Melissa B. Robinson (Thelma Cates): Melissa B. Robinson is delighted to return to The Highwood Theatre in this phenomenally challenging role. She was last seen playing three roles (a glam mob enforcer, a hot-headed veteran and a smarmy senator) in Off The Quill’s Timon 2016, a Capital Fringe production. A journalist, actor and author, Melissa directed Julia Starr’s The Long Way Around for the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival at Highwood last fall. Other acting credits include Ambassador Theatre (The Trap); WSC Avant Bard (The Mistorical Hystery of Henry IV); Highwood (Other Desert Cities); Pallas Theatre Collective (She Stoops to Conquer); Spooky Action Theatre (The Bison Beast of Dubois workshop production); and force/collision (The Nautical Yards). Melissa has studied at The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, trains in modern dance at Joy of Motion and has worked in Maryland public schools as a teaching-artist with Shakespeare, Alive! Film & TV credits include ID’s Evil Kin (Ma Bender, “The Bloody Benders”) and the 2015 thriller Deviance.
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Director: Madison Middleton
Set Design: Orion Stekoll
Lighting Design: Kevin Kearney
Prop Design: Jason Reid
Costume Design: Tip Letsche
Crew: Simon Ellerbe, Jonah Witte, Owen Gibson
Production Manager: Toly Yarup
Thelma: Melissa B. Robinson
Jessie: Jennifer Berry George
Originally produced on Broadway by Dann Byck, Wendell Cherry, The Shubert Organization and Frederick Zollo
Original production directed by Tom Moore
Originally produced by The American Repertory Theatre, Cambridge, MA.
'Night, Mother is presented by special arrangement with Dramatists Play Service, Inc., New York.
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Hi, everyone! Thank you for attending The Highwood Theatre’s production of ‘Night, Mother by Marsha Norman! I'm so proud to present the first of three Highwood Directing Fellowship productions, and the first of their 2016-2017 season. We invite you to join us and experience this story; We are in a home. We are with a family. And the time is now. The clocks in our set tell the same time as the clocks on your wrist or on your phone, because we want you to think of this story as a real event. We want you to think of these characters as real people with real expectations and downfalls, loves, and grievances. From the actors to the producers, the marketers to the crew, the entire ‘Night, Mother team has worked unremittingly to make this performance as true as possible. So please, sit back. Take it in.
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Madison Middleton (Director) is a junior at the Fusion Academy in DC. She began performing with the Highwood Theatre in 2011, but this is the first time she's directed for the company as part of Highwood's Directing Fellowship Program! Past performances with Highwood include Cabaret (Fraulein Schneider/Rosie), Hairspray (Corny Collins), August: Osage County (Ivy), The Mystery of Edwin Drood (William Cartwright/Chairman), among others. The Theatre Lab: Museum (Blakey/ Julie Jenkins), West Side Story (Shark Girl). Young Artists of America: Children of Eden (Storyteller), The Secret Garden in Concert (Ensemble). Madison’s play The Requiem was produced by The Highwood Theatre for DC’s Women’s Voices Theatre Festival in 2015. Madison enjoys the silence, darkness, and adrenaline rush of caving. “Cool beans.”
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Synopsis: Thelma and her thirty-year-old daughter, Jessie, live together in a comfortable, country home. With their plans of manicures and small talk, the evening seems to be a normal one until Jessie brings down her father's old gun from the attic. Marsha Norman's Pulitzer Prize winning drama ruthlessly exposes the extraordinary within the routine, the urgency within the normal, and the sorrow within the mundane.
JUST ANNOUNCED: 2016-2017 SEASON!
The Highwood Theatre wishes to extend a very special thanks to the following people who have contributed extra time and energy to this production:
Kevin Kearney, Orion Stekoll, Matthew Nicola, Sarah Scott, Shannon Cole, Toly Yarup, Jason Reid, Tip Letsche,
Melissa B. Robinson, Jennifer Berry George, Madison Middleton
A special shout out to our neighbor, Roadhouse Oldies, for their support!
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Jennifer Berry George (Jessie Cates): Jennifer Berry George is excited to once again return to Highwood's stage! She was seen at Highwood in No Exit (Estelle) and more recently in RIOT! (Stacy). Other credits include Raw (Harriet) and Witches Vanish (Shadow Witch) at Venus Theatre, The Greatest Science Fiction Show That No One’s Ever Seen (Julie) with Grain of Sand Theater at the Capital Fringe Festival, Interconnected (Dorothy) at the Capital Fringe Festival, A Streetcar Named Desire (Blanche) at Little Theatre of Alexandria, and Collected Stories (Lisa) at The Theatre Lab. She is a proud graduate of The Theatre Lab's Honors Conservatory in Washington, DC. Jennifer would like to thank Melissa, Madison and the rest of the production team for a great show and her husband, Ross, for all of his support!
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