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We are happy to announce that PMTC is staging three performances of the full-length play, To the New Girl by Samantha Macher, on the weekend of May 21, 22, and 23, 2021. These filmed performances feature a series of monologues from eight women who are giving advice on the proper care and feeding of their now-former partners to the new significant others. The emotions expressed run the gamut from angry, bitter, and painful through wryly amused and pragmatic. Each here has been given her voice, her opportunity to be heard.
Introducing the Cast PMTC is tremendously fortunate in having collected a cast of actors with wide-ranging experience in not just theater but in several of the performing arts. You will likely have had the opportunity of seeing them in a variety of productions throughout the Washington metropolitan area and we are happy to present them here, each playing two characters.
Emily H. Gilson
Emily H. Gilson is delighted to return to Peace Mountain after previously appearing as Brooke in Other Desert Cities in 2019. An actor and teaching artist, Emily has most recently been seen as Polixenes in the Walking Shadow Shakespeare Project’s zoom production of The Winter’s Tale; as Lizzy Bennet Darcy in Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley with the Strand Theatre Company; as Northumberland in the UK-based The Show Must Go Online YouTube production of Richard II; in Tabletop Broadway, New York City’s virtual cabaret series; and on Adventure, Inc.’s Protest Too Much podcasts. Ms. Gilson has a BA in Drama Studies from SUNY Purchase and has studied at the Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, Shakespeare & Company in Lenox, MA, and The Shaw Festival in Ontario.
Susan Holliday appeared as Silda in the Peace Mountain Theatre Company’s 2019 production of Other Desert Cities. Other notable performances include Silver Spring Stage (The Importance of Being Earnest – 2019 WATCH Award nomination; Humble Boy; Last of the Red Hot Lovers): 1st Stage (The Cripple of Inishmaan; By the Bog of Cats; The Suicide); Quotidian Theatre Company (Monday Evening 1942; September 11 Was a Tuesday); Adventure Theatre (as Clara in Clara Barton, The Courage Within, directed by Laurie Freed). Sue toured a one-woman show, Anna Shulman: Queen of H Street, to area schools for several years for the D.C. Jewish Historical Society. She dedicates her performance to her late father, Harold Naidoff, who would’ve enjoyed the playwright’s choice of names.
Yvonne Paretzky, a member of Actors’ Equity Association and an alumna of The Studio Theatre Acting Conservatory, has appeared in plays, films, and TV productions ranging from Amadeus at the Folger Theatre, to CW’s Black Lightning, to Coronaville, a dark comedy mini-series currently in post-production, for which she wrote the screenplay for her character’s episodes. In September 2020, she appeared in PMTC’s Zoom production of Spices: Black Joy & Black Pain. Monologues and Poems by Black Artists. In addition, she was the Assistant Director for the 2019 Silver Spring Stage production of Intimate Apparel. Her play Funny, You Don’t Look Jewish, which premiered at the Women’s Voices Theater Festival in 2018, and her monologues deal with the kaleidoscope that is a woman’s life.
Liz is making her first appearance with the Peace Mountain Theatre Company. Recent roles in the DC area include: Narrator in Façade by William Walton (Rose Hill Barns), Eulalie Shinn in a concert version of The Music Man (Kennedy Center), Helen in Helen on Wheels (Best Medicine Rep), Mrs. Clackett/Dotty in Noises Off (The British Players), Ouiser in Steel Magnolias (Kensington Arts Theatre), and Marge in Bridges of Madison County (Damascus Theatre Company). Liz has received numerous WATCH Awards as well as a Helen Hayes nomination. For many years, Liz and her husband toured nationally in musical theatre productions. Recently retired from NASA, she is happy to be back full time on stage.
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