A COMEDY ABOUT LIFE AND LOVE AND LOSS

SOONER/LATER

By Allyson Currin | Directed by Gregg Henry
Featuring Erica Chamblee, Cristina M. Ibarra, and Tony Nam
At the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre
Part of Locally Grown Mosaic
Inaugural offering of the Trish Vradenburg Play Commission
Sooner/Later is the recipient of a completion commission from Mosaic Theater Company of DC and the Trish Vradenburg Play Commission Program
Sooner/Later is HELEN HAYES AWARDS RECOMMENDED©
 
May 15, 2019—June 16, 2019​

ABOUT

When teenage daughter Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff – the guy at the coffee shop who inadvertently witnesses Nora’s string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise in the search for intimacy and the closeness of family. This captivating performance with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three.

PRESS

“...funny, ultimately moving”

 

-By Celia Wren, Washington Post

“Allyson Currin … has artfully steered clear of the sentimental and veered toward the transcendental.”

 

-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theater Arts

“...visual poetry”

 

-Ben Demers, DC Theater Scene

“...clever and compelling…”

 

-Naomi Ducat, BroadwayWorld

 
 

DATES

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ACCESSIBILITY

WEEKDAY MATINÉE

8pm Friday, June 7

ASL Interpreted Performance, Open Captioned Performance

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3pm Saturday, June 8

ASL Interpreted Performance, Open Captioned Performance

ASL Interpreted Post-Show Discussion

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8pm Saturday, June 15

Open Captioned Performance

11am Thursday, May 17, May 30 & June 5

(with post-show discussion)

ARTISTS

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Allyson Currin
Playwright
Gregg Henry
Director
Erica Chamblee* 
Nora
Tony K. Nam*
Griff
Cristina M. Ibarra
Lexie
Deb Booth
Set Designer
Kyle Grant
Lighting Designer
Danielle Preston
Costume Designer
Evan Cook
Sound Designer
Willow Watson
Properties Designer
Laurel VanLandingham
Production Stage Manager
Caleen Sinnette Jennings
Dramaturg
 

DISCUSSIONS

8PM THURSDAY, MAY 16

Creative Team Talkback

Gregg Henry Director

Danielle Preston Costume Designer

Deb Booth Scenic Designer

Kyle Grant Lighting Designer

Evan Cook Sound Designer

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

3PM SUNDAY, MAY 19

Creative Team Talkback

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

8PM THURSDAY, MAY 23

Writer’s Process: Making Art From Truth

Allyson Currin Playwright

Caleen Sinnette Jennings Production Dramaturg

8PM FRIDAY, MAY 24

Who Is Trish?

George Vradenburg Chairman and Co-Founder of Us Against Alzheimer›s

Star Johnson Composer; 2019 Trish Vradenburg Play Commission recipient

Allyson Currin Playwright

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

 

3PM SATURDAY, MAY 25

Locally Grown Mosaic: Themes Inherent in the DC Voice

Deb Sivigny Designer, Creator, Playwright

Glenn Alan DC Black Theatre Festival

Laley Lippard Theater Maker, Director, Producer

Renee Calarco Playwright

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

3PM SUNDAY, MAY 26

Casting The Modern Family

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

April E. Carter Mosaic Assistant Production Manager & Casting Director

José Carrasquillo Ford›s Theatre Director of Artistic Programming

 

11AM THURSDAY, MAY 30

Cast Talkback

Victoria Murray Baatin Mosaic Associate Artistic Director

8PM THURSDAY, MAY 30

Solo Parenting in the 21st Century

Erika Ettin Founder of A Little Nudge, Author, Co-Host

Elizabeth Lucas Director, Producer, Solo Parent

Ari Roth Mosaic Founding Artistic Director

3PM SATURDAY, JUNE 1

Love & Loss

Rev. Lauren Jones Itinerant Elder in the African Methodist Episcopal Church

Stan Kang Actor, Theatre Educator

Lisa Kolb Ruland Writer

Victoria Murray Baatin Associate Artistic Director, Mosaic Theater Company

3PM SUNDAY, JUNE 2

Family Dynamics: Mothers and Daughters

Brooke Bralove Licensed Clinical Social Worker and Psychotherapist

8PM THURSDAY, JUNE 6

Keeping it Together: Parenting through Change

Gayle Danley Writer and Speaker on the power of performance poetry

Shanon Lee Writer, Journalist, Host & Survivor Activist

Stephen Stern Mosaic Board Member

3PM SATURDAY, JUNE 8

Graceful Transitions: Stages of Grief and Transformation

Dr. Karen Gail Lewis Marriage and Family Therapist, Author

Shirley Serotsky Mosaic Resident Dramaturg

3PM SUNDAY, JUNE 9

The Color of Love: Interracial Relationships

Chasta Piatakovas Life Purpose Guide

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing

8PM THURSDAY, JUNE 13

The Levity of Wit

Karen Paul Stern Philanthropy Consultant and Author

Jennie Berman Eng Playwright, Educator

Rebecca Cohen Mosaic Manager of Institutional Giving

3PM SATURDAY, JUNE 15

The Drama of the Multi-Racial Family

Stan King Actor, Theatre Educator

Jez Kline Mosaic Director of Marketing

 
 

An interview with Allyson Currin

Conducted by Caleen Sinnette Jennings, Dramaturg

In the spirit of full disclosure, I have known Ally for twenty-five years. She and I are two of the co-founders of The Welders D.C. Playwright’s Collective. I deeply admire Ally as a woman who manages to give 100% to everything she does. She has been a highly engaged theatre advocate on the national level through her work with the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival (KCACTF) and she is the D.C. representative for the Dramatist’s Guild. She also happens to be the mother of twin daughters graduating from college this year. This play received a terrific reception at the Cincinnati Playhouse and I was curious to see what kinds of adjustments and revisions would or would not be necessary for the Mosaic production...

 

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About the Trish Vradenburg Play Commission

The Trish Vradenburg Play Commission is generously underwritten by The Vradenburg Foundation and designates funds to support women playwrights in the development, writing, and producing of new works of contemporary theater.

 

A pioneering philanthropist, humorist, novelist, playwright, screenwriter, journalist and one of the nation's leading advocates in the global fight against Alzheimer's disease, Trish Vradenburg began her career as a speechwriter in the United States Senate. She was a writer for several highly successful television programs including Designing Women, Family Ties and Kate and Allie. Her novel, Liberated Lady, was a Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selection. Her play The Apple Doesn't Fall… was produced at the Tiffany Theater in Los Angeles and on Broadway at the Lyceum Theatre, while Surviving Grace was produced at the Kennedy Center and off-Broadway at the Union Square Theatre. Both plays are accounts of Vradenburg's time as an Alzheimer's caregiver for her mother, who died of the disease in 1991.  She achieved notable success in journalism, her byline appearing extensively in The New York Daily News, Washington Post, Boston Globe, Ladies' Home Journal, and Women's Day. She was an active member of the Theater J Council and a passionate endorser and pioneering supporter of the founding of Mosaic Theater Company of DC.

On May 24, join us for a special performance dedicated to Trish Vradenburg. After the show, learn more about Trish and the play commission from a panel including George Vradenburg, Allyson Currin, Ifa Bayeza, Star Johnson, and Ari Roth.

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