photo Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith in Imagination Stage's show Inside Out

Imagination Stage Presents Inside Out (Photos & Video)

In collaboration with Natasha Holmes, director and cofounder of Tell Tale Hearts Children’s Touring Theatre Company, Imagination Stage presents the world premiere of Inside Out. The play runs in Imagination Stage”s Christopher and Dana Reeve Studio Theatre now through April 6 at 10:30 and 11:45 a.m. Tuesdays through Fridays, and 10 and 11:15 a.m. on Saturdays and Sundays. Appropriate for ages 1-5. Tickets are $10-$12, with a $5 lap seat for children under 12 months. Tickets may be purchased by calling 301.280.1660 or online at

It’s bedtime in Inside Out, but instead of getting ready for bed, two children use their imaginations to turn their room into a wonderland of mess. While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet. This interactive show includes a free play session, encouraging audience members to use their own creativity with some of the items from the show.

The development of this production for very young children began with very young children. After an initial brainstorming session, a team of Imagination Stage artists, along with Ms. Holmes, visited Petals Child Development Center in Bethesda to observe how two- and four-year-olds played with clothes. From there, Ms. Holmes and Kathryn Chase Bryer, Imagination Stage’s associate artistic director, were able to create a story line and script for Inside Out that included participation for its audience members.

Photos courtesy Imagination Stage.

  • photo Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith in Imagination Stage's show Inside Out
  • photo Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith in Imagination Stage's show Inside Out

Enjoy this short video from Imagination Stage

Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer. Bryer is is the Associate Artistic Director at Imagination Stage. She has directed over 30 shows in the last 22 years at Imagination Stage, most recently Peter Pan and Wendy. She served as a Directing Mentor for the 2013 Source Theatre Festival and will be directing Scapin for Constellation Theatre Company in January 2014.

Megan Graves and Bradley Foster Smith will perform in Inside Out. Megan previously performed at Imagination Stage in James and the Giant Peach, The Magic Finger, and Dr. Dolittle, and she has also performed with No Rules Theatre Company, Folger Theatre, and The American Century Theater. Bradley was seen in the premiere of From Here to There and has performed locally at Keegan Theatre, First Stage, and American Century Theater.

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