LiveArt in a Day 2014

LiveArtDC is thrilled to bring you our first annual 24 Hour Playmaking Fundraiser Event, LiveArt in a Day!

The Way it Works:

On Friday, April 4th, at 6pm, the 5 playwrights will each be randomly assigned the following elements:

  • One director
  • Five actors
  • A prop
  • A DC landmark  (from crowd sourced list — see below)
  • A DC celebrity  (from crowd sourced list — see below)
And thus begins the festival! Playwrights have until Saturday morning to turn around a script, which is then given to their director and actors. Those teams then have roughly 9 hours to take the play from “words on a page” to “live performance.” At 7pm that night, the shows hit the stage for you, our audience!

LiveArtDC 2014 LiveArt in a Day Promotional Video from Frozen Penguin Productions on Vimeo.

Help us tell unique DC stories!

During the LiveArt in a Day event, the plays will explore the sites, personalities and events that make DC the special place it is. But, we need your ideas to make it happen. 

What are your quintessential DC experiences, the stories that make living here so unique? What do you want a play built around? How about that time you entered the annual High Heel Race? Or pelted an ex at the Dupont Circle Snowball Fight?  Or shyly shadowed Ian MacKaye at the Black Cat? Proposed at the World War I Memorial, cried at the Eastern Market fire? From simply telling us your favorite landmark or your favorite local character, to sharing more complex stories, there are many possibilities, and we want them all.

Tweet your idea with hashtag #liveart24 to @liveartdc, or comment here on We Love DC. We will pick the most promising and creative ideas for our playwrights to choose from for their theme.

LiveArtDC would like to thank our sponsors for this event: We Love DC and the Anacostia Arts Center.


Emcee: Heather Whitpan

Playwrights:  Audrey Cefaly, Brett Abelman, Jennie Berman Eng, Kevin Finkelstein, & Paco Madden

Directors: Alexander Fernandez, Amber Jackson, Jason Schlafstein, Kari Ginsburg, & Nick DePinto

Actors:  Angela Pirko, Ann Fraistat, Anna Lathrop, Belén Pifel, Ben Calman, Brandon Mitchell, Carl Long, Christian Sullivan, Christopher Herring, Genevieve James, Harry A. Winter, James Radack, Jill Tighe, Julie Garner, Katrina Clark, Loren Bray, Matt Strote, Melissa Marie Hmelnicky, Momo Nakamura, Pamela H Leahigh, Rebecca Ellis, Sara Bickler, Seth Alcorn,  Ty Hallmark, Yoni Gray

Stage Manager: Clem Trott

PAs: Jon Jon Johnson, Lorraine Imwold

Local Bands 





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$15 in advance/$20 at the door

Tickets grant one access to one of the performance times and all three of the bands!

April 5th at the beautiful Anacostia Arts Center.

6pm – Opening Musical Act: The Iris Bell
7pm — 1st Show of Ten-Minute Plays
8pm – Half Time Musical Act: South Rail
9pm — 2nd Show of Ten-Minute Plays
10pm – Closing Musical Act: Clarence Buffalo

Silent Auction


Get There!


  1. Take the Green Line to Anacostia Station.
  2. Walk along Howard RD and turn left onto Martin Luther King Ave SE.
  3. Walk down Martin Luther King Ave SE (about 7 blocks, 10min) and turn right onto Good Hope Road SE.

Metrobus Lines

  • 92 Good Hope RD SE & MLK Ave SE
  • 90 MLK Ave SE & U Street SE or Good Hope Road & 13th St.
  • P6 MLK Ave SE & U Street SE
  • B2 Good Hope RD & 13 Street SE or MLK Ave SE & W Street SE

Capital Bike Share Stations (map)

  • Good Hope Rd & 14th St SE
  • Good Hope Rd & MLK Ave SE