The Night Watcher

10/23/13 - 11/17/13


Motherhood eluded Charlayne Woodard, but as a godmother, aunt, confidant, and mentor, countless children have enhanced—and sometimes rattled—her life. With exuberance and grace, two-time Obie Award winner and Tony Award nominee Woodard fuses ten vignettes of non-parental guidance into a radiant tour de force.

Studio Special Events bring unique performances and one-of-a-kind events from around the world to DC.

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The 2013-14 Special Events Season is generously underwritten by Susan L. and Dixon M. Butler.


The Artists

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Luciana Stecconi

Luciana Stecconi’s previous designs for Studio Theatre include The Effect, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Bad Jews, An Iliad, Lungs, The History of Kisses, In the Red and Brown Water, The Year of Magical Thinking, Amnesia Curiosa, Souvenir, Contractions, and Crestfall, among others. She has designed for Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Round House Theatre, Signature Theatre, The Kennedy Center Theatre for Young Audiences, Mosaic Theater, Theater J, Everyman Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, Contemporary American Theatre Festival, Georgetown University, Catholic University, American University, Imagination Stage, and many more. She’s the Assistant Professor in Scenic Design at Emerson College. Stecconi holds an MFA in design from Brandeis University and is a member of USA Local 829.

(As of December 2018)


Michael Lincoln

Michael Lincoln has designed Constellations, The Night Watcher, The Adding Machine: A Musical, Bachelorette, Venus in Fur, The History Boys, Grey Gardens, Privates on Parade, Take Me Out, and Topdog/Underdog, among many productions for Studio since 2000. He was also the lighting consultant for Studio Theatre’s building expansion and renovation in 2002. His work in New York City includes Copenhagen, Skylight, and More to Love on Broadway and Off Broadway productions of Mr. Goldwyn, The Bubbly Black Girl…, If Love Were All, Defying Gravity, and Bunny Bunny. Mr. Lincoln was the Associate Designer for Broadway’s Guys and Dolls, Six Degrees of Separation, and City of Angels. He has designed over 300 productions with other long associations at Indiana Repertory Theatre, Alley Theatre, and Cleveland Play House. He is currently serving as the Artistic Director of the Theater Division at Ohio University.

(As of February 2016)


Brandee Mathies

Brandee Mathies  has been Studio’s Costume Shop Manager since 1994. He has designed MotherStruck, This Is Our Youth, The Year of Magical Thinking, Stoop Stories, Rimers of Eldritch, A Number, The Syringa Tree, and Comic Briefs for Studio Theatre, as well as Moth, Contractions, A Beautiful View, Crestfall, and Polaroid Stories for Studio 2ndStage. DC area credits include Satchmo at the Waldorf at Mosaic Theater Co (Costume Designer);  Anything Goes and Spunk (Assistant Designer) at Howard University; The Wiz at Duke Ellington School of the Arts (Costume Designer); Blues for an Alabama Sky and Sunday in the Park with George (First Hand) at Arena Stage; and Black Nativity (Assistant Designer) at The Kennedy Center.

(As of September 2016)


Karl Fredrik Lundeberg

Karl Fredrik Lundeberg is a CBS/Sony recording artist who has recorded four albums with his jazz/world music group Full Circle. Mr. Lundeberg’s works have been performed at music festivals throughout the world. Theatre and ballet credits includes scores for San Francisco’s American Conservatory Theater, Geffen Playhouse, American Repertory Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, Seattle Repertory Theatre, Center Stage, South Coast Repertory, Odyssey Theatre, Arizona Theatre Company, Pan Asian Repertory Theatre, Kirk Douglas Theatre and Mark Taper Forum (Death and the Maiden, Bandido!, Hysteria, Skylight, Enigma Variations, The Poison Tree, Closer, Molière Comedies, The School for Scandal, The Talking Cure, Ten Unknowns, Stuff Happens). He was composer in residence at the Mark Taper Forum and served as musical director for the Shakespeare repertory Measure for Measure and Midsummer Night’s Dream, and composer/musical director for Romeo and Juliet, all directed by Sir Peter Hall at the Ahmanson Theatre.

(As of October 2013)


Erik Trester

Erik Trester previously designed projections for the Studio Theatre productions of The Night Watcher, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Grey Gardens, A Number, This Is How It Goes, and The Long Christmas Ride Home. His Studio 2ndStage credits include The Rocky Horror Show, Bloody Bloody Andrew Jackson, Passing Strange, Fucking A, Jerry Springer: The Opera, Reefer Madness: The Musical, Dog Sees God: Confessions of a Teenage Blockhead, and autobahn. Mr. Trester is a graduate of Trinity College, Dublin.

(As of November 2013)


Mary K. Klinger

Mary K. Klinger has stage managed on Broadway, in London, and across the country. She was the original stage manager for QED at Lincoln Center and for Angels in America at the Walter Kerr Theatre. Her national tours include Death of a Salesman and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles. Ms. Klinger worked for Center Theatre Group for 22 years where she stage managed over 60 productions including The Night Watcher, Radio Golf, Gem of the Ocean, School for Scandal, Intimate Apparel, Topdog/Underdog, The Molière Comedies, Slavs!, Spunk, and Jelly’s Last Jam. She spent four years in San Diego stage managing the summer repertory season for The Old Globe. Recently Ms. Klinger stage managed two productions for Shakespeare Theatre Company and four productions for Hartford Stage. She teaches stage management at the University of Southern California. Ms. Klinger is a proud member of Actors’ Equity Association.

(As of October 2013)


“Funny, bruisingly poignant, artfully written…a broader meditation on the responsibility we all owe other people…grippingly acted, entertaining, resonant, and quietly profound.”

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