MISSION & VISION
Best Medicine Rep is a 501c3, nonprofit, professional theater company that specializes in new comedies. We are dedicated to the artistic, educational, and cultural development of the Gaithersburg and Montgomery Village areas of Maryland.
Why are we here?
To entertain. To bring joy. To foster community and learning through shared laughter. To lighten our shared burden of existence for a short while.
Broadly defined and properly presented, comedy encompasses all of human experience. It can make us laugh and make us cry. It can bring joy and it can bring anger. It makes us think and makes us forget. It exalts and ridicules. It can divert, and it can focus. Comedy levels life’s playing field.
Story is that which gives comedy context. It is what allows empathy and purpose. Performed stories (theater) provide for the communal experience, the shared joy of laughter that we seek to achieve. Theater brings a community together, eliciting pride and engagement, a sense of ownership and cooperation.
We believe that the comic theater is the cure for what ails us. But, having declared the above, we would like to make one thing clear: Shakespeare is dead. And if we see another production of A Midsummer’s Night Dream, we will collectively puke.
BOARD & STAFF
President & Artistic Director:
JOHN MOROGIELLO is a Playwright in Residence at the Maryland State Arts Council. His plays have been produced off-Broadway and in Los Angeles, Europe, and across the country. His comedies Engaging Shaw and Blame It On Beckett have both been published by Samuel French. Other plays include The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart, Play Date, Stonewall’s Bust, Irish Authors Held Hostage, Men and Parts, Gianni Schicchi, Jack the Ticket Ripper, and The Matchmaker’s Guide to Controlling the Elements. Happy Hour, a film adaptation of Men and Parts, was named Best Short Comedy at the 2003 New York Independent Film and Video Festival and was distributed in Europe by Britshorts. Awards include: Winner 2015 Dayton Playhouse Futurefest, 2015 Julie Harris Playwright Award, 2015 Boomerang Fund for Artists Grant, The Kennedy Center Fellowship of the Americas, Holland New Voices Playwright Award (Great Plains Theatre Conference), Mountain Playhouse International Comedy Playwriting Award, and Baltimore Magazine’s “Best Up and Coming Playwright.” He is a frequent contributor to Flagpole Radio Cafe. Mr. Morogiello’s articles have been published in The Washington Independent Review of Books, American Theatre, Dramatics, and in programs and study guides for Long Wharf Theatre, Huntington Theatre Company, Everyman Theatre, and Belmont Playhouse.
REBECCA A. HERRON holds a BFA in Theatre performance from the University of Miami. She has performed professionally in New York, Florida, Texas, Utah and Nevada and has been performing in DC-area theatre, TV and film for nearly 18 years. Rebecca is a Helen Hayes Award nominee and been awarded several acting awards for short & feature film roles. She has been with Kaiser Permanente for 16 years and currently works on a national configuration team, holding several Epic software certifications and has been part of software implementations for the Mid-Atlantic region. She has been involved with Girl Scouts for several years and currently leads a troop of Cadets (6th graders). She was recently the sole fundraiser for a playwriting program at Fox Chapel Elementary, bringing local history to life in plays the 75 fifth graders wrote and performed with Mr. Morogiello. Ms. Herron first met Mr. Morogiello in 2004, working on his play Bushwa for the Kennedy Center's Page-to-Stage reading series. Since then, she has enjoyed seeing, reading and performing his many plays. As Vice President of Best Medicine Rep, Ms. Herron is actively recruiting new board members, other theatre artists and helping this company grow and flourish.
STAN LEVIN has a degree in Film and Theater from New York University. He studied directing at the Circle in the Square Playhouse in New York as well as a graduate program at the Catholic University of America. He worked off-Broadway in technical theater, and directed his first off-off-Broadway show in 1970. He has directed theater locally for various companies including original plays for New Playwrights Theater of Washington. Among his accomplishments was directing the American premiere of Howard Goodall’s British musical Girlfriends, about the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force in World War II. His original one-act play, The Adjudicators, won nationally for the American Association of Community Theaters, and a production that he directed was performed in New York. In addition, Stan was a documentary filmmaker for the government, and an award-winning writer/producer of radio and television commercials. He teaches film history classes for Johns Hopkins’ Osher Program. For Best Medicine Rep, he directed the productions of Blue Over You and The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart. In his spare time, Stan is a Rabbi.
KARI LUTHER ROSBECK is the President and CEO of the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance (TS Alliance), a rare disease health nonprofit organization. Ms. Rosbeck has been with the organization since June 2001. During her tenure as President and CEO since November 2007, the TS Alliance established a comprehensive research program, fostering collaboration with industry and academia, in order to move treatments for tuberous sclerosis complex (TSC) forward in a more expedited way. Because of Kari's leadership, the organization has taken an active role in educating the TSC community about clinical trials to diminish the time for recruitment. Ms. Rosbeck previously served as Executive Vice President, overseeing the national volunteer outreach program and was responsible for fund development. She developed and implemented a vast national network of more than 30 volunteer branches called Community Alliances; increased volunteer participation from 90 individuals to more than 2,000; and through her involvement in special events and major gift fundraising, helped increase the annual revenue by more than 50%. Ms. Rosbeck has been involved in nonprofit fundraising and volunteer management for more than 25 years.
Ms. Rosbeck graduated from the State University of New York at Albany with a B.A. in Theatre. It was also at SUNY Albany where she met John Morogiello and produced his first play. Their most recent collaboration included a commissioned script, Four Decades | One Community, documenting the history of the TS Alliance through family stories. The play was produced as a staged reading and performed on Broadway at the Hudson Theatre in New York, in DC and Minneapolis. She is honored to be working with John again and serving as the first Treasurer of Best Medicine Rep.
MARTIN BLANCO has worked as an arts administrator, stage director, and teacher for several distinguished cultural organizations including the Huntington Theatre Company, The Yale Repertory Theatre, National Endowment for the Arts, and the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. He has taught at American University, SUNY Albany and Lauralton Hall. Since 2008, he produced, directed and performed in a radio variety show called The Flagpole Radio Cafe in Newtown, CT. He is a frequent collaborator with Best Medicine Rep founder John Morogiello. Mr. Blanco is a member of the Stage Directors and Choreographer's Society (SDC) and a graduate of the Yale School of Drama.
LORI BOYD is an actress/singer/playwright currently residing in Walkersville, MD. She has been performing with Radio King Orchestra for over a decade as one of The Fabulous Pin Curl Girls. Lori played Mary Pickford in Best Medicine Rep’s production of The Consul, The Tramp, and America’s Sweetheart, and she designed costumes for The Texas Homecoming Revolution of 1995. Along with performing, Lori has written, directed and choreographed several shows for RKO. Ms. Boyd has also been acting on stage and screen for over thirty years. She has several awards for acting as well as playwriting. Outside of performing, Lori has worked in sales, administration, home decor and motherhood; the last of which resulted in two talented daughters with blossoming performance careers of their own.
PAMELA LEIGHTON-BILIK, a veteran educator (Drama, English, Chorus, Special Education), holds a B.A. magna cum laude from Ithaca College and an M.A. in Communication Arts and Theatre from The University of Maryland. An international Gilbert and Sullivan director, Pamela is founder and stage director of PB Theatricals, which offers performance and technical theatre opportunities for young people in the UK. She is a teaching/directing artist for ArtStream, a DC-area based non-profit theatre organization for performers with intellectual and developmental disabilities.
MARY ROBERDS is a retired pharmacist, former business owner and perpetual volunteer. She has served as a board member and leader for various non-profit organizations over the past 25 years, primarily relating to education and the arts. Her commitments have included management of fundraisers, volunteer organization, and event coordination for parent-teacher organizations, booster groups, Boy Scouts, and quilt guilds. Most recently, she has volunteered extensively with the Tuberous Sclerosis Alliance, including co-chairing the 2018 World Conference in Dallas. She is privileged and excited to share her experience with a new organization.
CARL YONDER is a visual artist whose work has been presented in foreign embassies, newspapers, other publications. In 2004, he received The Columbia Scholastic Press Association’s 21st Gold Circle Award for his work with Grub Street. He is currently illustrating the comic Pirate Eye – a hardboiled take on the high seas – written by Josiah Grahn (published quarterly through Action Lab Comics).