Production Funders: The Share Fund and The Paul M. Angell Foundation
Maple and Vine by Jordan Harrison (writer/producer on the hit series "Orange is the New Black" and a Pulitzer Prize Finalist in Drama for Marjorie Prime)
Directed by Stevie Zimmerman Featuring Nick DePinto, Stephen Russell Murray, Amanda Tudor, Em Whitworth & Jacob Yeh September 29 - October 23, 2022 Pay-What-You-Can: Sept 29 & 30 at 8pm THE REVIEWS ARE IN: “A RIVETING phantasm that transports audiences back in time. [It] spins a CHILLINGLY COMPLEX web. Under Zimmerman’s direction, Harrison’s stellar script animates ENGROSSING PERFORMANCES from all; with KUDOS extended to the women characters in particular. Whitworth’s Katha charms and enrages audiences. Tudor’s Ellen never misses a beat, topping it off with a final monologue that WILL LEAVE AUDIENCES BREATHLESS. A disturbing examination of an American social macabre.” (Washington City Paper)
"FAIRLY SPARKLES [with] STRONG ACTING. Zimmerman's direction is seamless and fast-moving"(BroadwayWorld)
Big City dwellers Katha and Ryu have become disenchanted with their 21st-century lives. The harder they try to figure out what happiness looks like, the more elusive it becomes. Then they meet Dean, from a idealistic community that exists in a permanent state of 1955.
They forsake cell phones and sushi for cigarettes and Chicken a la King, taking on new identities that challenge who they thought they were and who they might become. How far will they go--how far would you go to alter your life in the pursuit of happiness? Speaking about his fictional Society for Dynamic Obsolescence, Harrison says, “The notion that less freedom could make you happy is a morally problematic idea..I’m hoping that the audience thinks, ‘I would never do something like that. Or would I?'”