DC World Premiere of Moscows of Nantucket, a Riff on Chekhov, Opens May 15

News   DC World Premiere of Moscows of Nantucket, a Riff on Chekhov, Opens May 15
Sam Forman's The Moscows of Nantucket, a Chekhov-flavored comedy about a family bonding over a summer weekend, gets its world premiere May 15 following previews from May 11 at Theater J in Washington, DC. The run continues to June 12.

James Flanagan and Michael Glenn
James Flanagan and Michael Glenn Photo by Stan Barouh

Forman is the Helen Hayes Award-nominated author of The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall. Shirley Serotsky, who directed the earlier play, directs The Moscows.

Here's how Theater J explains the experience: "Things aren't looking so great for Benjamin Moscow (played by James Flanagan). Thirty came and went a while ago, and now he's just moved back in with his parents, his ex-girlfriend left him for a woman, and his career as a novelist appears to have stalled out a good decade ago. When his brother Michael Moscow (Michael Glenn) — an uber-successful television producer who parties with the A-list — escapes L.A. for a few days at the Moscow summer home in Nantucket, he brings with him more than a few surprises. Namely, his new wife, television star and shiksa extraordinaire Virginia Christianson (Heather Haney), and his nanny Sara (Amal Saade), who quickly becomes the object of Benjamin's alcohol-drenched affection. The Moscow matriarch and patriarch Ellen (Susan Rome) and Richard (Bob Rogerson) try to keep their family intact as the reunion becomes a sparring match in which long-buried rivalries crackle and culture shock takes center-stage."

The production team includes scenic designer Robbie Hayes; lighting designer Dan Covey; costume designer Deb Sivigny; associate scenic designer Hannah J. Crowell; and sound designer Elisheba Itoop. Karen Currie is stage manager.

The Washington, DC, Jewish Community Center's Aaron & Cecile Goldman Theater (Theater J's home) is at 1529 16th Street NW in Washington, DC. For tickets and information, call (800) 494-TIXS or visit boxofficetickets.com or theaterj.org.

James Flanagan and Heather Haney
James Flanagan and Heather Haney Photo by Stan Barouh
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