THE LEGEND OF GEORGIA McBRIDE
By Matthew Lopez
Directed by Tom Story
June 6 – July 1, 2018
Our 40th anniversary season closes with a heartwarming, “stitch-in-your-side funny” (New York Times) comedy that will give you life! When the owner of a run-down bar in the Florida Panhandle hires his cousin’s drag show to attract more customers, Elvis impersonator Casey is out of a job. Or is he? While trying to pay the rent and prepare for his first child, Casey meets Miss Tracy Mills and finds that he has a thing or two to learn about who he is—on and off the stage. Our fierce and fabulous cast struts the stage, serving up wit, warmth, and one outrageous musical performance after another. The (drag) race is on and a legend is born!
“This play is stomp-your-feet, snap-your-fingers, clap-your-hands, singalong joy.” – The Philadelphia Inquirer
Matthew Lopez is the author of The Whipping Man, one of the most widely produced new American plays of the last several years. The play premiered at Luna Stage in Montclair, NJ and debuted in New York at Manhattan Theatre Club. That production was directed by Doug Hughes and starred Andre Braugher. The sold-out production extended four times, ultimately running 101 performances off-Broadway and garnering Obie and Lucille Lortel Awards. Matthew was awarded the John Gassner New Play Award from the New York Outer Critics Circle for the play. Since then, it has been received over 40 productions worldwide. His play Somewhere has been produced at the Old Globe, TheatreWorks in Palo Alto, and most recently at Hartford Stage Company, where his play Reverberation received its world premiere in 2015. His newest play, The Legend of Georgia McBride, premiered earlier this year at the Denver Theatre Center for the Performing Arts. His play The Sentinels premiered in London at Headlong Theatre Company in 2011. Matthew currently holds new play commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Manhattan Theatre Club, Hartford Stage, and South Coast Rep. Matthew was a staff writer on HBO’s “The Newsroom” and is currently adapting Javier Marias’ trilogy “Your Face Tomorrow” for the screen.
Tom Story returns to Round House Theatre after appearing in Angels in America, Next Fall, and Seminar. He is an Affiliated Artist at Shakespeare Theatre where credits include The Winter’s Tale, The Government Inspector, The Merry Wives of Windsor, Cymbeline, Twelfth Night, Richard II, Henry V, Design for Living, Major Barbara, The Rivals, and Measure for Measure. Other DC credits include: Three Men in a Boat at Synetic Theater; The Book Club Play and Oliver at Arena Stage; Our Town, Sabrina Fair, A Christmas Carol, 1776, and The Glass Menagerie at Ford’s Theatre; The Book Club Play, The Glass Menagerie, Amadeus, Secret Lives of the Sexists, The Heidi Chronicles, The Misanthrope, Moby Dick–Rehearsed, Camelot, Life’s a Dream, and Design for Living (director) at Berkshire Theatre Festival; POP!, The Wolfe Twins, Legends!, The Invention of Love, Prometheus, The York Realist, Ivanov, A Number, The Pillowman, The Rocky Horror Show, Silence! The Musical, Moth (director), and Terminus (director) at Studio Theatre; The School for Scandal, Henry IV Part 1 at Folger Theatre; Eugene O’Neill Theater Center; McCarter Theatre Center; Kansas City Repertory; Northern Stage; Great Lakes Theater Festival; Seattle Repertory Theatre. Awards: 6 Helen Hayes Award nominations; Fox Foundation Fellowship. Training: Duke University; The Juilliard School.
Colin K. Bills
Matthew M. Nielson