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Best Medicine Rep To Reopen In June With VARIANT STRAINS

The production runs at Lakeforest Mall (701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg) from June 4 - 27, 2021, with performances every Friday and Saturday evening at 7pm.

Best Medicine Rep To Reopen In June With VARIANT STRAINS

Best Medicine Rep, Gaithersburg's professional theater company, has announced that it will return to live production with John Morogiello's dark comedy Variant Strains, running June 4 - 27, 2021, in our space at the Lakeforest Mall. The production will be directed by Stan Levin, and COVID safety protocols will be in place.

"We are tremendously excited about returning to live performances," declares author and artistic director John Morogiello, "The minute I learned that Montgomery County was allowing theaters to reopen, I cranked out a script that was designed to be both entertaining and performable under current safety guidelines."

Variant Strains is a dark comedy about the current moment. It's the story of a fictional vaccine company in Maryland that is willing to consider nefarious means to prevent their rival from getting its product to market before them. "It's hilariously sinister," continues Morogiello, "kind of like Mamet meets Shaw meets me."

John Morogiello's plays have been produced off-Broadway, in Los Angeles, and all over the world. Best Medicine Rep has mounted productions of his Engaging Shaw, Play Date, Roaring, Stories I May Not Tell, Comedy of Venice, The Crater Sisters' Christmas Special (co-written with Lori Boyd), and The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart.

Returning to the director's chair is Best Med regular Stan Levin. Stan has directed BMR's productions of Philosophus, Engaging Shaw, Comedy of Venice, Stories I May Not Tell, and The Consul, The Tramp, and America's Sweetheart. He also directed readings of The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995 and two Ken Levine plays: On the Farce Day of Christmas and America's Sexiest Couple. Together, Levin and Morogiello collaborate on BMR's web series I Know Jack.

"I'm encouraged by what we're doing, going live again," adds Levin, "Seating is extremely limited. The entire creative team is fully vaccinated. And we are asking the audience to adhere fully to the safety protocols recommended by the county, state, and federal governments. All of that and a funny play? You can't go wrong!"

Co-starring with Morogiello in this two-hander is BMR favorite and Helen Hayes nominee Rebecca A. Herron. Herron has graced the BMR stage in productions of Derek Jeter Makes the Play, Engaging Shaw, Philosophus, The Crater Sisters' Christmas Special, I Know Jack, and as the offstage arms in our revival of Play Date.

Tickets are available exclusively through our website: bestmedicinerep.org. In order to maintain proper social distancing, seating is extremely limited and audience members must wear a mask at all times. No food concessions may be sold or consumed in the theater or our lobby, and no tickets will be sold at the door. All tickets must be purchased in advance through our website.

The production runs at Lakeforest Mall (701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg) from June 4 - 27, 2021, with performances every Friday and Saturday evening at 7pm, and every Saturday and Sunday matinee at 2:30pm. Parking is at the Green Flower entrance to the mall.

Now in its fourth season, Best Medicine Rep is a nonprofit theater company that specializes in new comedies. It is dedicated to the artistic,educational, and cultural development of the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village area. For more information about the company, please visit bestmedicinerep.org.

DETAILS:

WHO: Best Medicine Rep Theater Company

WHAT: Variant Strains

WHERE: Best Medicine Rep, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue, Gaithersburg, MD 20877

WHEN: June 4 - 27, 2021, Fri & Sat at 7pm, Sat & Sun at 2:30pm

TICKETS: $25 general admission, $23 seniors, $20 groups of 10+. All tickets must be purchased in advance. Visit bestmedicinerep.org.


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