World premiere adaptation
Adapted & directed by Blake Robison
From the novel by Alice McDermott
Held over thru February 27, 2011
For info about audience events during this production - including the special Parents’ Matinee (with childcare for ages 3-12, must be potty trained), pre- and post-show discussions, audio-described and sign-interpreted performances – click here.
Click here to read the Bethesda Magazine feature on Charming Billy.
In a small Bronx bar, a funeral party has gathered to honor Billy Lynch. Through the night, his friends and family weave together the tale of a husband, lover, dreamer, and storyteller, but also that of a hopeless drunk whose immense charm was but a veil over a lifetime of secrets and all-consuming sorrow.
Charming Billy is a masterful look at how a community can pin its dreams to one man, and how good intentions can be as destructive as the truth they were meant to hide. Blake Robison directs his stage adaptation of the acclaimed novel by Bethesda’s Alice McDermott, a National Book Award winner.
Alice McDermott’s novel is “luminous and affecting” ‑ New York Times
Charming Billy is recommended for ages 13 and up
Cast includes: Julie Ann Elliott*, Conrad Feininger*, John Feltch*, Kate Guesman, Molly Cahill Govern+, Mitchell Hébert*, Erin Jacobs, Kathryn Kelley*, Brianna Letourneau, Amy McWilliams*, Kathie Mack, Jane Papish, Talia Silber, Michael Tolaydo*, David Whalen*, and Joey Wolf.
Director : Blake Robison
Scenic/Lighting Designer: Kevin Rigdon
Costume Designer: Trish Rigdon
Sound Designer: Matthew M. Nielson
Properties Designer: Andrea Moore
Production Stage Manager: Jennifer Schwartz*
*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.
+Equity Membership Candidate
Author Alice McDermott on Wikipedia
A 1998 NPR interview with Alice McDermott after Charming Billy won the National Book Award
Playwright and director Blake Robison