The Actors of THE NIGHT ALIVE Talk About Their Roles: David Dubov Tackles Doc

039_david-dubov-color-webQTC board member/actor David Dubov has been very busy at QTC this season. Besides leading QTC’s PR/marketing team, David has played major roles in QTC’s A Lesson from Aloes, The Lady with the Little Dog, and now as “Doc” in The Night Alive. And yet, David still had time to respond to a few questions posed to him by QTC Co-founder Stephanie Mumford regarding his work on the role of Doc.

What do you think of the character of Doc and his role in “The Night Alive”?

“Doc is complex, despite his simple exterior. He is supposed to exist in a brain state “five to seven seconds” behind everyone else, but his mind is far beyond the time lapse he experiences in the life of the play. Each character has his or her profound moments, but Doc’s musings take in a much wider scope than you would expect of a low-life moocher stuck in the grit of Dublin. McPherson has created this person who might be based on real life guys he’s known, but his brilliant writing has taken the whole cloth of Doc and crafted a wonder – funny, interesting, and full of a deep appreciation of life despite its sometimes desperate circumstances.”

How does your role in “The Night Alive” compare to the one you played in McPherson’s “The Seafarer”?

“I played Nicky Giblin in QTC’s The Seafarer a few years ago, and Doc shares some characteristics with Nicky. They are both good men caught in situations beyond their control and beyond their mental capacity to understand what is happening to them. Nicky may be more straightforward in his narrative through-line during the play, but Doc is a deeper person. I’ve had fun with both, of course, but Doc makes me the happiest.”

Was there a certain aspect of Doc’s nature with which you connected or that fascinated you? Was there a key physical characteristic that helped you in developing his character?

“Despite the complexities and simplicities of Doc, his shining humanity and understated good-heartedness are what I latched on to, to create him on stage. His speech pattern is distinctive, too, giving me a handhold on which to hang the layers of the character, and that gives him a depth a more straightforward portrayal by a playwright less skilled than McPherson would have neglected. The coke-bottle-bottom glasses are a great touch, too!

“It’s such a pleasure playing this man with all of his frailties and strengths. A real challenge!”

THE NIGHT ALIVE Opens Friday! 5 Reasons to See It

13221722_1148066648547609_1983080169193235724_n1) QTC is “the best stage to experience McPherson’s plays in the Washington, D.C. area”

2) Director Jack Sbarbori’s ninth McPherson production with designers Don Slater and Ed Moser

3) An all-star cast, featuring QTC favorites and fresh faces

4) A supernatural drama just in time for Halloween

5) $15 tickets every Friday for patrons 30 & under


Quotidian Theatre Company Opens Its Dynamic 2016-17 Season With Conor McPherson’s THE NIGHT ALIVE

13221722_1148066648547609_1983080169193235724_nQuotidian Theatre Company opens its amazing 2017 season with the haunting and darkly funny THE NIGHT ALIVE, by Conor McPherson.

The often dark, at times violent, drama about the relationship among five highly imperfect people is also infused with black comedy as these sad souls fumble in the darkness toward the light. The piece is set in a run-down house in Dublin which is now inhabited by Tommy, a fifty-something layabout. He does odd jobs with his friend, Doc, and has a tense relationship with his Uncle Maurice, who owns the house. These men on the margin of society live day to day, barely surviving in the junk and squalor of the bedsit.

One night, Tommy brings home Aimee, who has been beaten by her boyfriend, Kenneth, and everyone’s lives are changed forever.

“With its focus on these very flawed people, you would think this piece would be very bleak,” says Jack Sbarbori, Quotidian’s Artistic Director, and the play’s director. “But, in reality, it is a portrait of ordinary personalities, placed in extraordinary and dangerous circumstances. MacPherson’s genius lies in taking this situation, and finding the humor and warmth in it.”

Quotidian has a long history of producing McPherson’s work, including the United States premiere of THE VEIL. Join us on 6 November for a post-performance talk-back with director Jack Sbarbori and his cast, moderated by McPherson expert/author Professor Gerald Wood.

THE NIGHT ALIVE opens on October 21, 2016 at 8:00 p.m. at the Writer’s Center in Bethesda, Maryland, and runs through November 20.

Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets ( or by calling the Quotidian Theatre Company box office at 301-816-1023.

Foucheux, Dubov, LaRocque! 30 OCTOBER ONLY!

Photo of Rick Foucheux by Scott Suchman from Arena Stage’s AH, WILDERNESS!

Fans of Rick Foucheux, David Dubov, and Steve LaRocque will relish this rare opportunity to see them on stage together in Eugene O’Neill’s HUGHIE on 30 October for a QTC Fundraiser. Tickets available now!

One of the D.C.-area’s most esteemed and beloved actors, Rick Foucheux, reprises his acclaimed portrayal of Erie Smith in American master playwright Eugene O’Neill’s one-act HUGHIE in a benefit performance for QTC. Foucheux is joined by QTC favorites David Dubov and Steve LaRocque.

HUGHIE is set in the lobby of a small hotel on a West Side street in midtown New York during the summer of 1928. Small-time hustler Erie Smith (Foucheux) laments to the hotel’s new night clerk Charlie Hughes (Dubov), how Smith’s luck has gone bad since the death of Hughie, Hughes’ predecessor. LaRocque (Hickey in QTC’s THE ICEMAN COMETH and James Tyrone in A LONG DAY’S JOURNEY INTO NIGHT) will read O’Neill’s detailed stage directions.

Foucheux’s Helen Hayes-nominated performance directed by the Washington Stage Guild’s late director, John MacDonald, was hailed by the Washington Post as “haunting” and “beautifully acted.”

Join Foucheux, Dubov, and LaRocque after the show for a drink and bite to eat in the lobby. And, come early (6 pm) to take part in the silent auction with theatre ticket donations from Signature, Round House, Flying V, and QTC, as well as spa services from Salon Fusion.

Please consider supporting QTC with a tax-deductible donation in addition to the general ticket price of $50 for this benefit. The donation can be included in one of the specially priced donor tickets for which you will receive a statement from QTC for your 2016 taxes.

THE NIGHT ALIVE on DC Theatre Scene’s “Don’t Miss” List

DC Theatre Scene‘s Tim Treanor lists QTC’s production of THE NIGHT ALIVE as one of his “won’t-miss shows”. Get your tickets today, so you won’t miss it either!

“I’m also going to make a point of seeing The Night Alive, Conor McPherson’s NY-Drama-Circle-Award-Winning Play, when it comes to Quotidian on October 20. The Irish have a patent on loneliness and failure of the sexual imagination, and it gets full play in this story of two (straight) men who share a room and a hardscrabble business. When one of them rescues a prostitute from a beating and takes her home with him, it disrupts more than their lives. Quotidian, which produces its work in a small theater within the Bethesda Writer’s Center, specializes in the subtle and the underplayed, which is just perfect for this play.”

Broadway World Review: Quotidian’s THE LADY WITH THE LITTLE DOG a Gorgeous Chamber Piece

IMG_5671Read the glowing review of the show by Chekhov scholar and reviewer Andrew White on Broadway World.

Here’s a sample that we really like…

“As Anna, Chekhov’s heroine, Chelsea Mayo captures the quiet desperation of a woman who has been taught her whole life to deny herself everything-and who genuinely struggles with the prospect of happiness, especially because it comes so furtively. She is romanced by the shore at Yalta by Dmitry, played here with relish by Ian Blackwell Rogers, an admitted roué but one who has found in Anna the soul-harbor he had sought for so many years. Their respective spouses are played here by pianist Roberts and violinist Kharazian; in keeping with the story’s conceit, both actors portray them as the very models of stale conformity, each creating an emotional void which Anna and Dmitri are desperate to escape.

“Guiding us gently through the story’s twists and turns is none other than Anton Chekhov himself, played with discretion and charm by David Dubov. One of Mumford’s most effective strokes here is to have Anton interact constantly with his characters, so that the tale is not so much an authorial fait accompli as matter of negotiation with the characters themselves.”

July 17th Performance of The Lady With the Little Dog Almost Sold Out

SOLD OUTReservations for this Sunday’s performance indicate that almost all seats are filled! If you wanted to see the play on Sunday, but haven’t reserved seats yet, please consider another performance.

Subscribers who wanted to attend the post-show talk on Sunday may want to consider going to the 23 July dramaturg session at 7 p.m., instead. It is one of the perks of being a QTC subscriber!