Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective

Different Strokes Performing Arts Collective 2016 Season


Glengarry Glen Ross

by David Mamet

March 3rd-19th, 2016

Directed by  Sean David Robinson co-directed by Steph Hickling Beckman

This scalding comedy took Broadway and London by storm. Here is Mamet at his very best, writing about small- time, cutthroat real estate salesmen trying to grind out a living by pushing plots of land on reluctant buyers in a never-ending scramble for their share of the American dream. Revived on Broadway in 2005 and 2012, this masterpiece of American drama also became a celebrated film. With the express permission of David Mamet, this production features an all female cast.

“At a time when the debate regarding gender equality and sexism has once again reached the boiling point; and as we wade deeper into the election season and the looming possibility of another historic political first, the all female casting of a traditionally male cast play seemed all the more intriguing”, shares Stephanie Hickling Beckman, the Company’s Managing Artistic Director.

A Post Show Discussion immediately follows Friday and Saturday night performances.

*Early Bird Special: Purchase your ticket(s) by March 5th and pay no fees!!


The Mountaintop

by Katori Hal

June 2-18, 2016

Directed by Steph Hickling Beckman

Great theater can emerge from a simple yet evocative question: “What if?” Katori Hall, winner of the Blackburn Prize for outstanding women playwrights, asks the question: What did Martin Luther King Jr. do the night before he died? Who did he talk to? What did he say? Her play attempts to answer these questions, albeit in an imaginative rather than realistic way. The Mountaintop, took home England’s Olivier Award for best play.

Starring Desmond Zampella as Dr. Martin Luther King, and

Kirby Gibson as Camae


Rasheeda Speaking

by Joel Drake Johnson

September 1-17, 2016

RASHEEDA SPEAKING [is] an exquisitely tense and often cringingly funny portrait of racial paranoia…Chilling. An incendiary play by Joel Drake Johnson.” —The New York Times. “…the racially charged atmosphere thickens fast in RASHEEDA SPEAKING, an acidic depiction of race, power and friendship. Blending darkly awkward workplace comedy with intense racial tension, Johnson’s office-politics thriller is not afraid to push buttons hard.” —Time Out (New York). A wild ride…a wallop of a play…a thrilling must-see play.” —New York Magazine. “‘The doctor will see you now’ takes on a whole new meaning in [this] comedy-drama that’s jagged, jolting and just plain terrific.” —New York Daily News.



The Night of The Living Dead Live

Original by George A. Romero and John Russo

Adaptation by Rodney Smith

November 3-19, 2016

Into a crumbling Pennsylvania farmhouse, a group of disparate people have escaped the dead who have been mysteriously reanimated. Under the pressure of their situation, although briefly united in the common cause of survival, the violence and destruction in their own nature echoes that of the creatures surrounding them.

The production is based on the iconic 1968 horror classic by George Romero and John Russo. This stage version, adapted by Rodney Smith, is as much a social commentary on prejudice and violence, as it is about Zombies and the digestion of brains.