2018-2019 Theater and Performance Studies Season

Friends, Far and Near

2018-19 Theater & Performance Studies Program season at the Davis Performing Arts Center

The 2018-19 Theater & Performance Studies Program season, FRIENDS, FAR & NEAR, is characterized by partnerships and co-productions. We are collaborating with the Czech Embassy, Svanda Theatre from Prague, the Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society, and Theater J, to name a few — and of course we still have an exciting line-up of events through our ongoing partnership with Arena Stage. The plays themselves echo this theme as well — friendship formed, challenged, destroyed and fostered are strong motifs in several of the productions.

September 20-23

Svanda Theatre: Four Plays from Prague

with The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics, in association with the Embassy of the Czech Republic and City of Prague, Ministry of Culture of the Czech Republic, and Arts Institut – Theatre Institut

All performed in English, except for Havel’s “Protest” which will be performed in Czech with English subtitles.

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4 p.m. (post-show talkback) and 7:30 p.m. (post-show reception)

The Good and the True

By Tomas Hrbek, Lucie Kolouchová, Daniel Hrbek
Translated from Czech by Lucie Kolouchová
English Adaptation by Brian Daniels
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

Production Team
Daniel Hrbek, Director
Daniel Hrbek, Scenic & Costume Design
Jiří Šmirk, Original Lighting Design
Stanislav Halbrštát, Original Sound Design
Lucie Kolouchová, Dramaturgy

Saul Reichlin as Miloš Dobrý
Isobel Pravda as Hana Pravda

“A remarkable piece of verbatim theatre” (Yorkshire Evening Post), this play weaves together testimonies of two Auschwitz survivors who led similarly extraordinary lives, but never actually met: Athlete Miloš Dobrý and actress Hana Pravda.


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Friday, September 21, 2018 at 8 p.m.
Saturday, September 22, 2018 at 4 p.m. (post-show talkback)
Two one-act plays


By Václav Havel
Translated from Czech by Jan Novak
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

The Debt 

By Marek Hejduk
Translated from Czech by Alex Zucker
Directed by Daniel Hrbek

Production Team
Daniel Hrbek, Director
Lucie Kolouchová, Dramaturgy
Jozef Hugo Čačko, Stage Design & Costumes
Jiří Šmirk, Lighting Design
Stanislav Halbrštát, Sound Design

Tomáš Pavelka as Staněk
Robert Jašków as Vaněk
Michaela Farrell and Jonathan Campo as Deputies Kozel and Tesař

What happens when two writers meet – one who is not allowed to write and the other who writes whatever he wants? What if the first one has a surprising proposal for the second one? And what if the two of them meet years later when they can write freely but it is not working? Brilliant Václav Havel´s dialogue is confronted with the dramatic attempt of a debuting author.


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Saturday, September 22 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, September 23 at 2 p.m.

Pankrác ’45

By Martina Kinská
Translated from Czech by Barbara Day
Directed by Martina Kinska

Production Team
Martina Kinská, Director
Vladimir Čepek, Dramaturgy
Jiří Šmirk, Lighting Design
Stanislav Halbrštát, Sound Design

Klára Cibulková as Adina Mandlová, an actress
Réka Dérzsi as Lída Baarová, an actress
Eva Josefíková as Hana Krupková, Resistance fighter
Andrea Buršová as Julča, Jewish woman
Marie Štípková as The New One

Casting for an execution…Based on the real-life incarceration of five women in the Pankrác Prison during a time of post-WWII national cleansing in Czechoslovakia, this story explores the relativity of guilt, responsibility for one’s actions, and the struggle to survive within the machinery of history.



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Thursday-Saturday, November 8-10 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, November 11 at 2 p.m.
Thursday-Saturday, November 15-17 at 8 p.m.

Our Class

Written by Tadeusz Slobodzianek
Directed by Professor Derek Goldman

Production Team
Misha Kachman, Set Designer
Ivania Stack, Costume Designer
William Kirkham, Lighting Designer
Thomas Sowers, Sound Designer
Emma Jaster, Choreographer
Joel Hobson, Technical Director/Production Manager
Michael Donnay (COL ’16), Stage Manager
Eric Shimelonis, Composer
Paul Rochford (COL ’20), Music Director
Joe Isenberg, Fight Choreographer

Nicole Albanese (COL ’20) as Dora
ML Sparrow (SFS ’19) as Zocha
Healy Knight (COL ’20) as Rachelka, later Marianna
Matias Litewka (SFS ’22) as Jakub Katz
Colum Goebelbecker (COL ’21) as Rysiek
Benjamin Lillian (COL ’18) as Menachem
Alex Prout (COL ’19) as Zygmunt
Jonathan Compo (COL ’20) as Heniek
Charlie Trepany (COL ’19) as Władek
Ben Eneman (COL ’21) as Abram

Our Class tells the powerful, sweeping story of 10 Polish classmates—five Catholic and five Jewish—over 80 years of their lives from the 1920s to early 2000s. As they grow up, their lives take dramatically unexpected turns as their country is torn apart by invading Soviet and German armies. Friend betrays friend and violence quickly escalates, reaching a crescendo that forever haunts the survivors. Winner of the prestigious Nike Literary Award, and based on true events in the Polish town of Jedwabne, Our Class has profoundly affected worldwide audiences since its premiere at London’s National Theatre. Prof. Derek Goldman reunites with members of the artistic team from his celebrated 2012 professional production at Theater J for a new student production of this urgently timely play that cuts to the core of Georgetown’s mission and values. This production is part of the Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program’s 2018-19 season, Friends, Far & Near.


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Thursday-Saturday, January 24-26 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, January 27 at 2 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30-Saturday, February 2 at 8 p.m.

Co-production with Mask and Bauble Dramatic Society

Speech and Debate

By Stephen Karam
Directed by Mark Camilli (COL ’19)
Advised by Professor Maya E. Roth
Stage Managed by Abi Franklin (COL ’19)

Production Team
Daniel Wheelock (COL ’19), Sound Designer/Music Director
Mali Rubin (COL ’20), Set Designer
Ben Sullivan (COL ’19), Lighting Designer
Timmy Sutton (COL ’20), Projections Designer
Vanessa Chapoy (COL ’18), Costume Designer
Abi Franklin (COL ’19), Stage Manager
Adam Bacigalupo (COL ’16) & Joel Hobson, Technical Directors/Production Managers
Rachel Linton (SFS ’19), Associate Producer

Ben Ulrich (SFS ’20) as Howie
Cristin Crowley (MSB ’20) as Diwata
Nate Weiand (COL ’21) as Solomon
Maddie Warner (COL ’21) as Teacher/Ensemble
Nia Jordan (COL ’21) as Reporter/Ensemble
Maggie Cammaroto (COL ’22) as Radio Host/Ensemble

Following the sex scandal of the Republican mayor of Salem, Oregon, three outcast teens are brought together by an unconventional debate team at Salem High School complete with a musical version of The Crucible and a plot to take down the corrupt adults around them. Solomon, a nerdy teen passionate about journalism, hopes to expose homophobic closeted men in positions of power. Diwata’s trying to out her creepy drama teacher who blocks her dreams of stardom. Howie, new to the school, is fighting for the first gay/straight alliance in the area. In this dark comedy with music about sexuality, identity, and power, no one’s secrets are off limits… including their own.


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Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
Friday & Saturday, March 15 & 16 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 17 at 7:30 p.m.
Monday, March 18 at 7:30 p.m. (Opening)
Wednesday, March 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 21 at 7:30 p.m. (Cast talkback post-show)
Saturday, March 23 at 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 24 at 2 p.m. (Creative Conversation post show) and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, March 27 at 12 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, March 28 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 30 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, March 31 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. (evening post-show symposium)
Wednesday & Thursday, April 3 & 4 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 6 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Sunday, April 7 at 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

In Partnership with Theater J

The Jewish Queen Lear

Jacob Gordin’s Mirele Efros
English Translation by Nahma Sandrow
Directed by Adam Immerwahr
English-language world premiere!

Production Team
Adam Immerwahr, Director
Andrew R. Cohen, Scenic Designer
Ivania Stack, Costume Design
Colin K. Bills, Lighting Design

Valerie Leonard as Mirele Efros
Christopher Warren as Yosele, her older son
Charles Trepany as Daniel, her younger son
Sue Jin Song as Makhle, her maidservant
Frank X as Shalmen, her employee
Healy Knight as Sheyndele, Yosele’s bride
Karl Kippola as Nokhemtse, Sheyndele’s father
Tonya Beckman as Khane-Dvoyre, Sheyndele’s mother
Shane Wall as Shloymele, Yosele’s and Sheyndele’s son
Alana Dodds Sharp as Cantor
Benjamin Eneman, K.J. Moran, Kylie Navarro, Kate Oelkers, Emma Stern as Ensemble

If it’s not one thing, it’s your mother! Written in 1898, Gordin’s story of power and pride revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever businesswoman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions. Wildly successful in its time, Gordin’s masterpiece of Yiddish theater shines in a scintillating new English translation. Produced in partnership with Theater J and directed by Theater J’s Artistic Director. Featuring Tonya Beckman, Valerie Leonard, Sasha Olinick, Sue Jin Song, and Frank X.

$30-$64 general |  GU student/faculty/staff discount available with valid I.D. and applicable code.

Buy tickets for The Jewish Queen Lear through Theater J

Read more about the production on Theater J’s site.

Theater Special Events

Monday, September 3 at 7 p.m.

17th Annual Page-to-Stage Festival at the Kennedy Center
Georgetown University Theater & Performance Studies Program
A Staged Reading

Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong

By K.J. Moran (COL ‘19)
Music by Isaac Warren (COL ’20)
Directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer
Advised by Professor Natsu Onoda Power
Stage Managed by Julia Beu (COL ’20)
Music Directed by Nicole Albanese (COL ’20)

In between concerts and classes, Louise is a student still reeling from her sexual assault a year ago. When she meets a new beau, Lou must face her anxieties head-on and figure out how to be intimate without reliving the trauma of her past. A dramedy about the friends, poets, and bands that get us through our darkest moments, Unfinished Album of Lazarus Lovesong is the soundtrack of Lou’s resurrection and an ode to survivors everywhere. Developed in Georgetown University’s Hope Playwriting Seminar and directed by the Associate Artistic Director of Imagination Stage.

Featuring performances by

Megan Spinella (COL ’19)
Andrew Molinari (COL ’21) Chris Phillips (MSB ’20) Healy Knight (COL ’20) Nolan Peacock (COL ’21) Mark Camilli (COL ’19) Jenni Loo (COL ’21) Gabe Berkowitz (MSB ’20)

Content warning for themes of sexual assault, depression, and suicide

Additional festival details at www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XSP4S.

Spring 2019

Residency with Obehi Janice (SFS ’09)

Award-winning actress, writer, comedian, and Georgetown University alumna Obehi Janice returns to lead a spring residency with GU Theater & Performance Studies Program students, including workshops and class visits. Janice is a 2018-19 Emerging Writers Group member at The Public Theater. Her plays include Ole White Sugah Daddy, Era Era, Selah, African Tea, and her one-woman show Fufu & Oreos. Her work has been featured in American Theatre Magazine, Bustle, NPR, and For Harriet. She is a Luminary Artist at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, a Creative Resident at SPACE on Ryder Farm, and a TCG Fox Foundation Resident Actor Fellowship recipient. She works on stage, on screen, and as a voice actress in commercials, radio, and cartoons. The Improper Bostonian named her “Boston’s Best Actress” in 2014. She received an IRNE Award for Best Solo Performance for her starring role in We’re Gonna Die (Company One Theatre/OBERON).

View an archive of past Theater and Performance Studies Seasons.