Synopsis

Written by: Scott Carter
Directed by: Byam Stevens

EAST COAST PREMIERE

An American Founding Father, a British Victorian novelist and a Russian revolutionary find themselves locked in a room from which there seems to be no exit. How can this trio escape? They will have to collaborate. This comedy of ideas reveals what happens when great men of history are forced to repeat it. From the Executive Producer of Real Time with Bill Maher.

“Funny and thought-provoking…hilariously theatrical!” Los Angeles Times

Performances are June 24 – July 5, 2015.
Wednesday-Saturday at 8 pm. Thursday and Sunday at 2 pm.
*No performance on July 4*

Post-performance TalkBacks follow our Thursday 2pm and Saturday 8pm shows.
Post-performance Panel Forum follows our Sunday, June 28 2pm show.

The Gospel According to Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens, and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord is  sponsored by Carol and Richard Seltzer
Byam Stevens is sponsored by Karen and Chuck Schader & Alba and Bob Tutnauer
The Production Design sponsor is Kathleen Lovell

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Cast

 

Thomas Jefferson     Ezra Barnes*
Charles Dickens      Rik Walter*
Count Leo Tolstoy     Michael Sean McGuinness*

*Denotes member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States

 

 

Artists

Playwright:  Scott Carter
Director: Byam Stevens
Scenic Design: David Towlun
Costume Design: Charles Schoonmaker
Lighting Design: Lara Dubin
Sound Design: Aaron Allen
Stage Manager: David J. McGraw*

Reviews

“CTC’s brilliant and beautiful season opening production. A mesmerizing evening of theatre.”
Mary Fernandez-Sierra – In The Spotlight

“A play that is easily accessible to any literate adult, but a funny one as well… a fresh and thought-provoking piece of intellectual theatre.”
Gail M. Burns – Berkshire On Stage

“If you like a play that keeps you thinking and talking for hours afterward you may have to go a long way to find a more provocative play than this one. We don’t often get something as bizarre and attractive as this piece in this production.”
J. Peter Bergman – Berkshire Bright Focus

“A comedy of ideas filled with intellectual banter and provocative discussion… For 95 minutes, it is nothing less than interesting and occasionally very exhilarating.”
Andrew Beck – Examiner.com

“In the end, each is forced by the other two to get to the heart of the matter, painfully acknowledge the hypocrisies in their respective lives, the gaps between their words and the lifestyles they actually led… It’s a compelling moment.”
Jeffrey Borak – Berkshire Eagle

“Scott Carter’s script blends a parodist’s spitball in the eye of the revered icon with a comedy writer’s ear for the one-two punchline. Byam Stevens, moves his delightfully mismatched cast efficiently through the play’s 100-minute journey from pride (and sundry other deadly sins) to, yes folks, redemption.”
Chris Rohmann – The Valley Advocate