Running time: 1 hour and 50 minutes, with one 10-minute intermission

What happens when a brilliant lost soul comes to stay in his sister’s basement and refuses to leave? And if the menacing brother-in-law doesn’t approve? In a dog-eat-dog world, these siblings find a haven of sorts in an unfinished basement as they attempt to make sense of the past and negotiate how to move forward into the future. Unusual relationships and power plays abound in Theresa Rebeck’s compelling new play which explores the nature of family, of memory, and of sanity.

Originally read as part of the 2016 Construction Zone series in ACTLab, Downstairs was selected to be fully produced in the 2017 ACTLab season.

Content warning: Contains suggestive situations of domestic violence and brief references of animal violence.
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Theresa Rebeck Theresa Rebeck is a widely produced playwright throughout the United States and abroad. New York productions of her work include Dead Accounts (Music Box Theatre); Seminar (Golden Theatre); Mauritius (Biltmore Theatre in a Manhattan Theater Club Production); The Scene, The Water’s Edge, Loose Knit, The Family of Mann, and Spike Heels (Second Stage); Bad Dates, The Butterfly Collection, and Our House (Playwrights Horizons); The Understudy (Laura Pels Theater in a Roundabout Theatre Company production); and View of the Dome (New York Theatre Workshop). Omnium Gatherum (co-written, finalist for the Pulitzer Prize in 2003) was featured at the Humana Festival, and had a commercial run at the Variety Arts Theatre. Poor Behavior premiered at the Mark Taper Forum in Los Angeles in 2011. Dead Accounts, commissioned by the Cincinnati Playhouse, premiered January 2012.

In television, Ms. Rebeck has written for Dream On, Brooklyn Bridge, L.A. Law, American Dreamer, Maximum Bob, First Wave, and Third Watch. She was the creator of the NBC drama Smash. She has been a writer/producer for Canterbury’s Law, Smith, Law and Order: Criminal Intent and NYPD Blue. Her produced feature films include Harriet the Spy, Gossip, and the independent features Sunday on the Rocks and Seducing Charlie Barker, an adaptation of her play, The Scene. Awards include the Mystery Writer’s of America’s Edgar Award, the Writer’s Guild of America award for Episodic Drama, the Hispanic Images Imagen Award, and the Peabody, all for her work on NYPD Blue. She has won the National Theatre Conference Award (for The Family of Mann), and was awarded the William Inge New Voices Playwriting Award in 2003 for The BellsMauritius was originally produced at Boston’s Huntington Theatre, where it received the 2007 IRNE Award for Best New Play as well as the Eliot Norton Award. Other awards include the PEN/Laura Pels Foundation Award, the Athena Film Festival Award, an Alex Award, a Lilly Award, and in 2011 she was named one of the 150 Fearless Women in the World by Newsweek.

Cast

Christine Marie BrownChristine Marie Brown (Irene) is thrilled to make her Theatre22 debut. She has performed on and off Broadway and regionally, her work includes leading roles at The Guthrie, The Old Globe, South Coast Rep, Baltimore Centerstage, Shakespeare & Company, Alabama Shakespeare Festival, American Shakespeare Center and Kansas City Rep. Locally, her work has been seen at Seattle Rep, Seattle Shakespeare, Village Theatre, Book-It Rep, Taproot Theatre, 14/48 Projects, Engaged Theatre Program, 5th Avenue NextFest, Sandbox Radio, SOAPFest and ESTP. In addition, she has taught at SPU, SU, Cornish, Jack Straw Productions, Seattle World School and is a member of the core faculty at Freehold. M.F.A., Old Globe. Member: AEA & SAG-AFTRA.



Brandon RyanBrandon Ryan (Teddy) was honored with both a Seattle Times Footlight Award and a TPS Gregory Award nomination for Outstanding Actor for his performance in Maria/Stuart at Theater Schmeater in 2009. Previous roles include Ed in Soft Click of a Switch {Footlight Award for Best Fringe Production}, Mervyn in A Behanding in Spokane, Gunnar in Vincent Delaney’s Three Screams, Bionedello in Seattle Shakespeare Company’s Tamining of the Shrew, Mozart in SecondStory Rep’s production of Amadeus, and Harvey in The Art of Bad Men, directed by Kelly Kitchens. He is also the founder/artistic director of MAP Theatre, which he runs with his gal Friday, Peggy Gannon.



John Q SmithJohn Q. Smith (Gerry) is a Northwest native and received his B.F.A. in Acting from Cornish College of the Arts. From running his own theater company to performing on stages all over the Northwest, John has been active in the Seattle theater scene for over 20 years. John is a two-time Gregory Award recipient. Most recently awarded for his portrayal of Ulysses in Theatre22’s production of Annapurna. John’s first Gregory was for his portrayal of Uncle Charlie in Balagan’s production of August: Osage County for which he was also awarded a Gypsy Rose Lee award by local critics. Other notable roles include: Charlie in The Bells at Strawshop, Eddie in Torso at Printers Devil, Brian in These Streets at ACT/Central Heating Lab. Currently John is enjoying his role as Charles, the stoner-turned-filmmaker in the web series Grow-op.


Creative Team

Julie Beckman
  Director
Margaret Toomey   Costume Designer
Gabrielle Strong
  Lighting Designer
Kyle Thompson
  Sound Designer
Robin Macartney
  Set and Props Designer