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Taking Steps Now Playing!  
   
September 4 - October 7


Taking Steps

is HELEN HAYES AWARDS RECOMMENDED©

a comedy by Alan Ayckbourn
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

In this riotous farce, six Brits evade a ghost, capture an intruder, sidestep spouses and unwittingly bed-hop on three levels of a former brothel.


Run Time: 2:30, plus one interval
Recommended for ages 12+


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Taking Steps is HELEN HAYES AWARDS RECOMMENDED©

"Terrific Comic Timing"

-The Washington Post  

"Taking Steps
Delivers Buckets Full of Laughs"
-DC Theatre Scene  

"Taking Steps
 is a great release, fresh and exuberant and certain
to make people of all walks of life laugh heartedly" 

-MD Theatre Guide

"A high-wire air-traffic act as charmingly satisfying
as any romantic-comedy capstone in the canon"

- Washington City Paper


“Nothing short of perfection…. outrageously entertaining”
- DC Metro Theater Arts

"Everything works together beautifully...  great night at the theatre"
- Two Hours Traffic

"A light hearted romp"
- MOCOVOX.COM


"Vehicle to display Constellation's core strengths, from its unwavering ability to assemble
strong ensemble casts to its razzle-dazzle way with staging"

- Metro Weekly
Megan Graves

Megan Graves (Kitty) is excited to be making her Constellation Theatre Company debut. Recent credits include the Virginia Shakespeare Festival: Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merchant of Venice; No Rules Theatre Company: Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers (world premiere); Imagination Stage: Dr. Dolittle (Helen Hayes nomination); Rorschach Theatre: After the Quake; The American Century Theater: Visit to a Small Planet, Life With Father, Native Son. Megan received her BFA in Theatre from Shenandoah Conservatory. 

Matthew McGee

Matthew McGee (Tristram) is rockingly making his Constellation Theatre debut upon concluding a nine month fellowship with the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Credits include STC: Much Ado About Nothing, The Two Gentlemen of Verona, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and the fellow's project of Macbeth.  Other credits include Measure For Measure, Welcome Home, Jenny Sutter, and Of Mice and Men.  He was a Region IIX American College Theatre Festival Best Classical Actor Award recipient in 2010, and a National Irene Ryan Acting Scholarship Finalist at the Kennedy Center in 2011.  Matthew received his BA in Theatre from California State University, Fresno....that's right....Fresno....deal with it.

Dylan Myers

Dylan Myers^ (Mark) happily returns to Constellation Theatre, having performed as the Monkey King in The Ramayana and more recently as Leonardo in Blood Wedding. Other local credits include: Theatre Alliance: How to Disappear Completely and Never Be Found; Rorschach Theatre: After the Quake, 1001; Imagination Stage: Aquarium; Folger Theatre: The Comedy of Errors (U/S P); Studio Theatre: Mojo; Chesapeake Shakespeare Co.: Titus Andronicus. Dylan holds a BFA from Western Kentucky University and is currently leading a series of readings of Howard Zinn's The People Speak.

Tia Shearer

Tia Shearer* (Elizabeth) Local credits include Imagination Stage: Bunnicula, Wind in the Willows; Kennedy Center TYA: Knuffle Bunny (2 national tours as 16-month-old Trixie); Lean & Hungry Theater: Much Ado. Other credits include Tennessee Repertory; Nashville Shakespeare Festival; Nashville Children's Theatre; Arkansas Shakespeare Theatre. Tia and her husband, Matt Bassett (currently in Ford's Theatre's Fly), are enjoying a second run of their "baby theatre" show, Out of the Box, with the wonderful Arts on the Horizon. Tia teaches at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, and holds a BA from NYU's Gallatin School. Upcoming: Imagination Stage: Anime Momotaro.

Doug Wilder

Doug Wilder (Leslie) is joining Constellation Stage for the first time. He has been seen in over 40 plays and numerous independent films in the Washington, D.C. area, including appearances at Imagination Stage, Keegan Theater, Adventure Theatre, Charter Theatre, 1st Stage Theatre, Round House Theater, Actors Repertory Theater, and many others.  Doug is the Director of Education at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Washington's only accredited acting conservatory, and is a graduate of the program himself.  He sends his love to The Bear, and his deepest gratitude to Nan and Ray.

Matthew R. Wilson Matthew R. Wilson* (Roland, Fight Choreographer) happily returns to Constellation, having previously played the bouncy sausage-maker in The Green Bird and choreographed fights for Women Beware Women, The Green Bird, and The Ramayana (2011).  Matt is Artistic Director of the Helen Hayes Award-winning Faction of Fools, DC’s Commedia dell’Arte company.  Credits include Folger Theatre: Comedy of Errors, 1 Henry IV; dog & pony dc: Beertown (HHA nomination); Baltimore Shakespeare Festival: Comedy of Errors, Scapin; Kennedy Center: Shear Madness; Faction of Fools: Hamlecchino, The Mandrake.  Upcoming directing: Faction of Fools: A Commedia Christmas Carol; HUB Theatre: Act A Lady.  MFA, Academy for Classical Acting.  PhD candidate, UMCP.   www.MatthewRWilson.com

* Member of Actors' Equity Association
^ Constellation Associate Artist

Allison Arkell Stockman (Director) has directed Constellation’s productions of Metamorphoses, A Dream Play, The Arabian Nights, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Oresteia, Temptation, The Marriage of Figaro, Crazyface, A Flea In Her Ear, Three Sisters, The Ramayana, Women Beware Women, The Green Bird, The Ramayana (2011), and Arms and the Man. Locally, Allison has directed productions for the In Series, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, The Hatchery, Phoenix Theatre DC and Georgetown Gilbert and Sullivan Society. She has also served as an Assistant Director at Shakespeare Theatre Company and Folger Theatre and has directed workshops or staged readings for The Kennedy Center and Theater J. Allison is the recipient of a Drama League Directing Fellowship and a member of the Lincoln Center Theater Directors Lab. She earned her BA in Comparative Religion from Princeton and an MFA in Directing from Carnegie Mellon School of Drama. She would like to thank the designers, the cast and crew for their creativity and her family and friends for their ongoing support.

A.J. Guban (Scenic Designer) has been part of Constellation from the beginning. Favorite scenic/lighting design credits include: Metamorphoses, The Ramayana (2011), The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, Three Sisters, The Oresteia, The Good Woman of Setzuan, The Arabian Nights, and A Dream Play. A freelance designer, he has designed for such companies as Opera Cleveland, Opera Theatre of Northern Virginia, Opera Vivente, The Maryland Opera Studio, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, The Smithsonian American Art Museum, and the National Postal Museum, among others. He is currently the Resident Assistant Lighting Designer with the Washington National Opera. A.J. earned his MFA in Lighting Design at the University of Maryland, College Park.

Kendra Rai^ (Costume Designer) won the 2012 Helen Hayes Award for Costume Design for her work on Constellation’s The Green Bird.  Her designs have been seen on both coasts, including: Adventure Theatre (Resident Artist), Imagination Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company's ACA, University of Maryland School of Music, Pennsylvania State Theatre, Catholic University, Gallaudet University, Taproot Theatre (Resident Designer), and Seattle Shakespeare Company, among others.  Kendra holds an MFA in Costume Design from Pennsylvania State University. In addition to designing, she has worked both as a draper and a costume shop manager, and as an Adjunct Professor at Gallaudet University.

Cory Ryan Frank (Lighting Designer) is thrilled to be working with Constellation Theatre for the first time. Recent lighting design credits include Theatre J: The Religion Thing, Mommy Queerest, Speed The Plow; Imagination Stage: Dr. Dolittle, Mulan, Miss Nelson is Missing, George and Martha, WSC: Happy Days; Gala Hispanic Theatre: True History of Coca Cola, Lucido, Canta al Peru Negro; Forum: One Flea Spare. Cory got his MFA in Lighting Design from the University of Maryland. 

Brendon Vierra (Sound Designer) returns to Constellation Theatre. Previous works have been heard for or at: Atlas Theatre, American University, Arena Stage, Catalyst Theater Company, GALA Hispanic Theatre, NAMI, Montgomery College, Olney Theatre, Signature Theatre, Source Theatre, The Studio Theatre, Theatre Alliance.  He is a founding member and artistic associate of Constellation Theatre as well as resident sound designer for GALA Hispanic Theatre.  Currently Brendon is a technical director for eventEQ, an event technology firm. 

Kevin Laughon (Props Designer) Production Manager at MetroStage from 2004–2011 (also Sound Board Operator, Box Office Manager, and Scenic Artist).  Kevin currently works on the technical and design teams at many DC area theaters.  PROPS: Scena Theatre: The Seafarer, Hedda Gabler; The American Century Theater: Sister Mary Ignatius…, Little Murders; MetroStage: The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!), A Broadway Christmas Carol; West End: Crazy For You.  A graduate of Syracuse University, he is an actor/singer/dancer and choreographer/teacher who has worked at local theaters, schools and dance studios for over 20 years. Last seen in The Producers (Toby’s).  TV: House of Cards (Netflix); VEEP (HBO).

Cheryl Ann Gnerlich^ (Production Manager, Stage Manager) is thrilled to be back with Constellation Theatre for a fourth season. Stage Management credits include Constellation: Metamorphoses, Blood Wedding, Arms and The Man, The Ramayana (Remount), The Green Bird, On The Razzle, Women Beware Women, The Ramayana, Three Sisters, A Flea in Her Ear, Crazyface; Studio Theatre 2ndStage: F***ing A, The Receptionist, A Beautiful View, All That I Will Ever Be; Virginia Shakespeare Festival: Three Tall Women. Assistant Stage Management credits include: Constellation; The Studio Theatre; Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Light Opera Oklahoma. Cheryl has a B.S. in Biology from the College of William and Mary.

Jason Krznarich (Technical Director) is working on his second show with Constellation Theatre Company after "getting his feet wet" as a welder for Metamorphoses.  He is also the resident technical director for WSC: Avant Bard and MetroStage, and has worked as an independent contractor for Shakespeare Theatre Company: Two Gentlemen of Verona, Strange Interludes; Signature Theatre: God of Carnage, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas; Imagination Stage: Rapunzel, The Lion, The Witch & The Wardrobe, and many others.  Prior to his career in theatre, he was a home builder and remodeler before getting his start as the master carpenter for Toby's Dinner Theatre.

Ashley Ivey (Assistant Director) a proud Associate Artist, has been previously seen in every Constellation show from A Dream Play to The Green Bird, as well as Metamorphoses. Other credits include Theater J: Spinoza's Solitude; Folger Theater: The Gaming Table; Forum Theater: Mad Forest, Marat/Sade; In Series: Berliner Kabarett, Petpourri; Catalyst Theater Company: 1984, The Trial; Open Circle Theater: Songs For A New World; Actors Theater of Washington: Never The Sinner, The Ruffian on the Stair, The Vampire Lesbians of Sodom, SEXE! The Floorshow!; Contemporary American Theater Festival: Wilder, The Late Henry Moss, Thief River.

Daina Cramer^ (Scenic Artist) is very excited to be joining Constellation Theatre for another season of shows! Previous Constellation work includes charge artist for MetamorphosisArms and the Man,The Ramayana, The Green Bird, and On The Razzle.  She graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a degree in scenic design and technology and has worked with various other theatres in the DC/VA area.

Jewell N. Fears^ (Assistant Stage Manager), an Associate Artist, is extremely pleased to return for her third season with Constellation Theatre Company. Most recently she was Stage Manager for the Tattooed Potato premiere of Nightmare Dreamer at MEAD Theatre Lab. Stage management credits include The SAPAN Institute: The Eleventh FaceRavana’s Untold Story; The In Series: Maria La O & Pagliacci, Swingtime, Love Potion #1. She is also Producer and Company Manager for Wayward Theatre Company; past performances include Freud Meets Girl (2010) and Incurable (2011). Jewell also works full-time in financial services.   

Daniel Mori (Production Assistant) is thrilled to be back for his second production with Constellation Theatre Company. Daniel is a multi-disciplinary performer and teaching artist, with concentrations in puppetry, aerial theater and early childhood education. He has designed, built and performed with puppets for many Washington area theaters, including The Smithsonian's Discovery Theater, Adventure Theatre, Synetic Family Theater, and Wit's End Puppets. Daniel is a company member with Young Playwrights’ Theater and the DC Clown Cabaret.

Anna St. Germain^ (Assistant Costume Designer) is delighted to be back working with Constellation Theatre Company.  Her past shows include The Ramayana, The Green Bird, Arms of the Man, Blood Wedding, and Metamorphoses.  She is looking forward to working with Kendra Rai and the whole Constellation team on Taking Steps.  She would like to thank Kendra and Allison for giving her another great opportunity to create wonderful art and to thank her fiancé Mathew for his patience and support.  

Will Voorhies (Sound Board Operator) is a recent graduate who is very excited to be working on his first show with Constellation Theatre Company.  Credits at the Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center include: Sandwalk, The Old Settler, Fall 2011 Maryland Dance Ensemble, Am I Black Enough Yet? (stage manager); Capitol Fringe productions with Unstrung Harpist: Genesis (Best Drama 2010), Flyboy.  Will is working around DC as a freelance technician.  He has a BA in theatre production from University of Maryland, College Park.

^ Constellation Associate Artist
 
       
       
 
                 
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