February 2 – March 5, 2017
Written by Nick Jones, Directed by Alex Levy
Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly…at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity.
“Woman and her chimp make for an odd couple in Trevor….it’s Wilder’s canny chimp-channeling that animates the production. When Trevor empties a box of crayons all over the room, or frenetically shakes a laptop, or lounges on the sofa with one of his legs indecorously crooked over its back, he’s drolly alien, and yet somehow much like us.”
–The Washington Post
“With strong performances throughout, this subversive show is dark comedy at its best.”
“1st Stage’s “Trevor” is an empathetic production about human and animal intersections. It will test an audience for their sympathies with its final heartbreaking images and words. Who bears responsibility is left to the audience.”
Post Show Discussions
Connecting the community through artwork, stories, and conversation. Join us for discussions surrounding the themes of our plays and the impact of these stories on the community beyond our walls.
MEET THE CAST: A talkback with the talented performers that embody these unconventional characters
February 11, 2017
Following the 2pm performance-
The cast of Trevor, many of whom are returning from previous 1st Stage productions, are challenged in this show to balance fiction and reality as well as to portray multiple characters (often in rapid succession). We’ll hear from these extraordinary performers about their process in bringing these characters to life.
FLAWED COMMUNICATION: A conversation with Ph.D. Candidate in linguistics, Taylor Jones
February 25, 2017
Following the 2pm performance-
The story of Trevor hinges on the inability of Trevor (the chimpanzee) and Sandra (his owner) to communicate. They each speak a bit of each other’s language, but not enough to truly understand one another. Join us for a discussion about communication tactics, nonverbal communication, and communication across languages with Taylor Jones, returning following a captivating discussion during Lobby Hero. In a time when flawed communication is a great challenge facing our country, join us to discuss this extremely relevant topic through the lens of our new play.
1st Stage Gallery
For each production in the 1st Stage season, a corresponding art show adorns the walls. The intimate and eclectic gallery is curated by local artist Deborah Conn and brings the work of some of the most exciting area artists in front of 1st Stage patrons. Enjoy a myriad of artistic styles and mediums while you explore the theater and before/after you take in a show.
In the Gallery
Fiery Bloom by Alice Kale
Alice’s rich watercolors and oils show her love for recording natural beauty in portraits, still lifes, and landscapes. She and her husband love travel, and she records their trips in sketchbook diaries.
She is a popular teacher and exhibits extensively throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region. Her work has been featured in the Washington Post, and two national magazines, Watercolor Magic and Artist’s Sketchbook. She exhibits extensively in the mid-Atlantic region and has won numerous awards.
Alice teaches at The Art League School in Alexandria, Va., and other locations. In September, she took a group of students to Paris for 10 days, and in 2017 she will be leading a travel workshop to Spain, sponsored by The Art League.