Bill Hurlbut, Director Bill Hurlbut has been the director of numerous productions in the DC metropolitan area includingThe Importance of Being Earnest (2019), Silent Sky (2017), and Omnium Gatherum (2017) at Silver Spring Stage, where he also serves as Board chair. As an actor, his credits include Joe Keller in PMTC’s 2016 production of All My Sons, WATCH-nominated performances in The Crucible(2018) and Other Desert Cities (2014), and a WATCH-winning 2014 performance as Big Daddy in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof at Rockville Little Theatre. Bill earned a B.A. from Miami University and an M.A. from Ohio State University, both in theater, and studied acting at HB Studios in New York.
Emily Joyce and Omar LaTiri play Amir, a successful lawyer, and his wife, Emily, a promising artist.
Emily Joyce Emily (in the role of Emily!) is a Virginia native and graduated from Virginia Commonwealth University with a BFA in Theatre Performance. She most recently performed on stage in Perisphere Theatre's Time is On Our Side at Silver Spring Black Box in August 2021. During the first year of the pandemic Emily performed in numerous virtual productions, including Steel Magnolias (Broadway Virtual); The Wolf You Feed (Theatre Prometheus/The Actors’ Center DC); In Hindsight...A Holiday Play and Antony & Cleopatra: In Space! (LiveArts, VA) plus monthly showcases in her self-produced virtual theatre company, From the Couch Theatre. In 2019, she did a five-month tour with Olney Theatre Center’s National Players performing three shows in repertory.
Omar LaTiri Omar (Amir) was last seen at Silver Spring Stage in Yellow Face (2020). Also at Silver Spring Stage, he appeared in The Crucible, All in the Timing and Wit in 2018 and in Omnium Gatherum in 2017. Omar was the music director for Children of Eden at Montgomery Playhouse and Seussical! at Kensington Arts Theatre, and has served in a variety of production capacities in the metropolitan theatre community. He is also the host of the podcast Arts Review & Commentary (ARC).
Be sure to watch for our next issue when we introduce the actors who round out the cast. Disgraced, winner of the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, is a story of conflict – conflict between professional success and personal identity, conflict between a society’s majorities and its minorities, conflict between politics and religion. What are we willing to sacrifice, what are we forced to sacrifice on the altar of success? Together, this small group presents a powerful story, well told.