Edgar & Annabel

12/11/13 - 1/12/14


Edgar and Annabel are living a lie, a lie that could save their country. From “one of Britain’s most promising young playwrights” (The Independent) and directed by Studio favorite Holly Twyford, this dark and cheeky look at what the future might hold features undercover agents, surveillance algorithms, and explosive karaoke.

2ndStage is Studio’s playground for emerging artists, offering innovative and thrillingly eclectic programming with shorter rehearsal periods and smaller budgets than our other productions, with a spirit of exuberance and experiment.

Part of Studio Theatre's New British Invasion festival, showcasing the work of some of the most accomplished and innovative plays by British writers under 40.

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Part of Studio Theatre's
New British Invasion Festival.

The 2013-2014 2ndStage Season is underwritten
by A. Fenner Milton.


The Artists

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Production Team


Debra Booth

Debra Booth has a long history with Studio, where she has designed White Pearl, TranslationsThe WolvesThe FatherThe Hard ProblemConstellationsThe Apple Family CycleJumpers for GoalpostsBellevilleCockEdgar & Annabel, Bachelorette, Moonlight, Blackbird, My Children! My Africa!The Pillowman, and many others. Her international work includes premiere opera Marco Polo (Tan Dun/Martha Clarke) in Munich, Hong Kong, and New York. Regionally, her credits include Sooner/Later and Vicuna at Mosaic Theater Company; Small Mouth Sounds at Round House Theatre; Richard IIIThe Collection, and The Lover at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Marisol at Hartford Stage and The Public Theater; TryingThe Illusion, and Happy Days at Portland Stage; the New York premiere of Angels in America at The Juilliard School; Broken Glass at Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination); and A Moon for the Misbegotten at Yale Rep. Debra is the recipient of a DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship and a National Endowment for the Arts design grant. She is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama. 

(As of February 2020)


Adrian Rooney

STUDIO 2NDSTAGE: Terminus, Edgar & Annabel, Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love (lighting design). STUDIO THEATRE: Torch Song Trilogy (projection design), The Motherfucker with the Hat (projection design), Sucker Punch (projection design). DC AREA: Truth the Musical, THEARC Theater (lighting design); Discovery on the High Seas: Austin Clark and the Expedition Albatross and Q?rius at the Smithsonian Institution National Museum of Natural History.  REGIONAL: Celebration of Flight, IBEX Puppetry at RISD; Miss Richfield: 1981 at Philadelphia’s Society Hill Playhouse; Last Rites at The South Camden Theatre Company.

(As of May 2015)


Kelsey Hunt

Kelsey Hunt is a costume designer based in the DC area. Previous Studio Theatre credits include Bad Jews, Carrie: The Musical, Edgar & Annabel, and Skin Tight. Other credits include Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Life Sucks and Body Awareness at Theater J; Slow Falling Bird and In the Red and Brown Water at Georgetown University; As You Like It and Pride & Prejudice at the Chesapeake Shakespeare Company; Die Fledermaus at the Maryland Opera Studio; and One Flea Spare at Elsewhere Artist’s Collaborative. Ms. Hunt previously served as Resident Costume Designer for Triad Stage and is co-author of Elizabethan Costume Design, Focal Press. Upcoming projects include The Nether at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Stage Kiss at Round House Theatre, and The Sisters Rosensweig at Theater J.

(As of December 2015)


Palmer Hefferan

Palmer Hefferan returns to Studio Theatre after previously designing Moment, Sorry, Regular Singing, Bad Jews, and Edgar & Annabel. Other select DC credits include Baby Screams Miracle (Helen Hayes nomination), Guards at the Taj (Helen Hayes nomination), Women Laughing Alone With Salad, and Cherokee at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company; Urinetown, Equus (Helen Hayes nomination), Absolutely! {Perhaps}, and 36 Views at Constellation Theatre Company; and Everything Is Illuminated, The Call, and Yentl at Theater J. Select Off Broadway credits include Charm and School Girls at MCC; Orange Julius (Henry Hewes nomination) at Rattlestick Playwrights Theatre; The Death of the Last Black Man… at Signature Theatre; Friend Art at Second Stage; Samara and Revolt. She Said. Revolt Again (Henry Hewes nomination) at Soho Rep; and Important Hats of the Twentieth Century at Manhattan Theatre Club. Select regional credits include Henry V and Henry IV, Part One at Oregon Shakespeare Festival; Romance Novels for Dummies at Williamstown Theatre Festival, Tiger Style! at Alliance Theatre and Huntington Theatre, peerless at Marin Theatre Company, Twelfth Night at Baltimore Center Stage. She has her MFA from Yale School of Drama.

(As of March 2018)


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel  is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Queen of BaselThe RemainsNo Sisters, IWannaFucking Tear You Apart, Animal, Laugh, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out,TranslationsCurve of Departure, The Effect, WigOut!, Straight White Men, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Constellations, Jumpers for Goalposts, Bad Jews (twice), The Apple Family Plays, Invisible Man, Sucker Punch, The Golden Dragon, and The New Electric Ballroom, among others. Prior to joining Studio, she spent eight seasons at the Actors Theatre of Louisville, where she headed the literary department and coordinated project scouting, selection, and development for the Humana Festival of New American Plays. She also served as production dramaturg on roughly 50 new, contemporary, and classic plays there, including premieres by Naomi Wallace, Gina Gionfriddo, Kirk Lynn and Rude Mechs, Rinne Groff, The Civilians, Anne Bogart and SITI Company, Jordan Harrison, and John Belluso. She is the co-editor of eight anthologies of plays from Actors Theatre and editor of eight editions of plays through Studio. Adrien-Alice holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama. 

(As of April 2019)


Eric Arnold

STUDIO 2NDSTAGE: The Rocky Horror Show, Contractions, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson (Stage Manager). STUDIO THEATRE: Dirt (Assistant Stage Manager), Bust (Stage Manager). DC AREA: Three years as Resident Assistant Stage Manager at the Folger Theatre (Taming of the Shrew, The Gaming Table, Othello, Cyrano, Comedy of Errors, Henry VIII, Hamlet, Orestes: A Tragic Romp, Much Ado About Nothing), Birds of a Feather (The Hub, Stage Manager), Stop Kiss (No Rules Theatre, Stage Manager), We’re Proud to Present… (Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, 2nd Assist. Stage Manager, February 2014). EDUCATION: BFA Stage Management, Virginia Commonwealth University.

(As of December 2013)


A cool, smart show.
Washington Post
This kind of meticulously choreographed, uninterrupted action is the very nature of live theater... Riveting... imaginative.
Washington City Paper.

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