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!

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.

Your Theatre at The Highwood Theatre presents:


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.

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

​​​​​​​​​THE CAST

Thelma: Melissa B. Robinson

Jessie: Jennifer Berry George

​Patron (cont.)
Intuit Quickbooks
Susan Mann

The Moorehead Family
Pete’s New Haven Style Apizza
The Stage Lighting Store
Missi Tessier
Thomas and Lauren Van Wazer
Pat and Bob Wittie

Harold Bucholtz
Valerie Cummings
Jim and Sharon Lowe
The Middleton Family
Kenneth and Linda Nicola
Matthew Nicola
Alfred Pate
Rick and Joanne Rome
The Starr Family
Kay Stevens
Richard Stroup
Susan Talarico and Michael Sundermeyer

Brian Taff and Susan Wilder


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The Community Foundation for The National Capital Region
Joyce Dorris
Frankel PLLC
Doris Kearney in memory of Col. W. M. Kearney
Jayne Letsche
Savills Studley
Wittie, Letsche, & Waldo LLP

Womble, Carlyle, Sandridge, & Rice

United Way of the National Capital Region

The Halbreiner Family in memory of Robert N. Alfandre
Kevin Kearney

​Wenger Corporation

Production Sponsor
The Robert N. Alfandre Foundation

Dave Weadon
The William and Karen Tell Foundation

West Wing Writers

Season Sponsor
S. Kann Sons Company Foundation

James Kearney and Karla Letsche
The Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

Cast Bios:

The Highwood Theatre Would Like To Extend A Special Thanks To Those Who Have Contributed More Than $100 Since August 2013


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!


Photography and video/audio recording is strictly prohibited.
© The Highwood Theatre Inc., September, 2016

Production Credits

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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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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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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Laura Hollister
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Geoffrey Klineberg and Ursula Werner
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Maura and Jeffrey Leach Family
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Bill and Beth Loizeaux
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Liz McLeod
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Peter Orvetti
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Frank and Betsy Russomanno
Liz Russomanno
John and Rosemary Ryan
The Shusterman Family
Sligo Cafe
Sean Yarup and Rebecca Stearns
Barbara, Larry, and Ben Stone
Ginger South
The Wilder/Taff Family
Andrew Zvara

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Pascale, Liz, and Cornelius Bronder
Community Crisis Services, Inc.
Darien Cupka
Lawrence and Jessica Friedman
Rosemarie Howe