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Lobby Hero

Lobby Hero
by Kenneth Lonergan

Directed by Rob Gorman

November 20-December 13, 2020

“A pleasure to watch.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“The performances are top notch” – Maryland Theatre Guide

Jeff, a white twenty-something guy, works as the new lobby security guard at an apartment building in New York City, where the story is set. He is someone who has likely been called a “loser” and by more people than just his own father. He is trying to get his life together and has a lot of respect for his boss, William, a tough, strait-laced African-American guy around his own age. He also idolizes the “real” city cops who work the area surrounding the apartment building… especially the pretty one, Dawn. Dawn’s partner, Bill, is larger than life and gives Jeff another person to look up to. When his boss’s brother gets accused of participation in a robbery-murder and as Dawn works to walk the line between being a “good cop” and standing up to sexual misconduct on the force, the play shines a light on the racial bias and sexism inherent in America’s justice and law enforcement systems with a surprising dose of endearing sweetness.

Producer – Seth Ghitelman

Cast:
Jeff – Conor Patrick Donahue
William – Marquese K. Johnson
Dawn – Kimberly James
Bill – Ronald Ward

Production Team:
Assistant Director – Brooke Friedman
Video Producer, Video Editor, Projections Designer – Brad Tehaan
Stage Manager – Seth Ghiteman
Set Designer – Maggie Modig
Master Carpenter – Narcy Klag
Set Construction – Nancy Davis, Narcy Klag, Jon Landenberger, David Lindsay & Joy Wyne
Lighting Designer – Jim Robertson
Sound Designer – Lori Barringer
Properties Designer – Alika Codispoti
Costume Designer; Hair & Makeup – Lena Winter
Covid-19 Compliance Officer – Bill Hurlbut

Monologues of Black Authors

Monologues of Black Authors

Produced and directed by Jacqueline Youm

Saturday, October 17 8pm
Sunday, October 18 2pm


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featuring:
Melvin Smith: “Smile”
Emmanuel Catalan: “America The Beautiful”
Jacqueline Youm: “Flashing Yellow Light”
Marvin Bowser: “They Call Me Plague”
Steve Langley: “Giving back”
Fergie Fergusson-Vaux: “Anthropocene”
Dominique Brown: “Beauty Myth” written by Christine Gomes
Steve Langley: “Plantation Fantasies”
Emmanuel Catalan: “The Needle”
Kanika Savoy: “Wax on or don’t!”
Letha Rremington: “Remember” written by Yvonne Paretzky
Jacqueline Youm: “Skin”

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time

A new play by Simon Stephens, based on the novel by Mark Haddon

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Directed by Kristyn Lue

Postponed

Christopher is a 15-yr-old autistic boy with a pet rat who  loves math and is incapable of telling a lie. We meet him where he lives with his dad — a working-class neighborhood in a town called Swindon, England — after his neighbor’s dog, Wellington, has just been mysteriously murdered. The story unfolds as we travel with Christopher on his journey to uncover the truth behind this terrible crime and grapple with the secrets he uncovers as he bravely risks leaving the care of his trusted teacher to travel via train to London, with all of its overwhelming sound and activity. A story that is equal parts hero’s journey and heartwarming family drama, this production is one that invites you to reconnect with your senses, remember the humanity that unites all of us at our core, and reflect on the myriad of ways in which we navigate through this messy and curious universe.

Producer – Maura Suilebhan

PRODUCTION TEAM
Stage Manager – Denise Gilmore
Lighting – Stephen Deming
Sound – Rich Frangiamore
Properties – Mary Ghitelman
Costumes – Stephanie Yee
Dialect Coach – Gary Sullivan
Movement Consultant – Erin Bone Steele
Artistic Liaison – Jeff Mikoni

Pride & Prejudice

Pride & Prejudice
by Jane Austen, adapted by Christina Calvit

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Directed by Madeleine Smith

Postponed

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.

Lobby Hero

Lobby Hero
by Kenneth Lonergan

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Directed by Rob Gorman

Postponed

Jeff is the new lobby security guard at an apartment building in New York. Jeff respects his hard-nosed boss William and idolizes the “real” city cops, especially a pretty female cop named Dawn, out walking the beat with her charismatic senior partner Bill. William’s straight-and-narrow path gets thorny when his brother is accused of a horrible robbery-murder and asks William to lie and be his alibi. Dawn discovers that Bill is not so noble and upstanding in his conduct, but Bill threatens to tank Dawn’s career if she speaks up about it or if she refuses his romantic demands. From his position in the lobby, Jeff hears everything but his tendency to say exactly the wrong thing at the wrong moment, or do the right thing for the wrong reason, means he’s probably never going to be a “real” hero. And maybe he’s okay with that.

CAST
Jeff – Conor Patrick Donahue
William – Marquese K. Johnson
Dawn – Kimberly James
Bill – Ronald Ward

Perfect Arrangement

Silver Spring Stage has been closely monitoring events and updates on the coronavirus for the last week. Our primary concern is with our community of patrons, actors and volunteers.  It is with great sadness that we have to cancel the remaining performances of Perfect Arrangement.

After much examination and consideration, it was clear to us that for the safety and well being of our audience as well as our actors and technicians it was best to cancel the remaining performances of this great show.

For patron with tickets to the remaining performances, you have the following options:

  • You may exchange your tickets to another performance in the current season.
  • You can receive a voucher for your tickets that can be redeemed at any time, no expiration date.
  • You can convert your ticket into a tax-deductible donation to Silver Spring Stage.
  • You may request a refund for your ticket(s).

Please email boxoffice@ssstage with the your preferred option.


Perfect Arrangement
by Topher Payne

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Directed by Leigh K. Rawls

February 21 – March 14

Topher Payne’s award-winning play originally premiered at DC’s Source Festival in 2013 and was remounted in 2017 to rave reviews! It’s 1950 in Washington, DC, and new colors are being added to the Red Scare. Two U.S. State Department employees, Bob and Norma, have been tasked with identifying sexual deviants within their ranks. There’s just one problem: Both Bob and Norma are gay, and have married each other’s partners as a carefully constructed cover. Inspired by the true story of the earliest stirrings of the American gay rights movement during the “Lavender Scare”, madcap classic sitcom-style laughs give way to provocative drama as two “All-American” couples are forced to stare down the closet door.

Producer – Lennie Magida

CAST
Millie Martindale – Maryanne Henderson
Bob Martindale – Nicholas Temple
Norma Baxter – Emma Wesslund
Jim Baxter – Brian E. Wright
Barbara Grant – Pamela Wilterdink
Kitty Sunderson – Joy Gerst
Theodore Sunderson – Greg Garcia

PRODUCTION TEAM
Assistant Director – Atticus Brody
Stage Manager – Jennifer Smith
Assistant Stage Manager – Courtney Edwards
Board Operator – Jules Gross
Set Designers – Leigh K. Rawls & Spencer Knoll
Master Carpenter – Spencer Knoll
Set Construction – Spencer Knoll, Jeff Asjes, Davia Craumer, Kyle Dimock, Matt Geary, Alex Knoll & Jake Nye
Lighting Designer – Steve Deming
Assistant Lighting Designer – Jules Gross
Sound Designer – Rich Frangiamore
Properties Designer – Leigh K. Rawls
Costume Designer – Leigh K. Rawls
Wig Designer – Tommy Malek
Photographers – Harvey Levine & Jon Goell
Intimacy Choreographer – Emily Sucher
Artistic Liaison – Matt Ripa

Yellow Face

Yellow Face
by David Henry Hwang

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Directed by Jon Jon Johnson

January 10 – February 1, 2020

The lines between fact and fiction blur with hilarious and moving results in David Henry Hwang’s unreliable memoir.  Asian-American playwright DHH, fresh off his Tony Award win, leads a protest against “yellowface” casting in the original Broadway production of Miss Saigon.  At the same time, DHH mistakenly casts a Caucasian actor in the lead Asian role of his own Broadway-bound play Face Value.  Meanwhile, DHH’s father finds himself ensnared in a political scandal rooted in anti-Chinese paranoia.  As these stories intertwine, DHH is forced to confront the complex and changing role that “face” plays in American life today.

Producer – Jeff Mikoni

CAST
DHH – Diego Maramba
The Announcer/Name Withheld on Advice of Counsel – Erica Smith
Marcus G. Dahlman (AKA Marcus Gee) – Ramtin Vaziri
HYH – Edgar Ferrufino
BD Wong and others – Joe Tran
Leah Anne Cho and others – Krystle Cruz
Stuart Ostrow and others – Omar LaTiri
Jane Krakowski and others – Madelyn Farris

PRODUCTION TEAM
Stage Manager – Denise Gilmore
Artistic Liasion – Deb Sivigny
Scenic Designer – Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
Master Carpenter – Steve Leshin
Lighting Designer – Venus Gulbranson
Sound Designer – Hope Villanueva
Sound Engineer – Jeff Goldgeier
Properties Designer – Kristyn Lue
Costume Designer – Stephenie Yee

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol

Tiny Tim’s Christmas Carol
by Ken Ludwig and Jack Ludwig

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Directed by Jim Robertson

December 13 – 22, 2019

A clever, joyous retelling of Ebenezer Scrooge’s ordeal with ghosts as an elaborate prank carried off by Tiny Tim (who is now almost a teenager) and his buddy Charlotte, who also happens to be the daughter of Scrooge’s nephew Fred. The audience is in on the fun, while a host of characters from the village lend their talents to help remind Scrooge what kindness means. This familiar story is nicely condensed and filled with enough Christmas magic to delight audiences of all ages.

CAST
Scrooge – Andy Greenleaf
Gravedigger – Nick Sampson
Bookseller/Christmas Past – Riley Cruickshank
Puppet Seller – Nessa Amherst
Marley/Pie Seller/ Fred – Peter Orvetti
Tiny Tim – Asher Howell
Mrs. Fezziwig/Stevens – Whitney Perez
Hollyfoot/Christmas Present – Edwina Neely
Bob Cratchit/Mr. Fezziwig – Peter Rouleau
Young Scrooge – Kieran Allan Hadley
Boy – Ian Murray
Charlotte – Anna Uehlein
Caroler/Londoner – Catherine Sauri
Girl on the street – Emilyn Greenleaf
Caroler/Londoner – John Greenleaf
Caroler/Londoner – Michael Greenleaf
Mrs Cratchit – Wendy Drescher
Belle – Dina Howell
Caroler/Londoner – India M. Eddy
Caroler/Londoner – Molly Ross
Caroler/Londoner – Claire Gunther
Caroler/Londoner – Tyler Kelly
Caroler/Londoner – Olivia Waymer
Caroler/Londoner – Samuel Varegas
Caroler/Londoner – Ulysses Howell
Emilie – Mia Levings

Sweat

Sweat
by Lynn Nottage

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Directed by Matt J. Bannister

November 1 – 23, 2019
Matinees: November 10 and 17 at 2pm

A play in a bar like none other. The characters in this Pulitzer Prize (2017) winning play are from a blue-collar community in the city of Reading, PA and we get to experience what life is like for them as they defend their history, their families, their friendships, and their way of life when their future as factory workers comes crashing down along with the housing boom. Set in the year 2000 with flash-forward moments to the year 2008 that begin and end the play, we tackle questions the drive to the heart of what living in America looks like and still maybe find a way to see hope for us all.

Producer – Alika Codispoti

CAST
Tracey – Maura Suilebhan
Cynthia – Kecia Campbell
Stan – Ron Ward
Jessie – Amanda Jones
Brucie – Neal Burks
Oscar – Andrés Felipe Roa
Evan – Anthony Coley
Jason – Peter Moses
Chris – Michael King

PRODUCTION TEAM
Assistant Director – Kristyn Lue
Stage Manager – Brynn Krasney
Set Designer – Lee Hebb
Lighting Designer – Steve Knapp
Sound Designer – Jeff Goldgeier
Costume Designer – Erin Bone Steele
Properties Designer – Jennifer Maschal-Lorms
Fight Choreographer – Sierra Young

The Book Club Play

The Book Club Play
by Karen Zacarías

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Directed by Karen Fleming

September 20 – October 12, 2019
Matinees: September 29 and October 6 at 2pm

A comedy about books — yes, you read that right! — and a group of friends who love them. Anna is a Type A personality leader of a Book Club to which she has compelled her adoring husband and a diverse assemblage of friends to join. Unbeknownst to them all, she has agreed to participate in a documentary by a “famous Danish filmmaker” who wishes to film them. The intimate discussions that arise as the friends connect to different types of books take on a new kind of importance as they share their own opinions, secrets, and feelings in front of the ever-present camera lens and result in touching moments and hilarious arguments, especially when an unexpected new member joins the group and these friends start to read between the lines. This play is smart AND fun, and everyone will feel like they are invited to join the club.

Producer – Jennifer Dorsey

CAST
Ana – Lena Winter
Rob – Spencer Knoll
Will – Nicholas Bashour
Jen – Camille Pozderac
Lily – Jasmine Jones
Alex – Andy Greenleaf
Pundit – Caroline Adams

PRODUCTION TEAM
Assistant Director – Janet Replogle
Stage Manager – Denise Gilmore
Artistic Liasion – Jacy D’Aiutolo
Set Designer – Bill Dunbar
Master Carpenter – Bill Dunbar
Lighting Designer – Bill Strein
Projections – Steve Deming
Graphics – Leigh Rawls
Sound Designer – Patrick Hughes
Properties Designer – Carlton and Jane Maryott
Costume Designer – Eric Scerbo