Past Productions

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2013 – 2014 Season:

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by Lafcadio Hearn

Adapted by Richard Henrich and Izumi Ashizawa

Directed by Izumi Ashizawa

May 29 – June 22, 2014

Inspired by Lafcadio Hearn’s book “Kwaidan: Stories and Studies of Strange Things,” first published in 1904, visual theater director Izumi Ashizawa brings to life a series of Japanese ghost stories. In Japanese, Kwaidan means “weird tales,” but what Hearn has done goes beyond the supernatural. Over several years, this Western author who adopted Japan as his homeland, transformed kwaidan into a unique collection, where ghostly sketches of an unreal world meet a sense of spiritual reality.

weddingdress postcard front proof3The Wedding Dress
by Nelson Rodrigues

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

February 14 – March 9, 2014

Two sisters. One man. A car accident. Those are some of the explosive ingredients in The Wedding Dress, by Nelson Rodrigues, who is widely regarded today as Brazil’s greatest playwright. The plot shifts quickly from reality, to the past, and to the imagination of the main character’s confused mind – in a way that was so revolutionary in 1942 that it changed forever the way theater was presented in Brazil.


The Two-Character Play
by Tennessee Williams

Directed by Richard Henrich
With Lee Mikeska Gardner and David Bryan Jackson

October 3-27, 2013

 Williams called it “my most beautiful play since Streetcar.”  Stranded in the State Theater of a State unknown, brother and sister actors play with fire and fear.  Sibling rivalry, compassion and humor intersect with memory and imagination in a spellbinding, dangerous enterprise.

2012 – 2013 Season:

Candide Postcard Front Final

Optimism! or Voltaire’s Candide by Francois-Marie Arouet (Voltaire) adapted by TJ Edwards

Directed by Michael Chamberlin

April 25 – May 19, 2013

Voltaire’s masterpiece, adapted for the stage in rhymed couplets by playwright TJ Edwards, is an assault on society, religion, human nature, education, government and above all, optimism. Candide’s journey is here enacted by nine actors playing over 70 roles in a madcap journey to discover just what it is that makes life worth living.

Kafka on the Shore  by Haruki Murakami
and adapted by Frank Galati

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

With Michael Wong, Dane Figueroa Edidi, Steve Beall, Julia Nakamoto, Jennifer Knight, Tuyet Thi Pham, Steve Lee, Al Twanmo, MiRan Powell, Sarah Taurchini, Jon Jon Johnson, and Wonsup Chung

January 31-February 24, 2013

Filled with riddles—only some of them solved. A kaleidoscope of images and characters who morph, combine, and fall into patterns of perfect dream logic. A journey to the brink of the subconscious and back.

Reckless by Craig Lucas

Directed by Richard Henrich

With Mundy Spears, Jim Zidar, Camron Robertson, Tiffany Garfinkle, Hilary Kacser, Doug Krehbel, and Gale Nemec

October 4-28, 2012

From Craig Lucas comes this darkly comic tale of a modern-day Alice in a perilous winter wonderland. When Rachel is forced to flee her home on Christmas Eve, she embarks on a series of comic misadventures that test her belief that it is indeed a wonderful life.

2011 – 2012 Season:

The Water Engine by David Mamet

Directed by Richard Henrich

With Scott Seder, Noah Mitchel, Laura Rocklyn, Hilary Kacser, David Coyne; Ian LeValley, T. Griffin Jones, John Brady, Max Jackson, Mary Egan; Baakari Wilder and Chuck Young.

February 15 – March 11 2012

The Water Engine:  Through the device of a live radio play, Mamet follows the agony of an inventor named Charles Lang who attempt to get his revolutionary creation patented: an engine which runs exclusively on water. In his journey, Lang has to face an ugly side of Chicago not advertised at the Century of Progress Exposition.


2010 – 2011 Season:

Einstein’s Dreams

From the novella by Alan Lightman, adapted by Kipp Erante Cheng.

Directed by Rebecca Holderness

With Adam Segaller

June 2 – 26, 2011

A patent clerk in Switzerland dreams possible theories of Time. Twenty six-year old Einstein discovers Relativity, as other worlds nesting inside the shell of convention blossom and unfold. Twelve actors make and remake past, present and future in movement, light and sound – giving us physics in action and a transforming vision of life.



Written and Directed by Richard Henrich

With Wendy Wilmer, Matthew Friedman and Davis Hasty

Presented as a part of the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival.

July 11 – 25, 2010

Fort Fringe – Redrum 612 L Street NW, Washington, DC 2000

HORUS (ancient Egyptian god): A down-at-the-heels French lady artist and a young wannabe developer cook up an unlikely real estate scheme. Under duress, denizens of their unconscious minds surface and become real, with supernatural effect.  Funny, weird, and always thought-provoking.


2009 – 2010 Season:

The Lost Ones  a text by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Richard Henrich
Featuring Carter Jahncke

October 21 – November 14, 2010

Travelled to Touchstone Theatre
Bethlehem, PA Nov 18 -21, 2010

The Lost Ones: Cast of hundreds!  Scores of tiny people.  One man.  Locked in the inmost sanctum of the mind.  This could be the end of all…   Like nothing you’ve seen – or experienced – anywhere else.  It’s not allowed. 

2008 – 2009 Season:

Dreams of  Women Dancing  by Michael A Stang

Directed by Jessica Lefkow

A New WorkShop production

April 26, 2009

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

With Dave Coyne, Jessica Drizd Aimone, Carter Jahncke, Stephanie Lagerlef and Carol McCaffrey

Dreams of  Women Dancing: An art conservator working in Paris hears opera not performed in 100 years and sees buildings as they were a century ago.  Is he going mad?  The strange truth is the spirit of a great master has important business to complete.  And our hero’s hand holds the brush. 

Heart of a Dog  by Mikhail Bulkakov

Directed by Patrick Torres

February 13 -Mars 8, 2009
Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

With Carter Jahncke, James Gagne,  Joshua Drew, Janey Richards, D Grant Cloyd, Karen Novack and Joshua Singer .

Heart of a Dog: A hilarious satire from the author of The Master and Margarita.  A great Professor performs a surgical miracle with transplants, transforming a stray dog into a human.  Dog, now man, runs riot in the Professor’s household and becomes a rising communist apparatchik, extending his antic rampage to the world outside.  Banned over 60 years in Russia, this biting comedy is now a universally savored cultural phenomenon.

Beckett Duo: Krapp’s Last Tape & Ohio Impromptu by Samuel Beckett

Directed by Richard Henrich

October 31 – November 23, 2008

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

Featuring Carter Jahncke

“Krapp’s Last Tape is about memories: A handful of one old man’s highly specific memories, each one hard-wired with a different, shattering emotion.  Jahncke prowls the stage, he sighs with sybaritic relish as he successfully threads his reel-to-reel, gets well and truly gobsmacked upon listening to a description of a beautiful woman he’s long since forgotten, and dismisses his younger self’s spiritual dabbling with unalloyed rage.” - CityPaper 

2007- 2008 Season:

Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue Presents The Oresteia based on Aeschylus

Music and Lyrics: Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams

Book by: Debra Buonaccorsi

2008 Capital Fringe Festival

Selected dates from July 11 – July 26, 2008

If the ancient Greek playwright, Aeschylus had gone on tour with Led Zeppelin, Woody Guthrie and a carnie troupe, this is what he would have written.  A tale of blood, guts and vengeance, Aeschylus’s Oresteia, re-charged.  Rowdy, raucous, loud and literate: Dizzy Miss Lizzie’s Roadside Revue Presents The Oresteia.

The Marriage of Bette and Boo  by Christopher Durang

Directed by Perry T. Schwartz

June 5 – June 29, 2008

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

With Katie Atkinson, Gerald B. Browning, William C. Cook, Joe Cronin, Mary C. Davis, Bill Gordon, Martha Karl, Ellen Mansueto, David Rothman and Mundy Spears

Wicked and dazzling.  Thirty years of divorce, alcoholism, madness and death in a wacky family world turned inside out.  Wielding the sharp edge of farce, Durang strips an unlikely lode of irony and improbable laughter from the bone yard of his past.

Fool for Love By Sam Shepard

Directed by Kasi Campbell

Feb 14  Mar 9, 2008

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

with Stewart Walker, Halsey Varady, Manolo Santalla and James Gagne

“Walker, hollow-eyed and unshaven, is superb … perfectly matched with Verady, who radiates sexuality like a star radiates heat.  With this production, Spooky Action Theater establishes itself beyond question as a significant force in Washington theater. “  —

Dark Rapture by Eric Overmyer

Directed by Paul Takacs

Nov 8  Dec 2, 2007

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

A fire in the Hollywood hills. A charred corpse in the rubble.  Whose body is it?  And where is the seven million dollars?  The mob is probably going to want that back.  Sex, death, money and mystery.  Spooky Action brings film noir to the stage.

365 Days 365 Plays by SusanLori Parks

Directed by Richard Henrich

Sep 14  Sep 15, 2007

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College

A week from Suzan-Lori Parks’ play-a-day cycle.  A meditation on an artistic life.  Some plays are short, less than a page – and others last forever.


2006-2007 Season:

A Swedish Tiger by Göran Gillinger and Jens Östberg

Directed in Sweden by Jens Östberg

Directed in DC by Richard Henrich

Jul 20  Jul 25, 2007

Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Hall, Capital Fringe Festival

Abba, blondes, IKEA and neutrality. And a closet of dark secrets from WWII. In a fast paced, pop culture riff on the dangers of apathy in times of war and injustice.

The Lathe of Heaven by Ursula K LeGuin

Directed by Richard Henrich

May 31  Jun 24, 2007

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College
Blessed – or cursed – with reality altering dreams, George Orr comes under the hand of a doctor eager to remake the world. Danger! Dreams won’t be trained. Plague sweeps the earth, volcanoes emerge, Aliens take over the moon.

Holy Ghosts by Romulus Linney

Directed by Richard Henrich

Mar 8 – Apr 1, 2007

Black Box Theatre, Montgomery College
Along a back road in Appalachia, amid a Pentecostal sect that stirs up ecstasy out of laughter, music, prayer and lethal rattlesnakes, we are unexpectedly moved by the grace of lost souls who risk everything, from ridicule to madness to death, in the belief they will yet be found.

2005-2006 Season:

Alice In Wonderland by Lewis Carroll

created, performed and written by the original members of The Manhattan Project

Directed by Richard Henrich

May 11  Jun 4, 2006

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
Oxford don smitten with 7-year-old girl propels her through an unhinged alternate world. Things spring to life. All the creatures and people are mad. Propriety is stripped; the rules turn inside out. What’s left is raw instinct, and love rising up from the wreckage.

Rameau’s Nephew by Denis Diderot

adapted by Shelly Berc & Andrei Belgrader

Directed by Richard Henrich

March 8  April 2, 2006

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
Part scoundrel, part genius and shameless buffoon, the Nephew makes pursuing the good life in pre-revolutionary Paris an art. A music hall on the edge of the abyss, Rameau’s Nephew resonates uncannily today, here in the world’s next Ancien Régime. 

Save the Leopard by TJ Edwards

Directed by Richard Henrich

Oct 12  Nov 6, 2005

Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint
Sharp and funny, no holds are barred – for Leo in saving wild leopards and Diana climbing the ladder of success. Their When Harry Met Sally affair ends in a head-on crash of ethics, agendas and wounded hearts. The endangered species…? It could be us.


Checkpoint by Nicholson Baker

directed by Richard Henrich

Oct 24  Oct 26, 2004

The Warehouse Next Door
Imagine you’re at a checkpoint somewhere. Suddenly a machine gun howls, and you watch as the heads of your two little girls come off. Imagine you’re that mother, imagine what you’d do. How can life go on the same?