The Emperor of North America

By Thomas Hischak
Directed By Scott Bloom

September 16, 2016 – October 1, 2016
Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm
Sundays at 2pm: September 18 and September 25

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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Norton I, the emperor: Ted Culler
Leo, a writer: Brendan Murray
Sylvia, his agent: Pamela Northrup
Rita, his girlfriend: Lena Winter
Molly, his daughter: Lenora Spahn

Production Staff

Director: Scott Bloom
Producers: Lennie Magida and Jerry Schuchman
Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Kassie Stroud
Set Designer & Master Carpenter: Andrew S. Greenleaf
Lighting Designer: Jim Robertson