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QTC’s 2019-2020 SEASON of Three Plays

Conor McPherson’s “Port Authority” – October 25 – November 17, 2019
Directed by Jack Sbarbori

A tale of the lost loves and missed opportunities of three generations of Dublin men. Per New York Times’ Ben Brantley, “‘Port Authority’ is a haunting fugue on passive lives and loves that might have been… As in Mr. McPherson’s best work, this play is steeped in deeper symmetry, rooted in the ineffable within the everyday.” Featuring Chris Stinson (Kevin), Matthew Vaky (Dermot), and Joseph Palka (Jo).

“Port Authority” will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori, who directed and designed the set for QTC’s highly-acclaimed 2009 production of the play.

Henrik Ibsen’s “Ghosts” – April 3 – April 26, 2020
Directed by Kevin O’Connell

Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving’s dissolute life. While “Ghosts'” focus on religion, venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia shocked and repelled Ibsen’s contemporaries, the play is now considered of “immense historical importance.” Maurice Valency found it groundbreaking, asserting that until “Ghosts” “Regular tragedy dealt mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral code. ‘Ghosts’, on the contrary, deals with the consequences of not breaking it.” Adapted by Kevin O’Connell and featuring Alyssa Sanders (Mrs. Alving) and David Dubov (Pastor Manders).

“Ghosts” will be adapted and directed by Kevin O’Connell, the founding artistic director of Barabbas Theatre as well as a freelance theatre professional in the Washington, DC area.

Horton Foote’s “The Day Emily Married” – July 10 – August 2, 2020
Directed by Jack Sbarbori

Set in 1950’s Harrison, Texas. Emily Davis is about to be married and she is determined not to let her parents talk her and her new husband, the strappingly ambitious Richard Murray, into living with them. But Emily’s mother, Lyd, an expert in emotional blackmail, will not be deterred from getting her own way. Per New York Times Ben Brantley’s 2004 review, “If Harrison’s stories of wrecked marriages, closet vices and family feuds give it a surface resemblance to ‘Peyton Place’, it also has a fair amount in common with the blasted heath of ‘King Lear’ and the arid fields of Samuel Beckett’s tramps. The author of the resonantly named ‘Orphans’ Home Cycle” of plays and the Pulitzer Prize-winning ‘Young Man From Atlanta,’ Mr. Foote is a master of the distinctive art of balancing everyday domestic clutter over a pit of existential darkness.” Featuring Jane Squier Bruns (Lyd Davis) and John Decker (Lee Davis).

“The Day Emily Married” will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori, a Horton Foote expert who rediscovered Foote’s play, originally titled “The Indian Fighters,” at the Library of Congress. Foote gave Sbarbori permission to give “The Day Emily Married” its world premiere staging in 1997 in Silver Spring, MD, several years before it was produced again with Estelle Parsons and Hallie Foote at Primary Stages in New York City.


Prized by its patrons for its intimate stagings, QTC specializes in productions of naturalistic plays about the truth and beauty in everyday or “quotidian” life. This boutique theater caters to those who enjoy pondering–and discussing with friends after the show–the meaning of a great play. Located within walking distance of Bethesda’s renowned restaurant district, there are plenty of fine dining establishments at which to eat and drink before or after the play. On Saturdays and Sundays, parking is free in the public lot directly across from the Writer’s Center, where QTC is the resident theater company. QTC is easily accessible by car or Metro (red line to Bethesda stop).

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