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Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale

Season of Light: A Winter Fairytale
by Steph DeFerie

Directed by Katie Rey Bogdan

December 7 – 16, 2018
Matinees: December 8, 9, 15 and 16 at 2pm

“Go and see this show; it is a story of redemption and sacrifice for the greater good that young audiences, in particular, will love.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“Charming, endearing, and brimming with messages of hope.” – Theatre Bloom
“Perfect for children of all ages, even those who are just young at heart.” – Maryland Theatre Guide

Magda is chosen to play the Sister of the Sun for her village’s Winter Solstice ceremony. But when the days keep growing shorter, Magda is blamed and exiled. In the forest, a group of players join her quest to bring back the light by going to the source: the real Sister of the Sun. What is Magda willing to sacrifice to save the world from darkness?

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Producer – Maura Suilebhan

Magda – Claire Gunthert
Mother – Jacqueline Youm
Ronaldo / Stephen – Zachary Singer
Theresa / Deer – Dina Howell
Kristina / Flock of Birds – Maeve Thibault
Peterkin / Wolf – Asher Howell
Shettle – Courtney James
Lord Markus / Angry Peasant Man – James Sherman
Beggar Woman – Anna Yancich
Frederick / Peasant – Camden Salguero
Rodrigo – Carlos Reaves
Toot – Cassie Brode
Apple – Olivia Waymer
Gwendolyne – Rebecca Shoer
She of the Moon – Brynn Krasney
An Angry Peasant Woman / Musician – Alison Starr
A Mild Peasant – Crystal Wheeler

The Crucible

The Crucible
by Arthur Miller

Directed by Craig Allen Mummey

October 26 – November 17, 2018
Matinees: November 4 and 11 at 2pm

In the Puritan world of Massachusetts in 1692, Abigail Williams and her cohort of girlfriends cover a multitude of their own sins by playing with, then being accused of, witchcraft. The action is largely driven by Abigail’s previous affair with the married John Proctor, and John and his wife’s subsequent efforts to retain their good reputation. Like a disease, the accusations of witchcraft and the web of lies spread to include other members of the community and bring down dozens of the best-regarded citizens of Salem as the town is rendered dysfunctional through mass arrests, property grabs, religious-political power-plays, hangings, and fear.

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Producers – Amy Sullivan and Karen Fleming

John Proctor – Joseph Coracle
Elizabeth Proctor – Andrea Spitz
Rev. John Hale – Omar LaTiri
Abigail Williams – Rebecca Cohen
Deputy Governor Danforth – Bill Hurlbut
Rev. Samuel Parris – Tristan Poje
Mary Warren – Sophia Stringer
Judge Hathorne – Alain Norman
Giles Corey – Stuart Rick
Francis Nurse – Carlton Maryott
Rebecca Nurse – Lennie Magida
Thomas Putnam – Joe Mariano
Ann Putnam/Sarah Good – Erin Gallalee
Mercy Lewis – Anna Uehlein
Susanna Walcott – Margo Weill
Betty Parris – Erika Demske
Tituba – Melanie Lawrence
Ezekiel Cheever – Conor Scanlan
John Willard – Kyle Tirak

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight

Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight
by Lauren Gunderson

Directed by Erin Bone Steele

September 14 – October 6, 2018
Matinees: September 23 and 30 at 2pm

“A spark is how The Stage opens their 2018/2019 season.” – Theatre Bloom
“Well worth seeing.” – DC Metro Theater Arts
“It touches the heart and opens the mind.”  – Maryland Theatre Guide

Emilie du Châtelet is witty, unconventional, rich, and a scientific genius who advances mathematics and physics in Baroque France. She and her sometime lover Voltaire play out in their passionate romantic battles by, among other things, publishing dueling scientific papers and taking other lovers. Tonight, Emilie is back and determined to answer the question she died with: love or philosophy, head or heart?

In this highly theatrical, fast, funny, sexy rediscovery of one of history’s most intriguing women, Emilie defends her life and loves; she ends up with both a formula and a legacy that permeates history. By the playwright of last year’s hit Silent Sky, Emilie: La Marquise du Châtelet Defends Her Life Tonight affords Emilie a chance to re-tell her own story.

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Producer – Bill Hurlbut

Emilie – Karen V. Lawrence
Voltaire – Kevin Dykstra
Ingenue – Sienna Goering
Soubrette – Kristyn Lue
Monsieur – Peter Orvetti
Gentleman – Nicholas Temple
Madam – Renate Wallenberg

Production Team:
Assistant Director – Jim Robertson
Stage Manager – Alika Codispoti
Lighting Designer – Don Slater
Sound Designer – Jeff Mikoni
Costumer – Jennifer Georgia
Set Designer – Jeff Asjes

2018 One-Act Festival

2018 One-Act Festival

Two weekends of original one-act plays that will make you laugh, cry, and think.

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WEEKEND 1 – August 17-19
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

A Witch’s Brew by Michael Wolfson
Directed by Michael Abendshein

A witch on the Scottish heath is interrupted in her work by an unexpected visitor. A visitor who is alternately curious, irritating, helpful and distracting as the witch goes about trying to fulfill her role in the rise and fall of a certain Scottish noble. A role that seems to be constantly on the verge of spinning out of control thanks to her ever troublesome visitor.

Witch – Lynn Sokoloski
Goth Girl – Larissa Dowling
Macbeth – Steven Milner

Bro by Robb Willoughby
Directed by David Dieudonne
Which is the stronger bond…brother or mother? An intelligent, dark comedy that examines simple yet universal themes.

Mitchell – Nick Temple
Morgan – Brian Estey
Mother – Laurie Freed

In Her Golden Years by Steven Korbar
Directed by Ruben Vellekoop
While helping to clean out the family home, a daugher discovers what may be an Olympic metal, which her mother improbably insists she won in the 1968 Games but never mentioned.

Darlene – Elissa Borzilleri
Amy – Ellie Borzilleri

The Colonial Diner by Jack Karp
Directed by Kristyn Lue
Trapped in a cliche American diner in a cliché American town, three cliché characters watch as Barack Obama wins the presidency. Egged on by the diner’s lonely Old Man and mocked by its Hispanic-looking Cook, the naive Waitress allows this victory to raise her hopes that her life will finally improve. But when the money she thought she had saved disappears — yet again — she is forced to face that she and the others are stuck in their hackneyed and threadbare world, no matter what clichés the politicians promise.

Old Man – Mario Font
Cook – Omar LaTiri
Waitress – Davia Craumer
Football Player – Rew Garner
Cheerleader – Larissa Dowling

 I Don’t Know by James McLindon
Directed by Rob Gorman
An old-school drill sergeant takes his new recruits for a cadence-singing run…straight into a brave new world of political correctness.

Sargent – Bill Wilburn
Soldier 1 (Male) – Ben Miller
Soldier 2 (Female) – Lydia Kraniotis
Soldier 3 (Female) – Brynn Krasney
Soldier 4 (Male) – Michael King

WEEKEND 2 – August 24-26
Friday and Saturday at 8pm
Sunday at 2pm

Meet The Pets by Tracey Jane Smith
Directed by Nell Quinn-Gibney
Nothing goes to plan when a player brings home a people-please to meet “them”: Daisy and Mr. Cuddles. The pets observe a human date in this anthropomorphic comedy.

Alex – Liora Goemann
Will – Andrew Grabowski
Mr. Cuddles – Faith Ore
Daisy – Kira Burri

Teddy Tells All by Rollin Jewett
Directed by Peter Rouleau
Andy, a young man, is a prisoner of sorts—a patient in the Whispering Oaks Sanitarium, a private mental health institution.  In the crook of his arm is a small brown teddy bear he calls Teddy.  Teddy seems to see things that others miss. If Teddy is only Andy’s alter ego, why does he seem to know everybody’s secrets?

Andy – Logan Matthew Baker
Nurse Todd – Jean Aviles
Dr. Baxter – Ted Culler
Orderly – Peter Rouleau

Birthday Girl by Marilyn Millstone
Directed by Chelsea Radigan

Cinderella is also Julie, 38, Josh’s girlfriend of five years; she moved into Josh’s house a year ago.  Attractive, single, and anxious to be married and start a family.  Is Josh her Prince Charming? Will her adult daughter, who hasn’t worked in three years, be a barrier?  Will Julie’s fairy godmother come to the rescue? A delightful and thoughtful comedy.

Prince Charming/Josh – Ron Ward
Cinderella/Julie – Shelby Sours
Renaissance Girl/Cathy – Melanie A. Lawrence
Julie’s Mother/Fairy Godmother – Joy Gers
Adorable LIttle Girl/Marissa – Alison Starr

Members Only by D.L. Siegel
Directed by Jennifer Dorsey
On the verge of a breakthrough, Cove is welcomed into an ancient circle she never knew existed. But the bonds of sisterhood are only as strong as we make them, and every club has its rules.

Cove – Jenny Oberholtzer
Cassandra – Jen Katz
Eve – Ren Stoneowitz
Io – Nessa Amherst
Louis – Nick Temple

Promise by Jacy D’Aiutolo
Directed by Karen Fleming
Two young women, a somewhat insecure violinist and a more brassy dancer, form an unlikely friendship and help each other build confidence just before a life-changing audition to a prestigious conservatory.

Emily – Danae Rupp
Ashley – Rebecca Shoer

The House of Blue Leaves

The House of Blue Leaves
by John Guare

Directed by Matt J. Bannister

July 13 – August 4, 2018
Matinees: July 22 and 29 at 2pm

A brilliant play, beautifully fashioned, sometimes wacky and sometimes sad, combines hilarity, poignancy, outrageousness, and tragedy. A songwriter with visions of glory toils by day as a zookeeper and by night sings at piano bars in Queens, New York, where he lives with his wife. Meanwhile, downstairs lives his mistress. Chaos ensues on one day when the Pope makes his first visit to the city; the songwriter’s soldier son Ronny goes AWOL; an old school chum, now a successful Hollywood producer, shows up with his starlet girlfriend in tow; and a group of nuns all descend on the apartment in this enchanting, zany farce.

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Producers – Alika Codispoti and Jim Robertson

Artie Shaughnessy – Gary Sullivan
Ronnie Shaughnessy – Anson Berns
Bunny Flingus – Annette Kalicki
Bananas Shaughnessy – Maura Suilebhan
Corrinna Stroller – Brynn Krasney
Billy Einhorn – Ron Ward
Head Nun – Christine Grable
Second Nun – Pamela Northrup
Little Nun – Jenny Oberholtzer
Policeman – Michael King
The White Man – Kyle Tirak

A Delicate Balance

A Delicate Balance
by Edward Albee

Directed by Fred Zirm

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

Read our reviews:
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

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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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

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


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

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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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