Presented by The University of Maryland Department of Theatre
in association with Round House Theatre
By Charles Mee
Directed by Blake Robison
Saturday, June 5 at 8pm, Sunday, June 6 at 3pm, Wednesday,
June 9 at 7:30pm, Thursday, June 10 & Friday, June 11 at 8pm,
Saturday, June 12 at 3 & 8pm, Sunday, June 13, 2010 at 3pm
Written by American playwright Charles Mee, Hotel Cassiopeia chronicles the life of Joseph Cornell through the exploration of the renowned modern artist’s creative assemblage boxes – collections of discarded souvenirs and mementos, buttons, feathers, marbles, corks, fake-birds, old maps, anything – which he constructed to visually portray his feelings brought on by the unique world he lived in. Having spent the entirety of his adult life caring for his disabled brother Robert while living in his mother’s basement in Queens, Cornell amassed an immense collection of correspondence and journals, each filled with observations and obsessions that reveal his desire to capture through his work the intense feelings of a hidden moment.
The cast includes D.C.-area professional actor Scott Sedar as Joseph Cornell; Sara Wright (UM ’10) as the ballerina; Theresa Buechler (UM ’11) as Lauren Bacall and Allegra; Ali Grusell (UM ’11) as Mother, Waitress, and DuCamp; Madeline Whiting (UM ’13) as Leila, Marianne, and Girl; Sebastian Delta (UM ’12) as Robert and Matta; Jason Phillips (UM ’10) as the Pharmacist and Corkmaker; James Waters (UM ’13) as the Astronomer; and Jonathon Berenson (UM ’12) as the Herbalist and Gorky.
$15 for general admission; $10 for full-time University of Maryland students, faculty, and alumni (with ID), people who live or work in Silver Spring (with ID), Round House Theatre subscribers, senior citizens, patrons age 30 and under, and groups of 10 or more.