Quotidian Theatre Company Presents Conor McPherson’s Darkly Comic Masterpiece, THIS LIME TREE BOWER

Chris Stinson (Joe Beneventi) is delighted to return to the Quotidian stage appearing in 2013's The Iceman Cometh as "Don Parritt”.
Chris Stinson (Joe Beneventi) is delighted to return to the Quotidian stage appearing in 2013’s The Iceman Cometh as “Don Parritt”.

Quotidian Theatre Company returns to the world of playwright Conor McPherson in one of his early masterpieces, This Lime Tree Bower.

This play continues Quotidian’s long relationship with the author, and marks the eighth McPherson play Quotidian has produced, including three DC area premiers (Dublin CarolPort Authority, and The Birds), and the US premiere of The Veil.

Michael Avolio (Ray Sullivan) returns to QTC, where he directed Hedda Gabler and The Iceman Cometh and acted in The Veil, Shining City, The Cherry Orchard, and others.
Michael Avolio (Ray Sullivan) returns to QTC, where he directed Hedda Gabler and The Iceman Cometh and acted in The Veil, Shining City, The Cherry Orchard, and others.

The play, through interwoven monologues, is an account of coming of age in small town Ireland, told by three young men. The central characters are Joe (Chris Stinson), the youngest, who is bored with school and looking for adventure; his brother Frank (David Mavricos) who is working full-time in the family chipper and hatches “his great plan” to solve all the family’s troubles, and; their friend Ray (Michael Avolio) the debauched university lecturer who is dating their sister Carmel.

David Mavricos (Frank Beneventi) is delighted to be working with Quotidian Theatre for the first time.
David Mavricos (Frank Beneventi) is delighted to be working with Quotidian Theatre for the first time.

Director Jack Sbarbori says that the play is full of moral ambiguity. “What is ethical behavior? Is it what suits the individual or society? This play provides a great deal of information about the choices made by these characters, and I suspect that audience members will quickly arrive at conclusions regarding the decency of each, although the consideration of what the characters could have or should have done will prove to be much more difficult.”

This Lime Tree Bower opens July 10 at the Writers’ Center in Bethesda, MD, and runs weekends through August 9, with Friday and Saturday evening performances at 8:00 p.m., and Sunday matinees at 2 p.m. PLEASE NOTE: There will be no performance on Friday, August 7, and an extra matinee will be performed on Saturday, August 8, at 2:00 p.m. Tickets are available at Brown Paper Tickets (http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1670671) or by calling the Quotidian Theatre Company box office at 301-816-1023.


Our mission at Quotidian Theatre Company is to find truth and beauty in the everyday, presenting plays in an understated, impressionistic style. We are proud to be the Resident Theater Company at our performance space, The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

One thought on “Quotidian Theatre Company Presents Conor McPherson’s Darkly Comic Masterpiece, THIS LIME TREE BOWER

  1.   Hi, Stephanie and Jack!       How are you this summer?  I am well.  I just returned from beautiful France!  I was there to see that my furniture arrived through French customs.  All seems to be moving fairly smoothly with my imminent move.  I can’t wait until the final move though, possibly by the end of the year!  In the meantime, I have rescued yet another homeless cat, a mom, but I still have to help my 13-yr-old neighbor rescue the elusive kittens!   By for now,   Cynthia            

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