Total run time: two hours, includes one intermission

Edward Albee’s OCCUPANT

Directed by Aaron Posner
November 7 – December 8, 2019

Inside the genius of sculptor Louise Nevelson

Facts are in dispute and words are in question in this late-career masterpiece by multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee (Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?A Delicate Balance). A little Jewish girl from Russia immigrated to the US and became the renowned sculptor, Louise Nevelson. In Albee’s Occupant, she’s been invited to participate in an interview — from beyond the grave. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, we witness the deep inner turmoil and intrepid triumphs of one of the 20th century’s greatest artistic minds. Starring audience-favorite Susan Rome and Jonathan David Martin, this surprising, touching, and delicious play is an unabashed exploration of how a pioneer for free-thinking women everywhere found her voice.

The play “bows its head in awe and gratitude before the mysterious force of will that allows great artists to be.” –The New York Times

» Read the Occupant Program Online

» Listen to Susan Stamberg’s piece in NPR’s Morning Edition about Theater J’s production of OCCUPANT.

Susan Rome
Susan Rome
Jonathan David Martin

Scenic and Costume Design: Nephelie Andonyadis
Lighting Design: Jesse Belsky
Sound Design: Daniel Debner
Projection Design: Devin Kinch
Props Design: Pam Weiner
Production Stage Manager: Anthony O. Bullock

Cast Talk-back
Wednesday, November 13 following the 7:30 PM show
Q&A with members of the acting company.

Creative Conversation
Sunday, November 17 following the 2:00 PM show
Aaron Posner, director; Susan Rome, actor; Nephelie Andonyadis, scenic and costumer designer.
Join members of the show’s creative team as we dig in to the process of bringing Louise Nevelson and her art to life on stage.

Sunday Symposium
Sunday, November 24 following the 2:00 PM show
Valerie Fletcher, Senior Curator Emerita, Hirshhorn Museum, Smithsonian Institution; Andrew Holtin, Associate Professor, Department of Art, American University.
Nevelson in Context: Learn more about Louise Nevelson, her work, and the process of making meaning with art during this discussion with art professionals.

Sunday, December 1 following the 7:30 PM show
Join us for an informal gathering imediately following the performance that gives audience members an opportunity to engage in communal, synergistic conversation about the play. Like a theater lover’s book club (wine included). Wine for this event is made possible by the support of the Embassy of Israel.

Production Angels

Leading Angel
Diane and Arnold Polinger
Evelyn Sandground and Bill Perkins
Leshowitz Family Foundation, Terry Singer 

Sponsoring Angel
Patty Abramson* and Les Silverman
Michele and Allan Berman
Howard Menaker and Patrick Gossett
Elaine Reuben, The Timbrel Fund
Bella Rosenberg
Judy and Leo Zickler

Supporting Angel
Natalie R. Abrams
Susan and Dixon Butler
Meg and John Hauge
Sandra and Stephen Lachter
Paul and Zena Mason

*Of blessed memory