Caryl Churchill's Electrifying Play A Number Now Playing in Washington, DC

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A Number stars Ted van Griethuysen and Tom Story and was written by Caryl Churchill. It is a deeply intriguing and mysterious new drama, which raises chilling questions about family secrets and the ethics of science.

To bring Caryl Churchill's intense, engrossing drama A Number to the stage, Studio Theatre Founding Artistic Director Joy Zinoman reunites with powerhouse performers Ted Van Griethuysen and Tom Story, who last appeared together in Zinoman's production of The Invention of Love. In that enormously successful production, the two both played poet A.E. Housman, at two different periods in his life. In A Number, they bring their electric interplay to another set of closely related characters, as they explore the complex relationship between father and son. The production also continues the fruitful creative collaboration between Zinoman and members of the creative team from her critically acclaimed production of Far Away, including Set Designer Debra Booth, Lighting Designer Michael Lincoln, and Sound Designer Gil Thompson.

A Number runs September 7 – October 16, 2005. Tickets are on sale now at The Studio Theatre, 14th and P Streets NW, 202-332-3300 or

A Number marks Ted Van Griethuysen's fifth appearance at The Studio Theatre, and his fourth partnership with director Joy Zinoman. With Zinoman directing, van Griethuysen has appeared as A.E. Housman in The Invention of Love (Helen Hayes Award nomination), Zeus in Prometheus and Thomas Dunne in The Steward of Christendom (Helen Hayes Award). At The Studio Theatre, he also played the title role in The Life of Galileo, for which he received the 2004 Helen Hayes Outstanding Lead Actor Award. He has appeared in more than 50 productions at The Shakespeare Theatre, including Falstaff in Henry IV Part 1 and Part 2, Duncan in Macbeth, Claudius in Hamlet, the title role in King Lear, and Prospero in The Tempest. Van Griethuysen's Broadway credits include roles in Romulus, Inadmissible Evidence and Galileo. He also has appeared Off -Broadway at the New York Shakespeare Festival, Roundabout Theatre Company and La MaMa. Van Griethuysen is enthusiastic about collaborating with Zinoman and Story once again. "The day you begin rehearsing, you look across the table and you already have a very deep working relationship," he says. "That relationship means a lot to me."

Juilliard-trained performer Tom Story gave an acclaimed performance opposite van Griethuysen in The Studio Theatre's production of The Invention of Love (Helen Hayes Award nomination). In New York, he has appeared at the Mint Theater, Town Hall and the York Theater. Story has performed at theatres across the country, where his outstanding roles have included Hal in Loot at the McCarter Theater, Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet at Seattle Rep, Bosie in Gross Indecency at Missouri Rep, and multiple roles this summer in A Girl Called Dusty at the Provincetown Repertory Theatre. Story last appeared at The Studio Theatre as Doctor Lvov in Ivanov; other Studio Theatre roles have included John in The York Realist and Hermes in Prometheus. He has also been seen recently in Washington as Bob Acres in The Rivals at The Shakespeare Theatre.

Deeply theatrical and inventive, A Number offers its creative team unique challenges and opportunities. On one level, the play is powerfully simple: two actors, a single location, a stark setting. However, like the play itself, the theatrical world of the production must combine technology, mystery, and intense emotion. Scenic designer Debra Booth, lighting designer Michael Lincoln and sound designer Gil Thompson use high tech elements but combine them with more earthy objects and colors. The design mirrors the mystery of the plot while setting the scene for a strongly human story.

A Number Information

Director and Designers: Joy Zinoman (Director), Debra Booth (Set Designer), Michael Lincoln

(Lighting Designer), Brandee Mathies (Costume Designer), Gil Thompson (Sound Designer),

Erik Trester (Projections).

Where: The Mead Theatre

Dates: September 7 – October 16, 2005

Press: Sunday, September 11

Performances: Wednesday – Saturday: 8:00pm, Sundays: 7:00pm, Matinees: Saturday

and Sunday 2:00pm, Select Tuesdays: 8:00pm (September 20 and 27, October 11)

Ticket Prices: $32.00 - $52.00

Pay-What-You-Can: Saturday, September 10, 2:00pm. Tickets go on sale two hours before the performance on a first-come, first-served basis.

Sign Interpreted Performance: Saturday, October 15 2:00pm.

The Studio Theatre Information

"Fueled by solid artistic and box office success," The Studio Theatre is "one of D.C.'s most successful theatre organizations." — Variety

Founded in 1978, The Studio Theatre is Washington's premier venue for contemporary theatre. In 2004, The Studio Theatre celebrated the opening of its stunning new four-theatre complex, which Peter Marks of The Washington Post said "immediately establishes itself as one of the best places in town for playgoing."

Named "the hottest theater on the Washington scene" by Washingtonian Magazine, The Studio Theatre is led by the driving force of Joy Zinoman, Founding Artistic Director; Keith Alan Baker, Managing Director/Artistic Director, The Studio Theatre Secondstage; Serge Seiden, Associate Producing Artistic Director; and Morey B. Epstein, Executive Director of Institutional Development. Studio has built a national reputation for consistently providing audiences with unequaled performances, superior productions and area premieres of the latest award-winning writing. To date, The Studio Theatre has produced 130 plays by 116 different playwrights and received nearly 200 Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Artistic Excellence. The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory was recently called "the area's premier professional training facility for actors and directors" by Variety and has trained more than 8,000 actors and directors since its beginning in 1975. The Studio Theatre Secondstage, created in 1988, offers a signature blend of spirited and irreverent performances, provocative productions of created works, cutting-edge writers, musicals and early works by revered authors. The Washington Post proclaimed that The Studio Theatre Secondstage "matches up talent and script in a way that suggest a maturity worthy of a seasoned company."

Discounts: Student, senior citizen (62+), and military discounts $5.00, (except Saturday evenings).

Student Rush: half-price tickets for full-time students are available one-half hour before curtain on a seating available basis (except Saturday evenings).

Groups: Discount rates available for parties of 10 or more. Call the Group Sales Manager at 202-232-7267.

Accessibility: All performances are fully accessible to accommodate patrons with special needs. FM listening assistive system available, call for schedule for sign-interpreted performances. Accessible seats available by reservation. Call the Box Office at 202-332-3300 or V/TTY 202-667-8436.

Location: 1501 14th Street, NW (Northeast corner of 14th and P Streets).

Parking: Please call the Box Office for parking information.

Metro Stops: Red Line: Dupont Circle, Orange/Blue Lines: McPherson Square, and Green Line U Street/Cardozo.

Contact Information:    

Tickets: 202-332-3300    

V/TTY: 202-667-8436    

Fax: 202-332-1187

Administration: 202-232-7267     

Admin. Fax: 202-588-5262

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