Stay Awake

by Mary Hall Surface

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About the Play

Imagine an upside down lullaby! Rather than lulling you to sleep, this enchanting world premiere sends you to a Dreamland of another sort.  Discover the fantastical journey that awaits a child and her dog when their familiar bedtime ritual is thrown delightfully off-balance. Combining live music, movement, puppets, and visual art, Stay Awake invites young children and their grown-up friends into a theatrical world where anything is possible.

This highly interactive, sensory-filled theatre experience welcomes the very youngest audiences, ages 2 – 4, into the magic of performing arts.  Award-winning playwright/director Mary Hall Surface, who specializes in innovative theater for families and multidisciplinary collaborations, teams up with choreographer Margot Greenlee of BodyWise Dance and kinetic visual artist Kevin Reese. Stay Awake will open the Atlas Performing Arts Center’s fourth season of Theatre for the Very Young, a highly successful series of performances for children ages 6 months – 5 years inspired by the belief that every age has the right to experience powerful, pleasure-giving, and challenging art.


WVFEST code discount: $2 off general admission tickets.


Mary Hall Surface (Playwright/Director)

Mary Hall Surface is a four-time nominee for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play and five-time nominee and 2002 recipient of the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Direction. Round House Theatre, Folger Theatre, National Gallery of Art and the Kennedy Center (15 productions) have featured her work.


Margot Greenlee (Choreographer)

Margot Greenlee danced across the country and around the world as a company member of the Liz Lerman Dance Exchange. Some of her favorite projects include works for the Chautauqua Institute, Hirshhorn Museum, Library of Congress, and MASS MOCA. Her most recent work is Blossom's Rainbow for Arts on the Horizon.


Kevin Reese (Co-Creator/Designer)

Kevin Reese (Designer) is a collaborative kinetic sculptor. Since 2001, he has created over 140 large-scale installations of mobiles through a process that involves participants at every step. His mobiles have appeared on stage throughout the US, France, and Taiwan as part of his solo performance, A Perfect Balance.

Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H Street NE
Washington, DC 20002