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Rep Stage Closes Season with Brooke Berman’s 'Hunting and Gathering'

repstage production of hunting and gathering

Update: Terry Teachout of the Wall Street Journal had this to say about RepStage and their production of "Hunting and Gathering:"

"Brooke Berman's Hunting and Gathering (is) a super-smart portrait of urban love in the age of Craigslist...tightly wrought...not a dull moment... staged with light-footed economy and the acting is painfully realistic...Why hasn’t “Hunting and Gathering” been taken up by regional companies all around the country? See Rep Stage’s revival and you’ll wonder, too." - Wall Street Journal

Columbia, MD – Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), closes its 23rd season with Brooke Berman’s “Hunting and Gathering,” directed by Kasi Campbell. Named as one of the Ten Best Plays by New York Magazine and lauded by Variety for its “bracing wit and intelligence,” the play features four New Yorkers as they seek shelter, physically and spiritually, in a variety of temporary homes and with one another. In this smart and sexy comedy, relationship questions are recast as real estate issues—Who will move in with whom? What will be the price of this commitment?—and Berman take a fresh approach to examining the trials and tribulations of being on your own in a bewildering existential landscape.

“Hunting and Gathering” opens April 6, 2016, with a limited run through April 24 in the Studio Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC. For tickets and additional information, visit http://www.repstage.org or call the box office at 443-518-1500. The Press performance is Friday, April 8 at 8 p.m. For press reservations, contact Zheyan Damavandi in the Rep Stage office at 443-518-1510 or email zdamavandi@howardcc.edu.

Playwright Brooke Berman will be Rep Stage’s special guest for the post-show discussion on Friday, April 22. She also will attend the pre-show lecture on Saturday, April 23, which starts at 12:30 p.m. Both events are free of charge and open to the public, even if you are attending the production on a different date. Both the discussion and the lecture will be facilitated by Dr. Lisa Wilde, the Rep Stage resident dramaturg.

Berman is an award-winning playwright, screenwriter, and memoirist whose work has been produced and published across the US and abroad. Originally trained as an actor and solo performer in the experimental theater, she began performing her own work on the Lower East Side of Manhattan before receiving formal training in playwriting from the Juilliard School and Maria Irene Fornes. Her play “Hunting and Gathering,” which premiered at Primary Stages, directed by Leigh Silverman, was named one of the Ten Best of 2008 by New York Magazine. 

Her plays have been produced and developed across the US at theaters including Primary Stages, The 2nd Stage, Steppenwolf, The Play Company, Soho Rep, Williamstown Theater Festival, Naked Angels, MCC, New Dramatists, New Georges, The Womens Project, The Humana Festival, and The Bay Area Playwrights Foundation. In the United Kingdom, her work has been developed at The Royal Court Theatre, The National Theatre Studio and Pentabus. Her plays are published by Broadway Play Publishing, Plays­­­cripts, Backstage Books and Smith & Kraus. Brooke attended Barnard College and is a graduate of The Juilliard School. She is a member of the Dramatists Guild, PEN, and the MCC Playwrights Coalition.

CAST

  • Kathryn Tkel*
  • Rex Daugherty*              
  • Daniel Corey**
  • Alina Collins Maldonado**

ARTISTIC TEAM

  • Written by: Brooke Berman
  • Director: Kasi Campbell
  • Set Design: Mollie Singer
  • Light Design: Jay Herzog++
  • Sound Design: Neil McFadden
  • Costume Designer: Eric Abele++
  • Props Designer: Dre Moore
  • Stage Manager: Keri Schultz*
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Niew Bharyaguntra**

* Members Actor’s Equity Association

** Equity Membership Candidate

++ Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE

ABOUT REP STAGE

Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 23rd season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC metro area theatre company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Howard County Government and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the Stage of Maryland and National Endowment of the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and promotion. Rep Stage’s artistic leadership is helmed by co-producing artistic directors Suzanne Beal and Joseph Ritsch.

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