Our Shows

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


by William Goodmanline seashell 2

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

Sat., April 29 at 2:00, The Jane Fox Reading Room at The Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, MD  20815

Free, but reservations encouraged—send email to UniversePlayers2@aol.com or call 202-355-6330


Devin Horne

Lizzi Albert

Craig Houk

Jasmine Jones

Yvonne Paretzky

Moriah Whiteman

For more information, click here.

Our next full production

We’re getting ready to announce our next main show—please watch this space.


Closed Nov. 20, 2016


Art by Alex R. Hughes, alexrhughes.com

a workshop production of

Pullman, WA

by Young Jean Lee

directed by

Michael Chamberlin

For a recently posted 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:



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


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)

Author unknown

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.