The Open Hand – World Premiere

Wednesday, Mar 30, 2016 - Sunday, Apr 17, 2016 at Clarence Brown Lab Theatre

Lab Theatre

Directed by Calvin MacLean
From the Director…READ NOW

Rob Caisley’s writing is brilliant, witty, and insightful…”
New Jersey Stage

Suppose someone is overly generous to you…offering something you couldn’t possibly repay. Do you reject their generosity and risk offending them? Or do you accept the gift and then stew over what might be demanded in return? We’ve all heard the phrase, “It’s better to give than to receive.” But what dark secrets may be camouflaged by our human need to share with others? This CBT commissioned satire ventures into this territory with wit and bite, observing the contemporary anxieties between those with means and those with hopes, dreams and disappointment.

This production contains adult themes and uses strong language.

Additional support for this World Premiere provided by:

  • Jennifer Banner
  • Debbie & Jeff Chapman
  • Townes Lavidge Osborn

Ticket Pricing


Melissa David ‡


Kyle Maxwell ‡


Lindsay Nance ‡


Roderick Peeples ‡

David Nathan Bright

Steve Sherman ‡


Artistic Team

Calvin MacLean ◊


Nevena Prodanovic

Scenic and Projection Designer

Marianne Custer ¤

Costume Designer

Tannis Kapell

Lighting Designer

Roderick Peeples

Sound Designer

Alex Ross

Stage Manager

‡ Appears through the courtesy of Actors Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States. ◊ Member of the Stage Directors and Choreographers Society, a national theatrical labor union. ¤ Represented by United Scenic Artists, local USA-829 of the IATSE.