Silver Spring Stage Idea Lab

To supplement our season of “mainstage” plays, the Idea Lab will offer a variety of theatrical entertainment options, all virtual, all fun.


Up Next in the Idea Lab:

Idea Lab Script Salon
Admissions by Joshua Harmon
Discussion leader: Julia Rabson Harris
Zoom discussion – Sunday, October 3, 2021 at 5pm

The next meeting of this play discussion group will feature playwright Joshua Harmon’s Admissions. The play is set at a progressive New Hampshire school where Sherri, head of admissions, boasts of having increased the proportion of students of color to 18%. This insightful and hilarious satire examines class, race, and the many different cultural and socioeconomic values that divide the play’s characters.

Sign up for the Idea Lab Script Salon here.


The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Available soon on demand
A video rewind of our 2019 production directed by Bill Hurlbut.


Previously in the Idea Lab:

Playreading Event
The Drawer Boy by Canadian playwright Michael Healey
Discussion leader: Jung Weil
Sunday, August 1, 2021 at 5pm

Idea Lab Script Salon
Lysistrata by Aristophanes (Jeffrey Henderson trans.)
Discussion leader: Erin Bone Steele
Sunday, June 6, 2021 at 5pm

Reading of A Doll’s House by Henrik Ibsen
Saturday, April 10 at 7:00pm
Directed by Nicholas Michael Bashour

Idea Lab Script Salon
Sunday, April 4, 2021 at 4:00 p.m. (Staged reading and discussion)

The next meeting of this play discussion group will feature Zimbabwean American playwright and actress Danai Gurira’s The Convert. Silver Spring Stage board member Jacqueline Youm will lead the discussion. This drama takes place in 1896 Rhodesia (Zimbabwe today) and explores British colonialism in southern Africa and the use of Christianity for cultural disruption. Register here.

Idea Lab Script Salon
Sunday, February 7, 2021 at 5:00 p.m.
Black playwright Chisa Hutchinson’s Dead and Breathing. A wealthy, cantankerous Black woman is dying of cancer and receiving hospice care at home. This darkly comic play centers around the relationship between the woman and her hospice care nurse.

Monologues of Black Authors
Produced and directed by Jacqueline Youm
Saturday, October 17, 2020 @ 8pm
Sunday, October 18, 2020 @ 2pm
Watch a replay On Demand

Oma’s Bedtime Stories for Big Peoples


Madame Yurina Babushka, known as 
Oma, imparts her motherly wisdom while reading bedtime stories to all who will listen.  Hear stories from Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, Rudyard Kipling and more.  Oma will delight you with her insights on life and these timeless tales.
“How the Camel Got His Hump” available here
“The Selfish Giant” available here


Other planned events include:
Cracked by Gwydion Suilebhan
Performed by Maura Suilebhan
Date to be determined
Just another episode of a run-of-the-mill cooking show transforms into an intricate, otherworldly grief ritual as the program’s hostess—or is she some kind of middle-class priestess?—devises increasingly elaborate ways in which to defer the simple act of cracking an egg. When it’s finally time for the demonstration, will she actually be able to just… let go? 

Gone Fishin’ by Steve Langley, directed by Michael Reilly
Coming  early 2021
A new video adaptation of an audience favorite from our 2019 One-Act Festival.

If you have a big idea you want to showcase, send a proposal to volunteer@ssstage.org. We also need volunteers to help us stay organized and fill a variety of technical positions. Contact us today!