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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

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


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.

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

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

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

Dead and Breathing – old

Dead and Breathing
by Chisa Hutchinson

Director TBA

April 29-May 22, 2022

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Cranky old Carolyn Whitlock has been in hospice for far too long and just wants to die already. But she’ll have to work harder than she ever has in her privileged life to convince her oversharing and very Christian nurse to help her end it. Through surprising humor and persistent questioning, Dead and Breathing investigates morality, mortality, and the intense tug-of-war between the right to die with dignity and the idea of life as a gift.

A Christmas Story

A Christmas Story

by Philip Grecian, based on the motion picture A Christmas Story, ©1983 Turner Entertainment Co., distributed by Warner Bros., written by Jean Shepherd, Leigh Brown, and Bob Clark; and on the book In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash, by Jean Shepherd

Directed by Fred Zirm

December 10-19, 2021
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm

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This stage version of young Ralphie Parker’s great quest to ensure that a Red Ryder BB gun will await him under the Christmas tree was inspired by the movie cherished by so many. The memorable characters and setting are all there – it is Christmas time in the Midwest in the 1940s and Ralphie must grapple with bullies, friends, his little brother, parents, teachers, and even Santa Claus himself… all the moments your friends and family can’t wait to revisit year after year will be inventively brought to life on stage! With wonderful roles for actors who are both young and young-at-heart, this play promises to delight audiences of all ages while relishing the process of telling what some might argue is the greatest holiday classic of them all!

Producer – David Gross

Ralph – Brendan Murray
Ralphie Parker – Lucas Rahaim
Mother – Carey Bibb
The Old Man – Charles Blizzard
Randy – Harper Ruszkowski
Miss Shields – Nancy Somers
Esther Jane Alberry – Maya Hassenplug
Helen Weathers – Shia Ringold
Schwartz/Desperado1/Bumpus Hound/Tree – Larisa Jeffers
Flick/Desperado2/Bumpus Hound/Tree – Grady Webb
Scut Farkas/Black Bart/Bumpus Hound/Tree/Jungle Beast – Jesse Nuell
Radio Announcer/Policeman – Peter Orvetti
Fireman – Monica Coppola

Production Team:
Assistant Producer – Ruth Orland
Stage Manager – Dana Maksymova
Set Designer/Set Painter – Maggie Modig
Master Carpenter – Steve Leshin
Lighting Designer – Steven Deming
Sound Designer – Jeff Goldgeier
Properties and Set Dressing – Nancy Davis, Joy Wyne
Costumer Designer – Linda Swann
Costume Mistress – Monica Coppola
Choreography – Nancy Scales Harry
Fight Choreography – Justine Crimans
Fight Captain – Carey Bibb
Music – Arielle Bayer
Intimacy Choreographer – Helen Aberger
Backstage Manager – Peter Orvetti
Artistic Liaison – Jim Robertson


A Black and White Cookie

A Black and White Cookie
World Premiere
by Gary Morgenstein

Directed by Jacqueline Youm

October 15-17, 2021

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In the provocative and timely A Black and White Cookie, Harold Wilson, a gruff, conservative African American in his late 60s, finally re-opens his New York City newsstand following the pandemic lockdown. But an exorbitant rent increase forces him to close after 30 years and reluctantly retire to Florida with his niece Carol. Enter Albie Sands, an eccentric 1960s Jewish radical, who persuades Harold to fight the landlord. Overcoming their differences, Harold and Albie form an unlikely yet powerful friendship to confront corporate greed and prejudice.

Melvin Smith
Paul Brewster
Jacqueline Youm
Helen Cheng Mao
Robert Howard
Malane Silver

Silver Spring Stage Idea Lab

Silver Spring Stage Idea Lab

To supplement our season of “mainstage” plays, the Idea Lab will offer a variety of theatrical entertainment options, all virtual, all fun.

Up Next in the Idea Lab:

Idea Lab Script Salon
Sunday, February 7 at 5:00 p.m.
In honor of Black History Month, the next meeting of this play discussion group will feature Black playwright Chisa Hutchinson’s Dead and Breathing. A wealthy, cantankerous Black woman is dying of cancer and receiving hospice care at home. This darkly comic play centers around the relationship between the woman and her hospice care nurse. Register HERE. To view the Frequently Asked Questions about the Script Salon, please click HERE.

Previously in the Idea Lab:
Monologues of Black Authors
Produced and directed by Jacqueline Youm
Saturday, October 17 @ 8pm
Sunday, October 18 @ 2pm
Watch a replay On Demand

Lobby Hero Talkback
Sunday December 13, 4:30pm
Silver Spring Stage will host a discussion of Lobby Hero with special guest Colleen McCrystal, Senior Staff Attorney, Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia.

A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens
Coming in mid-December
Co-produced with Talking Fish Podcasts, this enhanced audiobook adaptation will bring the traditional holiday classic to life for the listening pleasure of young and old alike.

Oma’s Bedtime Stories for Big Peoples

First episode available here now
Madame Yurina Babushka, known as 
Oma, imparts her motherly wisdom while reading bedtime stories to all who will listen.  Hear stories from Hans Christian Andersen, Brothers Grimm, Rudyard Kipling and more.  Oma will delight you with her insights on life and these timeless tales.

Other planned events include:
Cracked by Gwydion Suilebhan
Performed by Maura Suilebhan
Date to be determined
Just another episode of a run-of-the-mill cooking show transforms into an intricate, otherworldly grief ritual as the program’s hostess—or is she some kind of middle-class priestess?—devises increasingly elaborate ways in which to defer the simple act of cracking an egg. When it’s finally time for the demonstration, will she actually be able to just… let go? 

The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde
Aavailable soon on demand
A video rewind of our 2019 production directed by Bill Hurlbut.

Gone Fishin’ by Steve Langley, directed by Michael Reilly
Coming  early 2021
A new video adaptation of an audience favorite from our 2019 One-Act Festival.

If you have a big idea you want to showcase, send a proposal to volunteer@ssstage.org. We also need volunteers to help us stay organized and fill a variety of technical positions. Contact us today!

She Kills Monsters

She Kills Monsters
by Qui Nguyen

Directed by Julia Rabson Harris

July 9-31, 2021

Agnes Evans has lost her family in a car crash and decides to embark on a quest to learn more about her teenage sister, Tilly, who in life had remained a distant mystery to her. When she discovers Tilly’s Dungeons & Dragons notebook containing a game scenario she created, Agnes gets a glimpse of the imaginary world that may have provided a safe place for Tilly that she didn’t have in her “real life.” Agnes sees her sister in a way she could have never imagined fighting alongside supermodel elves, nasty ogres, and homicidal fairies. Together with the help of Chuck, Tilly’s friend who Agnes convinces to take on the role of “dungeon master,” these secret warriors give Agnes a chance to celebrate and honor her sister and breathe new life into her own understanding of what is possible for herself.

Producer – Alika Codispoti

Agnes – Emma Wesslund
Tilly – Kit Krull
Chuck – Ben Eggleston
Miles/Monsters – Will MacLeod
Kaliope/Kelly – Erica Dilworth
Lilith/Lily – Maya Rizkala
Vera/Monsters – Mallory Shear
Narrator/Gabbi/Monsters – Sarah Luckadoo
Farrah/Tina/Monsters – Gabrielle Minor
Steve/Monsters – Christian Preziosi
Orcus/Ronnie – Noah Haren

Swing – Nathaniel Caspari
Swing – Megan Hastie
Swing – Olivia SE Mitsos

Production Team:
Fight/Intimacy Director – Sierra Young
Stage Manager – Kristen Geatz
ASM – Dana Maksymova
Artistic Liasion – Elenaore Tapscott
Set Designer – Leigh K. Rawls
Master Carpenter – Leigh K. Rawls
Lighting Designer – Stephen Deming
Sound Designer – Megan Hastie
Properties Designer – McKenna G. Kelly
Costume Designer – Stephenie Yee
Choreographer – KT Aylesworth
Composer – Brandon Jackson
Video Producer/Editor – Brad Tehaan

A Doll’s House, Part 2

A Doll’s House, Part 2
by Lucas Hnath

Directed by Claire Derriennic

April 16-May 8, 2021

It was shocking for audiences to watch Nora leave her husband and children in Ibsen’s 1879 play A Doll’s House. How shocking is it for us, in 2021, to dive deeper into the reasons behind that fateful choice with playwright Lucas Hnath’s PART 2 of the story? The characters take turns sharing their versions of what could have, would have, or should have happened, and there is unexpected humor to be found in the serious nature of the subject matter. While this play is a kind of deconstruction of the original play, it also stands ably on its own as we get to ask ourselves how much we think life has changed for Nora – and for women who see themselves in her – in a world that continues to have strong ideas about where she belongs.

Producer – Lennie Magida

Nora – Jacqueline Youm
Torvald – David Dubov
Emmy – Sophie Isbell
Anne Marie – Greta Boeringer

Ada and the Engine

Ada and the Engine
by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Jon Jon Johnson

Virtual live performances January 15-February 6, 2021
Fridays & Saturdays at 8pm
Sunday matinees at 2pm on January 24 and 31

“It is not to be missed.” – DC Metro Theater Arts 
“Very much worth watching.” – Maryland Theatre Guide

At age 18, Ada Byron is fixated on mathematics, music, and the legacy of her absent, infamous father poet Lord Byron. When she meets Charles Babbage — whose conception of the Difference Engine was a critical first step towards the computer — the two begin a long intellectual partnership, with suppressed romantic undercurrents. Ada’s mother works hard to keep her daughter from a marriage of passion to a man significantly older that is sure to provoke scandal and pushes her to marry Lord Lovelace instead. Over time, Ada still finds a way to provide critical insights into the would-be Engine and playwright Lauren Gunderson gives us a glimpse of another woman from history whose life and contributions have been kept out of our public consciousness.

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Producers – Alika Codispoti and Maura Suilebhan

Ada Byron Lovelace – Danielle Gallo
Lady Anabella Byron – Dayalini Pocock
Charles Babbage – Kevin Dykstra
Lord Lovelace – Nick Temple
Mary Sommerville – Susan Holliday
Byron – Walter Riddle

Ada Byron Lovelace – Shana Laski
Lord Lovelace, Charles Babbage, and Byron – Diego Maramba
Lady Anabella Byron and Mary Sommerville – Nancy Blum

Production Team:
Stage Manager – Kristen Davis
Assistant Stage Manger – Sophia Menconi
Intimacy Choreographer – Helen Aberger
Lighting Designer – Ian Claar
Sound Designer – Jeff Goldgeier
Costume Designer – Stephenie Yee
Set Designer – Leigh K. Rawls
Dialect Coach – Lena Winter