U.S. regional premiere • Literary thriller

A play by Phyllis Nagy
Adapted from the novel by Patricia Highsmith
Directed by Blake Robison
September 8 – 26, 2010
Performance added: Sept. 26 at 8pm

Round House Theatre Bethesda

Photo of Karl Miller by Clinton Brandhagen

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.


Enigmatic conman Tom Ripley is determined to gain wealth and social status by any means possible. The perfect opportunity arises when American financier Herbert Greenleaf sends him to Italy to track down his son, who has been living the high life there with his beautiful girlfriend. His mission takes on a sinister twist as the lives of Ripley and young Richard Greenleaf become inextricably entwined – with murder the only way out.


This subversive, psychological thriller explores the mind of one of literature’s great anti-heroes; an intelligent, suave, charming psychopath whose amorality is at the center of a plot about duplicity and murder. Round House is the first regional theatre in the country to have this gripping play on its stage.

Gets closer to the black heart of Highsmith’s novel than you would have thought possible” – Financial Times


Ripley is recommended for ages 17 and up due to adult content ‑ including language, violence, and situations

The Talented Mr. Ripley is sponsored in part through generous support from Jan & Don Boardman


Cast includes: Billy Finn*, Naomi Jacobson*, Marcus Kyd*, John Lescault*, Karl Miller*, Kaytie Morris*, Sasha Olinick*

Director : Blake Robison
Scenic Designer: Narelle Sissons
Costume Designer: Kate Turner-Walker
Lighting Designer: Kenton Yeager
Props Designer: Andrea Moore
Assistant Director: Ann Fraistat
Production Stage Manager: Jennifer Schwartz*

*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, The Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States.

Learn more:

Author Patricia Highsmith on Wikipedia

Playwright Phyllis Nagy on Wikipedia

The novel The Talented Mr. Ripley on Wikipedia