The staging — directed by the play's author, Joe Calarco, a Signature artistic associate — plays to Dec. 26 at Signature's intimate ARK Theatre.
Here's how Signature bills the play: "In a world that seems to be spinning beyond their control, two women find themselves sharing a table, stuck in an airport by a storm. Representing two sides of the culture wars — one red state, the other blue state — Margaret and Patty reluctantly strike up a conversation that encourages them to open up, challenge their world views and find common ground."
Calarco stated, "At a time when civil discourse seems to be dead in America, I wanted to write a play where people from very different backgrounds are forced by circumstance to sit and simply talk and listen to one another. Even if neither woman's world view necessarily changes, maybe in the future it will be harder for either of them to demonize someone who thinks differently than they do."
Edelen and Robinette are DC-area staples; both have won the Helen Hayes Award. Playwright Calarco said in a statement, "To have Nancy and Sherri in the production is truly a dream fulfilled. I wrote the play with the two of them in mind. Every word in the script was written to come out of their mouths."
Working with Calarco (Shakespeare's R&J) on the creative team are James Kronzer (sets), Chris Lee (lights), Kathleen Geldard (costumes) and Matt Rowe (sound). Edelen has appeared in Sweeney Todd, Les Misérables (Helen Hayes Award), Urinetown, Elegies (Helen Hayes nomination) and Side Show (Helen Hayes Award) at Signature, plus the Kennedy Center/Sondheim Celebration's Sunday in the Park with George and Merrily We Roll Along.
Robinette's Signature credits include Eagle River, Donna Q, Available Light and Taking My Life In Your Hands. She has appeared in regional theatres throughout the nation, from McCarter to The Old Globe.
Signature, which won the 2010 Tony Award for Regional Theatre, is located in Shirlington, minutes away from Arlington, VA.
For tickets and information, call Ticketmaster at (703) 573-SEAT or visit www.signature-theatre.org.