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
A Black and White Cookie by Gary Morgenstein
Discussion leader: Jung Weil
Zoom discussion – Sunday, December 5, 2021 a 5pm
Special guest: playwright Gary Morgenstein

Harold Wilson, a gruff, African American man, has finally reopened his East Village newsstand following the Coronavirus lockdown. An exorbitant rent increase forces him to close his newsstand after 30 years. Enter Albie Sands, an eccentric 1960s Jewish radical, who persuades Harold to fight the landlord. Overcoming their many differences, Harold and Albie form a powerful and unlikely friendship to confront Harold’s rent situation.

Sign up for the Idea Lab Script Salon here.


Currently available on our YouTube Channel:

A Black and White Cookie by Gary Morgenstein

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde

A Christmas Carol


Previously 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

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


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!