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by Sarah Ruhl
​August 10 - September 2^


directed by Nick Martin


Contrary to its title, this bubbly and whimsical comedy from the acclaimed playwright of The Clean House and Dead Man’s Cell Phone will make you fall in love with love.


Tilly, a bank teller, is consumed by a melancholy so exquisite that everyone she meets becomes infatuated with her; her tailor, her hairdresser, and even her therapist succumb to the allure of her perpetual sadness. But when Tilly inexplicably discovers happiness, her joy wreaks havoc on the lives of her paramours.

Run Time: 100 minutes, no intermission

^PLEASE NOTE: There are no performances August 14 - 22. 

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Special Performances

July 30: Preview Party* at 7:30 pm

Aug 8: Open Tech Rehearsal* at 7 pm

Aug 10: Pay-What-You-Can at 8 pm

Aug 11: $15 Preview at 8 pm

Aug 12: $25 Preview at 7:30 pm

Aug 24: Cocktail Party (6:30 pm)


Aug 27: Industry Night at 7:30 pm

For additional information please visit the Tickets page or call 202.204.7741.

*By invitation only.  Please contact us to learn how to gain access to these exciting behind-the-scenes events.

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In The News

“Whimsical, surrealistic, even absurdist somewhat in the mode of Eugene Ionesco...Giddy as it is, Melancholy Play actually affords considerable psychological insight.” -  Dallas News

Creative Team

Written By

Sarah Ruhl

Directed  by

Nick Martin

Scenic Designer

Jonathan Dahm Robertsonl

Costume Designer

Kitt Crescenzo

Lighting Designer

A.J. Guban



Dialect Coach

Elizabeth van den Berg

Props Designer

Marie Schneggenberger

Technical Director

Mike Salmi

Stage Manager

Jenny Hannah Rubin

Assistant Director

Francesca Chilcote

Assistant Stage Manager

Sam Reilly

Master Electrician

Emma Street

Scenic Charge

Kelley Rowan

Light Board Operator

Cody Whitfield

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