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Media Resources: Ordinary People

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Clayton Community Theatre presents Ordinary People by Nancy Gilsenan adapted from a novel by Judith Guest, directed by Jessica Johns Kelly.

Performances: Thursday - Saturday March 23, 24, 25, 30, 31, and April 1, 2023, at 8:00 p.m; Sundays March 26 and April 2 at 2:00 p.m.

Location: Washington University South Campus Theater, 6501 Clayton Road, Clayton MO

Director: Jessica Johns Kelly

Audiences may be familiar with the novel produced later as a four-time Oscar-winning movie in 1980 by actor-director Robert Redford.  The novel and screenplay were adapted to a stage production by playwright Nancy Gilsenan.

Conrad Jarrett had an older brother named Buck, and now Buck is gone. What's left of young Conrad's family, with his successful, well-intentioned father and his beautiful, organized and remote mother, is in terrible jeopardy, as is Conrad himself. They are all "ordinary people" and each is fighting a hard battle. This play goes to the essence of a young man, his friends, and family, their relationships and survival.

Full press release at this link

More information about the play, on Wikipedia: at this link

Press photos: on Flickr, at this link

Reviewer comp tickets available from the box office, by Email at, or by phone at 314-721-9228.

Media contact: Nathan Schroeder,

Design team:

  • Director – Jessica Johns Kelly

  • Assistant Directory - Claire Acheson

  • Producer – Sam Hack

  • Set Designers – Jessica Johns Kelly and Tim Kelly

  • Lighting Designer – Nathan Schroeder

  • Property Manager – Rob Corbett

  • Costume Designer – Rob Corbett

  • Sound Designer - Jacob Baxley


  • Conrad Jarrett - Jeremy Schnelt

  • Cal Jarrett - Alex Alderson

  • Beth Jarrett - Tracy Murphy

  • Kevin Stillman - Tyler Webster

  • Joe Lazenby - Tyler Crandall

  • Jeannine Pratt - Nadja Kapetanovich

  • Karen Aldrich - Sarah Vallo

  • Dr. Berger - Brad Kinzel

  • Coach Salan - Tim Naegelin

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