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The Emperor of North America

Silver Spring Stage is proud to present the world premiere of The Emperor of North America. The Stage is one of just seven theatre groups nationwide selected by the American Association of Community Theatre (AACT) to produce world premiere plays as part of the AACT NewPlayFest 2016.

In San Francisco 160 years ago, Joshua Norton of San Francisco declared himself the first Emperor of North America. Instead of ostracizing him as a madman, his city was charmed and played along. In this touching comedy by Thomas Hischak, Norton’s story has captivated Leo, a writer. But Leo struggles with competing pressures from his aging father, his girlfriend, his daughter, and his agent…as well as with his own internal conflict as he weighs his passion for his work against the draw of commercial success. 

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09/16/2016 - 10/01/2016

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WORLD PREMIERE!

The Emperor of North America

by Thomas Hischak
directed by Scott Bloom 

September 16, 2016 - October 1, 2016

Silver Spring Stage is proud to present this world premiere as part of the American Association of Community Theatre NewPlayFest 2016.

In this touching comedy by Thomas Hischak, Leo, a writer, is captivated by the true story of the self-declared Emperor of North America. But Leo struggles with competing pressures from his aging father, his girlfriend, his daughter, and his agent…as well as with his own internal conflict between his passion for his work and the draw of commercial success. 

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Review - MD Theater Guide

"Having the chance to present a world-premiere play as part of the AACT NewPlayFest 2016 is truly a feather in Silver Spring Stage’s cap. Silver Spring Stage is to be commended for a job well-done."

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Pictured: Ted Culler and Brendan Murray (photo by Harvey Levine)

Review - DC Metro Theater Arts

Silver Spring Stage’s superb production of The Emperor of North America is a must see and should not be missed!

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