Hope Operas District of the Damned Edition Directors Spotlight: Adam R. Adkins. Adam has been working in professional theater for nearly a decade in DC, MD, VA and NY. Recently he has performed in Saving Private Poo for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, Morning, Miranda with Doorway Arts Ensemble and The Navigator with Silver Spring Stage’s One Act Festival, winning an Acting Award. He has also performed in R.U.X. for the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival, which won the Audience Award for Best Comedy. Other favorite performances have included Trespassing (Ambassador Theater), Into the Woods: In Concert (Nu Sass), The Walking Fred (Landless Mashup Festival) and Stop Kiss (Silver Spring Stage). He recently made an appearance in Season 3 of Veep on HBO. His upcoming projects include directing God of Carnage for Silver Spring Stage.
Jul 19 2014
Jul 11 2014
Hope Operas “District of the Damned Edition” Directors Spotlight: Lynn Sharp Spears. Lynn is a director, performer, teacher and designer, who has collaborated with The Kennedy Center, The National Theater, Studio Theater, Source Theater, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Atlas Theater, The Olney Theater, Tobys, Networks and Troika National Touring Companies, The Learning Channel, Discovery, National Geographic and more. Lynn’s artwork is in private collections in the United States, Canada and Australia. She painted and sculpted the entrance to the Pollinarium at The National Zoo, was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to paint a portrait of Archbishop Wood, and has masks on permanent exhibit in the library at Penn State University. Lynn was Artistic Director of Adventure Theater 2002-2003 season, and was the Drama Department Director for Georgetown Prep from 2003-2007. Lynn will direct Danny Pushkin’s Hope Opera this fall.
Jul 03 2014
Catherine Aselford began her career performing in Bus Stop at the Source in 1982, graduating with a BFA from Catholic University two years later. An Actors Center member from the early 1980’s, Catherine served on the AC Board for several years. She has acted or directed at Horizons Theatre; Cherryred Productions; The Shakespeare Theatre; Adventure Theatre; The Center Company; New Works Theatre; Washington Theatre Wing; Notorious Women Productions; and The Georgetown Theatre Company (now GuillotiNe Theatre), of which she is Artistic Director. She has appeared in John Waters’ A DIRTY SHAME, Cherryred’s silent movie TRAPPED BY THE MORMONS (Google it — it’s real!), West Wing, Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted and numerous television commercials. Plays she has directed for GuillotiNe Theatre include John Middleton’s The Changeling, Milan Kundera’s Jacques and His Master, Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and John Morogiello’s BUSHWA, Jack The Ticket Ripper, and Gianni Schicchi. She has directed or produced at least one Capital Fringe Festival show each year from 2006-2011, and is producing/performing in Isis & Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud for the 2104 Fringe. Catherine will be directing Kristy Simmon‘s Hope Opera this fall.
Jun 18 2014
Hope Operas “District of the Damned Edition” Writers Spotlight: Steve Custer. Steve Custer is a bad mother (shut your mouth) and is also the Associate Artistic Director of Landless Theatre Company, a producing artist at the Capital Fringe Festival, a volunteer Superhero with Children’s National Medical Center, and an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. His most recent writing credits include the mash-up shows ‘Saving Private Poo’ and ‘The Dark Knightmare Before Christmas’ for LTC’s Annual Mashup Festival. He will be co-producing an extended version of ‘Saving Private Poo‘ at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival and is polishing off ‘Brokeback to the Future’ for the next LTC Mashup Festival. His one-act play, ‘His and Hearse’, was selected as a best one-act play in the MD State Theatre Festival and he is currently editing his first novel, ‘Shutdown’. This summer he will perform in the Prog Metal Version of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Landless Theatre Company. He will be plotting murder, mystery, and mayhem at Hope Operas this year with his partner in crime Devin Gaither.
Jun 06 2014
Hope Operas “District of the Damned Edition” Writers Spotlight: Devin Gaither. MFA in Creative Writing from University of Southern Maine: Stonecoast, Part-Time Adjunct Professor of Theatre at Frederick Community College, Playwright, Performer, Stage Manager, Superhero, Devin’s children’s play “My Monster and Me” had its world premiere at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre last year. She will be plotting murder and mayhem at Hope Operas this year with her partner in crime Steve Custer. Visit her at www.devinjgaither.com!