ON STAGE


THE RELIGION THING**

JANUARY 4 - 29

A World Premiere Comedy
By Renee Calarco
Directed by Joe Calarco
Designed by Cory Ryan Frank, Jim Kronzer, Frank Labovitz and Veronika Vorel
Stage Managed by Karen Currie

Featuring  Will Gartshore, Kimberly Gilbert, Liz Mamana, Joseph Thornhill and Chris Stezin



Mo and Brian are a picture-perfect DC couple: they’re smart, they’re witty, and they have a beautifully remodeled kitchen. But when Mo’s best friend Patti announces she’s found Jesus and is putting her own career on hold, Mo must take a closer look at the harder truths surrounding her own marriage. A brand new comedy about relationships, faith and the fine line between compromise and regret.

**This production is not recommended for audiences under age 17 due to explicit sexual content.

 
Dates to make note of:

Pay-What-You-Can Previews:  January 4 and 5 at 7:30 pm
$30 Previews: January 7 at 8:00 pm and January 8 at 7:30 pm
Open Caption
 

 

The inaugural project of our “Locally Grown: Community Supported Art/From Our Own Garden” Initiative

Funded in part by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, an agency supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

 

 

 


 

Renee Calarco is onto something”- The Washington Post

"laugh-out-loud action feels present and personal...
—a testament to the five-person cast’s raw, authentic performances"
  --Washingtonian


"laughs, serious pauses, fireworks - both sexual and anger-related - and, in the end, much food for thought on where religion stands in the lives of well-educated, comfortable Washingtonians in 2012" -- Washington Jewish Week

"very modern, very realistic, very funny play" --Metro Weekly

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Renee Calarco is an up-and-coming DC playwright. Her play Short Order Stories received the 2007 Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play. Other plays include Keepers of the Western Door and a one-act play, The Mating of Angela Weiss. Her ten-minute plays include Warriors, The Seven Habits of Highly Defective People and Heavy Mettle. Renee is a member of the Dramatists Guild of America.

The playwright collaborates with nationally acclaimed director (and younger brother) Joe Calarco. A recent Drama Desk Nominee for Outstanding Director of a Musical for his work on In Transit, Mr. Calarco is also a frequent presence in the DC area. He is an Artistic Associate at Signature Theatre, where he recently directed the world premiere of his own play Walter Cronkite is Dead. Other work at Signature includes Assassins (Helen Hayes Award Best Director), the world premiere of Norman Allen’s Nijinsky’s Last Dance (Helen Hayes Awards for Best Director and Best Play), Side Show (Helen Hayes Awards for Best Musical and Best Director), Elegies: a song cycle (Helen Hayes nomination Best Musical), Urinetown (8 Helen Hayes Awards including Best Musical and Best Director), and the world premiere of his own play in the absence of spring. He also directed the world premiere of Renee Calarco’s Short Order Stories for Charter Theatre in Virginia.

FEATURING:

 

 

WILL GARTSHORE

 

 

KIMBERLY GILBERT

 

 

LIZ MAMANA

JOSEPH THORNHILL

 

 

CHRIS STEZIN

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