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Ongoing
Georgetown University
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World Premiere
An Original Performance by Mélisande Short-Colomb
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Washington, DC
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https://flashactsfestival.org
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Future Performances TBA

Past Projects

Performances / Projects / Residencies

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Verge: A Student Arts and Politics Festival

September 1, 2020

Verge is a new student arts and politics festival, created through the first cohort of student lab fellows for other creative and engaged youth across the globe. This festival brought together students interested in the intersection of politics and the arts,MORE


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World Theatre Day: Dreams Deferred

March 27, 2017

Groundbreaking at the time, the 1959 Broadway play A Raisin in the Sun by Lorraine Hansberry showcased to a wider public the struggles of a poor African-American family in the United States.MORE


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National Theatre of Ghana’s Ten Blocks on the Camino Real

December 10, 2015

Abibigromma, the resident troupe of the National Theatre of Ghana, was in residence in Washington, DC for three days only for an outdoor marketplace production of Ten Blocks on the Camino Real by Tennessee Williams.MORE


Alex Brenner in Burning Doors

Burning to Tell You

October 11, 2017

“What is it that makes someone so scared of a man with a pen? The reason is truth. Art has to do with revealing the truth.”

-Azar Nafisi,MORE


Azar Final Speech

Symposiums and Conversations

December 8, 2015

An essential component of The Lab is bringing people together in community and conversation. Through our symposiums we have sought to raise pertinent topics and discuss them with artists, politicians,MORE


Joshua Roman, Anna Deavere Smith, Secretary Madeleine Albright, and Ambassador Cynthia Schneider.

Residencies

December 7, 2015

The Lab has brought artists to Georgetown University over the past years to share their art, interact with students, and engage in dialogue surrounding performance and politics.MORE


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Flash Acts

March 20, 2019

The Flash Acts festival premiered in October, but is still live on the Flash Acts website here!

This one of a kind virtual performance festival brings together twenty brilliant playwrights from the US and Russia,MORE


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Noura

December 5, 2015

In this re-imagining of Henrik Ibsen’s A Doll’s House, award-winning Iraqi-American playwright, performer, and Think Tank member Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) examines the iconic play from a Middle Eastern perspective,MORE


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Generation (Wh)Y: Global Voices on Stage

April 1, 2015

Generation (Wh)Y was an intimate live performance that moved through multiple spaces exploring real experiences from global voices and the poetry of everyday life. This immersive theatrical experience of innovative multi-media performances resulted from year-long dialogue and encounters between Georgetown students and youth from Egypt,MORE


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Amrika Chalo (Destination: USA)

January 1, 2015

Written and directed by one of Pakistan’s most celebrated artists, this hilarious send-up of US-Pakistani relations set in the Visa Office at the US Embassy in Islamabad explodes stereotypes through satire.MORE


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Voices Unheard: Syria: The Trojan Women Summit

September 1, 2014

The Lab was scheduled to host this internationally celebrated production of Syria: The Trojan Women, performed by an extraordinary group of women refugees forced to flee their homes in Syria,MORE


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Ping Chong + Company’s Beyond Sacred: Voices of Muslim Identity

December 4, 2015

Beyond Sacred, written by Lab Think Tank member Ping Chong and Sara Zatz, with Ryan Conarro in collaboration with the performers, is an interview-based theatre production exploring the diverse experiences of Muslim communities within New York City.MORE


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Freedom Theatre’s The Island

September 1, 2013

This classic South African apartheid-era drama, inspired by a true story, is set in a prison and revolves around a cellmate who is soon to be released, and another who is serving a life sentence.MORE


The Race 2020

The Race, 2020

September 8, 2020

A Virtual Performance Event Presented by the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Georgetown University’s Theater and Performance Studies Program and Sojourn Theatre

As we hurtle toward what many are calling the most important election in living memory,MORE


The Great Work Begins: Revisiting Angels in America During a Pandemic

The Great Work Begins: Revisiting Angels in America During a Pandemic

This special program of performance and discussion combines scenes performed by leading professional actors from Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize-winning two-part epic play Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes with insights from experts in the medical,MORE


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As Far As My Fingertips Take Me

April 1, 2017

In 2016, Tania El Khoury commissioned musician and street artist Basel Zaraa, who was born a refugee in Syria, to record a rap song inspired by the journey his sisters made from Damascus to Sweden. MORE


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Dominio Público

December 11, 2015

In a public square, the audience, wearing headphones, moves through the space answering simple questions with wordless gestures. As the performance evolves, Dominio Público becomes at once a three-dimensional mapping of societal structures and an embodied exploration of individual agency and collective power.MORE


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Partner Festivals

December 6, 2015

Over the last 10 years, The Lab has contributed to a number of Festivals in partner with other organizations. Read more about our inter-organizational work and participation below.MORE


Melanne Verveer at Portal 2

Portal

April 20, 2015

Portals enable individuals to come face-to-face with participants – full body – in a partner city across the world, conversing live as if in the same room.MORE


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Laterna Magika’s Anticodes

December 1, 2013

Laterna Magika’s classic and typical use of film footage is replaced in Anticodes by projection and sounds from live sources. The production introduced real-time tracking to Laterna Magika,MORE


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