Gemma Whelan

Educating Rita

by Willy Russell

The Chamber Theater



  • “Gemma Whelan directed with a fine touch of pathos that never went over the line, plumbing the comedy and unearthing the sad undertones.”

    Frank E. Reilly, Co-founder and Artistic Director, The Chamber Theater


Explores the relationship between a university lecturer and the brash, earthy hairdresser he tutors in Open University.

“I wanted to make a play which engaged and was relevant to those who considered themselves uneducated, those whose daily language is not the language of the university or the theatre. I wanted to write a play which would attract, and be as valid for, the Ritas in the audience as the Franks.” —Willy Russell, playwright.



Jen Grimes / RITA
Frank E. Reilly* / FRANK
Mark A. Shannon / (MUSICIAN)


Gemma Whelan / DIRECTOR
Kenneth Grimes / SCENIC DESIGN
Maureen McLauphlin / LIGHTING DESIGN
Mark A. Shannon/ COMPOSER
Cynthia Lynne Hall / STAGE MANAGER

* Member of Actors’ Equity Association, the Union of Professional Actors and Stage Managers in the United States, appearing under a Special Appearance Contract.