In local playwright Joy Jones's "Outdoor Recess," two professional women, Earlene and Sharon, are fed up with the cutthroat corporate culture at their downtown D.C. jobs. Bonding over personal troubles and professional struggles, they discover a delightful way to relieve stress: jumping rope on their lunch breaks. Before long, they are joined by other working women. Jones's play won the Promising Playwrights Contest sponsored by the Colonial Players in Annapolis in 1999. Fittingly, the Metropolitan Ebony Theatre, the professional theater company at Prince George's Community College, presents the playful piece at the end of summer, through Sept. 19. Performances are at 7:30 p.m. today through Saturday and 2:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, at the Hallam Theatre, Queen Anne Fine Arts Building, Prince George's Community College, 301 Largo Rd., Largo. Tickets are $20; students and seniors, $15. Call 301-322-0444 for tickets and more information.


Next Aug. 6 will mark the 60th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima, Japan, one of the events that precipitated the end of World War II. Tonight at 7, the Laurel Historical Society invites the community to learn about the plane, the Enola Gay, from which the bomb was dropped. Defense Department historian Wayne Dzwonchyk will give a lecture on the controversy behind the Smithsonian's display of the Boeing B-29 aircraft, as the Laurel Historical Society kicks off its fall lecture series. At the Laurel Pool Club Room, Ninth and Main streets, Laurel. Admission is $3. Call 301-725-7975 for more information.

Above, Lucretia M. Armstrong-Anderson, left, and DeAnna Marie Lauriston in "Outdoor Recess," by local playwright Joy Jones, now at Prince George's Community College. At right, Armstrong-Anderson tries to jump rope.