Coming in 2017

Richard II

Directed by Michael McCarthy

Richard rules England. His kingship is accepted as Divine Right. All powerful, he is nonetheless increasingly beset by his own foibles. Misguided and arrogant, his rocky reign dissolves as a once competent monarch’s vainglory divides the nobility and sets into motion a dynastic division that inalterably leads to a century of war.

Please plan to arrive early, as the show starts at 7:30 rather than the usual 8, parking around DCAC is challenging, and credit cards are not accepted at the door.


Friday, March 24th - 7:30pm
Saturday, March 25th - 7:30pm
Sunday, March 26th - 5:30pm

Friday, March 31st - 7:30pm
Saturday, April 1st - 7:30pm

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DC Arts Center

2438 18th St NW, Washington, DC 20009

She Speaks

A showcase of Shakespeare's women.
Directed by Leanne G. Stump


March 27 & 28, 8-10pm
Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.
Beltsville Professional Center, 10774 Rhode Island Avenue, Beltsville, MD

Rehearsals will begin in April, and will be held in Greenbelt.

Performance dates: June 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 16th and 17th
Performances location: Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt, MD

The Rude Mechanicals are seeking up to 5 men and 12 women for their production of She Speaks!, which showcases the best of Shakespeare's female characters weaving together scenes from over 13 of Shakespeare's plays.

Male Roles include Petruchio, Romeo, Benedick, Brutus, Troilus and Lord Capulet
Female Roles include Cleopatra, Lady Macbeth, Juliet, Portia, Beatrice, Katherine, Ophelia, Rosalind, and many more

Arden Now (As You Like It)

Directed by Melissa Schick

This collaborative adaptation sets Shakespeare's As You Like It in a world where ideals of beauty and desirability are more celebratory of people's unique individuality and where mainstream society does not attempt to impose a restrictive binary concept of gender to categorize people. We strive to tell this classic story in ways that are fully inclusive, body-positive, and sex-positive. We have cut the original text down, made some creative edits, and have added music, movement, and poetry that express love and exuberance through a variety of times, cultures, and genres. Because if all the world's a stage, everyone should be represented.

Auditions for Arden Now will take place in April. We are particularly seeking:

All roles are open to all performers regardless of gender, age, race, ability or "type." Performers who wish to participate in movement or music only roles without speaking parts will be happily considered. Techies interested in running sound, lights, and/or live captioning are also needed!

Auditions will begin with one-on-one interviews with the directors in person or via video call or telephone call where you will express your preferences of how to showcase your talent, which can be done via a video submission or in person audition where you may perform a solo monologue/song/dance piece and/or cold or prepared reading(s) with other performers. We will also talk about the script development process and our plan for our style of working. We will begin accepting appointment requests in March. Please email for more information. Accommodations such as large print scripts, braille scripts, etc. are available on request, please notify us of your needs. Service animals welcome.

Performances will take place at the Capital Fringe Festival between July 6th - 31st (venue assignment and exact dates TBD) with a secondary run at Greenbelt Arts Center on August 24th through Sept. 2nd. Rehearsals will be in Northern Virginia, with some tech rehearsals in Washington DC and Greenbelt MD. We hope that all rehearsal and performance venues will be ADA accessible and metro accessible. Where venues are not metro accessible, we will strive to provide transportation assistance through carpooling or shuttling from nearest metro stations. We have requested ADA accessible performance spaces from Fringe and are optimistic that our request will be honored. We hope to provide captioning and/or sign language interpretation for at least some performances. If you know of any interested interpreters, please connect us with them!

The Rude Mechanicals are an all-volunteer company, all roles are unpaid.