By Ronald Harwood
Directed by Derek Goldman
What the critics are saying:
"Magnificent! There is a compelling reason to see this play. His name is Bruce Nelson. Nelson, as this point in his career, has become a regional treasure. There are some actors whose presence in a cast, without more, constitutes sufficient justification to see a show. The presence of Nelson is sufficient justification to drive from Washington."
- DC Theatre Scene
"The Dresser is a welcome opportunity to experience a play that celebrates the art and heart, the illusion and addiction to theater."
- Baltimore Sun
"A stunning and moving production, it's the best yet of the season. Schurr's performance as Sir is breathtaking. Nelson gives a stellar performance as the dynamic Norman."
- DC Metro Theater Arts
"Mr. Nelson and Mr. Schurr form an impressive acting duo...witness a pair of sterling actors working brilliantly at their craft."
- Baltimore OutLoud
Both hilarious and heartbreaking, The Dresser is a backstage tale of life upon the wicked stage and the power that theatre has to lift the human spirit in times of great strife. As Britain is under attack from German aircraft, a group of traveling, ragtag Shakespearean players tours the English countryside performing the Bard's tragic masterpiece – King Lear. Sir is the last of the great actors of a generation that has since passed. As he prepares to play his 227th performance as Lear, he suddenly realizes he cannot recall his first line. It is only his dedicated and loyal dresser, Norman, who would do anything to help lift his master, that can bring the once-great actor to the stage for a final curtain call.
Running Time: Approximately 2 Hours and 20 Minutes (including intermission)
|Ronald Harwood, Playwright
Derek Goldman, Director
James Fouchard, Scenic Design
Harold F. Burgess II, Lighting Design
Julie Potter, Costume Design
Chas Marsh*, Sound Design
Anne Nesmith, Wig Design
Gary Logan* Dialects
Jillian Matthews, Props Master
Naomi Greenberg-Slovin, Dramaturg
Amanda M. Hall, Stage Manager
Erin C. Patrick, Assistant Stage Manager
*Featured Resident Company Member
In the words of Everyman’s artistic director, Vincent Lancisi: “The Theatre is filled with creative imaginations that are always willing to suspend their disbeliefs. It’s no wonder that theatre folks are a suspicious lot. The theatre is a place where illusion can seem like reality to the point where one is haunted by what they experience on the stage. Superstitions are dramatic!” More >
The inspiration for the author, Ronald Harwood, to write The Dresser came from personal experience. He had been the dresser for the very famous Shakespearean actor, Sir Donald Wolfit. More >
Everyman Resident Company Member Clinton Brandhagen took some stunning photos of our fourth show of the 2013/14 season, The Dresser. When you click on an image, it will enlarge into a slideshow with captions. More >
"If we were handing out awards for most effective theatrical trailer, mine would go to Everyman Theatre for The Dresser which was released on Tuesday." More >
"Baltimore's Everyman Theatre has been staging shows that are worth the drive from Washington. More >
"This stellar season at the Everyman continues with its brilliant production of The Dresser directed by Derek Goldman. More >
"What atmosphere! What vignettes! We see the theatre as it was, backstage, in all its seedy glory at a time before the memory of most of us. More >
"Everyman revives "The Dresser," an emotional tale of a touring troupe. More >
"The Dresser, by Ronald Harwood, now playing at Everyman Theatre in Baltimore plunges audiences into the crisis of 1942 Battle of Britain from its first line. More >
"It's not surprising that stellar actors Bruce R. Nelson and Carl Schurr would click so well in The Dresser, a well-balanced, dramatic and humorous play, which is currently on stage at Everyman Theatre. More >
"A stunning and moving production, it's the best yet of the season. More >