SEXUAL MISCONDUCT OF THE MIDDLE CLASSES
by Hannah Moscovitch (U.S. Premiere)
October 13 – 23.
Directed by Margo Whitcomb
Christopher Patrick Mullen as Jon
Abby Burris as Annie
After his third marriage falls apart, Jon, an acclaimed novelist and a star professor, is racked with guilt when he finds himself becoming attracted to one of his students. Nineteen-year-old Annie is a big fan of his work and, coincidentally, just happens to live right down the street. As their mutual admiration grows and the sexual tension escalates, the archetypal student-teacher romance gets turned on its head in this compelling new play, winner of the 2021 Canadian Governor General’s Literary Award for English-Language Drama.
Christopher Patrick Mullen (Jon). “A first-rate actor” (New York Times) “A force of nature” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “CPM” is a People’s Light artist with a BA in Theatre and Dance from his beloved alma mater DeSales University. — His 44 years in theatre have included collaborations with: The Pennsylvania Shakespeare Festival, Arden Theatre, Lantern Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre, Baltimore CenterStage, Retro Productions, Arts Center of Coastal Carolina, Florida Studio, Syracuse Stage, St Louis Repertory, Centenary Stage, Chester Theatre Company, and Proctor’s Theatre among others. — Notable credits include the first national tour of West Side Story, and the Off-Broadway revival of Milan Stitt’s The Runner Stumbles. — His original comedy ChipandGus (co-written and performed with John Ahlin) has played several U.S. theatres and was lauded as one New York and Edinburgh’s BEST OF FRINGE in which the Mullen/Ahlin acting team won “Best Ensemble!” — Favorite roles include Jamie Tyrone (at BST!), Hamlet, Pericles, Leontes, Mercutio, Edgar, Duke Orsino, Casca, Proteus, Feste, Aguecheek, Jaques, Touchstone, Prince Hal, The Porter, Malcolm, Costard, Trinculo, and “Narrator” in Craig Wright’s The Pavilion. Notorious appearances on FBI and Law & Order (multiple life sentences). — CPM teaches masterclasses and does private coaching: ChristpherPatrickMullen.com
Abby Burris (Annie) is an NYC-based actor and recent graduate of the BFA Acting program at SUNY-Purchase. She is thrilled to be part of this wonderful cast and crew for her professional stage debut! Recent Purchase Repertory credits include The Last Days of Judas Iscariot, Sweat, and Life Is A Dream. Abby would like to thank her family back in NC, especially her parents and grandparents, for their endless love and support and for always encouraging her dreams and her lifelong love of theatre. She would also like to thank her amazing friends, boyfriend, and her company members for their love, for putting up with (enjoying) her terrible jokes, and for being the greatest source of joy and inspiration.
MARGO WHITCOMB (Director) is a director, actor, educator based in Burlington VT. Recent credits: The Niceties (Eleanor Burgess MACo), Whippoorwill (Ruth Kirschner CSC-NJ), documentary feature Vermont and The Bright Green Nothing (narrator), Vermont Arts Council Grants adjudicator. Films: A Juddering and Mother Earth (actor for James Lantz), Writer: Citizen (Vermont Shakespeare Festival). Previously: Founding Artistic Director: Half Moon theater, Poughkeepsie, NY, Director: (Spain, Yellow Boat, Cinderella, Santaland Diaries), Maria (Twelfth Night), Queen Isabella (Richard II-Wyoming Shakespeare Festival), Shakespeare’s Will (Lost Nation Theatre). Director: Other Minds (Off Center), A Doll’s House Part 2 (Vermont Stage Company), American premiere of David Harrower’s Mary Stuart (Vermont Shakespeare), Mad as the Wind and the Sea (Gospel Hollow), Of the Better Kind (Theatre Kavanagh), Love Alone, The Kid Thing, Cloudbursts (VT Pride Festival), A Fleeting Animal, opera from David Budbill’s award winning Judevine (Vermont State Tour), Durang Bang, Bad Dates, Midsummer Night’s Dream (Lost Nation Theatre), Picasso at The Lapin Agile, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee ,Midsummer Night’s Dream, Cabaret, The Kid Thing (Dibden Center for the Arts – NVU). WPS/Centenary world premieres: Eleanor Burgess’ Start Down, Michelle Carter’s How To Pray, Bekah Brunstetter’s You May Go Now, Neena Beeber’s The Dew Point, Heather McCuthceon’s Sister Week, Allison Moore’s The Adventures of Patty. Regional: Hecuba (Williamstown/ACT) with Olympia Dukakis and Viola Davis, Another Side of the Island, adaptation of Shakespeare’s The Tempest (Orlando Shakespeare Festival, Alpine Theatre Project, Long Wharf Theater. ACT/(Associate Director- Arcadia, (West coast premiere) Enrico IV, (Richard Nelson, adaptor), Insurrection: Holding History by Robert O’Hara, Mrs. Warren’s Profession, The Misanthrope, Celebration and The Room (Peter Reigert, Diane Venora), The Tempest (David Straithairn, Michael Tucker and, Geoff Hoyle), Threepenny Opera (Bebe Neuwirth, Anika Noni Rose), A Woman of No Importance (Elizabeth Banks). Multiple award winner Glace Bay Miner’s Museum (Phoenix theater,SF), Getting Out (Il Teatro Theater, SF), Hamlet (adapted), Cloud Nine (UCR), Time Lost (L.A. Playhouse), Top Girls (Warehouse Rep) Women of the Bear (Stage 3), Freudian Slip (New City Theater), Danger! Woman on Board (SF Fringe). Whitcomb has taught Shakespeare, Acting, Dramatic Literature and Theater History: Northern Vermont University, Community College of Vermont, Marymount Manhattan College, Vassar College, American Conservatory Theatre, SF College of Art and Design, University of California Riverside and Santa Barbara, University of Washington and CUNY. (BFA, MA, MFA)