- by Philip Ridley
- Directed by Matthew Gardiner
- Scenic Design Luciana Stecconi
- Costume Design Laree Lentz
- Lighting Design Collin K. Bills
- Sound Design Eric Shimelonis
- Stage Manager Julie Meyer
- On sale: February 14
- Pride: March 28 & April 11
- Discussion: March 26, April 8 & 16
The performance will last approximately 95 minutes. There is no intermission.
The Washington, DC Premiere
Co-Starring Laura C. Harris and Elan Zafir
Tender Napalm makes its Washington debut in a transfixing, intimate and savage exploration of love in the face of heartbreak.
A pair of young lovers creates a fantastical, often violent, world through an interweaving dialogue of increasing perplexity. At the heart of their fantasies lies an unimaginable tragedy that both bonds and breaks the two. Fused with raw energy, the couple blurs the distinction of truth and illusion in this battle-of-the-sexes wild ride.
Ultimately beautiful and richly moving, Tender Napalm is a complex and layered romance for the modern era.
– London Times
Tender Napalm contains graphic language and adult situations. For mature audiences only.
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Laura C. Harris (Woman) DC AREA: Round House Theatre: Seminar, Amadeus, Young Robin Hood, 26 Miles; Studio Theatre: Bachelorette, Time Stands Still, Red Speedo; Folger Theatre: The Winter’s Tale, The School for Scandal; Theatre J: Our Class; Forum Theatre: Amazons and Their Men; Catalyst Theater Company: 1984; Potomac Theatre Project: An Experiment with an Air Pump, Cigarettes and Chocolate. EDUCATION: Middlebury College, BA in Theatre and Film & Media Culture.
Elan Zafir (Man) OFF-BROADWAY: Romeo & Juliet, Inner Workings of Man, Raft of the Medusa, This is Your Life, Peter Pan, Leaf in the Mailbox. DC AREA: Measure for Measure, The White Devil. REGIONAL: Coconut Grove Playhouse: The Disputation; Gable Stage: Arms and the Man. CANADA: Look Back in Anger, The Last Night of Ballyhoo, Central Park West, Sexual Perversity in Chicago, After the Fall, Macbeth, Escape From Happiness, On the Razzle. EDUCATION: Academy for Classical Acting, 2013.
Colin K. Bills (Lighting Design) SIGNATURE: Dying City, The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas, God of Carnage, Brother Russia, Really Really, Hairspray, Side by Side by Sondheim, As the Curtain Rises, I Am My Own Wife. DC AREA: Woolly Mammoth Theatre (Company Member), dog & pony dc (Conspirator), Round House Theatre, Studio Theatre, Forum Theatre, Imagination Stage, The Kennedy Center, MetroStage, Olney Theatre, The Smithsonian Institution, Synetic Theatre, Theatre for the First Amendment, Theatre J, The Washington Revels (Associate Artist). REGIONAL: The Berkshire Theater Festival, CENTERSTAGE, Dallas Theater Center, Intiman Theatre, Portland Center Stage, The Williamstown Theatre Festival, Wilma Theater. OPERA: Opera Lafayette, Lincoln Center, Opera Royal Versailles. AWARDS: 2011, 2010 and 2008 Helen Hayes Awards, 2009 Princess Grace Theater Fellowship. EDUCATION: Dartmouth.
Matthew Gardiner SIGNATURE: Director: Dreamgirls, Dying City, Xanadu, Really Really, The Hollow, Side by Side by Sondheim, Art, [title of show], See What I Wanna See; Choreographer: Company, Sweeney Todd, Dirty Blonde; Assistant Director and Choreographer: over 20 productions at Signature Theatre. Associate Artistic Director (2011-present), Resident Director (2010-2011), Resident Assistant Director (2006-2010). NEW YORK: Director: NYMF: The Greenwood Tree; Assistant Director: Circle in the Square: Glory Days. DC AREA: Director: Ford’s Theatre: The Laramie Project; Director/Choreographer: Kennedy Center: Snow White, Rose Red (and Fred!); Everyman Theatre: Let Me Sing And I’m Happy; MetroStage: tick, tick…BOOM!; Catholic University of America: La Boheme, Candide; Co-Director/Choreographer: Studio Theatre: Jerry Springer: The Opera; Reefer Madness (2008 Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Musical and Direction of a Musical); Choreographer: MetroStage: Jacques Brel is Alive And Well…; Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Adding Machine. EDUCATION: Carnegie Mellon University.
Laree Lentz (Costume Design) DC AREA: Folger Theatre: Romeo and Juliet; Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Stupid Fucking Bird; Studio Theatre: An Iliad and Studio 2ndStage: Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven; Spooky Action Theater: Optimism! Or Voltaire’s Candide; 1st Stage Theatre: Never the Sinner; Synetic Theater: Home of the Soldier; The Kay Theatre, UMD and NACTA Beijing, China: A Midsummer Night’s Dream; The Bluest Eye; The Kogod Theatre, UMD: A Child Shall Lead Them: Making The Night of the Hunter, Minotuar, Am I Black Enough Yet. REGIONAL: Central Piedmont Community College: Legally Blonde, Will Roger’s Follies, Hairspray.
Julie Meyer (Production Stage Manager) SIGNATURE: Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill, Company, The Last Five Years, Dying City, The Break (21/24 workshop), Xanadu, Really Really, A Second Chance, The Boy Detective Fails, I Capture the Castle (21/24 workshop), Art, Sunset Boulevard, Walter Cronkite is Dead, Chess, Tamar and the River (21/24 workshop), [title of show], I Am My Own Wife, Show Boat, Dirty Blonde, The Boy Detective Fails(21/24 workshop), Giant, Glory Days, Les Misérables. OFF-BROADWAY: Flipside: the Patti Page Story. REGIONAL: Lyric Theatre: Stephen Schwartz’s new musical Snapshots, Will Rogers Follies, Big River, Some Enchanted Evening, Disney’s High School Musical, Oklahoma!, Evita, Singin’ in the Rain, Once On This Island; Oklahoma City Repertory Theatre: Jane Eyre, Little Me, Dirty Blonde. EDUCATION: Rutgers University, MFA, Stage Management.
Eric Shimelonis (Composer/Sound Design) DC AREA: Folger Theatre: Richard III; Round House Theatre: Seminar, This, Beauty Queen of Leenane; Studio Theatre: Torch Song Trilogy, Motherfucker with the Hat, An Iliad; Theatre J: Our Suburb, Andy and the Shadows, Our Class; 1st Stage: Never The Sinner (Helen Hayes nomination). OFF-BROADWAY: Signature: world premiere of Sam Shepard's Heartless; Rattlestick: The Hallway Trilogy (Drama Desk nomination); Playwrights Horizons: Essential Self Defense (Lucille Lortel nomination); Daryl Roth: Fuerza Bruta; Carnegie Hall: Elusive Things (featured composer with F. Murray Abraham performing). FILM: Winter Passing.
Luciana Stecconi (Scenic Design) DC AREA: Studio Theatre: The Night Watcher, An Iliad, Lungs, The History of Kisses, In the Red and Brown Water, Tynan, Souvenir; Studio Theatre 2NDSTAGE: Contractions, Astroboy and the God of Comics, Songs of the Dragons Flying to Heaven, 60 Miles to Silver Lake; Theater J: Yellow Face, Andy and the Shadows, Something you Did, Zero Hour; The Library of Congress: Ohio Impromptu; Catholic University: Hedda Gabler; American University: Guys and Dolls, The Skin of Our Teeth; Adventure Theatre MTC: The Cat in a Hat, Winnie the Pooh, Charlotte’s Web. REGIONAL: Contemporary American Theater Festival: Heartless, Barcelona, The Exceptionals, A Discourse on the Wonders of the Invisible World; Barrington Stage Company: Lungs. AWARDS: 2010 Mayor’s Art Award for Outstanding Emerging Artist, 2006 Ira Gershwin Prize in theater excellence from Brandeis University. EDUCATION: MFA in design and scenic painting from Brandeis University.