LiveArt in a Day: Meet the Playwrights

Meet the Playwrights!

April 4, 2015 @ 6pm-11pm

LiveArtDC is excited to have these amazing playwrights  for LiveArt in a Day on April 4th at the Anacostia Arts Center! Read below to learn more about them and then buy your tickets today!


Brett AbelmanBrett Abelman

Brett Steven Abelman is a DC-area native and a teller of stories, and he’s happy to return for this Passover-special LiveArt in a Day after having had such a fun time writing last year’s We Need Some Money, Mr Lincoln! Most recently, Brett conceived and co-devised Balloon Plays at Capital Fringe 2014 and continues to tour the successful show with his collaborators ( Last year, as well, Spooky Action Theatre Company workshopped his full-length Curiouser. Several short plays of Brett’s have been produced as part of the DC 1-Minute Play Festival, Rorschach’s Klecksography and Six Impossible Things, and multiple times with eXtreme eXchange DC; and others have been stage-read at the Kennedy Center Page-to-Stage Festival Playwrights’ Slam, by Pinky Swear Productions, Theater J’s 5×5 series, Beltway Drama Series, and as part of the 31 Plays in 31 Days online podcast. Brett also acts, works backstage, and occasionally plays drums, and he reviews for and blogs at But mostly, lately, he’s been working on starting his own business as a professional organizer – so let him know if you’ve got a closet or file cabinet that needs help. That’s what he does.

LisaLisa Blythe

Lisa Blythe: A lover of all things DC and theatrical is excited to be bringing icons to life with this fun project. She has worked at The Studio Theatre, Theatre J, Theatre Alliance, The Washington Rogues and Pallas Theatre Collective. Education at Western Kentucky University and The University of Louisville. All love and stars to Hillary White.



Richard ByrneRichard Byrne

Richard Byrne is a playwright who lives in DC. His last two plays have been produced in this lovely city — Burn Your Bookes (Taffety Punk) and Nero/Pseudo (WSC/Avant Bard). He is almost finished a new play about surveillance, sex and journalism set in DC titled Dad Jeans, and he is making plans to write another musical.



 Zachary FernebokZachary Fernebok

A storyteller at heart, Zachary Fernebok thrives in the creation of theatre. As a playwright, Zach has had plays produced with Flying V, American Ensemble Theatre, Mutineer Theatre Company, The National Conservatory for the Dramatic Arts, Infinite Stage, Forum (Re)Acts, Rorschach Theatre’s Klecksography, and the Bethesda Play-in-a-Day. Additionally, his work has been read at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage festival. He is best known for and most proud of his series The Pirate Laureate of Port Town and The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea. Zach also served as American Ensemble Theatre’s Playwright-in-Residence for two years. As an actor, he has appeared on stage with a handful of local companies, most recently including Pointless Theatre Co. and Flying V, where he portrayed Salvador Dali. He is a proud company member of Flying V and Crash of Rhinos. His work can be further explored at

 HopeHope Villanueva

Hope Villanueva is a stage manager by profession, but holds a BA from the University of California, Santa Barbara in Playwriting.  She has continued writing on and off since graduating.  Her one act musical, Rooftops, was produced by the university as one of only 6 projects selected for production.  It was produced again at Center Stage in Santa Barbara.  During her tenure at Honolulu Theatre for Youth, she was selected as one of the writers for Where Do Things Go?, and her play Renovationswas mounted as a part of that production. Pacific, a play about the aftermath of the 2011 Japanese tsunami had a staged reading in 2013 at the Next Act! New Play Summit. Ms. Villanueva also has completed scripts for a one-man show about Booker T. Washington and a screenplay titled, Almost There.  She is currently developing two new plays; one about a group of mean girls whose crime follows them into adulthood, as well as a play about a female Marine home from deployment to plan her wedding. Hope is also directing a devised piece, The Crane Fable Project, about the Japanese American soldiers in WWII, for the Capital Fringe Festival in DC in 2015.