THE LYONS to Play Round House Theatre, 11/27-12/22

Round House Theatre's 2013/14 season reaches its halfway point with the DC area premiere of Nicky Silver's The Lyons. John Vreeke directs this hit comedy, which runs November 27 thru December 22 at Round House Theatre Bethesda. Opening night is Monday, December 2, 2013.

Indomitable matriarch Rita Lyons is at a major crossroads. Her husband is dying, her son is in a dubious relationship, and her daughter is barely holding it together. Tempers flare, words are exchanged, and secrets are revealed. Worst of all, Rita can't figure out how to redesign her living room. Nicky Silver, the "strange progeny of a coupling between Neil Simon and Edward Albee" (New York Times), brings another of his deliciously dysfunctional families to the stage in this scathingly funny Broadway smash.

Tickets range in price from $10 to $45 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, online at, or at Round House's Bethesda box office. Round House Theatre is located at 4545 East-West Highway, one block from Wisconsin Avenue and the Bethesda station on Metro's Red Line.

THE LYONS, directed by John Vreeke, stars Gabriela Fernandez-Coffey, Kimberly Gilbert, Naomi Jacobson, Marcus Kyd, John Lescault, and Brandon McCoy.

Creative team: scenic designer Misha Kachman, costume designer Rosemary Pardee, lighting designer Colin K. Bills, sound designer Matthew M. Nielson, props master Andrea Moore, and stage manager Bekah Wachenfeld.

The Round House Theatre is located at 4545 East-West Highway in Bethesda. It is one block from Wisconsin Ave. and Metro's Bethesda station on the Red Line. For directions and parking information, go to:

The Lyons runs November 27 thru December 22, 2013 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, December 2, 2013. Please note: there are no performances on Thursday, November 28 and Tuesday, December 3.

Tickets range in price from $10 to $45, and can be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, ordering online at, or visiting the box office in Bethesda. Available discounts include:

Pay-What-You-Can performances: November 27 at 7:30pm and November 30 at 3pm. PWYC tickets go on sale in person at the Bethesda box office one hour prior to curtain. Cash and exact change only. Limit of 2 tickets per order. PWYC tickets are subject to availability.

$10 Tuesday: December 10 and 17 at 7:30pm. Side section seats on these dates are available at the discounted price of $10.

Senior Citizens, Age 30 & under, Military, and Veterans: $20 for Side section seats and $35 for Center section seats. ID required. Call or visit the box office for tickets.

"Play It Forward" for Montgomery County Public High School Seniors: Round House wants to make attending shows at our Bethesda theater an integral part of a Montgomery County education. To that end, we've started a new program this season: Play It Forward. In Play It Forward, Seniors in a Montgomery County Public High School can reserve a free ticket to the performance of their choice during the 2013/14 Round House Theatre Bethesda season, including The Lyons. For details and more information, visit or call 240.644.1100.

Groups of 10 or more: Call 240.644.1387 for information.


Designer Discussion (with the costume, set, lighting, and sound designers): Wednesday, November 27 at 6:45pm

Director Discussion (with John Vreeke): Friday, November 29 at 7:15pm

Post-Show Talkbacks: November 27 - December 1, December 8 & 15, 2013

Audio-described performance: Saturday, December 7 at 3pm

Sign-interpreted performance: Saturday, December 21 at 3pm. Reservations for sign interpreting services must be made by December 7.


Nicky Silver (Playwright) The Lyons was Nicky Silver's first play to be produced on Broadway, where it received an Outer Critics Circle Award nomination for Outstanding New Broadway Play and a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Play. His other plays include Pterodactyls (Oppenheimer Award, Kesselring Award, Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination), The Eros Trilogy, The Food Chain (Outer Critics Circle nomination), Fat Men in Skirts, Fit to Be Tied, The Maiden's Prayer, Free Will and Wanton Lust (Helen Hayes Award), My Marriage to Ernest Borgnine, The Altruists, Beautiful Child, and Raised in Captivity (Drama Desk nomination, Outer Critics Circle nomination). He also wrote the new book for the Broadway revival of the Rodgers and Hart musical, The Boys from Syracuse, produced by the Roundabout Theater Company in 2002.

John Vreeke (Director) is a Company Member at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company. His directing credits include Detroit by Lisa D'Amour, The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity by Kristoffer Diaz, a production which received nine Helen Hayes nominations for design, direction, and performance; A Bright New Boise by Sam Hunter which received five nominations, again for design, direction, and performance; Gruesome Playground Injuries by Rajiv Joseph, Boom by Peter Sinn-Nachtrieb, Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner, Our Lady of 121st Street by Stephen Adley Guirgis, Martha, Josie and the Chinese Elvis by Charlotte Jones, and The K of D by Laura Schellhardt. In the DC area he has worked at Theater J, Washington Shakespeare Company, MetroStage, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Forum Theatre, H Street Theatre, Source Theatre Festival, Charter Theatre, Theater Alliance, Kennedy Center Theater for Young Audiences, Imagination Stage, and the Helen Hayes Awards Society. He has received six Helen Hayes Awards nominations for Best Director. Other regional theatre credits include the Alley Theatre in Houston, Arkansas Repertory Theatre, Attic Theatre in LA, Salt Lake Acting Company, and First Stage in Milwaukee. Seattle-area credits include Book-It Repertory Theatre, Annex Theatre, Alice B. Theatre, Arts West Playhouse, Seattle Public Theatre, Balagan Theatre, Center Stage, and Stone Soup Theatre. His television credits include Associate Producer and Casting Associate for the CBS TV Series Northern Exposure.

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