The Cumberland Theatre will open its 33rd Season this month the two-person musical ‘The Last Five Years’. The show will be the first in planned season of eight main stage productions following the theatre’s year-long closure due the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Last Five Years is a song-cycle musical by Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Browne that bends time and points of view to tell the story of two New Yorkers in their twenties who fall in and out of love over the course of five years. The show’s unconventional structure consists of Cathy, the woman, telling her story backwards while Jamie, the man, tells his story chronologically; the two characters are only on stage together once, at their wedding in the middle of the show.

The show won the Drama Desk Award, has been translated into several different languages and was named one of TIME Magazine’s ten best shows of 2001. A film adaptation was released in 2014, starring Anna Kendrick and Jeremy Jordan.

Savannah Tagliaferro

The Cumberland Theatre version stars local singer and actor Savannah Tagliaferro as Cathy and, as Jamie, newcomer Matt Rothenberg who currently resides in Orlando, FL. Tagliaferro is a veteran to the CT stage and was last seen as Alice in Closer and Judy in Night of the Living Dead Live. She has also appeared in featured roles in Mamma Mia, Gypsy and Carrie the Musical. Rothenberg is a graduate of the musical theatre program at Shepherd University and has performed with the Orlando Repertory Theatre, Orlando Shakespeare Theatre and Universal Orlando Resort.

Matt Rothenberg

The Last Five Years is will play for six performances: March 12th, 13th, 19th and 20th at 8:00 pm and March 14th & 21st at 2:00 pm. Seating will be limited to 100 tickets per performance in accordance with state COVID guidelines. The VIP Star Box with private seating and food and beverage for eight is all available for booking. Audience members will be temperature checked upon entering the theatre and masks must be worn at all times including during the performance. The theatre, lobby, restrooms and all other common areas will be sanitized between each performance and patrons are asked to social distance accordingly.

The rest of the 2021 Main Stage Season consists of The Great Gatsby, Clue on Stage and A Christmas Carol, which are being rescheduled from the 2020 Season, as well the dark comedy The House of Yes, the classic coming-of-age story The Outsiders, and the Johnny Cash juke box musical Ring of Fire. Single tickets and a variety of Season Pass options are available at or by calling 301.759.4990. The Cumberland Theatre reserves the right to alter any online reservations in order to comply with social distancing regulations.

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American Son opens this week and we are so excited that all four actors are making their Cumberland Theatre debuts in this powerful show! Rehearsals have been going very well and we are proud to introduce you to this talented group of performers who have been working so very hard!

Krystal Pope is happy to be participating in the first Cumberland Theatre production of American Son and she is honored to work with such a hard-working group of people! In an environment where work is very limited, she is extremely grateful that she has been given this opportunity. She studied theater at Northern Arizona University and has been performing, working, and traveling around the world in various entertainment roles. Her last theatrical production was playing the role of Ca’mae in the premiere of The Mountaintop at the Winnipesaukee Playhouse in New Hampshire. She wishes to thank her family and friends for loving, supporting, and always allowing her to chase her dreams. Although they won’t be here to see it, she gives a special shout out to Michelle, Barack, Blake, and Broseph! Enjoy the show!

Thomas J. McCarthy was born just outside of San Francisco, CA and grew up in suburban Detroit, MI. Upon graduating from the University of South Carolina he moved to Chicago,IL to embark on a career in financial services for appx. 10 years. He then shifted gears and entered the commercial real estate arena leasing high rise office towers in downtown Chicago for 6 years. After deciding to take his first acting class at age 42, Tom was officially bitten by the acting bug. He moved to Los Angeles, CA to embark on an acting career where he continued his training with both theatre and camera based classes while building his acting resume. He recently moved back to Chicago to get married and continue with his acting career. His focus has been in the area of independent films. He was recently cast for principal/lead roles in the feature films Torment a Love Story, What Happened in Danville, Relationships, Irrational Fear, The Headmistress and Broken Silence. Tom and his wife Chris currently reside on the north side of Chicago

Seth Thompson has been performing in the tristate area for over a decade. He is honored to be working with the Cumberland Theatre for the very first time, and to be a part of performing this brilliant script by Christopher Demos-Brown. Seth began his acting career at Authentic Community Theatre in Hagerstown, MD. Since then he has worked at the Washington County Playhouse in shows such as: Arsenic and Old Lace (Mortimer), Funny Girl (Nicky Arnstein),

and The Church of Diminishing Marginal

Returns by Jay Huling. He also served as Production Manager for Maryland Entertainment Group where he worked in various capacities for 4 years. While with MEG Seth performed in various shows including: Of Mice and Men (George), The Pillow Man (Tupolski), and Red (Ken). He also has been credited as Director on a few occasions including his directorial debut: Fool for Love by Sam Shepard also performed

by Maryland Entertainment Group. With all the chaos that is the year 2020, Seth is just thankful to be able to get on stage again and he hopes you enjoy the show.

Greg Mays is New York based actor and is making his Cumberland Theatre debut in this production. He has numerous film, web and television credits including appearances on The Perfect Murder, Dead of Winter, and Power. Theatre Credits include: The Curse Within (Pastor Kevin Miller), Love Me Tender (Mitch) and The Eight: Reindeer Monologues (Dasher). Greg studied with the Stella Adler Studio of Acting, Billie Holiday Theatre, Negro Ensemble Company, and the Frederick Douglas Creative Arts Center. He is represented by Dream Maker Talent Management.

American Son focuses on both sides of the racial divide in American, when an estranged couple must confront their feelings about race and bias after their son is detained by the local police following a traffic stop incident. Their disparate histories and backgrounds inform their assumptions as they try to find out what happened to their son.

The show will play for just five performances: October 15th, 16th, & 17th at 8:00 pm and October 17th & 18th at 2:00 pm. Tickets can be purchased online at or reserved by calling 301.759.4990. All patrons will be temperature checked at the door and masks are required. All areas will be sanitized between performances. The play is performed without an intermission. The CT staff reserves the right to alter seating assignments to comply with social distancing regulations.

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American Son” opens October 15th for only five performances

The Cumberland Theatre will be reopening its doors to theatre patrons on October 15th with the award-winning play “American Son.” The show will play for a limited engagement of only five performances over one weekend.

Written by Christopher Demos-Brown, “American Son” tells the story of Kendra and Scott, an estranged interracial couple, stuck in the waiting room of a Florida police station. Over the course of a tense night, the couple’s disparate histories and backgrounds collide as they confront an unexpected crisis involving the police and their missing 18-year old son. The play examines our nation's racial divide through the eyes of both characters as their worst fears hang in the balance.

The play debuted Off-Broadway in 2018 and starred Golden Globe & Emmy winner Kerry Washington and directed by Tony Award winner Kenny Leon. In 2019, the film version also starring Washington and directed by Leon debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and was later released on Netflix.

At the helm of “American Son” will be guest director Michael Jerome Jordan. Jordan is a director, fight director and actor originally from Washington D.C.. He recently directed, Temp, the winner of the 2020 New Play Festival competition of short plays, hosted by Riot Act, Inc in Jackson Hole. WY. Michael also directing the 2017 winner, Love, Radio and Zombies, Sort Of…

Jordan’s numerous directing credits include And In This Corner: Cassius Clay, co-produced by Childsplay Theatre and Black Theater Troupe in Phoenix, AZ for which he was nominated for Best Director for the 2019 Broadway World Awards, Phoenix. Other notable credits include Karen Zacarias’ first play, Blue Buick in My Driveway for Source Theatre Festival, Athol Fugard’s My Children! My Africa! at Northwestern State University of Louisiana, The Kennedy Center’s second national tour of The Red Badge of Courage, originally directed by Richard Thomas, The Price for National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Vito on the Beach and Gospel at Colonus for Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, and Carmen for Young Audiences for Mill City Summer Opera. He also worked for the Folger Shakespeare Festival directing Junior High and High School students in various scenes from Shakespeare.

As an actor, Jordan has performed at Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company, Source Theater Company, Ford’s Theatre, Arena Stage, Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington Stage Guild, Toby’s Dinner Theatre, Theatre of the First Amendment, and The Kennedy Center. Regionally, Michael has performed at Off Square Theatre Company (former company member), Riverside Theatre (Vero Beach, Florida), Delaware Theatre Company, Victory Gardens Theatre, Virginia Shakespeare Festival, Theatre at Lime Kiln, and Maryland Shakespeare Festival. Some of his favorite roles include the title role in Othello (three times), the title role in The Merchant of Venice (Antonio), Capulet in Romeo and Juliet, Astrov in Uncle Vanya, the Devil in The Devil and Tom Walker, Banquo in Macbeth and Don Pedro in Much Ado About Nothing.

As a fight director, Jordan has worked at Arena Stage, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Woolly Mammoth, Ford’s Theatre, Rep Stage, Off Square, Riot Act, Epic Theatre Ensemble, Lady Cavaliers, Source Theatre, Keagan Theatre, and The Kennedy Center to name a few. He taught stage combat at both the Maryland Opera Studio and National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts for eleven years.

“American Son” will be Michael’s first time working at the Cumberland Theatre. “We are thrilled to have Michael on board for this production, “said a theatre spokesperson. “We feel very fortunate to have someone with his talent and credentials to lead us in telling this powerful story in these troubled times.”

Performances for “American Son” will be October 15th, 16th and 17th at 8:00 pm and October 17th and 18th at 2:00 pm. In accordance with COVID-19 guidelines, only 100 tickets will be sold for each performance. Ticket holders will be temperature checked before entering the theatre and masks are required. The show has no intermission. Tickets are available online at or by calling 301.759.4990. The theatre staff reserves the right to alter ticket reservations to accommodate social distancing if needed.

Please note that “American Son” contains tense and emotional moments that may trigger strong feelings.

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