Reston Community Players Presents Delightful Quarantine
The Reston Community Players return to the stage for their first in-person performances in nearly two years with the comedic ensemble piece, A Delightful Quarantine. The show revolves around the inhabitants of a small community (and a few unlucky visitors) who suddenly and unexpectedly find themselves quarantined on site for three days following an alien visitation. A Delightful Quarantine is taking place from February 25 to March 12, 2022 at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center.
“A Delightful Quarantine is unique and witty and has something everyone can relate to,” said production manager Liz Mykietyn. “The title caught my eye in a theater catalog I was browsing over a decade ago and after I bought the script I knew I had to do it. Little did I know then that we would all be facing our own quarantine.”
Written by Mark Dunn, A Delightful Quarantine follows the attempts of seven households to cope with their unexpected situations as well as each other. In one home, we find a man with a secret that upsets his marriage, in another, a thwarted burglary and in yet another, a woman who introduces her blind date to her 14 invisible cats.
Sometimes thunderous and sometimes touching, audiences are sure to appreciate the emotions and connections in these stories. “A lot of people will see the word ‘quarantine’ and think it’s related to the pandemic because of the times we live in today, although this show has nothing to do with COVID,” says Mykietyn . “The households in our story are like real people. You have mothers, fathers, children, friends, neighbors and even a stranger or two who come together under unusual circumstances while still living under the same roof. I think every member of the public will find something to relate to the time spent in their own quarantine.”
The ensemble cast of A Delightful Quarantine consists of 19 actors and two swingers, including Beth Atkins, Alexa Yarboro Pettengill, America Michelle, Nida Syed, Shelby Kaplan, Michael Wong, Rebecca Asch, Josh Keiter, Charlene Sloan, Kevin Dykstra , Allie Blanchet, Birdie Thomas, Jane Keifer, Cara Ethington, Eileen Marshall, Danny Seal, Kim Thornley, Liz Weber, Anthony Pohl, Ryan Heise and Kate Keifer.
In addition to Mykietyn, the production team includes Richard Durkin (producer), Ryan Heise (location manager), Charlotte McIntosh (assistant location manager), Anna Mintz (set designer), Alexa Yarboro Pettengill (dresser and set designer), Ken and Patti Crowley (set designers). lighting), Liz Shaher (sound designer) and Kathy Dunlap (costume designer). Dan Widerski and Sara Birkhead are co-technical directors.
A Delightful Quarantine will perform at CenterStage at the Reston Community Center, 2310 Colts Neck Road in Reston, Va., on February 25-26, March 4-6, and March 11-12. Curtain time is at 8 p.m. except March 6, which is at 2 p.m. For tickets, contact the box office at (703) 476-4500 x3 or online at www.restonplayers.org/tickets-show3. CenterStage is accessible and offers listening devices for the hearing impaired.