One Actress Brings an Entire Town to Life in Fable, The K of D, in DC

News   One Actress Brings an Entire Town to Life in Fable, The K of D, in DC
The K of D, An Urban Legend, Laura Schellhardt's multi-character solo play performed by Kimberly Gilbert, under the direction of John Vreeke, opens Jan. 19 at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company's Melton Rehearsal Hall.
Kimberly Gilbert in The K of D, An Urban Legend.
Kimberly Gilbert in The K of D, An Urban Legend. Photo by Stan Barouh

Previews for the world premiere staging began Jan. 16 in Washington, DC. Performances continue to Feb. 10.

Actress and director are reunited following Woolly's 2006 hit Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis, for which they both received Helen Hayes Award nominations.

Woolly Mammoth is located at 641 D Street, NW (at 7th & D).


In the show, Woolly Mammoth acting company member Gilbert "brings an entire town to vivid life in this riveting supernatural fable," according to Woolly notes. "After a reckless car accident kills her twin brother, young Charlotte McGraw becomes a fascination to others when it appears she has received an eerie power from his dying kiss. Gilbert delivers a dazzling tour-de-force performance…" "Laura Schellhardt's captivating play is such a perfect vehicle for our new company member, Kimberly Gilbert," Woolly artistic director Howard Shalwitz said in a statement. "And the possibility of tackling a more ambitious project in our rehearsal hall, and reuniting Kimberly with one of our favorite directors, John Vreeke, is irresistible. I'm thrilled to be premiering this dazzling and complex piece of writing — a big spooky story with lots of colorful characters, all performed by one great actress."

Schellhardt received her MFA in playwriting from Brown University under the direction of Paula Vogel. Her other works include The Chair, Courting Vampires, Shapeshifter, The Outfit (Jeff Award nominee), Inheritance, Je Ne Sais Quoi and Searching for Lochness. Her adaptations include The Phantom Tollbooth, The Mysteries of Harris Burdick and Creole Folktales.

The K of D, An Urban Legend was workshopped as part of the 2006 O'Neill National Playwright's Conference. Her play, The Chair, will receive a workshop at Trinity Repertory Company in Providence as part of the 2007-08 TCG Playwriting Residency. She is also the author of "Screenwriting for Dummies." She currently teaches playwriting at Northwestern University, and is the director of Northlight Theatre's education academy.

The design team for The K of D, An Urban Legend includes Marie-Noelle Daignealt (set and costume design), Andrew Griffin (lighting design), Matt Otto (sound design) and Jennifer Sheetz (properties).

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