Burst postcard front


by Amy Leigh Horan
A New Play

directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff

May 11-27, 2018
At the Callan Theatre
in the Hartke Theatre Complex
on the campus of Catholic University
3801 Harewood Road NE
Washington, DC 20064

As their mother lies in a coma in the Neuro ICU, three siblings find a home in waiting room 3. With humor and heart, Burst explores the intersection of crisis and comedy, trauma and love.

DC Metro Theater Arts calls Burst “beautiful” and “touching,” with a “stunning final scene.” Read the review here.

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May 11-27, 2018

Thursday, Friday, and Saturday at 7:30PM
Saturday and Sunday at 2:00PM

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A note from the Playwright:

After my mother’s burst brain aneurysm, my family and I took turns sitting with her through her coma. We would escape the busyness and banter of our waiting room to share quiet moments with the one we loved most. Over time, I became absolutely fascinated by what my sisters, my cousins, my uncles were saying to her in there. This play imagines that. It goes back and forth between a waiting room and an ICU room as five people discover who they are while they wait.

-Amy Leigh Horan

Featuring: Tori Boutin, Thomas DiSalvo, Mo O’Rourke, Robert Pike, and Alison Talvacchio

Directed by Bridget Grace Sheaff

BURST is approximately 85 minutes long with no intermission.

Burst contains some language. It is recommended for ages 12+.

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Artistic Team

Kira – Tori Boutin
Steve – Thomas DiSalvo
Ally – Mo O’Rourke
Stephen – Robert Pike
Erin – Alison Talvacchio

Director – Bridget Grace Sheaff
Playwright – Amy Leigh Horan
Set – Ember DiSalvo
Costumes – Julie Cray Leong
Lights – Dean Leong
Sound – Frank DiSalvo Jr.
Stage Manager – Emma Heck

Read Bios of the Creative Team Here

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The Callan Theatre
The Catholic University of America
3801 Harewood Road NE
Washington, D.C. 20017

All seats are general admission.

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Getting Here

Directions to Callan

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The Callan is located in the Hartke Theater complex on the campus of Catholic University.

By Metro

CUA’s campus is easily accessible at the Brookland/CUA Metro Stop on the Red Line. Plan your Metro trip here.

By Car

The Hartke Theatre complex is easily accessible by car. Find directions on Google Maps by clicking below:


There is plenty of street parking on Harewood Road which is free and unlimited on weekends and after 6:30PM on weekdays.

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Make sure to visit Brookland Pint after seeing Burst and get our signature cocktail, the Burst Martini! Show your program at Brookland Pint and get 10% off your tab. Visit their website to plan your visit:

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