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Circle Mirror Transformation

Circle Mirror Transformation
by Annie Baker

Directed by Rob Gorman

September 16 – October 8, 2022 

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(Tickets are currently only available for subscriptions currently. To purchase a subscription, click here. Tickets to individual shows are available starting August 22.)

An eclectic group of people come together for an Adult Creative Drama class at a local community center in small-town Vermont. Through the artificial intimacy of their theater exercises, they form increasingly intense connections in ways that are both heartbreaking and humorous. We watch as they try to figure out their lives together in unvarnished ways that lead to small and sometimes disarming moments of discovery. At the end of the play, audiences are left with the desire to compare notes about what happened and what the future has in store for them all.

Content Advisory: “Circle Mirror Transformation” includes occasional use of moderate coarse language, mentions of violence or abuse and mentions of sex or sexual references, several kissing scenes, and brief discussion of an ethnic stereotype.

Co-produced by Bill Hurlbut and Tristan Poje

Cast:
Marty – Mara Rosenberg
James – David Samuels
Schultz – David Dieudonne
Theresa – Diana Valle
Lauren – Davis Leonard
Lauren (US) – Ray Sparks

Production Team:
Stage Manager – Christine Hurst
Intimacy Director – Helen Aberger
Artistic Liaison – Matt Bannister
Set Designer – Joy Wyne
Master Carpenter – Douglas Becker
Lighting Designer – Steve Deming
Sound Designer – Adam Parker
Properties Designer, Set Dressing – Mary Ghitelman
Costume Designer – Jennifer Morrissey

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf

An Empty Plate in the Café du Grand Boeuf
by Michael Hollinger

Directed by Karen Fleming

November 4 – 20, 2022

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What to do when the owner and sole patron of the greatest restaurant in Paris returns from the bullfights in Madrid having decided to die of starvation while sitting at one of his own tables? This “comic tragedy in seven courses” is the story of the frantic staff and their attempts to keep “Monsieur” – and the restaurant on which their livelihoods depend – alive. With a pinch of the absurd and a dash of the existential, audiences will delight in this story that celebrates the joys of cooking, the search for life’s meaning, and the collected works of Ernest Hemingway.

Content Advisory: “An Empty Plate in the Café Du Grand Boeuf” includes mentions of sexual encounters, anatomy, death, suicide, and animal abuse.

Due to unforeseen but necessary repairs to the Woodmore Shopping Center and our facility, Silver Spring Stage is being forced to make a schedule change. “An Empty Plate at the Cafe du Grand Boeuf” will open on Friday, November 4–one week later than originally scheduled.

If you have tickets for the first weekend, you should have received an email from our box office regarding this change. The show will run three weeks rather than four and will include an additional Sunday matinee on November 20 at 2pm.

The construction will also affect the use of the lobby bathroom. And moreover, as long as the outside front sidewalk is closed, patrons will need to enter through our rear entrance and there will be no elevator access.

Please read ticket confirmation emails and pre-show emails carefully for any updates to the situation.

Produced by Jackie Williams

Cast:
Victor – Brian Lyons-Burke
Claude – Alejandro Diaz-Ferguson
Mimi – Stephanie Yee
Gaston – Brendan Murray
Antoine – Fletcher Lowe
Miss Berger – Jenny Gleason

 

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus

Yes, Virginia, There is a Santa Claus
by Jamie Gorski

Directed by Seth Ghitelman

December 9 – 18, 2022

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This play is a thoughtful retelling of the story of a young girl who wrote a letter to The New York Sun more than 100 years ago asking if Santa Claus exists and the newspaper’s response to her. Virginia’s desire to get answers to her question is what moves this story along as it joyfully reminds the grown-ups in the audience that we might learn a thing or two if we listen to the young voices questioning the world around us more. Keeping the sprit of giving connected to this holiday at its center, this play will touch us all through its focus on our shared humanity.

Cast:
Virginia O’Hanlon – Maya Emily Hassenplug
Mother O’Hanlon – Julie Zito
Father O’Hanlon – Andy Greenleaf
Samantha O’Hanlon -Talia Brin
Francis Church – Zachary Singer
Wallie Gibson – Mikéla Cuffy
Mary Lou Parker -Harper Ruszkowski
Wendy Parker – Mackenzie Ruszkowski
Hannah Parker – Rachel Brightbill
Martha/Old Christmas Prologue A -Tracye Brewer
Mail Person/Old Christmas Prologue B – Helen Cheng Mao
Old Christmas Prologue C – Lark Jeffers
Old Christmas Prologue D – Emilyn Greenleaf

Men on Boats

Men on Boats
by Jaclyn Backhaus

Directed by Erin Bone Steele

January 27 – February 18, 2023

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This account of a geological expedition down the Green and Colorado Rivers in 1869 is based on the journals of John Wesley Powell and his crew of pioneers. These historical figures were all cisgender white males; the cast portraying them will be made up entirely of people who are not. In this bold and refreshing approach, the play bridges the gap between then and now in ways that highlight the ludicrous arrogance of the Western colonizers while recognizing their bravery and fearlessness. The theatrical dissonance between the performer and the role allows for comedy, commentary, and satire, offering the audience a chance to reconsider a moment in history without being beholden to the men whose voices have traditionally dominated our understanding of it.

Blue Stockings

Blue Stockings
by Jessica Swale

Directed by Eleanor Tapscott

March 10 – April 1, 2023

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Set in Girton College, Cambridge in 1896, this story follows the efforts of four exceptional female undergraduates as they petition for the right to obtain a formal degree from the university following the completion of their studies. You know, the kind their male counterparts all get. With a title that underscores the context in which these women found themselves – “blue stockings” is a derogatory term used to denote female intellectuals – this play explores issues that were central tenets of feminism in the late nineteenth century, including sexual autonomy, equal rights to education, political enfranchisement, and female bicycle-riding. Issues that are almost all still relevant today.

Pride & Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice
by Jane Austen, adapted by Christina Calvit

Directed by Madeleine Smith

April 28 – May 20, 2023

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A delightful adaptation of the story surrounding the Bennet sisters and their attempts to make their way in a society that deems them unsuitable. Our heroine, Lizzy, takes us along with her as she narrates the story while a chorus of townspeople help to create the atmosphere of gossip in which Lizzy and her family are attempting to hold their own. With a large cast and some intentional doubling of roles, this production promises to enchant Jane Austen lovers both on stage and off.

Scissoring

Scissoring
by Christina Quintana

Directed by Atticus Cooper Boidy

January 27 – February 18, 2023

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Abigail Bauer is a New Orleans native. She lives with her long-term girlfriend, Josie Hernandez, a Nuyorican artist who is the furthest thing from a wallflower. When Abigail chooses to accept a job teaching U.S. History and Government at a conservative Catholic high school, she must also choose to step back into the closet, despite her girlfriend’s wishes and her own conflicted desires. Her professional ambitions and religious beliefs run a crash course against her personal relationships and internalized shame. Humor is found through anguish, thanks to the guidance Abigail receives from First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt and Eleanor’s friend and lover of many years, Lorena Hickok. Together with these remarkable apparitions, the PA System in the school also steps in to shake her up and help her find the courage to embrace who she is and what she wants out of life. With the intersection of religion and sexuality along with an explicitly diverse cast of characters, this new play promises to become part of the canon of LGBTQ theater.

Native Gardens

Native Gardens
by Karen Zacarías

Directed by Matt Ripa

June 24-July 16, 2022

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In a story that playwright Zacarías has called “a love letter to our city in a sense,” Native Gardens both makes an audience from the DMV feel right at home while also challenging us with an intimate look at how border disputes are happening in our own backyards. Issues of race, class, privilege, gender, and age intersect as we spend time with Pablo & Tania, the young couple who have just moved into the neighborhood, and Virginia (Ginny) and Frank, the nearly retired couple who have lived there for decades. Good intentions come head-to-head with deeply entrenched beliefs in this brilliant comedy in which everything isn’t coming up roses.

Produced by Maura Suilebhan

Cast:
Sarah Holt – Virginia Butley
Scott Holden – Frank Butley
Chris Galindo – Pablo Del Valle
Alexandra Bailey – Tania Del Valle
Layla Nabavi – Gardner/Ensemble
Diana Valle – Gardner/Ensemble

Production Team:
Stage Manager – Dana Maksymova
Asst. Stage Manager – Hamza Elnaggar
Set Designer – Leigh K. Rawls
Master Carpenter – Douglas Becker
Lighting Designer – Don Slater
Sound Designer – Matthew Datcher
Costume Designer – Stephanie Yee
Properties Designer – Katherine Offutt

Closer

Closer
by Patrick Marber

Directed by David Dieudonne

April 29-May 21, 2022

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Four lives intertwine over the course of four and a half years in this densely plotted, stinging look at modern love and betrayal. Dan, an obituary writer, meets Alice, a stripper, after an accident in the street. Eighteen months later, they are a couple, and Dan has written a novel inspired by Alice.

While posing for his book jacket cover, Dan meets Anna, a photographer. He pursues her, but she rejects his advances despite their mutual attraction. Larry, a dermatologist, “meets” Dan in an internet chat room. Dan, obsessing over Anna, pretends to be her and has cybersex with Larry. They arrange to meet the next day at an aquarium. Larry arrives and so too, coincidentally, does the real Anna. This sets up a series of pass-the-lover scenes in which this quartet struggle to find intimacy but can’t seem to get closer.

A co-production with Cogent Theater Collective.


CONTENT DISCLOSURE:
This play includes frequent coarse and sexualized language, shaming, threats of violence, states of undress, and an act of domestic violence. If you have further questions about any content please contact our Production Team at CogentTheaterCollective@gmail.com.


 

Producer – Diego Maramba

Cast:
Alice – Shana Laski
Dan – Matt Baughman
Larry – Matt J. Bannister
Anna – Marnie Kanarek

 

Back of the Throat

Back of the Throat
by Yussef El Guindi

Directed by Nicholas Bashour

March 11-April 2, 2022

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In this darkly comedic and politically charged play, the audience is invited to examine the balance between freedom and fear, and to question what they would be willing to sacrifice in exchange for feeling safe. With equal doses of intellect and humor, Back of the Throat devolves from a seemingly friendly visit by two government officials into an out-and-out inquisition. The story takes place in the home of Khaled, an Arab-American writer who is being accused of possible ties to terrorists. As the probe continues, and the officials reveal their “evidence,” – including testimonies from witnesses we encounter through flashbacks – are we being shown the truth? Or, rather, are we left with a different appreciation of what euphemisms like “person of interest” seek to obscure? Filtered through the lens of the Arab-American experience, Back of the Throat leaves the audience to question what it really means to be an American.


Content Advisory:
This play addresses racism, racial profiling, and terrorism and includes simulated physical violence and sexual intimacy.


 

Producer – Jackie Williams

Cast:
Ramtin Vaziri – Khaled
Lena Winter – Shelly
Briana Cortesiano – Beth
Justin Bigelow – Carl
Drew Cannady – Bartlett
Caroline Adams – Jean
Hamza Elnaggar – Asfoor

Production Team:
Stage Manager – Denise Gilmore
Asst. Stage Manager – Michal Kaufer
Artistic Liaison – Jeff Mikoni
Set Designer/Master Carpenter – Jeffery Asjes
Lighting Designer – Don Slater
Sound Designer – Matthew Datcher
Costume Designer – Sara Collins
Props Designer – Karen Fleming
Intimacy Choreographer – Helen Aberger
Fight Choreographer – Bill Dunbar