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A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee

Directed by Fred Zirm

June 1 – 23, 2018
Matinees: June 10 and 17 at 2pm

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DC Metro Theater Arts
Maryland Theatre Guide
Theatre Bloom

Winner of the 1966 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award winner, this powerful, beautiful play is filled with humor and compassion and touched with poetry. A wealthy middle-aged couple has their complacency shattered when longtime friends appear at their doorstep claiming an encroaching, nameless “fear” has forced them from their own home. Their arrival sets off a firestorm of doubt, recrimination and ultimately solace, upsetting the “delicate balance.”

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Producer – Pauline Griller-Mitchell

Cast:
Agnes – Alexandra Tydings
Tobias – Louis Pangaro
Claire – Susan Harper
Julia – Diana Arnold
Edna – Declan Cashman
Harry – Craig Miller

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence

The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence
by Madeleine George

Produced and directed by Seth Ghitelman

April 13 – May 5, 2018
Matinees: April 22 and 29 at 2pm

These four constant companions – Watson, the trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; Watson, the loyal engineer who built Bell’s first telephone; Watson, the unstoppable super-computer that became reigning Jeopardy! champ; and Watson, an amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love – become one in this brilliantly witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people — and machines — upon which we all depend.

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Cast:
Merrick – Mickey MacIntyre
Eliza – Jenn Robinson
Watson – Michael Abendshein

All in the Timing

All in the Timing
by David Ives

Directed by Rob Gorman

February 23 – March 17, 2018
Matinees: March 4 and 11 at 2pm

“Deliciously good fun” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

“Intellectually stimulating and heartwarmingly amusing.” – Theatre Bloom

This critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of comedies combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun in its portrayal of relationships, language, music, a revolutionary and a Philadelphia twilight zone experience.

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The six one-acts in this collection include:

“Words, Words, Words”
recalls the philosophical adage that three monkeys typing into infinity will sooner or later produce Hamlet and asks: What would monkeys talk about at their typewriters?

“Variations on the Death of Trotsky”
shows us the Russian revolutionary on the day of his demise, desperately trying to cope with the mountain-climber’s axe he’s discovered in his head.

“The Universal Language”
brings together Dawn, a young woman with a stutter, and Don, the creator and teacher of Unamunda, a wild comic language. Their lesson sends them off into a dazzling display of hysterical verbal pyrotechnics – and of course, true love.

“The Philadelphia”
presents a young man in a restaurant who has fallen into a “Philadelphia,” a metaphysical state in which he cannot get anything he asks for.

“Philip Glass Buys a Loaf of Bread”
is a parodic musical vignette in trademark Glassian style, with the celebrated composer having a moment of existential crisis in a bakery.

“Sure Thing”
Two people meet in a cafe and find their way through a conversational minefield as an offstage bell interrupts their false starts, gaffes and faux pas on the way to falling in love.

Producer – Pam Burks

Cast:
Matthew Bannister
David Dieudonne
Brianna Goode
Omar Latiri
Michael Reilly
Erin Schwartz
Rebecca Shoer

Wit

Wit
by Margaret Edson

Directed by Jeff Mikoni

January 12 – February 3, 2018
Matinees: January 21 and 28 at 2pm

“Thought-provoking and full of heart.” – Theatre Bloom
“Definitely worth seeing.” – Maryland Theatre Guide
“Must-see theatre at its best.” – DC Metro Theatre Arts

Winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize, Wit is a remarkable play, both intellectually challenging and emotionally immediate. A renowned professor of English who has spent years studying and teaching the brilliant and difficult metaphysical sonnets of John Donne, has been diagnosed with terminal ovarian cancer. She applies her aggressively probing and intensely rational approach of poetry to her illness and treatment with a profundity and humor that are transformative both for her and the audience.

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Producer – Davia Craumer

Cast:
Vivian Bearing, Ph.D. – Emily Morrison
Harvey Kelekian, M.D. – Gary Sullivan
Jason Posner, M.D. – Sebastian Leighton
Susan Monahan, R.N., B.S.N. – Katie Wicklund
E.M. Ashford, Ph.D. – Barbara O’Malley
Mr. Bearing – Joshua Laird
Ensemble – Michael King, Brynn Krasney, Omar LaTiri, Kristyn Lue

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever

The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
by Barbara Robinson

Produced and directed by Andrea Spitz

December 8 – December 17, 2017
Matinees: December 10 and 17 at 2pm

“The perfect way to get into the holiday mood.” – Maryland Theatre Guide
“Take advantage of this rare holiday gem.” – Theatre Bloom

Adapted from the best-selling Young Adult Book, this hilarious Christmas classic of a couple struggling to put on a church Christmas pageant faced with casting the Herdman kids – probably the most inventively awful kids in history. Audiences will delight in the mayhem and fun when the Herdmans collide with the Christmas story head on!

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Cast:
Beth Bradley – Tori Newby
Alice Wendleken – Mia Parker Levings
Maxine – Erika Demske
Ralph Herdman – Noah Davenport
Imogene Herdman – Lottie Doughty
Leroy Herdman – Zachary Singer
Claude Herdman – Christopher G.H. Moga
Ollie Herdman – Ian Murray
Gladys Herdman – Alice Levings
Charles Bradley – Michael Greenleaf
Mother (Grace Bradley) – Kelli Boyd
Father (Bob Bradley) – Brendan Murray
Mrs. McCarthy – Pauline Griller-Mitchell
Mrs. Slocum – Rosemary DiPietro
Mrs. Clark – Tamra Mendelson
Mrs. Armstrong – Marianne Meyers
Beverly – Emilyn Greenleaf
Elmer Hopkins – John Greenleaf
Holly – Olivia Noelle Skolnik
Dana – Addison Ruszkowski
Janet – Gwen Schultz
Reverend Hopkins – David Gross
Ensemble – Rebecca Birkner, Vera Birkner, Marisa Davenport, Juliet Demske, Madelyn A. Evjen, Ana Ewachiw, Kyle Gatens, Shane Gatens, Rachel Lewey, Frances Moore, Mary Murphy, Stella V. Roehrig, Harper Ruszkowski

Production Team:
Assistant Director – Krysten Lewey
Stage Manager – Kristen Davis
Lighting Design – Katherine Offutt
Set Design, Painting, Decoration and Dressing – Andrew Greenleaf
Properties Design – Andrea Spitz
Master Carpenter – Andrew Greenleaf
Sound Design – Jeff Mikoni
Costume Design – Harlene Leahy
Makeup Design – Sage Pfeifer Hicks

Omnium Gatherum

Omnium Gatherum
by Alexandra Gersten-Vassilaros and Theresa Rebeck

Directed by Bill Hurlbut

October 27 – November 18, 2017
Matinees: November 5 and 12 at 2pm

“A show that cannot be missed.” – Theatre Bloom
Omnium Gatherum is a lively but serious drama.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“Thought-provoking and a cry for understanding and tolerance.” – Maryland Theatre Guide

Believing that lively, contentious debate is the heart and soul of a dinner party, a domestic artist and perfect hostess invite an assortment of opinionated personalities to share a surreal meal. The guests at this exquisite feast of food and argument confront the global implications of September 11 and beyond in an urgent, impassioned, and hilarious work.

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Producer – Lennie Magida

Cast:
Suzie – Wendy Baird
Lydia – Leigh Rawls
Julia – Karen Elle
Terence – Ken Scudder
Roger – Keith Cassidy
Khalid – Lou Pangaro
Mohammed – Omar Latiri
Jeff – Justus Hammond

Production Team:
Set and Lighting Design – Don Slater
Sound Design – Rich Frangiamore
Stage Manager – Denise Gilmore
Assistant Director – Amy Sullivan
Fight Choreographer – Stefan Sittig
Props Design – Katherine Offutt