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Welcome to the new Round House! As you’ll see, we’ve changed the focus of our programming a bit. Gone are the literary adaptations. In their place you will find an exciting mix of Modern Classics and Celebrated New Plays and Musicals. Our six play Bethesda season for 2013/14 features two of the best plays of the late 20th Century, two hit Broadway comedies, and two Off-Broadway hits – one that’s a musical and one that features two songs. It’s a season filled with laughter and music. In our Silver Spring black box, we will once again present Forum Theatre and Happenstance Theater as part of our “In Residence” series, and this year, we are proud to add to that mix dog & pony dc. Together, these three companies will produce an exciting nine-show season in Silver Spring. We want you to see all of these shows – not just our Bethesda season – so this year, we’re also adding a new subscription option: the House Pass. For just $30 per month, you can see all 16 shows in our two theaters as many times as you want, when you want. Think of it as Netflix for theater. We have also simplified our pricing options across the board, making it easier than ever to see all of the great work on our stages.

“In Performance” at Round House Bethesda THE 2013/2 014 S E ASON

The Beauty Queen of Leenane Award-winning tragicomedy by Martin McDonagh, Ireland’s greatest living playwright

This Area Premiere. A comedic journey into the choppy waters of middle age by Melissa James Gibson

The Lyons Area Premiere. Nicky Silver’s scathingly funny Broadway hit about the ultimate dysfunctional family

I hope you’ll join me for my first full season as Producing Artistic Director! I look forward to seeing you at the theater. CL I N TONB PH OTO G RAP HY

Ryan Rilette, Producing Artistic Director

Area Premiere. Smart new comedy by Theresa Rebeck, Broadway’s most-produced female playwright

Two Trains Running August Wilson’s potent, humorous portrait of African-American life in the ‘60s

Ordinary Days Area Premiere. A vibrant new musical by Adam Gwon about growing up and enjoying the view

Plus “In Residence” performances by Forum Theatre, Happenstance Theater, and dog & pony dc at Round House Silver Spring

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LEENANE Aug. 21 thru Sept. 15, 2013 By Martin McDonagh Directed by Jeremy Skidmore Maureen, a lonely spinster in her forties, lives with her diabolically manipulative mother Mag in an isolated cottage in the west of Ireland. Mag whines and bullies to get her way while Maureen resentfully fulfills her mother’s every command. When Maureen is offered a last chance at love,

“Extraordinary…deeply affecting…you don’t know whether to laugh, cry or gasp with horror”

she sees a chance to escape. But Mag has other ideas, setting in motion a chain of deceptions, secrets, and betrayals that are both heartbreaking and hilarious. With savage irony, this Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning tragicomedy by Ireland’s greatest living playwright surprises audiences through to its horrifying conclusion. Featuring Kimberly Gilbert as Maureen and Sarah Marshall as Mag.

– Daily Telegraph

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Kimberly Gilbert

Sarah Marshall

P E R FOR MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performance Tuesday, August 27.


THIS AREA PREMIERE

Oct. 9 thru Nov. 3, 2013 By Melissa James Gibson Directed by Ryan Rilette Jane is a poet-without-a-muse, a single mother trying to reignite her life after she suddenly loses her husband. Her supportive friends try to help but only make things more complicated while a sexy, French DoctorWithout-Borders incites temptation – and perspective. This un-romantic comedy with music is a sharp, superbly crafted portrait of a group of friends as they navigate their way through parenthood, death, and adultery into the choppy waters of middle age.

“Beautifully conceived, confidently executed… the dialogue sparkles” – New York Times

An Off-Broadway hit by Obiewinning playwright Melissa James Gibson, it points out with wit and searing grace the absurdities of modern life. Featuring Felicia Curry and Will Gartshore.

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Felicia Curry

Will Gartshore

P E R FOR MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performance Tuesday, October 15.


THE LYONS AREA PREMIERE

Nov. 27 thru Dec. 22, 2013 By Nicky Silver Directed by John Vreeke Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can’t figure out how to redesign her living room. Nicky Silver, the “strange progeny of a coupling between Neil Simon and Edward Albee” (New York Times), brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the

stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash that earned Tony Award and Drama Desk nominations. Featuring Naomi Jacobson and John Lescault.

“A funny, furious tale with honesty, savagery, humanity and wit” – New York Magazine

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Naomi Jacobson

John Lescault

P E R FO R MA NC ES: P E R FO R MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performances Thu., Nov. 28 and Tue., Dec. 3


SEMINAR AREA PREMIERE

Feb. 5 thru Mar. 2, 2014 By Theresa Rebeck Directed by Jerry Whiddon There’s no such thing as an “easy A” in this class! Writing turns into a contact sport in the fast, funny, and smart new comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck. Four aspiring young novelists sign up for a private class with Leonard, an international literary

“One of Rebeck’s best works. A wonderful new comedy” – Associated Press

figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. They came for a class in writing but got a lesson in survival. Laughter abounds in this hit from Broadway’s most-produced female playwright. Producing Artistic Director Emeritus Jerry Whiddon returns to direct. Sponsored in part through generous support from Ann & Frank Gilbert and Lynda & Joseph Zengerle

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Jerry Whiddon P E R FO R MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performance Tuesday, February 11.


TWO TRAINS April 2 thru 27, 2014 By August Wilson Directed by Timothy Douglas It’s 1969 and change is in the air. But for Memphis, the owner of a rundown diner in a dying Pittsburgh neighborhood, the civil rights movement may just be an impractical dream. Torn between whether to gamble on an urban renewal buyout or sell his building to a predatory businessman, he finds himself caught between idealism and brutal reality. Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s searing, humorous, and potent portrait of AfricanAmerican life in the ‘60s tells a

complex story of the inner lives of ordinary people at a turning point in American history. Featuring KenYatta Rogers.

“Glorious storytelling… touching and often funny…penetrating” – New York Times

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KenYatta Rogers P E R FO R MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performance Tuesday, April 8.


ORDINA AREA PREMIERE

May 28 thru June 22, 2014 Music and Lyrics by Adam Gwon Directed by Matthew Gardiner From one of musical theater’s most exciting new composers comes this refreshingly honest, funny musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps.

“A must-see…great tunes…fresh, contemporary and brave” – London Magazine

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When Deb loses her most precious possession – the notes to her graduate thesis – she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turns the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, this Off-Broadway hit is a vibrant, original musical about growing up and enjoying the view. Signature Theatre’s Matthew Gardiner makes his Round House directing debut. Sponsored in part through generous support from Heidi & Mitch Dupler

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Matthew Gardiner P E R FOR MA NC ES: Tuesday thru Thursday at 7:30 p.m. | Friday and Saturday at 8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday at 3 p.m. | No performance Tuesday, June 3.


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“In Residence” in Silver Spring During 2013/14, Round House Silver Spring will host “In Residence” performances by three of the DC area’s most exciting companies – Forum Theatre, Happenstance Theater, and dog & pony dc.

Happenstance returns with the 4th Annual All New Cabaret Macabre (October 24 – November 3, 2013) and Impossible! A Happenstance Circus (January 30 – February 9, 2014). www.happenstancetheater.com

Forum’s 10th season includes: Agnes Under the Big Top by Aditi Brennan Kapil (September 5 – 28, 2013), Meena’s Dream by Anu Yadav (January 8 – 19, 2014), the National New Play Network Rolling World Premiere of Pluto by Steve Yockey (February 20 – March 15, 2014), The Last Days of Judas Iscariot by Stephen Adly Guirgis (May 22 – June 14, 2014), and one additional show to be announced (summer 2014). forumtd.org

Round House’s 12th annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play is another Silver Spring highlight. Our Sarah Play (April 4 – 13, 2014) provides high school students the guidance and resources to mount a production under the mentorship of professional theater artists. It’s the country’s only theatrical production, offered as part of a regional theater’s regular programming, that is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed entirely by high school students.

dog & pony dc will present a repertory of Beertown and A Killing Game (September 30 – October 20, 2013). www.dogandponydc.com

From our earliest days, education and outreach has been a central part of Round House’s mission. Our Education Center is a dynamic hub of activities for theater lovers of all ages and experience levels. Round House annually reaches thousands of patrons in Silver Spring and across the region with a wide range of dynamic programs. For grades K – 12: Afternoon Classes at Round House After-School Residencies Days Off at Round House Free First Friday Classes Internships & Apprenticeships Intersections The Sarah Play Student Matinee Program Summer Programs Teen Master Class Series

Round House Theatre Silver Spring is located at 8641 Colesville Road, next to AFI.

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For adults: Evening Classes The Heyday Players Stage Combat Workshops Visit: www.roundhousetheatre.org/education/ for information. Round House’s Education Center is located at 925 Wayne Avenue in Silver Spring.


“In Conversation” Audience Events

IN CONVERSATIO

Designer Discussions at 6:45 p.m. Beauty Queen: August 21, 2013

Director Discussions at 7:15 p.m.

Post-Show Talkbacks

Beauty Queen: August 23, 2013

This: October 9, 2013

This: October 11, 2013

Beauty Queen: August 21 – 25, September 1 & 8, 2013

Lyons: November 27, 2013

Lyons: November 29, 2013

Seminar: February 5, 2014

Seminar: February 7, 2014

Two Trains: April 2, 2014

Two Trains: April 4, 2014

Ordinary: May 28, 2014

Ordinary: May 30, 2014

This: October 9 – 13, October 20 & 27, 2013 Lyons: November 27 – December 1, December 8 & 15, 2013 Seminar: February 5 – 9, February 16 & 23, 2014

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Round House has been creating compelling theater experiences for the DC metro area since 1976. In the last decade alone, over half a million patrons have attended shows in our theaters and more than 55,000 students of all ages have taken classes in our Education Center. We’ve got big plans for the next 10 years too, but we need your help. Ticket revenue and other earned income cover half of what’s needed

to put our productions on stage and our education and outreach programs into the community. We rely on the generosity of friends and supporters like you for the rest. Adding a contribution to your subscription order will help secure our future and make our dreams a reality. For more information on becoming a RHT donor, call 240.644.1401 or email development@ roundhousetheatre.org.

Lyons: December 7, 2013 at 3 p.m. Seminar: February 15, 2014 at 3 p.m. Two Trains: April 12, 2014 at 3 p.m. Ordinary: June 7, 2014 at 3 p.m.

Reservations for sign interpreting services needed at least 2 weeks prior to the performance.

Beauty Queen: September 14, 2013 at 3 p.m. This: November 2, 2013 at 3 p.m. Lyons: December 21, 2013 at 3 p.m. Seminar: March 1, 2014 at 3 p.m. Two Trains: April 26, 2014 at 3 p.m. Ordinary: June 21, 2014 at 3 p.m

Maboud Ebrahimzadeh and Salma Shaw in Bengal Tiger at the Baghdad Zoo.

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Ordinary: May 28 – June 1, June 8 & 15, 2014

This: October 19, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Sign-interpreted performances

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Two Trains: April 2 – 6, April 13 & 20, 2014

Audio-described performances Beauty Queen: August 31, 2013 at 3 p.m.

Play It Forward! We want to make attending shows at Round House an integral part of a Montgomery County education. To that end, we’re starting a new program this year: Play It Forward. We’re setting aside 11,000 tickets for Montgomery County high school students next year – enough to send every high school senior to a show. Help us bring these students to the theater. Help us make attending the theater for free a part of what it means to grow up in Montgomery

County. Every $20 you donate to this campaign will send one student to a show – our goal is to raise $220,000 so that we can offer free tickets to every senior! Call 240.644.1401 or email development@ roundhousetheatre.org for more information.

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3 subscription options to choose from:

• Our flexible packages can be tailored to match your interests, schedule, and pocketbook. You can select the 3 to 6 plays of your choice and subscribe for as little as $90. Only subscribers with a 3- to 6-play package have renewal rights on their seats from season to season. • A FlexPass gives you 6, 5, 4, or 3 admissions which can be used in any combination for any Bethesda production. You can bring friends and use all your admissions at once or spread out their use through the entire season. • Our new House Pass lets you see all RHT Bethesda productions – and Forum Theatre, Happenstance Theater, dog & pony dc, and Sarah Play performances in Silver Spring – as many times as you want on the dates that you want. House Pass is valid at regularly scheduled performances only and not at any special readings, events, or fundraisers held by Forum, Happenstance, or dog & pony while in residence at RHT Silver Spring.

For more information, call 240.644.1100 or visit us online: www.roundhousetheatre.org

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SUBSCRIBE NOW No handling fees. Ever!

As a subscriber, you’ll never pay any handling or service fees, as single ticket buyers do.

Ticket Exchanges Can’t make your date? Pick another. Enjoy free ticket exchanges up to show time. You’ll pay extra only if you move to a more expensive section.

Bring-a-Friend Coupon 6-play subscribers (and 6-admission FlexPasses) receive a coupon for one free additional ticket.

Friends & Family Discount Want to bring family or friends? Subscribers can purchase additional non-subscription tickets at the subscription rate.

Ticket Insurance Lose or forget your tickets? We’ve got you covered at no charge.

Close to Metro, easy to reach In both Bethesda and Silver Spring, we’re steps from Metro, with convenient parking nearby as well. Alexander Strain in Glengarry Glen Ross.


Subscription options & prices SUBSCRIPTION PACKAGES 6-plays 5-plays $270 $225 $180 $150

4-plays $180 $120

3-plays $135 $90

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FLEXPASS Admissions that can be used in any combination for any RHT Bethesda production 6-admission 5-admission 4-admission 3-admission $270 $225 $180 $135 NEW! HOUSE PASS See all RHT Bethesda productions – and Forum Theatre, Happenstance Theater, dog & pony dc, and Sarah Play performances in Silver Spring – as many times as you wish. Each House Pass is good for 1 person and is valid Aug. 1, 2013 thru July 31, 2014. VIP Pass (center section seats in Bethesda): $360 30 & Under Pass (side section seats in Bethesda; ID required): $240

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