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Off By One
June 12 July 7
Off By One
June 12 July 7
By Joseph Dougherty Directed by Abigail Adams Steinbright Stage
David Strathairn stars in this profoundly human world premiere by Emmy Award winner Joseph Dougherty

A wrong-number text brings strangers together in a web of curiosity and memory, with magnetic poet Douglas Roote (multi-award winner David Strathairn, The Cherry Orchard) at the center. As two women bond over the late writer's work, this gentle narrative explores questions of fate, coincidence, and the profound impact of a seemingly small life. In this poignant world premiere written by Emmy Award winner Joseph Dougherty, directed by Abigail Adams (Lettie, The Vinegar Tree) and featuring Company Artists Claire Inie-Richards (The Vinegar Tree), Aubie Merrylees (The Vinegar Tree), and Mary Elizabeth Scallen (Alice in Wonderland: A Musical Panto), Off By One grapples with the deeply human impulse to seek meaning and connection in the accidental and unknown.

Individual Sponsors:  Katie & Bill McNabb
With additional generous support from: Kumi and Bill Martin Foundation, Charlotte Cushman Foundation

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Cast and Creative Team
Claire Inie-Richards
Aubie Merrylees
Mary Elizabeth Scallen
David Strathairn
Joseph Dougherty
Abigail Adams
Dan Zimmerman
Scenic Designer
Marla J. Jurglanis
Costume Designer
Dennis Parichy
Lighting Designer
Carson Joenk
Sound Designer
Len Berkman
Audrey M. Brown
Stage Manager
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Relaxed Performance

Relaxed Performances offer a judgment-free environment that invites individuals with autism, ADHD, dementia, and other sensory sensitivities to enjoy theatre in a relaxed, “shush-free” zone—a great option for parents with young children, too. For each Relaxed Performance, we offer a pre-show Sensory Tour, during which patrons are able to enter the theatre space, view the set and props, and ask questions. This RP features audio description and ASL interpretation.

Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

Audio Description

Headsets provide commentary on the visual aspects of a performance. This supplemental narration interweaves with the real-time, spoken dialogue.

Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

American Sign Language Interpretation

This performance features American Sign Language interpretation provided by Hands UP Productions. This is also a Relaxed Performance.

Sunday, June 30 at 2pm

Open Captioning

During every performance this week, dialogue appears on an LED screen placed near the stage to benefit patrons with hearing impairments, as well as English language learners.

July 2-July 7


Our post-show talkback series is back! Join us after every Thursday night performance (excluding previews) for a post-show discussion, or folk-talk, where audience members will have a chance to process and ask questions about the piece they’ve just witnessed. Each AfterWORDS will be moderated by a People’s Light staff member, who may be joined by a member of the cast or creative team.

Thursday nights: 6/13, 6/20, 6/27,

Smart Caption Glasses

Our Smart Caption Glasses offer immersive, real-time captioning for live theatre. These revolutionary glasses display a synchronized transcript of the play directly on the lenses, and are customizable for your comfort.

Smart Caption Glasses are available at performances of this play in the date range below. To reserve your pair of glasses, simply add tickets to your cart, then follow the link that appears at the top of the page to add a glasses reservation to your cart for free! For assistance, please contact the Box Office at

June 25-July 7

Access Nights

To expand access to our work, we offer 50%-off Access Nights throughout the season. The discount is automatic for these performances, no promo code required.

Friday, June 14 at 7pm
Tuesday, July 2 at 7pm