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Black Box

Don't forget to bring your CHAW theatre program to Ambar on 8th Street to enjoy 10% off your meal after the show!

Home to:

Taffety Punk

We Happy Few

The Coil Project

Faction of Fools

Light Switch Dance Theatre

CHAW’s theater also hosts a range of performances, recitals, lectures, rehearsals and classes.   This 55-seat black box features lighting, sound, projection, backstage storage, and is available for rental


She Rode Horses Like the Stock Exchange: 

In a nice New England park, in a nice New England city, two nice New England couples try very, very hard to be nice to each other, while the world around them falls apart. An absurdly funny and terrifying ride through downsized, foreclosed America.

by Amelia Roper, directed by Kelsey Mesa, and featuring company members Dan Crane and Tonya Beckman.


previews - wednesday and thursday, september 27-28 at 7:30pm; tickets are pay-what-you-can
·      friday and saturday, september 29-30 at 8pm
·      saturday, september 30 at 2:30pm
·      performances continue wednesday-saturday through october 14 at 8pm, with saturday matinees on october 7 and 14 at 2:30pm

All performances take place in the accolade-winning Black Box Theatre at CHAW, 545 7th St. SE, just a short walk from the Eastern Market Metro on the Orange/Blue/Silver lines.  Tickets are $15 and may be purchased at  For more information, call CHAW at 202-547-6839.


The Coil Project:

Slithering out of the shadows once again this Halloween, the Coil Project will horrify, scandalize, and generally freak out CHAW audiences in its fourth annual Halloween anthology. Strange Tales III: Drive-in Double Feature will pay tribute to the great traditions of grindhouse cinema, exploitation horror, and the drive-in movie.  Two gonzo, gruesome one-act plays from Erica Smith and Andy De will be bookended by spooky shorts by Michael Reilly. Join the Coil Project this Halloween for tales of murder, mutilation, and mayhem, only at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop. 
Shows at 8pm on October 20, 21, 27, 28

We Happy Few:

Dracula by Bram Stoker.  Directed by Robert Pike. COMING FALL 2017!

Dog in the Manger by Lope de Vega, adapted by David Johnson. Directed by Hannah Todd & Bridget Grace Sheaff.  November 8-December 2