Spooky Action Theater Announces Their 2014-2015 Season with 2 World Premieres by Roberta Alves

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A Season of World Premieres

Spooky Action Travels to New York and Paris, Back and Forth in Time


Last of the Whyos
by Barbara Wiechmann
Directed by Rebecca Holderness

Feb 5 – Mar 1, 2015

Featuring Michael Kevin Darnall, Tia Shearer, Randolph Rand, Seamus Miller, Elliott Bales, Dane Edidi, Bette Cassatt, Sha Golanski, Ryan Jones, Matthew Marcus, and Stephen Krzyzanowski.

A highly visual and cinematic play, Last of the Whyos follows Eddie Farrell, king of the Whyos gang in 1880s New York, as he slips through time to confront his future self one hundred years in the future and unleash energies long held in check.

Returning to Washington to direct is Rebecca Holderness, whose brilliant stagings of The Wedding Dress by Nelson Rodrigues, and Kafka on the Shoreby Haruki Murakami previously produced a string of sold-out performances for Spooky Action.

The production design team includes Guest Artists Vicki Davis (set design) and Matthew Adelson (lighting design), who will come to Washington from New York and Massachussetts respectively. Erik Teague (costume design)and David Crandall (sound design) are Washington area artists who also helped create last season’s striking production of The Wedding Dress by Nelson Rodrigues. Once again, Spooky Action’s flexible preformance space will be redesigned, tailored to the special requirements of Barbara Wiechmann’s exceptional script.



Jarry Inside Out
by Richard Henrich, freely adapted
from the work of Alfred Jarry

Directed by Catherine Tripp

May 28 – June 21, 2015

Mixing biography with unbridled inner imagination, Jarry Inside Out tracks the convention shattering journey of Alfred Jarry (1873–1907), whose monstrous anti-hero Père Ubu launched the modern era of Dada, Surrealism, and Theater of the Absurd.

“Jarry’s outrageous creation, Ubu, is known. But the story of Jarry’s life is not, and his life is even wilder than his creation,” says Artistic Director Richard Henrich. “Not simply a bad boy cut-up and rabble rouser, Jarry methodically set about breaking all the rules and upending conventions. His goal was to redefine reality and see it with new eyes. The process was jarring (pun intended) – and the life of Alfred Jarry shows he succeeded beyond what most of us would dare to dream.”

With a production design team that includes Brian Allard (Lighting), Erik Teague (Costumes) and David Crandall (Sound), Jarry Inside Out will be staged by Washington based director Catherine Tripp.



This Autumn, we have plenty of NEW WORKS IN ACTION play development projects underway!


Spooky Action Theater
performing at
The Universalist National Memorial Church
1810 16th St. NW.. Washington, DC.. 20009

Free off-street parking is available for every performance
at the Masonic Temple, diagonally across from the theater

Visit www.spookyaction.org
to see performance schedules and purchase tickets


Roberta Alves is a Marketing and Publicity Specialist.