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The Emperor of North America

Silver Spring Stage is proud to present the world premiere of The Emperor of North America. The Stage is one of just seven theatre groups nationwide selected by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) to produce world premiere plays as part of the AACT NewPlayFest 2016.

In San Francisco 160 years ago, Joshua Norton of San Francisco declared himself the first Emperor of North America. Instead of ostracizing him as a madman, his city was charmed and played along. In this touching comedy by Thomas Hischak, Norton’s story has captivated Leo, a writer. But Leo struggles with competing pressures from his aging father, his girlfriend, his daughter, and his agent…as well as with his own internal conflict as he weighs his passion for his work against the draw of commercial success. 

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09/16/2016 - 10/01/2016

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"Emperor of North America" talkback!

Please join us for a talk-back after the matinee performance of The Emperor of North America on Sunday, September 18.

Hilchak

Playwright Thomas Hischak, director Scott Bloom, and the cast will be on hand to answer your questions about the play, the real-life "emperor" who inspired it, and the Stage's production.

Auditions for The Greatest Holiday Show (N)ever

SILVER SPRING STAGE and THE COIL PROJECT

Silver Spring Stage is holding auditions for the upcoming production of The Coil Project’s The Greatest Holiday Show (N)ever. Auditions will be at Silver Spring Stage (10145 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD 20901) Sunday, September 25th and Monday, September 26th, from 6:30 to 10:00 p.m. Callbacks will be on Wednesday, September 28th.

Performers of all ages and ethnicities are encouraged to attend.

Auditions will consist of cold readings from the script. We will also ask that you sing your favorite holiday song. (“Happy Birthday” counts.) Singing will be evaluated on the basis of enthusiasm rather than technical skill.

The Greatest Holiday Show (N)ever will start rehearsals in early October. Rehearsals will be weeknights, typically from 7-10 p.m. The show will run weekends from December 9 – December 18, 2016.

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WORLD PREMIERE!

The Emperor of North America

by Thomas Hischak
directed by Scott Bloom 

September 16, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Silver Spring Stage is proud to present this world premiere as part of the American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest 2016.

In this touching comedy by Thomas Hischak, Leo, a writer, is captivated by the true story of the self-declared Emperor of North America. But Leo struggles with competing pressures from his aging father, his girlfriend, his daughter, and his agent…as well as with his own internal conflict between his passion for his work and the draw of commercial success. 

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