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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.

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“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.”
-Connection Newspapers

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.

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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.

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AARON BLIDEN* (Oliver) is thrilled to be back at 1st Stage where he performed in Lobby Hero, Old Wicked Songs, and The Hunchback Variations. DC credits include America All Better!! and Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (Second City/Woolly); Twist Your Dickens! (Second City/Kennedy Center); The Cerulean Time Capsule (Kennedy Center/U.S. Botanic Gardens); Promised Land (Mosaic); Romeo and Juliet (Folger); Threepenny Opera (Signature); Mockingbird (Kennedy Center); The Illusion (Forum); Rabbit Hole (Olney); and Yentl (Theatre J). TV: Mercy Street (PBS); Turn (AMC); Sultan and Saint (PBS). Aaron is a founding company member of Pointless Theatre (Minnie the Moocher, Imagination Meltdown Adventure, A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular, Hugo Ball, The Solar System Show) and Flying V (Become What You Are, William Shakespeare’s Star Wars). Upcoming: Wonderland: Alice’s Rock & Roll Adventure (Imagination).

SUN KING DAVIS** (Jim) is elated to be returning to 1st Stage having appeared as Jack in Now Comes the Night, Kippy in Take Me Out, Reporter in Never the Sinner [Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Outstanding Ensemble] and Al in Side Man. Other productions include: Joe Cooper in Killer Joe (SeeNoSun OnStage); King Henry in A Man for All Seasons and Buckingham in Richard III (NextStop); Cassio in Othello, Austria in King John, Franz in Caesar and Dada, and Pistol in Henry IV(V) (WSC Avant Bard); Don Juan in Molière’s Don Juan (Faction of Fools); The Saint Plays (Factory 449); Man of La Mancha and A Christmas Carol (Wayside Theatre); Henry V and Richard II (Shakespeare Theatre Company); and at the Capital Fringe Festival as an actor in Nights at St. Januarius, Belle Parricide, and Isis and Vesco, A Midsummer’s Burlesque Dream and as director for Rockwell’s Universal seXbots [Winner, Best Comedy] and 43½: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare’s Tragedies. Sun King is a graduate of NYU, Tisch, and as always thanks to Jen, his family, and everyone who makes a life in theater possible.

AMANDA FORSTROM** (Ashley/Morgan Fairchild) is thrilled to be making her 1st Stage debut! NYC: Off-Broadway: Julius Caesar, Color Between The Lines (Irondale Ensemble). LOCAL: Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley (Round House Theatre); Sense and Sensibility, Julius Caesar, Twelfth Night (Folger Theatre); Tartuffe (Shakespeare Theatre Company); Picasso at the Lapin Agile (Keegan Theatre); The Tempest, Titus Andronicus, Bloody Poetry, Charm (Taffety Punk Theatre Company); Very Still & Hard To See, (Helen Hayes Award Nomination, Outstanding Production), She Kills Monsters (Rorschach Theatre); War of the Worlds, Antigone Now, Handbag (SCENA Theatre); Orlando (WSC Avant Bard); Adventures of Mr. Bear, Snow Day (Arts on the Horizon). REGIONAL: Cymbeline (Virginia Shakespeare Festival); The Lost Colony (Manteo Waterside Theatre, NC). TELEVISION: Bennie’s (with Ed Asner); NewsWatch. FILM: Redemption, UNION.

LEIGH JAMESON* (Sandra) is delighted to be returning to 1st Stage after having previously appeared in Suburban Motel. Other credits include – On the Verge (Rep Stage); Ion (The Shakespeare Theatre); Dr. Dolittle and The Magic Finger [both Helen Hayes Award Nominations for Outstanding Production] and James & the Giant Peach (Imagination Stage); Much Ado About Nothing (Taffety Punk).

DOUG WILDER (Trevor) returns to 1st Stage after previously directing Noises Off and Take Me Out and appearing as The Prince in The Prince and Troubadour and Francis in One Man, Two Guvnors [Helen Hayes/The Robert Prosky Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Play – HELEN Production]. LOCAL: You, or Whatever I Can Get (Flying V); The Good Devil (in Spite of Himself) (WSC Avant Bard); Lulu and the Brontosaurus (Imagination Stage); Sacred Cows (Crash of Rhinos); Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer (Adventure Theater); Taking Steps (Constellation Theatre); and Forever Plaid (Wayside Theatre). FILM: Life as We Know It (Courant Pictures); Mouse Dad (Winner, DC 2014 48 Hour Film Project/48HFP) and Rabbit Hole (Winner, DC 2016 48HFP) with Crash of Rhinos. Education: The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Thank you to my wife, Maggie, with whom all things are possible.

JACOB YEH** (Jerry/P.A.) is thrilled to be returning to 1st Stage after previously appearing in Shakespeare’s R & J, The Game of Love and Chance, Fuddy Meers, and Take Me Out. He is also a member of 1st Stage’s new team of Artistic Associates. Other credits include: Chimerica, Edgar & Annabel (Studio Theatre); Yellow Face (Theater J); Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead (Folger Theatre); Julius Caesar (Shakespeare Theatre Company); A Christmas Carol (Ford’s Theatre); Journey to the West (Constellation Theatre); Beertown, Courage (dog & pony dc); Back To Methuselah (Washington Stage Guild), The Carolina Layaway Grail (The Welders); Bondage, Be Here Now (Pinky Swear Productions); Kwaidan (Spooky Action Theater); Anime Momotaro, P.NOKIO: A Hip-Hop Musical, Cinderella: The Remix, Wake Up Brother Bear! (Imagination Stage); Five Little Monkeys, Jumanji, Holes, Just a Dream (Adventure Theatre-MTC); Blossom’s Rainbow, Adventures with Mr. Bear (Arts on the Horizon). UPCOMING: A Late Wedding (Hub Theatre).


*Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.

**Equity Membership Candidate

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