Evelyn in Purgatory

Evelyn in Purgatory
By Topher Payne


When a complaint is filed against one of the 70,000 teachers in New York’s public schools, they’re sent to a Reassignment Center, one of a series of empty offices in the Department of Education Building. There, they sit and wait for their case to be reviewed. Usually for months. Sometimes for over a year.

A claim of improper behavior by a failing student lands Evelyn Reid in “the rubber room,” where she encounters a group of teachers, some guilty, some not, who have long since lost any hope of returning to a classroom.

Over the course of the school year, these colleagues form an unlikely alliance, reminding each other of forgotten passions, emerging to face life outside in unexpected new directions. They also learn French and workshop a screenplay.

Recommended for  Ages 16+ due to language.

Dates: July 13-29, 2018
Location: Belfry Playhouse




Candace Metzger: Alison Brady
Evelyn Reid: Cat Roche
Lila Watkins: Angela Van Tassel
Toby Fleming: Sean Turner^
Fred Disalvo: Rodney Johnson^
Roberta Burke: Melissa Maute^
Atwood: Lee Jones
Understudy: BJ Barrett^








Creative Team

Playwright: Topher Payne^
Producer: Andrea Hermitt
Director: Becca Parker*
Assistant Director: D Norris*+
Stage Manager: Liam Davridge+
Assistant Stage Manager: Patrick Bing
Set Design: Liam Davridge+
Costume Design: Becca Parker*
Lighting Design: Andre Eaton*
Sound Design: Micah Ascano^
Music: Michael Parker
Properties: Matt Maute^
Program/Publicity: Meredith Jones/TJ Sanson
House Manager: Bethany Oliver*
Box Office Manager: Bcca Parker*

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*Indicates current or previous LAT Pro Company member.
+Indicates member of LAT Intensive Program
^ LAT Debut