Washington DC's Studio Theatre celebrates its 20th season Sept. 3 - June 28 by making music with Seven Guitars and Old Wicked Songs, among others.
The season opened Sept. 3 with David Hare's Skylight, directed by Studio Theatre artistic director Joy Zinoman. Winner of the Olivier Award for best Play and the NY Drama Critics Circle Award for Best Foreign Play, Skylight is a romantic tragedy examining the love affair between Tom Sargeant, a successful business man and Kyra Hollis, an idealistic school teacher. Other plays by Hare include Plenty, The Secret Rapture and Racing Demon. His latest work, Amy's View, is now on-stage in London. Edward Gero plays Tom with Kim Schraf as Kyra. Jeff Gardner plays Tom's son, Edward Sergeant. Skylight is designed by Russell Metheny with lighting by Kendall Smith and costumes by Helen Q. Huang. Original music is composed by Scott Burgess and properties are by Deborah Thomas.
Initially scheduled to run through Oct. 5, Skylight was first extended to Oct. 12 and has just been extended again, through Oct. 19.
Old Wicked Songs by Jon Marans opens Nov. 5 and runs through Dec. 7. With an elderly voice teacher, an American piano prodigy explores the secrets of their Jewish past in a shabby Viennese music studio, enveloped by Robert Schumann's mysteriously beautiful "Lieder." Serge Seiden directs.
In celebration of the Studio's 20th season, Sarah Marshall will re-create her 1983 performance in Robert Athayde's Miss Margarida's Way, directed by Joy Zinonan. Miss Margarida is "everybody's nightmare eight-grade teacher," and runs Dec. 17 - Jan. 18. After last season's production of Two Trains Running, director Thomas W. Jones II returns to the work of August Wilson with Seven Guitars. Set in 1948 Pittsburgh, Seven Guitars follows a talented Blues man seeking fame and fortune who is undone by his greed. Runs Jan. 7 - Feb. 8.
From Ireland comes Sebastian Barry's The Steward of Christendom, April 1 - May 3. Ted van Griethuysen will play Tom Dunne, who years after Irish Independence wastes away in a Dublin madhouse. In exile from his Loyalist past, he escapes into his memories. Joy Zinoman directs.
The Old Settler closes the season, May 27 - June 28. Seret Scott directs John Henry Redwood's romantic comedy about two middle-aged and single sisters in 1943 Harlem, awakened by an "electrically sexual boarder" from down South.
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