Chair: Robert Fenton, MSW
Post-performance discussions of plays are held at metropolitan areatheaters. A psychotherapist will discuss each play after the performanceslisted in our schedule. The goal of the discussion will be to provide apsychological perspective that will enrich and deepen the theaterexperience. Discussions are sponsored by the Washington Center for Psychoanalysis.
Tickets for the plays must be purchased directly from the theaters.
The discussions will take place after performances, except where notedotherwise.
Theater Program 2012-2013
Really, Really (March 20th)Really Really is pointedly set “now,” on a college campus, and its concerns are the concerns of a young, careless group ofgraduating students that aspires – in the most hateful, self-absorbedway imaginable – to outdo their peers and accomplish their dreams. Themajority of its twisty storyline is best left unspoiled, but the playcenters on the immediate aftermath of a single, dramatic transgressionat a wild college party, with substantial ramifications for everyoneinvolved. “Nice guy” athlete Davis (Jake Odmark), still mourning abreakup, is needled by roommate Cooper (Evan Casey) about an apparentdrunken tryst with Leigh (Bethany Anne Lind) the girlfriend of a mutualfriend. Across campus, Leigh is processing the prior night’s events withroommate Grace (Lauren Culpepper) – and harboring several secrets ofher own.
Whipping Man(April 29th)
1865; Richmond, Virginia: Twonewly-freed slaves and the son of their former master—a JewishConfederate soldier who has retreated to the burnt remains of hishome—inhabit the disordered aftermath of the just-concluded War betweenthe States. As the three men celebrate a most unconventional PassoverSeder, they uncover a snarl of secrets and examine what it really meansto be free .
God of Carnage (May 6th)
It is about two pairs of parents, one of whose child has hurt the otherat a public park, who meet to discuss the matter in a civilized manner.However, as the evening goes on, the parents become increasinglychildish, resulting in the evening devolving into chaos. The play was asuccess in its original language, French, and has been equally acclaimedin its other.
The Taming of the Shrew (June 2nd)
Love and marriage are the concerns of Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shrew.The play offers us some strikingly different models of the process ofattracting and choosing a mate and then coming to terms with the mate one has chosen. Some of these models may still seem attractive to us, some not.