Five Comedies Selected for Production in Final Year at Lakeforest Mall
Best Medicine Rep, Gaithersburg’s professional theater company, is proud to announce the plays selected for its sixth season, the final year at its current space in Lakeforest Mall. The plays are The Trip by Crystal V. Rhodes, Rapunzarella White by June Rachelson Ospa and Daniel Neiden, America’s Sexiest Couple by Ken Levine, and two plays by John Morogiello: In the Gutter and Blame It On Beckett.
“This is going to be a fun season,” declares author and Artistic Director John Morogiello. “The scripts display a wide range of comic subjects and styles. Our audience will love them.”
Kicking off Season 6 is The Trip by Crystal V. Rhodes. Four lifelong friends embark on a pair of hilarious road trips twenty years apart. Can they rebuild the bridge that connected them without drowning in the water that’s under it? The production runs September 9 – October 2, 2022. It’s a fun, ensemble comedy directed by Yvonne Paretzky.
“We were supposed to present The Trip last season,” observes director Paretzky, “but the Omicron variant had other plans. We’re excited to get the opportunity to finally mount this wonderful play.”
The next production, Rapunzarella White, is something new for Best Medicine Rep: a family musical. Written by June Rachelson Ospa and Daniel Neiden, the play throws three different fairy tales into a comic blender to great effect. The production will run November 26 – December 11, 2022 on an all-matinee schedule.
Best Medicine Rep’s devotion to the work of Emmy-winning writer Ken Levine returns in our next production, America’s Sexiest Couple. The play concerns a pair of aging sitcom actors who are reunited to see if the spark they felt in their youth was true or merely acting. America’s Sexiest Couple runs January 6 – 22, 2023, and will be directed by Kathleen Barth.
From February 24 – March 19, 2023, Best Med will present the world premiere of John Morogiello’s In the Gutter, directed by audience favorite Stan Levin. The play is a fantastic parody of film noir, with money, murder, and a nosy neighbor played by another audience favorite Rebecca A. Herron.
The season closes with another play by John Morogiello, Blame It On Beckett. Set in the literary office of a regional theater, Blame It On Beckett is a comedy about office politics, ambition, and being forced to read bad scripts. It runs April 28 – May 21, 2023.
“Beckett is something we’ve always wanted to produce,” jokes Morogiello, “It’s one of my plays that has had a fair degree of success in the U.S. and U.K. In fact, it was done by a local amateur theater a few years ago. We figured that enough time has passed. I mean, if theaters can produce A Midsummer Night’s Dream every single year, they can put up with Beckett every seven.”
Tickets for Best Medicine Rep Theater Company’s upcoming season are on sale now. They are available through Best Medicine Rep’s website.
Now in its sixth season, Best Medicine Rep is a nonprofit theater company that specializes in new comedies. It is dedicated to the artistic, educational, and cultural development of the greater Gaithersburg area. For more information about the company, please visit here.
WHO: Best Medicine Rep Theater Company
WHAT: Season 6
WHERE: Best Medicine Rep, Lakeforest Mall, 701 Russell Avenue, Suite F115, Gaithersburg, MD (Lower level).
WHEN: September 2022 – May 2023
TICKETS: $30 general admission. $25 seniors. Visit bestmedicinerep.org.
CONTACT: Mary Roberds, 636-299-2635, email@example.com
ABOUT BEST MEDICINE REP
Best Medicine Rep is devoted entirely to the development and production of new comic plays. In addition to its comedic mission, Best Medicine Rep is dedicated to the artistic, educational, and cultural development of the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village area. It was founded as a nonprofit theater company in 2016.
The current board members are:
John Morogiello, President and Artistic Director
Rebecca A. Herron, Vice President
Stan Levin, Secretary
Mary Roberds, Treasurer
Sally Coberly, Director
Sally French, Director
Nayab Hussain, Director
Carla Magdamo, Director
Alexandra Parker, Director
Seth Polansky, Director
Teri Pool, Director
Sheila Samaddar, Director