2016-17 Season 14

Still Life with Rocket

by Mollye Maxner
Conceived and directed by Mollye Maxner
Movement directed by Mollye Maxner and Kelly Maxne

Jun 8 - Jul 2, 2017

With Etta’s death rapidly approaching, her grown children return home, reviving the wild, reckless, and brutal games of their youth. When long-buried secrets are resurrected, the games become battles that threaten to tear the family apart. A raucous new performance event that blends theater, dance, and art installation, Still Life with Rocket delves into the fragmenting mind of a dying matriarch and the strength of the family she created.

Performance Information:

Still Life with Rocket is a unique theatrical experience, where during parts of the performance you will be asked to stand or walk. These brief moments will be similar to walking through a gallery or museum.

Audience entry will be staggered in 10 minute time slots in groups of 6-8 people. Please arrive at least 10 minutes before your scheduled time slot. Late admittance is not guaranteed and is at the discretion of house management.


* Member Actor’s Equity Association

Production Team


What They Say

“In addition to the phenomenal acting and dance, “Still Life with Rocket” was successful thanks to its set (Andrew Cohen and Patti Kalil), lighting and projections (William K. D’Eugenio, Kelly Colburn), and sound (Matthew M. Nielson and Tosin Olufolabi) designs.”

MD Theatre Guide

“At its core, Mollye Maxner’s “Still Life with Rocket” is one of those complex, emotional theatrical dramas that grow out of an uneasy reunion, where cracks in the family unit become increasingly and tragically clear…[but] has much more than that going for it.”

Broadway World

“Unusual and highly satisfying...a gripping portrait of a damaged family coming to terms with past mistakes.”

The Washington Post

"Language, story, performance, atmosphere...Still Life succeeds [in all four of these elements,] for every minute of the play.”

DC Theatre Scene

Still Life with Rocket is a Theater Alliance commission and made possible through generous support from The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation and The Reva & David Logan Foundation.

2018 Helen Hayes Awards


  • Outstanding Production of a Play


  • Outstanding Ensemble in a Play

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