12/12/18 – 1/13/19


Newly elected congresswoman Sydney Millsap arrives in DC armed with her ideals and sense of duty, and refuses to play by the rules of special interests—or her own party. Kate’s a lobbyist who backs winners. So when she crosses paths with Representative Millsap, she dismisses her as a one-term neophyte…but ends up hearing a call to conscience she thought she’d left outside of the Beltway. A lacerating comedy about money, power, and what democracy actually looks like by Alexandria native Sarah Burgess.

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Runtime: This performance will run approximately 1 hour and 40 minutes with no intermission.


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)


Jiyoun Chang

Jiyoun Chang returns to Studio Theatre after previously designing Straight White Men. Chang is the recipient of the OBIE award special citation in lighting design for The World is Round at Ripe Time. Her New York credits include Plot Points in Our Sexual Development and Brownsville Song (“b-side for tray”) at LCT3; Slave Play, Sojourner, and HerPortmanteau at NYTW; Too Heavy For Your Pocket and Ugly Lies The Bone at Roundabout Underground; Sleep and Goldberg’s Variation at BAM Next Wave; The Dance and the Railroad at Signature Theatre; Sojourners at Playwrights Realm; T. 1912 and Peter and the Wolf at Guggenheim Museum; and Light Within at Carnegie Hall. Chang’s other credits include The War of the Roses at Cal Shakes, The Parchman Hour at Guthrie Theatre, tokyo fish story at Old Globe, An Octoroon and Aubergine at Berkeley Repertory Theatre, The Unfortunates and Troilus and Cressida at Oregon Shakespeare Festival. She holds an MFA from the Yale School of Drama.

(As of December 2018)


Sarah Cubbage

Sarah Cubbage designed costumes for The Wolves at Studio Theatre last season. Other recent projects include Crazy for You at Lincoln Center (Susan Stroman, dir.) and Beauty & The Beast at Disney Creative Entertainment/Disney Cruise Lines. Off Broadway credits include Soho Rep, Theatre for the New City, Aquila Theatre Company, Urban Stages, Ohio Theatre, and Atlantic Stage 2. Regional credits include Studio Theatre, Everyman Theatre, Center Stage, Rep Stage, Syracuse Stage, American Repertory Theatre, Hangar Theatre, Northern Stage, Premiere Stages, and Playwrights Theatre of New Jersey. Associate/Assistant Broadway design work includes Fish in the Dark, A Delicate Balance, It’s Only a Play, This is Our Youth, Bullets Over Broadway, and Big Fish. Film credits include A Clerk’s Tale (James Franco, dir.), So Over You (Karen Odyniec, dir.), Half the Perfect World (Cynthia Arzaga Fredette, dir.). Dance credits include Dark Lark (BAM, Kate Weare Company) and The Radio Show (Bessie Award, Kyle Abraham/Abraham.In.Motion). Cubbage holds an MFA from New York University and is a member of USA 829.

(As of December 2018)


Stowe Nelson

Stowe Nelson previously designed The Aliens at Studio Theatre. Recent designs include queens and The Wolves at Lincoln Center Theater, Miles for Mary at Playwrights Horizons, Animal Wisdom at the Bushwick Starr, Peter Pan at Bard Summerscape, and Small Mouth Sounds at Ars Nova (Lucille Lortel Nomination). Nelson also mixed and designed the third season of the Serial podcast and mixes often for This American Life. He is a company member of The Mad Ones and a proud member of USA 829.

(As of December 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)


Awfully funny... the pace is snappy and the intellect is sophisticated...[a] savvy process play about the sausage-making of politics.
The Washington Post
Entertaining and thought-provoking in every sense.
DC Metro Theater Arts
It’s a sensational of the year’s best.
“[Burgess’] rapid, acid-tongued dialogue is cleverly strewn humor and focuses on up-to-the moment political issues.
DC Theatre Scene

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