Old Courthouse Theatre

Announcing the 8th Season of Living Room Reading Series

Produced and Directed by Jonathan M Ewart

  "Politics & Theater"



July 10, 2016
The God Game by Suzanne Bradbeer
* A Regional Premiere*


Tom is a Virginia Senator and rising star in the Republican Party. When a long-time family friend resurfaces and offers the opportunity of a lifetime, Tom faces a crisis of conviction while his marriage hangs precariously in the balance. The God Game is a play about faith and politics, marriage and friendship, choices and consequences.


September 11, 2016
Farragut North by Beau Willimon - PG-13
*Regional Premiere*


Stephen Bellamy is a wunderkind press secretary who has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a tight presidential primary race, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to the backroom politics of more seasoned operatives. FARRAGUT NORTH is a timely story about the lust for power and the costs one will endure to achieve it.


November 13, 2016
The City of Conversation by Anthony Giardina - PG


In 1979, Washington D.C. was a place where people actually talked to each other...where adversaries fought it out on the Senate floor and then smoothed it out over drinks and hors d'oeuvres. But it was all about to change.
In this play spanning 30 years and six presidential administrations, Hester Ferris throws Georgetown dinner parties that can change the course of Washington’s politics. But when her beloved son suddenly turns up with an ambitious Reaganite girlfriend and a shocking new conservative world view, Hester must choose between preserving her family and defending the causes she's spent her whole life fighting for.
From the prolific pen of novelist, essayist, and playwright Anthony Giardina comes a play about politics in family, and families in politics. A searing new drama, The City of Conversationdelves into the ever-changing tapestry of U.S. Government and the people who shape it off the senate floor.



January 22, 2017
Mr Smith Goes to Washington - PG
Screenplay by Sidney Buchman
Based on "The Gentleman from Montana" by Lewis R. Foster


Naive and idealistic Jefferson Smith, leader of the Boy Rangers, is appointed on a lark by the spineless governor of his state. He is reunited with the state's senior senator--presidential hopeful and childhood hero, Senator Joseph Paine. In Washington, however, Smith discovers many of the shortcomings of the political process as his earnest goal of a national boys' camp leads to a conflict with the state political boss, Jim Taylor. Taylor first tries to corrupt Smith and then later attempts to destroy Smith through a scandal.


March 19, 2017
Born Yesterday by Garson Kanin - PG


The vulgar, egotistic junkman Harry Brock has come to a swanky hotel in Washington to make crooked deals with government big-wigs. He has brought with him the charming but dumb ex-chorus girl Billie, whose lack of social graces embarrasses even Harry. Billie must be taught some of the amenities, and a few basic bits of information. The young, idealistic magazine reporter Paul Verrall, who has been investigating political skullduggery and is interested in Brock's activities, agrees for a salary, to educate Billie. He finds Billie has a natural honesty and a frank streak in her, and she begins to learn about history, politics, and what Harry really is and what he wants. At a dramatic moment she rebels against being merely a tool in Harry's crooked schemes and refuses to sign the documents which she has come to learn are part of an ambitious effort to defraud the public. This precipitates a crisis, as Billie readies to leave Harry for a new life of her own. Harry's reaction takes the only form he knows: physical violence. Billie now knows that she can no longer have anything to do with Brock, and realizes she and Paul have fallen genuinely in love. Just before she leaves Harry, she helps Paul get hold of incriminating documents of Harry's which will result in scandal and disaster. At the end, Paul and his promising pupil turn their backs on the anti-social and anti-democratic Brock and strike out on their own.


May 21, 2017
Clybourne Park by Bruce Norris - PG


CLYBOURNE PARK explodes in two outrageous acts set fifty years apart. Act One takes place in 1959, as white community leaders anxiously try to stop the sale of a home to a black family. Act Two is set in the same house in the present day, as the now predominantly African-American neighborhood battles to hold its ground in the face of gentrification.




2015-2016

Announcing the 7th Season of Living Room Reading Series

  "The Year of the Woman"
Celebrating Actresses, Playwrights, and Authors

"Stage Door"

"Sealed for Freshness - A Tupperware Party Gone Awry"

"Moonlight and Valentino"

"The Outsiders"

"The Gingerbread Lady"

"An American Daughter"

2014-2015
The 6th Season - " Real People - Real Stories"

"Lombardi"

"Bunny Bunny - Gilda Radner: A Sort of Romantic Comedy"

 "Kindertransport"

"Best of Enemies

"Trumbo: Red, White and Blacklisted"

"Motherhood Out Loud"

 


 *Reader's theatre is a style of theatre in which the actors do not memorize their lines. Rather, they either go through their blocking holding scripts and reading off their lines, or else sit/stand together on a stage and read through the script together. In Reader's theatre, actors use vocal expression to help the audience understand the story rather than visual storytelling such as sets, costumes, and intricate blocking.