Best Local Play

We Tiresias
D.C. playwright Stephen Spotswood possesses the admirable ability to endow his characters with an authentic voice, regardless of their age or gender. In his play We Tiresias, which premiered at Capital Fringe 2012, the playwright traces the mythical life of the Theban prophet Tiresias, whom the gods blinded and transformed temporarily into a woman. Spotswood portrays Tiresias as a reckless youth, a new mother, and a world-weary old man, lending them each individualized perspectives while maintaining the continuity of Tiresias’ personality. One memorable passage, in which the female Tiresias describes how her ability to read the future is turning inward as she prepares to give birth, left me wondering how Spotswood came by his insight.