PARITY PLAYS: “The Sooner Child” by Allyson Currin

Posted by MB - April 14, 2015

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Join us as as our PARITY PLAYS: 50% (or More) Women in Casting Reading Series continues with Allyson Currin’s newest play, “The Sooner Child.” This reading series addresses the documented gender disparity in theatre, by maintaining casts that include at least equal opportunities for female artists.   By making gender equality in casting a theme, we will also be supporting the work of playwrights who are writing for a more equal theatre.   The reading will be directed by Ryan Maxwell and feature actors Heather Haney, Julia Christgau, and Shawn Fagan.

The Sooner Child, by Allyson Currin

directed by Ryan Maxwell

Sunday, April 19th at 7pm

Cap21 Studios (18 W18th Street)


A mother and daughter discuss life, love, and dating in this romantic comedy with a twist.
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Playwright, Allyson Currin



Allyson Currin has five world premieres happening in 2015, including the musical SILVER BELLES (with Matt Conner) for Tony Award-winning Signature Theatre, and HIGH SCHOOL ALIEN for Cincinnati Playhouse. She is a founding member of The Welders, a DC-based playwrights’ collective, which produced her play THE CAROLINA LAYAWAY GRAIL, as its inaugural production. She is the author of over twenty plays including CAESAR AND DADA (WSC Avant Bard), HERCULES IN RUSSIA (Doorway Arts Ensemble), UNLEASHED (The Kennedy Center), THE DANCING PRINCESSES (Imagination Stage), BENCHED (Pinky Swear Productions), CHURCH OF THE OPEN MIND* (Charter Theatre), LEARNING CURVES (Washington Shakespeare Company) and AMSTEL IN TEL AVIV* (Source Theatre Company). *She has twice been nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding New Play and has been Playwright-in-Residence with First Draft and Theatre J’s “Locally Grown” Initiative. Please visit her website at or

Director, Ryan Maxwell
Ryan Maxwell  is a DC-based director and photographer. This year, he has frequently collaborated with Arena Stage: serving as directing assistant to Molly Smith on FIDDLER ON THE ROOF, Randy Johnson on SMOKEY JOE’S CAFÉ, and David Esbjornson on Arena’s production of GUESS WHO’S COMING TO DINNER; and literary assistant to Morris Panych on THE SHOPLIFTERS and Moisés Kaufman on Daniel Beaty’s THE TALLEST TREE IN THE FOREST. In DC, Ryan has directed for the Inkwell, the Welders, Theatre Lab, PinkySwear Productions, the Source Festival, the Kennedy Center’s Millennium Stage and Page to Stage Festival, Adventure Theatre MTC, Young Playwrights’ Theatre, and Flying V. Before landing in DC, Ryan spent two years as Artistic Associate at Commonwealth Shakespeare Company in Boston, directing touring productions and assisting artistic director Steve Maler on SHAKESPEARE ON THE COMMON. He was also assistant director for Anthony Rapp’s WITHOUT YOU at the 2010 New York Musical Theatre Festival.

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