Quotidian, located in Bethesda’s Writer’s Center, will offer plays based on three great stories for its fifteen anniversary season in 2012-2013.
The Company will open with James Joyce’s The Dead, the Richard Nelson-Shaun Davey musical based on Joyce’s short story of the same name. The Dead tells the tale of Gabriel Conroy (veteran DC actor Steve Beall), a well-intentioned but socially inept man who attends a party with his wife Gretta (opera star Janice Hall). After a mostly disastrous evening, he discovers a tender bit of history about Gretta, which changes his perspective. Jack Sbarbori will direct this production, which will run from November 16 to December 16 of this year.
Between March 15 and April 14 of 2013, Quotidian will feature Lee Blessing’s A Walk in the Woods. Dripping with cynicism, the play tells the story of an American and a Soviet arms negotiator who meet under the trees in an effort to create an original answer to seemingly intractable problems between the two countries. Actor-playwright Steven LaRocque will play the Soviet negotiator; Gillian Drake directs.
The Quotidian season will close with Conor McPherson’s The Birds, based on the Daphne du Maurier short story of the same name. McPherson’s take is a little different than du Maurier’s (and that of Alfred Hitchcock, who turned the story into a movie) in that it examines the morality of people under extreme stress. The production, which will run between July 12 and August 11 of next year, features performances by Beall, Stephanie Mumford and Ted Schneider. Sbarbori will direct.
You can see any performance of all 3 plays for a subscription price of $50. (Single tickets during the season are $25 to $40.) More details here or call 301.816.1023. Quotidian Theatre performs at The Writers Center, 4508 Walsh Street, Bethesda MD.