Audition Notice for An American Daughter

Montgomery Playhouse in partnership with Arts on the Green at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg will hold auditions for An American Daughter by Wendy Wasserstein.

Auditions are Monday, March 13, 2017, and Tuesday, March 14, 2017, at the Arts Barn in Gaithersburg.
There will be readings from the script.


Lyssa Dent Hughes is the privileged, well-educated daughter of a Republican senator. She is the wife of a professor and the owner of a lovely house in Georgetown. She is also the president’s nominee for Surgeon General. When the media discovers that once, long ago, she failed to respond for jury duty, this relatively minor misstep is portrayed as a serious moral lapse. A good friend uses the incident to make a point, scarcely thinking of the implications, and Lyssa must suffer the consequences. From that moment on, Lyssa Dent Hughes sits helplessly as the press investigates her family and friends, shattering her privacy, her career, and her world.


Lyssa Dent Hughes early to mid 40s
Quincy Quince 20s, pretty former student of Lyssa’s husband Walter
Judith B. Kaufman early to mid-40s, African-American, long time friend of Lyssa,
Walter Abrahmson mid-40s, professor, Lyssa’s husband
Morrow McCarthy 30+, a right-wing, homosexual “friend”
Timber Tucker 30+, television journalist
Senator Alan Hughes mid-60s, Lyssa’s father, long-serving US Senator
Charlotte “Cubby” Hughes early 60s, Alan’s wife
Jimmy television cameraman
Billy Robins late 20s, spin doctor brought in by Alan to “save” Lyssa
Television Crew

Please see the Auditions page for further information.
You may register for the auditions using the links in the event list on the left.
You may contact Bruce Hirsch at with any questions.

Congratulations to Virtual Reality

Congratulations to the cast and crew of MP’s production of Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin for winning several awards at the Md One Act Festival Jan.14, 2017.
John Van Eck was recognized for Outstanding Achievement in Acting.
Director Bruce Hirsch received the Cliff Smith Award for Excellence in Directing.
The production won the award for Outstanding Production and will move on to the Eastern States Theater Festival – ESTAFestival 2017 – April 6-9, 2017, Wilmington, DE
Congratulations to Producer David Jones, Director Bruce Hirsch and the entire cast: John Van Eck and Stephanie Pounds and sound technician David Fenstermacher for a job well done!
A complete list of festival winners can be found here:

Virtual Reality at the 2017 Maryland One Act Festival

Please join us at the Maryland One Act Festival.

Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin is Montgomery Playhouse’s entry in the 2017 Maryland One Act Festival.

This year’s festival will take place next Saturday, Jan. 14 at Todd Performing Arts Center on the campus of Chesapeake College, 1000 College Cir, Wye Mills, MD 21679

Tickets are $15.00 and can be purchased online through TicketLeap or at the door.

Click here for tickets

Virtual Reality will be the first of four one-act plays presented.
The program begins at 7:00 PM.
Following the plays, there will be adjudication of all productions.
The winner will go on to the Eastern Regional Festival in April.

Please come out and support our production. The festival is always an interesting and fun evening of theater.

Virtual Reality by Alan Arkin
Directed by Bruce Hirsch
Produced by David Jones

With Stephanie Pounds and John Van Eck

Two people are waiting for equipment for an unspecified job. The one in charge insists on doing a dry run inventory of the contents of the expected crates. The purely hypothetical becomes increasingly wacky and sinister. Originally produced at the Manhattan Theater Club in New York City in April of 1998 under the direction of the author as part of a collection of short plays entitled Power Plays.


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