The Book Club Play

March 17 - April 14
By Karen Zacarías
Directed by Laura Kepley
The Book Club Play portrait picture


Popular DC-based playwright Karen Zacarías’ Helen Hayes Award-winning comedy is neatly bound by equal parts humor and charm. This hilarious play follows Ana and her friends whose book club becomes the subject of a legendary documentarian. All appears to be going as planned until an unexpected new member throws the group’s dynamics into chaos. The Book Club Play is a playful testament to the power of literature and its ability to bring people together. By the end, you’ll feel like you’re a member of the book club yourself!

The critics agree, THE BOOK CLUB PLAY is a must see!

“A fun, bookish farce for bookworms who want to share a knowing chuckle at a throwaway reference to Ulysses and the perfect play for ‘the city that reads.'”
Colleen Kennedy, DC Theater Arts


“Director Laura Kepley has aptly brought all elements of the play together to provide a wonderful evening of comedy…helps to remind us how important social interaction is to our lives and how much we can learn from our fellow human beings.”
Herb Merrick, MD Theatre Guide

Laura Kepley in rehearsal

A note from the director, Laura Kepley:

“I am thrilled to be working with Everyman and its Resident Company again. It feels great to be working on a play about friends with a group of actors who are close friends. […] Their seamless collaboration, strong chemistry, and familial bond creates a sense of authenticity and depth in every performance. We invite you to join us in celebrating the joy of reading and the magic of live theatre.”

Interview with Laura Kepley – Director
Interview with Tuyết Thị Phạm | Ana Smith
Interview w/ Steve Polites | Robert Novum Smith

Over 30 books referenced in this play!


Moby Dick by Herman Melville 
Sounder by William H. Armstrong
Old Yeller by Fred Gipson 
Tarzan of the Apes by Edgar Rice Burroughs
The Little House by Virginia Lee Burton
Wuthering Heights by Emily Brontë
Paradise Lost by John Milton
The Age of Innocence by Edith Wharton
Love in the Time of Cholera by Gabriel García Márquez
Black Like Me by John Howard Griffin
Native Son by Richard Wright
The Color Purple by Alice Walker
Beloved by Toni Morrison
Devil in a Blue Dress by Walter Mosley
Twilight by Stephenie Meyer
Fifty Shades of Grey by E.L. James
Ulysses by James Joyce
Search for Love by Nora Roberts
The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown
The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone by J.K. Rowling
Chicken Soup for the Soul by Amy Newmark
Lolita by Vladimir Nabokov
The Return of Tarzan by Edgar Rice Burroughs
Charlotte’s Web by E.B. White
Lord of the Flies by William Golding 
Gone With the Wind  by Margaret Mitchell

Rehearsal Photos


Everyman Company Everyman Resident Company
Megan Anderson
Megan Anderson Jennifer McClintock
Tony Nam
Tony Nam William Lee Nothnagel
Bruce Randolph Nelson
Bruce Randolph Nelson Pundit
Tuyết Thị Phạm
Tuyết Thị Phạm Ana Smith
Steve Polites
Steve Polites Robert Novum Smith
Zack Powell
Zack Powell Alex
Majenta Thomas
Majenta Thomas Lily Louise Jackson

Artistic + Creative Team

Andrew Cohen
Set Design
David Burdick
Costume Design
Juan Juarez
Lighting Design
Adam Mendelson
Sound Design
Kelly Colburn
Projection Design
Lewis Shaw
Fights, Intimacy, & FX
Denise O'Brien
Wig Design
Cat Wallis
Stage Manager
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