The Round House Theatre Teen Performance Program is a pre-professional program for the next generation of theater artists. Round House gathers the region’s most creative young theater artists and provides mentorship to them as they work on a play at our theater. Students selected shadow productions on the RHT stage, attend events and master classes with RHT company members, and work closely with professional artists and practitioners at every step of the process.

The program culminates in The Sarah Metzger Memorial Play which is directed, designed, stage managed, and performed by high school students.  The Sarah Play was established by the Metzger family and friends to celebrate the memory of Sarah Metzger, an inspiring and active member of the theatre community, who was killed in an automobile accident during her freshman year of college.

Danisha Crosby: RHT Associate Producer, Directing Mentor
Brandon McCoy: RHT Lead Teaching Artist, Cast Mentor
Gabrielle Hoyt: RHT Artistic Fellow, Dramaturg Artistic Advisor
Che Wernsman: Stage Management Mentor
Paige Hathaway: Set Design Artistic Advisor
Kasey Hendricks: Props Artistic Advisor
Ivania Stack: Costume Design Artistic Advisor
Rachel Schuldenfrei: RHT Costume Shop Manager, Costume Design Mentor/Advisor
Katie McCreary: Lighting Design Artistic Advisor
Veronica J Lancaster: Sound Design Artistic Advisor
Liz Sena: RHT Master Electrician, Sound & Lighting Design, & Crew Mentor
Michelle Turner: RHT House Manager/House Management Mentor

Jen: Carol Kelleher (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Liz: Queen Griffin (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Sammy: Carly Sturm (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Caroline: Victoria Keith (Quince Orchard HS)
Sean: Cole Greenberg (Montgomery Blair HS)
Evil Liz: Malaika Bhayana (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Krissy: Marie Brier (Lycee Rochambeau)
Todd: Lucas Craig (Montgomery Blair HS)

Director: Alex Haddad (Richard Montgomery HS)
Dramaturg: Liza Hazelwood (Montgomery Blair HS)
Stage Manager: Isabelle Koff (Holton Arms School)
Costume Designer: Willa Murphy (Montgomery Blair HS)
Lighting Designer: Roma Venkateswaren (Thomas S. Wootton HS)
Sound Designer: Ben Bradshaw (Montgomery Blair HS)
Props Designer: Lily Metzger (Einstein HS)
Light Board Operator/Crew: Keira DiGaetano (Richard Montgomery HS)
Sound Board Operator/Crew: Julia Matney (Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS)
Production Associates: Ben Beriss (Montgomery Blair HS), Derek Lamb (Montgomery Blair HS)
Technical Associate: Declan Conditt (John F. Kennedy HS)


The 15th Annual Sarah Metzger Memorial Play
By Diana Metzger
Presented by The Round House Teen Performance Company

March 17 – 19, 2017

Buy-tickets-buttonIt’s 2002. Take one beach house, four high school girls, and a week without parental supervision. Add (just a few) boys and (maybe some) booze. What’s the worst that could happen? From Diana Metzger comes a hilarious play about the D.C.-area tradition of Beach Week, and what happens when a group of high school graduates only has seven days left to come to grips with the rest of their lives.

Whether it’s a pre-show discussion with the designers or a post-show talkback with the actors and special guests, Round House offers numerous opportunities throughout each production to enhance your experience as an audience member. All discussions are FREE for ticket holders unless otherwise noted.

November 23, 2016 – Design Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
November 25, 2016 – Director Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
November 27, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
November 30, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 1, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 2, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 4, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion with Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts Program at the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
Eleanor Holdridge, director
Richard Waugaman, M.D.
Elisabeth Waugaman, Ph.D.
Moderator: Rosa Aurora Chavez, M.D., Ph.D., Psychoanalyst &Chair, Psychoanalysis, Creativity and the Arts Program, Washington Center for Psychoanalysis
December 7, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 8, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 9, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 11, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 14, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 15, 2016 – Post-Show Discussion
December 16, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
December 17, 2016 – Jane Austen High Tea

Pre-Show Discussions

The year: 1985. The place: New York. The mood: apocalypse. Join a member of our staff on Wednesdays and Thursdays before performances as they provide context and background for the play you’re about to see. Discuss the progression of HIV/AIDS, the rise of Reaganism, and the setbacks to gay rights as we provide you with an introduction to Angels’ key themes.

From the destruction of Millennium Approaches rises a new work: Perestroika. Before the second half of your Angels experience, discuss major plot points, character arcs, and themes. Delve into the twists and turns of Millennium in order to prepare yourself for Perestroika.

September 7, 2016 – Design Discussion, Post-Show Discussion
September 9, 2016 – Director Discussion
September 14, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
September 15, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
September 16, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
September 28, 2016 – Director Discussion
October 2, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 5, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 6, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 7, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 9, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 12, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 13, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 14, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 16, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 19, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 20, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 21, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday
October 23, 2016 – Post-Show Panel Discussion (details below)
October 26, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 27, 2016 – Pre-Show Discussion
October 28, 2016 – #FreeBeerFriday

Panels: Angels in Conversation

Over the four weeks of October, join our four panels of experts to discuss the broader themes of Angels in America: the HIV/AIDS epidemic, LGBTQ rights, spirituality, and the play’s own dramatic legacy. Continue the conversation after each October Sunday matinee performance, and truly engage with this epic work.

Medicine: October 2 following the matinee performance
15,527 sick. 12,529 dead. Angels in America opens as the plague of HIV/AIDS continues to swell, with no end in sight. The only hope lies in an experimental treatment called AZT, which has just begun its first human trials. Our panel of NIH experts recounts their race against time to stem the tide of HIV/AIDS, as present-day activists discuss the continued—and underreported—struggle to eradicate the epidemic once and for all.
Dr. David Morens, Senior Scientific Advisor, NIH
Dr. Victoria Harding, author of 30 Years of AIDS
Devin Barrington-Ward, Director of Communications, Whitman-Walker Health

Law: October 9 following the matinee performance
“We will be citizens,” Tony Kushner promises at the end of Angels in America—and history seems to have vindicated his optimism. On the twenty-fifth anniversary of Kushner’s masterpiece, the LGBTQ community has won marriage equality, a repeal of “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell,” and mainstream political acceptance; but the fight is far from over. Our legal panel explores both the triumphs and setbacks of the 21st century, including the ongoing state-level legal backlash against LGBTQ rights.
Hayley Gorenberg, Deputy Legal Director, LAMBDA Legal
Zack Ford, LGBT Editor, ThinkProgress

Religion: October 16 following the matinee performance
“In my church,” Mormon character Harper asserts, “we don’t believe in homosexuals.” Yet Angels in America goes on to reveal a far more complex vision of sexuality and religion, one that seeks to reconcile faith and acceptance. Our panel of faith leaders from the DMV area discusses their own organizations’ efforts to unite these two concepts, while also engaging in a broader conversation about the true nature of a personally and spiritually fulfilling worldview.
Pastor Tim Hughes, Brown Memorial Church
Representatives from 6th and I, and Affirmation DC

Legacy: October 23 following the matinee performance
Two parts, eight acts, thirty-one characters—Angels in America is not a small play, nor was its creation a small task. Join us as our panel explores the story behind the saga, from the play’s conception to its first production at the Eureka Theatre to its impact on American culture, all through oral history and firsthand accounts.
Isaac Butler, co-author of Angels in America: The Oral History
Tom Kamm, Angels in America original scenic designer

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