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Written and performed by Charlayne Woodard and directed by Bart DeLorenzo, “The Night Watcher” performances begin October 23rd in Washington, DC at the Studio Theatre

The Night Watcher, written and performed by Charlayne Woodard, will play at Washington, DC’s Studio Theatre from October 23 through November 17. Information at www.studiotheatre.org.

WASHINGTON, D.C. (BlackNews.com) — Studio Theatre will present The Night Watcher, written and performed by Charlayne Woodard, as the first Special Event of the 2013-14 season. “Charlayne is a master storyteller and a magnetic performer,” says Studio Theatre Artistic Director David Muse. “The Night Watcher explores the pull between professional and parental identities and the ‘it takes a village’ approach to raising children.”

Motherhood eluded Charlayne Woodard, but as a godmother, aunt, confidant, and mentor, countless children have enhanced – and sometimes rattled – her life. With exuberance and grace, two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Woodard fuses ten vignettes of non-parental guidance into a radiant tour de force.

The Night Watcher is Woodard’s fourth solo play. Developed at the Ojai Playwrights Festival and La Jolla Playhouse’s Page To Stage, The Night Watcher was produced at Center Theatre Group, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and Primary Stages.

Charlayne Woodard’s previous solo plays are Pretty Fire, which won the LA Drama Critics and NAACP Awards; Neat, which won the Irving and Blanche Laurie Theatre Vision Award and was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award; In Real Life, which won Audelco, Backstage West Garland and NAACP Awards, and was nominated for Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards; and the multi-character play Flight, which was commissioned and premiered by Center Theatre Group. As an actor, Ms. Woodard played Kate in The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s production of The Taming of the Shrew. Her Off Broadway performing credits include The Witch of Edmonton at Red Bull Theater (Obie Award), Stunning at Lincoln Center, In The Blood at the Public Theater (Obie Award), Fabulation at Playwrights Horizons, and Sorrows and Rejoicings at Second Stage. Her Broadway credits include Ain’t Misbehavin’ (original company), for which she received Tony and Drama Desk nominations. Ms. Woodard’s film credits include Sunshine State, Unbreakable, The Crucible, and Eye for An Eye. Her television credits include recurring roles on Law & Order: SVU, Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, and ER. Ms. Woodard completed a TCG/PEW Charitable Trust National Theatre Artist Residency Program Fellowship at CTG and is a guest artist at CalArts. She trained at Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and is a member of The Actors Studio.

Studio Special Events bring unique performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world to DC.


* Director Bart DeLorenzo is the Founding Artistic Director of the Evidence Room, an LA-based theatre company. He has directed extensively at South Coast Repertory Theatre, Geffen Playhouse, and Center Theatre Group.

* Set Designer Luciana Stecconi has designed 19 productions for Studio Theatre, including An Iliad, Lungs, The History of Kisses, and Tynan. Her work has been seen locally at Contemporary American Theater Festival, Theater J, The Library of Congress, and Adventure Theatre MTC.

* Lighting Designer Michael Lincoln’s previous designs for Studio include Bachelorette, Venus in Fur, The History Boys, Take Me Out, and Topdog/Underdog. He has designed extensively on Broadway, Off Broadway, and regionally, with long associations at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Cleveland Play House.

* Costume Designer Brandee Mathies has designed extensively at Studio Theatre (Stoop Stories, A Number) and Studio 2ndStage (Contractions, 60 Miles to Silver Lake), as well as at The Kennedy Center, Theater J, Round House Theatre, and The National Gallery. Sound Designer and Composer Karl Lundeberg last worked with Woodard on The Night Watcher at La Jolla Playhouse and Flight at Center Theatre Group, ACT Seattle, and City Theatre. Lundeberg works extensively in theatre, dance, radio, film, and television as a composer, pianist, and conductor.

* Projection Designer Erik Trester recently designed Richard O’Brien’s The Rocky Horror Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, and Passing Strange for Studio 2ndStage and Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grey Gardens, and A Number for Studio Theatre.


Where: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St NW, Washington DC 20005
Dates: October 23 – November 17, 2013
Performances: Wednesday-Saturday, 8pm
Matinees: Saturday and Sunday, 2pm
Ticket Prices: $39 – $59
Opening Night: October 27, 2013 at 7pm

* Captioned Performance: Wednesday, November 6 at 8pm
* Student Matinee: Wednesday, November 6 at 11am

The 2013-14 Special Events Season is generously underwritten by Susan L. and Dixon M. Butler.

Now in its fourth season under the leadership of Artistic Director David Muse, Studio Theatre is Washington’s premiere venue for contemporary theatre, “where local audiences will find today’s edgiest playwrights” (Variety). Muse is joined by Keith Alan Baker, Managing Director/Artistic Director, 2ndStage; and Serge Seiden, Producing Director. 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 36-year history, the quality of its work has been recognized by sustained community support as well as with 303 nominations and 60 Helen Hayes Awards for excellence in professional theatre.


Accessibility: All performances are fully accessible to accommodate patrons with special needs. FM listening assistive system available. 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: Colonial Parking Garages are located at P Street between 15th and 17th Streets NW. Street parking is limited, but arrive early to increase your options.

Metro Stops: Red Line: Dupont Circle, Orange/Blue Lines: McPherson Square, and Green/Yellow 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
E-mail: studio@studiotheatre.org
Website: www.studiotheatre.org

Photo by James Leynse

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