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Studio Theatre Kicks Off 2016 with Pulitzer Prize-Winning “Between Riverside and Crazy”

From Kyle: It took me years to finally start watching the beloved, long lamented “The Wire”, which ran on HBO. Once I started binge-watching it earlier this year, I was obsessed. I could not do anything, it seemed, until I had finished the series, start to finish. One of the many great actors in The Wire was Frankie Faison, and when I heard he was starring in Studio Theatre’s first 2016 production, I was psyched. He’s going to be great in this. Read On:

STUDIO BRINGS PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING COMEDY BETWEEN
RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY TO DC, DIRECTED BY TONY WINNER BRIAN
MACDEVITT AND STARRING FRANKIE FAISON OF HBO’S THE WIRE
BETWEEN RIVERSIDE AND CRAZY
by Stephen Adly Guirgis
directed by Brian MacDevitt
2015 Pulitzer Prize for Drama recipient
begins January 13, 2016

“A smart, exuberantly funny urban dramedy with a spirit as shrewd and forgiving as its
motormouth language is wild and lush.”—Newsday

Studio kicks off 2016 with a production of Stephen Adly Guirgis’s boisterous and unflinching
comedy Between Riverside and Crazy. Frankie Faison (HBO’s The Wire) will star and Studio
Cabinet member Brian MacDevitt, who designed last season’s Murder Ballad, will direct.
“It’s a pleasure to bring Stephen Adly Guirgis’s work back to Studio,” says Artistic Director David
Muse. “Between Riverside and Crazy won the Pulitzer last year for its uncensored and big-hearted
take on gentrification and race. This play, like The Motherfucker with the Hat, is striking and funny
without letting its characters off the hook. The remarkable Frankie Faison will lead the cast, and
Brian MacDevitt joins Studio again, this time in the director’s chair. I can’t wait to see what happens
when these two let loose their smarts and exuberance on Stephen’s writing.”
MacDevitt was recently announced as a member of the Studio Cabinet, the Theatre’s new affiliated
artist program.

ABOUT THE PLAY
Irrepressible ex-cop Walter “Pops” Washington is facing eviction, City Hall, and the recent death of
his wife. Clinging to both his grievances and the palatial rent-controlled apartment he shares with
his ex-con son and a ragtag surrogate family, Walter needs to shake the past—but isn’t ready to
move on. Winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, Between Riverside and Crazy is a boisterous and
unflinching dark comedy from the playwright of The Motherfucker with the Hat.

THE CAST
• Frankie Faison (Walter “Pops” Washington) is a veteran stage, film, and television actor who
starred as Deputy Commissioner Ervin Burrell on HBO’s The Wire. Faison is also known for his
portrayal of Barney Matthews in the Hannibal Lecter movies. On Broadway, Faison earned a
Tony Award nomination for his performance opposite James Earl Jones in August Wilson’s
Fences, and has performed in Getting Away with Murder, Of Mice and Men, The Icemen Cometh,
Broadway, Broadway, and Shadow Box. Other notable film and television credits include The
Cookout, White Chicks, In Good Company, Messengers, Highwaymen, Adam, Banshee
(Cinemax), Prey (ABC), The Good Wife (CBS), True Colors, and Hot Hero Sandwich (NBC).
• Bryant Bentley (Junior) has appeared at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Ensemble Theater of
Cincinnati, American Stage Theater, Human Race Theater, Clarence Brown Theater, Columbia
Festival of the Arts, Portland Playhouse Theater, and Pittsburgh Playwrights Theater. His film
credits include Missed It, Turner Greens, and Skin Complex.
• Jasmin Tavarez (Lulu) recently graduated from The Julliard School, where she appeared in
The Greeks: The Wars, A Doll’s House, Julius Caesar, Dark of the Moon, A Bright Room Called
Day, Top Girls, and many others. Her television work includes Southland, Law and Order: SVU,
Shameless, Gossip Girl, and As the World Turns.
• Sean Carvajal (Oswaldo) has been seen in New York at 59E59, La MaMa, HERE Arts Center,
The Paradise Factory, and Ensemble Studio Theatre, among others. He also appeared in the
world premiere of Martin Zimmerman’s Seven Spots on The Sun at Cincinnati Playhouse in the
Park and starred in HBO’s award-winning short film, Crush written by Dominic Colon.
• David Bishins (Lieutenant Caro) has been seen Off Broadway at the Clurman Theatre, The
Actors Company Theatre, Lortel Theatre, Second Stage, and Classic Stage Company, among
others. In the DC area, he has appeared at Shakespeare Theatre Company and Woolly
Mammoth Theatre Company.
• Emily K. Townley (Detective O’Connor) has previously appeared at Studio Theatre in Skin
Tight, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Laugh, and The Bright and Bold Design. Locally, she has appeared in
numerous productions for Folger Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Shakespeare Theatre
Company, Everyman Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, and Woolly
Mammoth Theatre Company.
• Cristina Frías (Church Lady) makes her Studio debut. Frías most recently appeared in Real
Women Have Curves (Pasadena Playhouse) and The Motherfucker with the Hat (South Coast
Repertory), as well as productions at the Los Angeles Philharmonic, the Mark Taper Forum,
The Kennedy Center, and the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, among others.
INFORMATION
Where: Studio Theatre’s Metheny Theatre, 1501 14th St NW, Washington, DC 20005
Dates: January 13-February 28, 2016
Performances: Tuesday-Saturday, 8pm; Sunday, 7pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm
Ticket Prices: $49-$96

EVENTS
After-Show Discussions: Sunday, January 24 and Saturday, February 6 after the 2pm
performances
Sign-Interpreted Performance: Tuesday, February 16 at 8pm
Captioned Performance: Saturday, February 13 at 2pm and Wednesday, February 17 at 8pm
Audio-Described Performance: Sunday, February 21 at 2pm
SUPPORT
Between Riverside and Crazy is generously underwritten by Steve and Linda Skalet.
STUDIO THEATRE
Now in its sixth season under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse, Studio Theatre is
Washington’s premier venue for contemporary theatre, “where local audiences will find today’s
edgiest playwrights” (Variety). One of the most respected midsized theatres in the country, Studio
Theatre produces the work of today’s greatest writers, augmented by occasional productions of
modern classics, performed by acclaimed actors in intimate spaces. Throughout the Theatre’s 37-
year history, the quality of its work has been recognized by sustained community support as well
as with 329 nominations and 63 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.

GENERAL INFORMATION
Accessibility: Studio’s theatres are all wheelchair accessible; seats are available by reservation.
Assistive listening devices are available for all shows at concessions. Call the Box Office at
202.332.3300 for more information.
Location: 1501 14th Street NW (northeast corner of 14th and P Streets).
Parking:
• Studio has a parking partnership with Washington Plaza Hotel at 10 Thomas Circle NW,
three blocks south of Studio; patrons who park at the hotel’s parking garage can purchase a
$13 voucher at concessions.
• Street parking is limited; arrive early to increase your options.
Metro Stops: Red Line: Dupont Circle, Orange/Blue Lines: McPherson Square, and Green/Yellow
Lines: U Street/Cardozo.
Contact Information:
Tickets: 202.332.3300
Administration: 202.232.7267
Website: studiotheatre.org
E-mail: info@studiotheatre.org

 

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