Day Eight

Our name, Day Eight, is a reference to the process of creation. We have the opportunity to begin the world anew every day. Our programming is designed to empower participant’s awareness of choice through performances, classes, workshops, and publications.


Winter Programs
Asterisk (*) indicates synchronous engagement available.

DC Poets, DC Stories *
"DC Poets, DC Stories" started as a field trip performance featuring past finalists and winners of the DC Poet Project. Now, the project includes student worksheets, videos of poets performing, and live poet mini-workshops with students.
Content Areas: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Civics/Government, Arts, Philosophy, Diversity, Social and Emotional Learning
Discipline: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Performance Art, Spoken Word/Slam Poetry
Resource Type: Online or Printable Lesson Plan/ Study Guide, Filmed Performing Arts Activity/ Performance, Other Interactive Distance Learning Activity/ Online or Printable Resource
Learning Standards: 

  • Read closely to determine what text says and make inferences from it, and cite textual evidence in their explanations
  • Determine central themes, and cite textual evidence in their explanations
  • Interpret words and phrases as used in text
  • Analyze how a particular sentence fits within overall structure and contributes to development of theme, plot, or story
  • Assess how point of view or purpose shapes style of a text
  • Read and comprehend complex texts independently

Grades: 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th
Length: 30 to 90 minutes
Accessibility Measures: Adjustable Volume, Large Font Print
This program/resource is accommodating of students with learning/developmental disabilities.


Previous Lotteries

Fall Lottery

Events taking place from October through December will be available in the Fall Lottery opening on September 7th.

DC Stories by DC Poets / VIRTUAL PERFORMANCE
Presented by: Day Eight
This theatrical performance by DC poets combines poetry and personal biography. The performers, all finalists from the DC Poet Project competition, share their original poetry and personal stories along with poetry by a historic DC poet. DC students will find their own experiences reflected in the poetry and biographies of these exceptional local poets, past and present. Through the performance students are encouraged to embrace challenge, trust their voices, and seek their own truths. The program is delivered live via zoom or microsoft teams.
Date: TBD
Time: 10 AM
Length of Event: 50 - 75 minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: English/Language Arts
Medium: Virtual performance; Theatre;
Learning Standards: • Read closely to determine what text says and make inferences from it, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Determine central themes, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Interpret words and phrases as used in text
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket Capacity: We can deliver this to up to 200 students at a time
Ticket Cost: $4
Supplementary Materials: TBD

DC Stories by DC Poets / SINGLE PERFORMER, VIRTUAL
Presented by: Day Eight
This 40-50 minute virtual performance and student interaction combines poetry and personal biography. The available performers are all finalists from the DC Poet Project competition. Each school may select which poet they’d like to bring, and may bring multiple poets in multiple separate bookings over multiple days. In this virtual performances each poet shares original poetry and personal stories along with poetry by a historic dc poet. DC students will find their own experiences reflected in the poetry and biographies of these exceptional local poets, past and present, and through the performance students are encouraged to embrace challenge, trust their voices, and seek their own truths. Teachers may elect to live-stream a prerecorded performance followed by the performer poet live virtual engagement with students, or to have the poet perform live virtually and interact with the students throughout. After this program is booked, teachers and schools will be sent video samples by each available performer/educator to make a selection for the requested date and time.
Date: TBD
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 50 minutes
Location: Virtual
Content Area: English/Language Arts
Medium: Theatre; Hands-On/Lab;
Learning Standards: • Read closely to determine what text says and make inferences from it, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Determine central themes, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Interpret words and phrases as used in text
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 30 per date
Ticket Cost: $4
Supplementary Materials: TBD

DC Poets DC Stories / STREAMED PRE RECORDED PERFORMANCE AND LIVE VIRTUAL POETRY WORKSHOP​​​​​​​
Presented by: Day Eight
This 70 to 90 minute event includes live virtual poetry workshop (30-50 minutes, school option) following livestream of prerecorded 25 to 40 minute theatrical performance (duration at school option.) The performance and student workshop combines poetry and personal biography. The performers are all finalists from the DC Poet Project competition. The workshop leader is a master educator with more than a decade of experience delivering. Booking this will allow each classroom/school to access live stream of pre-recorded theatrical performance by four dc poets. In the performances each poet shares original poetry and personal stories along with poetry by historic dc poets. DC students will find their own experiences reflected in the poetry and biographies of these exceptional local poets, past and present, and through the performance students are encouraged to embrace challenge, trust their voices, and seek their own truths. Following viewing of the performance, students are engaged in a poetry workshop. We are not able to provide video for teachers/schools to own. The pre-recorded performance is only available to stream when booked with the post-performance virtual workshop. A sample video is provided to teachers and schools to show students prior to the performance day, along with workbook for use by teachers (optionally) post-workshop.
Date: TBD
Time: 10:30 AM
Length of Event: 70 - 90 minutes 
Location: Virtual
Content Area: English/Language Arts
Medium: Theatre; Hands-On/Lab;
Learning Standards: • Read closely to determine what text says and make inferences from it, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Determine central themes, and cite textual evidence in your explanations• Interpret words and phrases as used in text
Grades: 6th - 12th
Ticket capacity: 30 per date
Ticket Cost: $4​​​​​​​
Supplementary Materials: TBD

Winter Lottery

Programs taking place January through March will be available in the Winter Lottery beginning on December 2nd. 

DC Stories performed by DC Poetsphoto credit: Danny Sax Brink Media
Presented by Day Eight 

This theatrical performance by three DC poets combines poetry and personal biography. The performers, all finalists from the DC Poet Project competition, share their original poetry and personal stories along with poetry by a historic dc poet. DC students will find their own experiences reflected in the poetry and biographies of these exceptional local poets, past and present, and through the performance students are encouraged to embrace challenge, trust their voices, and seek their own truths.
Dates: 1/21/20 1/22/20 1/23/20 2/4/20 2/5/20 2/6/20 2/7/20
Time: 10:00 AM
Length of Event: 1 hour
Location: Venues vary by date: Greenberg: 4200 Wisconsin Ave NW, Washington, DC 20016 Atlas: 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002 Anacostia Playhouse: 2020 Shannon Pl SE, Washington, DC 20020
Content Area: English/Literature, Social Studies/ History/ Geography, Arts, Diversity, History of DC, DC Poetry
Grades: 5th- 12th. 
Ticket capacity: 250
Supplememtary Materials: Sample Post-Performance Guide, Sample Assessment


AHFES In-School

DC Poets for DC Schools
Presented by: Day Eight

This in school workshop uses performance poetry to explore biography and personal narrative. The workshop leaders, all finalists or winners of the DC Poet Project poetry competition, perform excerpts of their original poetry, share personal stories, and encourage students to craft their own biographies. The workshop also introduces the poetry and life of historic DC poet Essex Hemphill, a pioneering LGBT poet born and raised in the District. DC students find their own experiences reflected in the poetry and biographies of the workshop leaders and are encouraged to embrace personal expression in developing written and performed work.
Length of Event: 40 minutes
Content Area: English/ Literature, Social Studies/History/Geogrphy, Arts, Diversity, DC history, DC poetry
Learning Standards: Writing/Reading/Journalism, Performance poetry
Grades: 5th-12th
Program Capacity: 40 students  per session
Workshop Cost: $300 per session ( Day Eight is offering 2 free sessions this Winter!)

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