Round House Theatre to Present ORDINARY DAYS, 5/28-6/22
Ordinary Days, an acclaimed new musical by Adam Gwon, brings Round House's 2013/2014 season to a harmonious close as it makes its area premiere. Signature Theatre's Matthew Gardiner makes his Round House directing debut with this Off-Broadway hit by one of musical theater's most exciting new composers. Ordinary Days runs at Round House Theatre Bethesda from May 28 thru June 22. Opening night is Monday, June 2, 2014.
Ordinary Days is a vibrant, original new musical about making real connections in the city that never sleeps. When Deb loses her most prized possession - the notes for her graduate thesis - she unwittingly starts a chain of events that turn the ordinary days of four New Yorkers into something extraordinary as they search for fulfillment, happiness, love, and cabs. Told through a series of intricately connected songs and vignettes, this refreshing, funny musical looks at growing up and enjoying the view.
Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, by ordering online at www.roundhousetheatre.org, or at Round House's box office in Bethesda. Round House Theatre Bethesda is located at 4545 East-West Highway, one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda station on Metro's Red Line.
The cast of Ordinary Days features Janine DiVita, Samuel Edgerly, Will Gartshore, and Erin Weaver. The creative team features musical director William Yanesh, scenic designer Misha Kachman, costume designer Frank Labovitz, lighting designer Justin M. Thomas, sound designer Eric Shimelonis, props master Andrea Moore, and stage manager Bekah Wachenfeld
Ordinary Days runs May 28 thru June 22 with performances on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday at 7:30pm, Friday and Saturday at 8pm; with matinees on Saturday and Sunday at 3pm. Opening night is Monday, June 2, 2014. Please note: there is no performance on Tuesday, June 3.
Tickets range in price from $10 to $45, and can be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, ordering online at www.roundhousetheatre.org, or visiting the box office in Bethesda. Available discounts include:
"PLAY IT FORWARD" - free tickets for all High School students in Montgomery County Public Schools: Round House wants to make attending their shows an integral part of a Montgomery County education. To that end, they started a new program this season: Play It Forward. In Play It Forward, all High School students in a Montgomery County Public School can reserve a free ticket to the performance of their choice during the 2013/14 Round House Theatre Bethesda season, including Ordinary Days. For details and information, visit www.roundhousetheatre.org/buy-tickets/play-it-forward/ or call 240.644.1100.
Pay-What-You-Can performances: Wednesday, May 28 at 7:30pm and Saturday, May 31 at 3pm. PWYC tickets go on sale in person at the box office one hour prior to curtain. Cash and exact change only. Limit of 2 tickets per order. PWYC tickets are subject to availability.
Age 30 and Under, Senior Citizens, Military, and Veterans: $20 for side seats and $35 for center seats. Proof of age required. Call or visit the box office for tickets.
$10 Tuesday: June 10 & 17 at 7:30pm. Side section seats on these two dates are available at the discounted price of $10.
Groups of 10 or more: Call 240.644.1387 for discount information.
Ordinary Days will also offer audience events. These include:
Designer Discussion (with the costume, set, lighting, and sound designers): Wednesday, May 28 at 6:45pm
Director Discussion (with Matthew Gardiner): Friday, May 30 at 7:15pm
Post-Show Talkbacks: Wednesday, May 28 thru Sunday, June 1, Sunday, June 8, and Sunday, June 15
Audio-described performance: Saturday, June 7 at 3pm
Sign-interpreted performance: Saturday, June 21 at 3pm. Reservations for sign interpreting services must be made by June 7.
Adam Gwon (Music and Lyrics) is a rising musical theater writer. His musicals include Ordinary Days (cast album on Ghostlight Records), The Boy Detective Fails (with Joe Meno), Cloudlands (with Octavio Solis), Bernice Bobs Her Hair (with Julia Jordan), and String (with Sarah Hammond), which have been produced at Roundabout Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, South Coast Repertory, and many other theaters around the globe, including in London's West End. Adam has also contributed songs to the hit show Old Jews Telling Jokes and the webseries Submissions Only. Adam is the proud recipient of the Kleban Award, the Fred Ebb Award, the Frederick Loewe Award, the Second Stage Theatre Donna Perret Rosen Award, the ASCAP Harold Adamson Award, and the MAC John Wallowitch Award, as well as commissions from Roundabout Theatre Company, Playwrights Horizons, Signature Theatre (Arlington, VA), South Coast Repertory, Broadway Across America, and the EST/Sloan Project. His songs have been heard at Carnegie Hall, the Kennedy Center, Joe's Pub, Ars Nova, and more, and performed by such luminaries as Audra McDonald, Kelli O'Hara, Liz Callaway, and Brian d'Arcy James. Adam has been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony, the O'Neill Music Theater Conference, and the Dramatists Guild, is a graduate of NYU's Tisch School of the Arts, and is a member of ASCAP and the Dramatists Guild.
Matthew Gardiner (Director) Round House debut. Signature Theatre: Director: The Threepenny Opera, Tender Napalm, Dreamgirls, Dying City, Xanadu, Really Really, The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, [title of show], See What I Wanna See; Choreographer: Company, Sweeney Todd, Dirty Blonde; Assistant Director and Choreographer: over 20 productions at Signature Theatre. Associate Artistic Director (2011-present), Resident Director (2010-2011), Resident Assistant Director (2006-2010). New York: Director: NYMF: The Greenwood Tree; Assistant Director: Circle in the Square: Glory Days. DC area: Director: Ford's Theatre: The Laramie Project; Director/Choreographer: Kennedy Center: Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Everyman Theatre: Let Me Sing And I'm Happy; MetroStage: tick, tick...BOOM!; Catholic University of America: La Boheme, Candide; Co-Director/Choreographer: Studio Theatre: Jerry Springer: The Opera; Reefer Madness (2008 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Musical and Direction of a Musical); Choreographer: MetroStage: Jacques Brel is Alive And Well...; Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Adding Machine. Eduaction: Carnegie Mellon University.
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