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Theater: Locally Grown

According to Theater J’s website, this year’s “Locally Grown” theater festival is “inspired in part by the ‘locovore’ and Community Supported Agriculture movements which focus on cultivating, appreciating and utilizing local resources for local consumption.” No, they won’t be serving rooftop kale or row-house rutabaga, just plays from local theater acts. The top pick? Jon Spelman’s “The Prostate Dialogues,” which borrows its name from Eve Ensler’s “The Vagina Monologues.” Mr. Spelman’s piece is about his experience with prostate cancer (including a “radical prostatectomy,” or the full removal of the prostate gland) and the experiences of other men in the D.C. area.

Through Feb. 19 at Theater J, 1529 16th St. NW

Phone: 202/518-9400


Theater: Play in a Day

In the tradition of National Novel Writing Month, in which aspiring fictionistas attempt to write an entire novel in a month, and the 24-hour film festival, in which directors put together movies in a 24-hour window, Bethesda’s Play in a Day asks local theater companies to condense into one night a process that can take from months to years. Not only will playwrights from six theater companies have to write plays, they’ll also have to work with their companies to rehearse them in time for a performance the following night. This year’s theater companies include Adventure Theatre, Flying V, Imagination Stage, Keegan Theatre, Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre.

Feb. 11 at Imagination Stage, 4908 Auburn Ave., Bethesda, Md.

Phone: 301/961-6060.