Potomac Theatre Project at the Atlantic Stage 2


The Potomac Theatre Project in association with Middlebury College has announced its 29th repertory season, running from 7 July to 9 August 2015 in a limited 5-week Off-Broadway engagement at The Atlantic Stage 2.

The season includes a revival of Howard Barker’s Scenes from an Execution starring five-time Tony Award nominee Jan Maxwell in her 6th collaboration with PTP, directed by PTP’s Co-Artistic Director Richard Romagnoli. It runs from 7 July to 9 August 2015 with an official opening on 15 July 2015.

The drama deals with the eternally fractious and complex relationship between the artist and the state. "Galactia, a 15th century Venetian painter, is commissioned by the State of Venice to portray the Battle of Lepanto, a naval battle described as the greatest triumph of Venetian history. However, her 1,000 square feet of canvas contains quite a different interpretation. Thus the battle over truth, freedom and responsibility is engaged."

The full cast includes Jan Maxwell, Bill Army, David Barlow, Alex Draper, Pamela J. Gray, Adam Ludwig, Jonathan Tindle, Steven Dykes, Kean Haunt, Nicholas Hemerling, Meghan Leathers, Melissa MacDonald and Lana Meyer.

The season also includes a double bill performance of Judith: A Parting From the Body by Howard Barker and Caryl Churchill's Vinegar Tom, which runs from 8 July to 8 August, with an official opening on 14 July 2015.

The cast for Judith: A Parting From the Body includes Patricia Buckley, Alex Draper and Pamela J. Gray.

"The story of Judith is one of the great tales of female heroism and sexuality that has inspired artists in nearly every generation. In Barker’s telling, the fatal encounter between Judith and Holofernes becomes a complex duel of seduction and deception and a compelling study of intense desire and the sometimes terrifying nature of love."

The cast for Vinegar Tom includes Tara Giordano, Bill Army, Kathleen Wise, Nesba Crenshaw, Steven Dykes, Lucy Faust, Patricia Buckley, Chelsea Melone, Caitlyn Meagher, Liana Barron, Caitlin Duffy, and Joelle Mendoza-Etchart.

Described as a "haunting play with seriously subversive intent – misogyny, torture and songs", the drama is set in a village in 17th century England three women are threatened with death for the practice of witchcraft. Vinegar Tom is a cabaret about hanging witches, with no witches.

Tickets for the season are now on sale.

- by Dom O'Hanlon