Feeding the Dragon

Aug 30 – Sep 01

Written & Performed by Sharon Washington
Directed by Maria Mileaf


The play does what every good story should – it captures the mind, inspires imagination and transports the audience to a place that seems too magical to be real (yet it was!)”  –Broadway World

a fine actor’s capacity for transformation and a born storyteller’s knack for casting a magical haze over even the most everyday events”  –The Village Voice

Sharon Washington plays nearly 20 characters in this autobiographical one-woman play, which delighted audiences off-Broadway and now comes to FSC! The play tells her own true story of an unorthodox childhood, growing up in an apartment on the top floor of the St. Agnes Branch of the New York Public Library. There her father, the building’s custodian, toils night and day to load the fiery furnace with coal, or in the eyes of a fanciful little bookworm, to feed the dragon. Shrouded in family mystery, this story boldly examines how both the power of forgiveness, a love of literature and a boundless imagination can help a young woman do battle and overcome dragons of all forms.

Directed by Maria Mileaf, Feeding the Dragon premiered at City Theatre in Pittsburgh and was subsequently produced by Hartford Stage and Primary Stages in New York City.

Sharon Washington is an award-winning stage, TV and Film actor and writer.

Sharon recently filmed roles in Todd Phillip’s The Joker (2019) with Joaquin Phoenix and Andrea Berloff’s The Kitchen (2019) with Tiffany Haddish. She can be seen in the upcoming Ruth Bader Ginsburg biopic On The Basis Of Sex (2018) directed by Mimi Leder.

Other recent credits include the Hulu series The Looming Tower, Wiener Dog, The Bourne Legacy, Michael Clayton, Rocksteady, Taking Chance, Freedomland, The School of Rock, Half Nelson, The Long Kiss Goodnight, Malcolm X, and Die Hard With A Vengeance. She also appeared in the short film Approaching A Breakthrough, directed by Noah Pritzker, which premiered at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.

Television viewers may recognize her from her appearances in recurring roles on Gotham (Molly Mathis), Law & Order: SVU (Judge Virginia Hayes) and Damages (Agent Donna Hawkins / Monique Bryant). She has guest starred on Blue Bloods, The Blacklist, Golden Boy, White Collar, Royal Pains, NYC 22, Law & Order and Law & Order: CI among others.

Sharon played Lena in the webseries Hustling for which she was awarded an Indie Series award for Best Supporting Actress (2015).

Recently Sharon added playwright to her resumé, writing and performing her solo play Feeding The Dragon which received it’s world premiere at City Theatre in Pittsburgh followed by a production at Hartford Stage and from there to a successful run Off-Broadway at Primary Stages at the Cherry Lane Theater in the Spring of 2018. She was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Solo Performance.

She is the 2018-19 Primary Stages Tow Foundation Playwright-in-Residence.

Feeding The Dragon was recently chosen to be produced as an audio play by Audible.com under its Audible Originals banner where it became an audience favorite and Top Ten Best Seller.

On Broadway Sharon appeared as The Lady in the critically-acclaimed The Scottsboro Boys musical by Kander & Ebb directed by five-time Tony Award winner Susan Stroman. A role she originated at The Vineyard Theatre and The Guthrie.

Other Off-Broadway credits include roles in Dot at the Vineyard Theatre, written by Colman Domingo and also directed by Susan Stroman; While I Yet Live by Billy Porter at Primary Stages; Luce by JC Lee at Lincoln Center Theater (LCT3); and Wild With Happy also by Colman Domingo at the Public Theater for which she received a Lucille Lortel Award nomination and an Audelco Award.

Sharon has worked many times on the New York Shakespeare Festival stage including playing Lady Anne to Denzel Washington’s Richard III and Valeria to Christopher Walken’s Coriolanus; as well as in the award-winning adaptation of Caucasian Chalk Circle directed by George C. Wolfe and Stuff Happens directed by Daniel Sullivan.

She has appeared in numerous television commercials both on-camera and voice-over and is an accomplished audiobook and documentary film narrator. She has narrated a diverse range of PBS, Nova, National Geographic and Discovery Channel programs.

Her regional theater credits include the world premiere of Dot at Actors Theatre of Louisville; The Scottsboro Boys and Intimate Apparel (Guthrie Theater); Merry Wives of Windsor and King Lear (Denver Center); Jar The Floor (Seattle Rep); Diggin’ Eleven (Hartford Stage); The Story and Ceremonies In Dark Old Men (Long Wharf Theatre); Man and Superman (Center Stage); Miss Evers’ Boys (Philadelphia Theatre Company); Twelfth Night (Arena Stage); Romeo & Juliet (NJ Shakespeare Festival); and the original production of August Wilson’s The Piano Lesson at Yale Rep directed by Lloyd Richards.
She has also spent several wonderful seasons working on new plays at the Eugene O’Neill Playwrights Conference, New York Theatre Workshop and the Sundance Theater Lab.

Sharon received her MFA from the Yale School of Drama and her BA from Dartmouth College.

August 30–September 1 • FREE ADMISSION

Friday, August 30 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1 @ 5:00 PM

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August 30–September 1 • FREE ADMISSION
Friday, August 30 @ 7:30 PM
Saturday, August 31 @ 7:30 PM
Sunday, September 1 @ 5:00 PM