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One Night With Janis Joplin

JUN 21 – AUG 11, 2013

created, written and directed by Randy Johnson

in the Kreeger Theater

BROADWAY-BOUND Rock 'N' Roll Extravaganza

ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN is going to Broadway! Mary Bridget Davies and Randy Johnson’s “exhilarating” (Washington Post) show will transfer to New York in September and Broadway will discover what our audiences have known for months – this show rocks!  Packed with classic songs like “Piece of My Heart, “Summertime” and “Mercedes Benz,” One Night with Janis Joplin offers an unforgettable rock ‘n’ roll ride. Don't miss one of America's greatest rock 'n' roll originals, performing with the goddesses of the blues who influenced her, as they deliver "no-holds-barred vocal fire through one classic song after another." (TheaterMania)

One Night With Janis Joplin is a lifelong
relationship for star Mary Bridget Davies
July 5, 2013

Washington Post
Jessica Goldstein

It takes Mary Bridget Davies about an hour to physically become Janis Joplin.

As for the mental and vocal preparation, "it happens throughout the day with me," says Davies, 34, sitting in her dressing room at Arena Stage. The star of the blockbuster hit "One Night With Janis Joplin," at Arena for the second summer in a row ("Back by popular demand!") and heading to Broadway in the fall, is wearing black leggings, a gray T-shirt, and neon pink studded flip-flops. Her long brown hair — which she is contractually obligated not to alter — is wavy and still damp from the shower. "As soon as you wake up and open your eyes, you test your voice to see where you are," she says… Read more

“ONE NIGHT WITH JANIS JOPLIN will rock your world.”

Los Angeles Times

”One of the most amazing and emotional experiences
offered on any Los Angeles stage so far this year.”


“Exhilarating … Remarkable … A joyful ruckus.”

The Washington Post

“Davies literally brings the house to its feet.”

“Davies’s voice is so raw, so powerful, and so eerily similar to the late singer.”Washingtonian

“Davies’ interpretation is dead-on… she delivers
no-holds-barred vocal fire through one classic song after another."
Sabrina Elayne Carten’s “powerhouse voice is equally impressive.”Theatermania

Mary Bridget Davies is “a force of nature.”

"[Mary Bridget] Davies … rides her voice like a bronco-buster hanging onto a frenzied stallion … [Sabrina Elayne] Carten, one of the few women in the world
who can do Aretha Franklin, and make it sound genuine.”DC Theatre Scene

“Come to this show … it’ll knock your socks off.”ShowBiz Radio


Mary Bridget Davies Sabrina Elayne Carten Alison Cusano Kimberly Yarborough
Mary Bridget Davies Sabrina Elayne Carten Alison Cusano Kim Yarbrough

Cast Schedules

MARY BRIDGET DAVIES is Janis Joplin on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings; and Sunday matinees except August 11 when she will perform at the evening show.

SABRINA ELAYNE CARTEN is the Blues Singer on Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings; and Saturday and Sunday matinees; July 3rd; and July 5th matinee.

ALISON CUSANO is Janis Joplin on Friday and Saturday matinee and Sunday evenings except August 11 when she will perform at the matinee.

KIM YARBROUGH is the Blues Singer on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings (excluding July 3rd).

Cast performance schedules are subject to change.

“In these days where fame is instant and true musicianship rare, the word ‘artist’ is an often-misused statement. As we are held hostage to a manufactured pop culture on a daily basis, I feel we must constantly revisit our cultural history and explore the authentic forces that have shaped the landscape of our lives. One of those authentic forces for me is Janis Joplin. Her fame was earned – her following grew as she grew – people were drawn to her and she was drawn to them.

Janis is a true artist without contrivance or artifice. People like to say ‘ahead of her time.’ I happen to believe she was right on time. This isn’t just Janis’ story: it’s all of our stories, in one way or another. We all touch and inform each other as we travel this life. The world is a better place because Janis was here for a moment and I trust that you will take away with you a piece of her heart, her spirit and her wisdom.”

— Randy Johnson, playwright/director

Advisories: This production of One Night with Janis Joplin contains mature language and special effects including haze, fog, and strobe lights.


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One Night with Janis Joplin

“If you never got the chance to see Joplin live … this feels as close as you’re going to get.”


One Night with Janis Joplin