Beatrice waits for the right man in a nearly empty room in her 33rd-floor apartment. She has posted an ad declaring that a well-to-do heiress is seeking a man who will interest, move and seduce her. She offers a substantial reward which lures in John, a self described bounty hunter. When John climbs the stairs to deliver his proposal in person, the rules are drawn and the games begin. Fréchette’s play is a masterful play about the difficulty of connection and the meaning of love. John & Beatrice runs at the John Swayze Theatre from April 13 – May 5, 2012.
Jenna Sokolowski as Beatrice
Eric Messner as John
Director: Helen Pafumi
Scenic Designer: Elizabeth Jenkins McFadden
Lighting Designer: Johnathan Alexander
Sound Designer: Neil McFadden
Costume Designer: Maria Vetsch
Stage Manager: Jennifer Carlson
Beatrice: Jenna Sokolowski
A native of Northern Virginia, Jenna Sokolowski is thrilled to be working so close to home. Regional credits include Olney Theatre: The Sound of Music, Annie (Helen Hayes Award Nomination - Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical), Fiddler on the Roof,Cinderella; Metro Stage: Savage in Limbo; Everyman Theatre: Pygmalion, Candida; Signature Theatre: [title of show], Urinetown (Helen Hayes Award Recipient – Outstanding Supporting Actress, Resident Musical); Woolly Mammoth Theatre: Antebellum, She Stoops to Comedy;Round House Theatre: Eurydice; Studio Theatre: Grey Gardens, Ivanov; Folger Theatre:Clandestine Marriage; Shakespeare Theatre: The Rivals. She earned her BFA in Musical Theatre at Syracuse University.
John: Eric Messner
Eric M. Messner is pleased to return to the HUB in John and Beatrice. He was previously seen as the Birder in Birds of a Feather. Notable Washington appearances include Rob Smith in The Book Club Play at Arena Stage, Mr. Scary in Junie B. Jones, Jingle Bells, Batman Smells at Imagination Stage, Chicago in Is He Dead? with Olney Theatre Center. As Justin Timberlake and Harrison Ford in Crumble…Lay Me Down Justin Timberlake with Catalyst Theatre and as Paul Foggarty in Scenes From The Big Picture (Helen Hayes Nomination) with Solas Nua. He has toured nationally as Benedick in Much Ado About Nothing with the National Players, and internationally as Howard in the Keegan Theatre’s Ireland tour of Death of A Salesman. Eric can be seen on tv on The Wire and West Wing and he has done many commercials and several independent films. Eric can also be heard as the voice of superhero Green Lantern for DC Comics’ Justice League Audio-book series.