Mandarin Orange

A juicy journey from Orange, Texas to Shanghai

Kate’s first solo play Mandarin Orange premiered in Washington, DC. in 2014, where it was a named a “Fringe Festival highlight,” by The Washington Post, and “pick of the week,” the Washington Times. The play was later performed in San Francisco at The Exit Theatre where it won a “sold out award,” and at The Marsh Theatre as part of their “Rising Talent” series. In the Maui Fringe, Kate was awarded the Hoku Award for favorite performer. She performed a benefit of this play for her hometown theatre, Orange Community Players, raising thousands of dollars for the non-profit where she first took the stage.

Reviews

I found myself smiling throughout the show and all the way home.Washington City Paper
Robards is an engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.Broadwayworld.com
Mandarin Orange is not only masterfully performed, but written with a skillful blend of humor and vulnerability.DC Theatre Scene

KQED

“Kate Robards charmingly recounts growing up in the colorful small town of Orange and adjusting to expatriate life in Shanghai.” KQED

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Washington City Paper

“I found myself smiling throughout the show and all the way home.” Washington City Paper

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BroadwayWorld

“Robards is an engaging performer with an easy, natural presence onstage.”  Broadwayworld.com

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DC Theatre Scene

“Mandarin Orange is not only masterfully performed, but written with a skillful blend of humor and vulnerability.”  DC Theatre Scene 

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DC Metro Theatre Arts

“An earnest, heartwarming performance and a poignant international comedy about change, identity and home.” DC Metro Theatre Arts

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SF Theatre Pub

“…Robards ability to move back and forth between all five participants was expert and elegant.” SF Theatre Pub

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Run Time 60 minutes
Directed by Jill Vice
Developed with David Ford
Sound Design James Slater
Graphic Design Lauren Reynolds