Our Shows

Fall, 2017

Oct. 28 to Nov. 19

Nora Achrati will play all 5 roles.

Nora Achrati will play all 5 roles.

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Mystery School

by Paul Selig

directed by Aly B. Ettman

featuring Nora Achrati

a one-woman show depicting five colorful characters, all of them involved in at least an attempt at spirituality, religion, or cosmic consciousness, in very different ways. Mystery School presents five cosmic views and five individual crises that get solved or don’t—and still has abundant humor.   There’s the hotel room cleaner who seems to think that everyone else in town is damned—and has some evidence from her job—and Dr. Edie, who’s told by an apparently divine voice to become a dedicated educator—and does—and three more. Opening October 28 in Penn Quarter, DC.  For the schedule, venue, and tickets, click here.

 

 

Past productions and readings

 

A reading and talk-back—Sat., April 29, 2017

Seashell

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Directed by Clare Shaffer

A 29-year-old man of questionable mental health searches the beach, woods, and mountains for the one mysterious, beautiful thing all humankind needs—even though he doesn’t know what it is.  An existential comedy

The reading received strong applause, and the talk-back yielded mostly very favorable comments, and some valuable critical ones.  We thank our audience, director, and cast!

Featuring 

Devin Horne

Lizzi Albert

Craig Houk

Jasmine Jones

Yvonne Paretzky

Moriah Whiteman

For more information, click here.

 

Fall, 2016

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Art by Alex R. Hughes, alexrhughes.com

a workshop production of

Pullman, WA

by Young Jean Lee

directed by

Michael Chamberlin

For an interpretation by our producer, click here.

featuring Tia Shearer*, Jenna Rossman, Drew Kopas*

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

at Melton Rehearsal Hall, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 641 D Street, N.W., Washington, DC  20004

Pullman, WA can be perceived either as a hilarious satire or as a frightening description of a society (ours?) with an identity crisis.  Three “helpers” with very different approaches address the audience.  They each announce that they can guide us to better lives, then conflict with each other and have psychological meltdowns of their own before our eyes.

From the publisher, Samuel French:  Young Jean Lee has been called “hands down, the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation” by the New York Times and “one of the best experimental playwrights in America” by Time Out New York.

For information about our cast, director, designers, and others, click here.

For comments from DCMetroTheaterArts.com, click here.

For comments from TheHumanist.com, click here.

Pullman, WA was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

 

Fall, 2015

Matthew Aldwin McGee as young Mr Sloane

Matthew Aldwin McGee as young Mr Sloane

Entertaining Mr Sloane

by Joe Orton

directed by Stephen Jarrett

Click here for a critical interpretation

See the review from The Washington Post:

click here

And two more, four-star reviews:

DCTheatreScene.com
DCMetroTheaterArts.com

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From among a multitude of very different scripts suggested by various directors, our Board chose this dark comedy from the 1960’s.  It’s British playwright Joe Orton’s tale of people desperately searching for love, but weaving an outrageous tangle of lust, deceit, and violence in its place.  We find it a commentary on morality and pragmatism in the worst sense.  The story leads to questions about the structure of civilization.  It’s also hilarious in many places.

The cast

Claire Schoonover as Kath

Matthew Aldwin McGee as Sloane

David Bryan Jackson* as Kemp

Jim Jorgensen* as Ed

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

At the Allan B. Lefcowitz Theatre at Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md.  In downtown Bethesda, just east of Wisconsin Avenue, within walking distance from the Bethesda METRO and across the street from a large parking lot.

Running time 2 hours 15 minutes including one intermission

For more info on the cast, designers, director, and others, click here.

Entertaining Mr Sloane was presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

Summer, 2014

Chesapeake

by Lee Blessing

directed by Aly Ettman

Dexter Hamlett portrays Kerr in Chesapeake

Dexter Hamlett portrayed Kerr

About Chesapeake, from the publisher: “When conservative candidate Therm Pooley’s criticism of Kerr’s government-sponsored performance art lands him a Senate seat, Kerr seeks revenge. The centerpiece of Pooley’s political career is his labrador retriever, Lucky, whose tricks ingratiate Pooley to voters. Kerr seeks to kidnap and retrain Lucky, but his attempt is foiled by a mysterious and supernatural transformation that brings him closer to Pooley than he ever imagined.”

Chesapeake has been performed in New York, Chicago, and greater Los Angeles and has received some fabulous reviews–including ours.   (See our “Some past reviews” post.)  This production was presented as a part of the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

 

Fall, 2013

The Summoning of Everyman

God (Keith Irby) and Messenger (Lynette Rathnam)

God (Keith Irby) and Messenger (Lynette Rathnam)

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Directed by Stephen Jarrett

Our first play after incorporation, written around 1475, Everyman features God, Death, Everyman, and others.  This reflection on death and human meaning is considered a medieval masterpiece.  A live ensemble provided the music.  Reviews were unanimously positive.