Host and Guest
A New Play By Roland L. Reed
Based on Vazha Pshavela’s Narrative Poem, “Host and Guest”
Visionary Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings this Synetic classic back to the stage. Based on a Georgian epic poem, Host & Guest tells the ancient story of a family who takes in a lost stranger to discover he is from an enemy clan, and their valiant attempt to save him when their village wreaks vengeance. Performed around the world, Host & Guest is a timely and relevant tale of war, strife, the beliefs that tear us apart, and the humanity that brings us together.
Friday, September 23, 6:30 – 7:30pm Georgian Wine Tasting
Sunday, September 25, After-show Talk-Back with the cast and crew
Friday, September 30, 7:00 -8:00pm Pre-Show Happy Hour
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Joqola played by Dan Istrate
Zviadauri played by Vato Tsikurishvili
Agaza played by Irina Tsikurishvili
Musa played by Irakli Kavsadze
Mula played by Philip Fletcher
Zviadauri’s Wife played by Nutsa Tediashvili
Deer played by Maryam Najafzada
Villager played by Irene Hamilton
Villager played by Josh Cole Lucas
Villager played by Justin Bell
Villager played by Natan-Maël Gray
Villager played by Robert Bowen Smith
Villager played by Lev Belolipetski
Villager played by Sebastian Newman
Daughter played by Max Ruckh
Understudies Rodin Ruiz, Pablo Guillen, Annette Hasnas, and Kaitlyn Shifflett
Play by Roland L. Reed, Based on Vazha Pshavela’s narrative poem “Host and Guest”
Paata Tsikurishvili | Director
Irina Tsikurishvili | Choreographer
Vato Tsikurishvili | Fight Choreographer
Silas Sandifer | Stage Manager
Vato Kakhidze | Original Music
Irakli Kavsadze | Sound Design
Irakli Kavsadze | Assistant Director
Koki Lortkipanidze | Resident Composer
Phil Charlwood | Technical Director
JJ Nichols | Sound Engineer
Carolan Corcoran | Costume Designer (Remount)
Gogi Alexi Meskhishvili | Costume Designer (Original Production)
Brian Allard | Lighting Designer
Ian Claar | Associate Lighting Designer
Alex Keen | Master Electrician
Phil Charlwood | Scenic Designer (Remount)
Aleksandr Shirlaev | Props Master
Hester Kamin | Co-Company Manager
‘Host and Guest’ Has Much to Say
The Washington Post Review
We’re gearing up for an exciting show run of Host & Guest opening on September 12. We sat down with Dan Istrate who plays the lead role of Joqola to ask him about his tenure with Synetic. Dan is a local television and theater actor, appearing in numerous Synetic shows including Dracula (Dracula), Faust (Mephisto), and Don Quixote (Don Quixote).
What drew you to audition for Synetic Theater?
I always come back to working with Synetic Theater for one reason: high quality art that simultaneously entertains and inspires. The most rewarding experiences that I had as an actor happened while performing for Synetic.
This season is called ‘Stranger in a Strange Land’ and we’re opening with Host & Guest. These days, do you feel more like a host or a guest in this strange American land?
Being an ex pat (I am originally from Romania) and having now lived in the US for over two decades I feel I am a host and a guest at the same time. I can easily identify with both characters in the play, because my experience as a “legal alien” and as someone who left their native country in search for a deeper understanding of the world.
What do you want audiences to take away from the show?
I hope the audience will meditate on the idea of one human race. Underneath the myriad of social, national and identity constructs we are all part of the same divine fabric of the universe. I believe that beyond our logical understanding of the world, everything and everyone is beautiful!
How is the Synetic Theater experience different from traditional show experiences as a performer?
As an actor, when I perform for Synetic I feel a bit like a rock star, in the way we prepare for the shows and the powerful way we connect with the audience. The exchange of energy between us, the actors and the audience is palpable every time. I also love the process of sometimes “creating something from nothing” in rehearsals. Physically, emotionally and mentally I feel pushed to the limit every time I create a show with Synetic. It is the ultimate theatrical experience!
What were your initial thoughts when you first read through the script for Host & Guest?
I was struck by the fact that the main themes of this ancient poem ring so true today. The play makes you wonder, considering the state of the world today, how much did we really progress as a species on a consciousness level.
Describe Host & Guest in 3 words.
I am you!