by Sharr White
directed by Matt Heath
The Adobe Theater is proud to announce its upcoming production of The Other Place, by Sharr White, recipient of the 2010 Playwrights First Award, and a play that garnered a Tony nomination for Laurie Metcalf’s portrayal of a brilliant 52-year-old drug-company research scientist. Juliana Smithton is a successful neuroscientist whose life seems to be coming unhinged. But, piece by piece, a mystery unfolds as fact blurs with fiction, past collides with present, and the elusive truth about Juliana boils to the surface.
The play opens with Juliana giving a presentation at a medical convention. As she speaks we cut away to scenes with her doctor, phone calls from her estranged daughter, and arguments with her husband who may or may not be divorcing her. Through it all she constantly refers to “the other place,” a cottage on Cape Cod, and a place where Juliana feels she may reunite with her missing daughter and find some peace of mind.
Director Matt Heath says of the play, “They say a director is nothing without a great script and fine actors. In this case, we certainly have both! First, we start with Sharr White’s brilliant script, which is so simple in its complexity. His elegant story unfolds like as a puzzle all the while moving through heartfelt realizations. In the end, The Other Place is a relatable story about a woman holding in her anguish with her incredible intellect and strict control of emotions. It’s about people being found and learning to live with uncertainty. The Other Place as a play is utterly compelling, challenging, and relevant in today’s world. After the script, we need great storytellers. Ronda Lewis is exceptional as the furiously intelligent Juliana. As her affable husband, Ian, Dehron Foster brings empathy and patience as the mystery surrounding his wife reveals itself. The talented Maria Held and Eric Werner play multiple characters as The Woman and The Man who represent Juliana’s past and future. It’s thrilling to present a great story with a remarkable cast.”
The Other Place opens October 19th and runs through November 11th at The Adobe Theater, 9813 4th Street NW. Friday and Saturday evenings performances start at 7:30pm, Sundays at 2:00pm. General Admission $20, Discount $17 (Seniors, Students, ATG/PBS Members, Military, First Responders). PWYW Thursday, November 1st. Opening Weekend Special: All Tickets $15!