No Rules Theatre Company Moves to Signature Theatre’s ARK Theatre by Joel Markowitz

No Rules Theatre Company's Co-Artistic Director Joshua Morgan.

What great news! No Rules Theatre Company (NRTC) is relocating from H Street Playhouse to Signature Theatre, where they will perform in The Ark Theatre. This begins a 3-year partnership between the two theatre companies. In addition to the use of The Ark Theatre, the partnership between the two companies will provide NRTC with use of the Theatre’s facilities, including office and rehearsal space.

Co-Artistic Directors NRTC’s Brian Sutow and Joshua Morgan, announced their 2012/season (their 4th season) today, and it will include Black Comedy from award-winning playwright Peter Shaffer, the world premiere of The Personal(s), and the anything-goes revue, The No Rules Show.

Signature Theatre's Managing Director Maggie Boland and Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer.

Signature Theatre’s Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer commented,When Joshua  approached me about searching for a new home for his theatre company, it proved to be perfect timing. No Rules reminds me so much of Signature in our early years with their creative spirit and gutsy attitude. I’m looking forward to working with them on this special partnership as they continue to grow and become a force inWashington’s theatrical community.”

Signature Theatre’s Managing Director Maggie Boland added, “Everyone at Signature is looking forward to working with the No Rules staff and artists to assist them in managing their growth responsibly and to provide them with the opportunity to reach a broader audience. In turn, we are thrilled with the chance to introduce Signature’s work to the No Rules audience. This is certainly an auspicious time for both theatres – and the beginning of what is sure to be an extraordinary relationship.”

No Rules Theatre Company's Co-Artistic Director Brian Sutow.

NRTC’s Co-Artistic Directors Brian Sutow  and Joshua Morgan are elated: “When we were told that the H Street Playhouse was going to be closing last season (now we’re grateful to hear it’s moving to a new home in Anacostia) we took the bad news as an opportunity to try to take things to the next level. We sat down and talked with friend and mentor Aaron Posner who suggested we shoot for the stars.

We already had something of a relationship with Signature – our first annual fundraiser honoring dc director/Board Member Jeremy Skidmore was held in the Ark, and over the last three seasons they had become familiar with our work, our drive and our artistic standards. It is an incredible honor to have Eric and Maggie show their faith in us and we are thrilled about all that is going to come from this new relationship. Already I feel as if I am mentored on a constant basis by getting to pick the brains of the Signature staff.

We are thrilled about the caliber of artists we are getting to collaborate with next season, including Matt Cowart (our You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown and a fast rising star Off-Broadway in NYC) and Drama Desk Award winner Josh Hecht who helped me develop my adaptation The Personal(s) at both the Kennedy Center and The Lark.

We hope people will take advantage of our exciting new subscription package and look forward to reaching new audiences.”

No Rules Theatre Company still  has a base in Winston-Salem, NC at the Hanesbrands Theatre. NRTC just completed their 2011/12 season with the Washington DC premiere of the tragicomedy Suicide, Incorporated.

Signature Theatre just completed their 22nd season with the musical comedy Xanadu and will open their new season on August 14th with the musical comedy The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas.


Black Comedy
By Peter Shaffer
Directed by Matt Cowart
February 6, 2013 – March 2, 2013

A power-outage causes endless hilarity in this classic farce from famed playwright Peter Shaffer (Equus, Amadeus). Young Sculptor Brindsley Miller’s schemes to impress his fiancée’s father and a millionaire art collector are plunged into chaos when a fuse blows inside of hisLondon apartment.  Hilarious hijinks ensue in what is widely regarded to be one of the funniest farces of all-time.

World Premiere
The Personal(s)
Adapted By Brian Sutow
From the Films Blind Date by Stanley Tucci and Theo Van Gogh
Directed by Josh Hecht
April 24, 2013 – May 18, 2013

After surviving a tragedy, estranged husband and wife Don and Janna go on a series of “blind dates” to try and save their marriage.  Based on the critically acclaimed film directed by Stanley Tucci that was in turn based on the 1996 Dutch film by Theo Van Gogh, The Personal(s) is the third incarnation of a story that is often compared to the classic Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf.  Both heartbreaking and hilarious, The Personal(s) is a moving inquiry into humor, compassion and our ability to endure.

The No Rules Show
July 10, 2013 – July 28, 2013
Half Revue. Half talk show. All No Rules.

A new DC celebrity guest will join host Joshua Morgan every single night in this wild and crazy madcap variety show. Grab a drink and strap in because this going to be a one-of-a-kind experience every single performance. From stage stars to politicians you never know who might show up or what might happen.

No Rules Theatre Company is the recipient  of the 2011 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company.


Read Brian Sutow and Joshua Morgan’s series on Suicide, Incorporated.

Brian Sutow’s Week One on Suicide, Incorprated.

Brian Sutow’s Week Two on Suicide, Incorporated.

Joshua Morgan’s Week Three on Suicide, Incorporated.

Brian Sutow’s Week Four on Suicide, Incorporated.

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Joel Markowitz
Joel Markowitz is the Publisher and Editor of DCMetroTheaterArts. He founded the site with his brother Bruce to help promote the vast riches of theatre and the arts in the DC Metro area that includes Maryland, Virginia, and DC theater and music venues, universities, schools, Children's theaters, professional, and community theatres. Joel is an advocate for promoting the 'stars of the future' in his popular 'Scene Stealers' articles. He wrote a column for 5 years called ‘Theatre Schmooze’ and recorded podcast interviews for DC Theatre Scene. His work can also be seen and read on BroadwayStars. Joel also wrote a monthly preview of what was about to open in DC area theatres for BroadwayWorld. He is an avid film and theater goer, and a suffering Buffalo Bills and Sabres fan. Joel was a regular guest on 'The Lunch and Judy Show' radio program starring Judy Stadt in NYC. Joel founded The Ushers Theatre Going Group in the DC area in 1990, which had a 25-year run when it took its final curtain call last year. Joel is a proud member of The American Critics Association.


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