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The final plays in Richard Nelson’s Apple Family quartet explore the immediate present and evolving future of the United States. Over meals at the family homestead, the tensions and compromises, affections and resentments of the Apple family’s lives play out against a rapidly changing America. The Apple Family Cycle reunites the “generous, feisty ensemble of DC’s finest acting talent” (DC Metro Arts) from Studio’s 2013 production.

Sorry: It’s 5am on Election Day 2012. Obama’s bruised reelection campaign is almost won and the Apple siblings have gathered to move their ailing Uncle Benjamin into an assisted care facility. Over orange juice and cold Chinese food, they grapple with their unease about the paths they are taking, as a family and a nation.

Regular Singing: Late into the night, the Apple Family keeps vigil for a beloved family member on the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination and raise their voices together one last time—in discussion, dissent, hope, and song.

Explore the first half of The Apple Family Cycle in Studio's 2013-2014 season.


The plays, being performed in rotating repertory, are elegiac and are as warm as anything you can find on Washington stages now.

The Washington Post

A landmark, must see event for DC theatergoers…



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The Artists


Production Team

Richard Nelson
PlaywrightRichard Nelson
Serge Seiden
DirectorSerge Seiden
Debra Booth
Set DesignerDebra Booth
Daniel MacLean Wagner
Lighting DesignerDaniel MacLean Wagner
Helen Huang
Costume DesignerHelen Huang
Palmer Hefferan
Sound DesignerPalmer Hefferan
William E. Cruttenden III
Production Stage ManagerWilliam E. Cruttenden III