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The Watson Intelligence
(curious case of the)

Performance Times

Fri. May 29 @7:30pm
Sat. May 30 @7:30pm – SOLD OUT
Sun. May 31 @2pm

Wed. June 3 @7:30pm** – SOLD OUT
Thurs. June 4 @7:30pm
Fri. June 5 @7:30pm
Sat. June 6 @7:30pm
Sun. June 7 @7:30pm

** Discount Wednesdays

FREE for 25 & Under with ID

James Noel HobanJAMES NOEL HOBAN*. (Merrick) James is very pleased to be back with DRC. He last had the pleasure of working with Keith in the title role of 2011's Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde. James recently finished shooting a principal role in the HBO pilot “The Devil You Know.” He is best known to Maine audiences for his work with Theater at Monmouth, where he will be returning this summer for his fifth season. Other regional acting credits include productions with Good Theater, The Public Theater, Portland Stage Company, Commonwealth Shakespeare Company, Penobscot Theater, American Renaissance Theater, and Mad Horse Theatre. His short film, Recruiting, appeared in over 75 film festivals worldwide. Education: SUNY Purchase / National Theatre of Great Britain.

Christopher HoltCHRISTOPHER HOLT (Watson) is very happy to be working with DRC again, having recently appeared as Richard Burbage/Father Henry Garnet (and more) in Equivocation and as Bob in Swimming in the Shallows. Other recent appearances have been as Charlie in Da with AIRE, Deputy File in The Rainmaker at Good Theater, and multiple roles in Lorem Ipsum's Gargantua and Love and Information. Chris is a graduate of the Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre, and has lived in Portland since the turn of the century.

Janice O'RourkeJANICE O'Rourke. (Eliza) Janice O'Rourke most recently appeared in DRC's Fringe Festival production of CONTRACTions where she played a cruel manager following strict HR policies. Other DRC appearances include Carla Carla in Swimming in the Shallows (yes, her character had two first names.) Janice has appeared at Portland Stage Company in Blithe Spirit, Comedy of Errors, Lend Me a Tenor, Iron Kisses, Out of Sterno and in numerous Little Festivals of the Unexpected. Other theater appearances include Actors Theatre of Louisville KY, Adobe Theater Company NYC, Ontological Theater NYC, Shenandoah Shakespeare international tour. You may recognize Janice from her 5 minutes of fame as the animal rights activist, Ivy Perlow, in the “Law & Order“ episode entitled “Whose Monkey Is It Anyway?” Large thanks to her family for giving her the space to tinker away at this art when she can.

B Arthur Johnson (Jeeves). Jeeves Jennison was born sometime in the 19th Century to a family of modest means. Jeeves always had a penchant for assisting those in need. When he was of age, Jeeves attended the Academy of Assistants, and graduated at the top of his class. At some unknown point, Jeeves stumbled into a Time Vortex, which granted him omnipotence. Naturally, he uses his powers to assist any and everyone who may require it. Jeeves is pleased to assist you, and enhance tonight's performance.

Johnny Speckman (Cadbury) A well respected butler, Cadbury, comes to us by way of Norwich England. Growing up, he attended the Assistants Academy, the rival school for the Academy of Assistants. During his studies there he was working on an invention that would change the butling profession forever and, instead, he accidentally created a Time Vortex. After the Vortex was opened he found he could flow seamlessly through all time periods. Being a loyal assistant he is now charged with making sure everything happens as it was meant to. He is here tonight to make sure nothing upsets the established order.

* Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers
in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract

MADELEINE GEORGE (Playwright) Madeleine George's play The Most Massive Woman Wins premiered as part of the Young Playwrights Festival at the Public Theater in 1994. Since then, her plays, including The (curious case of the) Watson Intelligence, Seven Homeless Mammoths Wander New England, Precious Little, and The Zero Hour, have been produced and developed by Playwrights Horizons, 13P, Clubbed Thumb, Soho Rep, New York Theatre Workshop, Manhattan Theatre Club, Berkeley Rep and Shotgun Players in Berkeley, City Theatre in Pittsburgh, About Face Theatre in Chicago, Two River Theater Company in New Jersey, and the O'Neill Playwrights Conference, among other places. She has received a MacDowell Fellowship, the Princess Grace Playwriting Award, and the Jane Chambers Award, as well as commissions from Manhattan Theatre Club, Playwrights Horizons, and Children's Theatre Company in Minneapolis. Seven Homeless Mammoths... was a finalist for the Susan Smith Blackburn Award; The Zero Hour was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award; and Watson was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize. Madeleine is a resident playwright at New Dramatists, an alum of the Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab and the Lark Playwrights' Workshop, and a founding member of the Obie-Award-winning playwrights collective 13P (www.13p.org). She lives in Brooklyn.

KEITH POWELL BEYLAND (Director) recently directed the critically-acclaimed DRC productions of Equivocation (co-directed, Theatrical Highlight of 2014 - Dig Portland), My Name Is Rachel Corrie, (Theatrical Highlight of 2014 - Dig Portland) A Bright New Boise (co-production with Fenix Theatre, Theatrical Highlight of 2013 - Portland Phoenix), Topdog/Underdog (Best Production - 2013 PEER Award, Theatrical Highlight of 2012 - Portland Phoenix), [title of show], Tigers Be Still, Gross Indecency: The Three Trials of Oscar Wilde, Life During Wartime and Blue/Orange. His full-length plays include Vision, The Waiting Room and Insomniac. Keith also wrote the Libretto for two ballets for children - Around the World with Flat Stanley: The Case of the Red Shoes and Red Riding Hood and the Big "Bad" Wolf which are currently in repertory with the Portland School of Ballet. He spent the last two decades working on and off Broadway with respected organizations like Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Signature Theatre Company (NY), The New Group, Berkshire Theatre Festival and Irondale Ensemble Project. Keith studied with Athol Fugard, John Patrick Shanley, Paula Vogel, Maria Irene Fornes, Anne Hamburger, Carey Perloff and Venable Herndon, among others. He holds a degree with Honors from the Dramatic Writing Program at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

MEG A. ANDERSON (Scenic Design) is a scenic designer, sculptor, artist, performer, and bread baker based in Portland, ME. Meg currently works as a carpenter and scenic artist at Portland Stage Company. She is a graduate of the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, WA, and a co-founder of the Portland based company Tandem Theatre Collective. Meg has designed, devised, and performed works in Dublin, Tacoma, and Portland.

JOAN MATHER (Costume Design) received her MFA in Costume Design at California State University, Fullerton. She joined the faculty of USM in 2012, and teaches in the areas of costuming and makeup. She has designed professionally for the Public Theatre, Bath Shakespeare Festival, Ziggurat Theatre, Stonington Opera House Arts, Theatre at Monmouth, the Western Stage, Good Company Players, Maples Repertory Theatre, Cabaret Repertory Theatre, and the Central California Ballet. Other professional work includes costume construction at Maine State Music Theatre, Opera Philadelphia, the American Conservatory Theatre, Berkeley Repertory Theatre; the Utah Shakespeare Festival, Cal Shakes and the Great River Shakespeare Festival. Her designs for A Mid-Summer Night's Dream at Truman State University were featured in the 2005 World Stage Design exhibition.

STACEY KOLOSKI (Properties/Scenic Artist). Previously designed the set for Gidion's Knot and Topdog/Underdog at DRC, and completed her second season as company member with The Theatre at Monmouth last summer. Other recent set/scenic painting credits include A View From The Bridge, The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, Lieutenant of Inishmore, The Late Henry Moss, The Goat (with Adam Gutgsell) - all for Mad Horse Theater Company; Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf and The Birthday Party -- both for Acorn Productions; and The Seafarer for AIRE. Stacey studied production design and playwriting at Susquehanna University, and is a proud co-owner of STAGES: The Performing Arts Academy for Kids, located in South Portland.

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 Nickelodeon... planning the lights for the next DRC show!

CHRIS FITZE (Sound Design) is very pleased to be working again with 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 both Waynflete in Portland and Morse High School in Bath where he oversees a crew of 30 kids. He also designs and builds sets. He send his love to Jessica, Martin, and Arthur.

BRANDON JOHNSON (Stage Manager). This is B Arthur's first time with DRC and he is very excited. This is also his maiden voyage entering the world of Stage Management, and it is a whole new world for him. B Arthur has recently worked with Ziggurat Theatre Ensemble, Stage Rage Productions, Mad Horse Theatre Company, The Portland Players, and 8Mufnz. B Arthur would like to thank Keith and the cast of Watson for this opportunity. B Arthur enjoys Chamber music and ten-pin bowling.

WHITNEY SMITH (Dramaturge)

May 29 - June 7, 2015


Holt is extraordinary. O'Rourke conveys remarkable verisimilitude. Hoban shows emotional range.”

- Portland Phoenix, June 3, 2015
(read more >>)

Hoban, Holt and O'Rourke impressively
take on much more than the accents of
the shifting places and times.

- Maine Today Magazine, June 3, 2015
(read more >>)

New England Premiere
(curious case of the)

by Madeleine George
with James Noel Hoban*,
Christopher Holt, Janice O'Rourke
B Arthur Johnson, Johnny Speckman

directed by Keith Powell Beyland

Assistants...we all need them, and we crave the company of those people and machines who can help us. George's Pulitzer Prize-Finalist comedy follows just a few of those indispensable souls embodied by a single name: Watson.

Watson: trusty sidekick to Sherlock Holmes; loyal engineer who built Bell's first telephone; unstoppable super-computer that became reigning "Jeopardy!" champ; amiable techno-dweeb who, in the present day, is just looking for love. These four constant companions become one in this brilliantly phantasmagorical, witty, time-jumping, loving tribute (and cautionary tale) dedicated to the people - and machines - upon which we all depend.

DRC proudly presents this New England Premiere production - with an incredible design team and an all alumni cast! Christopher Holt (Equivocation, Swimming in the Shallows) takes on "Watson," with Janice O'Rourke (CONTRACTions, Swimming in the Shallows) as "Eliza," and James Noel Hoban (Gross Indecency) as "Merrick."

There are only 8(!) chances to catch this live theatrical magic. Don't miss out. Get your favorite assistant to reserve you a pair on the aisle...

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FINALIST! Pulitzer Prize for Drama - 2014
WINNER! John Gassner Award - 2014

“Marvelous and filled with marvels. In the Stoppardian world of 'The Watson Intelligence,' Madeleine George’s human, dramatic play takes surprising turns.”
— New York Magazine

“A time-tripping fantasy finds tender humor in geniuses and their helpers. [Madeleine George] juggles several deep themes with grace, wit and intellectual verve.”
— Time Out New York

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DISCOUNT WEDNESDAYS – All seats to Wednesday Evening performances are $10!

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