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East Lynne Theater Company presents NOTHING MATTERS

November 21, 2020 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm

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An event every week that begins at 8:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday, repeating until November 21, 2020


The setting is Ambrose Bierce’s apartment in Washington D.C. in 1898.  A poet merely asks his advice about poetry, and receives insights into the Civil War, journalism, and politics. Bierce’s philosophy can be summed up in two words: “Nothing Matters.”  But of course, many things mattered to him very much.  As a journalist, he was known for getting at the truth, no matter who was harmed, and many scholars believe he wrote one of the best short stories ever written: “An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge.”  Taking on the role of Bierce is James Rana. The director is Gayle Stahlhuth, who also portrays the visiting poet.  ELTC premiered NOTHING MATTERS in 2000 before playwright/performer Dave Geible took it on the road with The Wyoming Shakespeare Company. Geible has revisited the script with Stahlhuth, for this current production.

NOTHING MATTERS is a fully staged Actor’s Equity production that will be available on ELTC’s YouTube Channel, https://www.tinyurl.com/ELTCYouTube, after it has been filmed and edited. It took ELTC’s artistic director Gayle Stahlhuth, three months (and around 50 hours) to negotiate a contract with Actors’ Equity Association so that NOTHING MATTERS could be produced during a pandemic.

James Rana, actor/playwright, has performed with theaters throughout the country, including ELTC, and in film and television. In 2017, he performed in Off-Broadway’s THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR starring Michael Urie. In the fall of 2017, he began rehearsals for Broadway’s THE BAND’S VISIT, and performed several times in the role of the Band’s Leader, originally performed by Tony Shalhoub, and other roles.  When this Tony Award winning show closed on Broadway in April 2018, he began performing in The National Tour.

Gayle Stahlhuth has performed Off-Broadway, in regional theaters, and in film and television.  Since 1999 she has been Artistic Director of ELTC, producing over 100 different plays and musicals for this company, and directed most of them. Her work has been praised in “The New York Times,” “The Wall Street Journal,” and “The Philadelphia Inquirer.”


November 21, 2020
8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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