Cristina Bejan's Play Districtland Reworked into a TV Show

Washington Post

Unlike so many television shows, which claim to show the White House and the Capitol without ever filming near Washington, this show stars the District of Columbia as itself.

It’s called “Districtland.”

“Everyone watches shows about D.C. already,” said producer Russell Max Simon, mentioning “House of Cards,” “Veep,” “Scandal” and others on a long list of television series that glamorize the political wheeling and dealing in the halls of Congress and the White House. “This is a side of D.C. that they haven’t seen.”

“Districtland” focuses on the day-to-day lives of five young people living together in a house in Columbia Heights — young adults who have no power, though they might strive to have some one day.

“Districtland” began as a play at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival. Simon optioned the script from playwright Cristina Bejan (North Carolina & Wadham 2004) and reworked it into a pilot episode.

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