The Season

2016 One Act Festival

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Silver Spring Stage is delighted to host Montgomery Playhouse for the 2016 One Act Festival.

The Festival takes place August 18-21 (Montgomery Playhouse) and August 25-28 (Silver Spring Stage) with a different program each weekend of published and non-published plays.

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The Emperor of North America

by Thomas Hischak
directed by Scott Bloom

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September 16, 2016 - October 01, 2016

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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Stupid F*cking Bird

by Aaron Posner

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October 21, 2016 - November 12, 2016

In this irreverent, contemporary, and very funny remix of Chekhov’s The Seagull, Aaron Posner stages a timeless battle between young and old, past and present, in search of the true meaning of it all. Stupid F*cking Bird will tickle you, tantalize you, and incite you to consider how art, love, and revolution fuel your own pursuit of happiness.

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The Greatest Holiday Special (N)Ever

by collaboration with the Coil Project

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December 09, 2016 - December 18, 2016

This year, treat yourself to a detour off the beaten holiday path. There's nothing worse than tech week for a terrible holiday play…except getting snowed in with the cast and crew. Laughs abound, songs echo, and a few expletives fly as DC's The Coil Project puts its spin on much-loved TV holiday specials of yore. (Recommended for patrons ages 16+)

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Silent Sky

by Lauren Gunderson

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January 13, 2017 - February 04, 2017

Silver Spring Stage is honored to present the Washington-area premiere of Lauren Gunderson’s play about a nearly forgotten giant of astronomy. Henrietta Leavitt’s singular passion to answer the question “Where are we”? produced the foundational science that allowed others--men, of course--to measure the universe.

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Anton in Show Business

by Jane Martin

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February 24, 2017 - March 18, 2017

This madcap comedy follows three actresses across the footlights, down the rabbit hole, and into a strangely familiar Wonderland that looks a lot like American theatre. As these women pursue their dream of performing Chekhov in Texas, they're whisked through a maelstrom of “good ideas” that offer unique solutions to the Three Sisters’ need to have life's deeper purpose revealed. In the tradition of great backstage comedies, Anton conveys the joys, pains and absurdities of “putting on a play” at the turn of the century.

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A Bright New Boise

by Samuel D. Hunter

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April 07, 2017 - April 30, 2017

In the bleak break room of a craft store in Idaho, someone is summoning The Rapture. Will, who has fled his rural hometown after a scandal at his Evangelical church, comes to the Hobby Lobby not only for employment, but also to establish a relationship with Alex, his brooding teenage son, whom he gave up for adoption years earlier. Alex works there along with Leroy, his adopted brother and protector, and Anna, a hapless young woman who reads bland fiction but hopes for dramatic endings. As their manager, foul-mouthed Pauline, tries ceaselessly to find order (and profit) in the chaos of small business, these lost souls confront an unyielding world through the prism of modern faith.

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The Three Sisters

by Anton Chekhov

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May 19, 2016 - June 10, 2016

Transplanted from their beloved Moscow to a provincial Russian town, three sisters—school teacher Olga, unhappily married Masha, idealistic Irina—yearn for the city of their childhood, where they imagine their lives will be transformed and fulfilled. The Three Sisters is a portrait of a family grappling with the bittersweet distance between reality and dreams.

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One Man, Two Guvnors

by Richard Bean

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July 07, 2017 - July 29, 2017

Brighton, England. 1963. Change is in the air, and Francis Henshall is looking to make his mark. Fired from a skiffle band and in search of work, he finds himself employed by small-time gangster Roscoe Crabbe, in town to collect a fee from his fiancée’s gangster father. But the real Roscoe is really dead, and this Roscoe is really his sister, Rachel. She’s not only posing as her own dead brother, but she’s also in love with his killer, Stanley Stubbers, who becomes our hero's other 'guvnor.' Fighting a mounting sense of confusion, Francis goes out of his way to serve both bosses. But with the distractions of a pneumatic book keeper, a self-important actor, and select members of the criminal fraternity (not to mention his own mammoth appetite) to contend with, how long can he keep them apart?

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