Rockville Little Theatre

Bad Seed

By Maxwell Anderson

January 29, 30, 31*
February 5, 6, 7*

Bad Seed

Directed by
Pauline Griller-Mitchell

Christine Penmark seems to have it all, a loving husband, a beautiful home, and the perfect daughter, Rhoda. But when a child drowns under suspicious circumstances, the whole town starts to speculate about what really happened... was it truly an accident? Was it a classmate? Who knows more than they are telling? Christine's secret past is revealed and the fear grows to a chilling finale in this psychological thriller.

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Fridays and Saturdays at 8 pm
* Sunday Matinees at 2 pm

Cast of Characters

Rhoda Penmark - 9 year-old Rhoda is sweet, charming & polite on the surface, loved by her parents, admired by all her elders. But there is something evil going on deep within Rhoda's mind, she plays everyone like a game of chess, and always gets what she wants... no matter the cost. (F- 9-12)

Col. Kenneth Penmark - A good looking officer, in love with his wife and completely smitten with his little girl Rhoda. He is blind to the events that occur while he is away for work. (M- 30-40)

Christine Penmark - Pretty, gentle, gracious woman, dedicated to being a good wife and wonderful mother. Her life is given meaning by the affection she gives and receives. She learns that her world famous father is her adoptive father, and that family secrets may have given birth to an evil she cannot accept. (F- 30-40)

Monica Breedlove - Widow, intelligent, voluble, and perhaps overly friendly. She is smitten with the Penmarks, and a gossipy know-it-all. She is fascinated with Rhoda, showering the child with gifts and being all too excited over Rhoda's small graces. She is an ear for Christine to cry to and arm to hold on to as events take place. (F- 45-60)

Emery Wages - Monica Breedlove's younger brother, plump and friendly, though much quieter than Monica and reserved in many cases. (M- 35-45)

Leroy - The Groundskeeper/Janitor of the Apartment building the Penmarks and Breedloves live in. He feels he is not in his rightful place in life, being so high-minded and more intelligent than the rest of these 'rich folks' and their wonderful lives of leisure and luxury. He becomes Rhoda's foil in the show, but at the same time, has a strange fascination/admiration for her. (M- 30-60)

Miss Fern - Rhoda's teacher. She is the one who first makes Christine aware that something may be off with little Rhoda, and the one who ultimately asks that Rhoda not come back to the school after the end of the year. (F- 30-50)

Reginald Tasker - A friend of the Breedloves who writes detective stories and has made himself a minor expert in the history of crime and enjoys going into gruesome details when he can. (M- 40-50)

Mrs. Daigle - The distraught mother of the deceased Claude Daigle, who was drowned at the school picnic. She spends most of the show intoxicated, and accusing the Penmarks, specifically Rhoda; of her little boy's death. She is both envious and angry with Christine, yet somehow looking for comfort from her as well. (F- 30-40)

Daigle - Husband of Mrs. Daigle, also distraught over the loss of his son, but far less interested in his wife's method for getting answers. Rather embarrassed by her actions. (M- 30-45)

Messenger - Messenger carrying the good news and bad out of the Penmark home. (M- 20-30)

Richard Bravo - Christine's father, later we find he is in fact her adoptive father, and the manner in which he adopted her is rather a secret in and of itself. Handsome once, somewhat stern and weary now. (M- 50-60)

Production Staff


Pauline Griller-Mitchell


Laura W. Andruski

Stage Manager

Aaron Skolnik

Assistant Director

John Bartkowiak

Maryland State Arts Council

Supported in part by the Maryland State Arts Council ( and the Nora Roberts Foundation (

Nora Roberts Foundation
RLT logo and show logos since the 2017-18 season courtesy of
Stacy Kleber Design