In-Person Productions

2021–2022 Season

Make Way for Ducklings

February 18, 2022 to March 27,2022

Adapted by Sandra Eskin & Michael J. Bobbitt
Music & Lyrics by William Yanesh
Directed by Ashleigh King

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land in the Boston Public Garden as a potential home. Surprised by a few conditions in the Garden, the Mallards move on to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them.  The challenges of parenthood in the busy Boston environment create a fun bit of family drama.  A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates family, Boston, children, and the beings who make an unfamiliar place a home.

COVID Protocols

As we move to indoor performances and in the spirit of protecting the most vulnerable in our community, Adventure Theatre requires everyone attending its shows to wear a mask regardless of vaccination status. A proof of vaccination or a recent negative COVID-19 test, no more than 3 days old, will be required for admission for all individuals ages 12 and up.

Meet the Playwright

Sandra Eskin

Sandra Eskin most recently co-wrote the musical adaptation of Blueberries for Sal with Michael Bobbitt (script) and William Yanesh (music and lyrics), which was produced by ATMTC in 2018. She also wrote the stage adaptation of Jumanji with Michael Bobbitt as well as Just a Dream, based on another book by Chris Van Allsburg, which traveled to schools in the D.C. area as well as to Singapore.

Eskin’s first ATMTC production was Molly’s Pilgrim in 2004. A veteran of the Playwright’s Forum, she has also had readings and productions of other plays at the Source Theatre and the Jewish Historical Society of Greater Washington. Eskin loved taking her now-grown children to ATMTC productions when they were young, and she served on the theatre board for more than a decade.

When she is not writing plays, Eskin, a lawyer and longtime consumer advocate, currently serves in the Biden Administration as the Deputy Under Secretary for Food Safety at the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Michael J. Bobbitt

Michael is the former Artistic Director of Adventure Theatre (2007 – 2019) Currently, he is the Executive Director of Mass Cultural Council, the most senior official in arts and culture for the state of Massachusetts. A published playwright, his plays include Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds (nominated for The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical by the Helen Hayes Awards), Garfield, the Musical with Cattitude, Jumanji (Nominated for Outstanding Play or Musical Adaptation by the Helen Hayes Awards), Caps for Sale, Blueberries for Sal, Bingo Long and the Traveling All-Stars and Motor Kings, The Yellow Rose of Texas, Mirandy and Brother Wind, Say It Ain’t So, The Stephen Schwartz Project, Tam’s Two Dads.

For the Smithsonian’s Discovery Theatre, he has revised How Old Is a Hero?, Black Diamond and Going the Distance. Additionally, he co-adapted Big, the musical into a Theatre for Young Audience version and the redux of Broadway’s After Midnight. Currently, he’s working on a Radio play commission from Hartford Stage and an adaptation of Monster Mash: A New Musical. He studied creative writing and music at Susquehanna University and theater and dance at The Washington Ballet, The Dance Theatre of Harlem, The American Musical and Dramatic Academy and NY University’s Tisch School of the Arts (Cap 21).

As a writer, his work has been accepted in the 2006 NYC International Fringe Festival, The New York Musical Theatre Festival. His new musicals, Bob Marley’s Three Little Birds and Caps for Sale appeared at the New Victory Theatre in NYC. He is a member of the Dramatist Guild of America and the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society.

Benjamin Lurye

Benjamin Lurye

Benjamin Lurye is a long-time ATMTC teaching artist who also previously appeared here as an actor in Five Little Monkeys, Alexander…Bad Day, and A Year With Frog and Toad. Music Direction credits include Caucasian Chalk Circle (Constellation Theatre, also composed incidental music), The Tempest (We Happy Few)and many educational productions at local high schools, ATMTC, and Imagination Stage. Acting credits include A Little Night MusicSweeney Todd, and Diner (Signature Theatre); My Fair LadySweeney ToddMary PoppinsForever Plaid, and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Olney Theatre); Sweeney Todd and The Fantasticks (Rep Stage); Cinderella (Virginia Rep); Forever Plaid (ArtisTree Musical Theatre Festival); Les MiserablesRagtime1776, and Joseph…Dreamcoat (Toby’s Dinner Theatre); Hello, Dolly! (Ford’s Theatre); and others. Ben holds a BM from the University of Maryland and lives in Brooklyn, NY. Visit him online at benlurye.com and on IG: @ben_lurye_sings_high.

Meet the Composer

William Yanesh

William Yanesh is a Washington, DC-based composer, arranger and music director. His compositions include music and lyrics for Blueberries for Sal and Caps for Sale at ATMTC, the latter of which toured nationally and played at New York City’s New Victory Theatre in 2016; music and lyrics for the Little Thinkers Adventures podcast; and the choral work The Astronomer, premiered by the Capital Hearings and featured on their album When The Night is New.

He is currently developing the musicals Monster Mash with Michael J. Bobbitt, and The Vanishing Girl with Hope Villanueva. As an arranger, his work has been heard in the premiere of the TYA version of Big River in 2019, the Kennedy Center’s premiere of Me…Jane, Adventure Theatre’s production of Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day, and Shakespeare Theatre Company (DC)’s production of Man of La Mancha. As a music director and conductor, he has worked frequently at Ford’s Theater (where he won the Helen Hayes award for Outstanding Music Direction for Into the Woods in 2020), Arena Stage, 1st Stage (VA), Round House Theatre (MD), and Signature Theatre (VA). He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Composition from Carnegie Mellon University. 

Meet the Director

Stan Kang

A native of Arlington, VA, Stan Kang is a professional actor, director and teacher. Most recently, Stan directed Affinity Lunch Minutes at the Garden. During the COVID quarantine, he has also directed pieces featured in the DMV QFest 2.0. He co-directed his first film, DoubleTap, and his favorite theatre role was David Henry Hwang in Yellowface at Theater J.

As a stage actor, Stan has worked with many local DC theatres, such as Washington Shakespeare Company, Studio Theater, Horizons Theatre, Washington Stage Guild, Scena Theater, and the Kennedy Center. He teaches directing at HB Woodlawn in Arlington, VA, and has worked as a director with Asian Stories in America (ASIA), where he directed Big Hunk of Burning Love and The Theory of Everything.

Stan is a founding member and executive director of the Educational Theatre Company (ETC). He is also a board member of Convergence Theatre, Hope for Grieving Families and Friends of Arlington Student Film Festival and is also an advisory board member of Washington Stage Guild and Diversity Works.

Meet the Cast

Alex De Bard as Jing-Jing & Stepsister

Zoe Elene Bernabe as Goddess

Dylan Arredondo as Father

Jasmine Proctor as Ella

COVID Outdoor Protocol

While the production will be outside, in the grassy field next to ATMTC and the Irish Inn, strict COVID protocols will still be followed. Outdoor COVID policy is as follows:

  • All patrons are required to wear a mask at all times when watching the performance and inside the building.
  • Theatre bathrooms will be accessible for weekends performances only.
  • Seating: it is recommend that you bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket to sit on. 
  • The first row of audience seats will be directed to be six feet from the stage.

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