Friday, October 30, 2009

Saturday Morning Post: Quotidian's Port Authority & Special Discounts for Members of TWC

The Quotidian Theatre Company is getting very good reviews for its production of Conor McPherson's Port Authority, which runs at The Writer's Center through November 22. Footlights DC, a great community resource for area theatre lovers, includes excerpts from two recent reviews, posted below. As a special membership benefit, Writer's Center members get discounted $10 tickets to Quotidian Theater Company productions. Also, scroll down to learn about a special discount The Theatre Lab School of the Dramatic Arts is offering Writer's Center members on a Writing for Sitcoms workshop with David Emerson Toney.

Quotidian's small but mighty production very well done.'s a credit to McPherson's humane, observant pen -- and to the three adept actors who illuminate his material in Quotidian Theatre's local premiere of his 2001 play -- that even when nothing much is happening, it feels like everything's at stake. ...the epiphanies here are like atoms, miraculous for their smallness and ubiquity. McPherson knows that insight is more likely to arrive in the frozen food aisle than on a mountaintop, and that wherever we are, we experience these shattering moments privately. ...McPherson's work has been all over D.C. stages recently. Scena's production of his "Dublin Carol" closed last month, while Studio staged "The Seafarer" last January and "Shining City" 14 months before that. Quotidian did its own "Dublin Carol" only a year ago. Given all that, it's surprising that "Port Authority" took so long to find its way here. That's its arrived in such lovingly curated, brilliantly performed fashion is the one happy ending amid a show that otherwise has no use for such dismissive reductionism.
-- Chris Klimek, DC Examiner

Read the complete review

Port Authority is well worth a trip to The Writer's Center in Bethesda for its stellar writing and three strong, complex performances from Flanagan, Beall, and LaRocque. This story of love, loss, and the life unlived is theater at its most captivating.
-- Ben Demers, DC Theatre Scene

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The Area Premiere of Conor McPherson's


October 23rd – November 22nd, 2009

The Quotidian Theatre production features Steve Beall as Dermot, James Flanagan* as Kevin, and Steve LaRocque as Joe, directed by Jack Sbarbori.

Performances on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.,
Sundays at 2 p.m., with an added Matinee on
Saturday, November 21st at 2 p.m.

PLEASE NOTE: This play contains adult themes and language and is not recommended for those under 17.

Tickets: $25. ($5. Discount for Seniors/Students)($10 tickets for members of The Writer's Center.)


All performances at the Writer's Center at 4508 Walsh Street
in Downtown Bethesda

*Member of Actors' Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

The Quotidian Theatre is a member of the League of Washington Theatres and the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington

Visit their Website at
301 816-1023


The Theatre Lab of Washington DC offers Writer's Center members a special 15% discount on a workshop, Writing for Sitcoms, with Instructor David Emerson Toney. The workshop meets Monday evenings, 7 to 9:30 p.m. from November 2 to December 14, with no meeting Novemer 9. General tuition for the class is $230, and The Theatre Lab is offering Writer's Center members a 15% discount. In order to receive the discounted tuition of $195.50 please register by phone at 202-824-0449 and indicate your Writer's Center membership. These classes will be held at 733 8th Street, NW, very near the Gallery Place Metro station in downtown DC. To learn more about The Theatre Lab, visit their website at

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