Beginning Monday, March 30, 2020, Signature Theatre patrons will have the ability to watch the world premiere production of Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes by DC playwright Dani Stoller from their homes. The production played from February 18 through March 13 to near sold-out audiences before canceling performances in response to the COVID-19 health crisis. Virtual tickets are available here.
“When it became apparent that Signature Theatre would have to close for the safety of our patrons, staff and artists, we worked quickly to produce a professional three-camera video in hopes that we could release it to the world,” said Signature Theatre Managing Director Maggie Boland. “We have successfully worked with our union partners in order to provide a full-length video of Dani Stoller’s Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes through our website.”
Current ticket holders have been sent a password protected link and those who wish to watch the production can purchase virtual tickets for $35 at SigTheatre.org. The production will be available online until April 12, 2020.
Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes is directed by Stevie Zimmerman (4615 Theatre Company’s Venus in Fur) and features John Austin (Arena Stage’s Right to Be Forgotten, Kleptocracy) as Bobby, Shanara Gabrielle (Arena Stage’s JUNK, Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Romeo & Juliet) as Lee, Susan Rome (Arena Stage’s Indecent, The Great Society) as Marian, Jordan Slattery (Best Medicine Rep Theater The Consul, The Tramp) as Kitty, and John Leslie Wolfe (Broadway’s Parade, Signature’s Titanic) as Richard.
About the show: Marian, the matriarch of a far-flung Jewish family, had happily settled into retirement life with her new husband Richard. However, when a pregnant niece, the troubled boy next door and a distressed daughter with a secret show up at her door, Marian’s empty nest ends up a little fuller than she imagined.
The creative team includes Scenic Design by Meghan Raham (Arena Stage’s JQA); Lighting Design by Andrew Cissna (Signature’s John); Costume Design by Debra Kim Sivigny (Signature’s John); Sound Design by Kenny Neal (Signature’s Heisenberg); Casting by Kelly Crandall d’Amboise; Intimacy Coordinator Casey Kaleba (Signature’s Blackbeard); Production Stage Manager Karen Currie; Assistant Stage Manager Samantha Wilhelm.