Dramatic Repertory Company Patron's Club



PATRON'S CLUB READING SERIES

Late, A Cowboy Song
by Sarah Ruhl
with Joseph Bearor, Ella Mock and Bridgette Kelly
directed by Todd Brian Backus

Tuesday, November 13, 2018 at 7:30pm

Mary and Crick have been in love since the second grade, but when Mary meets Red, a lady cowboy, just outside of Pittsburgh she wonders about things she hasn't explored, beyond the binaries of red and blue, man and woman, and husband and wife.

Entrance to Late, A Cowboy Song is free for Patron's Club Members,
and by suggested contribution for the public.




PATRON'S CLUB READING SERIES – History

LUNGS
by Duncan Macmillan
with Rob Cameron & Rachel S. Price Cooper
directed by Sally Wood

Thursday, June 7, 2018 at 7:30pm

The world is getting hotter, there’s unrest overseas—the seas themselves aren’t very calm—and one couple is thinking about having a child. LUNGS is a smart and funny drama that follows a couple through the surprising lifecycle of their relationship as they grapple with questions of family and change, hope, betrayal, happenstance, and the terrible pain that you can only cause the people you love.




MUD BLUE SKY
by Marisa Wegrzyn
with Leo Hilton, Laura Houck,
Abigail Killeen, Kathleen Kimball

directed by Daniel Burson

Tuesday, June 2, 2015 at 7:30pm

One long night in a grungy chain hotel room near O'Hare Airport is enough to make anyone question their aspirations in life, but for middle-aged flight attendants Beth and Sam, it’s just part of a never-ending layover that goes with the job. Joined by their former colleague, and Beth's 18 year-old pot dealer (dressed for his prom), a somewhat ordinary evening descends into something quite a bit more turbulent. MUD BLUE SKY is a comedy about how the small kindnesses we afford each other can inspire us to grab onto life before it flies by.




FEFU AND HER FRIENDS
by María Irene Fornés
with Deirdre Fulton, Lisa Boucher Hartman, Tarra Haskell
Heather Irish, Caroline O'Connor, Vanessa Romanoff
Casey Turner, Marjolaine Whittlesey

directed by Tess Van Horn

Tuesday, March 10, 2015 at 7:30pm

It’s spring in New England in 1935 when Fefu invites seven of her closest
female friends to her home to rehearse for a presentation for their charity
toward school education. In an absurdist, non-traditional format, Fefu and
her friends explore what they mean to each other, their relationships to the men who control their lives, and how power and control are simultaneously desired and relinquished. María Irene Fornés is a highly-influential and award-winning Cuban-American playwright and director who was a leading figure of the avant garde Off-Off-Broadway movement in the 1960s. Fornés' themes focused on poverty and feminism.




A Developmental Reading
DEATH WINGS
by Bess Welden
with Kat Moraros and Janice O'Rourke

Tuesday, November 18, 2014 at 7:30pm

Grand is the maker of death wings. Some people call her the crazy bird-lady artist. Her granddaughter Rachel is determined to fly. Some people call her the enigmatic genius scientist. Both women feel certain that the limitations of the human body that keep us grounded can be transcended. But their approaches to solving the problem of flight couldn't be more different.




MADAGASCAR
by J.T. Rogers
with Daniel Noel, Jackie Oliveri & Leslie Trentalange
directed by Whitney Smith

Tuesday, March 11, 2014 at 7:30pm

MADAGASCAR is the haunting story of a mysterious
disappearance that changes three lives forever.
At three different periods in time, three Americans
find themselves alone, in the same hotel room
overlooking the Spanish Steps in Rome.




THE NINA VARIATIONS
by Steven Dietz
with Dan Beaulieu and Christine Penney
directed by Kevin Condardo

Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 7:30pm

In this funny, fierce and heartbreaking homage to THE SEAGULL, Steven Dietz
puts Chekhov's star-crossed lovers in a room and doesn't let them out. In
forty-three variations on their famous final scene, Nina (a young actress) and
Treplev (a young writer), pit their vibrant wit and soaring passions against
one another in a fast-paced tour de force of romantic entanglement.




GRUESOME PLAYGROUND INJURIES
by Rajiv Joseph
with Kat Moraros and Nathan Speckman
directed by Whitney Smith

Tuesday, April 23, 2013 at 7:30pm

Over the course of 30 years, the lives of Kayleen and Doug intersect at the most bizarre intervals, leading the two childhood friends to compare scars and the physical calamities that keep drawing them together.




DYING CITY
by Christopher Shinn
with Kat Moraros and Andrew Sawyer
directed by Nathan Speckman

Tuesday, October 30, 2012 at 7:30pm

Christopher Shinn's DYING CITY an intimate play, set in a spare downtown-Manhattan apartment, depicts the role of historic events that transform the lives of three closely observed characters. Infusing his play with references to the war in Iraq and to 9/11 and its aftermath, Shinn explores the loss of a loved one who has died while on military duty in Iraq, and the repercussions of this death on his wife, Kelly, and identical twin brother, Peter.




ENDGAME
by Samuel Beckett
directed by Eryn Colleen Snyder
with Karen Ball, Elizabeth Lardie,
Johnny Speckman
and Nate Speckman

Tuesday, June 5, 2012 at 7:30pm

“A few words...from your heart”
A seminal Beckett masterwork, presented here with a slight twist.
Four souls, isolated, alone together – dependant. Beautiful
and captivating. “If I could sleep I might make love. I'd go into
the woods. My eyes would see... the sky, the earth. I'd run, run, they wouldn't catch me...”






TOPDOG /
UNDERDOG

by Suzan-Lori Parks

with Bari Robinson
and J.H. Smith III

Tuesday, March 13, 2012




A 2002 Pulitzer Prize winner, TOPDOG / UNDERDOG is a darkly comic fable of brotherly love and family identity. The play tells the story of Lincoln and Booth, two brothers whose names were given to them as a joke, foretelling a lifetime of sibling rivalry and resentment. Haunted by the past, the brothers are forced to confront the shattering reality of their future.

Topdog/Underdog photo by Emily Delamater




Georg Büchner's
WOYZECK

directed by Tess Van Horn

with Mariah Bergeron, Matt Delamater,
Christopher Reiling, Nick Schroeder

and Michael Dix Thomas

Tuesday, November 1, 2011



Written in the 1830's, Büchner's last work is one of the most performed and influential plays in the German Theatre repertory. It is considered an "unfinished" work, and Lorem Ipsum's (Threepenny Opera, Blood Wedding) Tess Van Horn will give her take on this often interpreted work. The play can be seen as working class tragedy, though it can also be viewed as having another dimension, portraying the perennial tragedy of human jealousy.

Van Horn explains "I want to tighten up the translation, to try and make it as minimal of a cast as possible, with most actors playing multiple characters. I like this idea to heighten the sense of "madness" that the character of Woyzeck slowly slumps into as the story progresses. What is "real" to the character? What is "real" to the audience? Are these characters that keep interacting with Woyzeck real or progressively more and more surreal?"

Woyzeck photo by Emily Delamater


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