Washington Place

The WORLD PREMIERE of David Brendan Hopes’ Washington Place Gives Life to the Women Lost in the Triangle Shirtwaist Factory Fire

November 5-22, Thursdays-Saturdays at 7:30 PM, Sundays at 2 PM. $18 in advance/$23 at the door.

Washington Place


Many have heard about the devastating Triangle Shirtwaist Factory fire on New York City’s Lower East Side in 1911, and about the important labor laws enacted in its deadly wake. But no one knows much, if anything, about the lives of the young women caught up in this tragedy. Now David Brendan Hopes beautifully imagines their lives for us, bringing us their passions, hopes, and dreams, as well as their songs and laughter, in an effervescent, moving world premiere presented by The Magnetic Theatre, produced and directed by the company’s artistic director, Steven Samuels.

The Magnetic Theatre is best known for its raucous comedies, and there are wonderfully funny moments in Washington Place. But the company has always harbored a serious streak (exemplified by such works as John Crutchfield’s Ruth and Samuels’ own Evening the Score) and it welcomes this opportunity to spread its aesthetic wings with this historical drama.

David Brendan Hopes is a well-known local poet and actor as well as playwright. His plays Abbott’s Dance, 7 Reece Mews, Edward the King, and, most recently, The Loves of Mr Lincoln have been produced in New York. Washington Place was developed, in part, at this summer’s Great Plains Theater Festival.

Steven Samuels co-founded The Magnetic Theatre in 2009 and has served as playwright, director, actor, dramaturg, and/or producer for more than two dozen of the company’s productions, including his own The Merchant of Asheville and three shows presented in The New York International Fringe Festival. He also directs the LaZoom Comedy Tours.


The Magnetic Theatre presents Washington Place, written by David Brendan Hopes, directed by Steven Samuels, starring Terry Darakjy, Emmalie Handley, Allen T. Law, Valerie Meiss, Devyn Ray, Samantha Stewart, and Sophie Yates, with costume, set, and prop design by Kayren McKnight, hairstyling by Sandy McDaniel, lighting design by Jason Williams, sound design by Mary Zogzas, and stage management by Walker Linkous.


Mountain Xpress: “Theater review: Washington Place by The Magnetic Theatre

Asheville Theater Radio Show: listen to Steve Samuels and Terry Darajky chat with Jeff Catanese on Soundcloud

Forward: Remembering the Triangle Shirtwaist Fire in the North Carolina Mountains