Rep Stage Opens 2013-14 Season with A YOUNG LADY OF PROPERTY Tonight
Rep Stage, the professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), opens its 21st season with "A Young Lady of Property," Horton Foote's stirring account of the lives of the inhabitants of a small Texas town in 1925. This story about family - and the memories that come with hearth and home - stars Rep Stage veteran Christine Demuth in the title role as a young girl who loses her mother at an early age and whose greatest wish is to live with her father in the house her mother left her. In the absence of a real family, the house has become everything to her, and her whole identity is based on this, her one possession. Demuth is joined by fellow Rep veterans Tony Tsendeas, Marilyn Bennett and Rep newcomers Marianne Angelella, Yvonne Erickson, Erica McLaughlin and Kathryn Zoerb. Former Rep Stage Producing Artistic Director Michael Stebbins returns to direct. "A Young Lady of Property" opens tonight, September 11, 2013, with a limited run through September 29 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC. For tickets and additional information, visit www.repstage.org or call 443-518-1500.
A post-show reception follows the Saturday, September 14 8 p.m. evening performance and free post-show discussions follow the Friday, September 20 and 27 performances. There will be a pre-show lecture, conducted by Dr. Lisa A. Wilde, Rep Stage dramaturg, before the Saturday, September 28 matinee performance beginning at 12:30 p.m. in Monteabaro Hall. The lecture is free and open to the public. No tickets are needed for the lecture.
"A Young Lady of Property" was originally written for the small screen in 1953 during "The Golden Age of Television" (late 1940s through the early 1960s) for the Philco Goodyear Television Playhouse. It was later produced by ITV Television in London, England, as part of a series of live teleplays in 1960. Although never produced on Broadway, the play has enjoyed numerous productions in summer and regional theatres around the country and is a staple in the Horton Foote cannon of plays.
Albert Horton Foote, Jr. was an American playwright and screenwriter, perhaps best known for his screenplays for the 1962 film "To Kill a Mockingbird" and the 1983 film "Tender Mercies," and his notable live television dramas during the late 1940s and early 1960s. Foote's plays were produced on Broadway, Off-Broadway, Off-Off-Broadway and at many regional theatres. He received the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1995 for his play "The Young Man From Atlanta" and in 2000 was awarded the National Medal of Arts by President Bill Clinton.
Michael Stebbins is an actor, director and writer that is well known to Rep Stage audiences, having served as Rep's producing artistic director from 2005 to 2013. As an actor, he has appeared in "Fully Committed," "Stones in His Pockets," "Mrs. Warren's Profession," "The Santaland Diaries," "Wittenberg" and "An Almost Holy Picture." His directing credits include "A Moon for the Misbegotten," "The Santaland Diaries," "A Dickens of a Carol," "The Glass Menagerie," "Two by J. M. Barrie: The New Word and The Old Lady Shows Her Medals," "Or," and last season's "Mary Rose." He is the recipient of a Helen Hayes Tribute award. He will also be appearing this season as Charlotte von Mahlsdorf and 40-plus other characters in Doug Wright's 2004 Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning play, "I Am My Own Wife."
Marianne Angelella (Mrs. Leighton) was an artistic associate, artist-in-residence and education director with the Baltimore Shakespeare Festival (BSF). At BSF she appeared in "Much Ado About Nothing," "Julius Caesar," "All's Well That Ends Well," and in a touring production of Kimberley Lynne's "Weird Sisters." She appeared at Everyman Theatre in "Taking Sides," "Hedda Gabler," and "The Children's Hour." As an understudy she has performed as Mrs. Frank in "The Diary of Anne Frank" at the Roundhouse Theater, and played Sunny Jacobs in "The Exonerated," directed by Rain Pryor at University of Baltimore. Marianne has also performed for the Young Playwright's Festival at Center Stage. She has appeared in many readings of new works; most recently, in a Dramatist Guild staged reading of "Fortunes Child" by Mark Scharf (2012 O'Neill finalist) and directed by Yvonne Erickson. She has taught drama for many Baltimore City programs, including acting for Everyman Theatre.