By John Pollono
Directed by Melissa Martin
January 26 - February 19, 2018

A raucous black comedy featuring Cotter Smith, star of the Netflix series Mindhunter.

Set in Boston in 1855, Rules of Seconds uses the code of dueling as its backdrop, spinning a hilarious, hyperbolic tale that asks the question, “How far will a man go to defend his honor?” The Leeds are struggling to make ends meet when Walter Brown, a powerful businessman in town, offers to buy the family’s shipping company. All seems fortuitous until a debacle at the contract signing sets in motion a wild turn of events that redefines what it means to be a man—and a woman.

Runtime: Approximately two hours, including an intermission


Thanks to all who helped make this production a success!


A lively anachronistic mix […] Their boots and pistols suggest the drama’s 1855 Boston setting, but their F-bombs could get them cast in Quentin Tarantino’s next movie.
— LA Times


Cotter Smith
Robin Walsh
Nancy McNulty
Connor McCanlus
Patrick Jordan
Jack Erdie
Dave Mansueto
Wali Jamal
Donald Chang
Mickey Miller


Robert C T Steele (costume)
Andrew David Ostrowski (lighting)
Dave Bjornson (sound)
Steve Tolin (special effects)

Production photos: Jeff Swensen