by Judith Strang-Waldau

In recognition of National Autism Awareness Month, Burbage Theatre is presenting a FREE staged reading of the new play Metronome written by Rhode Island playwright Judith Strang-Waldau.

A celebrated classical pianist gives up her career the day her daughter is diagnosed with autism, shutting out the world to teach her nonverbal child music to help her communicate. The play opens 15 years later in 1997, the daughter is now quite
verbal as well as a brilliant classical pianist…and she wants out.  

Director: Thomas Martin
Cast Members: Becky Minard, David Crossley, Marsha Rose Czephyha, Elijiah Russell, and
Casssandra Meyer.

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by Stephen Adly Guirgis
(May 30 - June 16)

Struggles with addiction, friendship, love, and the challenges of adulthood are at the center of the story. Jackie, a petty drug dealer, is just out of prison and trying to stay clean. He’s also still in love with his coke-addicted childhood sweetheart, Veronica. Ralph D. is Jackie’s too-smooth, slightly slippery sponsor. He’s married to the bitter and disaffected Victoria, who, by the way, has the hots for Jackie. And then there’s Julio, Jackie’s cousin…a stand-up, “stand by me” kind of guy.

"Guirgis, a brilliant comedic talent…also has an original and knowing take on class… Guirgis’ characters are strivers who lack the language to 'pass’ in a white-collar world; they’re frustrated by limitations that they’re only half aware of, and that frustration provides much of the painful hilarity in their dialogue, which piles miscommunication on top of misunderstanding.”
— New York Times

“It’s a tight, smart and splendidly well-made, a tough-minded, unromantically romantic comedy that keeps you laughing, then sends you home thinking.”
— Wall Street Journal

“Funny indeed—not to mention surprising, disturbing and poignant…dark, rich comedy…By not putting characters or their dilemmas in neat boxes, Guirgis gives us, in HAT, a slice of hard life that’s as provocative as it is absorbing.”
— USA Today

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