By Steven Berkoff
Directed by Richard Romagnoli
A man encounters a woman whom he finds enormously attractive. Introductions ensue and the subsequent exchange of “viscous bodily feelings” is a contest of wit that spirals into an unique seduction.
In this wham-bam 40 minute encounter, histories are revealed, clichés avoided and a unique post-coital recognition is achieved.
Steven Berkoff’s language is visceral, humorous and provocative, but it is always authentic and honest.
PTP: Scenes from an Execution, Vinegar Tom, Gertrude- the Cry, The Europeans, No End of Blame, An Experiment with an Airpump, Somewhere in the Pacific. BROADWAY: The Band’s Visit, Act One (Lincoln Center Theater), Relatively Speaking. OFF-BROADWAY: The Band’s Visit (Atlantic Theater Company), The Changeling (Red Bull Theater), Old Jews Telling Jokes, All’s Well that Ends Well (The Public Theater), Measure for Measure (The Public Theater). FILM/TV: “COHAB” (YouTube- 3 episodes), “Deadbeat” (Hulu). MFA: NYU. BA: Middlebury College.
Jackie Sanders is thrilled to work with PTP again this summer after appearing as Charlotte in Party Time last year. Other recent roles include Laura Keene in the workshop of the new musical Tyrants! at York Theatre Company and an angry shareholder on the upcoming season of HBO’s “Succession.” Off Broadway: Kicking a Dead Horse (The Public Theater – written & directed by Sam Shepard), Measure for Measure (The Public), The Taming of the Shrew (Shakespeare in the Park), Swingtime Canteen by Charles Busch (Original Cast), Cowgirls (Original Cast), The Demise – A Rock Opera (Playwright’s Horizons), Music-Hall (Diffractions Théâtre Co). Tours: 42nd Street, A Chorus Line. Regional: The Old Globe, Bay Street Theater, Bucks Co. TV: “Pan Am” (ABC), “Live from Queens” (Lifetime Network), “The Loudest Voice” (CBS), “The Blacklist” (NBC) and “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Kimmy vs the Reverend” (Netflix).
Steven Berkoff was born in Stepney, London. After studying drama and mime in London and Paris, he entered a series of repertory companies and in 1968 formed the London Theatre Group. His plays and adaptations have been performed in many countries and in many languages. Among the many adaptations Berkoff has created for the stage, directed and toured, are Kafka’s Metamorphosis and The Trial, Agamemnon, and Poe’s The Fall of the House of Usher. He has directed and toured productions of Shakespeare’s Coriolanus also playing the title role, Richard II, Hamlet and Macbeth, as well as Oscar Wilde’s Salome. Berkoff’s original stage plays include East, West,The Messiah: Scenes from a Crucifixion, The Secret Love Life of Ophelia, Decadence, Harry’s Christmas, Massage, and Acapulco. He has performed his trilogy of solo shows, One Man, Shakespeare’s Villains, and Requiem for Ground Zero, in venues all over the world. Films Steven has acted in include A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, Octopussy, Beverly Hills Cop, Rambo, Under the Cherry Moon, Absolute Beginners and The Krays. He directed and co- starred with Joan Collins in the film version of his play Decadence. He has published a variety of books on the theatre such as the production journals I am Hamlet, Meditations on Metamorphosis, and Coriolanus in Deutschland. Berkoff’s work has led him to traverse the globe, and his love for travel is apparent in his book Shopping in the Santa Monica Mall: The Journals of a Strolling Player.
In 1986 he cofounded and has been the co-Artistic Director of the Potomac Theatre Project. PTP/NYC; Director, For PTP/NYC, Zoom productions of Pinter’s Press Conference/Party Time, Howard Barker’s poem Don’t Exaggerate. Havel: The Passion of Thought) For PTP and other theatres he has directed multiple productions of Howard Barker’s The Castle, Scenes from an Execution, The Europeans, A Hard Heart, Pity In History and The Possibilities. He has also directed Barker’s Judith, Gertrude— The Cry, Victory: Choices in Reaction and Barker’s poems ‘Gary the Thief,’ ‘Plevna: Meditations on Hatred, ‘and ‘Don’t Exaggerate.’ For the worldwide 2010 Barker celebration 21 for 21, he directed Judith with Jan Maxwell, Alex Draper and Stephanie Janssen. Other playwrights directed for PTP include Harold Pinter, Edward Albee, Gore Vidal, Vaclav Havel, Pavel Kohout, Snoo Wilson, Howard Brenton and Tariq Ali. In Washington D.C. he has directed Dumas fil’s Camille (with Jan Maxwell), Pinter’s The Homecoming, Coward’s Private Lives, and The Importance of Being Earnest for the Olney Theatre Center, and has also worked with Project Y in D.C., in Boston for Whistler in the Dark. He is a professor emeritus of theatre at Middlebury College in Vermont, where he directed numerous plays, including, most recently, Major Barbara, Havel: The Passion of Thought, Glengarry Glen Ross, The Antigone Project, Flare Path, Mendel, Inc., Pentecost, The Castle, Victory, Scenes From An Execution, Tom Stoppard’s Every Good Boy Deserves Favour (EGBDF) and the American premiere of Peter Barnes’ The Bewitched (Scenes and Bewitched were both performed at the Kennedy Center as part of the 1996 and 2006 American College Theatre Festivals respectively; Pentecost received ACTF’s 2014 Outstanding Production of a play award). He’s developed new plays at The Young Playwright’s Festival at the Public Theatre and the Shenandoah Playwrights Festival. Romagnoli is an associate of Howard Barker’s The Wrestling School and cofounded The Barker Project with Robert Emmet Lunney and Jan Maxwell. He trained at the School of Theatre, Florida State University and is a member of the National Theatre Conference.
Courtney Smith is a scenic, media designer, and technician for live performance. He is currently the Production Designer for the Department of Theatre at Middlebury College. Courtney’s designs have received several Meritorious Achievement Awards from the Kennedy Center American College Theatre Festival. Additionally, his work received a “Distinguished Achievement Award in Scenic Design” from the Kennedy Center in Washington DC.
Credits include Potomac Theatre Project (NY), Warren Miller Performing Arts Center (MT), Southwark Playhouse (UK), The Bushwick Starr (NY), Roundabout Theatre Company (NY), New York City Opera (NY), Playwrights Horizons (NY), Classic Stage Company (NY), Cedar Lake Dance (NY), Marvel Repertory Theatre (NY), Mount Baker Repertory Theatre (WA), Montana Shakespeare in the Parks (MT), Coeur d’Alene Summer Theatre (ID), and Idaho Repertory Theatre (ID).
Courtney is a member of United States Institute of Theatre Technology (USITT) and received his MFA in scenic design from the University of Idaho.
Madison Middleton is delighted to be making their official PTP debut! They are a Theatre and Music joint major at Middlebury College. Middlebury acting credits include Brutus in Julius Caesar, Margaret in The Light in the Piazza, Andrea in Giants Have Us in Their Books, and Tattooed Woman in Bacchae 2.1. Some DC/Maryland acting credits include Kate Monster in Avenue Q, Fraulein Schneider in Cabaret, Catherine in Proof, Orpheus in Polaroid Stories (The Theatre Lab), The Hunchback of Notre Dame (The Theatre Lab), Children of Eden (Young Artists of America at Strathmore). Madison is interested in LGBTQIA+ theory and aesthetics, musical and theatrical world-building, puppetry, magic, and environmental justice through art-making.
Devin Wein is thrilled to be a part of her sixth PTP season. Off-Broadway credits include: The Havel Plays, The After Dinner Joke, No End of Blame, and Pity in History (Potomac Theatre Project), Two By Friel, Three Small Irish Masterpieces, Rebel in the Soul, and The Dead, 1904 (Irish Repertory Theatre), Ironbound and Undeniable Sound of Right Now (Women’s Project and Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre), Phalaris’ Bull (Theatre Row), Allegro (Classic Stage Company), Scenes From a Marriage (New York Theatre Workshop), Threepenny Opera (Atlantic Theatre Company). Regional: The Underpants, The Whale Song, and Devilfish (Perseverance Theatre), Legacy and The Visit (Williamstown Theatre Festival).
Carol Wood is a professional pattern-maker/draper and has been teaching garment cutting and construction for decades. She is known for recreating, wearing, and writing about historical garments and costumes. Her work has been honored with awards, shown in galleries, worn to period events, appeared on the stage, and escorted down the wedding aisle. Carol was a draper in San Francisco Opera’s Costume Shop for 11 years and has been a corsetry instructor for the past 15. Her motto: Lace it tighter!
Caroline Armour is excited to participate in her first season of PTP. She has performed in A Monster Calls, Mamma Mia, Find Me, Alice in Wonderland, and A Streetcar Named Desire. Caroline went on to become the Assistant Director for A Midsummer Nights Dream, In The Heights, Spring Awakening, Lord of the Flies, Puffs, and Matilda. Previously she wrote and directed a production of Something Wicked This Way Comes, and a stage interpretation of The Office. Caroline is currently working on her BA in Theater and French at Middlebury College.
Gibson Grimm is a Theatre and Film double major at Middlebury College from Jacksonville, Florida. His Middlebury acting credits include Giants Have Us in Their Books, The Bacchae 2.1, Untitled Romantic Comedy, Working, and the First Year Show. He recently directed I and You. Outside the department, he is a member of Middlebury Discount Comedy, is a Social Activities Co-Chair for MCAB, and co-hosts a radio show.
◊ member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society
º member of United Scenic Artists, Local USA 829