3/16/16 – 4/30/16


In the suburbs of Dublin, a long-absent son returns home to visit his ailing mother. But his reappearance—and the welcome he receives—ignites his sisters’ long-simmering resentments and sets the siblings on a collision course over his criminal past. Riveting and insightful, Moment considers the slippery nature of memory and forgiveness, and how the consequences of one tragic decision can ripple through an entire family.  Directed by Helen Hayes-and Tony-nominated director Ethan McSweeny in his Studio debut.

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Runtime: 2 hours with no intermission.

Moment is generously underwritten
by Mark Epstein and Amoretta Hoeber.


The Artists


Production Team


Debra Booth

Debra Booth is Director of Design at Studio Theatre, where she has designed If I Forget, Translations, The Wolves, The Father, The Hard Problem, Moment, Constellations, The Apple Family Cycle, Jumpers for Goalposts, Belleville, Cock, Edgar & 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, Debra’s credits include Small Mouth Sounds at Round House Theatre; Richard III, The Collection, and The Lover at the Shakespeare Theatre Company; Marisol at Hartford Stage and The Public Theatre; Trying, The Illusion, and Happy Days at Portland Stage Company; the New York premiere of Angels in America at The Juilliard School; Broken Glass at Philadelphia Theatre Company (Barrymore Award nomination); and Moon for the Misbegotten at Yale Repertory Theatre. Debra is the recipient of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities Artist Fellowship, National Endowment for the Arts Design Grant, and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.

(As of October 2019)


Philip Witcomb

Philip Witcomb is a British set and costume designer based in New York. After studying Theatre Design at Central Saint Martin’s College of Art and Design and The Slade School of Fine Art, Mr. Witcomb started his design career at the acclaimed Citizens Theatre in Glasgow. Subsequently, he has designed over 70 productions on both sides of the Atlantic, from intimate studio shows to main house stages and from commercial multi-venue tours to large open-air productions. His work has been nominated for multiple Best Design awards in both the UK and the US, and he was one of twelve finalists selected for The Linbury Prize, the United Kingdom’s most prestigious award for stage design, culminating in an exhibition of his work at the Royal National Theatre in London.

(As of March 2016)


Scott Bolman

Scott Bolman's recent credits include MIDNIGHT at RADIALSYSTEM V in Berlin, Fortuna Desperata at Performa 2015, a revival of Song from the Uproar with L.A. Opera at REDcat, The Chandelier for Celebrity Cruise Lines, A Wonderful Life at Goodspeed Opera, piece.piece at Gibney Dance Studios, Intimate Apparel atChautauqua Theater Company, The Box with the Foundry Theater, and Urban Renewal at FIAF and La Cité International in Paris. Mr. Bolman also works as a collaborative lighting designer with Robert Wilson. Past projects include Zinnias at Peak Performances, Odyssey at the National Theater of Greece, and KOOL at the Guggenheim Museum. Upcoming collaborations include Der Sandman at the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus and Paola Prestini's new opera Two Oars at Australia's Bleach* Festival.Mr. Bolman is a founding member of Wingspace Design Collective, where he serves as the producer of their Salon Series and is a co-creator of their Professional Mentorship Program.


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; 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)


Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen is in her ninth season as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits here include Doubt, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian Belle, Admissions, Kings, If I Forget, Vietgone, The Wolves, Skeleton Crew, The Father, Three Sisters, The Hard Problem, Hand to God, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, The Wolfe Twins, Belleville, Water by the Spoonful, Tribes, The Real Thing, The Motherfucker with the Hat, The Aliens, Bachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate of the WordBRIDGE Playwrights Laboratory for six years and has worked in various artistic capacities for The Kennedy Center, City Theatre Company, Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, First Person Arts Festival, and The Wilma Theater. Lauren is a graduate of Bryn Mawr College.

(As of December 2019)


Anthony O. Bullock

Anthony O. Bullock returns to Studio Theatre after previously being the Resident Stage Manager for two seasons. Prior Studio credits include The Hard Problem, Cloud 9, Hedda Gabler, Moment, Between Riverside and Crazy, Chimerica, Jumpers for Goalposts, and Laugh. Additional DC area credits include Signature Theatre, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, and Theater J, where he will be their new Resident Stage Manager for the 2019-2020 season. Other regional credits include McCarter Theatre Center, Barrington Stage Company, Williamstown Theatre Festival, Passage Theatre, and Shakespeare & Company, among others. He toured with The White Snake by Mary Zimmerman in association with the Goodman Theatre, as part of the Wuzhen Theatre Festival in Wuzhen, China. Anthony received his BFA from Oklahoma City University. He is also on the board of The Stage Managers’ Association as the Eastern Regional Director. He is a proud member of AEA. 

(As of April 2019)


Gary Logan

Gary Logan‘s work for Studio Theatre includes dialects for Moment, Jumpers for Goalposts, The Wolfe Twins, Tribes, Belleville, The Real Thing, Venus in Fur, Frozen, and Crestfall. Internationally, he was the voice and text coach for the Royal Shakespeare Company’s Tantalus, and for several seasons was a voice and dialect coach for the Stratford Festival of Canada. Regionally, his work includes Lights Rise on Grace and Marie Antoinette at Woolly Mammoth; Pride in the Falls of Autrey Mill (with Christine Lahti) and Tender Napalm at Signature Theatre; Master Class (with Tyne Daly) at The Kennedy Center; Shenandoah (with Scott Bakula) at Ford’s Theatre; The Beaux’ Stratagem, Private Lives, and August: Osage County at Everyman Theatre; Love in Afghanistan at Arena Stage; Henry V and Much Ado About Nothing at Folger Theatre; and Othello, The Tempest, and Design for Living for the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Mr. Logan is a recipient of The Tyrone Guthrie Award and is the author of The Eloquent Shakespeare (University of Chicago Press).

(As of March 2016)


A knife-edged night of reopened old wounds...To say this family drama is fascinating is an understatement.
DC Metro Theater Arts
An excellent cast, a well-structured script, and an engaging story make Moment one of the strongest theatrical experiences I've had this season...This is a production that will stay with you long after the performance ends.
Broadway World
The bustle and banter around the family table couldn’t have a more everyday texture as Kinahan’s dialogue begins to overlap, as tea and wine are poured, and as frictions finally catch fire... The acting in Deirdre Kinahan’s Moment at Studio Theatre is so sharp it’s like seeing a play in a live equivalent of high-def.
The Washington Post

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