Cogent Theater Collective debuts Patrick Marber’s “Closer”

Cogent Theater Collective, a new professional theater company based in Silver Spring, will debut with a production of Closer by Patrick Marber. Closer is presented over four weekends starting April 29, 2022, in partnership with Silver Spring Stage, which has served the community for over 50 years.

Closer, which won the 1998 Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play and was adapted into an Oscar-nominated film in 2004, hasn’t had a professional director in the Washington area for more than a decade. The intimate drama unveils four intertwined lives over the course of four and a half years in a scathing look at modern love and betrayal.

“I’ve loved this show since I read it over 20 years ago,” said director David Dieudonné, who co-founded Cogent with producer Diego Maramba. “I think this is the most honest and uncompromising portrayal of adult relationships and what we actually do to each other that I’ve ever read.”

Matt J Bannister, who plays Larry, agrees. “It’s such a compelling exploration of love, chemistry, trust, and how we sabotage our own happiness,” he said. “These themes are timeless, but the focus on relationships during the pandemic has made them more relevant than ever.”

Production was originally scheduled for March 2020 but was postponed due to the pandemic.

“The delay was interesting — devastating — because we were so close to opening when the pandemic shut down the world,” said Marnie Kanarek, who plays Anna. “The upside was that a lot of the groundwork was intact.”

Matt Baughman, who plays Dan, says the fact that Dieudonné was directing was “the real selling point. I’ve worked with him many times and he’s the type of director who can really dissect a script to find more interesting moments, motivations and instincts than what’s on the surface.

Closer plays April 29-May 21, 2022, co-produced by Cogent Theater Collective and Silver Spring Stage, at Silver Spring Stage, 10145 Colesville Road, Silver Spring, MD. Tickets ($22-$25 plus $1.25 fee) are available on line.

COVID safety: Silver Spring Stage requires patrons to present photo ID and show proof of vaccinations upon entering the theater. Silver Spring Stage also continues to require masks for all audience members.

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