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summer in the garden

a partnership with temperance alley

may - september 2023

4615 Theatre Company is proud to partner with the U-Street Neighborhood Association's project, Temperance Alley to present programs all summer long!


Across the summer we will present a variety of programs, including gatherings, staged readings, workshops and more. Keep your eye on this page, or subscribe to our email list if you want to stay updated on the events and offerings.

staged readings dates and times

You Must Be So Lucky

by Alyssa Haddad-Chin

on June 10th at 7:00 PM


by Henery Wyand

on July 15th at 6:00 PM


Black Rock

by Gregory Keng Strasser

on August 20th at 6:00 PM

gatherings & workshops dates and times

DMV Rising Directors Salon

May 21, 6 - 7:30 PM

Acting & Performance with Alani Kravitz

August 10, 7 - 8:30 PM


All programs are held at Temperance Alley,

Located in the alley behind U Street between 12th and 13th Streets NW

Accessible by Green/Yellow Lines @ U Street Metro

1909 13th St NW, Washington, DC 20009


There are no tickets, every event is free. You can, however, make donations to the U Street Neighborhood Association on site. 


Seating at the Garden is limited but there is plenty of open space. We highly suggest you bring a blanket or lawn chairs just in case we run out!




Alyssa Haddad-Chin

Playwright, You Should Be So Lucky


Gregory Keng Strasser

Playwright, Black Rock


Henery Wyand

Director & Writer, coon

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Charlotte La Nasa

Director, Black Rock


Alani Kravitz

Teaching Artist


Paige Washington

Director, You Should Be So Lucky

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Aria Velz

Dramaturg, Black Rock


about the plays

You Must Be So Lucky

by Alyssa Haddad-Chin

Directed by Paige Washington

Poh Poh invites her granddaughter, Jenny, to her apartment to make dumplings for the Lunar New Year. As they prepare, the two begin to discover that changes within Chinatown aren’t leaving space for them.


written and directed by Henery Wyand

“coon” is an experimental exploration of black femininity and ritual. Set in the middle of the woods, a gang of raccoons create a community of love with the pressure of raccoon hunters. How do these rituals of love create a space of serenity and peace?  

Black Rock

by Gregory Keng Strasser

Directed by Aria Velz

A five hundred day long strike has left a family of coal miners restless. The prodigal son returns and patriarch Philip Braxton hopes he will join their cause -- but Bobby has set his sights on a career in renewable energy.


about the gatherings/workshops

about temperance alley

Directors Salon 

May 21st, 6 - 7:30 PM

Come gather with area directors/theatre-makers to discuss matters affecting our industry, sector-wide concerns, and to form horizontal networks with diverse individuals of a variety of artistic practices. This event has passed. 

Acting & Performance with Alani

August 10th, 7 - 8:30 PM

Alani Kravitz hosts this 90 minute workshop that helps you gain confidence, discover ways to embody your performance with authenticity and joy. No experience necessary and all ages are welcome. Come ready to play! RSVP below. 

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Image courtesy of Temperance Alley

From the Garden Stewards:

Temperance Alley garden is here-for-Now

Dear Neighbor, 

Temperance Alley Garden is an outdoor classroom, a time machine, and a soon-to-be construction site, tucked behind the U Street Metro and 13th Street. It’s stewarded by members of the U Street Neighborhood Association and the urban agriculture gurus at Farm The District.

For the next year, we’ll be hosting regular workshops & gatherings where people can share their curiosities and grow, together. When our lease is up, the garden will be transformed into town houses. We’re sitting inside a special window in time, and we want to make the most of it by celebrating all that’s blooming here Now.

See you soon,
Temperance Alley garden stewards


(Not required, but appreciated!)

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