead (Helen Hayes nomination), The Hothouse, Man With Bags, The Power of the Dog, Energumen, After Magritte, Cat’s Cradle (also the adaptor). OTHER: Artistic Director, Longacre Lea and director/playwright of Longacre Lea productions Fear, Bones in Whispers, Pol Pot & Associates LLP, Goldfish Thinking, Something Past in Front of the Light (considered for the Steinberg Award), The Oogatz Man, Theories of the Sun, Whipping, or The Football Hamlet; Artistic Associate, Sideshow Theatre; member, Dramatists Guild. AWARDS: Theater Lobby Award for Acting and Directing; 

Shilpa Jindia is an independent researcher and journalist exploring issues of conflict, security and technology. Her recent work includes an investigation into disinformation in Syria and an evaluation of a community technology program in Detroit. She is currently a commissioning editor at Latterly Magazine and previously served as an editor at openDemocracy in London. Her writing on film and politics has appeared in Yahoo News, Washington City Paper, Little White Lies, Latterly and Muftah.Boomerang Fund Grant recipient for “audacious artistry;” DCCAH Fellow in Playwriting (2016) and Directing (2017).

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