The Amateurs

March 19 - April 5, 2020

Regional Premiere

Directed by Jennifer Uphoff Gray

NOTE: Following the news of COVID-19 (coronavirus) in our community in March 2020, and out of an abundance of caution, we are cancelled all public performances of The Amateurs.


Hollis is a performer in an itinerant troupe of actors attempting to outrun the Black Plague in this 14th century-set comedy by the author of Marjorie Prime. The Renaissance is still in the future, and so is the concept of self-determination. So when Hollis stops a performance to wonder why Mrs. Noah would get on that ark, she throws her castmates into chaos.

This thought-provoking and centuries-spanning play delights in the imaginations of theater-makers and theater-goers everywhere. And in a tale as inventive and hilarious as its characters, The Amateurs ponders the purpose of art in turbulent times.

“...a rollicking tragicomedy in which pratfalls and death throes are tumbled together...” - The New York Times

Sponsored by: DeWitt, CUNA Mutual, Isthmus


Terry Bell (The Physic), Matt Daniels (Larking), Adam Estes (Brom), Emily Glick (Rona), Josh Krause (Gregory), Kat Wodtke (Hollis)

Scenic Designer: Nate Stuber, Lighting Designer: Marisa Abbott, Costume Designer: Monica Kilkus, Composer/Sound Designer: Joe Cerqua, Props Master: Pamela Miles, Dramaturg: Mike Fischer, Stage Manager: Sarah Deming-Henes, Assistant Stage Manager: Enya Nett


The weekly preshow lecture series, scheduled for evening performances of The Amateurs, is also cancelled due to the closing of Overture Center during the COVID-19 situation.


Why did we choose The Amateurs? Check out this review in The New York Times:

‘The Amateurs’ Takes On God, Noah’s Ark and the Plague. For Laughs.

There's more to The Amateurs than meets the eye. A next level interview with playwright Jordan Harrison:

How To Write An “AIDS Play” Today—And Why We Should Still Care
With “The Amateurs,” Jordan Harrison swaps “Orange Is the New Black” for Black Death.

Interview with playwright Jordan Harrison and Oliver Butler, director of original Vineyard Theatre production: