The Coil Project will open ‘Fiveplay’ on modern polyamory


The Coil Project announces the opening in April of fiveplay at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW). A new play by Erica Smith (author of 2014’s Come out and say it and 2019 Stonefish) and directed by Sean Butler (2017’s Tiresias’ Breasts), fiveplay takes a loving look at polyamory and the modern family. Emerson is dating Sawyer, who is married to Monty, who is dating Ray, who is also dating Avery, who is married to Emerson. And their friend Keegan also lives with them.

It’s a show about a family – Venn House, six people who chose each other. Of course, poly people’s problems are sometimes related to relationships. Sometimes it’s about jobs or money or haunted antiques. And sometimes family is even more complicated than it seems.

fiveplay April 8-9, 15-16, and 22-23, 2022 presented by the Coil Project performing in the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Black Box Theater at 545 7th Street SE, Washington, DC. All shows start at 8 p.m. Tickets ($20) can be purchased on line.

COVID safety: Capital Hill Workshop requires members of the public to remain masked (N95 or KN95) in public areas of the building. CHAW’s full COVID-19 safety protocols are here.

About the coil project: Build the best artists you can, and the art will take care of itself. The Coil Project is a group of artists from diverse backgrounds, at different stages of their careers, who collectively ask, “What happens when I do this?” Actors write, screenwriters direct, directors design. Our rallying cry is “Make good art, make as much as you can and don’t ask anyone’s permission.”


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