The Emperor of North America

by Thomas Hischak
directed by Scott Bloom

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September 16, 2016 - October 01, 2016

Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm

Sundays at 2pm: September 18 and September 25

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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Ted Culler

Norton I, the emperor: Ted Culler

Brendan Murray

Leo, a writer: Brendan Murray

Pam Northrup

Sylvia, his agent: Pamela Northrup

Lena Winter

Rita, his girlfriend: Lena Winter

Lenora Spahn

Molly, his daughter: Lenora Spahn


Production Staff

Director: Scott Bloom
Producers: Lennie Magida and Jerry Schuchman
Assistant Director & Stage Manager: Kassie Stroud
Set Designer & Master Carpenter: Andrew S. Greenleaf
Lighting Designer: Jim Robertson