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SILVER SPRING - DECEMBER 21: Playwright, Gwydion Suilebhan poses for a portrait on Wednesday December 21, 2011 at his Silver Spring, MD home. Suilebhan is originally from Baltimore, MD. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)

Playwright, Gwydion Suilebhan. (Photo by Matt McClain for The Washington Post)


Staged Reading of Act One from a commissioned play about the founding of Columbia

By Gwydion Suilebhan

“Every great community has an origin story, and behind every story there are people. Our community has an origin story, too, and the Columbia Voices Project will bring that story to life.”
-Gwydion Suilebhan

In 2014 The Columbia Festival of the Arts awarded a commission to playwright Gwydion Suilebhan for the creation of a new play inspired by Columbia’s founding in 1967. With an eye on Columbia’s 50th Birthday in 2017 (which is also The Festival’s 30th Anniversary), we are again showcasing this work-in-progress with a staged reading of select scenes. Participants in this creative process, audience members will be able to react, offer feedback, and tell more stories about what it was like in the early days of Columbia. These stories might make it into the final version of the play that will be presented as a fully realized production in 2017. Suilebhan, a Maryland native and former Columbia resident, has been interviewing both pioneers of the “New City Upon A Hill” and newcomers, transforming their stories into a theatrical piece that investigates who we were, why Columbia exists, and why it matters in the 21st century.

Oliver’s Carriage House
Sunday, February 21 from 4:00 – 6:00pm


Columbia Voices
Oliver’s Carriage House
5410 Leaf Treador Way
Columbia, MD 21044