PictureDirector Margot Manburg and the cast of BALLAST
FABUM organized a group of young people to see the workshop premiere of trans playwright Georgette Kelly's play BALLAST on Friday, June 24th at CulturalDC's Source Theatre in DC.

The play is a thought-provoking theatrical work about the issues of belonging, love and acceptance that many LGBTQ-identifying individuals - especially young people - experience. It was a play written from a personal perspective with many universal themes.

Following the performance, director Margot Manburg and the talented cast held a private talkback with FABUM's youth group and attendees, which lasted late into the evening. 

Students and young people will send their thoughts and reactions to playwright Georgette Kelly, who personally encouraged it. 

FABUM is grateful for the support of the Human Rights Campaign and George Washington University for their assistance in organizing young people of all identities to take part in the evening. 

Playwriting competition will result in the DC-based, non-profit performing arts group premiering five original short plays as part of "A Strong Woman: 1 Night/5 Plays", as it approaches its 5th anniversary year.

WASHINGTON - June 16, 2016 - The non-profit, DC-based performing arts group FABUM Inc. announces the opening for submissions for its inaugural 10-minute play competition.

The program, called "A Strong Woman: 1 Night/5 Plays", will include five original, 10-minute plays featuring the thematic element of 'a strong woman'. What comprises 'a strong woman', and how she is incorporated into the work is entirely autonomous to the playwright.

The competition will be open for submissions from June 15 to July 31, 2016.

Five finalists will be chosen to be presented, and audience members will vote in real time for the "Audience Choice" following the performances. All five playwrights will receive a $100 award.

The Fall 2016 shows will be at the historic Arts Club of Washington, and dates and times are yet to be determined.


Only plays with a reasonably-estimated performance length of 10 minutes or under will be considered; Plays cannot contain more than five characters; Plays must be producible in a relatively small theater space (12' x 10' stage).

Playwrights may submit works via email to astrongwoman@fabum.org in either Word or PDF format.

Since it's founding in 2011, FABUM has produced four world-premiere theater works as part of its The Dolce Revolution Project series, with a focus towards self-realization and an immersive performance format. The organizations also runs a creative youth education program and hosts salon-style events as catalysts for artistic inspiration and community engagement.