Dramatic Repertory Company On Stage

A Nervous Smile
Performance Times

Thurs. March 8 @7:30pm
Fri. March 9 @7:30pm
Sat. March 10 @7:30pm
Sun. March 11 @2pm

Wed. March 14SOLD OUT
Thurs. March 15 @7:30pm
Fri. March 16 @7:30pm
Sat. March 17 @7:30pm
Sun. March 18 @7:30pm

** Discount Wednesdays

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Molly Bryant Roberts
  Molly W. Bryant
Paul Drinan
Paul Drinan  
Laura Graham
Laura Graham
Jackie Oliveri
Jackie Oliveri

Molly W. Bryant Roberts (Nic) has been stomping about the boards of Greater Portland for the better part of the last 20 years. She is fortunate enough to have worked with The Originals, The Fenix Theatre Company, Acorn Productions, and The Theater Project, among others. Some of her favorite roles (not to be mistaken with best) include Louise in Always, Patsy Cline, Olivia in Twelfth Night, Gertie in Fuddy Meers, Lord Silence in Silence, and Sarah in the feature film 2.

Paul Drinan (Brian). Paul would like to thank Dramatic Repertory Company for the opportunity to explore playwright John Belluso's dark world. While acting in New York, Paul studied with the highly respected Jodie McClintock (Shakespeare), Terry Schreiber (scene study and stage relationships) and Patsy Rodenberg (vocal coach to the Royal Shakespeare Company). Paul is a founding member of the Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, the award winning audio theater group Rocky Coast Radio Theater and has performed with members of The Royal Shakespeare Company. For more information please visit www.pauldrinan.com

Laura Graham (Eileen) is pleased to be returning to Dramatic Repertory Company after having appeared in Gross Indecency: the Three Trials of Oscar Wilde this past spring. Other recent roles include Witch 2/Murderer/Doctor in Freeport Shakespeare Festival's Macbeth; and Cleopatra in Antony and Cleopatra and Rosalind in As You Like It with Naked Shakespeare Ensemble's Riverbank Shakespeare Festival in Westbrook; and the premiere of the one-woman show Savannah with the Maine Playwright's Festival. Other recent roles include Edith Frank in The Diary of Anne Frank with The Theater at Monmouth; Miss Lowell in The Good Theater's Light Up The Sky; and Elizabeth Proctor in The Crucible with Heartwood Regional Theater in Damariscotta. Some of her favorite past roles include Lady Macbeth and Desdemona with the Flock Theater in Connecticut; Viola in Twelfth Night and Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream with the Carolinian Shakespeare Festival in North Carolina; and Jennie in Chapter Two with the Outlore Dinner Theater in Maine. Laura holds a BFA in Acting from Cornish College of the arts in Seattle.

Jackie Oliveri (Blanka). Jackie is honored to work with this talented cast on this wonderfully provocative production. Most recently, she has performed with Pearwater Productions in the role of "Sylvia" in My Gay Son's Wedding, and with The Originals in the role of "Lorraine" in Shepherd's A Lie of the Mind. In addition, she has performed in a variety of productions with Freeport Community Players, Portland Players, Two Lights Theater Ensemble, Acorn Theater, the Maine Playwrights Festival, Carolyn Gage Productions, the Portland Stage Intern Company, and Mainely Monologues: a SWAN Day Celebration. She is grateful to both Whitney and Keith for helping to give shape-and voice-to this important issue.

Holly Hinchliffe (Emily). Holly is 14 years old and delighted to be a part of A Nervous Smile with the Dramatic Repertory Company. She has previously performed with Portland Players as Mustardseed in A Midsummer Night's Dream, with the Lyric Stage in Annie Warbucks as Peaches and with King Middle School as the lead as Linda in Hurricane Smith and the Garden of the Golden Monkey, Delilah in Friday Night Fever, and this season will play the role of Grandpa Joe in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Holly would like to thank her family and the cast and crew here at DRC!

John Belluso (Playwright / 1969-2006) was an award-winning playwright and pioneering champion for artists with disabilities. A wheelchair-user since the age of 13, he often put his own experiences with disability at the center of his dramatic work. Belluso used rigorous humor and historical perspective to study disability within our culture. His plays include: A Nervous Smile (produced by the Actor's Theatre of Louisville Humana Festival of New Plays), The Body of Bourne (produced by the Mark Taper Forum), Henry Flamethrowa (produced by Trinity Repertory Company, Victory Gardens Theatre and Studio Dante), The Rules of Charity (produced by the Magic Theatre), Pyretown (developed at NYSF/Public Theatre's New Work Now Festival, produced by Geva Theatre, Victory Gardens and Keen Company), Body Songs created with legendary theatre director Joseph Chaikin (Eugene O'Neill Center/NPC, workshopped at the NYSF/Public Theatre), Gretty Good Time (produced by the Ensemble Studio Theatre, Perishable Theatre, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts and the Falcon Theatre).

WHITNEY SMITH (Director) is honored to be part of DRC's second season. Whitney is a 2008 graduate of Baylor University where she received her MFA in Directing. She arrived in Maine shortly after to complete an internship at Portland Stage Company. In Maine, Whitney has directed for The Old Port Playhouse and served as assistant director and dramaturg for DRC's Gross Indecency last season. Directing credits include: The Pavilion, Spinning Into Butter, Almost, Maine, and It's A Wonderful Life.

MICHAELA WIRTH (Lighting Design). Rarely seen in the full light of day, this designer is delighted to be working once again with DRC. When not in the darkness of the theatre, she can often be found in the darkness of the projection booth of the Nicklelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Design) is very pleased to be working with the DRC! Over the past 20 years, Chris has designed shows for several different venues including: Civic Theatre of Greater Lafayette, Children's Theater of Maine, St. Lawrence Performing Arts Center, and Portland Stage Company. He is Technical Director at Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. Chris works days at the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine as a member of their Exhibits/ Operations team. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

MARCH 8 - 18, 2012


This is what art is about.
Making you think, react, respond.”

- Bill Cook, March 10, 2012


These four impeccably cast actors
give wrenching, superbly
measured performances.”

- Portland Phoenix, March 14, 2012
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with sharp-tongued wit.
The audience watched in rapt silence.”

- Maine Sunday Telegram, March 11, 2012
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I guarantee you will not stop talking about
this play long after the lights go black.

- Broadwayworld.com, March 12, 2012
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by John Belluso
directed by Whitney Smith

Four parents are connected by a shocking choice in this surprisingly funny, lyrical, poignant and gripping drama. You think you know what you would do, but how can you be sure?

John Belluso bravely treads where few playwrights dare to go, and tackles difficult subjects with honesty, humor, compassion and skill. He holds up the mirror, and gives us the ability to see and understand our world in new ways.

Belluso (1969-2006) began using a wheelchair at the age of 13, and was a pioneering champion for artists with disabilities.
A Nervous Smile was his last complete play
before his untimely death.

“Provocative...meaty topics of immediate political and
social currency...honest funny and compassionate.”

- New York Times

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