Productions & Digital Readings

Bean and Widge go to the Park!

Written by Francesca Marie Chilcote & Kathryn Zoerb
August 22, 2021

Adventure Theatre is excited to premiere a new production full of science and exploration with Bean and Widge Go to the Park! Join Adventure and Faction of Fools in collaboration with Adventure Theatre for this heartfelt and silly digital production that introduces climate change to kiddos (and adults) with a spirit of accessibility and hope.

Bean is well-meaning but chaotic. Widge is small but chock-full of gumption. They’ve come to Glen Echo Park to work on a school science assignment, but before they can even read it, they lose their homework and discover it has been ripped into pieces! Bean and Widge must search the park for the missing pieces, and along the way meet new friends (fuzzy and human alike!), learn how they can make a difference, and become best friends.

Francesca Chilcote

Meet the Writers

Francesca Marie Chilcote

Francesca Marie Chilcote is a free-lance teaching artist, actor, theatre-maker, and all-around clown! She holds a MFA in Physical Theatre from the Accademia dell’Arte (Arezzo, Italy), where she studied commedia dell’arte, a Renaissance-era form of masked comic theatre, with Maestro Marcello Bartoli. In 2013, she toured through Italy with “Theatrino,” a Theatre-In-Education company that utilizes emotion-based learning to teach English in Italian schools. Now based in Washington, DC, she has worked with: The Welders (where she was a co-devisor of LadyM), Nu Sass Productions, Brave Spirits Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company, Constellation Theatre Company, Adventure Theatre MTC, and Discovery Theatre at the Smithsonian Institution. She, along with Kathryn Zoerb, serves as the Co-Artistic Director for Faction of Fools Theatre Company (, a commedia dell’arte company in DC. She teaches clown, commedia, and devising at the Performing and Visual Arts magnet program at Annapolis High School in Anne Arundel County, MD. Her work as an Italian translator is featured in The Routledge Companion to Commedia dell’arte. 

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Kathryn Zoerb

Kathryn Zoerb is an actor, yoga instructor, and Co-Artistic Director of Faction of Fools Theatre Company in Washington, DC. Kathryn studied theatre and music at the University of Pittsburgh and specializes in Commedia dell’Arte, the Italian mask form of physical theatre. She has studied Commedia dell’Arte with Maestro Antonio Fava at ArscomicA in Reggio Emilia, Italy, and physical theatre and Commedia dell’Arte at the Accademia dell’Arte in Arezzo, Italy. Kathryn has worked locally with Folger Theatre, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, Adventure Theatre MTC, Imagination Stage, WSC Avant Bard, Rep Stage, Spooky Action Theatre, NextStop Theatre Company, Brave Spirits Theatre, Baltimore Shakespeare Factory, Compass Rose Theatre, and appears in the musical series Dr. Dour & Peach: The Webseries currently on YouTube. Kathryn is a certified RYT 500, E-RYT 200, and RPYT yoga instructor and enjoys teaching to all ages! She has also taught with JumpBunch Fitness for Kids, Creative Kids, Theatre Lab, and Gamut Theatre Summer Academy. 

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