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2015 0ne Act Play Competition Winner

The winner of the 2015 One Act Play Competition is Rubbas by Steve Karp.

Based on a true story, Rubbas tells the story of a little known, but important Alabama condom manufacturing company that has been the primary supplier of condoms to the U.S. government’s Agency for International Development (U.S.A.I.D.). When the Agency learns it can buy its condoms at a far cheaper price from China, it puts Alabama’s powerful U.S. Senator in conflict with his own largely evangelical constituency, and ultimately, the condom program director of the Agency.

Congratulations, Mr. Karp!


About the Drama Committee

The Drama Committee of the Arts Club of Washington seeks to nurture the dramatic arts and present original and historic works in the nation’s capital. We present and host performance artists, thespians and troupes from around the Washington, D.C. area for salon events, hold an annual one-act play competition, and more.  Some information about our regular programming:


One Act Play Competition

The Drama Committee revived the Arts Club of Washington’s long-standing tradition of an annual play competition in 2014. This international competition searches for  outstanding and original one act plays.




Monthly staged readings with First Draft:

First Draft Readings are usually held one Tuesday each month at 7:30 pm. We are so pleased to host the marvelous First Draft for monthly, salon-style staged readings on plays-in-progress. Come and observe some of the best local actors play out the latest works of some of D.C.’s most respected playwrights – then join in the conversation afterwards!

For more information about the First Draft Series, please click here.


Site-specific performances by FABUM:

Since 2013, we have hosted the non-profit arts organization FABUM to produce an original, site-specific performance work using the Arts Club of Washington as the setting. These are ticketed public events with a free members previews. More information can be found at here.

We celebrate dramatic work of all genres, both new and historic. We have hosted diverse organizations, players and acts and are pleased to be part of the flourishing theatre community of Washington, D.C.

For more information or questions about programming, please contact committee chair Jameson Freeman at


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