Cast Bios:

: Melissa Robinson

Stage Manager: Kelsey Murphy

Costume Design: Tip Letsche and Melissa Robinson

Set Design: Phoenix Ganz-Ratzat, Grade 10 

Lighting and Projection Design: Toly Yarup , Grade 10

Sound Design: Orion Stekoll, Grade 10

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Stephanie Tomiko (Addie) has performed locally since graduating from The Catholic University of America this past spring.  Credits include  All’s Well that Ends Well at Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre and Crane Fable at DC's Capital Fringe Festival. She is a member of Convergence Theatre. She is excited to be part of DC's Women's Voices Theater Festival at Highwood Theatre! 

Dylan Hares

Megan E. Konyndyk (Heather) is a recent graduate of American University's B.A. theatre program where she studied performance. This is her first production with The Highwood Theatre. Recent credits at American University
include Beatrice in "Swine" and Zhaboonigan in "The Rez Sisters".

When free-spirited Addie makes the radical decision to leave their small town in Illinois to live openly as a lesbian in Chicago, Luce finds herself at a crossroads: does she accept the nostalgic and familiar love she and Addie once shared as teen-aged girls, riding around in a Subaru with the windows down, or does she continue on her current trajectory, living in the same zip-code as her parents with her fiancé-turned-husband Nathan? Exploring the fuzzy line between friendship and romance in female relationships, The Long Way Around is a pondering on the oft-forgotten “Q” in the “LGBTQ” acronym — questioning.

Your Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:

The Long Way Around

The Cast

Stephanie Tomiko


Luce: Mo O'Rourke

Addie: Stephanie Tomiko

Nathan: Sam Taylor

Joan: Alison Talvacchio

Heather: Megan Konyndyk

Bill: Dylan Hares

Anonymous (6)
The Adelfio Family
The Barker Family
The Callahan Family
Linda and John Corkery
Linda Cartwright and John Dineen
Arlene Donovan
Wendy Dorman
Joyce Dorris
The Emerson Family
David Glietz
​​Pauline Sobel and Larry Gondelman
The Greene Family
Barbara and Scott Harris
Robert and Phyllis Hoffman
​Bryan and Jenny Kearney
​Mike and Pam Kearney
Joseph and Bonny Krenz
Susanne and Richard Leach
Bill and Beth Loizeaux
Amy Duroska and Richard Leidl in honor of the younger generation
Colleen Meiman
Mosquito Squad
Alfred Pate
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Anonymous (1)
Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Intuit Quickbooks
Bill and Doris Loehning
Rochelle and Eric Mayer

Sam Taylor

Megan Konyndyk

Sam Taylor (Nathan) is an actor from Arlington, Virginia. He is a recent graduate of the Mason School of Theater at George Mason University. He has appeared locally with such companies as WSC Avant Bard, Infinite Jest and Pseudostyle Theatre. In addition to acting, he has taught Drama through Acting For Young People in Fairfax and Camp Rodef Shalom in Falls Church. He is very excited to be making his debut at The Highwood Theatre with such a wonderful project and cast.

Alison Talvacchio (Joan) is thrilled to be working with The Highwood Theatre for the first time.  Her recent credits include Boxes: The Play with RoseProse Productions, Out of Sync with Doorway Arts Ensemble, and Midsummer on a Playground with Pocket Change Theatre Company. Alison is a company member of ReVision Dance Company, the modern dance company in residence at Dance Place.  She is a proud graduate of The Catholic University of America's Drama Department.


​Patron (cont.)
Susan Mann
The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
Kay and Gary Stevens
Pat and Bob Wittie​

Harold Bucholtz
Jayne Letsche
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola

Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Richard Stroup
Missi Tessier​

Robert N. Alfandre Foundation
Val Cummings
The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP

United Way of the National Capital Region
Kevin Kearney
Production Sponsor
Karla Letsche
James Kearney
Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Alison Talvacchio

Mo O'Rourke (Luce)  is pleased to be making her debut at the Highwood Theatre. Some of her recent credits include: Good Good Trouble on Bad Bad Island with NextStop Theater, Blithe Spirit with 1st Stage and Sweet Painted Lady with Artist's Initiative. She is a company member of Convergence Theatre and holds her BA in Drama from The Catholic University of America.

About the Playwright: Julia Starr is a rising senior at Stanford University. Her full-length play Crazy Runs in the Family received its professional premiere at The Highwood Theatre in July 2014. In October 2014, she began workshopping her new play The Long Way Around at Stanford, after writing it under the guidance of playwright Cherríe Moraga. She currently serves as Executive Producer of Ram’s Head Theatrical Society, Stanford’s oldest and largest theater organization. She has received playwriting awards from Columbia College Chicago and Scholastic.

About the Director: Melissa B. Robinson is a Washington, D.C.-based actor, journalist and author who’s appeared locally with WSC Avant Bard, Pallas Theatre Collective, force/collision, Rainbow Theatre Project, Spooky Action Theater, Forum Theatre (2012 Over The Line festival) and the Kennedy Center’s 14th annual Page-to-Stage festival, among others. In addition to directing for Women’s Voices, Melissa is appearing as “Annie” in Marilyn Ansevin Austin’s The Point (Arcturus Theater Co.) Earlier this year, Melissa played Franz Kafka’s mother in Tadeusz Różewicz’ The Trap (Ambassador Theatre) and Silda Grauman in Jon Robin Baitz’ Other Desert Cities (The Highwood Theatre), & danced in an original piece at Joy of Motion, where she studies modern & jazz. Melissa trains at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory and is a teaching-artist with Shakespeare, Alive!, a company that brings performance and actor-oriented activities to Maryland schools. Her film & TV credits include a supporting role in the thriller Deviance (2015). A professional journalist, Melissa is a former AP reporter and author of The Search for Canasta 404 (UPNE, 2006), the true story of a missing Vietnam-era Navy pilot. Her recent work as a travel writer & photographer can be found at Lost in Australia.

October 9 - October 25, 2015

Directed by Melissa Robinson

The Highwood Theatre Silver Spring


This production is sponsored in part by funding from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County and the Montgomery County Government.

Part of the area-wide Women's Voices Theater Festival.


The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Toly Yarup, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Orion Stekoll, Kelsey Murphy, Montgomery College, St. Patrick's Episcopal Day School,

Marcy Ference, Plaza Arts, Tip Letsche, James Kearney

A special shout out to our neighbor, Roadhouse Oldies, for their support!


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© The Highwood Theatre Inc., October, 2015​



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Dylan Hares (Bill)  is an actor by night, IT guy by day with a degree in Philosophy from George Mason University. Film: Wingboys (Dan), Admins (Jake), The Blame Game (Ryan). Theatre: Barefoot in the Park (Paul) and The Life of Galileo (High Inquisitor). @dylanhares

Mo O'Rourke

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