Curve of Departure

11/29/17 - 01/20/18


The night before a funeral, family members gather in a single hotel room in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent family members, and preparing for their uncertain futures. A play about the moments you decide how much you will give to someone you owe nothing to. Straight from its world premiere production at South Coast Rep, Curve of Departure returns the playwright and director of The Wolfe Twins to Studio.

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Show Information

Runtime: This performance will run approximately 80 minutes with no intermission.

Curve of Departure is generously underwritten
by David and Jean Heilman Grier.


The Artists


Production Team


Manna-Symone Middlebrooks

Manna-Symone Middlebrooks is Studio's Artistic Apprentice this season. Her directing credits include Assistant Director for Studio's productions of Translations, The Wolves, Curve of Departure, and Skeleton Crew; Broken Glass at Theater J; Scarred for Life at American University; and The Ruiners: A Modern Romance at Keegan Theatre. Ms. Middlebrooks holds a BA in Theatre Arts and Literature from American University and is an alumna of The British American Drama Academy.

(As of April 2018)


Kathleen Geldard

Kathleen Geldard returns to Studio Theatre after designing Cry It Out, Curve of Departure, Animal, Choir Boy, Jumpers for Goalposts, Tribes, and Invisible Man. Other recent regional credits include Macbeth at Shakespeare Theatre Company; Misery and Shakespeare in Love at Cincinnati Playhouse; and The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime; and Humana Festivals 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018 at Actors Theatre of Louisville. Other regional credits include Arena Stage, Portland Center Stage, Huntington Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Signature Theatre, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Florida Studio Theatre, La Jolla Playhouse, Berkeley Rep, The Kennedy Center, Round House Theatre, Imagination Stage, and Folger Theatre. She is an artistic associate for Signature Theatre.

(As of January 2019)


Scott Zielinski

Scott Zielinski has created designs for over 300 productions of theatre, dance, and opera throughout the world. He has worked extensively in New York and at regional theaters throughout the U.S. including Arena Stage, The Kennedy Center, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, and previously at Studio Theatre. Internationally he has designed in Adelaide, Amsterdam, Avignon, Berlin, Bregenz, Edinburgh, Fukuoka, Gennevilliers, Hamburg, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Linz, Ljubljana, London, Lyon, Melbourne, Orleans, Oslo, Ottawa, Paris, Reykjavik, Rouen, St. Gallen, Seoul, Shanghai, Shizuoka, Singapore, Stockholm, Stuttgart, Sydney, Tokyo, Toronto, Vienna, Vilnius, and Zurich. 

(As of November 2017)


Allie Roy

Allie Roy returns to Studio after last stage managing If I Forget. Other Studio credits include Translations, Curve of Departure, Straight White Men, Murder BalladSilence! The Musical, and the world premiere of Animal for the Women’s Voices Theater Festival. Regional credits include West Side Story in concert with the NSO as well as Love, Factually at The Kennedy Center; the world premieres of Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing and Diner as well as The Scottsboro Boys, West Side Story, and Elmer Gantry at Signature Theatre; the world premiere of After the War as well as When January Feels Like Summer and Ulysses on Bottles at Mosaic Theater Company; and The Originalist at Arena Stage. Upcoming regional projects include Grand Hotel at Signature Theatre and Describe the Night at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

(As of January 2019)


Corinne Williams

Corinne Williams recently was the stage manager for The Effect. Her international credits include the Australian tour of The Beast with the Ambassador Theatre Group as well as Straight White Men and Last Man Standing with the Melbourne Theatre Company. Regional credits include Schoolhouse Rock Live!, Driving Miss Daisy, and Annie at Hope Summer Repertory Theatre; Shear Madness, Next to Normal, and Annie Get Your Gun with the Heritage Theatre Festival; and Frankenstein at the Village Playhouse. While studying in Cardiff, she completed a placement on Bakkhai at the Almedia Theatre. Other educational credits include The Endless Ocean at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama and Dancing at Lughnasa, The Who's Tommy, and Spring Awakening at the College of Charleston. Ms. Williams holds an MA in Stage and Event Management at the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. 

(As of November 2017)


Adrien-Alice Hansel

Adrien-Alice Hansel is the Literary Director at Studio, where she has dramaturged the world premieres of Queen of Basel, The Remains, No SistersI Wanna Fucking Tear You ApartAnimalLaughRed SpeedoDirtLungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out,Translations, Curve of Departure, The EffectWig Out!Straight White MenCloud 9Hedda GablerConstellationsJumpers for GoalpostsBad Jews (twice), The Apple Family PlaysInvisible ManSucker PunchThe 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)


Roc Lee

Roc Lee is a DC-based composer and sound designer. Credits include The Price, The Year of Magical Thinking, and Mother Courage at Arena Stage (Helen Hayes Award nomination); Charm, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies, and Ulysses On Bottles at Mosaic Theater Company; Annie, Thurgood, Fickle Fancy Farce, and Dial M for Murder at Olney Theatre Center; Love & Information at Forum Theatre; Our Town at Faction of Fools; Hello My Name Is... with the Welders at Rhizome DC; and Seneca El Raton de Biblioteca and In the Heights at GALA Hispanic Theater. Mr. Lee holds a Master of Music in Stage Music Composition from Catholic University of America.

(As of November 2017)


Lauren Helpern

Lauren Helpern recently designed Curve of Departure at South Coast Rep. Broadway credits include Voices in the Dark. Off Broadway credits include 4000 Miles (Lortel Award) and Disgraced at LCT3, BUG at Barrow Street Theatre (Obie Award), Bad Jews at Roundabout Theatre Company, and The Model Apartment at Primary Stages. Regional credits include Chapter Two at Arizona Theatre Company, A Funny Thing…Memorial Sloan-Kettering… at the Geffen Playhouse, At the Old Place at La Jolla Playhouse, and The Aeneid at NYU/Abu Dhabi. Ms. Helpern has designed around the country from the Huntington Stage Company to Anchorage Opera. Her production design for Janice Gunter: Ghost Hunter can currently be seen on Facebook. 

(As of November 2017)


It's one of the year's most beautiful performances.
The Washington Post
A tight-knit family drama so comfortable in its skin... a little gem of a play.
Washington Citypaper
The most satisfying dramatic experience thus far this season.
Broadway World

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