By Theresa Rebeck
Directed by Jerry Whiddon

February 5 – March 2, 2014
Round House Theatre Bethesda

Area Premiere

“[A] sharp-tongued comedy…director Jerry Whiddon puts on a zingy, precise show…The acting is knowing and amusingly raw…It’s a savvy, satisfying play…great fun to watch” – Washington Post

There’s no such thing as an “easy A” in this class! Writing turns into a contact sport in the fast, funny, and smart new comedy by Pulitzer Prize nominee Theresa Rebeck

Four aspiring young novelists sign up for private classes with Leonard, an international literary figure. Under his recklessly brilliant and unorthodox instruction, some thrive and others flounder, alliances are made and broken, sex is used as a weapon, and hearts are unmoored. They came for a class in writing but got a lesson in survival. Laughter abounds in this hit from Broadway’s most-produced female playwright.

Seminar reunites longtime Round House favorites director Jerry Whiddon and actor Marty Lodge. Jerry and Marty have a long history of working together at Round House. Jerry was one of the company’s founders and served as Producing Artistic Director for over 20 years. Marty was an Associate Artist at Round House for many years, appearing in over 30 plays. Together, Jerry and Marty worked on 15 RHT productions, including Love and Anger, The Pavilion, The Weir, Our Town, Three Days of Rain, Uncle Vanya, Jack & Jill, The Rehearsal, Travels with My Aunt, Nora, Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?, Dog Logic, Two Rooms, The Swan, and The Misanthrope.

The cast includes Katie deBuys (Round House debut), Laura C. Harris (RHT’s Amadeus, 26 Miles, and Young Robin Hood), Tom Story (Next Fall), and Alexander Strain (Glengarry Glen Ross, Next Fall, My Name is Asher Lev, and Lord of the Flies).

Approximate running time is 90 minutes. No intermission.
Please note: Seminar includes a brief moment of partial nudity

Sponsored in part through generous support from Ann & Frank Gilbert and Lynda & Joseph Zengerle
Seminar is presented by special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Artwork by Esther Wu

Seminar Audience Events

From discussions with directors, designers, and actors to audio-described and sign-interpreted performances, each production features fun and informative audience events. For more info, call 240.644.1100.


Gain an inside look at the show’s costume, set lighting, and sound designs from the professionals who make it happen
Wednesday, February 5, 2014 at 6:45 p.m.


Get up close with director Jerry Whiddon in this pre-performance talk
Friday, February 7, 2014 at 7:15 p.m.


Stay afterwards for a lively discussion with members of the cast and special guests.
February 5 thru 9, 2014 and all Wednesday, Thursday, and Sunday performances (except March 2)


RHT offers designated audio-described and sign-interpreted performances of each Bethesda production. More info about those performances may be found below.

Using the services of Maryland Relay, patrons who are Deaf, Hard of Hearing, DeafBlind or Speech Disabled can easily communicate through TTY (text telephone) with the Round House box office about performances in our Bethesda and/or Silver Spring theatres. For more information about using Maryland Relay’s TTY service, visit


Saturday, February 15, 2014 at 3 p.m.


Reservations for sign interpreting services needed at least 2 weeks prior to the performance.
Saturday, March 1, 2014 at 3 p.m.



Izzy: Laura C. Harris
Martin: Alexander Strain
Kate: Katie deBuys
Douglas: Tom Story
Leonard: Marty Lodge


Director:  Jerry Whiddon
Scenic Designer:  James Kronzer
Costume Designer:  Ivania Stack
Lighting Designer:  Daniel MacLean Wagner
Sound Designer:  Eric Shimelonis
Props Master: Kasey Hendricks
Dramaturg: Lloyd Rose
Stage Manager: Bekah Wachenfeld