A MEASURE OF CRUELTY
Written and Directed by Joe Calarco
Starring 4615 favorites Scott Ward Abernethy (Venus in Fur) and Nick Torres (Enron), as well as Ethan Miller, who makes his debut with the company.
4615 Theatre is thrilled to announce a surprise addition to its third season: the DC area premiere of Joe Calarco’s A Measure of Cruelty (January 18-26, 2020), to be staged on location in Bethesda’s legendary Harp and Fiddle pub. Calarco himself will direct the immersive event, his first project back in the area after relocating last year to New York. Audience members will sit throughout the venue, including at the 360 degree bar and surrounding tables, as the action encompasses all of the sprawling space.
Calarco’s blistering play examines the uniquely American relationship to masculinity and violence, with a deft balance of tenderness and unrelenting honesty. The play follows Buddy, a recently returned veteran from the war in Afghanistan, who comes to work in his father’s bar while he nurses wounds both physical and psychic. When father and son become entangled in a local tragedy, they are forced to confront the ghosts of their past, and reckon with the cruelties they have taken part in, both at home and abroad.
“I couldn’t be more excited to return to 4615 after being so happy with their fantastic production
of my play Separate Rooms,” said Calarco. “I’m not necessarily in the habit these days of
directing my own work, but I’m such a fan of the company, and the opportunity to do it as a site-
specific production was an opportunity I couldn’t resist.”
WATCH & LISTEN
Ethan Miller (Derek), Scott Ward Abernethy (Buddy) and Nick Torres (Teddy)
FOUR SHOWS ONLY
January 18 @2pm
January 19 @2pm
January 25 @2pm
January 26 @1pm
FLANAGAN'S HARP AND FIDDLE
4844 Cordell Ave, Bethesda, MD 20814
$20 General and $16.50 for under 30
All performances begin at 2pm, but we encourage you to come early for food and drink! Doors open at noon, and food may be ordered until 1:30. Drinks may be ordered until show time.
ABOUT THE VENUE
This charming 33 year-old pub is a local institution, and a premiere location for live music. Owners Stephen and Jenny Nugent have now made it a home for live theatre, with the first ever fully staged production in the space. “Steve and Jenny are vital members of the Bethesda community, and the Harp is a beacon of independent spirit in an ever commercializing area” said 4615 Artistic Director Jordan Friend. “That makes them a perfect match with a daring, indie theatre like 4615, and we are honored they’ve given us such an evocative home for Joe’s play.”