Oct. 28 to Nov. 19
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
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!
For more information, click here.
a workshop production of
by Young Jean Lee
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.
Entertaining Mr Sloane
by Joe Orton
directed by Stephen Jarrett
Click here for a critical interpretation
See the review from The Washington Post:
And two more, four-star reviews:
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.
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.
by Lee Blessing
directed by Aly Ettman
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.
The Summoning of Everyman
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.