KINGS

WRITTEN BY SARAH BURGESS
STREAMING OCTOBER 29, 2020
DIRECTED BY MARTI LYONS

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. The two collide in the audio adaptation of the lacerating comedy Studio produced just after the last midterms. With its snappy dialogue and shrewd look at where power really sits in our government, it’s an audio play just in time for November.

Kings will be available for free beginning in late October. More information to come.

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Part of Studio In Your Ears. Intimate and immediate, Studio's audio plays bring the thrill of great writing and great acting directly to theatregoers' headphones. Available beginning October 2020.

Thank you to Board Chair Amy Weinberg
and her husband Norbert Hornstein
 
for generously underwriting the audioplay series,
Studio In Your Ears.

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The Artists

Cast

Production Team

SOUND DESIGNER

Mikhail Fiksel

Mikhail Fiksel is a designer, composer, musician, and DJ, based in Chicago and Brooklyn. He is delighted to work with Studio Theatre, having previously designed and composed for their production of The Wolves. His other theatrical credits include productions with The Public Theater, Signature Theatre, Brooklyn Academy of Music, the Goodman Theatre, Chicago Shakespeare, Victory Gardens, Writers Theatre, The Geffen, The Old Globe, Playwrights Horizons, The Civilians, Pigpen Theatre Co., La Jolla Playhouse, South Coast Rep,  Manhattan Theatre Club, Center Theatre Group, Albany Park Theatre Project, and Third Rail Projects. Audio work includes multiple audio plays and podcasts with Make-Believe Association, where he is Head of Audio Production, as well as projects with Audible, WBEZ, and All Classical Portland. He is a proud member of USA and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association. 

(As of October 2020) 

DRAMATURG

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 Sisters, IWannaFucking Tear You Apart, Animal, Red Speedo, Dirt, Lungs, and The History of Kisses as well as productions of Cry It Out, Translations, Curve 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 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 October 2020) 

STAGE MANAGER

Allie Roy

Allie Roy has been stage managing at Studio since 2015 and feels extremely lucky to have been asked to take part in Kings, their first journey into the world of audio plays. You might recognize many of the in-person productions that Allie has stage managed for Studio over the years, which include: If I Forget, Translations, Curve of Departure, and Straight White Men. When Allie is not at Studio, you can find her stage managing at multiple theatres all over the DMV area: The Kennedy Center, Arena Stage, and Signature Theatre, to name a few. Allie is very eager to get back to producing live theater, but until then she hopes that this new version of Kings will help fulfill that desire for art. Please stay safe and healthy until we can all meet again in the theatre. 

(As of October 2020) 

AUDIO ENGINEER

Ben Truppin-Brown

Ben Truppin-Brown's Broadway credits include Lifespan of a Fact (assistant sound designer), Children of a Lesser God (assistant sound designer), Sunday in the Park with George (assistant sound designer), and Thérèse Raquin (associate sound designer). Ben's Off Broadway credits include The Place We Built at The Flea Theater; Dying For It at Atlantic Theater Company; Horse Girls at The Cell; That Poor Dream at The Assembly, with Asa Wember; Blood Play at The Debate Society, with M.L. Dogg. Regional credits include: An American DaughterCost of LivingOff the Main RoadMad Forest (Williamstown Theatre Festival). Ben is a proud member of USA Local 829 and the Theatrical Sound Designers and Composers Association.

(As of October 2020) 

PRODUCTION RESEARCH, ORIGINAL DRAMATURG

Lauren Halvorsen

Lauren Halvorsen spent nine years as Studio’s Associate Literary Director. Her dramaturgy credits at Studio include Pipeline, Doubt: A Parable, P.Y.G. or the Mis-Edumacation of Dorian BelleAdmissionsKings, 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, BellevilleWater by the SpoonfulTribesThe Real ThingThe Motherfucker with the HatThe AliensBachelorette, The Big Meal, and Time Stands Still. Previously, Lauren spent three seasons as Literary Manager of The Alley Theatre. She was the Artistic Associate at 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 October 2020) 

DIALECT CONSULTANT

Nancy Krebs

Nancy Krebs's credits with Studio Theatre include Kings, The Children, Translations, Constellations (Helen Hays Award winning production), Animal (world premiere), The Habit of Art (American premiere), The Walworth Farce and The New Electric Ballroom for the theatre's Enda Walsh Festivaland Look Back in Anger. She is the Resident Vocal/Dialect Coach with the Annapolis Shakespeare Company, and has also worked with regional theatres including Theater J, Olney Theatre Center, Rep Stage, Everyman Theatre, Center Stage, and The Colonial Players. Representative productions: Hamlet, The Winter’s Tale, Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead, Oliver!, Comedy of Errors, Kiss Me Kate, Blithe Spirit, A Christmas Carol, Much Ado About Nothing, The Tempest, Alice and the Book of Wonderland, Richard III, Twelfth Night, Poe…and All the Others, Romeo and Juliet, The Importance of Being Earnest, The Three Sisters, It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play, Sense and Sensibility, A Tale of Two Cities, As You Like It, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Pride and Prejudice, Our Town, The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Macbeth. Nancy teaches privately and internationally, operating her own voice studio—The Voiceworks—and is an accomplished singer/songwriter/musician. She belongs to Screen Actors Guild - American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Actors’ Equity Association, and the Voice and Speech Trainers Association. 

(As of October 2020) 

Press

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 performance...one of the year’s best.
DCist
“[Burgess’] rapid, acid-tongued dialogue is cleverly strewn with...smart humor and focuses on up-to-the moment political issues.
DC Theatre Scene

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