Love, Love, Love, Mike Bartlett’s searing satirical take on generational warfare, will be brought to life on Studio Theatre’s Victor Shargai Stage under the director of Studio Artistic Director David Muse starting January 10, 2024.
Tapping into both Baby Boomer nostalgia and Generation X cynicism, the play starts in London at the height of the swinging sixties and follows the story of Ken and Barbara, two starry-eyed young optimists with the world at their feet. But the Summer of Love can’t last forever, and Bartlett takes no prisoners in this hilarious portrait of witty Brits behaving badly.
Bartlett’s work was last seen on Studio’s stages in 2014, in the David Muse-directed Cock. The Washington Post described the 2014 production as “a sizzling seriocomedy… a crackling play, staged with acerbic brio at Studio Theatre by the ace director David Muse.” Cock’s run was such a success that the production was revived on streaming video for Studio’s 2021 all-digital season.
“This will be the third of Mike’s plays I’ve directed,” says Muse. “In Love, Love, Love, he turns his hand to the surprising ways that the seeds of the 1960s grow in the relationship between two brash 19-year-olds. He’s built the play with secrets, and I’m not giving them away, but the play is full of what I love to direct: meaty parts for actors; tricks for ingenious designers to create; a plot I don’t think you’ll see coming; and some truly vicious, truly funny dialogue. I can’t wait to show DC this side of Mike Barlett’s work.”
About Love, Love, Love
It’s London, 1967, and the sixties are in full swing when we meet Ken and Sandra, two carefree spirits in a world that belongs to the young. Love, Love, Love drops in with them over the next 44 years, from free love to middle-class comfort to well-compensated retirement—when their adult daughter accuses them of squandering the world they inherited. Mike Bartlett turns his sharp eye and biting humor on the Baby Boomers and the generation they spawned.
About the Cast
Max Gordon Moore’s (Kenneth) appearances on Broadway include The Nap and Saint Joan with Manhattan Theatre Club, as well as Indecent at the Cort Theatre and Relatively Speaking at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre. Off Broadway appearances include The Trees at Playwrights Horizons, Golden Shield at Manhattan Theatre Club, Man From Nebraska at Second Stage, Describe the Night at Atlantic Theater Company, Coriolanus at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, The Master Builder at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, Mothers at The Playwrights Realm, and Man and Superman and It’s a Wonderful Life at the Irish Repertory Theatre. He appeared in the film Here Today and his television appearances include New Amsterdam on NBC; East New York, NCIS: New Orleans, Instinct, Madam Secretary, and The Good Wife on CBS; and Succession on HBO. Max is a graduate of Sarah Lawrence College and the Yale School of Drama.
Hunter Hoffman (Henry) is an actor and musician born and raised in the DMV and currently based in Sacramento, California. Love, Love, Love marks his debut at Studio Theatre. Broadway credits include Sweat and the most recent tour of Oklahoma! Off Broadway credits include Troilus and Cressida at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park. Select regional credits include Sweat with the Public Theater’s Mobile Unit National Tour; Jump, The Last Wide Open, and Insertion at B Street Theatre; Clarkston at Boise Contemporary Theater; and Shakespeare in Love at New Stage Theatre. Hunter holds a B.A. in Theatre from Principia College and is a graduate of The Neighborhood Playhouse School of the Theatre. On social media @thelostwayne (Instagram). hunter-hoffman.com
Liza Bennett (Sandra) is an actor and writer based in New York City. After graduating from the Juilliard School’s Drama Division, she began her career with The Public Theater’s The Merchant of Venice, starting at Shakespeare in the Park and later at Broadway’s Broadhurst Theatre. Some of her other theater credits include A Winter’s Tale at The Public Theater’s Shakespeare in the Park, Other Desert Cities at Bucks County Playhouse, and Break at NYC Fringe. She has worked extensively across film and television including Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave, The Leftovers on HBO, Chicago Fire on NBC, Billions on Showtime, The Blacklist and Elementary on CBS, and the upcoming feature Our Son. In addition to the Juilliard School, she is a proud graduate of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Madeline Seidman (Rose) is grateful to be making her D.C. debut! Her recent Off Broadway credits include Partnership and Becomes a Woman at the Mint Theater Company. Her regional theater credits include Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? and The Christians at Chautauqua Theater Company, as well as the self-written solo show Kitchen of Truth at Yale Cabaret. She has acted in readings at the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center, Rattlestick Playwrights Theater, Fault Line Theatre, New York Theatre Workshop, Urban Stages, and Clubbed Thumb. She was featured on television in A League of Their Own for Amazon and in the short films Olive and Lynn and CRAM. She will next be seen in the feature film Music for the Requiem Mass. Madeline is a graduate of Williams College and earned her MFA at Yale School of Drama, where she was the recipient of the Herschel Williams Prize for an Actor with Outstanding Ability
Max Jackson (Jamie) began acting professionally in Washington, DC at age 11 in To Hell and Back at Active Cultures Theatre, going on to spend his teen years appearing in shows such as Henry IV, Part 2 with Shakespeare Theatre Company; The Full Monty at The Keegan Theatre; A Christmas Carol at Ford’s Theatre; The Water Engine at Spooky Action Theater; Jonkonnu at Howard University; as well as Arcadia and The Rocky Horror Show at Central Square Theater in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He trained as an actor in London, graduating from the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art in summer 2022, where he appeared professionally the following spring in Company.
Date: Performances start January 10
Location: Studio Theatre, 1501 14th St. NW, Washington, DC
Cost: $45-$140 (discounts available)
Appropriate audience age: 13+ (strong language and adult themes)
Parking: Studio Theatre does not have its own parking garage, however we do have parking partnerships with both SpotHero and the Washington Plaza Hotel. More info on the Studio website (https://www.studiotheatre.org/visit/directions-and-parking).
Buy ticket link: https://www.studiotheatre.org/buy/tickets/love-love-love