The Montgomery Playhouse at Asbury

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Editorial Review

The Montgomery Playhouse has its deep roots in three former theater companies: the Montgomery Players, the Garret Park Players and the Kensington Players. The oldest of the trio, the Montgomery Players, dates back to 1929 and performed in school theaters in the Chevy Chase area until taking up residence in its own location in Gaithersburg in 1972. Meanwhile, the other two companies merged in 1960 to become the Kensington-Garret Players and found a new home at the old Kensington Armory in 1966, until the state of Maryland closed the place in 1974. The younger troupe moved in with the venerable Montgomery Players in Gaithersburg in 1982, and officially merged to become the Montgomery Playhouse in 1989. (The Playhouse has since moved from its location on Quince Orchard Blvd. and now performs in the Cultural Arts and Wellness Center at Asbury Methodist Village.)

Among the alumni of the original Montgomery Players is screen actor Goldie Hawn, who got her earliest show-biz experience growing up in Silver Spring, Md.

Today, the Montgomery Playhouse produces eight shows a season, including a mix of comedies, mysteries, dramas and musicals. In recent years, the company has revived a tradition of producing original scripts by local and regional playwrights. It also offers musical theater workshops for young performers and occasional free technical seminars.

-- Leonard Hughes

Mailing address for Montgomery Playhouse:
P.O. Box 3490
Gaithersburg, MD 20885