BETHESDA- Theater enthusiasts who want to attend the world premiere of a provocative new play have no need to travel to Broadway this month. From March 20-April 12, the Writer’s Center in Bethesda will host the Doorway Arts Ensemble’s production of the new play Morning, Miranda.
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Doorway is a local theater company that focuses on developing and promoting works from area writers.
Morning, Miranda, written by Washington, D.C. playwright Stephen Spotswood, focuses on a young woman, Miranda, who is tasked with taking her recently deceased mother’s ashes on a cross country road trip and is accompanied by the ghost of her mother. The play depicts the adventures the two have on the road as Miranda is torn between fulfilling her mother’s last request and the opportunity to move on with her own life. The play won the 2009 Mark Twain prize for comic playwriting.
“It’s an imaginative, life-affirming new play by a D.C. playwright which allows Doorway to showcase local across and designers with the adventurous D.C.-area audience in mind,” said Doorway’s Producing Artistic Director Matt Ripa, who directs the production. “The play’s surreal qualities serve to explore the very real, complex feelings we have toward the people we love, how we fill holes in our lives, and why letting go is so damn hard.”
“The thing I love about this show is how universal the themes are,” said cast member Adam R. Adkins, a former classmate of Ripa’s at Salisbury University, where both studied theater. “The need to reconcile your past and find your own way in life is a concept I think most people can understand and relate to.”
Ripa previously directed another Spotswood play, We, Tiresias, which won the Audience Award for Best Drama at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival.
“I’m very excited to partner with Matt again and with Doorway – an organization that’s committing itself not just to telling stories that showcase the messy complexities of humanity, but focusing specifically on D.C.-area talent to do it,” Spotswood said.
Tickets and more information about the company and production can be found at www.doorwayarts.org.