Tuesday, October 13, 2015



Rep Stage, the regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), continues its 23rd season with

"Technicolor Life"  by Jami Brandli Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch  WORLD PREMIERE/Women's Voice Theater Festival  October 21 - November 8, 2015  Smith TheatreTECHNICOLOR LIFE
By Jami Brandli
directed by Joseph W. Ritsch, Rep Stage’s co-producing artistic director.

Maxine, a book smart teenager, is caught between her older sister, a wounded soldier who just returned from the war in Iraq, and her ailing grandmother with a flair for American movie musicals. With he help of her new imaginary friends—Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—Maxine secretly creates a dating profile for her sister and successfully sets her up with another wounded vet. Life takes a turn when her grandmother announces she'll be ending her life and wants her family to support her final wish by throwing her a good-bye party. With that, Maxine has to grow up fast.

WHEN: opens October 21, with a limited run through November 8
Smith Theatre of the Horowitz Visual and Performing Arts Center (HVPA) on the campus of HCC.
For tickets and additional information, visit
www.repstage.org or call the box office at 443-518-1500. Press performance is Friday, October 23 at 8 p.m. For press reservations, contact Zheyan Damavandi in the Rep Stage office at 443-518-1510 or email zdamavandi@howardcc.edu.

Technicolor Life is a part of The Women’s Voices Theater Festival, the largest collaboration of theater companies working simultaneously to produce original works by female writers in history. Rep Stage joins over 50 of the Washington, D.C. region’s professional theaters to each present, in the fall of 2015, a world premiere production of a work by one or more female playwrights, highlighting both the scope of plays being written by women, and the range of professional theater being produced in and around the nation’s capital. The festival’s honorary chair is our nation’s First Lady Michele Obama.


  • Susan: Grace Bauer*
  • Billie: Shayna Blass*
  • Woman #1: Shea-Mikal Green**
  • Maxine: Isa Guitian**
  • Frannie: Valerie Lash
  • Peter/Jake: Thony Mena*
  • Woman #2: Heather Lynn Peacock**
  • Capt. Rye/Mike: James Whalen*


  • Playwright: Jami Brandli
  • Director: Joseph W. Ritsch
  • Set Design: Daniel Ettinger++
  • Light Design: Dan Covey++
  • Associate Lighting Designer: William D’Eugenio
  • Sound Design: Bryan S. Schlein
  • Costume Designer: Ben Kress
  • Props Designer: Mollie Singer
  • Stage Manager: Julie DeBakey Smith*
  • Assistant Stage Manager: Niew Bharyaguntra**

* Members Actor’s Equity Association

** Equity Membership Candidate

++ Member of United Scenic Artists, IATSE


Rep Stage, a professional regional theatre in residence at Howard Community College, is celebrating its 23rd season. The company is a member of the League of Washington Theatres, the Greater Baltimore Cultural Alliance and Theatre Communications Group. Rep Stage is recognized by Theatre Washington as a professional DC metro area theatre company and is eligible to be nominated for the Helen Hayes Awards. Performances are made possible by Howard Arts Council, Howard County Government and the Maryland State Arts Council, an agency funded by the Stage of Maryland and National Endowment of the Arts, as well as through generous individual contributions. Rep Stage is proud to be a partner of Howard County Tourism and promotion. Rep Stage’s artistic leadership is helmed by co-producing artistic directors Suzanne Beal and Joseph Ritsch.