Final week! Must close February 21
By Thomas Gibbons
Directed by Timothy Douglas
January 27 – February 21, 2010

Round House Theatre BethesdaPermanent Collection - Publicity 2
4545 East West Highway
Bethesda, MD 20814

With its extraordinary collection of works by Cézanne and Matisse, eccentric millionaire Alfred Morris’ art museum has longHHR_BLACK_MaxSize flourished in quiet obscurity. When its new African-American director discovers eight remarkable African sculptures tucked away in storage, he proposes to add them to the public galleries. He’s opposed by the foundation’s long-time education director, who’s loyal to the late Dr. Morris’ idiosyncratic instructions that absolutely nothing be changed. Spurred on by a zealous journalist, the clash escalates into a bitter public struggle for control. Timothy Douglas (A Lesson Before Dying) directs a sophisticated, searing drama about art, race, perspectives, and journalism. The Chicago Sun-Times hailed Permanent Collection as “provocative and hugely engaging.” The Los Angeles Times called it “intellectually charged…beautifully balanced…[it] treats a complicated and emotional issue without cheap conclusions.”

Blake’s Take: I couldn’t put this explosive, thought-provoking script down. Loosely based on events surrounding Philadelphia’s famed Barnes Foundation, it powerfully examines how much space – literally and figuratively – our society gives to African-Americans. What’s the cost of failing to view the world through another’s eyes?

Featuring Jeff Allin, Jessica Frances Dukes, Susan Lynskey, Lawrence Redmond, Jewell Robinson, Craig Wallace

Timothy Douglas
Scenic Designer:
Tony Cisek
Costume Designer:
Kathleen Geldard
Lighting Designer:
Dan Covey
Sound Designer:
Matthew M. Nielson
Stage Manager:
Jennifer Schwartz
Jacqueline Lawton

Permanent Collection is recommended for age 15 and above.

This production is sponsored in part by Bonnie and Alan Hammerschlag.

Photo of Craig Wallace and Jeff Allin by Clinton Brandhagen.