What We Do and Why We Do It
Guillotine Theatre (previously known as The Georgetown Theatre Company)
was founded in July 1986 on the belief that theatre
based on literature is an essential part of our culture. Plays are meant to be
performed, not just read and Guillotine Theatre is dedicated to
bringing great literature to Washington, D.C. audiences as live theatrical
entertainment. In the age of small, conversational plays , Guillotine Theatre
began offering exciting, larger-than-life situations and characters in
works that explore the universal human condition.|
Guillotine Theatre has proved an inspiration to other small theatres
in the Washington, DC area; since our first production in 1986, several other
theatres have begun to share our repertoire. Actors and directors who began their
careers with Guillotine Theatre perform in many D.C. theatres, as
well as all across the United States. Actors, playwrights and designers who have
interned with Guillotine Theatre have later been accepted into
prestigious theatre programs; several of our former interns have become respected
theatre professionals in New York, Chicago and Washington, D.C.
Please help us to bring classic literature - and plays about classic literature
- out of the library and onto the stage!
Catherine Aselford, Artistic Director
When Catherine Aselford helped found Guillotine Theatre in 1986, it
was the only DC area theater, aside from the Shakespeare Theatre, dedicated to
presenting a classical repertoire. Ms. Aselford has acted or directed at Cherryred
Productions, The Shakespeare Theatre, Source Theatre, Horizons Theatre, The Center
Company, New Works Theatre, and Washington Theatre Wing. She has appeared in John
Waters' A Dirty Shame, Cherryred's silent movie Trapped By The Mormons, West Wing,
Unsolved Mysteries, America's Most Wanted and numerous television commercials.
Favorite plays Catherine has directed for Guillotine Theatre include
John Middleton's The Changeling, Milan Kundera's Jacques and His Master, and
Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters.