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All the world's a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.”    --Irish playwright Sean O'Casey

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Constellation Theatre Company

 

 

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1835 14th Street NW

Washington DC   20009

 

 

 

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Ford's Theatre

Pay What You Can Preview Performance

The Laramie Project

Sunday, September 29, 7:30pm

 

The Laramie Project presents a complex portrait of a community's response to the  1998 

murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of 

poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media 

storm with anger, bewilderment, and sorrow. The play portrays the deeply personal impact 

Matthew's death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human 

spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.

 

Tickets -Cash Only

Purchase in person at the Ford's Theatre Box Office

on September 29 beginning at 5:30pm

Limited to two tickets per person

 

More information

202.347.4833

www.fords.org

 

Fords Theatre

511 Tenth Street NW

202.347.4833

www.fords.org

Metro: Metro Center, exit 11th and G or 12th and F or

Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G

 

 

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Faction of Fools Theatre Company

 

Faction of Fools Theatre Company
presents

 

"gleeful, nose-thumbing fun" - The Washington Post
Photo credit: C. Stanley Photography

For a good time, call...

Molière's
Don Juan
 

L’amour the merrier, as Molière’s legendary lover wears a new mask!


Adapted and Directed by Matthew R. Wilson°
 
Now through Oct 6, 2013
Thu, Fri, and Sat @ 8pm // Sun @ 2pm
Mon, Sept 30 @ 7:30pm
 

"Best Pick-Up Line" Discount
Thursday 9/19 and Sunday 9/22

Use the code: PICKUPLINE 
online or at the door. 

Pay just $15, if you tell the box office your
favorite pick-up line when you get your ticket! 

Who knows, maybe you'll also get a date for Saturday night.

 

Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622-1673) was both a father of French national drama and a dramatist in the Italian tradition of Commedia dell’Arte. He literally shared a stage with Paris’s finest Commedia troupe and “borrowed” many of their plots, characters, and conventions in creating his own plays. He even modeled his famous servant Sganarelle (a part he played himself) on the legendary character Scaramouche created by the Italian comic actor Tiberio Fiorilli.
 
For Season Five, Faction of Fools is excited to produce our first comedy by Molière, Don Juan, freely adapted and directed by two-time Helen Hayes nominee Matthew R. Wilson and featuring local favorite Sun King Davis in the title role. This hilarious send up of high culture is set in a protean art museum outfitted with ever-changing paintings and ambulatory statues. Multi-talented theatre artist Klyph Stanford designs the set, lighting, and projections to create these amazing effects!


at Elstad Auditorium
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, WDC
***Free Parking***Metro: Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U.***
 
Click here for directions.
 
Tickets available at HERE or 1-800-838-3006
$25 general admission
$15 for students, military, seniors, and groups
$10 for children 12 and under


ASL Interpreted on 9/20, 9/28 and 10/3
Open Captioning available upon request
Running time: Approx 1 hr, 45 min, with one intermission
Appropriate for ages 12 and up

    


Please visit us at www.factionoffools.org!

 

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Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of the New York Times top 10 plays of 2012, Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit is an explosive dark comedy that brilliantly captures our economic moment.

Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.

Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream.

Click here to purchase tickets.

PRAISE FOR DETROIT

INCISIVE, FUNNY, and DISTURBING comedy-drama”
The New York Times

“A friendly suburban barbecue
spirals into a DELIRIOUS  DANGEROUS BACCHANAL
in the superb play Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour”

The New York Times

“Ms. D’Amour’s play,
BOTH DISTURBING AND BRACINGLY FUNNY,
kicks things off with a promising burst of fireworks”

The New York Times

“Musical, JUICY, idea-packed”
Time Out New York

“A FINE AND SPECTACULARLY TIMELY new play”
Chicago Tribune

“A very PROVOCATIVE SNAPSHOT of this perilous moment”
Chicago Tribune


HOWARD SAYS…

Detroit brilliantly defines our current American moment. A rollercoaster entertainment, the play taps comically yet powerfully into our anxiety about clinging to whatever economic rung we’ve got a hold of—at a time when the shell of our civilization seems to be crumbling around us. Fundamentally, Detroit is a play about neighbors, two couples who live next door to one another in an inner-ring suburb that could be outside any major American city. One couple is trying to move up, the other is clearly on the way down—but their growing friendship leads to both hilarious liberation and shocking collapse for all, revealing the thin line that separates sophisticated men and women from dangerous drunken beasts.”

-Howard Shalwitz,
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

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‘Full Bloom’ at Arcturus Theater Company 




Posted on August 17, 2013 by    
http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/08/17/full-bloom-at-arcturus-theater-company-by-marlene-hall/ 


Arcturus Theater Company’s production of Suzanne Bradbeer’s Full Bloom is a story about a teenager, named Phoebe (Kyra Soleil) who is coming of age and whose life is paralleling the book Catcher in the Rye. Meanwhile her mom (Alison Bauer) is coping with a divorce and growing older. Her mom’s friends and neighbors are coping with growing older in a society that values attractiveness and youth  Phoebe’s new friend Jesse (Noah Harrington) is coping with fitting into a new town where he has no friends.
The cast of 'Full Bloom.' Photo courtesy of Arcturus Theater Company.

The cast of ‘Full Bloom.’ Photo courtesy of Arcturus 

Theater Company.

Director Daniel Bumgardner has an exceptional group of actors to work with and he receives terrific performances from every member of his talented cast. Soleil does an excellent job conveying the fragility and confusion of being a young teenager. Alison Bauer who plays the mom, effortlessly conveys the pain and of confusion of coping with a divorce, trying to date again while dealing with a confused teenager. Christine Callsen, who plays the married neighbor Crystal Dawn, imbues lightness into the play as she tries to hold everyone together as they all go through life. The play is lush with symbolism, depth, and witticism. Peter Orvetti gives an impressive performance as Jim Giannini, a man struggling to deal with life changes. Noah Harrington did a great job as Jessie Williams, as an earnest young man trying to fit in.

Stephen Strosnider’s set is perfect for portraying a New York City apartment with a stoop and the piano is cleverly utilized to push the show along to the next show. Strosnider also provides the lighting design. Costume design is provided by Adalia Vera Tonneyck, and make-up by Christine Wasilewski.

If you are looking for a play that is deep and thoughtful, go see Full Bloom.

Running Time: 80 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.

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Full Bloom plays through August 24, 2013 at All Souls Episcopal Church - 
2300 Cathedral Avenue NW
, Washington, DC. Purchase tickets online, or by calling (571)-239-2871.

About Author Marlene Hall

Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, DC. Since an early age, she has played sports including soccer, basketball, and swimming; receiving three letters in high school for sports participation. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily. Commissioned as an Air Force officer, she served in Korea, Germany, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Marlene earned two masters degrees while in the Air Force in Management and IO Psych. After leaving active duty, she has worked as a government contractor, freelance writer and public relations executive. Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago. She is very active in the DC charity and social scene and contributes her time to DC Humane Society's Fashion for Paws. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera's Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. An extrovert at heart, she has never met a stranger. Marlene loves journalism, attending events, meeting people and making things happen. She lives by the motto, "The best way to predict your future, is to create it."

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Upcoming Theater Events and Pay-What-You-Can previews

Pay What You Can Roundup!

See Shows at Your Own Price

To kick off their tenth season, Forum Theatre announced their "Forum for All" campaign, where patrons will decide the price of tickets on a first-come, first-serve basis. 

This system will be utilized for all shows of the company's 2013-2014 Season.
 


In addition to Forum, other theatres will be participating in pay what you can performances this weekend: 

RORSCHACH THEATRE: Pay-What-You-Can previews 8/16 & 8/17 at 8pm, 8/19 at 3pm for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Tixs sold 1 hour before show at Atlas Performing Arts Center.

ROUND HOUSE THEATRE: Pay-What-You-Can previews 

Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 24 at 3pm  for The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh. 

Tixs sold 1 hour before show, cash/exact change preferred, two per person.

THEATREWASHINGTON: Summer Hummer, a naughty & bawdy entertaining burlesque fundraiser to support "Taking Care of Our Own" fund for theatre artists & professionals with emergency needs. 

Mon, 8/19 at 7pm & 9pm, tixs $35 & $75.  More details below!

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We put the FUN in fundraiser. 
Join us for the 2013 Summer Hummer. 

Over 40 of the Washington region's hottest stage performers.
Singing. Dancing. Taking off their clothes.*  


Monday, August 19 
7pm and 9pm 

Signature Theatre

$35 General Admission
$75 Premium Reserved Seating

Book tickets now to make sure you have a seat to Washington’s only bawdy burlesque - the night where every dollar goes to help theatre professionalsthrough theatreWashington's Taking Care of Our Own.

                    

FEATURING:

Jay Ariel - Austin Colby- Carolyn Cole - Matt Conner - Felicia Curry - Robert Aubry Davis - Chris Dinolfo - Michael Dove - Erin Driscoll - Sherri Edelen - Sam Edgerly - Kerry Epstein - Jefferson Farber - Philip Fletcher - Catie Flye - James Gardiner - Will Gartshore - Tim Getman - Kim Gilbert - Rick Hammerly - Davis Hasty - Mitchell Herbert - Naomi Jacobson - Dana Krueger - Nick Lehane - John Lescault - Emily Levey - Shane McCauley - Julie Meyer - Donna Migliaccio - Angela Miller - Stephen Russell Murray - Nova Payton - Maria Rizzo - David Sabin - Jason Schlafstein - Kim Schraf - Bobby Smith - Stephen Gregory Smith - Paul Tetrault - Emily Townley - Holly Twyford - Nicholas Vaughn - Vicki Vox - Craig Wallace - Lauren Williams

*Some, but not all, clothing will be removed from the bodies of performers during this performance. Yes, you should keep the kids at home. 

 

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FREE!  Shakespeare Under the Stars at Olney Theatre Center

 

OLNEY, MD – July 8, 2013- America’s longest-running touring company National Players present Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy The Comedy of Errors July 18 through 21 at 8:00 pm on The Root Family Stage at Olney Theatre Center. These performances are part of Olney Theatre Center’s annual Free Summer Shakespeare program.

 

Take one set of identical twins separated since birth, add a second set as their servants, and throw them all into the same town for a single day and you have Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Confusion abounds and hilarity ensues as everyone in the town tries to figure out why these people are behaving so strangely today.

 

WHAT: National Players Tour 65 presents The Comedy of Errors for four free performances

 

WHEN: Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm

Friday, July 19, 2012 at 8:00pm

Saturday, July 20, 2012 at 8:00pm

Sunday, July 21, 2012 at 8:00pm

 

WHERE: Olney Theatre Center

  2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road

  Olney, MD 20832

 

ADDITIONAL DETAILSThere is limited bleacher seating, so please bring a blanket or lawn chair.  For additional information please visit the Olney Theatre Center’s website at www.olneytheatrecenter.org or call the Box Office at 301-924-3400.

 

About Olney Theatre Center

Olney Theatre Center, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013, is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. Olney Theatre Center is home to National Players, America's longest-running touring company, and led by Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Amy Marshall. For more information please visit www.olneytheatre.org.

About National Players

Established in 1949 and based at Olney Theatre Center since 1953, National Players is America's longest-running touring company. Founded on the principle of working with communities that have limited access to live theatre, National Players is comprised of professional young actors who travel across the country each year performing three Shakespeare and classic plays in repertory. National Players also acts as an educational ambassador, teaching theatre-related courses to students of all ages and backgrounds. Though it travels thousands of miles and serves tens of thousands of people each year, National Players always comes home to Olney, Maryland. www.nationalplayers.org.

 

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WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY

ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF PENN QUARTER HOME

 

ACQUISITION OF THEATER FACILITY CLOSES

ON COMPANY’S 8th ANNIVERSARY AT 7th AND D STREETS

 

(Washington, DC) Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the May 2, 2013, purchase of its dynamic, 30,000 square foot facility, securing its future and rooting the theatre in the heart of downtown DC as a resource for artists and audiences in perpetuity.

The process of procuring this award-winning space began in 1998, when Woolly partnered with JPI Apartment Development LP on the winning bid to develop a city block-sized parcel, located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, between 6th and 7th Streets and D and E Streets, NW. Designed by Esocoff and Associates, this mixed-use development was to include 428 residential units, retail, parking, and a state-of-the-art, 265-seat theatre space. The developers provided the theatre shell to Woolly Mammoth free-of-charge and the Company then completed a $9 million “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign to support the interior build-out and inhabitance costs.

After performing for 14 years in a 114-seat space located at Church and 14th Streets, NW—and then a four-year period of homelessness, during which time the Company performed at the Kennedy Center and Theatre J—Woolly Mammoth moved into its new home in May 2005. 

 Designed by McInturff Architects in Bethesda, the new theatre doubled Woolly Mammoth’s seating capacity, quadrupled its square footage, and expanded the stage volume ten-fold. The theatre also won numerous awards for architecture and design, including a 2006 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Interior Architecture and a 2006 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Honor Award.

The Company has thrived in this new location over the past eight seasons. In May of 2005, when the Company moved in, Woolly had a full-time staff of 13, an annual budget of $1.8 million, and presented 167 performances during the 2004-05 Season for 21,132 patrons. Today, just past its 8th anniversary, Woolly employs 24 full-time staff members, has an annual budget of nearly $4 million, and presented 224 performances for 42,378 patrons during the 2011-12 Season.

The Company originally signed a lease agreement with the developers for $1/year in an arrangement set to expire in 2031. It had long been an ambition to own the space outright; and, in the summer of 2012, the owners approached Woolly Mammoth to negotiate a sale. The Company has secured highly-favorable financing while it works to fund the principal from municipal and foundation sources.

“This purchase represents the final chapter of a very successful journey that began nearly 15 years ago when we embarked on the search for a new theatre home,” says Woolly Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. “I want to thank the many Board members, individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies—especially the Council of the District of Columbia—who supported the original $9 million effort to develop this state-of-the-art facility. Woolly has flourished here ever since, with our budget and attendance more than doubling and our work receiving 103 Helen Hayes Awards nominations and 20 awards over this period of time. We look forward to continuing our trajectory as a unique resource for DC artists and audiences in the Penn Quarter neighborhood with this incredible new asset now on our balance sheet.”

“We are elated to lay down permanent roots in a state-of-the-art space that allows us to bring high-quality production value to cutting-edge new plays,” says Woolly Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz. “This latest achievement symbolically stakes Woolly’s place at the center of downtown DC and Washington’s cultural life.”

The building purchase will enable an even greater focus on “Free the Beast!,” an innovative $4 million fundraising campaign to support the production of 25 new plays over the next ten years. Conceived as a follow-on campaign to “Breaking New Ground,” this effort was designed to take the artistic work housed within Woolly’s award-winning facility to the next level.

Free the Beast! support for Woolly’s current production, Stupid Fucking Bird, included a completion commission for award-winning playwright Aaron Posner, funding for the composer of the original score, a one-week workshop at Lake George Theater Lab in upstate New York, and three readings at Woolly Mammoth.


ABOUT WOOLLY

Now at the end of its 33rd Season with Stupid Fucking Bird by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “one of the most influential outposts for the best new American plays” (The Washington Post), and “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new works, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.

Woolly Mammoth’s upcoming Season 34, themed “America’s Tell-Tale Heart”, includes Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (September 9–October 6, 2013), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate (November 4–December 1, 2013), Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present… (February 10–March 9, 2014), Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo (March 31–April 20, 2014), and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians (June 2–29, 2014). Returning this holiday season are The Pajama Men, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, with their newest show, Just the Two of Each of Us (Dec 10, 2013–Jan 5, 2014).

 

www.woollymammoth.net    Facebook.com/woollymammothtc   Twitter.com/woollymammothtc

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Two Theater Companies, Two Staged Readings

Monday, March 4th

 

 

Washington Stage Guild

At The Undercroft Theatre

 

Staged Reading of

Everyman

Monday, March 4th, 7:00pm

 

 

To this day, no one has discovered who the author is of one of the Western world's greatest plays, Everyman.  This allegorical story of one man's journey to the grave is leavened with humor and emotion as he seeks a companion - just one - to travel with him.

 

 

Steve Dawn as Everyman; Robert Aubrey Davis as God, Confession, and the Doctor;

Jewell Robinson as the Messenger, Beauty; Morgan Duncan as Death, Discretion;

R. Scott Williams as Fellowship; Sean McComas as Kindred & Five Wits;

Helen Hedman as Goods, Angel; Brendan McMahon as Cousin, Strength;

Lynn Steinmetz as Good Deeds; and Laura Giannarelli as Knowledge

 

There is no charge for this event

Reservations not required

 

 

Information

240.582.0050 or info@stageguild.org   

 

 

Washington Stage Guild

The Undercroft Theatre

Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church

900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW

(Entrance also on K Street near 9th)

240.582.0050

www.stageguild.org

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G streets

 

 

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Shakespeare Theatre Company

At the Lansburgh Theatre

 

ReDiscovery Staged Reading

The London Merchant

Monday, March 4th, 7:30pm

 

 

Rarely performed in North America, this play is a tragedy of Shakespearean passions and modern themes. When George Bamwell, a young London apprentice, falls under the spell of Millwood, a 'lady of pleasure,' he is led first to embezzle from his master and then to a fateful familiar crossroads. Written more than 200 years before Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesmen, George Lillo's play is one of the earliest working-class tragedies, and a fine example of the form.

 

ReDiscovery Reading plays are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn and presented under the direction of the Shakespeare Theatre Company staff. Readings have resulted in recent successful productions during the season of David Ives's The Heir Apparent (2010-2011) and this season's The Government Inspector adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher.

 

 

Reservations required

www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=260&source=l

 or 202.547.1122, option 4 (Box Office)

Seating is on a first come basis

 

 

 

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Lansburgh Theatre

450 7th Street, NW

202.547.1122

www.shakespearetheatre.org

Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 7th and F streets

 

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Pay-What-You-Can Performance on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m.

GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS

Round House Theatre (Bethesda)

  On sale 1 hour prior to curtain, cash, 2 per person 

Round House Theatre

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"Pay What You Can" performances of 9 CIRCLES:

 

Thursday, February 7 @ 8PM

Friday, February 8 @ 8PM

 

In Spring 2006, Daniel Reeves receives an honorable discharge from the army, returns home to Texas, and wakes up in a prison cell. On trial for brutal war crimes committed in Iraq, Reeves will not (or cannot) explain his motives. 

 

And everyone, from his lawyer to his pastor to the public, latches on to a different story. 

 

Featuring - Katy Carkuff, Jonathan Feuer, Julian Elijah Martinez*, and Scott McCormick

  Forum Theatre is in residence at Round House Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please note: typing "Round House Silver Spring" into Google Maps will produce directions to the Round House Eduation Center on Wayne Avenue -- not to the theatre, which is a few blocks away on Colesville Road. So just be sure to use the full address while Googling!  

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Theater J is offering Pay-What-You-Can Tickets to Select Performances of

BOGED (TRAITOR): AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE

Friday, January 25 at 8:00 pm

Saturday January 26 at 3:00 pm

Friday, February 1 at 8:00 pm

Performed at Georgetown University’s Davis Performing Arts Center, in the Gonda Theatre

by Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez 
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen

Bringing Ibsen to Israel results in a sense of urgency and modern relevance for Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People

The new setting, fresh dialogue, and contemporary sensibility of Boged results in a significant—and successful—reworking of the classic.”- Washingtonian Magazine


A sudden chemical leak in an Israeli industrial park endangers the region’s water supply. The mayor is quick to cover up the scandal, but his brother fights to expose the truth. The family feud quickly turns into a political war with major environmental repercussions.  Emerging from Israel’s social justice movement of the past year, this timely adaptation of Ibsen’s play is the brain child of the Israeli playwright and adapter of Ghassan Kanafani's Return to Haifa, produced by the Cameri Theatre so successfully at Theater J in 2011.

This offer applies only to at-the-door sales, and is subject to availability. Cash Only Please.  

 

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ZORRO!

 

Pay-What-You-Can Previews

 

Thursday, January 17 @ 8:30 pm

25 presale tickets are still available 

Buy Tickets!

 

 

Friday, January 18 @ 8:30 pm

All presale tickets for Friday have been sold.  

up to 50 tickets will be available at the door. 

  

 

If preview tickets are sold out online, we still have up to 50 tickets available at the door the evening of the show.  Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served, pay-what-you-can basis beginning at 7:30 pm.  

 

 

at Source

1835 14th Street NW

Washington DC   20009

 

 

 

Zorro runs through February 17! 

  

- More info            - Buy Tickets 

 

Zorro, the masked avenger, is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice in this swashbuckling adventure. This World Premiere reframes the pulp drama as a coming of age story about self-discovery and the courage needed to seek justice for all. It is a world of high romance and daring, where good vanquishes evil, and wrongs are righted with three signature swipes of a sword. 

 

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CONTRACTIONS

Theater Review by Barbara Twigg 

A fascinating and fast-moving one-act, two-actress play by British playwright Mike Bartlett, “Contractions” will make you treasure the job that you have.  It runs a little over an hour, and really holds one’s attention with sparring dynamics between the ice cold manager from Hell, Washington’s outstanding Holly Twyford, and her confused and manipulated employee, Alyssa Wilmoth-Keegan.   This biting satire, played out on a spare stage lined with a row of anonymous filing cabinets, takes Big Brother concern about office romance to a horrifying level.   It’s funny, dreadful, entertaining, thought-provoking and fresh.  Through January 27 at Studio Theater.

 SYNOPSIS:  Emma’s boss is concerned that she is in breach of contract. An office romance is dissected over a series of increasingly bizarre meetings in this ink-black satire from one of Britain’s most provocative writers.

CONTRACTIONS runs through January 27 at Studio Theater.

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SONDHEIM’S A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
ENJOYS A WEEKEND AT THE CASTLETON FESTIVAL Four Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 13-15, 2012 
Virginia’s Castleton Festival, a musical gem in Rappahannock County founded by world-renowned conductor Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, brings Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music to Castleton’s state-of-the-art 648-seat air-conditioned theatre nestled on the Maazels’ beautiful 550-acre country property for four performances Friday through Sunday, July 13-15.
 
With this bittersweet complex love story told in three-quarter time, the Castleton Festival is making its first reach into the musical theater repertoire. A Little Night Music also marks the first time Castleton’s singing residents will star in their own production. This season there are 49 singing residents, participating in a rigorous seven-week training course known as C.A.T.S (Castleton Artist Training Seminar). Levi Hammer will conduct the show.
 
On July 14 the Festival celebrates mid-July with two free cabaret concerts occurring between performances at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Bubbles on Broadway, featuring the C.A.T.S. (Castleton Artists in training who are in residence at the Festival in 2012). The Festival also offers free Chamber Music concerts on Friday, July 13 at 6pm, and again Sunday, July 15 at 12:30pm. All free concerts take place in the Foyer of the Festival Theatre, 7 Castleton Meadows Lane.
 
The Festival’s closing weekend, July 20-22, brings performances back to the more intimate 150-seat Castleton Theatre House, 663 Castleton View Road. Award-winning violinist Jennifer Koh will performing all six Bach violin solo partitas and sonatas in one marathon concert—an amazing feat for which she has won critical acclaim--on Saturday, July 21 at 7pm. In addition, the stars of tomorrow among the 2012 Castleton Artists Training Seminar singers will perform recitals on Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
 
On performance days at 5pm, fine dining with food and wine pairings by chef Claire Lamborne, proprietor of Claire’s in Warrenton, Virginia, will be available in the Great Room at the small Theatre House on 663 Castleton View Road, by reservation. (To see menus and place an order, visithttp://www.castletonfestival.org/dining/overview).
 
The Castleton Festival (June 22-July 22), now in its fourth season, offers an intimate and unique experience to music lovers, who travel to one of the region’s most beautiful, peaceful places to hear classics performed with fresh energy by young talent at the start of their careers. Castleton also gives its artists-in-residence a special immersion experience in the performing arts: some 200 young singers, musicians, conductors, stage directors, costumers, and set designers spend the summer living and working at Castleton, receiving hands-on mentoring from renowned virtuosos, under the direction of Maestro Maazel, actor Dietlinde Turban Maazel and soprano, teacher, and Castleton Festival general manager Nancy Gustafson.
 
THE CASTLETON FESTIVAL 2012 AT-A-GLANCE
 
WHAT: The Castleton Festival, weekends 4 and 5: A Little Night Music and recitals. Complete schedule online
 
WHEN: July 13-15 and July 20- 22, 2012
 
WHERE: Performances are at the Castleton Festival Theatre, 7 Castleton Meadows Lane, Castleton, Virginia, and the nearby Theatre House at 633 Castleton View Road. Location: Rappahannock County, 65 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
 
WHO: Legendary conductor, composer and violinist Maestro Lorin Maazel, stars of tomorrow, conductor Levi Hammer, violinist Jennifer Koh.
 
HOW: Tickets are $20, $50, $85 and $120 for most performances with discounted subscription packages available for three or six performances. Purchase tickets at the Castleton Festival website or contact the Castleton Concierge (866-974-0767 orboxoffice@castletonfestival.org) for tickets and information on accommodations, dining, and transportation.
 

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 Fringe Festival Press and Public Preview Night
 
Learn More About this Year’s Festival and 
View a Snippet of Some of the Performances
 
Friday, July 6; 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Open to Press and the Public
 

 
WASHINGTON — Next week, Capital Fringe Festival, an 18-day, city-wide live performance event, will preview 30 of the 134 productions on Friday, July 6. The Fringe Festival is one-of-a-kind event and a fun, affordable way to connect with experimental, adventurous theatrical productions, as well as their actors and audiences.
 
In addition to the roster of performances, there is bliss to be had at the Fort Fringe under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar. Fringe fans can enjoy table service at the sidewalk café while dining on fresh tapas and drinks along with entertainment and catching the latest buzz about all the Fringe performances.

What:               

Capital Fringe Festival press performance preview.
 **Note: The preview is free and open to the public.**
 

Who:

Performers from the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival
 

Where:

The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar – Fort Fringe
607 New York Avenue, NW; Washington, DC  20001
Metro stops: Mt. Vernon Square and Gallery Place.
 

When:

Friday, July 6, 2012
Tent and press check-in opens at 7:00 p.m.; Preview starts at 8:00 p.m.
 

Etc.:

For more information about this year's festival, please visit CapitalFringe.org
 



 

 

 















RSVP and Additional Information: If you need more information, please contact Laura Gross, at press@capitalfringe.org or 202-207-3645, c: 202-255-2054.
 

About Capital Fringe
Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.
 
Funding for Capital Fringe is provided by:  DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Philip L. Graham Fund, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Douglas Development, Starbucks, The Washington Post Company and the Fringe Family of Donors.
 
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Vaudeville's Late Bloomers :
Diz and Izzy Aster

with special guest Shorty McHansen

Sunday July 1st @ 3pm

at the historic GREENBELT COMMUNITY CENTER
15 Crescent Rd.
Greenbelt MD ~ MAP

ADMISSION IS FREE! A price that FDR would approve!

In the tradition of Burns & Allen, Ball & Arnaz, Seeley & Fields,
this offbeat couple brings their baggage to the stage
with harmonies from Between-the-Wars and cheery songs of the Great Depression.
Slapstick comedy, novelty dance, and swinging songs on ukulele and musical saw! 
You won't want to miss this must-see music hall show.
With special guest musician, direct from Vaudeville, Shorty McHansen
on piano, organ, accordion, piano, trumpet and trombone...

                                          "...the dual charisma of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell - here, Izzy and Diz Aster, respectively - Happenstance Theater mines the physical idioms of Marceau, Chaplin, and Harpo Marx to produce a wildly loopy, fourth-wall-busting show that offers its audience a reprieve from the economic doldrums."  
The Washington Post

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The Normal Heart at Arena Stage--phenomenal theater!

review by Evey Cherow

June, 2012 -    This past Sunday I saw The Normal Heart  --a brilliant and mind-blowing production by playwright Larry Kramer--founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis AIDS service organization, and directed by George Wolfe, who's won many Tonys and Drama Desk awards for too numerous productions to name. The play chronicles the early days of the AIDs epidemic in NYC--the political realities, lack of research funding, the confluence of rights activism vs. fear of condemnation and 'outings', and the role of media--all are addressed through the relationships between and among the men and the woman dr treating them. A subtheme deals with the abrasive advocacy style of the protagonist--an angry Jewish journalist who alienates the Board of the organization he founded ...seemed all too familiar on many levels and brought up sad memories of dear friends lost in the early years of this horrific epidemic.

The Washington Post lauded this production in yesterday's Style section. If you haven't seen it --you may wish to book seats  --and they're seeking more ushers for this run as it's gotten much attention. 

The set as always is so powerful and the acting from cast members you'll recognize from Broadway and TV dramas --it blew me away...and it comes as a prelude to the International HIV/AIDS Conference in DC due to open in DC soon.

Evelyn Cherow, MA, MPA is CEO and Founder of GlobalPartnersUnited globalpartnersunited@gmail.com  

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Memphis

review by Barbara Twigg

"Memphis," at the Kennedy Center through July 1, is a fun show, with lots of great voices, personalities, and dance numbers.   Full of humor, largely built around the over-the-top white DJ who ventures into the black world of dynamic "race" music in Memphis, the production also touches on the powder keg racial situation of rigidly segregated, 1950's Tennessee.   That's a difficult line to straddle, but "Memphis" handles it pretty deftly with musical triumphs mixed with both ugly and poignant racial encounters.   I wasn't crazy about the ending, plot-wise, though it might have been drawn from real events and characters.  But ending aside, there is much to enjoy in "Memphis" as a rollicking piece of Broadway musical energy that takes on a Southern culture slowly starting to change.

 

SYNOPSIS - From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves--filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards(r) including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony(r)-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony(r)-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony(r) nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).


Performance Timing: Act I - 75 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 55 min.

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Make Monday a ReDiscovery!

FREE ReDiscovery Reading: Emilia Galotti

By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Directed by Jenny Lord

Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.

The Lansburgh Theatre

450 7th Street NW

Washington, DC 20004

Seats are limited; reserve your FREE tickets now!

Reserve Tickets -  call 202.547.1122

No one can escape the beauty of Emilia Galotti. When a Prince is stricken by her perfection, he falls desperately in lust with her and decides to do anything in his power to have her, even though she’s engaged to the Count Appiani. Deceptions, power plays and heart-breaking realizations all lead to one of the most shocking endings in all of classical tragedy. Full of passion, sex and intrigue, this German classic explores big ideas—politics, religion, art—through the lens of human desire. Written in 1772, Lessing’s Emilia Galotti  has most often been called an early example of the German bürgerliches Trauerspiel  (bourgeois tragedy), but it’s really the first of that modern, provocative genre: the tragedy of sex.

This Monday, experience a reading from the series that sparked STC's mainstage productions of The Heir Apparent, The Liar, The Dog in the Manger, The Beaux' Stratagem, Lorenzaccio and more. Don't miss STC history in the making! Works for the ReDiscovery Series are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate these great but lesser-known plays of world literature.

Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are required. 

Reserve your tickets today!

Shakespeare Theatre Company

Washington DC   

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Save $10 on tickets for Lonely Planet
Call MetroStage for tickets (Code: Friendship)
703-548-9044 

(Performances Th and Fri at 8, Sat at 3 and 8, Sun 3 and 7 thru June 17)

 A fascination with maps, absurdist flights of fantasy and surprising moments of humor create a world where friendship and fear collide.  A brilliant, evocative award-winning play about the power of friendship in a world of potential terror and suffering. Dietz's love of maps and the absurdist world inhabited by Ionesco's masterpiece The Chairs, coupled with game playing, truth telling, and surprising moments of humor, creates a world where friendship and fear collide, and the compassion, empathy and commitment of Jody and Carl can resonate and survive.


What the Critics are Saying about Lonely Planet

“Russotto’s performance …packs an emotional wallop. And Sutton is delightful as the vexing, leather vest-wearing Carl whose sarcasm can belie his good-heartedness. Playful and fun…skilled director John Vreeke guides the actors in creating some glowing, touching moments. a glimpse of the gay community at its very best and the enduring value of friendship.”              Washington Blade

"*****A roller coaster of emotions – sometimes quiet, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always powerful, charming, and meaningful. It’s emotional, real, well-directed and performed. Producer Carolyn Griffin assembles a dream team for this production: Director John Vreeke and actors Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton...Russotto and Sutton are both fantastic.. MetroStage’s Lonely Planet is an entertaining, powerful, and heartfelt experience that should not be missed." DC Metro Theater Arts

“It is an intimate and darkly humorous portrait of universal love and loss and the methods we use to cope…memorable performances by Michael Russotto (Jody) and Eric Sutton (Carl) who create a believable bond in the face of unimaginable loss with ferocity, humor and fluidity.”                    Alexandria Times

“a warmhearted and memorable story of friendship featuring two outstanding acting performances.”          DC Theatre Scene

”poignantly realized in the performances of Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton and under the expert direction of John Vreeke…Russotto and Sutton brilliantly sustain a verbal tug of war and create a powerful friendship …Sutton is a tornado of energy…perfectly cast…handsome set…piercing lighting…a haunting memorial to lives lost…with a superb cast and poignant message, “Lonely Planet” is a must-see…” Alexandria Gazette Packet

“haunting, powerful…sterling revival…finely detailed, emotionally nuanced performances”   Washington Post

“a showcase of casting…tender and remarkably intimate performances”    Talkin’ Broadway

“skillfully directed…a tour de force for Russotto and Sutton, both of whom describe their characters with sensitivity and humor.”    Washington Examiner

“expertly written, deftly directed and performed with such tender nuances it remains as timely as ever.”   Alexandrianews.com

“richly evocative…charming…both actors are superb…MetroStage is to be commended”   MetroWeekly

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org 

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Mr. Burns, a post-electric play

Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm.  
Sunday, June 17th at 7pm will be a Cheap Date Night performance: all tickets $20.

Armageddon has struck and the grid is down: no TV, no radio, no internet—how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about The Simpsons proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Miraculously, from their collective memories, a new industry struggles to be born: a crude theatrical re-creation of the digital culture we can’t possibly live without.

From The Simpsons to the pop hits of the last ten years, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is a rocking, rollicking, scary good time that leaves you questioning how you’d make sense of the world if all your gizmos were gone.

PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE

Mr. Burns, a post-electric play runs May 28–July 1; Wednesdays–Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. *Sunday, June 3rd no 2pm performance. There will be Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm. Sunday, June 17th at 7pm will be a Cheap Date Night performance: all tickets $20. 

TICKETS

Tickets for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play start at $35 and can be purchased through the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939, online at www.woollymammoth.net, or in person at the Box Office located at 641 D Street, NW (7th & D). For directions and parking information, please visit www.woollymammoth.net. 

ABOUT WOOLLY

Now in its 32nd Season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “the hottest theatre company in town” (The Washington Post), “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new plays, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.

Woolly’s 32nd Season features five works that relate to the question, “Does our civilization have an expiration date?” They include Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Oct 10-Nov 13), The Second City’s Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (Dec 6-Jan 8), Jason Grote’s Civilization (all you can eat) (Feb 13-Mar 11), Joey Arias and Basil Twist’s Arias with a Twist (Apr 4-May 6), and Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (May 28-July 1).

www.woollymammoth.net

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D Street, NW

Washington, DC  20004

Box Office: 202-393-3939


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$25 Preview Tickets 

This Weekend Only

Lonely Planet 

Steven Dietz's  award-winning play, thru June 17

at MetroStage

Directed by John Vreeke 
Featuring Eric Sutton & Michael Russotto


A fascination with maps, absurdist flights of fantasy and surprising moments of humor create a world where friendship and fear collide.

A brilliant, evocative award-winning play about the power of friendship in a world of potential terror and suffering. Dietz's love of maps and the absurdist world inhabited by Ionesco's masterpiece The Chairs, coupled with game playing, truth telling, and surprising moments of humor, creates a world where friendship and fear collide, and the compassion, empathy and commitment of Jody and Carl can resonate and survive.

$25 Preview Price This Weekend Only (Code: Preview) 

Runs Thru June 17

Thurs & Fri at 8pm
Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm
Sundays at 3pm & 7pm
  Tickets $45 - $50

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497 for tickets NOW

MetroStage
1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
www.metrostage.org

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PayWhatYouCan  Tonight at MetroStage
Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.

The stunning award-winning play Lonely Planet opens at MetroStage tonight

Featuring the amazing Michael Russotto and the return to DC of the great Eric Sutton 

Directed by a favorite director John Vreeke

     A must see. This is your chance to see a remarkable play for the best possible price.   Come tonight –box office opens at 7—and  we can promise you a memorable evening at the theatre.   You have my word.    --Carolyn Griffin, Producing Artistic Director

A Note from the Director

Why do Lonely Planet again, almost 20 years after it was written and 25 years since the onset of the AIDS crisis?   Because the devastation in the 1980’s to the gay communities was horrendous.  Because HIV positive diagnosis was a death sentence.  Because although AIDS research and the success of pharmacology have managed to keep the statistics of death by HIV down, HIV/AIDS is still ever present and we must always be vigilant, with ourselves, with our friends…and because friendship and love remain unchanged.  This play asks:  What is our legacy to this world?  Steven Dietz’s poetic story of friendship defines an era of gay relationships and remains a timeless, universal story.     --John Vreeke

MetroStage
1201 N. Royal St. 
Alexandria, VA 22314
Call 703-548-9044/    www.metrostage.org 
Free parking
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Strange Interlude

Theater Review by Barbara Twigg

Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" is a challenging evening by its very length:  it was over at 11:15 p.m., tough for a school night.  early on, it seemed a little dated, but as the play unfolded, it drew the audience in.   The play spans two decades, as the charismatic and challenging Nina toys with the three men in her life:  husband, lover, and loyal, adoring friend.   Throughout the often humorous play, the characters speak their private thoughts to the audience, as their interwoven lives permit our eavesdropping.   By the end, it proved a very satisfying evening of theater, an evolution of plot and character over time.   Indeed, near the conclusion, Nina herself quotes the title of the play, describing the previous often chaotic years as a "strange interlude."   It's a play one needs to see till the end to secure its rewards. 

Synopsis:  Shakespeare Theater Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, yet controversial, drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over her adored fiancé’s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before agreeing to marry a man she does not love. Months later, pregnant with her husband’s child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a dramatic and emotional chain of events across two decades. One of O’Neill’s early plays, Strange Interlude was hailed as revolutionary, shocked 1928 audiences – and became a smash hit.

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Pay What You Can performance on Wed, April 4, at 8pm

(Box Office opens one hour before the show. $10 minimum.)

be careful the sharks will eat you

April 4-22

Thurs & Fri at 8pm

Saturdays at 5pm & 8pm

Sundays at 3pm

(No performance April 8 - Easter Sunday) 

Call 703-548-9044

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Pay What You Can Performance on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.

Rodgers & Hammerstein's follow-up to "Oklahoma!" (1943) was the musical "Carousel" (1945), inspired by a play called "Liliom", written in 1909 by Ferenc Molnár.  

At 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, the Washington Stage Guild will offer a rare reading of "Liliom"--pay what you can performance --
in the Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church's Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW.

For more information go to www.stageguild.org  or call (240) 582-0050.


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LEAP YEAR Cabaret~Feb 29th at 7:30pm~ Free Admission

Free Cabaret Concert: Wednesday February 29th at 7:30

Please join Barbara Papendorp and Amy Conley for a LEAP DAY CABARET.. enjoy songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Jerome Kern, Charles Aznavour and many, many more. And next Leap Year is 1,460 days away!

So don't miss out on the fun!

 

Wednesday, February 29th  at 7:30 PM ~ Free Admission

 

LEAP DAY CABARET--

Friendship Heights Village Center 

4433 South Park Avenue 

Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815 

METRO: Friendship Heights

www.BarbaraPapendorp.com

Check out our new CD  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/barbarapapendorp


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Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at Kennedy Center through March 15

review by Barbara Twigg 

Although Washington Post critic Ann Midgette found much to criticize in this production,  my three friends and I who saw the opening night performance enjoyed it thoroughly.    Yes, we are not highly experienced opera buffs, but this Cosi Fan Tutte staged in modern dress by the Washington National Opera, complete with the occasional cell phone on stage, mined the humor of the opera with great flair.   Though glorious music issuing from blue jeans and biker jackets might be jarring to some, it captured the spirit of an opera that was written to be a silly comedy.   Having seen soprano Elizabeth Futral in the tragic role of Lucia di Lammermoor madness at the Met, it was great to see her having such fun in this.  I think Mozart would have loved it. 

SYNOPSIS:  In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves. Acclaimed director Jonathan Miller's modern-dress production, "a compelling piece of music theatre, wonderful in its delineation of Mozart's mix of comedy and psychological pain" (The Guardian), captures the essence of Washington, DC, with a stunning ensemble including Elizabeth FutralRenata PokupicJoel PrietoTeddy Tahu RhodesWilliam Shimell, and Christine Brandes. WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin conducts Mozart's score, packed with biting comedy and poignant beauty. 

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Step Into the Dollhouse where birds suddenly appear at tea for two, and misty memories of days gone by will be be, will be...



Dear Friends near & far,

Come reminisce with us in a show that has taken a collective lifetime of small, fleeting memories to create.
We welcome your nostalgia and hope to see you there!


Peek behind the scenes | Join our sweet Tweets
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http://www.banishedproductions.org/dollhouse/

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PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN performance Thursday, February 16

The Water Engine by David Mamet

Come fire up The Water Engine by David Mamet on Thu 2/16 @ 7:30 PM.  This first performance is PWYC at the door.  Spooky Action Theater's production runs Thu - Sat @ 7:30 PM, Sun @ 2 PM thru Mar 11. 

 Mamet's story of a transforming invention and the dark forces bent to suppress it starts as a radio drama, but characters quickly materialize and take over the stage.  Originally written for NPR, there is NO BAD LANGUAGE!!  Kids 11 and up are welcome.

 Directed by Richard Henrich  with: Ian LeValley, Scott Seder, Mary Egan, John Brady, David Coyne, Max Jackson, T. Griffin Jones, Hilary Kacser, Noah Mitchel, Laura Rocklyn, Baakari Wilder and Chuck Young.

Spooky Action Theater at The Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St  NW, Washington, DC  20009 (corner of S St, entrance at the rear of the building).  Visit www.spookyaction.org to buy tickets, or phone (202)248-0301 for reservations and info.  Tickets $20 - $25, with special deals for students, actors and seniors.

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Monday, February 13:  Pay-What-You-Can performance

 Civilization (All You Can Eat)


THEATER: Woolly Mammoth's new show Civilization (All You Can Eat) opens tonight. Of particular interest to our food & wine-loving readers:  the satire explores the relationship between food and modern society. Tickets for tonight's pay-what-you-can performance are available at the box office starting at 6 P.M. for an 8 P.M. show.  Tickets for other performances (starting at $30) can be purchased through the theater's website.    The show runs through March 11.


What do a corporate lecturer, a career waitress, and an anthropomorphic pig all have in common?

They are all characters in the world premiere of Civilization (all you can eat), a vaudevillian romp of corruption, consumption, and enterprise at the dawn of the Obama age. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this absurdist satire takes you through the world of six hungry city-dwellers, burning with ambition and a desire to “make it”. But at what cost? Sarah Marshall stars as Big Hog, the ultimate capitalist underdog, along with Danny Escobar, Naomi Jacobson, and an award-winning Washington cast. 

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MetroStage

Josephine Tonight

"So hot it sizzles."

DCTheatreScene.com 

Josephine Tonight

Book and lyrics by Sherman Yellen

Music by Wally Harper

 

Directed and choreographed by

Maurice Hines

(Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography for MetroStage's Cool Papa's Party)

  

"... a dream team of an ensemble...a great script, memorable songs, terrific director and talented cast...

 Josephine Cast Pose

 Debra Walton, James Alexander, Zurin Villanueva, James T. Lane,  & Aisha de Haas

 

Finding that perfect combination is as rare as being graced by the extraordinary life spirit of Josephine herself.  For a show to get it so right warrents a visit...or two."

Debbie Jackson, DCTheatreScence.com

 

 Zurin Solo

   Zurin Villanueva as Josephine Baker

 

 "Josephine Tonight is centered on an exuberant performance from Zurin Villanueva as Baker, a performer who can light up the stage with a 1,000-watt grin or beguile with a mischievous pout. Her Josie...transforms into an elegant, commanding star with a primal, powerful stage presence...a knockout night at the theater." Missy Frederick, Washingtonian 

 

Selling out!

 

Call 703-548-9044

 Running through March 18, 2012

Thurs and Fri at 8 

Sat at 3 and 8

Sun at 3 and 7:30 

 

 

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

 

 

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   First Draft | developing new plays and the audiences who love them

 

 

 


Enjoy the comedic fun as a divorced baby boomer, her daughter and an unsuspecting waiter navigate our changing perceptions of senior citizenry. 

 

Join us for the new play reading of

 "WAITING"

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By Richard C. Washer   

     Directed by Leslie A. Kobylinski      

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7:30 PM 

 
at The Arts Club of Washington

 The Monroe House
2017 I Street NW

The next chance to see it will be ... 

 

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th @ 7:30PM 

 
at Theatre on the Run
 3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206 


   

 

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Our mission at First Draft at Charter Theater is to develop audiences alongside new plays; support our community artists and partner with theaters looking to produce new work. Through our free reading series, which is designed to incorporate audience feedback and discussion with playwrights, we intend to encourage audiences to explore, experience and engage in the wonderful world of live performance theater.
 
As we execute our mission in the coming years, we plan to give special attention to local, DC-area playwrights, and to new plays that represent populations who have traditionally either been under served and/or underrepresented by the theater community. 

For more information, visit First Draft online at www.firstdraft.org

 

First Draft at Charter Theater is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The First Draft Reading Series is also made possible in part by the warmth and generosity of the Drama Committee of the Arts Club of Washington and the Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region. 

 

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Pay What You Can performance Wednesday, February 8 was cancelled!!!

 Instead, a limited number of $10 tickets are offered for 
Thursday Feb. 9, Friday February 10 or Sunday, February 12 
available at the Box Office starting at 5 p.m.
  
Mention that you had planned to attend the PWYC performance and you get the $10 tickets.

 
Genesis Reboot

February 9-March 4
8:00 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Wednesdays
2:00 p.m. Sundays

Synetic Theater

1800 S. Bell Street
Arlington, VA

(800) 494-8497
 
Regular Price: $45-$55

 

Johnny Shryock/Synetic Theatre

 

Synetic Theater’s fresh take on the creation story. An angel and a demon discuss creation in this dark comedy.

 

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PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS

No Rules Theatre Company

H St Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE

Wed, February 8

8pm

Pay-What-You-Can tonight, Wednesday, February 8th. There are no reservations, tickets are first come, first serve, cash only. Box Office opens one hour prior to shows

WORLD PREMIERE
Adapted and Directed by Michael Lluberes, Based on "Peter and Wendy" by J. M. Barrie

This radically fresh retelling of the JM Barrie classic is a theatrical event not to be missed. Exploring the original ideas and inspirations behind this iconic fantasy, Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers is a visceral new retelling of the story of the boy who wouldn't grow up. This is Peter Pan as you have never seen it before but how it was always meant to be told. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
No Rules Theatre site

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The Hub Theatre's FREE Staged Reading Series Continues February 9

 

Dental Society Banner

 

February 9, 7:30 pm

Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (a play with teeth)

by Laura Jacqmin

directed by Matt Bassett

 

Dental Society Cast Photos

 Featuring:

Michael John CaseySarah Douglas, Kellee Knighten HoughJames J. Johnson,

Liz MamanaRose McConnell, and David Zimmerman

  

Following a scandal of molar-sized proportions, the North Shore Regional Dental Society has gathered to debate the future of Midwestern dentistry as they know it. After NSRDS president Morris J. Morris, Jr. is caught with his pants down - and his dental drill up - the dentists can't help but question: in a field obsessed with profit over health, where morality has taken a backseat to the latest fads in composite fillings, how can a group of upright dental professionals (looking for something more... filling) actually make a difference?

  

One Night Only - Admission Free

February 9, 7:30 pm

 

The Greater Reston Arts Center

12001 Market Street, Suite 103

Reston, VA 20190 

www.thehubtheatre.org

 

Check out the recent story in the Fairfax Times about The Hub's Staged Reading Series.

 

 

 

Hub logo

The Hub Theatre is a professional, 501c3 nonprofit theatre organization, member of TheatreWashington, and generously supported by: Arts Council of Fairfax, Booz Allen Hamilton, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Target, Integrity Applications, Silverwood Associates, and donors likes you. To make a gift to The Hub Theatre, click here.

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Josephine Tonight, a new musical about Josephine Baker is now open.

Some performances are already sold out.

 

Special Offer for Super Bowl Sunday

Feb. 5 at 7pm

 

Tickets $25 (Call 703-548-9044, CODE: Super Bowl)

 

For all of you who don’t know who is playing and don’t care!!!

See a great vibrant new musical at a great price.

(Free Super Bowl chips and dip at intermission)

 

Josephine Tonight runs thru Mar. 18. To reserve for future dates (before they sell out)

call 703-548-9044 or go online to www.metrostage.org   

 

ALSO

 

On Tuesday Feb. 7, 6:30 and 8:30

 

Celebrate Mr. Dickens 200th Birthday with Catherine Flye, Michael Tolaydo and Bob McDonald with piano accompaniment by Joel Ayau

 

Ms. Flye and Mr. Tolaydo, MetroStage favorites who have appeared on our stage many times---most notably in SeaMarksand The Real Inspector Hound,  will provide vignettes taken from the novels, anecdotes, letters and personal recollections of Charles Dickens. They will be joined by baritone Bob McDonald who will sing songs from the Victorian age which were inspired by the novels and favored by Dickens. 

 

Call 703-548-90-44 for tickets ($25)

 

All happening at MetroStage

1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

Free parking

 

 

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 Pay What You Can for "Blood Wedding" - Source Theatre

Constellation Theatre presents Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding," directed by Shirley Serotsky

90 Captivating Minutes of Passion & Violence; Music & Ceremony!

PWYC Tix Available for Thursday and Friday, February 2 & 3. 
Show begins at 8:00 p.m. 
1/2 of the tickets are available for purchase for $10 online at ConstellationTheatre.org; 1/2 of the tickets will be sold at the door as 
Pay-What-You-Can
. Box office opens at 7:00 p.m.

Constellation Theatre Company 

 

Blood Wedding!  Opens Feb 2! 

  

This week, Lorca's Blood Wedding opens at Source.  Lovers are torn apart as two families in rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. Experience passion and violence mixed with song and ceremony. Federico García Lorca illuminates our deepest desires with gorgeous poetic imagery and the haunting appearance of a human Moon.   

 

This tragic love story is told through live music, stunning visual design and a 14 member ensemble. 

 

 

Buy your tickets today!

 

Pay-What-You-Can Previews

Thursday Feb 2 @ 8 pm

Friday Feb 3 @ 8 pm


Questions? 

Give us a call at 202-204-7741 

Email us at staff@constellationtheatre.org

 

 www.ConstellationTheatre.org

 

 

 

 

 

           

 

 

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DCdigest highly recommends the hilarious "Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera" w/music by Grammy Award-winning composer Galt MacDermont (Hair)

 Jan 27-29 only - very limited engagement!

John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and Mel Shapiro's 1972 rock opera, Two Gentlemen of Verona, adds a spicy, funky twist to Shakespeare's work of the same name. The musical centers on the relationship between two friends, Proteus and Valentine, as they battle for the affections of the same woman. With music by Galt MacDermot, best known for his work composing the music for Hair, Two Gentlemen of Verona transforms and celebrates one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies of mistaken identity. Performances will run concurrent with STC's mainstage production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Shakespeare Theatre Company site

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THE GALLERIST  

Pay What You Can Previews 

This Friday, Saturday & Sunday

January 20, 21 & 22 at 8pm  

 

 

The Gallerist

 

 

 While discovering some forgotten paintings, a Manhattan gallery owner unearths a sordid family history of repressed artistic passions and animal possessions set against the backdrop of London between the Wars. 

 

Read the Washington Post's story.

 

THE GALLERIST 

by Fengar Gael 

directed by Catherine Tripp

WORLD PREMIERE 

January 23 - February 19
Pay What You Can Previews January 20 - 22 @ 8PM

 

FEATURING Company Member Scott McCormick with Sara Barker, Blair Bowers, Megan Reichelt, Louise Schlegel, Matthew Schleigh, David Winkler 

DESIGNED BY Company Member David C. Ghatan (Set Designer) with Brian S. Allard (Lighting Designer), Lauren Cucarola (Costume Design), Veronica J. Lancaster (Sound Designer) and Justin Titley (Props Designer).

STAGE MANAGED BY Camilla Morrison

WITH Elise Lemle (Assistant Costume Design), Meredith Mimms (Assistant Set Design), Casey Kaleba (Fight Choreography), Christian Sullivan and Daniel Mori (Technical Direction)

PRODUCED BY Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker

 

  

Purchase Tickets

 

To purchase Season Tickets to Rorschach Theatre, click here.

 

 

Where is Rorschach?  

Atlas PAC

We are happy to announce our new working relationship withThe Atlas Performing Arts Center. We will be presenting AFTER THE QUAKE, THE GALLERIST and a third yet to be named show at the Atlas. A landmark of the newly revitalized H Street, NE neighborhood the Atlas stood vacant for years until it was re-opened as the Atlas Performing Arts Center in November, 2006 following an extensive four-year renovation.  Its 60,000 square foot complex includes four theatres, three dance studios, administrative offices, dressing rooms, lobbies, a café and production and rehearsal spaces. The center is home to a diverse group of locally renowned theatre and dance companies, symphony orchestras, choral groups and arts education programs.  Its mission includes serving the greater metropolitan DC  area  as  well as  being  the artistic heart of its immediate community. Tickets and subscriptions are availableonline or by calling (202) 399-7993.

 

 

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AMELIA 

 In a society where the oral tradition of storytelling seems long ago to have died away in favor of fast moving camera angles, active engaging music and computer generated graphics, the Washington Stage Guild’s production of Amelia brings back that dying art form.  And it does so simply, effectively, and with nostalgia.

 With virtually no backdrops and no stage props, this cast of only two effectively play the role of a mother and father, a suitor and a hardware store clerk, foot soldiers and army officers, a runaway slave and a prisoner all poised and interacting with a dominant,  speak-your-mind type of woman who knows she is equal to the best man out there.

 As an avid theatre-goer, I found it interesting that the general formula of theatre today, as we see so often in DC, and as thus we have come to expect, should be so effectively transplanted by what is much more of a story; whose stage on which it is played out, and whose single set costume, is not the focal point of the performance, but rather of minor support.

 Do yourself a favor and see this performance; it will be time well spent.
-- Lou Guarino

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(Nearly) Free Theater in Olney 

In January, Olney Theatre Center will present two pay-what-you-can
performances
 by the National Players: "Of Mice and Men" & "The Taming
of the Shrew
," both on the Olney's Historic Stage at 7:30 p.m., "Of
Mice and Men" Tuesday, January 10th & "Taming of the Shrew" Wednesday,
January 11th
. Seating is first come, first ticketed. The Olney sits
at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, at the intersection of Doctor Bird
Road, between Georgia & New Hampshire Avenues, about 5 miles north of
Wheaton, MD. For more information visit the Olney Theatre Center's
website at www.olneytheatrecenter.org or call the Olney box office at
(301) 924-3400.

"Pay-what-you-can" means exactly that. It's nice if you can pay $5 or
$10 per ticket (or more), but there is no minimum. And even $10 is a
whole lot less than regular DC-area live-theater ticket prices. These
days it's even less than the price of a movie ticket.

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MetroStage


A Holiday Tradition Returns !

 

 

PWYC  and Preview prices

  

 Christmas Past

Matt Anderson as the Ghost of Christmas Past

 

"A Broadway Christmas Carol could easily become a Christmas tradition, Kudos to artistic director Carolyn Griffin for scoring another Metro winner." Rich Massabny, Arlington Weekly News TV

 

A Broadway Christmas Carol

  Nov. 17 - Dec. 18, 2011

 

 

"reams of comic ditties-with-a-twist add up to a holly jolly Christmas Musical...The parodies come at you fast and furious in this topsy-turvy version with all the holiday trimmings." Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times

 

 PWYC Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8pm

(Box office opens one hour before the show.

$10 miniumum.)

 

 $25 Preview Tickets (CODE: Preview)

Friday, Nov. 18 at 8pm

Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3pm

Call 703-548-9044

 

November 17 - December 18, 2011

Thurs and Fri at 8 

Sat at 3 and 8

Sun at 3 and 7

(no perf Thanksgiving Day)

(added Wed. Nov. 23 at 7 for $30)

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

 

 

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A Broadway Christmas Carol

by Donna Christenson

December 2011 - A delicious holiday treat, A Broadway Christmas Carol tells the classic Dickens' tale with uproarious parodies of your favorite Broadway show tunes. Don't miss it at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA now through December 18th.

If you enjoyed Musical of Musicals as much as I did, this show is for you! A legendary Washington tradition returns (seven straight sold-out seasons at Round House Theatre, last seen in 2004, and a great run at MetroStage last year) with an all star new cast.

Laugh out loud, roll in the aisles funny. Call now for tickets and start a new holiday tradition at MetroStage.  http://www.metrostage.org

Last season the show received many wonderful reviews, and I hear this one is as good or better:

"The holidays opened with a "bang" with MetroStage's "A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL" (To 12/18) which one hopes would last through 2011!...This is a highly recommended show that word-of-mouth should prove a sell-out. So get those tickets as holiday presents." 


Bob Anthony, AllartsReview4u __ "Donna Migliaccio does some amazingly funny turns as the ghost of Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Present which I won’t spoil for you. Matthew Anderson covers the waterfront of male roles, from Scrooge’s nephew, the put-upon clerk, Bob Cratchit, the Spirit of Christmas Past (think Tim Conway on leave from the Old Ghosts’ Home) and so on. His jaw glides through a social class compendium of British accents from Upper Crust to Cockney, and here too it’s amazing he doesn’t trip over his own tongue. His wistful interpretation of Tiny Tim will bring tears to your eyes — not from sentiment, I can assure you". Gary McMillan, DC Theatre Scene __ "Charles Dickens, Broadway, vaudeville and slapstick collide merrily in “A Broadway Christmas Carol”, an early gift from Alexandria’s MetroStage. The sets are simple but effective, and the four-member cast is versatile and talented. The familiar characters from Dickens’ novel sing, dance and quip their way through Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from miser to good-hearted philanthropist." Carla Branch, The Alexandria News 

__"There's very little "bah humbug" as this high-wattage, all-star cast tackles a timeless tale and gives it new life in the perfect medium for a musical message of ultimate uplift. Three talented area performers bring their Broadway-big voices and broad comedic talent to the completely audience-friendly intimacy of MetroStage and pull it off with infectious hilarity and brio". David Hoffman, The Fairfax Times __ "It’s a Vaudevillian Christmas tale from Merry Olde England, mined gleefully from Charles Dickens. We know what’s going to happen but we don’t know how we’ll get there as the parodies come at you fast and ffurious in this topsy-turvy version with all the holiday trimmings".Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times 

1201 North Royal St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: 703-548-9044
Fax: 703-548-9089

For tickets, call
1-800-494-TIXS (1-800-494-8497)

or to order tickets online, 

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HALF-PRICE TICKETS !!!


Constellation Theatre Company presents the comedy

ARMS AND THE MAN
by Nobel Prize Winner George Bernard Shaw
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

At

SOURCE

1835 14th Street NW

until Nov. 20!

Use Coupon Code: DELIGHT to buy 50% off tickets for this weekend November 3 - 6
Regular price $25 - $40.

Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 pm & Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 pm


"Witty and Insightful." – The Washingtonian

"An Over-The-Top Satire of War" – Metro Weekly

"A Total Delight" – DC Theatre Scene

Ensemble: Michael John Casey*, Daniel Flint, Chris Mancusi, Mark Krawczyk*, Brynn Tucker, Amy Quiggins, Ellen Young.

www.ConstellationTheatre.org


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Round House Theater
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD

PWYC on Thursday November 3 and Thursday November 10 
 Come get your Edward Gorey on! 

 



If you like 
Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, Gothic Romance,
nostalgia, wayward and misbegotten children, melodramatic music played live
 
and Happenstance Theater's penchant for witty, visual,
theatrical collage, then you will not want to miss the 2nd Annual, All-New Cabaret Macabre
The show is approximately one hour. 
All new material! Just as funny. Just as Macabre.

Featuring
Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen,
Matthew Pauli, Esther Williamson and Gwen Grastorf


SHOWTIMES
Fri 10/28 8pm
Sat 10/29 8pm
Su 10/30 2pm
                                                     M  10/31 8pm (Special Hallowe'en Show!)
Thursday 11/3 8:00 p.m. (Pay What You Can)
Fri 11/4 8pm
Sat 11/5 8pm
Su 11/6 2pm
Thursday 11/10 8:00 p.m. (Pay What You Can)
Fri 11/11 8pm
Sat 11/12 8pm
Su 11/13 2pm

Round House Theater
8641 Colesville Road

Silver Spring MD

TICKETS $15 ($10 for students, under 30s, seniors and groups of 10 or more.)
to purchase CLICK HERE
or telephone Box Office at  (240) 644-1100

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theatreWashington ANOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF

theatrewashington.org



Organization’s Interactive Website is Designed to Eliminate Barriers 
to Attendance Through Exclusive Original Content, 
an Advanced Filtering Show Selector, and More

 

 

(Washington, DC) – theatreWashington is thrilled to unveil its new website, theatrewashington.org—the cornerstone of the organization’s recent rebranding process that has moved the 27 year-old organization previously known as The Helen Hayes Awards into its new chapter astheatreWashington.Theatrewashington.org is designed by Unconformity, LLC, an integrated marketing and design firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. 

theatreWashington’s new interactive website includes original content about theatres, artists, and audiences in the Washington area, an advanced filtering Show Selector feature, social plugins, user reviews, and geo-locating functions that allow users to see what shows are playing within a self-specified geographical radius of a designated location. The launch of theatrewashington.org completes Phase One of The Helen Hayes Awards’ move totheatreWashington. Additional web features, in additional organizational programming, will continue to be rolled out in the coming months.

 

"The theatreWashington site is a great example of how technology can enhance the arts and democratize the experience of live theatre," says to Zev Remba, Creative Director of Unconformiy, LLC, “In the next few months, we'll be adding features that will serve both consumers and theatre professionals, as well as helping to build the Washington area into a nationally respected theatre brand."

 

“The abundance of Washington theatre has proliferated to a point where there is so much to choose from that audiences need some assistance to manage their choices,” says theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy Grossman, “The unique features and content of theatrewashington.org help audiences make selections that are most appropriate to their tastes, purchase power, location, who they're bringing with them, and accessibility issues.”

 

Highlights of theatrewashington.org include the sites Show Selector, News & Features, and social media compatibility, details of which are outlined below:

 

Show Selector

The Show Selector feature on theatrewashington.org is a filtering system that allows users to search for shows playing in the Washington metro area based on several criteria: date, genre, age appropriateness, price range, and geographic location. Often cited as one of the greatest barriers to attendance, by streamlining the research process, the initial step in attending the theatre is made easier and therefore attendance at Washington-area theatre is likely to increase.

 

News and Features

Phase One of theatrewashington.org contains a News & Features section filled with unique content generated by members of the theatreWashingtonstaff, and overseen by Managing Editor Manny Strauss. Phase One content is segmented into five buckets: Profiles, 10 Questions for Artists, The Theatregoing Experience, Final Bow, and Why Theatre Matters.

 

Social Media

Theatrewashington.org has been designed with the social user in mind. Visitors to the site can comment on each article posted on the site and can leave a user review on the show pages. Each page on theatrewashington.org contains a social plugin that allows visitors to share the page’s content with their social media networks. theatreWashington can be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @theatreWashDC.


As the development of theatrewashington.org continues, the site will contain an extensive history of the Helen Hayes Awards, forums, easy-to-use calendars, additional editorial content and more.

  

About Unconformity, LLC

Unconformity is an integrated marketing and design firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm provides marketing services including identity design and brand experience, web development, new media, advertising creative, collateral development, and custom publication design. In the web arena, they specialize in development of large-scale, content-managed sites that include custom web-based applications.

Unconformity's clients include the American Institute of Architects, American Chemical Society, Celera Genomics, Document Management Industries Association, Johns Hopkins University, Sprint, the Smithsonian Institution, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Osteoporosis Foundation, National Geographic, Penton Media, and many more.

Unconformity is led by partners Zev Remba, formerly the executive creative director of MHI Communications, a Washington, DC-based agency with more than 300 staff; and Michael Quattrone, former vice president of Wickham and Associates, Washington’s oldest graphic design firm.

Unconformity principal Zev Remba is a specialist in the development and implementation of branding and integrated marketing communications programs.Remba has launched brands and spearheaded marketing campaigns for dozens of national clients over the past 20 years. Unconformity principal Michael Quattrone is a 20-year veteran and innovator in web development. He has focused for that past decade on developing sites that use cutting-edge techniques for online fundraising, marketing and promotion. A pioneer in developing online publishing systems that enable large-scale event marketing, he has developed sites for a wide range of national organizations and corporations.

 

About theatreWashington

Building on 27 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the unified voice of Washington area theatre and is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting, representing, and supporting all segments of Washington’s professional theatre community—theatres, artists, company members, and audiences of all ages.

 

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*Additional Pay-What-You-Can performance Monday, Nov. 14

ARMS AND THE MAN
a comedy by George Bernard Shaw

October 20 - November 20
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality
of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy
this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing
truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.

Performances Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thru November 20

 Purchase Tickets Online at http://www.constellationtheatre.org/arms.html
or CALL 1-800-494-TIXS
General Admission seating $20-$35

All Performances at
SOURCE
1835 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
*2 Blocks from the U St/Cardozo Metro Stop

Scroll down to poster below for additional details, cast member photos and links to site.


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The Studio Theatre

is offering complimentary space-available passes to:

 THE HABIT OF ART

Directed by David Muse

Starring Ted van Griethuysen and Paxton Whitehead

with Margaret Daly, Matt Dewberry, Cameron Folmar, Wynn Harmon and Randy Harrison

Wistful and filthily funny, the latest play from the award-winning writer of The History Boysexamines creativity, desire, and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.

Friday, October 21 at 8:00pm

and

Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm

Reservations required.

To reserve space-available passes, please call The Studio Theatre Box Office

at 202.332.3300

Limit 2 per person.


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A limited number of complimentary tickets have just become available for the performance of Lemieux Pilon 4D Art: Norman for tonightThursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. If interested, please email your full name and count no later than 2 p.m. today Thursday, October 6 by replying to the following email address at:   kc-scotty-owner@yahoogroups.com

 Please remember I have no control over location of seats, any requests for more than two tickets may require splitting your party up, and please reply by email only. Also, requests for complimentary tickets for future events cannot be accepted, I merely post what's been offered to me. And finally, once 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 comes and goes, please do not email me asking if you can still get tickets, this only puts me in an awkward position. If you require accessible seating because of a disability I will make every effort to accommodate you, but you must tell me you require accessible seating at the time you make your request for tickets. *If you have not received an email confirmation from me, then you do not have tickets for the performance. ***These tickets MUST be used. Please be sure that before you make a request for complimentary seats to this performance that you will be able to attend. Failure to comply to this rule may result in disqualification from future offers.*** Tickets will be held in the names provided at our Will Call window for pick up after 6 p.m. and an email confirmation will be sent to the requestor. Please allow ample time to pick up your tickets from Will Call. 

About the Program:
 Lemieux Pilon 4D Art: Norman October 6, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Theater
 
"Imaginative, ingenious, unique and, one might even add, wondrous. Pure genius!" Globe and Mail, Toronto Norman blurs the line between real and imagined, life and technology. In this mixed-media performance, film, dance, music, and theater collide in a tribute to pioneer filmmaker Norman McLaren. Through the use of advanced projection technology, Montreal-based directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon bring McLaren's iconic masterpieces to life, filling the stage with holographic characters interacting with dancer/choreographer Peter Trosztmer. The effect is a dramatic homage to McLaren's great modernity, humanism, and genius. RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

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Have off from work this Monday for Columbus Day? We can't think of a better way to spend your evening than checking out a Pay-What-You-Can performance of our inaugural show in our "apocalyptic" Season 32: A Bright New Boise, written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by John Vreeke. Out of town on Monday? Have no fear, because the Pay-What-You-Can fun continues on Tuesday!

Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 11th begin at 8pm, with tickets on sale at the Box Office starting at 6pm. Remember, cash or check only please! Make sure to get here early, Pay-What-You-Can often sells out and you won't want to miss this show: a heartbreakingly funny reckoning between a father and son that will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane, and the secret lives of big-box retailers.

Don't know anything about the show? That's ok, we've done the work for you! Check out our blog to hear about the new play process from Playwright Samuel D. Hunter,Harold Camping and End-Times predictions, finding meaning in a meaningless life, and more. You'll find some behind-the-scenes photos of our cast and creative team on our Facebook page, and to follow the conversation in real-time use the hashtag#WoollyBoise on Twitter

A Bright New Boise runs October 10th through November 6th, and you can purchase tickets from the Box Office at 202-393-3939 or click here. Hope to see you at the theatre before the world ends!

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Arms and the Man

 

 

Arms and the Man

a comedy by George Bernard Shaw

October 20 - November 20

directed by Allison Arkell Stockman

 

A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.   

 

Who will Raina ultimately choose?   The war hero or the chocolate cream soldier?

 

 

Pay-What-You-Can Previews on October 20 & 21 at 8 pm.   

Purchase Preview Tickets in advance for $10 online.  Pay-What-You-Can at the door.

Note: 1/2 of the tickets (45) will be sold online for $10.  The remaining tickets (45) will be PWYC at the door.  

  

at Source, 1835 14th Street NW

Box Office Opens at 7pm

House Opens at 7:45pm

There is no late seating for this performance.  

 

Purchase Tickets  

 

Meet the EnsembleEnsemble of Arms and the Man

 

Costume Design by Kendra Rai

 Lighting & Scenic Design by A. J. Guban
Props Design by Samina Vieth 

Sound Design by Jesse Terrill

 

Purchase a season subscription to reserve the best seats at 25% off!   

See all 3 shows for only $90.  (regularly $120)

 

Shaw's Arms and the Man

Lorca's Blood Wedding

Zimmerman's Metamorphoses 

 

Best Seats.  Significant Savings.  Choose Dates Now or Later.

Convenience.  Unlimited Access.  Bring a Friend.

 

More Information

 

   

We'd love to help!  If you have any questions about subscriptions or memberships, please call (202-204-7741) or email (boxoffice@ConstellationTheatre.org)   

 

 

 

 

ConstellationTheatre.org 

1835 14th Street NW | Washington DC | 20009

staff@constellationtheatre.org | 202.204.7741

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MetroStage

Savage in Limbo Performances and Special Preview Prices

    PWYC Perf and Special Preview Prices

 

 Savage in Limbo
a concert play

 

By John Patrick Shanley (Moonstruck, Doubt

 

Jenna and Sasha
 

A Bronx tale of a quintet of bar regulars (many of whom grew up together in Catholic grammar school) who are now questioning their lives, their loves and looking for change but wondering if change is even possible. Shanley (deeply influenced by his own Bronx, Catholic grammar school upbringing) has written a timeless classic with unforgettable characters and stunning, provocative dialogue. An emotional and intellectual roller coaster.
 

Featuring a fabulous ensemble cast:

 Natascia Diaz, Veronica del Cerro,
Michael Kevin Darnall, Jenna Sokolowski,

AND Sasha Olinick as Murk the
bartender

 

 

Sasha Olinick was just honored with an Audience Choice Award for his

portrayal of Mr. Toad inWind in the Willows  at Imagination Stage by DC Theatre Scene's Audience Choice Awards. Amadeuswon Favorite Play, in which Sasha played Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart at Round House Theatre. 

He was also named one of the Favorite Performances in a Play in 2010-2011 in the Maryland Theatre Guide and Broadway World for his performance as Mozart in Amadeus.  Mr. Toad, Mozart, and now Murk the bartender-quite an illustrious year and quite a remarkably versatile actor.

 

Savage in Limbo is named A Top Pick by Joel Markowitz, in Broadway World 

 

Savage In Limbo

is a MUST-SEE. Buy $25 Preview tickets TODAY.


PWYC Thursday, Sept. 8 at 8 pm

(Box office opens one hour before the show) 

 

This weekend only-$25 tickets Code: Preview 

 

Friday at 8, Saturday at 5 and 8, Sunday at 3 and 7 

 

Special Press/Opening Night performance and reception Monday, Sept. 12 at 8, $50


(Meet and party with the cast-a great way to spend a Monday evening---bar food, of course, and Brandy Alexanders. Come see the play and you will understand!)

 

Call 703-548-9044/ www.metrostage.org 

  

MetroStage
1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314
Free parking
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

 

 

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MetroStage

Savage in Limbo Opens MetroStage Season

PWYC September 8 at 8:00PM

 Savage Promo Photo

Savage in Limbo opens the season with a great playwright and dynamite cast. Truly a contemporary classic.

 

Natascia Diaz (Helen Hayes Award for ROOMS a rock romance, which premiered here at MetroStage) will play the iconic Denise Savage and be joined on stage byVeronica del Cerro, Jenna Sokolowski, Sasha Olinick and Michael Kevin Darnall.

 

We all know playwright John Patrick Shanley from his Oscar winning filmMoonstruck and his Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award winning DoubtSavage in Limbois a remarkable, timeless classic which vividly captures the lives of a quintet in a Bronx bar, all searching for life, love, and answers to some of life's most existential questions. Shanley's smart and provocative dialogue and unforgettable characters make this season opener a must see.

 

Sept. 8-Oct. 16

Performance schedule:

Thursdays and Fridays at 8

Saturdays at 5 and 8

Sundays at 3 and 7

TKTS: $45-50

Special performance Monday, Sept. 12 at 8 pm (Press opening with reception, $50)

 

 

 

Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497

for tickets NOW

 

Or CLICK HERE to order online >

 

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal Street

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

 

 

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Uncle Vanya at Kennedy Center

by Barbara Twigg

While even the name of Chekhov's 1897  "Uncle Vanya," sounds a little dowdy, too Russian, and old-fashioned, the sparkling, updated version brought to life by the Sydney Theatre Company is a serio-comic romp through the big themes of living:  boredom, old-age, unrequited love, lust, envy, and wasted potential.  The play is surprisingly funny, even featuring some physical comedy from its fine direction.   It felt quite contemporary, right down to its ecological theme about the disappearing Russian forest -- more like Tennessee Williams, in a light vein, with vodka.  Great performances from all, without strong Aussie accents.  Seeing fair, luminous Cate Blanchett in a tight red dress and heels is worth the price of the ticket.

  

SYNOPSIS: From Sydney Theatre Company--the team that brought 2009's smash hit production of A Streetcar Named Desire--comes an exclusive U.S. engagement of Anton Chekhov's Uncle Vanya, another tale of high drama in low society. On a dilapidated, remote farm Uncle Vanya (Richard Roxburgh) and his niece Sonya (Hayley McElhinney) have worked slavishly for years to sustain an estate in decline. Now Professor Serebryakov (John Bell) and his wife Yelena (Cate Blanchett) have returned to visit, bringing with them chaos and disruption. Constant visits from the charismatic Astrov (Hugo Weaving) are not helpful. Lunch is no longer served at lunch time--now it is procrastinated until dusk--work is forgotten and the long, cool nights have become sleepless. From this hotbed of disarray grow three consuming love affairs, each of which is destined to wither in disappointment before it has reached bloom. It is in this climate of frustration and thwarted hopes that the Professor chooses to announce a shocking plan.  (Kennedy Center description)  Runs through August 27.

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War Horse ...a horse of a different color

by Barbara Twigg

The Tony Award-winning,  London import, "War Horse", now playing an unlimited run at Lincoln Center in New York, is a powerfully moving theatrical experience.   It follows the story of a British teenager who raises a beloved horse that his father sells to the military in World War I,  and the son's struggle to find him on the battlefields of France.   The life-size creations of the horses, manipulated  with incredible verisimilitude by three visible people, are nothing short of remarkable.  The play is a work of art that highlights the horrors of war through the suffering of horses that are fully realized and unforgettable characters.  I can't think when I have been so emotionally absorbed by a play.

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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

 

Behind-the-Scenes Tours, Ticket Discounts, Give-Aways

 

August 2nd, all Day

 

Season 32 Shows

Explore whether this civilization has an expiration date and if so, what comes next

 

Tours

9:00 - 10:00am; 12:00 - 1:00pm; 3:00 - 4:00pm; 6:00 - 7:00pm

See samples of set design models, props, and costumes from past productions

while backstage, hear about Season 32 shows

 

 

Take the Tour and Purchase Discounted Tickets

20 percent discount on all single tickets

15 percent discount on all season subscriptions

Purchasers also receive a Woolly give-away - a t-shirt, journal, or other paraphernalia

 

Questions

202.393.3939

 

 

Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company

641 D Street, NW

202.393.3939

Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter

 

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 Clybourne Park 

By Donna Christenson

Woolly Mammoth Theater has done it again …quite literally.  They are staging Clybourne Park again, for the second time, following its very successful run during the 2010 season.  Once again, it is generating enthusiasm and spirited community involvement, including a range of related special programming following every performance.

Bruce Norris’ Pulitzer Prize and Helen Hayes Award Winner Clybourne Park is set in 1959 Chicago in Act I, and in the same house 50 years later in Act II.  In 1959 a black family is moving into a white neighborhood, later the situation is reversed in 2009, as we peer through the looking-glass of Lorraine Hansberry’s classic A Raisin in the Sun.  With the same cast members portraying different characters in the second act, some of whom are related to the ones in the first act, we watch battles unfold over issues of race and gentrification.  Though a very funny play, it is also poignant and thought-provoking, as roles are reversed, illusions are shattered and assumptions must be examined. 

Directed by Howard Shalwitz, Clybourne Park features a terrific cast of company members including  Kimberly Gilbert, Mitchell Hébert and Cody Nickell (left), Jefferson A. Russell and Dawn Ursula (below),   Jennifer Mendenhall, Michael Glenn, and Chris Dinolfo.  


Additional performances have been added, and the play is running through August 14 at Woolly Mammoth Theater,  7th and D Streets NW in the District of Columbia. Call 202-393-3939 for information and tickets and check the website atwww.woollymammoth.net for a schedule of special events following every performance.

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MORE FRINGE REVIEWS 
by Rich Massabny

“Hamlet: Reframed”

July 18, 2011  --Closing tonight as part of Deecee’s Fringe Festival is “Hamlet: Reframed” by the Grain of Sand Theatre Company. Located at Fort Fringe at 607 New York Ave. NW at 10:15 p.m. tonight, it’s well worth the trip to see the mad Hamlet performed outstandingly by Sam Rabinovitz. Director Carl Brandt Long dresses the large cast in today’s clothes with cell phones and all. There’s a pretty nifty and large cast of players surrounding Prince Hamlet. One of my favorite local actors, Jay Tilley, makes his usual commanding presence playing Polonius, the father of Laertes (Jesse Baskin) and the lovely Ophelia (Kristin Rogers). Hamlet’s mother, Gertrude, is played quietly by Sara Bickler. Hey, the mom and son can’t both be crazy! This Hamlet production has a twist with a cute redhead, Kelsey Meiklejohn as Rosencrantz and Jack Powers as Guildenstern. This 90 minute production flew by in the intimate black box theatre. Don’t miss the last performance tonight at 10:15, if possible. I liked this version. This “Hamlet: Reframed” should bundle up the cast and set up shop elsewhere after Fringe. For information and tickets for tonight, call 866-811-4111 and check the website at www.grainofsandtheatre.com. 


Faction of Fools:  “Tales of Courage and Poultry”


July 12, 2011  --Matt R. Wilson, the artistic director of Faction of Fools, is the area’s only theatre of Italy’s Commedia dell’Arte. It involves theatre of movement, classic characters and especially, masks. Currently playing through July 23, you can get a good example of this comedy genius in “Tales of Courage and Poultry” as part of the Fringe Festival. The flock holds court at 900 Massachusetts Ave. in the District. Call 1-866-811-4111 for tickets. Check the website at www.factionoffools.org. 

  John Feffer's "The Bird"

I saw John Feffer’s Fringe show last year called, “Edible Rex” and realized this guy is a big talent. This year he’s doing, “The Bird,” a true story, about his adventures as a young man in 1989 in Poland. In a 90 minute, no-intermission show, Feffer weaves stories like no other, about a love affair gone bad. He refers to her as a female assassin. “The Bird” centers around this theme. In 13 scenes, Feffer mesmerizes the Goethe Institute’s (812 – 7th St. NW, D.C.) audience with humor and a look at other cultures. Feffer and “The Bird” is not to be missed! Tickets and information at 1-866-811-4111 or check the website at www.CapitalFringe.org.

  The Rude Mechanicals  - “Trojan Women 2.0”


As part of the Fringe Festival, the inventive theatrical ensemble, The Rude Mechanicals, under the artistic direction by Jaki Demarest, is presenting, “Trojan Women 2.0.” With a large cast of female prisoners from the Trojan War with heavy despair in the air, we get a sense of the results of rape, torture and more. This play takes place at The Studio Theatre through July 23. Armed guards will greet you. For details check the website at www.rudemechnicals.com or for tickets, call 1-866-811-4111. 

Washington Shakespeare Company   “Hotel F- - -


The long-established Washington Shakespeare Company (WSC) has outdone itself with a play called, “Hotel F - - - .” As part of the Fringe Festival they are performing a no-holes barred craziness through July 16 at Fort Fringe at 607 New York Ave. in the District. Go see this hilarious X-rated romp. Check the website at www.WashingtonShakespeare.org or call 703-418-4808. 


Scroll down for additional reviews by other writers.

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BEAT THE HEAT AT CAPITAL FRINGE

TICKET PRICES ARE BEING SLASHED

TICKETS - $12 - STARTING AT 10:00 A.M. ON FRIDAY, JULY 22

 


WASHINGTON--To coincide with the hot weekend ahead, The Capital Fringe Festival is offering a hot deal on tickets. Starting at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, July 22, 2011 - single tickets will only be $12 - a $5 savings from the usual ticket price. Tickets will be available online, at the box office and in person at all venues.  But, wait - there's more . . . another "Beat the Heat" special - water and Vitamin Water will be free to ticketed patrons at the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar as long at the temp is over 100 degrees

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Hothouse heats up H Street with great entertainment for July!

 
All productions will be Pay-What-You-Can performances, beginning at 7:30 (box office will open at 6:45 for PWYC purchases).

 

All performances are at the

H Street Playhouse

1365 H Street NE

Washington, DC

 

July 25

The Apron
The Continuing Adventures of John Blade, Super Spy
by Kyle Encinas
An action play that asks that ever-pressing question: What if the henchman actually did kill the superhero?

 

July 26

Theater Alliance
A Special Theater Evening ... watch this space!

 

July 27

Love from the Soundstage
I Just Want to Sing
by Dennis Williams
A young girl from Washington, D.C. in pursuit of a singing career has her dreams shattered by those around her. After being rejected by her peers, mother and from several auditions because of her appearance, a man comes along and opens a door of opportunity. Overlooking the outer appearance he turns a diamond in the rough into a star. With a real life story that will make you laugh and cry all in one production, this story will uplift and encourage anyone in troubled times.

 

https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=49687ee68dae72d6f0070af5711b5c9e&t=tix

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Capital Fringe Festival 2011 

is in full swing with a vast array or over 100 different productions, and we can't see all of them!  

Useful resources  for reviews of performances are the  Maryland Theatre Guide  at http://mdtheatreguide.com/fringe/  

or DC Theatre Scene  at http://dctheatrescene.com/2011/07/05/2011-capital-fringe-festival/?utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+DcTheatreScene+%28DC+Theatre+Scene%29

You can also find reviews in The Washington Post or Washington CITY PAPER or by Google-ing the title of the show.

Scroll down on this page for some reviews and descriptions of performances you might want to consider, 
a colorful poster and lots more details about 

Capital Fringe Festival 2011
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Here are some examples of what you'll find at Fringe:

MY NAME IS PABLO PICASSO

by Cary Pollak

            The title “My Name is Pablo Picasso” leads one to expect that the audience will be  treated to a one hour overview of the life of the artist.  That expectation is met, but in an unexpected and creative way.  The play covers only one part of one day in the Paris studio of the struggling young artist, which is one reason why it is a surprise when a character appears out of nowhere to inform the artist and the rest of us of what is to come.

When the lights first come on, Picasso’s beautiful young model and lover, Fernande (Julia Albertson), is posing nude and statue-like while the artist is facing us from behind an easel.  This is an attention grabber to be sure, but not a shocking one.  The actress evokes sympathy more than sexuality, because she makes us feel how uncomfortable she is in her awkward pose.  She is totally comfortable, however, in her role and is a believable character throughout the performance.

             Arden Moscati, as Picasso, is an appropriately handsome man with a voice that must have led him inexorably to the stage.  It is no surprise to learn from the program that he already has been hired to do voiceovers.  He portrays the passion and ambition of the youthful Picasso in a convincing way.  The petulant and demanding side of the artist in this play is a little more difficult to accept.  Could Fernande and countless other lovers, as well as Paris society, truly have been captivated by a man of so little charm?  Moscati‘s otherwise decent portrayal is marred by his failure to pull off a Spanish accent.  He sounds more like Steve Martin playing one of Two Wild and Crazy Guys on Saturday Night Live, than he does like a Spaniard who has become conversant in a foreign tongue.

             Michael Bernosky‘s appearance on stage is preceded by an insistent knocking on the door that the artist tries in vain to ignore.  An important and forceful character is about to enter and Bernosky does not disappoint once he arrives.  Throughout the play Picasso’s famous painting, “Les Demoiselles d’Avignon” has been on display at the rear of the stage, but he has no idea that this and other works will soon bring him fame and fortune. Bernosky’s mysterious character fills the skeptical couple in on what the future holds, both good and bad.  Along the way, we observers are treated to a good bit of information about Picasso’s life beyond that day.  “My Name is Pablo Picasso,” is the kind of theater that makes us glad that the Fringe Festival has come to town.

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But Love is My Middle Name! 
 by Donna Christenson



If you missed the Fringe Festival performances of But Love is My Middle Name!, the captivating one-woman show by Emily Love Morrison, be sure to check out her website and look for her elsewhere!  One might expect a “journey of her search for love” to be a sad tale, but Morrison uses her considerable talents to make it a voyage of delight.  With a clever interweaving of monologue and music, both her own original songs and those of an eclectic mix of others, Morrison offers insightful storytelling and wry humor. 
The talented Bradley Foster Smith supports her on keyboard, as well as evoking a range of different men who pass through her life.

Website: www.emilylovemorrison.com

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Actors Mark Jennings (L) and Paul Laudiero (photo credit: Patrick Magill)

Pun: (n) A Play on Words Premieres in the Capital Fringe Festival July 7 - 24

Five Keywords Walk into a Bar …. What Will Happen Next?

What:

Pun: (n) A Play on Words

Who:

Blacktop Theatre Company

Where:

Warehouse Theatre, 645 New York Avenue NW (between 7th and L Streets)

Conveniently located near the Mt Vernon and Gallery Place-Chinatown Metro stops.

When:

 

Friday, July 8 at 8:15 pm

Wednesday, July 13 at 7:45 pm

Sunday, July 17 at 2:15 pm

Thursday, July 21 at 8:00 pm

Sunday, July 24 at 2:00 pm

Tickets:

Tickets cost $17. Now available at CapitalFringe.org or by calling 866-811-4111 

Pun: (n) A Play on Words Publicist:

 

Christy Denny, 703-217-0912, BlacktopTheatreCompany@gmail.com

Fringe Festival Press Contacts:

Laura Gross, 202-265-5383, c: 202-255-2054, laura@capitalfringe.org 

Ebony Dumas, 202-737-7230, communications@capitalfringe.org

 

About Pun: (n) A Play on Words

Five of the dictionary's keywords revel in their superior status -- until a dark prophesy warns that their power trip will soon come to an end.  A new word has been added to the English language, threatening to disrupt the entire order of the dictionary.  Can this ragtag bunch of keywords find a way to stay on top of the page?  Find out in this hilarious comedy, which features a cackling ensemble, smartly sparkling humor, and yes, word play.

About Blacktop Theatre Company

Blacktop Theatre Company bursts into the DC Theatre scene with its premiere of Pun.  Comprised of five graduates of the George Mason University Theatre department, its members have collaborated with theatres both locally (including Woolly Mammoth, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, No Rules Theatre Company and Constellation Theatre Company) and regionally (such as LCT3-Lincoln Center, Seattle Repertory Theatre, and New York Theatre Workshop). 

 Blacktop creates theatre that is akin to an open blacktop—a place where rules are ever-changing to fit the game being played…where chalk boundaries are as easy to create as they are to erase.  Already, the theatre has done this through various “outside of the box” events, such as the well-received “1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company Spelling Bee,” an evening co-hosted with The Keegan Theatre. 

 Founded by Patrick Magill and Aaron Fisher, the company is rounded out by Andrew Hawkins, Christy Denny and Kelly Hennessy.

 

About Capital Fringe

Capital Fringe is a nonprofit organization founded in the summer of 2005 with the purpose of infusing energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC region through our yearly Fringe Festival and year-round Fringe Training Factory. Our mission is to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.

 Capital Fringe is supported by the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, the Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, Dreyfus Foundation, PEPCO Holdings, MARPAT, Washington Post Company, PNC Bank, WAMU as well as invaluable support from our Fringe Family of Donors.

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Capital Fringe Festival Blog - Daily Digest of Fringe Festival Press & Happenings.

 

TICKETS, PASSES & ADMISSION BUTTONS

ON SALE

 

WHERE TO BUY 

At Fort Fringe: Fort Fringe is the central hub of the Capital Fringe Festival. It houses three festival venues, the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar and the festival's main box office. The Main Festival Box office is open: Pre-Festival: June 20 3pm-10pm; June 30 6-10pm; July 1 6pm-10pm; July 6 2pm-6pm.

During the Festival: 

Tuesday - Thursday 3pm - 11pm and  Friday - Sunday 10am - 11pm.  

At the Festival Venues: 

Starting July 7, patrons can purchase singles tickets and admission buttons for specific shows 45 minutes prior to curtain. Passes are only available for purchase at the main box office or online.

In advance: Look below to purchase passes and buttons in advance or call (866) 811-4111. You can also buy tickets on each individual show page.    

 

FRINGE ADMISSION BUTTONS - $7 All ticket holders (except for kids 12 and under) must have a Fringe admission button for entrance. Buttons are a one-time purchase, but must be presented or worn for entrance to each show. Admission Buttons get your discounts.  Purchase here   

 

SINGLE TICKETS 
$17 + Fringe admission button required. Browse the individual show pages to purchase single tickets.   

 

SEE MULTIPLE SHOWS. SAVE MONEY  

BE SMART GET A MULTI-SHOW FESTIVAL PASS   

*All-Access Pass - $300

There's no limit to the amount of shows you can see!  Also receive access to the exclusive box office hot line number - only available to All-Access Pass holders.

 

*110 Proof Pass - $120

Good for 10 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival.  Equal to $5 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $57.

 

*6 Pack Pass - $80

Good for 6 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to nearly $4 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $31.

 

*Foh-ty Pass - $60

Good for 4 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to $2 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings $15.

 

Capital Fringe does not offer group discounts. We encourage groups to purchase multi-show passes to take advantage of the discounts.  *Please visit capitalfringe.org for specific rules and perks of each pass.  

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS 

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & ZIPCAR present the ZIP/CAP TALENT SHOW

Thursday, June 30th 5:30pm - 11pm under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW 

Join us in celebrating 11 years of car sharing in the nation's capital! We'll be partying with our friends from Capital Fringe and presenting some great local talent at the ZIP/CAP Talent Show. The first drink's on us (bring your ID!) and we'll have birthday cake for everyone. Are you ready for this? The first 50 Zipsters through the door get a coveted Capital Fringe button for FREE! This button is required for entry to any Fringe Festival Show, plus button holders get sweet discounts throughout the year.

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & the 2011 FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTISTS present the FRINGE PREVIEW 

Friday, July 1    7pm - 10pm - tent bar is open till 2am under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW

This year, the Preview will showcase 30 Fringe artists performing 2-5 minute rapid fire excerpts of their Fringe Festival shows. Become an informed patron by watching a sampling of the upcoming shows. Turkey Burgers & yummy Baldacchino Food & Drink all night long!  

 

© 2011 Capital Fringe. We are generously supported by: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Pepco Energy, Douglas Development, TheaterMania, Washington City Paper, WAMU, The Washington Post Company  and the Fringe Family of Donors - if that is you, thanks!
 

Catalogue for Philanthropy called us a top non-profit - check it out  


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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT 7/7/11

    Greetings, all.  Of course the big theatre rush this week is the opening of the Capital Fringe Festival (Thur. eve), which matured well during its previous five years.  Each year the portion of shows worthy of theatre afficionados (or other smart folks) seems to increase, with some truly terrific shows, many of which are presented here in development for “legitimate” theatre.  Last year’s Fringe hit SUPER CLAUDIO BROS. was picked up by Dreamworks Theatrical and is being developed for Broadway.  Mercifully, the portion of “attention me, attention me” cheap-therapy-substitutes seems to decrease (though they’re inevitable in a non-juried festival).  Or maybe I’m just getting better at picking.  NO, please don’t ask me which!  I will post Fringe Finds as I find ‘em.

    However, if you have inside info about particularly notable shows/ casts/ credentials, please send it.  But DON’T mistake that for an invitation to flack your own show.  Believe me, I’ve received all your press releases ... in duplicate, triplicate, even duodeclicate.  If you’re not savvy enough to include such info in your releases (or refrain from inundating us press folks with more than 3 well-timed releases), I probably won’t want to see your show.  Sound harsh?  With over 100 entries during 2.5 weeks Tues-Sun at 19 venues, it’s survival.  http://www.capitalfringe.org/

    NON-FRINGE opps abound as well, including an exclusive comps offer just for my readers for Quotidian’s CHERRY ORCHARD, with the superb James Flanagan, who has exceptional ability to make empathetic even the most repelling characters.  But please be certain you will attend before requesting these comps.  Especially in a small theatre, revenue from every seat is important.

    If Arena’s OKLAHOMA! remount is out of your price range, revisit the R&H film free next week.  Free events also at the HIP-HOP THEATER FESTIVAL 7/11-16.  Plus muuuuuch more below.

    WARNING: Whatever you decide to do downtown, AVOID driving in the Verizon Center - Chinatown area, and allot extra Metro time.  The Dalai Lama and thousands of Buddhist monks and followers from around the globe are inhabiting it for the next 11 days.

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  TONIGHT Thur.7/7 @ 6:30, $20/$8 mbrs/free Patron/Circle mbrs, Staged Reading:  SIX DEGREES OF SEPARATION, by John Guare.  At The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st St NW (@ Q).  [NOTE: Another event there that night requires paying admission to the Museum.  Phone Phillips to determine whether museum admission is included in this ticket: 202-387-2151.]  Registration required. No refunds for cancelled ticket purchases.  http://phillipscollection.obsres.com/SelectDate.aspx.

    STC's Associate Director Alan Paul directs Rick Foucheux, Naomi Jacobson and Lawrence Redmond in award-winning play. Read Alan's post on the Phillips blog.  In conjunction w Kandinsky and the Harmony of Silence: Painting with White Border exhibit.

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#2 of 8:  Thur.7/7 @ 8:00, PWYC Previews.  PLUS Wed.7/13 @ 8:00 special PWYC:  VISIT TO A SMALL PLANET, by Gore Vidal.  American Century Theater.  At Gunston Theater Two, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA  22206.  Wheelchair accessible, free parking. www.americancentury.org.  Runs 7/8 – 8/6; Thur-Sat @8, Sat/Sun @ 2:30; no mat Sat 7/9 

    A summer afternoon in 1957, a typical American family in Manassas, VA suddenly hears a thump in the rose bushes. They encounter a rather friendly man simply looking to join the Battle of Bull Run. A hundred years too late, this mysterious alien named Kreton talks to the cat, reads minds, and secretly plots to take over the world.

    Rip Claassen directs Bruce Rauscher as Kreton, Noah Bird, Kecia A. Campbell, Kelly Cronenberg, Megan Graves, Brendan Haley, Peter Johnson, Steve Lebens, Tamra Testerman and John Tweel. Minnow Cronenberg plays Rosemary the Cat.

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#3 of 8:  Fri-Sat.7/8+9 @ 8:00 & Sun.7/10 @ 2:00, Exclusive opening wkend limited comps w Code [reg.$25/20]:  THE CHERRY ORCHARD, by Anton Chekhov.  Quotidian Theatre.  At the Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St, Downtown Bethesda.  Limited comps for my readers this opening weekend only w Code: KAREN’S FYI: 301-816-1023 or quotidiantheatre@comcast.net; specify date and number in your party. www.quotidiantheatre.org   Runs 7/8 – 8/7, Fri-Sat.@ 8, Sun.@ 2, PLUS mat. Sat.8/6 @ 2.
    Chekhov’s final play examines love, loss, and societal changes in early 20th Century Russia in a masterful blend of comic and tragic themes.  This production is set in 1912, translated, adapted, directed by artistic dir. Jack Sbarbori.  Featuring Michael Avolio, Bill Brekke, Danny Brooks, Don Bruns, Jane Squier Bruns, John Decker, David Dubov, James Flanagan, Steve LaRocque, Stephanie Mumford, Jenn Pommerenke, Amy Rauch, Laura Russell, and Ted Schneider. 

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#4 of 8:  7/10, 12, 26, 31, various FREE Staged Readings.  The Theatre Lab, at Theatre J (16th & Q) and National Theatre (13th & PA. Ave.) Free but reservations are requested:  www.theatrelab.org or 202-824-0449.  http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/theater-j-on-location/

    Part of The Theatre Lab’s Acting in a Professional Production course, which introduces adult acting students to working in a professional setting.  Reading with the students: Th.J guest artists Jeff Allin (7/31) and David Raphaely (7/10, 12, 26).
    Readings are from the Born Guilty Cycle, a trilogy by ThJ Artistic Director and playwright Ari Roth. Roth has revised three of his scripts for the readings: Giant Shadows, an early family comedy, 1987 winner Helen Eisner Award for Young Playwrights from the Streisand Center for Jewish Culture in Los Angeles; and Born Guilty’s sequel, The Wolf in Peter. The three play series explores the drama of being second generation (born after World War II and now carrying the moral legacy of the Third Reich) in the shadow of the Holocaust with insight and humor.
    Directed by ThJ’s Assoc Producer Delia Taylor and Dir of Literary & Public Programming Shirley Serotsky. 
    GIANT SHADOWS:  Sun.7/10 @ 7:30 at ThJ, Tues.7/26 @ 7:00 at National.
    BORN GUILTY, and THE WOLF IN PETER: Tues.7/12 @ 7:00 at ThJ, Sun.7/31 @ 3:00 at National

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#5 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:30, $20 NTLive screeningTHE CHERRY ORCHARD, by Anton Chekhov.  The National Theatre of London.  At Shakespeare Theatre Co. Sidney Harman Hall, F St.@ 6th NW.  www.shakespearetheatre.org.

    Film of live stage production.  Acclaimed National Theatre Assoc. Dir. Howard Davies' recent productions of Russian plays have earned huge critical acclaim. In this NT production, Zoë Wanamaker stars as Madame Ranevskaya.

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#6 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:00-10, Free admission.  Cash bar/food:  Showtunes & Cocktails at the Jefferson.  Presented by The Helen Hayes Awards.  At The Jefferson Hotel Quill Bar, 1200 16th NW (@ M).  www.helenhayes.org.

    Monthly gathering.  Shed your inhibitions, connect with your inner diva

and belt out show tunes with other theatre lovers, bandleader / pianist Glenn Pearson, and special guests from Washington stages.  Bar menu, appetizers & specialty drink menu available for purchase.  20% of proceeds support the year-round audience building efforts of the Helen Hayes Awards.  Discounted parking available.

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#7 of 8:  Mon.7/11 @ 7:00, FREE Film: Rodgers & Hammerstein's Oklahoma!  At Southwest Neighborhood Library, 900 Wesley Pl, SW.  1955 film starring Gordon MacRae, Shirley Jones and Rod Steiger.  http://www.dclibrary.org/southwest?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=A-List7.6.11

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#8 of 8:  Wed/Thur.7/13+14 @ 8:00. FREE Hip-Hop Theater:  SEED, by Radha Blank.  At Arena Stage Kogod Cradle.  Presented w the Hip-Hop Theater Festival.  Free, but reservations encouraged.  http://www.hhtf.org/ 
    Burnt-out social worker Anne Colleen Simpson decides to write a book detailing the child welfare case that brought her acclaim. But when Chee-Chee, a gifted ten-year-old from the “projects” collides into her life, she must confront the shadows of her past.  Examines class and cultural fault lines in one of New York’s most prominent black communities.

 

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT (posted 7/1/11)

    Greetings, all.  As the Source Festival wraps up this weekend, CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL fires its opening salvo tonight with a free evening of preview snippets by app. 30 of the presenters.  This will be the final year Fringe will play at this location, so indulge your nostalgia for these hot/sweaty/storm-drenched facilities while you can.  TAKE METRO!!!  Many clubs/restaurants share the area, plus parking restrictions are strictly enforced.  Purchase tix & buttons for full shows there (or on-line).  Note that Fringe is again operating the FREE STORE as a community service.  [Item below]

    Studio announced that VENUS IN FUR will play through July 24 (and was seeking ushers), but its lovely HISTORY OF KISSES closes Sun. Consider the space-available passes offered for KISSES tonight, or try asking for them for Sat/Sun.  Phone 202-332-3300 

    Families visiting this weekend?  Treat them to our award winning children’s theatres: CHARLOTTE’S WEB   Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812   http://adventuretheatre.org/08nowshowing/nowshowing.html.  And THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS.www.imaginationstage.org.  Bethesda, 301-280-1660.  Or the family-friendly historical ONE DESTINY.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th @ E NW. http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 through tomorrow  Ages 8+

    If you missed Forum’s terrific BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, view the WAPAVA DVD free when final processing has been completed. Meanwhile, check www.wapava.org for other local shows to view.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    OPUS – to 7/3.  www.olneytheatre.org.

    NIGHT AND DAY in rep w TENNESSEE CONTINUUM – to 7/3.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC) at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html
    OLD TIMES – to 7/3.  Shakespeare Theatre Co's Lansburgh Theatre. 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.  http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40909/follies-and-old-times-reviewed-the-perils-of-the-past/  http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/shakespeare-theatres-old-times-maintains-pinters-exquisite-tension/2011/05/27/AGrTKxCH_story.html

    DON QUIXOTE - 7/3.  Synetic Theatre 
    THE HISTORY OF KISSES – 7/3 http://www.studiotheatre.org/

    ONE DESTINY– 7/2.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 

    SOURCE FESTIVAL – to 7/3.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

    BOOTYCANDY – 7/3  http://www.woollymammoth.net

    PURGE - to 7/3.  Scena Theatre at H Street Playhouse 
IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT, Fri.7/1 @ 7:00-10:00.  Free Cap Fringe Festival Preview Night.  At The Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar,  Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave., NW.  METRO: Mt. Vernon Square or Gallery Place.  www.capitalfringe.org 
     Learn more about this year’s 18-day (July 7-24), city-wide live performance event.  View snippets of 30 of the over 100 productions.  Inexpensive way to connect with experimental, adventurous theatrical productions -- and with their actors and audiences.
    At the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar, purchase food and drinks (including cold beer & Prosecco) while enjoying entertainment and catching the latest buzz.

    Again this year we are pleased to offer to the community THE FREE STORE where -- you guessed it -- everything is free, as part of our commitment to promoting recycling and reuse.  So this community project is funded 100% by the people, for the people. Bring clothes, books and music you CAN'T use to The Free Store, and take any clothes, books and music that you CAN use.  Check your closets, check your bookshelves, check your garage. The Free Store can only happen with your donations, so we need your help!  We are accepting clothing, books and music at this time. All clothing must be washed and in fair condition.  From July 7th to 24th at The Apothecary (a Fringe venue at 1013 7th NW, Tues-Fri: 5-8, Sat 1-8, Sun. 1-5.  But BRING DONATIONS to Fort Fringe, 607 New York Ave. To schedule a drop-off time, please email coordinator@capitalfringe.org

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#2 of 2:  Fri/Sat. 7/1+2 @ 8:00, $12/10 sr,stu.:  VERONICA’S ROOM, by Ira Levin.  Rude Mechanicals SECOND STAGE, at Bonifant Theater Space, 949 Bonifant St., Silver Spring, MD 20910.    http://rudemechanicals.com/  Some adult content. May not be suitable for children.

    A young couple is enticed to the Brabissant mansion by its lonely caretakers. Struck by the young woman's strong resemblance to Veronica, long-dead daughter of the family for whom they work, the caretakers gradually induce her to impersonate Veronica to solace the only living Brabissant, her addled sister who believes Veronica alive.  Adult in nature, but not "adult," dark psychological thriller of mind bending revelations, shocks, and surprises. Elise Berg, Director.

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The Kennedy Center is now offering a very limited number of $15 tickets for all 
Reduced Shakespeare Company Completely Hollywood (abridged) 
performances in its final weekend, Friday through Sunday, July 1st - July 3rd.  Tickets are regularly as much as $49

You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "63340."     http://tinyurl.com/64jpsd2 

About the Program:
   Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing 187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an  evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnell starring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira  Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. It all culminates in the summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs! RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours 
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TO RECEIVE YOUR DISCOUNT BY PHONE OR IN PERSON AT THE BOX OFFICE, MENTION OFFER
 NUMBER "63340" 
(202) 467-4600 | Toll-free (800) 444-1324 TTY (202) 416-8524 | Groups
 (202)416-8400 

See you at the Kennedy Center!
 *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.
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TICKETS, PASSES & ADMISSION BUTTONS

ON SALE

 

WHERE TO BUY 

At Fort Fringe: Fort Fringe is the central hub of the Capital Fringe Festival. It houses three festival venues, the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar and the festival's main box office. The Main Festival Box office is open: Pre-Festival: June 20 3pm-10pm; June 30 6-10pm; July 1 6pm-10pm; July 6 2pm-6pm.

During the Festival: 

Tuesday - Thursday 3pm - 11pm and  Friday - Sunday 10am - 11pm.  

At the Festival Venues: 

Starting July 7, patrons can purchase singles tickets and admission buttons for specific shows 45 minutes prior to curtain. Passes are only available for purchase at the main box office or online.

In advance: Look below to purchase passes and buttons in advance or call (866) 811-4111. You can also buy tickets on each individual show page.    

 

FRINGE ADMISSION BUTTONS - $7 All ticket holders (except for kids 12 and under) must have a Fringe admission button for entrance. Buttons are a one-time purchase, but must be presented or worn for entrance to each show. Admission Buttons get your discounts.  Purchase here   

 

SINGLE TICKETS 
$17 + Fringe admission button required. Browse the individual show pages to purchase single tickets.   

 

SEE MULTIPLE SHOWS. SAVE MONEY  

BE SMART GET A MULTI-SHOW FESTIVAL PASS   

*All-Access Pass - $300

There's no limit to the amount of shows you can see!  Also receive access to the exclusive box office hot line number - only available to All-Access Pass holders.

 

*110 Proof Pass - $120

Good for 10 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival.  Equal to $5 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $57.

 

*6 Pack Pass - $80

Good for 6 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to nearly $4 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings of $31.

 

*Foh-ty Pass - $60

Good for 4 tickets to shows in the Fringe Festival. Equal to $2 off each ticket + Fringe Admission Button = total savings $15.

 

Capital Fringe does not offer group discounts. We encourage groups to purchase multi-show passes to take advantage of the discounts.  *Please visit capitalfringe.org for specific rules and perks of each pass.  

 

PRE-FESTIVAL EVENTS 

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & ZIPCAR present the ZIP/CAP TALENT SHOW

Thursday, June 30th 5:30pm - 11pm under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW 

Join us in celebrating 11 years of car sharing in the nation's capital! We'll be partying with our friends from Capital Fringe and presenting some great local talent at the ZIP/CAP Talent Show. The first drink's on us (bring your ID!) and we'll have birthday cake for everyone. Are you ready for this? The first 50 Zipsters through the door get a coveted Capital Fringe button for FREE! This button is required for entry to any Fringe Festival Show, plus button holders get sweet discounts throughout the year.

 

CAPITAL FRINGE & the 2011 FRINGE FESTIVAL ARTISTS present the FRINGE PREVIEW 

Friday, July 1    7pm - 10pm - tent bar is open till 2am under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent, 607 New York Ave NW

This year, the Preview will showcase 30 Fringe artists performing 2-5 minute rapid fire excerpts of their Fringe Festival shows. Become an informed patron by watching a sampling of the upcoming shows. Turkey Burgers & yummy Baldacchino Food & Drink all night long!  

 

© 2011 Capital Fringe. We are generously supported by: Mid-Atlantic Arts Foundation, Corina Higginson Trust, DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Pepco Energy, Douglas Development, TheaterMania, Washington City Paper, WAMU, The Washington Post Company  and the Fringe Family of Donors - if that is you, thanks!
 

Catalogue for Philanthropy called us a top non-profit - check it out  

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The Studio Theatre

is offering complimentary-space-available tickets:

Tuesday, June 28 at 7:30pm

and

Wednesday, June 29 at 7:30pm


 DCdigest  Pick:   “I highly recommend HISTORY OF KISSES, for which Studio is offering complimentary passes.  [Details below].  A gentle, insightful, amusing, engaging, thoroughly charming evening." --Karen  (Donna's note:  I agree completely and add my recommendation to Karen's.)


The History of Kisses

A World Premiere

Written, Directed and Performed by David Cale

“…The History of Kisses plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel (he’s staying in the room adjoining Robert Grundy’s). Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”

–Celia Wren, The Washington Post


Cale’s character, Grundy, is the gem of The History of Kisses. Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first, & a performer second. There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them."

--John BarryMD Theatre Guide


Reservations required.

To reserve tickets, please call The Studio Theatre Box Office

at 202.332.3300

Limit 2 per person.

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning TONIGHT (posted 6/24/11)

    Greetings, all.  Only 3 remaining perfs of Forum’s extraordinary BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA before it closes this SAT. Get 2-fer tix Sat. mat.  One of the most creative – and joyful -- shows I’ve seen in a very long time.  The pure joy of creativity in both script and production are exhilarating.  Don’t expect linear storytelling.  Think of it as “a day in the life of ...”  Sort of “Our Town” on “uppers.”   City Paper got it right: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40969/bobrauschenbergamerica-at-forum-theatre-reviewed-bits-of-discarded-americana-in/.

    Final perf this Sun. mat. of Spooky Action Theater’s EINSTEIN’S DREAMS is the only one w seats still available.  This Wash.Post Recommended show is otherwise sold out. Tix just $10-15.

    More space-available passes beginning tonight to Studio’s charming, lyrical THE HISTORY OF KISSES.  Waaay better than its description might indicate.  Note that space-available passes are NOT actual tix.  Your seating is NOT guaranteed.  At curtain time, any remaining seats unsold at that time will be given to pass holders.  But with so many passes offered, your chances are probably very good.

    Oh to be young again.  For $20 on Thur. 6/30 those up to age 35 can get STC’s MERCHANT OF VENICE and free beer & bling.

    More opps below.  And more this weekend that I lack time to include.  I’ll do my best to post those tonight.  Apologies to those not included here.

    If you’ve seen all these, consider Studio’s VENUS IN FUR and STC’s OLD TIMES, both of which close next weekend, and I highly recommend, though I have no special offers for them.  But Studio was seeking ushers for VENUS.

    Tix on sale now for CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL July 7-24, with lots of special pre-fest bargains and activities.  [Item below].  Get your $7 Fringe Button now (required for entry to Fringe shows) and take advantage of all kinds of bonus discounts now and later (plays & other things) www.capitalfringe.org.  PLUS job opps abound, from carpenters to box office and much more:  http://www.capfringe.org/opportunities.html.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Final reminder: Memorial honoring Gary Maker tomorrow Sat.6/25 @ 3, Washington Ethical Society, 7750 Sixteenth St.NW, just S. of Silver Spring.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA – to Sat. 6/25 eve.  www.forumtheatredc.org at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro). ½ pr.Sat.mat.

    EINSTEIN’S DREAM – to Sun.6/26.  Fri/Sat sold out.  Sun.@2 still available.  At 16th & S NW.  www.spookyaction.org

    JACK AND THE BEAN-STALK – to Sun. 6/26 @ noon.  WWW.1STSTAGETYSONS.ORG.

    GALA Hispanic Theatre:  Canto al Perú Negro / Celebrating Afro Peru.

    ONE DESTINY– 7/2.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7 

 

CLOSING WEEKEND ending July 3:

    OPUS – to 7/3.  www.olneytheatre.org.

    PURGE - to 7/3.  Scena Theatre at H Street Playhouse 
    
NIGHT AND DAY in rep w TENNESSEE CONTINUUM – to 7/3.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC) at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html
    OLD TIMES – to 7/3.  Shakespeare Theatre Co's Lansburgh Theatre. 450 7th St. NW. (202) 547-1122.   http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40909/follies-and-old-times-reviewed-the-perils-of-the-past/   http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/shakespeare-theatres-old-times-maintains-pinters-exquisite-tension/2011/05/27/AGrTKxCH_story.html

    SOURCE FESTIVAL – to 7/3.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

 

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc. (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of  LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  Fri/Sat.6/24+25 @ 7:30, & Sat/Sun.6/25+26 @ 2:30, Comp space-available passes:  THE HISTORY OF KISSES, writ, dir, performed by David Cale.  At Studio Theatre, 14th & P NW DC.  Reservations required. b.o. 202.332.3300.  Limit 2pp.  www.studiotheatre.org.

    World Premiere.  “… plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel.  Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”  –Celia Wren, The Washington Post

    "Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first... There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them." -John Barry, MD Theatre Guide
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#2 of 8:  Sat.6/25 @ 2:00 [2nd last perf], 2-for-1 tix via email. [reg. $15-25]:  BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA, by Charles L. Mee.  Forum Theatre at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org.  2-for-1 tix for 2:00 mat: Email tickets@forumtheatredc.org with subject line: 2-for-1.  Reg. tix for final 8:00 perf:: http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3663&event_val=FOR3&schedule=list.  Closes Sat.6/25. 
    A wild and whimsical road trip through America.  Inspired by painter and pop artist Robert Rauschenberg, bobrauschenbergamerica is a vivid collage of love stories, business schemes, backyard barbecues, singing, dancing, and chicken jokes.  Derek Goldman directs Joe Brack, Chelsey Christensen, Michael Dove, Maboud Ebrahimzadeh, Julie Garner, Annie Houston, Kailei Isaac, Augie Praley, Aaron Reeder, and Cliff Williams.

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#3 of 8:  Final perf. Sun.6/26 @ 2:00, $15; $10 Srs, students & actors incl. members of Actor's Equity, Actor's Center, or actor training programs having ID card.  [Check availability.]:  EINSTEIN’S DREAM, by Alan Lightman Co-production of Spooky Action Theatre and Burning Coal Theatre of Raleigh, NC.  At SAT’s new theater in Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St NW DC; enter at rear of building via S St. www.spookyaction.org.  [NOTE: Fri/Sat sold out] 

    A patent clerk in Switzerland, twenty six-year old Albert Einstein dreams possible theories of Time.  Characters, real and imagined, swirl around him reshaping his life and his dreams through movement, light and sound.  Relativity in action gives birth to a new Theory.  And a transforming vision of life.

    Adapted by Kipp Erante Cheng.  Rebecca Holderness directs Elver Ariza-Silva, Frank Britton, Jonathan Fitts, Connor Hogan, Hilary Kacser, Lisa Lias, Whitney Madren, Beckett Martin, Madeline Muravchik, Adam Segaller, Sarah Thomas, Jade Wheeler and Wendy Wilmer

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#4 of 8:  Opening w pajama party tonight, $17:  CHARLOTTE’S WEB   Adventure Theatre, 7300 MacArthur Blvd, Glen Echo, MD 20812   click here. http://adventuretheatre.org/08nowshowing/nowshowing.html

    E. B. White's popular tale of love and devotion takes theatergoers to Zuckerman's Farm, where delightful runt pig Wilbur appears headed for the dinner table -- as main course, not as guest. Yet he is saved by the remarkably crafty spider, Charlotte, and the whole town begins talking about it. Some pig!

Based on the book by E.B. White and adapted by Joseph Robinette. Directed by Serge Seiden.

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#5 of 8:  Opening weekend Fri-Sun.6/24-26, ½ price w Code [reg.$10-22]:  THE WIND IN THE WILLOWS. Imagination Stage.  Bethesda.  ½ price w Code FORD’S for perf. through 6/26.  www.imaginationstage.org or 301-280-1660.  Subject to availability, not valid with other offers or previous purchases   Runs to 8/14. Ages 4+/

    Musical event faithful to the classic, enchanting novel by Kenneth Grahame. Adapted by Richard Hellesen, music / lyrics by Michael Silversher, directed by Janet Stanford.  Go on a wild ride with Mr. Toad!  It's early in the twentieth century, and Mr. Toad embraces the motor car with reckless abandon. Can friends Mole, Ratty and Mr. Badger save him from himself? In a musical adventure with police chases, prison breaks and bandits, Mr. Toad learns the true meaning of friendship.

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#6 of 8:  Continuing to 7/2, $10.25 incl.fees:  ONE DESTINY.  Ford’s Theatre, 10th St. @ E, NW.  http://www.ticketmaster.com/promo/v6mjs7.  6/14 – 7/2, Tues-Sat. Ages 8+

    Insider’s look into the Lincoln assassination. Richard Hellesen’s 35-minute play captures the emotions of that fateful night in 1865.  Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there.  Michael Bunce and Stephen F. Schmidt portray actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford as they reconstruct the sequence of events and grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped?  “History buffs and novices alike will find humor and enlightenment in the dialogue.” –Wash. Post.  See what audiences are saying.  Read more.

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#7 of 8:  Every Sat. @ 2:00 mat, PWYC:  NIGHT AND DAY, by Tom Stoppard, in repertory with TENNESSEE CONTINUUM, 2 one-acts by Tennessee Williams.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC), at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 [previously The Newseum in Rosslyn].  In repertory through July 3.  Schedule: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html.  Descriptions/tix: http://tickets.artisphere.com/eventperformances.asp?MV=6/12/2011&evt=32&c

    NIGHT AND DAY: rarely mounted 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa.
    TENNESSEE CONTINUUM: double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts.  Portrait of a Madonna: early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois. The Gnädiges Fräulein: heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.

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#8 of 8:  Buy now for Thur.6/30 @ 8:00 + happy hr @ 6. $20 if age 35 or under w Code. Young Prose [sic] Night:  THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, by Wm. Shakespeare.  Shakespeare Theatre Co. at The Harman Center, F St. @ 6th NW.  Plus On Tap-sponsored happy hour @ 6pm in The Forum [downstairs]. Your ticket includes a bottle of Peroni Italian beer, plus a preview of next season and giveaways.  http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=8936&source=t&tix=1&promo=PROSE or 202-547-1122, Code: PROSE.  [NOTE: Your ID will be checked when you retrieve tix @ will call.  And again to claim your Peroni.]

    Shakespeare's controversial courtroom drama about power and revenge, justice and mercy, love and prejudice.  Modern twist on old classic, set against gritty backdrop of 1920s Lower East Side NYC reminds us that even five hundred years later, a book can be judged by its cover, everything's for sale and mo' money causes mo' problems.  BUY TICKETS!

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LAST CHANCE...

Only 4 more chances to see Charles L. Mee's BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA

 
Thursday, June 23rd at 8pm
Friday, June 24th at 8pm

Saturday, June 25th at 2pm and 8pm 

 

"Generosity and surprise abound, but director Derek Goldman has tapped deep wells of melancholy and insight too [...] It's the most athletic offering we've seen yet from Forum."  

- Washington City Paper 

 

2-for-1 at 2pm 

 

They're offering "2-for-1 at 2pm" tickets to the FINAL matinee performance of BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA!

Grab a friend and spend your Saturday afternoon with BOB and his buddies!  

Email tickets@forumtheatredc.org, subject line: "2-for-1 at 2pm" to reserve your tickets.  

 FORUM THEATRE

Company-In-Residence  

at Round House Theatre Silver Spring

8641 Colesville Road, Silver Spring MD 20910 

 

Contact Information:

phone: 240. 644.1390

e-mail: forum@forumtheatredc.org

 

www.forumtheatredc.org   BUY TICKETS TODAY!   

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps SPECIAL BULLETIN (posted 6/21/11)

    Greetings, all.  Special discount for REDUCED SHAKESPEARE CO. at Kennedy Center.

    PLUS, I highly recommend HISTORY OF KISSES, for which Studio is offering space-available passes Wed/Thur.  [Details below].  A gentle, insightful, amusing, engaging, thoroughly charming evening.  (Donna's note:  I agree completely and add my recommendation to Karen's.)

    Note that space-available passes are NOT actual tix.  Your seating is NOT guaranteed.  At curtain time, any unsold seats will be given to pass holders.  Depending on ticket sales, there might not be seats for all pass holders. The offering of such passes indicates that when the offer was issued, your odds of being seated were good.  But given the stellar reviews, there might be a run on paid tickets.  So go early to be at the front of the line.  I suspect Wed. might be your best bet.  But no guarantees.

    IMPORTANT NOTE – This column is purposefully separated into two distinct sections.  (A.) This above-the-line intro section contains my editorial opinion, background info, etc.  (B.)  Below-the-line NUMBERED section consists of  LISTINGS ONLY.  The info is obtained from other sources, and does not necessarily reflect my opinion.  BEING LISTED below does NOT imply endorsement.  Just listing what’s out there, for you to explore ... or not.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  Wed/Thur.6/22+23 @ 7:30, Comp space-available passes:  THE HISTORY OF KISSES, writ, dir, performed by David Cale.  At Studio Theatre, 14th & P NW DC.  Reservations required. b.o. 202.332.3300.  Limit 2pp.  www.studiotheatre.org.

    World Premiere.  “… plays out on a lonely stretch of unkempt sand, punctuated by an easel and a concertina lying on a rock…Between rock and easel stands a wooden lifeguard chair, which is apt because the play’s hesitant, self-conscious protagonists are all in some way in need of rescue. That goes for the central character, James, an amused and bemused writer who’s attempting to knock out a story collection from temporary headquarters in a motel.  Inspired and distracted by chanteys, memories and the amorous exploits of Craig, the Australian surfer at the motel’s front desk, James finds himself caught up in an unanticipated personal adventure.”  –Celia Wren, The Washington Post

    "Cale slips easily from one character to the next. He’s a storyteller first... There are moments of keen insight and emotional uplift here, especially for the middle-aged contingent who assume that their best kisses are behind them." -John Barry, MD Theatre Guide

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#2 of 2:  Thur.6/23 @ 7:30, $20 [reg. up to $45]:  Reduced Shakespeare Co.: Completely Hollywood (abridged).  Kennedy Center Terrace Theater.  Very limited number of $20 orchestra tickets.  Click http://tinyurl.com/6934nmu and discount will apply automatically. At Box Office or via phone, mention Offer 63181.  202-467-4600, 800-444-1324.  TTY 202-416-8524.  Groups 202-416-8400.  *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice.  RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours.

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing 187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnell starring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. No stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!

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    DC digest - Donna's Choice:

The Kennedy Center is now offering a very limited number of $20 orchestra tickets to the 
Reduced Shakespeare CompanyCompletely Hollywood (abridged) 
on June 23 2011 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are regularly as much as $45

You can click the link below and your discount will appear automatically. If you call or stop by the Box Office for the discount, be sure to mention Offer Number "63181."

http://tinyurl.com/6934nmu

About the Program
Reduced Shakespeare Company
Completely Hollywood (abridged)

June 23, 2011 at 7:30 p.m.
Terrace Theater

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the theater... It's the Greatest Hollywood Blockbuster Never Made! 
The "Bad Boys of Abridgment" are back with Completely Hollywood (abridged), reducing
187 movies in 100 minutes, and condensing every cliché from every movie ever made (plus a few new ones they just made up) into an evening of "stellar shtick" (Chicago Tribune). The madness! The method! The images! The implants! Armed with the theory that every Hollywood movie is just a combination of two old movies, the Reduced Shakespeare Company unleashes such unlikely mash-ups as Kevin Bacon teaching a disabled writer how to dance in My Left Footloose, Jessica Tandy and Robert DeNiro in the feel-good movie of the year Taxi Driving Miss Daisy, Rosie O'Donnellstarring in the new musical My Big Fat Fair Lady, and Akira Kurosawa directing Disney's next hit Snow White and the Seven Samurai. It all culminates in the summer's biggest blockbuster with no stars, no budget, and no popcorn--but plenty of laughs!


RUNNING TIME: Approx. 2 hours

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Wicked

Wicked is wickedly delightful in every way!  Great voices, dazzling costumes, sparkling set design and marvelous lighting & special effects, all combined with a wicked sense of humor!  It's everything musical theater should be!  
Don't miss it!  --Donna
  • Jun 15 - Aug 21, 2011
  • Kennedy Center Opera House
  • 2 hours, 45 minutes
  • $37.00 - $250.00
 
Music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz   Book by Winnie Holzman   Directed by Joe Mantello

Back by popular demand! The New York Times calls Wicked "the defining musical of the decade." When it last played Washington in 2005, it broke box office records and sold out in record time.  Winner of 35 major awards, including a Grammy and three Tony Awards, Wicked is Broadway's biggest blockbuster, a cultural phenomenon, and was named "the defining musical of the decade" by the New York Times. 

Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One--born with emerald green skin--is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today).

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                                Hothouse heats up H Street with great entertainment for June!

New! Advance tickets now available! Click on the links below..
https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=33fba5b00838f95e734b1c81becbd01d&t=tix


All productions will be Pay-What-You-Can performances

beginning at 7:30 (box office will open at 6:45 for PWYC purchases).

All performances are at the

H Street Playhouse

1365 H Street NE

Washington, DC

 

June 20

Theater Alliance
Birnham Woods

By Wendy MacLeod
In a small college town in Indiana, Janice just wants something to happen. When her handsome colleague Kevin invites her husband to do some lucrative consulting for a mysterious organization, Janice sees her ticket out. But is it a global think tank or a cover for a terrorist network? And is Kevin more than just a colleague to Janice?

 

June 21

Pickin' Up Strays
By Kafia Haile
Set in Virginia after the Nat Turner Slave Revolt, Pickin' Up Strays tells the story of Teensie, a house slave who is involved in a consensual relationship with her master. When Teensie is suspected of caring for one of the field hands, she is sold away from her daughter. Teensie must decide whether to build a life under the safety of her new master, or fight to be reunited with her daughter.

 

June 22

Lincoln and God
By Tony Gallo
Abraham Lincoln is the only American president who did not claim church membership. This two-act drama examines the complex relationship between the nation's sixteenth 16th oresident and his God during the Civil War. Lincoln's three-fold messianic intentions: remove the scar of slavery from the sacred Constitution, preserve the Union, and unite the Nation. "I am an accidental instrument of God's will." Were the incredible oratorical skills of this self-educated man a sign of the Divine Will?

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps SPECIAL BULLETIN (posted 6/19/11, 5am)

    Greetings, all.  Exciting recommendation, plus special deal for today’s 2 pm matinee.

    Treat yourselves to BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA.  The pure joy of creativity in both script and production is exhilarating.  After seeing it last night at my urging, an equally picky theatre person [yes, they do exist] left me a phone message of such excitement that it seemed to burst from my machine.

    Don’t expect linear storytelling.  Think of it as “a day in the life of ...”  Sort of a revved up “Our Town” on “uppers.”  City Paper’s review got it right, and offers some illuminating background: http://www.washingtoncitypaper.com/articles/40969/bobrauschenbergamerica-at-forum-theatre-reviewed-bits-of-discarded-americana-in/

    Today’s 2pm matinee is just $10 for Montgomery County residents [reg. $25] ... with free popcorn for all ... that you may take into the theatre.  There is a perf Mon. nt., then only Thur-Sun. next weekend (closing 6/25 mat.).  Forum Theatre, at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org. Plentiful free street and garage parking.  http://purchase.tickets.com/buy/TicketPurchase?organ_val=3663&event_val=FOR3&schedule=list.  240-644-1100.

    Hints: Arrive early to check out art books and other reference materials in the lobby (before the popcorn stickies your fingers, please).  And to catch the unnervingly authentic homeless character who is wont to spook passersby outside & inside pre-show.  Plus pre & post-show today, catch The Revels’ free outdoor SunFest @ 1-5pm on closed-off Ellsworth Drive, 1 block away.

    P.S.  No chickens were harmed in the making of this show. 

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Beginning tonight (posted 6/9/11)

    Greetings, all.  Additions to my 6/7 bulletin covering similar calendar period.  Lots of goodies there, too, including big WSC clearout of Clark St. Playhouse.

    Conference registration is still open for Playwrights in Mind: A National Conversation with playwrights: June 9-12 at George Mason Univ.  Sponsored by the Dramatists Guild, hosted by Theater of the First Amendment. www.TheateroftheFirstAmendment.org

    The CAPITAL FRINGE FESTIVAL is drawing nigh – tix on sale June 20 for July 7-24.  Get your $5 Fringe Button now (required for entry to Fringe shows anyway) and take advantage of all kinds of bonus discounts now and later (plays & other things) www.capitalfringe.org.  PLUS job opps abound, from carpenters to box office and much more: http://www.capfringe.org/opportunities.html.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

 

CLOSING THIS WEEKEND  Check websites & discounters for deals:

    AMADEUS - Round House Theatre Bethesda Fri/Sat @ 8, Sun@ 3: age 30 & under: $10 Fri., $15 Sat/Sun. Call 240.644.1100.  Reg.tix from $25.  www.roundhousetheatre.org.

    Como si fuera esta noche / AS IF IT WERE TONIGHT - in Spanish at Gunston Arts Center, www.teatrodelaluna.org

    CYRANO - http://www.folger.edu/index.cfm 

    FARRAGUT NORTH - http://www.olneytheatre.org/newspress/

    IN THE BLOOD - TheHegira http://www.thehegira.org/season2011.htm

    MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET - Theater J.  I so enjoyed this that I recruited a sponsor on the spot to fund adding it to WAPAVA archive.  Wash. Post reviewer’s gripe with it seems to spring from personal resentment of the main character's character.  I found script, technicals, directing mostly excellent.  Plus dynamite acting, especially by the three leads.  http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/10-11Season/moscows-of-nantucket/.

    SIDE BY SIDE BY SONDHEIM - http://www.signature-theatre.org/

 

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 9:  CANCELED Thur.6/9: THIS IS NPR. . . An Evening with Terry Gross at Lincoln Theatre.  Full refunds will be issued at point of purchase: TicketMaster or the Lincoln Theatre box office.  To receive a full refund: TicketMaster customers must contact TicketMaster by June 23 (800.653.8000); those who purchased tickets at the Lincoln Theatre must call the box office (202.328.6000).
    Listeners to Fresh Air may have noticed that Gross has been off the show due to an illness for the past week. While she was hopeful that she would be well enough for tomorrow’s event, she's still suffering from laryngitis. We profoundly regret this inconvenience.
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#2 of 9:  Thur/Fri.6/9+10 @ 7:30, $10 Cabaret. [Dinner priced a la carte; seating begins at 6:00]:  LAUGH IT UP, FUNNY GIRL w Gia Mora.  At Germano's Trattoria, 300 South High St (Little Italy), Baltimore, MD 21202.  www.GiaMora.com  Reserve: 410.752.4515 or www.GermanosTrattoria.com.

    First 10 reservations each night receive FREE CD. Join Gia and pianist Charlie Barnett for a highly caffeinated evening of music and storytelling, musing on love and life in the Internet age -- online dating, digital surveillance, and everything in between.  Featuring three of Charlie's original songs, and an iPod shuffle of American music.  Watch Gia in THE VIDEOMAKERS www.thevideomakers.tv.  You have an appointment with Nina The Shrink at SHRINKAGE, YouTube series by Barry Gribble:http://www.youtube.com/user/ShrinkageNina

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#3 of 9:  Fri.6/10 @ 8:00 -11, $10 Young Professionals NightBOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA.  Forum Theatre at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to AFI Th., 2 bl from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org

    Post-perf. reception w light food & drinks; meet new folks and chat about the show. Reserve: 240-644-1100, mention Young Professionals Night.  If you prefer to pay at the door, email tickets@forumtd.org  to reserve your place.

    Open Forums 6/12, 16, 18, 23: post-show discussion w cast, crew and creative team.

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#4 of 9:  Fri’s/Sat’s 6/10-18 @ 8 + 10pm, $15 Improv:  WIT WILD & WOOLLY! Washington Improv Theater.  At Woolly Mammoth Rehearsal Room, D St. @ 7th NW DC.  www.washingtonimprovtheater.com

    Six company ensembles, many shows, events and special guests, for two weeks only at Woolly Mammoth's. .Even if you think improv isn't your cup of tea, give this show a try. If you're uninitiated in the long form improv format of performance art, discover a new love in these funny and insightful sets. It's all made up from your suggestions, but we dare you to believe that's true.

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#5 of 9:  Every Sat. @ 2:00 mat, PWYC:  6/11 = NIGHT AND DAY, by Tom Stoppard.  6/18 = TENNESSEE CONTINUUM, 2 one-acts by Tennessee Williams.  Washington Shakespeare Co. (WSC), at Artisphere’s Black Box Theatre, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Arlington, VA 22209 [previously The Newseum in Rosslyn].  In repertory through July 3.  Schedule: http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/showinfo.html.  Descriptions/tix: http://tickets.artisphere.com/eventperformances.asp?MV=6/12/2011&evt=32&c

    NIGHT AND DAY: rarely mounted 1978 play looks at a British newspaper strike through the prism of journalists covering a civil war in Africa.
    TENNESSEE CONTINUUM: double-bill of infrequently performed one-acts.  Portrait of a Madonna: early, poignant sketch of the character who would become Blanche DuBois. The Gnädiges Fräulein: heartbreakingly yet hilarious ode to the indomitability of the human spirit.

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#6 of 9:  Sat.6/11 @ 8:00, FREE Cabaret at The Theatre Lab, 733 8th NW. Gallery Place Metro.  www.theatrelab.org. 202-824-0449.

    Evening of telling songs and singing stories, creatively autobiographical, embarrassingly human, sensationally personal and sometimes even wise.  Performed by students of Judy Simmons and George Fulginiti-Shakar: Daryl Anderson, Rachael Goldman-Gorbutt, Elcindor Johnson, Erin Kotheimer, Steve Little, Karin Rosnizeck, Danni Stewart.

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#7 of 9:  Sun.6/12 @ 4:30, FREE:  5x5: SCENES OF RIVALRY; Local Playwrights Respond to THE MOSCOWS OF NANTUCKET.  Theater J, 1529 16th NW @ Q. http://washingtondcjcc.org/center-for-arts/theater-j/on-stage/10-11Season/moscows-of-nantucket/tj-moscows-beyond.html

    We invited local playwrights to respond to the pertinent issues of sibling rivalry, making a life in the arts, and interfaith marriage, as dramatized by The Moscows of Nantucket. Playwrights were asked to write a five-minute play inspired by the show.  Five were selected and will be read by professional actors following the 6/12 mat. of The Moscows.

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#8 of 9:  Mon.6/13 @ 8:00 +2nd Mon. ea month, $10:  CLOWN CABARET.  Presented by Karen Beriss & Matthew Pauli.  At Fort Fringe THE SHOP, 607 New York Ave NW (@ 6th).  www.clowncabaret.com.   

    For years now, people around the world have talked about “those clowns in DC.” Well it’s time to take the title back from the politicians and give it a little dignity again. DC's monthly Clown Cabaret provides performance opportunities to clowns from the DC area, and to a few distinguished fools from elsewhere. You just have to show up, laugh and play along. You are half the show.  Plus you can buy beer and wine at the show, plus Fringe Button discounts on selected clown merchandise.

    This week: Sabrina Mandell and Elena Day, Mark Lohr, Nick Newlin, Graham Pilato, Rich Potter and Mab, Just Mab. (Performers subject to change)

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#9 of 9:  Mon.6/13 @ 7:00, FREE Play Reading+discussion: THE UGLY ONE (Der Hässliche), by Marius von Mayenburg.  At Goethe-Institut, 812 7th NW. rsvp@washington.goethe.org or (202) 289-1200 ext.167. Discussion follows with guest. 

    Presented by Goethe-Institut and Shakespeare Theatre Co.  Scalpel-sharp comedy on beauty, identity and getting ahead in life.  Lette thought he was normal. When the extent of his ugliness is revealed, he turns to a plastic surgeon for help. But after the bandages come off, Lette soon learns that there is such a thing as too beautiful.  Director: Alan Paul, Assoc. Dir., STCo.

    After working as an artistic director at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, von Mayenburg (b. 1972) became artistic director and playwright-in-residence at the Berliner Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz.

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps TONIGHT spcl DavidLynch perf&film (6/8/11)

    Greetings, all.  Don’t know this group, but looks like fun.  And price is right.  This is a temporary pop-up art / perf. venue, with several floors of art exhibits, perfs, DJ’s, etc., every night.  And only port-a-potty facilities.  For reviews/blogs, Google: Art Whino G40 Art Summit.

    Wed.6/8, FREE:  DAVID LYNCH NIGHT.  Art Whino G40 MultiExperiential Art Summit, at vitaminwater uncapped LIVE, 2213-2217 14th NW (@ W).  G40 runs through 6/17.  http://www.artwhino.com/_webapp_3886764/2011_G40  

    7-9, Wild at Heart Happy Hour w/ American music of the 50s and 60s

    9:00, BECKETT AND LYNCH: A Celebration.  2 man absurdist play. 

    10:00, screening of Lynch film BLUE VELVET.

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Announcing the 1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company Spelling Bee

Hosted by Blacktop Theatre Company with The Keegan Theatre

The 1st Annual Blacktop Theatre Company SPELLING BEE
Monday, June 20th
8:00pm
Church Street Theater

Admission is Pay What You Can! Cash at the door.

One Night Only!
A new twist on an old classic: a topical, witty, intellectually stimulating, slightly irreverent, no-holds-barred…
Spelling Bee (for adults)

With audience participation .... and alcohol for sale!

Spellers Include: Jason McCool, Autumn Seavey, Frank Britton, Will Cruttenden, Heather Haney, Joshua Morgan, Mary Myers, Jason Schlafstein, Katie Nigsh-Fairfax and Joseph Thornhill.

Judges Include: Heather McDonald and Jenny McConnell Frederick

Blacktop Theatre Company, along with The Keegan Theatre, transports you back to the standby of 4th grade teachers everywhere: The Spelling Bee. But instead of the usual Merriam-Webster approved list, our words, sentences, and definitions will be shamelessly contemporary, proudly DC-centric, and yes, a little bit spicy.

10 of DC's finest in the theatre industry will spell off against each other. Judging the evening will be 3 special guest judges.

The 10 theatre artists won't be the only contestants, however. In an homage to Keegan's current production of "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee", each audience member can enter to win one of five additional slots onstage. This opportunity will be open to any audience member who arrives before 7:50, when the drawing will take place.

www.BlacktopTheatre.com 
www.KeeganTheatre.com

Dupont Circle Metro. On-Street Parking Available.
http://keegantheatre.com/plan-your-visit/directions-to-church-street-theater-parking/


Enjoy! --Donna

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Karen's FYI: TheatreOpps TONIGHT, PLUS (6/7/11)

    Greetings, all.  Don’t miss tonight’s PWYC of OPUS at Olney, with Paul Morella in the type of role he has honed to perfection.  The line will form early.

    And final weekend to catch Olney’s terrific FARRAGUT NORTH  Olney Theatre Center.  Tix begin @ $26, even less via discounters.  Outstanding acting, directing.

    Breaking my rule against publicizing fundraisers, because Constellation’s Gala on Thur.6/9 @ 7:00 includes silent auction offering opportunity for you to own fabulous props, costumes, sets, etc., that have wowed us during their brief existence.  Tix begin @ just $50.  At The Washington Club (NW DC), a venue you might have few other opps to visit. http://www.constellationtheatre.org/

    Another nostalgia sale and giveaway this weekend:  Alleged final [we've heard that before] WSC event at the old Clark St. Playhouse we all loved to hate as WSC clears out 20+ years of theatre history from their old digs.  Fri. is for theatre co’s & non-profits only.  Sat. to the public.  Sun. all remaining is free.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 6:  TONIGHT Tues.6/7 @ 7:30, PWYC: OPUS, by Michael Hollinger.  Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd, Olney, MD 20832.  1¼ mile from Georgia Avenue (Route 97).  Parking free.  PWYC tix in main lobby 1 hr pre-show.  Cash only.  [NOTE: Go early!] http://www.olneytheatre.org/newspress/

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#2 of 6:  Fri/Sat.6/10+11. FREE Readings:  Annual First Light Discovery Program. TheaterSpace at George Mason Univ. Center for the Arts.  Readings of new work by professional and student playwrights.  www.TheateroftheFirstAmendment.org

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#3 of 6:  6/10-12, WSC Theater Yard Sale/Giveaway.  Washington Shakespeare Co. at Clark Street Playhouse, 601 S. Clark St., Arlington, VA 22202.  Free Onsite Parking.  Two blocks north of Crystal City Metro.  www.washingtonshakespeare.org

    We have over 20 years of fascinating Washington theater history, but we are moving and can't take everything with us. You won't believe our inventory of sets, costumes, and props from a myriad of theaters and productions over the years. We also have furniture, artwork, appliances, construction tools, and building materials such as lumber. Cash and checks will be accepted (and credit cards for amounts over $25). Proceeds from the sale will support our youth theater camp. 
    Fri.6/10 @ 12-4, Exclusively for theater co’s and non-profits ONLY  Early Bird Preview Sale.  First pick, special pricing. RSVP by June 9 with your name and the name of your organization: yardsale@washingtonshakespeare.org
    Sat.6/11 @ 10-4, MAIN SALE
    Sun.6/12 10-4, FREE for all.  Any remaining stock free!

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#4 of 6:  June 10 – July 3:  SOURCE FESTIVAL.  At Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T).  25 new works: Eighteen 10-Minute Plays, three Full-Length Plays and four Artistic Blind Dates. Talent Show July 1. www.sourcedc.org/sourcefestival/index.html

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#5 of 6:  Sat.6/11 @ 5:00, FREE Classics in Context.  The Forum in Shakes. Theatre’s Sidney Harman Hall, F St. @ 6th NW. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=273 .

    Explore Harold Pinter's Old Times through our FREE discussion series. Seating is first come, first served.  To create a new approach to dialogue and an innovative method of exchange, we have invited some of the city’s leading players in the arts and political spectrum to respond to the work created onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company. Classics in Context fulfills the audience’s desire for discussion with a new perspective and a new approach toward criticism. Led by Director of Education Samantha Wyer, the panels will consist of three to four guests—sometimes regular and sometimes specific to the production—reacting to the work of the company in a roundtable format with our audience.

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#6 of 6:  6/11-19, Cheap tix:  2nd Annual DC BLACK THEATRE FESTIVAL.  52 events, various locations. [NOTE: They “renamed” venues for black notables.]  http://dcblacktheatrefestival.com/welcome.htm.  Sat.6/11 Opening Gala. Full length, one-acts, gospel, poetry, free new play readings, workshops, comedy acts:http://www.eventbrite.com/org/534311179?s=3630309.  Volunteers wanted: http://dcblacktheatrefestival.com/get_involved.htm

 

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S P E C I A L   O F F E R
Folger Theatre's production of "Cyrano"
Now through June 12 - details below


It is our pleasure to forward to you the following special offer for the Folger Theatre's production of Edmond Rostand's Cyrano, translated and adapted by Michael Hollinger and directed by Aaron Posner. See the details below on how to receive up to 50% off regular priced tickets and visit www.folger.edu/cyrano to learn more.


WHAT: The Folger Theatre's production of "Cyrano"
WHEN: now through Sunday, June 12
WHERE: Folger Elizabethan Theatre - 201 East Capitol St, SE
ADMISSION: Special offer -- $30 (Use coupon code "FLGEU" to receive up to 50% off regular priced tickets.)
MORE INFO / TICKETS: www.folger.edu/cyrano


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Pay-what-you-can preview of “Opus”

On Tuesday, June 7 at 7:30 p.m., the Olney Theatre Center will provide a pay-what-you-can preview of Michael Hollinger’s play “Opus”, with tickets available in the Mainstage lobby starting at 6:30.

In “Opus”, after firing one of their founding members due to his erratic behavior, a world-class string quartet takes a chance on a gifted, but inexperienced, young woman.  With only a few days to rehearse a grueling Beethoven masterpiece, the four struggle to prepare their highest-profile performance ever: a televised ceremony at the White House.  Their rehearsal rooms become pressure cookers as passions rise, personalities clash, & the players confront the ephemeral nature of their life's work.  The New York Times called “Opus” “absorbing” & praised its “nuanced intelligence.”

Olney will present “Opus” on its Mainstage, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road (MD-108, between New Hampshire & Georgia Avenues).  For other tickets ($26-54, with discounts for groups, seniors, military, & students), call (301) 924-3400 or go to www.olneytheatre.org

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5/31/11   Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps TONIGHT 
Plus Future Dates


Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps CORRECTED:TONIGHT Plus (5/31/11)

    Greetings, all. Update, clarification, correction of yesterday’s bulletin.  Since Synetic’s pwyc is Wed. (not Thur), you could do all 4 very promising pwyc’s this week, in the order listed below.  (Thanks, Linda & Jacob, for catching that.)

    And though my Amadeus $10 Tues tix. notice was under SOLD OUT, Yahoo's distortion of my spacing might have made that unclear.  So ...

 

PWYCs:

    (a) TONIGHT Tues.5/31 @ 8:00:  BOOTYCANDYwww.WoollyMammoth.net. On D St. @ 7th.  PWYC tix on sale at 6:00, 2/ person, cash/check only.
    (b)  CORRECTION: Wed.6/1 @ 8:00:  DON QUIXOTE (Synetic at Crystal City).  PLUS $30 previews June 2 at 8pm and June 3 at 8pm.  PLUS limited number of public tix on sale for Sat.6/4 Opening (usually invitation only).  www.synetictheater.org
    (c)  Thur.6/2 @ 8:00, EINSTEIN’S DREAM (Spooky Action, 16th & S NW). www.spookyaction.org.  Tix reg. $15-20.

    (d)  Thur/Fri.6/2+3 @ 8:00, BOBRAUSCHENBERGAMERICA (Forum Th., Round House SS).  PWYC tickets available 1 hr pre-show at Silver Spring box office. Exact cash only, 2/ person.  Reg. $25-15.   http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/performance/bobrauschenbergamerica/  

 

SOLD OUT (according to newsletter, but phone b.o. 240.644.1387): Tonight’s $10 Tuesday tix for age up to 30yrs:  AMADEUSRound House Theatre Bethesdawww.roundhousetheatre.org.  Reg. price tix ($50) still available as of this writing.

 

EXTENDED to June 12:  FARRAGUT NORTH, Olney Theatre   AMADEUS, Round House Theatre Bethesda.  CYRANO, Folger Theatre.

 

Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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Go See "Follies"

by Larry Lesser
May 23, 2011

Today the top reviewers of the Washington Post and the New York Times 
each have big articles about the Kennedy Center's $7.3 million 
production of Stephen Sondheim and James Goldman's "Follies." The 
Times's Ben Brantley refers to the play as "one of the greatest 
musicals ever written." Peter Marks also treats the play with great 
respect -- he calls it a "landmark"— but generally keeps his praise 
within bounds, and finds plenty in the production to criticize.
I'm one of those theatre-goers who thinks "Follies" is great beyond 
measure. I think Sondheim is the Mozart of our time – and why 
shouldn't our time have a creative artist as great as Mozart? Or 
Shakespeare?
The first reason is the music. There are 22 musical numbers in the 
play. That's a lot more than almost any other Broadway musical. The 
songs fall into two big categories. The Follies numbers – only one to 
each solo performer – are brilliant recreations of the musical styles 
of the period between the world wars, and earlier. (Except that 
Sondheim's songs are better than the ones that inspired them.) Several 
of the songs are absolute show-stoppers: "Who's That Woman" with the 
chorus line energy of the aging hoofers backed up by their younger 
selves; "Broadway Baby" ("Hey Mr. Producer/ I'm talkin' to you, sir."); 
"I'm Still Here" sung by a survivor of hard times ("I've been through 
Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover/ That was fun and a half/ When you've been 
through Herbert and J. Edgar Hoover/ Anything else is a laugh."); 
"You're Gonna Love Tomorrow" sung as a counterpoint quartet by the 
young versions of the two central couples.
The other song category is the songs by those four central characters 
who have come to this reunion of Follies performers thirty years later 
and discover the unhappy truth about where their lives have taken them. 
You get the transcendently bitter song "How Could I Leave You?" sung 
by Phyllis, wife of the famous Benjamin Stone. You get the 
quintessential torch song "Losing My Mind" sung by Sally, who never got 
over her love for Ben even after all these years. You get the 
brilliant clownish song "Buddy's Blues" by Sally's husband. And 
finally you get the glib and ultimately heartbreaking song "Live, 
Laugh, Love" by Ben to finish things off. The songs range from pretty 
to gorgeous and from plain to complex and from solos to production 
numbers.
And what about the lyrics? All I can say is they're the smartest and 
most penetrating lyrics I've ever heard. Roscoe sings in the 
introductory number "Beautiful Girls" about "Beauty celestial/ The best 
you'll/ Agree." Phyllis sings of making "Dinner for ten/ Elderly men/ 
From the U.N." And Ben sings "The Ben you'll never be/ Who remembers 
him?" The songs are internally coherent and they lead somewhere; they 
tell a story. There are no throwaways. They are as brilliant as 
Shakespeare's speeches.
James Goldman's book is much less important, especially since so much 
character development occurs in the songs. Best to limit our remarks 
to saying the book is appropriate to the task at hand; it doesn't 
intrude.
So finally we come to evaluate the Kennedy Center production… And you 
know what: I'm not going to say much about it. It isn't perfect. A 
couple of musical numbers are over-produced. A couple of the featured 
actress-singers give less-than-great performances (but you know, maybe 
that's not such a bad idea: they're aging divas who've been away from 
the stage for 30 years or more: interesting to think that they can't 
all deliver the goods like they used to). The costumes are 
spectacular. The sets are lavish for the climactic "Loveland" 
sequence. The choreography is delightful and plentiful and varied. 
The 28-piece orchestra is put through its paces and comes through 
brilliantly.
I say go see it. From my perspective you're making a pilgrimage to a 
holy place – not God knows because it's uplifting or because it unlocks 
the secrets of the good life but because it's a work of the highest 
creative genius and it receives in this production, directed by Eric 
Schaeffer, its full measure of appreciation.

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Constellation Theatre Company presents a FREE Staged Reading 

 Monday, May 23 at 7:30 pm at Source  1835 14th St. NW

 The Comedy of Venice

by John Morogiello

produced by Misty Demory*

directed by Rex Daugherty

 

ENSEMBLE: Misty Demory*, Keith Irby, Emma Crane Jaster, John Michael MacDonald*, Jesse Terrill*, Doug Wilder

* Member of Actors' Equity Association

 Free tickets distributed on a first come, first-served basis.  No advance reservations.  Box office opens at 7 pm.

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Tuesday, May 24, at 7:30 pm, The Alliance for New Music-Theatre is presenting a free showcase of a new chamber opera at MetroStage.  

 A WOMAN CHANGED INTO A FOX

is conceived by Susan Galbraith, based on a novella by David Garnet. The music is by Robert B. Johnson and the libretto by Susan Galbraith.

George Fulginiti-Shakar is the music director. www.newmusictheatre.org

Call 703-548-9044 is reserve tickets. Free admission but a small contribution to the Alliance for New Music-Theatre is always appreciated.

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps FREE TONIGHT (5/16/11)

    Greetings, all. Fabulous Kim Schraf will be embodying Wash.Post doyenne Katherine Graham in the Portrait Gallery’s ongoing series of “interviews” w dead people.  Though reservations suggested, it’s been poorly publicized, so admission is almost guaranteed.

    Can’t get enough Commedia dell’Arte?  Free special perf tonight, featuring many cast members from The Green Bird. 

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT Mon.5/16 @ 7:00, FREE: Mrs. Graham Herself: An interview with Katharine Graham.  Am. Portrait Gallery, Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium, 8th and G Streets, NW.  www.mrsgraham.eventbrite.com. Doors open at 6:30.  Confirmed reservations must be claimed by this time and seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Any reservations unclaimed at 6:50 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to those waiting in line. Seating is general admission.

     Featuring Kim Schraf and Jewell Robinson.  Directed by Michael Kramer. Written by Charis Durrance with Jewell Robinson.  In conjunction with the exhibition “One Life: Katharine Graham,” this National Portrait Gallery Cultures in Motion performance is a tribute to the woman who became one of the most powerful publishers in newspaper history. An intimate portrayal of the iconic publishing pioneer, using her own words. With journalistic flair, candid revelations, and wry humor, Graham shares details of her carefully protected private life, emerging throughout as a woman of indomitable will.

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#2 of 2:  TONIGHT Mon.5/16 @ 7:30, FREE:  Faction of Fools’ LIFE AND LAUGHTER: COMMEDIA DELL'ARTE IN FIVE FUNNY SCENES.  At Source Th., 1835 14th NW (@ T).  Doors open @ 7:00.  No advance reservations.

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Faction Of Fools

FREE Performance   

Monday, May 16th at 7:30 pm

 

Constellation Theatre Company presents  

a production by the

 

Faction of Fools Theatre Company, Inc.

 

Life and Laughter: Commedia dell'Arte  

in Five Funny Scenes

 

More Info?  Click Here.
At Source.  Admission is free.  No Advance Reservations. 
Doors open at 7pm.   Performance begins at 7:30pm. 

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (5/11/11)

    Greetings, all. REMINDER.  PWYC’s tonight at Theater J and Round House Bethesda (also Sat.mat).  Both shows have great “credentials.”  Plus more opps.

    Heads up: WSC starts PWYC previews this week also.  Plus lots of tix specials on lots of shows -- including Constellation’s wonderful THE GREEN BIRD.  (Scroll down for link & phone number in poster below. --Editor's note)

    The Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT /Tomorrow Plus more.  PWYC Preview: May 11 + 12 @ 7:30 pm (Box office opens at 6:00 pm, Cash Only):  The Moscows of Nantucket, By Sam Forman.  Theater J, 16th & Q NW.   Previews and Opening  May 11 - June 12.  

$30 Preview: May 14 at 8:00, May 15 at 3:00.    Opening Night: May 15 at 7:30 pm

    Affluent, anxious and at each other’s throats, the Moscows attempt some unusual family bonding over a summer weekend in Nantucket. On the agenda are brisket, booze and a blowout confrontation between competing brothers who’ve avoided each other for years. A fast-paced new American comedy with its heart in Chekhov country, from the author of Helen Hayes Award-nominated The Rise and Fall of Annie Hall.  Shirley Serotsky directs James Flanagan, Michael Glenn, Heather Haney, Bob Rogerson, Susan Rome & Amal Saade.  Designed by Dan Covey, HannaH J.Crowell, Robbie Hayes, Elisheba Ittoop, Patrick Lord & Deb Sivigny
    FREE Beyond the Stage Discussions:  All panels are subject to change.  Please check back often for our most current line up.
         Wednesday, May 11 at 9:00 pm: Artistic Director Ari Roth leads thoughts on a preview
        Thursday, May 12 at 9:00 pm: Artistic Director Ari Roth leads thoughts on a preview
        Sunday, May 15 at 4:30 pm: Playwright Sam Forman and Ari Roth respond to the audience.  MORE INFORMATION

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#2 of 2:  TONIGHT & Sat.mat. PWYC. Plus more $10 - $60:    Amadeus.  Round House Theatre  Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway.   $10 Tuesday - side orchestra and side balcony seats, Tue., May 31. Special $10/$15 patrons age 30 and under at all other performances - call for info. (Recommended for age 13 and above).  Runs Wednesday, May 11 through Sunday, 
June 5, click here.  http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/tickets/discount-tickets/

    When your hard-earned fame has been surpassed by a brilliantly gifted, potty-mouthed golden boy, what else can you do but smile to his face while secretly plotting his downfall? Peter Shaffer's Amadeus, winner of seven Tony Awards - including Best Play, depicts the flamboyant genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as seen through the eyes of his desperately jealous contemporary, composer Antonio Salieri. The Washington Post hailed this brilliant play as "a rich theatrical experience you're likely to repeat for many a year." Mark Ramont, from Ford's Theatre, directs a towering story of greed, obsession, and guilt set to the glorious music of revenge. Edward Gero returns to our stage as Salieri. "Gripping and fascinating...delicious wit." - Saturday Review.

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5-11-11    More Pay-What-You-Can Previews

PWYC performance of Blues for an Alabama Sky Thurs. May 12 at 8pm at The Atlas, 1333 H Street, NE.

Pay-what-you-can previews of Night and Day Tom Stoppard's witty and provocative exploration of journalism and international politics, on May 12, 13, 14 & 15 at 7:30pm, & May 21 at 2pm, at Artisphere in Rosslyn. 

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NOW PLAYING!  THE GREEN BIRD

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ROUND HOUSE THEATRE presents Music, Madness, and Mozart in

A M A D E U S

By Peter Shaffer

Directed by Mark Ramont

May 11 – June 5, 2011 at Round House Theatre Bethesda

240.644.1100 or www.roundhousetheatre.org

 

Tickets from $10 to $60

$10 & $15 tickets available at each performance for patrons age 30 & under

Ticket Discount:  May 31 is “$10 Tuesday,” with $10 tickets for all ages  *

(BETHESDA, MD) Round House Theatre concludes its 2010/11 season with Amadeus, Peter Shaffer’s award-winning tale of music, madness, and Mozart, in a new production directed by Mark Ramont.  Amadeus runs May 11 through June 5, 2011 at Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway. Tickets are $10 - $60 and may be purchased by calling 240.644.1100, online at www.roundhousetheatre.org, or at the Round House box office in Bethesda. Groups of 10 or more should call 240.644.1387.

 

Synopsis:  When your hard-earned fame has been surpassed by a brilliantly gifted, potty-mouthed golden boy, what else can you do but smile to his face while secretly plotting his downfall? Amadeus, winner of seven Tony Awards ‑ including Best Play ‑ and the Academy Award® for Best Picture, depicts the flamboyant genius of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart as seen through the eyes of his desperately jealous contemporary, composer Antonio Salieri.

 

Edward Gero (Nixon’s Nixon) returns to Round House as Salieri, with Sasha Olinick (The Talented Mr. Ripley, Around the World in 80 Days) as Mozart, Laura C. Harris (26 Miles) as Constanze, and Floyd King as Joseph II.

This towering story of greed, obsession, and guilt was hailed by the Saturday Review as “gripping and fascinating” with “delicious wit.” The Washington Post said this brilliant play is “a rich theatrical experience you're likely to repeat for many a year.”


Ticket Discounts:      $10 Tuesday: May 31 at 7:30pm

Side Orchestra and Side Balcony seats on this date are available to all patrons at the discounted price of $10 – call 240.644.1100 or order at www.roundhousetheatre.org/. “$10 Tuesday” is made possible through the support of the Bernard Family Foundation.

Round House offers discounts on tickets to patrons 65 and older for center orchestra or center balcony seating. Call for information.

 Discounts are available for groups of 10 or more: call 240.644.1387.

Amadeus runs May 11 through June 5, 2011 at Round House Theatre Bethesda, 4545 East-West Highway (one block from the intersection of Wisconsin Ave. and East-West Highway).  Round House Theatre is located one block from the Bethesda station on Metro’s Red Line. For tickets, call 240.644.1100, click www.roundhousetheatre.org, or visit Round House’s box office in Bethesda. Tickets range in price from $10 to $60. 

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Theater Picks:  THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM
By Enda Walsh, Directed by Matt Torney, Starring Nancy Robinette, Sybil Lines and Jennifer Mendenhall"Mordantly funny, weirdly transfixing - casts a powerful, macabre spell." -The New York Times

Synopsis: Three aging sisters in a small Irish village tell and retell the story of a dance hall of their youth, a certain handsome rock star, and the night that changed their lives. Their only visitor is a lonely fishmonger, who may ultimately offer the sisters an escape from the stories they've let imprison them.
Studio Theatre   The Studio Theatre, 14th & P Sts. NW. 

    I thought this was brilliantly written, produced, & acted (especially by Nancy & Jennifer).  But definitely not for everyone.  Like a cubist painter, Walsh deconstructs the psyche and reconstructs its essence in nightmarish form.  As with riptide current, let yourself flow with it, and it will provide an exhilarating experience and deliver you to shore at a new place.  Like his Disco Pigs at Solas Nua, or The Walforth Farce or Penelope at Studio.  --Karen

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (5/6/11)

    Greetings, all. REMINDER.  Lots of special opps.  And tix begin @ $26 for Olney’s terrific production of FARRAGUT NORTH  Olney Theatre Center, extended by popular demand to 5/29.  Plus final weekend of KING LEAR Synetic Theater - Crystal City, and spring Fringe WATTAGE productions in gorgeous theatre space at Nat. Museum of the Am. Ind..

    The Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 6:  TONIGHT Fri.5/6 @ 8:00, PWYC @ door, or reserve $10:  The Green Birdby Carlo Gozzi.  Translated by Albert Bermel & Ted Emery. www.ConstellationTheatre.org.  At Source Th., 1835 14th NW (@ T).  Purchase Preview Tickets in advance for $10 online. Or Pay-What-You-Can at door from 7:00; House Opens 7:45.  General Admission Seating.  NO late seating.  Note: 1/2 the tickets (50) will be sold online for $10.  Remaining 50 PWYC at door.  Purchase Tickets 

     Inspired by commedia dell'arte, this fantasia involves a lovesick king, a greedy fortune teller, an insatiable sausage-maker, a sensual statue and a magical green bird.  This vibrant world combines philosophical ideas about truth, love, sacrifice and compassion with inventive physical comedy and Tom Teasley's sensational live music.  Tom Teasley won 2011 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Sound Design of Constellation’s THE RAMAYANA.  Directed and adapted by Allison Arkell Stockman.

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#2 of 6:  THIS WEEKEND:  ½ price w Code. [reg $25/$15 stu/sr):  THE CLOCKMAKER, by Stephen Massicotte.  www.thehubtheatre.org   At John Swayze Theatre (at New School), 9431 Silver King Ct., Fairfax, VA.  Reserve: 703.674.3177 Code: Artist Tickets.  Runs: Friday-Saturday: 8:00 pm; Saturday and Sunday: 2:00.  Special Evening Performance: Sunday, May 15: 7:00 pm (no matinee on May 15).  Meet the Cast Talk Back Following May 7 Matinee.Through May 22  
    Kirsten Kelly directs Tom Story, Matt Bassett, Helen Pafumi, Andrés Talero.  Elegant, surprising, and award-winning, The Clockmaker received 2009 Outstanding New Play award at the Betty Mitchell Awards for Calgary Theatre. Massicotte may be best known by DC audiences for his play Mary's Wedding.

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#3 of 6:  TONIGHT Fri.5/6 @ 8:00, 2-for-1.  PLUS Sat.5/7 $5.00 discount from list price:   From Berlin to Sunset: The 1940s in Hollywood.  The In Series, at Atlas Performing Arts, 1333 H St. NE Through Box Office only:  202-204-7763, Code DC Theatre Lists.  www.inseries.org  Through May 15. Fri/Sat at 8pm, Sun 3pm.
    Joe Banno directs new cabaret musical about the constellation of Jewish émigré artists in 1940s Hollywood. Its an Academy Awards party hosted by Billy Wilder and his wife Audrey (Richard Tappen and Laura Choi Stuart) and their guests Marlene Dietrich (Randa Rouweyha), Frederick Hollander (Scott Kennison), Joseph Von Sternberg and Erich Korngold (both played by Joe Brack), Hanns Eisler (Vince Borrelli) and his sister Ruth (Tara McCredie). Musical Direction by Jean Baptiste. Written by Charlotte Stoudt. Choreography by Angelisa Gillyard.

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#4 of 6:  Closing wkend Fringe spring festival.  $25/$20* w Fringe Button or NMAI membership:  Wattage: Illuminating Tradition and Survival, works of theater that explore issues of culture, tradition, environment and identity.  Produced by Capital Fringe. Co-hosted by Smithsonian's National Museum of the American Indian (NMAI). At the Rasmuson Theater @ NMAI, 4th & Independence Ave., SW (enter on Indep.)  www.capitalfringe.org.  Purchase online or 866.811.4111.  FULL WATTAGE CALENDAR AT-A-GLANCE

    RUN THROUGH THE UNQUIET MIND through May 8  Featuring: Dylan Myers and Scot McKenzie.  Directed by: Scot McKenzie.  Created by: Christopher Gallu, Scot McKenzie, Dylan Myers and Dan Istrate.  During a trek to defend themselves and their land against unseen intruders, two brothers discover that they have wandered into an enigmatic wilderness where the laws of nature have been replaced by chaos. This original, devised play, created through a collaboration of The Rootstock Field's writers, directors and actors, throws a light on eternal questions regarding loyalty, history and violence. More Info/Tickets All shows performed at the Rasmuson Theater @ NMAI.  

"Things to love about "Run Through the Unquiet Mind," the in-process piece about two survivalist brothers being chased across the wilds of Utah:"

-Washington Post   Read Full Review

    GHOST-LANDS of an URBAN NDN.  through May 6.  Writ/Perf by San Francisco-based Robert Owens-Greygrass.  Directed by John Cole.  In this acclaimed one-man show, artist Robert Owens-Greygrass portrays 16 characters from indigenous communities across the globe, providing a gripping, humorous and poignant glimpse into the world of a multi-ethnic-non-specific-lower-middle-class-urban-NDN-white-guy born in America. More Info/Tickets  

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#5 of 6:  Begin this weekend:  You know Taffety Punk as a cutting edge DC theatre company. But for the next three weekends we're accentuating the dance part of our portfolio with Dance Craze: a series of new compositions that explore a range of themes including politics, femininity and the possibilities of improvisation. Fri/Sat @ 8,  and Sat. mat @ 3.  http://www.taffetypunk.com/press/dancecraze_pr.pdf

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#6 of 6:  Reserve now for Sun.5/8 @ 7:00, closing perf, COMPS/free space-available passes.  THE NEW ELECTRIC BALLROOM, by Enda Walsh.  The Studio Theatre, 14th & P Sts. NW.  Reservations required: 202.332.3300.  The Studio Theatre is powered by 100% renewable wind power.

    Matt Torney directs Nancy Robinette, Sybil Lines and Jennifer Mendenhall.  “Mordantly funny, weirdly transfixing…casts a powerful, macabre spell.” –NYTimes.  Three aging sisters in a small Irish village tell and retell the story of a dance hall of their youth, a certain handsome rock star, and the night that changed their lives. Their only visitor is a lonely fishmonger, who may ultimately offer the sisters an escape from the stories they’ve let imprison them.

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4/26/11   Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps TONIGHT (4/26/11)

    REMINDER: Two great opps tonight, but only OLNEY is confirmed.  Folger PWYC offer came from outside source, is not reflected on Folger website, so phone b.o. to confirm before going.  The Olney Lab is small space, so expect line to form EARLY.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  Tonight Tues.4/26 @ 7:45, PWYC:  FARRAGUT NORTH, by Beau Willimon.  Olney Theatre, Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.  Tickets in Historic Stage lobby first-come, first-served starting at 6:45.  Lab doors open 7:15.  301-924-3400.  www.olneytheatre.org  Runs 4/27-5/22. Note: mature themes and language.

    How far can one man fall in 24 hours?  Twenty-something wunderkind press secretary Stephen Bellamy has built a career that men twice his age would envy. During a close primary race for the presidency, however, Stephen's meteoric rise falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran operatives, and the wiles of a seductive young intern.

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#2 of 2:  Tonight Tues.4/26 @ 7:30, PWYC but CONFIRM w b.o. 202 544 7077:  CYRANO, by Edmond Rostand.  Translated & Adapted by Michael Hollinger.  Adapted & Directed by Aaron Posner. Folger Shakespeare Library.  Previews Tues–Thurs  7:30 PM: $30-$40.  http://www.folger.edu.  Runs April 26- June 06.
    Romance of 17th-century swashbuckling France poignant love triangle.  Cyrano secretly adores Roxanne but fears she could never share the sentiment because of his legendary nose. Instead, he uses his gift for wit and wordplay to help his tongue-tied friend Christian woo her. Will she be won by Christian's appearance or Cyrano's soul?

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4/22/11   On Tuesday, April 26, the Olney Theatre Center will offer a "pay-what-you-can" performance of its new production, "Farragut North."  In "Farragut North," 20-something press secretary Stephen Bellamy has built a career men twice his age would envy.  During a close primary race for the presidency, however, Stephen’s meteoric rise falls prey to backroom politics, the manipulations of veteran operatives, & the wiles of a seductive young intern.


Playwright Beau Willimon drew on his experience as a volunteer for Charles Schumer’s first US Senate campaign & as a press aide for Howard Dean’s presidential campaign.  But as he points out, the play's themes "can translate to any number of
worlds" including "Hollywood, a hospital or Home Depot.”

At 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (MD-108), the Olney will sell tickets, 1st-come, 1st-served, starting 6:45 p.m. April 26 in the Historic Stage lobby.  The performance starts 7:45 p.m. in the Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.  "Farragut North" runs through May 22.  For further information, visitwww.olneytheatre.org or call (301) 924-3400.

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4/15/11     Karen's FYI: HOT BULLETIN.Comps 4/15-16, RSVP by 4pm TODAY

    Greetings, all.  Just received this comps offer for a truly terrific show.  Must respond by 4pm today -- to the e-ddress shown, NOT to me.  Saw it last night.  Highly recommend, even if you think you don't like Beckett.  These shorts are wonderfully insightful, witty, humorous, accessible and beautifully presented.  Not the dour, opaque struggle we freqently expect from Beckett.  Only an hour, but a rich and rewarding one.  So grab one of these few remaining performances.  Lasy night’s enthusiastic audience clearly concurred.  Read ALL instructions carefully before responding.

    Also Highly Recommend: Synetic’s wordless KING LEAR, running only two more weeks at Shakespeare Th’s Lansburgh Th. (7th & E NW).  Check discounters.  As usual, this Lear is their own unique vision, so read the program notes online before you go.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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 Fri, 4/15/11  Note that this is a multiple performance offer.

    NOTE THE SPECIFIC INSTRUCTIONS FOR RESPONDING TO THIS OFFER:

A limited number of complimentary tickets have just become available for performances of Peter Brook's Fragments on Friday April 15 at 7:30 p.m. AND Saturday April 16 at 1:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    If interested, email to kc-scotty-owner@yahoogroups.com no later than 4pm TODAY Friday, April 15 -- your full name, count AND WHICH PERFORMANCE YOU WOULD LIKE TO ATTEND (RESPONSES WITH NO DATE SELECTIONS WILL BE IGNORED)  

    Should the tickets run out before then I'll send an email update. Please remember I have no control over location of seats, any requests for more than two tickets may require splitting your party up, and please reply by email only.

    Also, requests for complimentary tickets for future events cannot be accepted, I merely post what's been offered to me. And finally, once 4 p.m. on April 15 comes and goes, please do not email me asking if you can still get tickets, this only puts me in an awkward position.

    ***These tickets MUST be used. Please be sure that before you make a request for complimentary seats to this performance that you will be able to attend. Failure to comply to this rule may result in disqualification from future offers.***

    Tickets will be held in the names provided at our Will Call window for pick up after 6 p.m. on Friday and an email confirmation will be sent to the requestor. Please allow ample time to pick up your tickets from Will Call.  *If you have not received an email confirmation from me, then you do not have tickets for the performance.

Dates: 

Friday, April 15 at 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 at 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, April 16 at 7:30 p.m.


     Program:  Fragments (five short works by Samuel Beckett)  April 15-16.  Eisenhower Theater.  By Samuel Beckett.  Directed by Peter Brook and Marie-Hélène Estienne, RUNNING TIME: 1 hour.

     Revered director Peter Brook, returning to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 1973, brings together five short works by playwright Samuel Beckett for his theater collection, Fragments. Brook's pared-down style is the perfect complement to Beckett's lean examinations of the absurdity of life. The works combine "cruelty, laughter, and unexpected tenderness" (The Daily Telegraph). "They give us Beckett distilled. And in the hands of Brook, the sharp observation of human conduct is lovingly delivered" (The Financial Times).

 

THE PLAYS

Rough for Theater I

In this one-act sketch, a blind man and a disabled man team up, pooling  their

abilities in order to advance through the world. Nevertheless, their union

becomes increasingly questionable and their loneliness all the more pronounced.

 

Rockaby

In this performance poem on life and death, a woman dressed in black rocks back

and forth on her chair listening to her own voice and life story, interjecting

infrequently with the same few words before it begins all over again.

 

Act Without Words II

With no words at all, the action revolves around two men in sacks and their

efforts to avoid being poked by a big stick. Influenced by film, the piece is

reminiscent of a silent movie.

 

Neither

This short text vacillates between self and unself, darkness and light,

remaining impenetrable.

 

Come and Go

Resembling a game of chess, three women, old friends, shuffle around the stage,

each taking their turn at the center, each whispering to the other something

about the third but never disclosing the information to the audience. The

movement is stiff, slow and puppet-like, farcical even.

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4/7/11     PayWhatYouCan performances are being offered to the following shows:

MAGNIFICENT WASTE by Caridad Svich
Factory 449: a theatre collective
at Mead Theatre Lab/Flashpoint (916 G St NW)
PWYC: Sat, April 9-8pm and Sun, April 10-3pm. 1 hour before show, cash only, 2/person.

World premiere from this year's recipient of the Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company Award from the Helen Hayes Awards. 
Lizzie sells shock art. Arden buys beautiful things, and a young man hungers for fame. In this decadent world of sex, booze, and pills, three friends are linked in a chain of explosive events that will irrevocably change the course of their lives. Winner of the National Latino Playwriting Award, this is the first time playwright Caridad Svich will be produced in DC. Directed by John Moletress, featuring Lisa Hodsoll, James T. Majewski, Stephen Schmidt, Sarah Strasser, Tony Villa
www.factory449.com

THE WALWORTH FARCE by Enda Walsh Studio Theatre (14th & P St NW)
PWYC: Sat, April 9-2pm. 2 hours before show, cash only, 2/person.

A sinister twist on high farce, this chilling tale exposes a family's Sisyphean games as a father forces his two sons to reenact their troubled past through cross-dressing, slapstick, and denial. When a young woman unwittingly intrudes, things take an irrevocable turn.
www.studiotheatre.org

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3/24/11                Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (3/24/11)

    Greetings, all. IMPORTANT: As always, numbered items below are just listings, containing info gleaned from or supplied by other sources.  No endorsement implied.  Only this “above the line” section includes my opinion.

    Those who saw the riveting first reading ... actually more inhabiting ... by Kathryn Kelley of new work LOU, by John Carter a year ago were wowed.  Kathryn's performance of this potent script was mesmerizing.  I highly recommend this next staging.  Kathryn and John make the trip worthwhile.  [Item below.]

    Synetic isn’t doing PWYC’s of KING LEAR, but is offering discount previews beginning tonight.

    Plus much more.

    CONTINUING: three current theatre festivals offer a multitude of free events.  (a.) Arena’s Edward Albee Play Festival of FREE staged readings continues through April. Reservations highly recommended, but just go – even if you’re told it’s sold out. Many of the “sold out” readings have had 50% attendance, since people often abandon free reservations.  Especially unfortunate since many NY & LA actors from previous Arena productions have returned to participate in this extraordinary opportunity to see Albee’s entire canon FREE (except for VA. Woolf & Zoo full productions). http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/edward-albee-festival/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AlbeeFesttosubscribers.

    (b.)  Georgetown Univ.’s Tennessee Williams Festival: Tenn Cent Festhttp://performingarts.georgetown.edu/tenncentfest/festival/

    (c.)  Studio Th’s festival of events with/about Enda Walsh, extraordinary young Irish playwright, whose PENELOPE is currently running there: www.studiotheatre.org.      

    Check discounters & Arena’s “rush” tix [one reader reported $38 incl fees]  {Donna's note: Goldstar is offering a similar price on a few dates), but pay full price if necessary for Steppenwolf Th.Co.’s production at Arena of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.  It is AMAZING!  Far and away the best [I think THE quintessential] production of this play I've ever seen (out of app 10-12), and among my top 10 (maybe top 5) productions of anything ever.  Every element is excellent, and the whole even greater than their sum.

    The Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  Tonight Thur. 3/24 at 8pm: $30 Preview.  PLUS Fri 3/25 at 8pm  & Sat. 3/26 at 2pm $35 Previews [reg. $40 – 55]:  KING LEAR.  Synetic Theatre.  At Shakespeare Th. LANSBURGH THEATRE, 450 7th St. NW (Metro: Archives-Navy Memorial-Penn Quarter (Green / Yellow Lines) or Gallery Place-Chinatown (Red / Green / Yellow Lines). 202-547-1122 or ONLINE.  Ltd. availability Sat. 3/26 Opening Night: CLICK HERE for Opening Night tickets. Runs 3/24 – 4/24.  King Lear previews this week! www.synetictheater.org

    Bold and daring take on Shakespeare's King Lear, the seventh installment of Synetic's renowned Silent Shakespeare series.  Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings lightness to this dark and violent tale of a king's descent into madness and his search for humanity.  Edgy, eye-popping production packed with apocalyptic visuals, farce, knife-play and acrobatics. Special Rehearsal Photo Essay http://tinyurl.com/lear-rehearsal

    Helen Hayes Award winner Irakli Kavsadze is Lear, w Irina Tsikurishvili, Irina Koval, Ben Cunis, Chris Dinolfo, Philip Fletcher, Greg Anderson, Mirenka Cechova, Chris Galindo, Renata Loman, Peter Pereyra, Hector Reynoso, Dallas Tolentino, Ryan Tumulty and Matt Ward.

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#2 of 8:  Tonight Thur+Sat. 3/24+26 @ 8:00; Fri.3/25 @ 9:00, Sun.3/27 @ 3:00, Cheap tix $18: LOU, by John Carter.  At Venus Playshack, 31 C St., Laurel MDwww.venustheatre.org.  866.811.4111.  Four performances only.  Developmental production.

    Let Lou ignite your soul!  Lou Salomé was an adventurer.  Nothing was off limits.  Mind, body, soul, into the cauldron with all of them.  In this robust and electric staging of John Carter’s lyrical script, actress Kathryn Kelley resurrects Lou’s amazing spirit and set her loose.  With her brilliance and her raging hunger to know, she inspired every life she entered.  Nietzsche, Rilke and Freud all fell under her spell and emerged trailing holy fire.  She was a groundbreaking writer and psychoanalyst, but her most superb work was her life.  She performed without a net and never slipped, though bodies fell all around her. 

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#3 of 8:  Tonight Thur.3/24 @ 7:30, PWYC Preview.  PLUS $30 Previews Sat.3/26 @ 8 + Sun.3/27 @ 3:  PHOTOGRAPH 51, by Anna Ziegler.  Theater J, at DCJCC, 1529 16th St NW (@ Q).  www.theaterj.org.

    Untold story of one of science’s most overlooked heroes; funny and moving portrait of the life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th Century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of the trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman whose stunning discoveries included the beating of her own romantic heart.

    Daniella Topol directs Elizabeth Rich, Clinton Brandhagen, James Flanagan, Tim Getman, Michael Glenn and Alexander Strain.  Maurice Wilkins understudied by Will Gartshore.

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#4 of 8:  Buy now for Fri.3/25 @ 7:30, ltd # $20 orch. tix [reg.to $45]:  BARBARA COOK'S SPOTLIGHT: ASHLEY BROWN CABARET.  At Kennedy Center. Very ltd number of $20 orchestra tix.  Click http://tinyurl.com/4zyjy6b; discount will appear automatically. Via phone or b.o., use Offer Number 59211.  (202) 467-4600, (800) 444-1324, TTY (202) 416-8524, Groups (202)416-8400.  Running time: app. 75 min.
    Ashley Brown is no stranger to doling out sugar by the spoonful and picking up critical praise by the armful. Originator of the title role in Mary Poppins on Broadway, for which she received Outer Critics, Drama League and Drama Desk nominations for Best Actress, Brown brings audiences "exceptionally fine singing," says the Detroit News. "She rules the stage!" Other credits include Belle in Broadway's The Beauty and The Beast, and the national tour of Disney's On The Record. *Offer subject to availability. Not valid in combination with any other offer or on previously purchased tickets. Offer may be withdrawn at anytime without notice.

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#5 of 8:  Fri.3/25 @ 8:00, Sat.@ 2 + 8, Sun.@ 2 + 7 opening wkend only, FREE:  THE GLASS MENAGERIE, by Tennessee Williams.  1st Stage, 1524 Spring Hill Rd, Tysons Corner, VA.  Between Tysons II / Toll Rd, next to Post Office.  Free Parking.  Reserve here or b.o. 703-854-1856.   WWW.1STSTAGETYSONS.ORG.  Post-show talkbacks.  If you already bought tix, please come and we'll give you free pass to a future production.  

    Because actress unable to continue as Amanda, Elizabeth Pierotti has stepped in with brief, intense rehearsals.  We will open this Friday, on schedule.  But we can't expect her to be "off book" (without a script) so quickly, so we're offering free tickets this opening weekend.

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#6 of 8:  3/25 - 4/1, $18 tix w Code WEIR.  PLUS special events, discounts [see website]:  THE WEIR, by Conor McPherson.  http://www.scenatheater.org/   At H Street Playhouse: 1365 H St NE DC. Buy Tickets Here!  Enter code WEIR for $18 tickets.  Or 703.683.2824.  Runs 3/24 – 4/24; Thur-Sat 8pm, Sun 3pm,   

    On a dark, bone-chilling eve in Ireland, four mates meet at a country pub. Suddenly a pretty, intriguing stranger named Valerie joins them. Drinks and laughter ensue, and the men tell ghost stories to impress her. Yet, it is Valerie who reveals the most haunting story of all: why she fled Dublin. THE WEIR wrestles with love, loss, and fear through true wit and soul of the Irish.  Robert McNamara directs acclaimed Irish actors Barry McEvoy, Brian Mallon & Gordon Fulton, plus Washington favorites Kerry Waters (Helen Hayes nominated) and Eric Lucas.

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#7 of 8:  Sat.3/26 @ 10:30am-1:30pm, $5 special [prev.$20]:  SYMPOSIUM: An Ideal Husband.  Shakespeare Th.Co (STC), The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall, F St. at 6th NW (across from Verizon Center Metro).  B.o. 202.547.1122 or
http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=267&source=l#

    Former NEA Chairman and poet Dana Gioia, director Keith Baxter, author of Catholicism, Sexual Deviance, and Victorian Gothic Culture Patrick R. O'Malley, Chair of Patton Bogg’s Lobbying Political and Election Law Practice, Nick Allard and playwright David Ives (The Liar and The Heir Apparent) discuss political and social commentary in Oscar Wilde's An Ideal Husband. Presented in partnership with The Aspen Institute, the symposium is the perfect introduction for those attending the 2 p.m. matinee.

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#8 of 8:  Sat.3/26 from Noon on, FREE visual/perf. art by local, national and international women artists:  DC SWAN (Support Women Artists Now) Day. Various locations In Georgetown.  The Georgetown Theatre Co. and Women in Film & Video.  http://www.georgetowntheatre.org/ Plus artists' reception Fri. 3/25 @ 6pm, at Baked and Wired.

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3/21/11                Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (3/21/11)

    Greetings, all. IMPORTANT: As always, numbered items below are just listings, containing info supplied by other sources.  No endorsement implied.  Only this “above the line” section includes my opinion.

    Decisions, decisions.  PWYC previews at Woolly of the fabulous Mike Daisey’s latest offering, and new play at Theater J.  Free reading, free film, and more.  [Items below.]

    PLUS three current theatre festivals offer a multitude of free events.  (a.) Arena’s Edward Albee Play Festival of FREE staged readings continues through April.  Reservations highly recommended, but just go – even if you’re told it’s sold out. Many of the “sold out” readings have had 50% attendance, since people often abandon free reservations. Especially unfortunate since many NY & LA actors from previous Arena productions have returned to participate in this extraordinary opportunity to see Albee’s entire canon FREE (except for VA. Woolf & Zoo full productions). http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/edward-albee-festival/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AlbeeFesttosubscribers.

    (b.)  Georgetown Univ.’s Tennessee Williams Festival: Tenn Cent Festhttp://performingarts.georgetown.edu/tenncentfest/festival/

    (c.)  Studio Th’s festival of events with/about Enda Walsh, extraordinary young Irish playwright, whose PENELOPE is currently running there: www.studiotheatre.org.      

    Check discounters & Arena’s “rush” tix, but pay full price if necessary for Steppenwolf Th.Co.’s production at Arena of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.  It is AMAZING!  Far and away the best [I think THE quintessential] production of this play I've ever seen (out of app 10-12), and among my top 10 (maybe top 5) productions of anything ever.  Every element is excellent, and the whole even greater than their sum.

    The Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 5:  Tonight Mon.3/21 @ 6:30, FREE Albee film:  A DELICATE BALANCE, w Paul Scofield, Katharine Hepburn, Lee Remick, Joseph Cotten, Kate Reid, & Betsy Blair.  [NOTE: Created under Albee’s personal supervision.]  At SW Branch Library, DCPL, 900 Wesley Place SW, 3 bl Waterfront Metro.

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#2 of 5:  Tonight Mon.3/21 @ 7:30, FREE Staged Reading:  TRAGEDY, by Will Eno.  Produced by www.ActorsCenter.org.  At Spooky Action Th. Co's new theater in Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St NW DC; enter at rear of building via S St.  RSVP: Staff@actorscenter.org.

    John Moletress directs Tyler Herman, Karin Rosnizeck, Howard Wahlberg, Steve Beall and Michael Greenan. 

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#3 of 5:  Tonight/tmrw Mon/Tues.3/21+22 @ 8:00, PWYC previews [reg. $35-65]:  THE AGONY AND THE ECSTASY OF STEVE JOBS, writ/perf by Mike Daisey.  At Woolly Mammoth, 641 D St NW.  Pwyc tix at b.o. @ 6:00.  www.woollymammoth.net.  202.293.3939.  Metro: Archives-Navy Mem'l-Penn Quarter or Chinatown/Verizon Center.  Runs 3/21-4/17; Wed-Sat. @ 8, Sat/Sun @ 3.  Post-Show disc: 3/ 30, 4/3+7.

    Following his hit The Last Cargo Cult, Daisey pulls back the curtain veiling America's most mysterious technology icon. With a wickedly funny tale of pride, beauty, lust, and industrial design, he illuminates the war-from China to Silicon Valley-over how we see our world, and the human price we pay for our high-tech toys.  Daisey has been called "the master storyteller" and "one of the finest solo performers of his generation" - NYTimes.

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#4 of 5:  Tues/Wed.3/22+23 @ 6:00, 2-for-1 w Code:  HAPPY DAYS.  Toby's Columbia, MD.  Buy 1 full price adult ticket and get one FREE for this classic musical AND dinner.  (410) 730-8311, Code: TOBY’S FAN PAGE.  Not valid with subscriptions, other discounts or Ticketmaster. Valid for up to 8 people.  Based on availability.http://www.tobysdinnertheatre.com/tobyscolumbia_016.htm

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#5 of 5:  Wed/Thur.3/23+24 @ 7:30, PWYC Previews.  PLUS $30 Previews Sat.3/26 @ 8 + Sun.3/27 @ 3:  PHOTOGRAPH 51, by Anna Ziegler.  Theater J, at DCJCC, 1529 16th St NW (@ Q).  www.theaterj.org.

    Untold story of one of science’s most overlooked heroes; funny and moving portrait of the life of Rosalind Franklin, one of the great female scientists of the 20th Century, and her fervid drive to map the contours of the DNA molecule. A chorus of physicists relives the chase, revealing the unsung achievements of the trail-blazing, fiercely independent woman whose stunning discoveries included the beating of her own romantic heart.

    Daniella Topol directs Elizabeth Rich, Clinton Brandhagen, James Flanagan, Tim Getman, Michael Glenn and Alexander Strain.  Maurice Wilkins understudied by Will Gartshore.

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       3/8/11 

Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (3/8/11)

    Greetings, all.  Arena is the place to be, for many reasons.

       (a.) Tonight is the only PWYC for THE CHOSEN, w fabulous Rick Foucheux & Edward Gero.  NOTE that this Theater J production is being performed at Arena Stage.  Street parking there is restricted to residents, garage at Safeway [um, I think, maybe other grocery chain, can't recall] 2 bl away is $10 w stamp from Arena, and Waterfront Metro is just 2 bl away.  Note also that unlike most theatres, Th.J sells public tix to opening night (3/10).  [Item below.]

       (b.) Arena’s Edward Albee Play Festival of FREE staged readings almost every day/eve March/April.  Reservations highly recommended, but worth walk-in if sold out, since people sometimes abandon their reservations when free.  http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/edward-albee-festival/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AlbeeFesttosubscribers..

       (c.) Check discounters, but pay full price if necessary for Steppenwolf Th.Co.’s production at Arena of WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF.  It is AMAZING!  Far and away the best [I think THE quintessential] production of this play I've ever seen (out of app 10-12), and among my top 10 (maybe top 5) productions of anything ever.  Director Pam MacKinnon is Albee's director of choice, has done many of his others, and worked closely w him on this.  Her directing here (both physical and emotional) is always sure, flowing, revealing, organic, unobtrusive.  Individual & ensemble pacing & timing are exquisite.  Tracy Letts, author of "August, Osage County" and "Superior Donuts," plays George.  Amy Morton ("Martha") played the eldest daughter [I think] in original B'way & London casts of Osage. Despite my frequent and deep experience w the play, this production triggered a plethora of new insights.  Every element is excellent, and the whole even greater than their sum.

    The 2-fer at Toby’s is a deal indeed, since it also includes lunch or dinner.  Though the address is Baltimore, it’s at the bus plaza exit right on I-95 south of Balt.  Though I’m usually not a fan of dinner theatre, Toby’s shows and food are an exception.  [Item below.]

    Check out the many options at INTERSECTIONS ARTS FESTIVAL (dance, theater, music, spoken word, film, video) weekends through 3/20.  Tix are cheap, plus take additional 10% discount with your Fringe button.  Use Code FRINGE online, phone in person, then show your Fringe Festival button at b.o.  www.Intersectionsdc.org.  At Atlas Perf. Arts Center, 1333 H St NE DC.  http://intersectionsdc.org/Schedule.pdf   www.atlasarts.org

    And please consider using some of the moolah you save via this column to treat yourself to DINE OUT THIS THURSDAY 3/10 for lunch / dinner at any of 145 participating restaurants which will donate 25-110% -- yes, 110% -- of your bill to Food & Friends, which is a truly top notch organization quietly and lovingly saving people's lives in DC area. www.foodandfriends.org/dol.  Reserve through a restaurant or OpenTable.com [no cost].  Restaurant list, their donation amounts, reserve:http://www.diningoutforlife.com/washingtondc/participating.

    The intrepid Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, who see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 8:  TONIGHT Tues.3/8 @ 7:30, PWYC.  PLUS Wed.3/9 @ 9 7:30 $30 Preview.  PLUS $10 off some perf w Code [read on]:  THE CHOSEN, based on Chaim Potok novel, adapted by Aaron Posner.  Theater J AT ARENA STAGE. PWYC tix 6:00 @ Arena b.o.  3/9 $30 Preview tix, or $10 off all weekday perfs (except 3/10 opening) & Sat mats w Code TJ10: theaterj.org or (202) 488-3300.  Runs March 8 –27

    Two boys, two fathers, and two very different Jewish communities in Williamsburgh, Brooklyn. Aaron Posner's award-winning adaptation introduces us to two passionate, intelligent boys on opposite sides of a baseball game. When Reuven is injured by Danny's errant pitch, a unique friendship is born. Theater J is thrilled to offer this 10th anniversary staging of its hit production as Arena Stage's first local guest company in residence.  Click for single and group tickets or for transportation and parking information for Arena StageMORE INFORMATION

    Aaron Posner directs Aaron Davidman, Rick Foucheux, Edward Gero, Joshua Morgan and Derek Thompson.  Designed by Jim Kronzer, Nancy Schertler, James Sugg and Kate Turner Walker.

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#2 of 8:  Tues-Fri.3/8-11 @ 7:30, PWYC.  Or reserved $10.  New play readings:  HOTHOUSE ON H.  Theater Alliance, at H St. Playhouse, 1365 H St NE.  PWYC @ door 6:45, 2/person. Ltd # seats available for advance purchase for $10: click here ( https://www.vendini.com/ticket-software.html?e=c71aaac5362d66bfc93073f651a0ce6e&t=tix )

    Various area th. co’s stage readings of new plays that amuse, fascinate and challenge, including three DC Premieres AND new play by Allyson Currin. 

     Tues.3/8, Nu Sass Productions  www.nusass.org:  Icarus Winged by Emilio Iasiello (DC Premiere).  Directed by Abigail Isaac.  Retelling of the myth of Icarus, wherein an aging rock star and a young upstart battle for the attention of Cally, their Muse.  Talk-back after.

    Wed.3/9, The Essential Theatre:  The Trip by Crystal V. Rhodes (DC Premiere!).  Directed by S. Robert Morgan.  Humorous look at longtime Chicago friends that embark on a cross country journey and discover after knowing each other half a lifetime they really don't know each other at all. 

    Thur.3/10, Theater Alliance:  Spell #7: geechee jibara quik magic trance manual for technologically stressed third world people by Ntzoke Shange

Directed by James Foster Jr.  Shange is best-known for the Obie Award-winning play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. Spell #7 is a "theater piece" set in a lower Manhattan bar, in 79, frequented by Black actors, dancers, musicians and poets.

    Fri.3/11, Caesar & Dada by Allyson Currin.  Directed by Jessica Lefkow.  Zurich 1919. The international cast of Theater for Truth is faced with the essential question: Who's your Dada?

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#3 of 8:  Tues.3/8 @ 7:30, FREE new play reading:  GETTING IT, by Richard C. Washer.  Charter Theater, at Theater on the Run, 3700 S. Four Mile Run Drive, Arlington, VA.   www.firstdraft.org

    A New Play about Communicating ... Or Not.  A couple's quiet weekend getaway to the family beach house quickly unravels with the unexpected arrival of a shiftless brother, a soul-searching dentist and a haunted widow.  Directed by Leslie A. Kobylinski

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#4 of 8:  Continuing through 3/20, $20:  Dizzy MIss Lizzie's Roadside Revue presents Finn McCool, by Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams. At Woolly Mammoth, Rehearsal Hall, 641 D St.NW.  Tix: www.getdizzywithlizzie.com or 1-800-838-3006.  Runs to 3/20, Wed-Fri @ 8, Sat @ 2+8, Sun @ 7:00.

    Newly expanded production from last year's Fringe.  Featuring: Maria Egler, Judith Ingber, Laura Keena, John Robert Keena, Mike Kozemchak, Rich Nagel, Debra Buonaccorsi and Steve McWilliams.

 

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#5 of 8:  2-for-1 discount through Sun. 3/13:  42nd STREET.  At Toby's Baltimore.  Buy 1 full price adult ticket and get one FREE for this classic musical AND lunch or dinner.  (410) 649-1660, Code: 42ND STREET FACEBOOK.  Valid through Sun, 3/13. Not valid with subscriptions, other discounts or Ticketmaster. Based on availability. Due to the nature of theatrical bookings all shows and dates are subject to change. http://www.tobysdinnertheatre.com/tobysbaltimore_003.htm

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#6 of 8:  Final week, cheap tix $10/7/5:  TETHER, by Julie Taiwo Oni.  Doorway Arts Ensemble and Arts Alive Theatre. Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  www.doorwayarts.org.  240-567-5775 or www.tickets.com.  Runs 2/18 -3/13, Th-Sat @ 8; Sun @ 2. Plus Mon.3/7 @ 8.

    Rhythmic drama about 15yr-old mixed race twins. sex, race, religion, tetherball...twin sisters are coming of age.  Jessica Lefkow directs Gwen Grastorf and Jade Wheeler.

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#7 of 8:  Final week, cheap tix:  ONE FLEA SPARE, by Naomi Wallace.  Forum Theatre.  At Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd (next to AFI Silver; 3 blocks from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org.  Round House b.o. 240-644-1100 or HERE. WARNING: Contains filthy language, filthy scenery, filthy costumes, and filthy acts involving citrus fruit.

    Winner 1996 Kesselring Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and Obie Award for “Best Play,” One Flea Spare tests the limits of compassion in a tale of sex, class, and disease. The Naomi Wallace Festival will include readings of three other plays from the MacArthur “Genius Award” recipient and a showcase of original works inspired by her poetry. Alexander Strain directs Andy Brownstein, Davis Hasty, Nanna Ingvarsson (Forum’s Angels in America), Sarah Taurchini, and David Winkler. 

    Amid the chaos of the Black Plague in seventeenth century London, a precocious young girl and uncouth sailor desperately seek shelter, only to find themselves quarantined in the home of a wealthy couple. With a callous guardsman keeping watch, this unlikely group has no choice but to live with one another. In the ensuing weeks, moral and physical boundaries break down as they fight to survive the disease and one another.

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#8 of 8:  ALL SAT MATs @ 2 PWYC  [reg.$25-35]:  JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, by Sean O'Casey.  Washington Shakespeare Co (WSC), at Arlington County's new cultural center, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Rosslyn, VA. 2 blocks from Metro, 3 blocks from DC Circulator Blue Line, free parking after 6 pm (enter from Kent St after 6pm). Runs through March 20; Thur-Sat 7:30, Sat/Sun 2. BoxOfficeTickets.com/WSC.

    "Th' whole worl's in a terrible state o' chassis." In the second of Sean O'Casey's Dublin trilogy, the great early 20th-century Irish playwright chronicles the preening Captain Boyle, his long suffering wife and family breadwinner Juno, his irascible drinking buddy Joxer Daly, a daughter desperate to escape their world any way she can, and a son caught up in the complex, violent struggles of the nascent Irish civil war in this beautifully tragic yet funny play. Directed by Helen Hayes Award nominee Shirley Serotsky in the Black Box Theatre in Artisphere.

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2/28/11     

  Karen's FYI:Theatre Opps TONIGHT 

    Greetings, all.  All for tonight only!

2/27 posting includes additional future choices.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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# 1, Monday, February 28 @ 8:00.  ON THE RAZZLE!  $10 tickets with Code: Artist.  Constellation Th., at SOURCE, 14th St. NW, just below T St.

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#2, Forum (Re)Acts - Special Event, Pay What You Can Monday, February 28 @ 7:30 PM at Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd. (next to AFI Silver; 2 bl. SS Metro) We have invited local writers, dancers, and composers to create
short-yet-potent theatrical responses to one of the poems in Naomi Wallace's
"To Dance a Stony Field." Featuring new works by Kathleen Akerley, Patrick
Bussink, Anne McCaw, Augie Praley, and Jesse Terrill  www.forumtheatredc.org.  www.forumtheatredc.org/fleafestival.shtml

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#3, Avery Brooks as Ira Aldridge: The African Roscius

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:00 PM  FREE

8th and G Streets, NW 
Metro: Gallery Place/Chinatown

http://iraaldridge.eventbrite.com

Nan Tucker McEvoy Auditorium in the Donald W. Reynolds Center for Art and Portraiture. The National Portrait Gallery's G Street entrance between 7th and 8th

Monday, February 28, 2011 at 7:00, Free: The National Portrait Gallery presents a Cultures in Motion Program

Featuring Avery Brooks and Jewell Robinson
Directed by Michael Kramer
Produced by Jewell Robinson

Written by Jacqueline E. Lawton 

 

tribute to the life of Ira Aldridge, a celebrated nineteenth-century Shakespearean actor. Aldridge is played by celebrated twenty-first-century Shakespearean actor Avery Brooks, with NPG's producer/actor Jewell Robinson as Aldridge's daughter Amanda. AfrAm forced to Europe early 1800s to practice his craft, transcends to heights.

Doors will open at 6:30 p.m.  Please note that confirmed reservations must be claimed by this time and seating is on a first come, first served basis.  Any reservations unclaimed at 6:50 will be distributed on a first come, first serve basis to those waiting in line. Seating is general admission. http://iraaldridge.eventbrite.com/   NPGPublicPrograms@si.edu

 

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#4, Mon.2/28 @ 7:30 ReDiscovery #2 Lansburgh ReDiscovery Reading : The Government Inspector.  Adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher from the original by Nikolai Gogol.  Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate great but lesser-known plays of world literature. Seating first-come basis. http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=258   FREE tix @ Lansburgh Theatre Box Office, 7th & E St. NW, 202.547.1122

Join us for a reading of this great but lesser-known Russian satire, originally published in 1836.

The Government Inspector
adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher
from the original by Nikolai Gogol
directed by Alan Paul
Monday, February 28, 2011, 7:30 p.m.
Lansburgh Theatre

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2/27/11    Karen's FYI:Theatre Opps SPECIAL BULLETIN 

    Greetings, all.  Hie thee to the final performance 2pm TODAY of TOUCH, with special cheap tix.  Having finally squeezed it into my schedule last night, I’m sacrificing sleep to post this special bulletin to urge you to see this superb production by No Rules Th. Co. (which gave us the terrific SOME GIRLS, by Neil LaBute, last season).  What the director, actors & designers do with every element is stunning.  Lead actor Matthew Meixler is a find!  In an exceptionally sure, strong performance, this recent arrival on our boards grabs and holds the audience from first moment through last ... and beyond.

    Then saunter just 1/2 block for another special treat: FREE perf by percussionist extraordinaire TOM TEASLEY @ 6:30, at INTERSECTIONS ARTS FEST, continuing at the Atlas today and the next 2 weekends.  INTERSECTIONS offers a broad range of performing arts, many free.  Just returned from performance tour in Iran, Tom’s final [scheduled] festival perf is tonight.  You might recall his exciting scores for Constellation Th’s ARABIAN NIGHTS and THE RAMAYANA.  He will also score Constellation’s upcoming GREEN BIRD.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TODAY Sun.2/27 @ 2:00, FINAL Performance, $15 with Code HHR10 [reg.$25]:  TOUCH, by Toni Press-Coffman.  No Rules Th.Co.  At H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St NE DC.  www.NoRulesTheatre.org.  Runs 2/4 – 27.  Buy Tickets On-Line Here  
    Kyle loves astronomy, Keats, and most of all his quirky, vivacious wife.  When she disappears, his world turns upside down. How to rebuild one’s life in the wake of personal tragedy?  “Gripping, heart-wrenching, tender drama whose scenes shift seamlessly, character to character, past to present.” – NYTimes.

    Joshua Morgan directs Lisa Hodsoll, Brandon McCoy, Matthew Meixler, Sarah Strasser.

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#2 of 2:  Today & Fri-Sun through 3/13, day&eve, Free/cheap tix.  TOM TEASLEY Sun.2/27 @ 6:30, free, no tix necessary. INTERSECTIONS ARTS FESTIVAL. At Atlas Perf. Arts Center, 1333 H St NE DC.  http://intersectionsdc.org/Schedule.pdf   www.atlasarts.org

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MADAMA BUTTERFLY - offer

Washington National Opera

Kennedy Center

starting performances 

Feb 26

Buy One Ticket, Get One 50% Off. Discount only available on the following dates - March 8, 13matinee, 14, 17matinee and 19.

Use Source Code MADAMAB online or call 202-295-2400 or 800-US-OPERA.

February 26-March 19. The world's most beloved and heart-breaking opera, Madama Butterfly tells the story of a young geisha who catches the eye of a caddish American Naval officer. The innocent Butterfly gives her heart, loses her honor, and surrenders her child. This is a sacrifice she cannot survive. Ana María Martínez and Catherine Naglestad star as the innocent Cio-Cio-San, who loses everything for love, in a stunning production that will transport you to the hidden world of the Japanese geisha. Plácido Domingo and Philippe Auguin conduct this timeless classic.
Washington National Opera

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2/17/11          Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (2/17/11)

    Greetings, all.  Quick reminder of free/cheap/discount/special theatre opps beginning tonight.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 6:  Begin TONIGHT 3 perfs ONLY: Thur-Sat.2/17-19 @ 7:00, $15:  PROJECT BRAND NEW.  Produced by Solas Nua.  At Flashpoint, 916 G NW. metro: gallery place/chinatown or metro center  purchase tickets! Info: http://www.solasnua.org/documents/project%20brand%20new%202.pdf

   pbn is back with FIVE new shows and once again they're bringing their unique brand of audience participation with them. so whether you want to share the story of the vintage dress you're rocking with sorcha kenny for her piece my life in dresses, ask matthew morrison how he dances in those high high heels in my body travels or show off your own moves in the global party that is live art electro trash band, project brand new has it all demonstrating why they're ireland's top festival for new work.  All four shows each nt. (total app. two hours), plus  saturday at 5pm free one off performance of TRASH - a live art electro trash band.

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#2 of 6:  Begin. TONIGHT, Thur-Sun 2/17-20 @ 7:30, PWYC previews.  PLUS ALL SAT MATs @ 2 PWYC.  [reg.$25-35]:  JUNO AND THE PAYCOCK, by Sean O'Casey.  Washington Shakespeare Co (WSC), at Arlington County's new cultural center, Artisphere, 1101 Wilson Blvd, Rosslyn, VA. 2 blocks from Metro, 3 blocks from DC Circulator Blue Line, free parking after 6 pm (enter from Kent St if you arrive between 6-7 pm.

    "Th' whole worl's in a terrible state o' chassis." In the second of Sean O'Casey's Dublin trilogy, the great early 20th-century Irish playwright chronicles the preening Captain Boyle, his long suffering wife and family breadwinner Juno, his irascible drinking buddy Joxer Daly, a daughter desperate to escape their world any way she can, and a son caught up in the complex, violent struggles of the nascent Irish civil war in this beautifully tragic yet funny play. Directed by Helen Hayes Award nominee Shirley Serotsky in the Black Box Theatre in Artisphere. Runs through March 20; Thur-Sat 7:30, Sat/Sun 2. Every Saturday matinee is PWYC!  BoxOfficeTickets.com/WSC.

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#3 of 6:  Thur/Fri.2/17&18 @ 8:00, PWYC Previews:  ONE FLEA SPARE, by Naomi Wallace.  Forum Theatre.  At Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd (next to AFI Silver; 3 blocks from SS Metro) www.forumtheatredc.org.  PWYC tix on sale 7pm. Two per-person. Cash only. Reg tix: Round House b.o. 240-644-1100 or HERE. WARNING: Contains filthy language, filthy scenery, filthy costumes, and filthy acts involving citrus fruit.

    Winner 1996 Kesselring Prize, Susan Smith Blackburn Prize, and Obie Award for “Best Play,” One Flea Spare tests the limits of compassion in a tale of sex, class, and disease. The Naomi Wallace Festival will include readings of three other plays from the MacArthur “Genius Award” recipient and a showcase of original works inspired by her poetry. Alexander Strain directs Andy Brownstein, Davis Hasty, Nanna Ingvarsson (Forum’s Angels in America), Sarah Taurchini, and David Winkler. 

    Amid the chaos of the Black Plague in seventeenth century London, a precocious young girl and uncouth sailor desperately seek shelter, only to find themselves quarantined in the home of a wealthy couple. With a callous guardsman keeping watch, this unlikely group has no choice but to live with one another. In the ensuing weeks, moral and physical boundaries break down as they fight to survive the disease and one another.

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#4 of 6:  2/17-27, FREE new play: BENCHED, by Allyson Currin.  Produced by The Actors Salon/Liz Mamana & Beth Hylton www.dcactorssalon.com.  At National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave NW (in church at corner). Free, though donations welcome & suggested.  Reserve: benchedtheplay@gmail.com with preferred date / time; we will confirm. 

    Three big city moms, one playground bench. It's good to have friends on the sidelines.  Actor's Equity Member's Project w Dionne Audain, Leigh Jameson & Liz Mamana. [NOTE: Liz Mamana was the Toyota spokewoman in all its commercials for the past year.  Info:  benchedtheplay.vpweb.com.    

  BroadwayWorld.com!   http://dc.broadwayworld.com/article/BENCHED_Plays_Georgetowns_NCDA_21727_20110121--  

    Performance dates:

Thursday February 17, 8:00 p.m.

Friday February 18, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday February 19, 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Sunday February 20, 3:00 p.m.

Thursday February 24, 8:00 p.m.

Friday February 25, 8:00 p.m.

Saturday February 26, 3:00 & 8:00 p.m.

Sunday February 27, 3:00 p.m.

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#5 of 6:  TONIGHT Thur.2/17 @ 7:30, FREE staged reading:  EAT IT TOO, by Jennifer Barclay.  The Hub Theatre, www.thehubtheatre.org.  At Greater Reston Arts Center, Reston Town Center, 12001 Market St, Suite #103, Reston, VA 20190.  703.471.924   www.restonarts.org  

    Dark comedy explores how far you might go if you could get away with it.  Hollywood starlet returns to her hometown for the first time since she left over 12 years ago. When they realize she is out for serious revenge, does the party continue?  Danny Gavigan directs Sara Barker, James Flanagan, Elizabeth Richards, Katie Molinaro, Judith Irbinger, and Kristen Garaffo 

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#6 of 6:  Fri/Sat.2/18-19 @ 8:00 & Sun 2/20 @ 2:00, PWYC Previews.  [Reg. $10/7/5]:  TETHER, by Julie Taiwo Oni.  Doorway Arts Ensemble and Arts Alive Theatre. Cultural Arts Center of Montgomery College, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20910.  www.doorwayarts.org.  240-567-5775 or www.tickets.com.  Runs 2/18 -3/13, Th-Sat @ 8; Sun @ 2. Plus Mon.3/7 @ 8.

    Rhythmic drama about 15yr-old mixed race twins. sex, race, religion, tetherball...twin sisters are coming of age.  Jessica Lefkow directs Gwen Grastorf and Jade Wheeler.

    SPECIAL EVENTS: Saturday, February 19 - Post Show Q&A.  Sunday, February 20 - Post-Show Panel Discussion: "Multi-Cultural, Multi-Racial: Growing up in the New Modern Family."  During entire run: silent auction items such as restaurant gift certificates, ice skating passes, area theatre tickets, personal organizer services, tea party.

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by Donna Christenson

2/4/11   Multi-talented actress Holly Twyford (second from left) celebrated after her performance at Ford's Theater with friends Ruth Swanson, Mary Biero and Patricia Cook.  You can catch her star turn in Horton Foote's THE CARPETBAGGER'S CHILDREN, along with two other Washington favorites, Nancy Robinette and  Kimberly Schraf, now through February 13.  

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2-3-11            Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (2/3/11)

    Greetings, all.  Quick reminder of free/cheap/discount/special theatre opps beginning tonight ... including COMPS for TYNAN.  Note the “PLUS” events ... including special deal for my readers.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 6:  Reserve NOW for FREE TIX Sat/Sun.2/5+6:  TYNAN, by Richard Nelson and Colin Chambers. The Studio Theatre, 14th & P Sts, NW DC.  Complimentary tix: Sat. 2/5 @ 2:30, Sun.2/6 @ 2:30 & 7:30.  Reservations required: b.o. 202-332-3300.  Limit 2 per person.  Info only:  www.studiotheatre.org. Starring Philip Goodwin.  Directed by Paul Mullins

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#2 of 6:  TONIGHT Thur.2/3 @ 8:00, PWYC Preview.  PLUS $10 other perfs:  OWL MOON, by Liz Maestri.  Taffety Punk Theatre Co.  At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th St SE DC.  Reserve: tix.taffetypunk.com or 1-800-838-3006.  www.taffetypunk.com.  Runs 2/2—26, 8:00 Wed-Sat, 3:00 Mats 2/12, 19, 26.

    A play about love and body bags, directed by Lise Bruneau.  When the Owl Moon rises, the everyday world veers into extremities—hot blood spurts and passions seep into a wintry landscape of cold and desolation. Owl Moon follows four lost souls through conflicts and collisions that stretch taut conventions of style and tone. Add in a talking owl, and you have a play that juggles the heady, humorous and harrowing in equal measure. Featuring company members Kimberly Gilbert, Marcus Kyd, Tonya Beckman Ross, Joel David Santner, Esther Williamson.

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#3 of 6:  TONIGHT Thur/Fri.2/3+4 @ 8:00, PWYC Previews at door or $10 reserved. PLUS $15 tix 2/10-13 w Code LAUGH.  ON THE RAZZLE, by Tom Stoppard & directed by Nick Olcott.  Constellation Theatre Co. At SOURCE, 1835 14th St. NW DC.  Discounts: online or at door w code: LAUGH.  www.ConstellationTheatre.org.  50% of preview tix are sold for $10 online,.  50% at door, first come, first served.  B.o. opens at 7pm.  All credit card purchases include additional fees.  Opportunities to USHER and see show for free through March 6.  Email lindsey@ConstellationTheatre.org
    The New York Times called On The Razzle "Brilliant and Outrageously Silly."  ENSEMBLE: Charlotte Akin, Joe Brack, Katy Carkuff, Jennifer Crooks, Michael Glenn, Heather Haney, Ashley Ivey, Jim Jorgensen, Drew Kopas, Matthew McGloin, Charlie Retzlaff, Joseph Thornhill, Abby Wood.

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#4 of 6:  TONIGHT Thur.2/3 @ 8:00, $10 Preview w Code Community Night.  PLUS Fri.2/4  @ 8:00, buy 1 get 1 ½ off:  GALA Theatre invites you to the DC Premiere of La cándida Eréndira/The Innocent Eréndira and her Heartless Grandmother, based on a novel by the award-winning Colombian writer Gabriel García Márquez. Directed by acclaimed filmmaker and theater director Jorge Alí Triana, La cándira Eréndira will be on stage from February 3-27, Thursdays to Saturdays at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm.  Tickets $32 Regular, $20 Student & Senior on Thursdays at 8 pm & Sundays at 3 pm.  Reserve: 202.234.7174!  www.galatheatre.org.  Discount tix are limited and offer must be mentioned at time of purchase.  On 14th St. NW, just North of Park Rd.

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#5 of 6:  Fri.2/4 @ 8:00, PWYC Preview.  PLUS my readers save $5 on Sat/Sun. 2/5 & 6 w Code KS10:  TOUCH, by Toni Press-Coffman.  No Rules Th.Co.  At H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St NE DC.  www.NoRulesTheatre.org.  Runs 2/4 – 27.
    Kyle loves astronomy and loves Keats, but most of all is absolutely and totally in love with his quirky and vivacious wife Zoe. When she goes out to run a quick errand and never returns, Kyle’s world is turned upside down. How to rebuild one’s life in the wake of personal tragedy?

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#6 of 6:  Fri.2/4: Reservations open for: FREE Readings Edward Albee Play Festival throughout March/April at ARENA Stage.  NOTE: Reservations required, and will sell out quickly.  http://www.arenastage.org/shows-tickets/the-season/productions/edward-albee-festival/?utm_source=wordfly&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=AlbeeFesttosubscribers.

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Constellation Theatre Company presents 
ON THE RAZZLE 
by Tom Stoppard & directed by Nick Olcott
at SOURCE 1835 14th St. NW 

PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN PREVIEWS 
Thursday, Feb. 3 & Friday, Feb. 4 at 8 pm
50% of preview tickets are sold for $10 online.  50% of preview tickets are sold at the door, first come, first served.  Box office opens at 7 pm.

Discounted $15 Tickets February 10 - 13
Buy tickets online or at the door with the coupon code: FOOTLIGHTS
All credit card purchases include additional fees.

Opportunities to usher and see the show for free through March 6.  Email lindsey@ConstellationTheatre.org

The New York Times called On The Razzle "Brilliant and Outrageously Silly" 

ENSEMBLE: 
Charlotte Akin, Joe Brack, Katy Carkuff, Jennifer Crooks, Michael Glenn*, Heather Haney, Ashley Ivey, Jim Jorgensen, Drew Kopas, Matthew McGloin*, Charlie Retzlaff, Joseph Thornhill, Abby Wood.
    *Actors' Equity Association

www.ConstellationTheatre.org

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"A beautiful show...fantastic!"  
 -- Joy Behar, ABC's The View

Fresh off the heels of sold-out shows at New York’s Lincoln Center, 

Shen Yun Performing Arts returns to the Kennedy Center Opera House this week.

Presenting classical Chinese dance and music in a gloriously colorful and exhilarating show, Shen Yun’s masterful choreography and graceful routines range from grand processions to ethnic dances, with gorgeously costumed dancers moving in stunning synchronized patterns. State-of-the-art backdrops transport you to celestial realms and lush landscapes, while groundbreaking music combines the best of Chinese and Western composition. The many breathtaking dances and songs in each Shen Yun performance—new every year—make for an unforgettable experience.

 

Tickets available at http://www.shenyunperformingarts.org/city/washington-dc


“A visually dazzling tour of 5,000 years of Chinese history and culture.”  

“The show was absolutely beautiful. It was so inspiring, I think I may have found some new ideas for the next Avatar."
-- Robert Stromberg, Academy Award winner and production designer for Avatar

 

"I love the show! It's fantastic. It's very stimulating and upbeat. I've enjoyed every minute of it. It's spectacularly beautiful and it's very enlightening and very uplifting.” 

--Quest Magazine chairman and CEO Christopher Meigher

 

“All of it—every single dance, every single one of them is unique and beautiful and different, and so you just wish it wouldn’t end.”  

-- Renowned cellist Christine Walevska

-- San Francisco Chronicle

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1/24/11

Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Special $10 tix TONIGHT PLUS (1/24/11)

    Greetings, all.  Quick bulletin about opportunity tonight and beyond.  I can't access more info right now, so check website.
    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 1:  TONIGHT Plus.  Special $10 tix for my readers w code shodlist: GENESIS(Best Drama at the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival; Pick of the Fringe Awards), written by Evan Crump and directed by John C. Bailey, returns for an (8) eight show, limited engagement at the Warehouse Theater in downtown Washington, DC, January 20 – January 30, 2011. Warehouse is across 7th St. from Convention Center, but entry is from NY Ave. between 6th-7th.  Signs show entrance.  www.cityartisticpartnerships.org or 202.213.2474.  Don't forget to use discount code "shodlist" when ordering for special $10 tix!

    Is he human or angel? Convict or saint? Insane or divine? This theatrical, thrill ride inhabits the inner workings of a beautifully dangerous mind and asks: Who is the voice of reason among the insane? Who speaks for God in a godless age?  Genesis tells the story of an inmate in a mental institution who believes himself to be a fallen angel. It tests the fine line between faith and delusion, raises tough questions at the core of Christian religion, and points to society’s willful ignorance of the mentally ill so as to avoid the moral quandaries their treatment raises.

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   1/18/11

Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (1/18/11)

    Greetings, all.  Quick reminder of free/cheap/discount/special theatre opps beginning tonight.  Note the “PLUS” events.

    Staying home tonight?  Catch the free live streaming video of special Taffety Punk performance of new work by the brilliant Gwydion Suilebhan.

    The intrepid Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive has been blessed with another NEA grant to include a few productions by our small-budget theatres.  The amount is small, though.  So while exploring which videos you want to see (free), consider a tax-deductible donation to help include more.  www.WAPAVA.org   And if you’d like to sponsor filming a particular show, contact me.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 4:  TONIGHT Plus: Tues-Thur.1/18-20 @ 7:30, $10 off w CODE TJ10.  PLUS $15 tix ALL perfs for patrons under 30yr.  PLUS Free post-perf discussions all perfs.: RETURN TO HAIFA.  The Cameri Theatre of Tel Aviv.  At Theater J, 1529 Sixteenth St NW @ Q. www.theaterj.org

    Performed in Hebrew and Arabic with English sur-titles. From Israel’s premier flagship theater company comes this heart-rending saga of Sa’id and Saffiyeh, who return to the home they fled during the civil war preceding Israel’s War of Independence, and learn the fate of Dov, the baby they left behind. Now a young soldier in the IDF, Dov meets his birth parents while cleaving to the Holocaust survivors who raised him.  “Amusing and moving, human and majestic”- Ha’aretz Israeli Newspaper.

    Beyond the Stage Discussions: innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. We frequently partner with those of other faiths and communities, stressing the importance of interchange among a great variety of people wishing to take part in frank, humane conversations about conflict and culture.  Find our full discussion list of topics and guests here

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#2 of 4:  TONIGHT Tues.1/18 @ 8:00, Free live streaming video:  REALS, by Gwydion Suilebhan.  Taffety Punk.  3-camera streaming video of live performance: www.livestream.com/newplay.  [NOTE:  Performance itself is sold out, at The Corner Store, 900 South Carolina Ave SE.  www.cornerstorearts.org]

    To celebrate the newest addition to the Taffety Punk line-up, Resident Playwright Gwydion Suilebhan, the Punks will perform his new play about real caped-crusaders "bootleg" style. Fans of Taffety Punk will know their annual Bootleg Shakespeare Productions -- where they rehearse and perform an entire Shakespeare play in a single day. This will be the first attempt to bootleg a contemporary work. Don't miss the world premiere of REALS!

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#3 of 4:  TONIGHT Tues.1/18 @ 7:30, Free reading:  AN ORDINARY AFTERNOON, by Mary Watters.  Doorway Arts Ensemble and Arts Alive Theatre of Montgomery College.  At Cultural Arts Center at Mont.Coll, 7995 Georgia Ave, Silver Spring, 20910 http://www.doorwayarts.org/
    The Playground Series: staged reading festival of new one act plays.  An Ordinary Afternoon: relationships of three couples splinter and collapse over differing perspectives after schoolyard playground incident.  Jason Schlafstein directs Blair Bowers, Luke Cieslewicz, Allison Corke, John Dow, Susan Holliday, Charity Pomeroy and Michael Saltzman.  More info: here.

 

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#4 of 4:  Wed.1/19 @ 8, mid-run PWYC.[reg.$32-26]:  BEYOND THE HORIZON, by Eugene O'Neill.  American Century Theater.  At Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St, Arlington. http://www.americancentury.org/.  Runs 1/13 - 2/12

    Fresh, perceptive interpretation by director Kathleen Akerley that is both surprising and revealing.  [Apparently including puppets.] Seldom-performed drama, won Pulitzer Prize recognition for America 's greatest playwright, widely regarded as a landmark in theatrical history. 

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        1/13/11

Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT (1/13/11)

    Greetings, all.  Quick reminder of free/cheap/discount/special theatre opps beginning tonight.  Note the “PLUS” events.

    The intrepid Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive has been blessed with another NEA grant to include a few productions by our small-budget theatres.  The amount is small, though.  So while exploring which videos you want to see (free), consider a tax-deductible donation to help include more.  www.WAPAVA.org   And if you’d like to sponsor filming a particular show, contact me.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  TONIGHT 1/13 @ 8:00, PWYC preview.  PLUS Wed.1/19 @ 8 PWYC.  PLUS All perfs 1/14-16 tix $16 [reg.$32-26]:  BEYOND THE HORIZON, by Eugene O'Neill.  American Century Theater.  At Gunston Arts Center, 2700 S. Lang St, Arlington. http://www.americancentury.org/.  Runs 1/13 - 2/12

    Seldom-performed drama, the first to win America 's greatest playwright Pulitzer Prize recognition, widely regarded as a landmark in theatrical history, has been given a fresh, perceptive interpretation by director Kathleen Akerley that is both surprising and revealing.  [Apparently including puppets.] 

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#2 of 2:  TONIGHT 1/13 @ 8:00, PWYC preview. [reg.$20]  PLUS Sat.1/22 Free Reading:  WINTER CARNIVAL OF NEW WORKS.  Madcap Players.  At H Street Playhouse,1365 H Street NE.  www.madcapplayers.com.  Runs Jan.13–15, 21–22, 28–29 @ 8:00, & Jan.16, 23 & 30 @ 2:00.

    Nine new, cutting-edge 10-minute plays, including Four Dry Tongues and The Narcoleptic Pillow Fight by Philadelphia playwright Alex Dremann. Three works from local playwrights, two international pieces and two other productions by US writers. Performed / directed by more than 50 of Washington’s most talented artists. PRESS

    Madcap Players is a DC-based theatre troupe that emphasizes new works. Our goal is to produce shows that are fun, unique and offbeat. Past productions include Kristen Palmer’s Local Story, Adam Szymkowicz’s Pretty Theft, Douglas Soderberg’s The Root of Chaos, David Lindsay-Abaire’s A Devil Inside, Patrick Gabrdige’s Constant State of Panic and the annual 10–minute play festival — Winter Carnival of New Works. 

    PLUS Sat.1/22 @ 3:00, Free reading of Patrick Gabridge’s new work FLIGHT.  Sarah escapes the grit and sense of loss in her life by spending most of her life at the airport, watching the world go by, pretending to be someone else, but never going anywhere. But soon the consequences of her real–life decisions follow her to her hiding spot and threaten to drag her out of the airport. What begins as an innocent escape escalates into great danger for her and the people around her.   

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MetroStage presents

His Eye is on the Sparrow

 first preview (Pay What You Can) performance on Wed. Jan. 26 at 8 pm.

starring Bernardine Mitchell as Ethel Waters

Jan. 26-Mar. 20, 2011

 

Please note that this is a change of date from what was previously announced.

Mark your calendars. Box office opens one hour before the show.

His Eye is on the Sparrow is an inspirational musical about the life of the renowned African American singer and groundbreaking Broadway actor Ethel Waters. From humble beginnings she made her way to Broadway (As Thousands Cheer and Member of the Wedding), film (Pinky and Member of the Wedding) and television. She is considered one of the most influential jazz and blues singers of her time.

Call for reservations for future performances (703-548-9044) or go online to www.metrostage.org

MetroStage

1201 N. Royal St.

Alexandria, VA 22314

www.metrostage.org

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 12/18/10

 Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps Begin.TONIGHT

    Greetings, all.  REMINDER: the focus of this column is free/ cheap/ discount/ special theatre and sometimes other arts.  My arbitrary cutoff for “cheap” is $20, with exceptions for special productions.  So please don’t be miffed if I don’t list your theatre if your prices are above that.  You are welcome to offer deals to my readers that fall within my limit.  Two special exception opps are ...

    No PWYC for the fabulous dragapella quartet KINSEY SICKS at Theatre J, but discounts TONIGHT/tomorrow, plus ½ pr. tix for under 35yr.  Want an evening of cerebral deep belly laughs?  They are a wondrously clever, irreverent, hoot-and-a-half.  [See below].

    No PWYC either for the special production of Paul Morella’s 1-man A CHRISTMAS CAROL at Olney 12/17-1/1, but well worth the $26.  Presented here as Dickens intended – read directly to the listener by a master story teller.  If you’ve seen Paul’s CLARENCE DARROW, you know he certainly is.  He constantly refines every nuance and detail of every production element.  www.olneytheatre.org   As Brad Hathaway wrote: “Paul Morella's solo version of Charles Dickens' classic ... is by far the most moving, the most entertaining and the most memorable." - Potomac Stages.  But it runs only to Jan.1.  Click News&Press on website to see press releases for this and ANNIE.

    Lots more opps below.  Check out cast list at GU (#2 below).

    And lots of extensions, including Olney’s ANNIE (now to 1/16), Studio’s SUPERIOR DONUTS, Ford’s CHRISTMAS CAROL, Round House’s A WRINKLE IN TIME, and possibly others.  Dates keep changing and aren’t always reflected on websites, so call b.o. for the latest.

    The intrepid Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org

    Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive has been blessed with another NEA grant to include a few productions by our small-budget theatres.  The amount is small, though.  So while exploring which videos you want to see (free), consider a tax-deductible donation to help include more.  www.WAPAVA.org   And if you’d like to sponsor filming a particular show, contact me.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 5:  Sat.12/18 @ 8:00, Sun.12/19 @ 3:00, $30 Previews.  PLUS Sun.12/26 + Jan. 2 @ 7:30, $35 Sun.nt. specials.  PLUS ltd # half-price tix all perfs for up to age 35. PLUS spcl events (see below) [reg. $35–60]:  THE KINSEY SICKS in OY VEY IN A MANGER.  At Theater J, 1529 Sixteenth St NW @ Q.  PURCHASE TICKETS TODAY www.boxofficetickets.com or (800) 494-TIXS.  Runs 12/18 - Jan 2, Tues-Thur and Sat/Sun.

    New and disapproved version of their acclaimed holiday musical comedy.  As part of their global effort to stamp out holiday cheer, we find Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina at home in a manger (yes, that manger), facing imminent foreclosure and preparing for one last ditch real estate showing to avert disaster. Crises arise, secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and mayhem ensues - and all in glorious four-part harmony.  Brand new reinterpretations of holiday classics, including Lusty the Snowman, Santa Claus is Coming Too Soon, and The Twelve Steps of Christmas.  Oh - and what would the holidays be without a production number in Yiddish?

    Still not sure who the Kinsey Sicks are?  Metro Weekly  "Sicks Appeal: The drag a cappella group the Kinsey Sicks finds increasing popularity in a changing America"

Huffington Post "The Kinsey Sicks Descend on Washington" - with videos

    Special Events: Beyond the Stage - Theater J is dedicated to taking its dialogues beyond the stage, offering an array of innovative public discussion forums and outreach programs which explore the theatrical, psychological and social elements of our art. Entrance is free with a ticket to any mainstage production.  Questions or comments, contact Shirley Serotsky at shirley@theaterj.org 
    Tuesday, December 21 at 9:00: It Gets Better, But How?: Preventing Bullying Related to Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity
With Andrew Barnett, Executive Director SMYAL (Sexual Minority Youth Assistance League) and Justin Tanis, Community Education and Outreach, National Center for Transgender Equality
     Sunday, December 26 at 4:30: Scripture Unscripted: Irreverence, Satire and the Holiday Spirit
   Thursday, December 30 at 9:00: Cast Talkback with The Kinsey Sicks

Special Kinsey Sicks Nights Out!

    December 29th - GLOE Night! Discounted tickets and a reception with the Kinsey Sicks!   More information
    December 30th - Parents Night On the Town!  Dinner at Floriana, Show at Theater J and Babysitting all night long!   More information

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#2 of 5:  Tonight/tmrw only: Sat.12/18 @ 8:00, Sun.12/19 @ 7:00, FREE, but ticketed. Reserve online.  Staged reading / developmental workshop of Tenn. Wms’ONE ARM, adapted/directed by Moises Kaufman.  Georgetown U. Theater / Performances Studies Program in partnership with Arena Stage and in association with Tectonic Theater Project and The New Group.  At Davis Perf. Arts Center: Gpnda Th., GU campus, 37th & O Sts. NW

    Workshop of Kaufman’s adaptation of Williams’ sexually charged potboiler which premiered at Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago, in advance of its New York premiere this coming Spring. Kaufman will return in the Spring as a featured participant in our Williams’ Centennial Weekend Festivities (March 24–27).

    Featuring Nick Cornish, Billy Finn, Rick Foucheux, Kimberly Gilbert, Michael Mitchell, Lee Ordeman, David Weil, and more.  Read more about this Arena Stage-Georgetown partnership event.

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#3 of 5:  Tonight/tmrw only: Sat.12/18 @ 8:00, Sun.12/19 @ 2:00, $10 online, $12 at door:  Holiday Readings (With Some Surprise Packages): 3 short stories by David Sedaris.  Rep Stage, Monteabaro Recital Hall in Horowitz Visual & Performing Arts Center (HVPA), Howard Community College, 10901 Little Patuxent Parkway, Columbia, MD, 21044.  www.repstage.org, 443-518-1500  NOTE: Parental discretion advised; bitter, twisted adult humor.

    Michael Stebbins, Rep Stage’s producing artistic director, brings to life -- with simply a chair, music stand, and bottle of water -- three holiday short stories by American humorist David Sedaris.  “Season’s Greetings to Our Friends and Family!!!,” is a “holiday letter” from the Dunbar Family: Clifford, Jocelyn, Kevin, Jacki, and Kyle.  But this year, there’s a new addition to the Dunbar Family – a 22-year-old named Khe Sahn Dunbar.  In “Based Upon a True Story,” a network tv exec strong-arms the congregation of a small Pentecostal church.  “Front Row Center with Thaddeus Bristol” finds the bitter, mean-spirited local theater critic savagely attacking the various holiday plays and pageants presented by the area’s elementary schools.

    In the spirit of Sedaris and the holidays, door prizes will be given to the most “festively” dressed audience members.  Patrons wearing elf slippers, glowing red noses, and sweaters featuring full macramé snow scenes will be rewarded with t-shirts, mugs, holiday cards and more.

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#4 of 5:  Sun.12/19 at 1:00 & 4:00PM, Dec 20, 21, 22, 23 at 11AM & 1:00 PM, $10:  Merry, Happy…What? by Helen Pafumi.  The Hub Theatre, at The John Swayze Theatre at The New School of Northern VA, 9431 Silver King Court, Fairfax, Virginia 22031.  Just off Route 50, about 5 min from Beltway.  Free parking adjacent lot.  703-674-3177.  http://www.thehubtheatre.org

    World Premier for the whole family.  Molly (Victoria Longwell) has the same problem every year: no one celebrates the same holiday that she does. In fact, no one really believes it’s a real holiday at all. Her best friends, David (David Zimmerman) and Edna (Kristen Egermeier), are more interested in following every urban myth for inducing snow than listening to Molly about her winter festivities. Ensemble: Molly Dickerson, Tyler Herman, Katie Jeffrie.  Scenic design Jessica Moretti. Lighting design Johnathan Alexander. Music Composition Elijah Pafumi. Costume design Helen Pafumi. Stage Manager Melanie Shur.

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#5 of 5:  Sun.12/19 @ 2:00, $12-$7: Studio Aerial Work.  Arachne Aerial Arts, at Joe's Movement Emporium, Mount Rainier, MD.  301-699-1819 or purchase online.  Arachne Aerial Arts
    Showcases intermediate/advanced students performing works under construction along with professional guest artists presenting evolving works. Performers and companies include Arachne Aerial Arts, Jennifer Beeson, Abby Gurewitz, In-Flight Theater [Mara Neimanis], Kristy Medley, Sonya Melissa, Updraft: a conspiracy of movement and Kate Winston.

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A delicious holiday treat, A Broadway Christmas Carol tells the classic Dickens' tale with uproarious parodies of your favorite Broadway show tunes. Don't miss it at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA now through December 19th.

If you enjoyed Musical of Musicals as much as I did, this show is for you! A legendary Washington tradition returns (seven straight sold-out seasons at Round House Theatre, last seen in 2004) with an all star new cast, featuring "the one and only" Donna Migliaccio, with Matt Anderson, one of her co-conspirators in The Musical of Musicals (The Musical!) and introducing Peter Boyer as Scrooge.

Laugh out loud, roll in the aisles funny. Call now for tickets and start a new holiday tradition at MetroStage. http://www.metrostage.org/

The show has received many wonderful reviews:

"The holidays opened with a "bang" with MetroStage's "A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL" (To 12/19) which one hopes would last through 2011!...This is a highly recommended show that word-of-mouth should prove a sell-out. So get those tickets as holiday presents." 


Bob Anthony, AllartsReview4u 
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"Donna Migliaccio does some amazingly funny turns as the ghost of Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Present which I won’t spoil for you. Matthew Anderson covers the waterfront of male roles, from Scrooge’s nephew, the put-upon clerk, Bob Cratchit, the Spirit of Christmas Past (think Tim Conway on leave from the Old Ghosts’ Home) and so on. His jaw glides through a social class compendium of British accents from Upper Crust to Cockney, and here too it’s amazing he doesn’t trip over his own tongue. His wistful interpretation of Tiny Tim will bring tears to your eyes — not from sentiment, I can assure you". 
Gary McMillan, DC Theatre Scene 
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"Charles Dickens, Broadway, vaudeville and slapstick collide merrily in “A Broadway Christmas Carol”, an early gift from Alexandria’s MetroStage. The sets are simple but effective, and the four-member cast is versatile and talented. The familiar characters from Dickens’ novel sing, dance and quip their way through Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from miser to good-hearted philanthropist." 
Carla Branch, The Alexandria News 

__"There's very little "bah humbug" as this high-wattage, all-star cast tackles a timeless tale and gives it new life in the perfect medium for a musical message of ultimate uplift. Three talented area performers bring their Broadway-big voices and broad comedic talent to the completely audience-friendly intimacy of MetroStage and pull it off with infectious hilarity and brio". 
David Hoffman, The Fairfax Times 
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"It’s a Vaudevillian Christmas tale from Merry Olde England, mined gleefully from Charles Dickens. We know what’s going to happen but we don’t know how we’ll get there as the parodies come at you fast and ffurious in this topsy-turvy version with all the holiday trimmings".
Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times 

1201 North Royal St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
Telephone: 703-548-9044
Fax: 703-548-9089

For tickets, call
1-800-494-TIXS (1-800-494-8497)

or to order tickets online, 

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12/8/10

    Greetings, all.  Don’t forget tonight’s PWYC’s at Woolly & Theater Alliance (details below).

 

Film Festivals continuing through this Sat.  If the opening Irish film signals the quality of the others, you’re in for a treat.  And several of the directors will do Q&A’s & attend parties:

    Capital Irish Film Festival, 12/2-11, irishfilmdc.org showcases the best of new and emerging Irish features, documentaries, shorts and animation. Llargest event of its kind in the US.  Screenings at Landmark's E Street Cinema, and parties and events at various locations.
    Washington Jewish Film Festival, 12/2-11, wjff.org films that represent the great diversity of Jewish experiences

 

Highly Recommended (in random order):

    Synetic’s MASTER & MARGARITA features creative genius Paata (onstage first time in 3 yrs) w wife & Helen Hayes-sweeping choreographer Irina.  Conveniently playing at Shakespeare Theater’s Lansburgh (7th&E).  But only Shakes.Th. volunteer regulars can usher there.  FINAL WEEK

    Ford’s CHRISTMAS CAROL.  Even more terrific this yr w addition of Helen Hedman & Rick Hammerly to last yr’s stellar ensemble headed by Ed Gero.  Mostly sold out, but they need ushers.  Hint: In the spirit of season’s giving, actor’s collect donations post-show for very worthy charity SOME (So Others Might Eat).  If you’re prepared w a check, you’ll have tax deduction proof for fiscal as well as spirital benefit.

   Shakespeare Theater's CANDIDE.  Truly terrific.

    Arthur Miller’s ALL MY SONS at Everyman Th.  Yes it’s in Balt, but easy to access (incl. by train), free/cheap parking (possibly the only $2/day/eve garage left in the country).  Led by knockout performance by Deborah Hazlett, second act left the audience stunned,.

 

FINAL WEEK:

     Synetic The Master and Margarita http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/plays/details.aspx?id=285&source=l

    THE SEAFARER, www.quotidiantheatre.org

    RICHARD III & MARY STUART, http://www.washingtonshakespeare.org/

    ALL MY SONS, www.everymantheatre.org

 

The intrepid Capital Fringe Festival folks continue to broker all kinds of bonus discounts (plays & other things) for those smart enough to purchase $5 Fringe Buttons (required for entry to Fringe Fest shows anyway): www.capitalfringe.org.

 

Washington Area Performing Arts Video Archive has been blessed with another NEA grant to include a few productions by our small-budget theatres.  The amount is small, though.  So while exploring which videos you want to see (free), consider a tax-deductible donation to help include more.  www.WAPAVA.org   And if you’d like to sponsor filming a particular show, contact me.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod

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#1 of 2:  Wed.12/8 @ 8:00, PWYC [reg.$30+):  A GIRL’S GUIDE TO WASHINGTON POLITICS, created/performed by The Second City.  At Woolly Mammoth Theatre, 641 D St NW (@7th).  www.woollymammoth.net  202-393-3939 Runs 12/8-1/9.
    Beginning as a small cabaret theatre on Chicago’s north side in 1959, The Second City has grown to become a comedy empire—building a robust business based on its core improvisational methodologies. Resident theatres in Chicago and Toronto create topical sketch comedy revues that satirize politics, culture and news of the day. Beyond its stages, The Second City created the foremost school of improvisation-based arts in the world—with training facilities in Chicago, Toronto, and Los Angeles that enroll over 3,000 students; a corporate division works with hundreds of Fortune 500 companies in areas of training, marketing, entertainment and brand services; and The Second City’s forays into television and new media include the classic, Emmy-award winning comedy series “SCTV” as well as a number of new productions originating from The Second City Entertainment’s offices in Los Angeles.

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#2 of 2:  Wed/Thur. 12/8+9 @ 8:00, PWYC: BLACK NATIVITY, by Langston Hughes.  Theater Alliance, at H Street Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE DC. www.theateralliance.com   PWYC: only at b.o. 1 hr pre-show, 2/person, cash only.  
    The Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, infused with rich gospel, blues, funk, jazz music and dance with griot style story telling from an ensemble cast.

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11/4/10   Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps: Beginning Tonight (11/4/10)

    Greetings, all.  Escape the rain & cold via cheap tix to scads of shows (both below and to come).

        PWYC Thursdays of Spooky Action Theater’s truly extraordinary THE LOST ONES, inaugurating its brand new theatre at 16th & S, NW DC.  Note that $5 parking has been arranged if the street spaces are full.  Also note that since the technically-challenged opening weekend, all has been made right.  The seats are cushioned and lighting design has been implemented … making for a much more comfortable as well as impressive show.  And don’t strain to grasp every word, concept.  Just allow it to immerse you.  Details below. 

    Note several closings this Sat. or Sun., though this list is NOT comprehensive.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod 

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#1 of 5:  Thur.11/4 & 11/11 @ 8:00, PWYC w Code [reg.$15 - 20]:  Samuel Beckett's THE LOST ONES, with Carter Jahncke and 60 tiny puppet people.  Spooky Action's new theater in church at 1810 16th St NW DC; enter from S at rear of building.  www.spookyaction.org.  SPECIAL DEALS: Thursdays PWYC w code CRICKET - Beckett's preferred sport.  $10 anytime for students, faculty, Actors' Center & AEA members.  Talk-backs after Fri & Sun perfs.  Reserve reg. tix:rhenrich@spookyaction.org or 301-920-1414.  Runs Oct 21 - Nov 14; Thu - Sat @ 8, Sun @ 3.

    Off-street parking $5.one block away, behind Masonic Temple, 1733 16th NW.  Enter opposite Riggs Place NW, via the alley on south side of Temple.

    "…mesmerizing!  A production that jointly startles, titillates, and terrifies character and audience -- a realization, rather than recitation, of Beckett’s vision." - Wash. City Paper.  “Brilliantly subtle.” - http://dctheatrescene.com/2010/10/27/the-lost-ones-2/comment-page-1/#comment-13671   Directed by Richard Henrich.  Staged by special permisssion from the Estate of Samuel Beckett.

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#2 of 5:  Thur.11/4 @ 8:00, PWYC.  All other perfs cheap tix $10-15. FINAL WEEKEND.  CABARET MACABRE, by Happenstance Theater.   At Round House Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Rd. [next to AFI Silver], 3 bl from SS Metro.  PWYC tix 1 hr pre-show, cash/exact change only, 2 tix/person.  Reg.tix: click here or 240.644.1100.  http://www.happenstancetheater.com  Recommended age 13+.  Runs 11/4 -6 @ 8, Nov. 7 @ 2. 

    Inspired by AmphiGorey, this dark little Cabaret will bring out the Victorian Gothic in us all. A Dickensian romp through the damp cobbled alleys of poetry, variety, and song. Welcome the dark part of the year and rock this All-Hallows-Eve with Happenstance's Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Emma Jaster, Graham Pilato, and Karen Hansen, Jenna Ballard, and Gwen Grastorf.
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#3 of 5:  Fri-Sun. this weekend PWYC  [reg $25/20]:  GIANNI SCHICCHI, by John Morogiello.  Georgetown Theatre Co.  At Randolph Road Theatre, 4010 Randolph Rd, Silver Spring, MD [the OLD Round House space, off Viers Mill Rd.].  8:00pm Friday - Sundays, 2:00pm Saturday and Sunday matinee. Tix $25 General Admission at www.BrownPaperTickets.com or 1-800-838-3006.  Fridays and Saturdays at 8pm  Saturdays and Sundays at 2.

    A CORPSE. A BEDROOM, A CONTESTED WILL. WHAT'S A GREEDY FAMILY TO DO?  Farcical adaptation of the Puccini opera of the same name, about a farmer who is asked to forge a will by a disinherited family.  “Zany farce with bawdy jokes, high-flyin' slapstick comedy and nonstop 100 mph action...There was never a point in the show when someone wasn't laughing hysterically." (Leonard Hughes, Washington Post, 1994).

    Featuring Terence Aselford, Scott Courlander, Jim Gagne, Kenny Littlejohn, Carl Brandt Long, Suzie Mellring, Rachel Meloan, Laura J. Scott, T.D. Smith, Jonathan Lee Taylor and John Morogiello. Directed by Catherine Aselford

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#4 of 5:  All Sat mats PWYC: Richard III by Wm Shakespeare and Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller.  Washington Shakespeare Co  In their new home at recently opened Artisphere (the old Newseum).
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#5 of 5:  CLOSING THIS WEEKEND:

    (a.)  Sun:  Synetic’s KING ARTHUR,  CRYSTAL CITY Marriott, 1800 S. BELL ST., ARLINGTON, VA.  Metro: Crystal City (Blue / Yellow Lines)  Parking: Free garage parking after 4pm on weekdays and all day on weekends at Crystal City Marriott - follow the Synetic Theater parking signs off of 20th Street.  Box Office: 800.494.8497 or ONLINE

    (b.)  Sun:  Cabaret MacabreHappenstance - Round House Silver Spring

    (c.)  Sun:  Fool for LoveKeegan Theatre

    (d.)  Sun:  AmerivilleRound House Bethesda

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11/2/10   Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps: Tonight plus 

    Greetings, all.  Quick reminder of Woolly’s PWYC tonight before dashing out to vote and deal with life beyond theatre.  [Yes, I have one, which      is why these bulletins are often last-minute & sporadic].

    Lots more theater opps this week, so stay tuned

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers, and you get to see the show free.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  
    Karen Shod 

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#1 of 1:  TONIGHT, Tues.11/2 @ 8:00, PWYC Preview [reg. $30+] PLUS Special Events:  HOUSE OF GOLD, by Gregory S. Moss.  Woolly Mammoth ThCo, 641 D NW.  202-393-3939.  www.woollymammoth.net.  Runs 11/1 - 11/28; Wed–Sat. @ 8, Sat/Sun @ 3. NOTE: no 3pm perf November 6th, and there will be no performance on Thursday, November 25th

    The suburbs are a dangerous place for a beautiful blonde. Darkly funny inquest into the fate of a certain six-year-old beauty queen. This funhouse ride into the American psyche conjures up the picture-perfect child…but can she ever be safe from the adults who created her?

    Directed by Sarah Benson, director of the smash-hit NY production of Sarah Kane’s Blasted, and Artistic Director of Soho Rep in NYC..  Cast:  Mitchell Hébert, Michael Russotto, Randy Blair, Kaaron Briscoe, William Hayes Cromartie, James Flanagan, Ben Kingsland, Andrew Lincoln, and Emily Townley.

   Extensive associated programming. Join Woolly staff, artists, and audiences as they ask the questions about the “dirty little secrets” of polite, suburban America, and about the way race, gender, and class affect the stories of missing children in contemporary culture.

    EVENTS SCHEDULE:

    Begins November 10th:  Expert Dialogue: after every Wednesday and Thursday evening performance.  Approx 20-25 minutes. Guests include: Jim Brady (general manager, TBD); Howard Shalwtiz (Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth); Miriam Weisfeld (Production Dramatug, House of Gold)

     Begins November 12th:  Audience Exchange: after every Friday evening, Saturday mat & eve performance.  Members of the artistic team and special guests serve as “Production Catalysts” or “Community Catalysts” for discussions with the audience. Approx 20-25 minutes. Guests include: Dr. Carole Bell (post doctorate fellow in political communication, George Washington University); Colin K. Bills (Artistic Associate, Woolly Mammoth); House of Gold cast members.

    Cheap Date Night Nov 12th, 19th, 24th and 26t @ 6:30.  You and a “friend” enjoy $20 tickets, Happy Hour at the theatre before and after the show, and mingle with artists involved with the performance. Sponsored by Pabst Brewing and The Onion. Use promo code 1035 when ordering from the Box Office.

    Sunday 11/14 post-show Mammoth Forum: Missing Children and the Media.  Panel of special guests from both traditional and new media explore journalistic ethics. Features: Natalie Hopkinson from The Root.

    Wed. 11/17, free dessert at 6:30, conversation starts at 7:  Audience Salon: Anatomy of a Scandal.  Open discussion about our society’s seemingly unlimited appetite for scandal and the roles played by sex, race, and age in determining what does—and does not—end up on your RSS feed.

 

ONLINE ENGAGEMENT:
    RADIO WOOLLY AND NAKED RADIO CO-PRODUCTION:  Starting October 26th, special feature “co-production” series on Radio Woolly -- our very own radio station -- produced in collaboration with Naked Radio—a program of NYC-based theatre company Naked Angels—that brings work from the stage to the digital airwaves. This unique series will feature five special episodes that revolve around the themes of childhood, miniatures, crime, and sensationalism—all inspired by House of Gold. For more information about Naked Angels and Naked Radio, www.nakedangels.com. Subscribe to Radio Woolly on iTunes.  Hear interviews with Woolly staff members, playwrights, artists, and community members. A new episode airs every Wednesday.

    The Woolly Blog www.woollymammothblog.com is updated twice a week and explores Woolly’s play production process. Check in on Tuesdays to learn more about the artistic process behind our shows and on Fridays to learn how we are connecting with our audiences. Recent posts have included Gregory S. Moss on the inspiration behind House of Gold, the changing face of media, and an analysis of how the structure of House of Gold mirrors that of a nightmare.

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10/18/2010    Pay-What-You-Can performances at the following theatres
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Spooky Action Theater - The Lost Ones by Samuel Beckett. One Man and 60 tiny people in a world only Beckett could describe and create. Thu, Oct 21, 8pm in Spooky Action's new home at the National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St NW (16th & S).

Washington Shakespeare Co - In their new home at the recently opened Artisphere (the old Newseum). Richard III by William Shakespeare on Oct. 21 - 23 at 7:30pm and Oct. 30 at 2:00pm. Mary Stuart by Friedrich Schiller on Oct.28-30 at 7:30pm.

Theater J - The Odd Couple, Sun, Oct 24 7:30pm. Tickets on sale at the box office 1 hour prior to show. They also have discounted performances Sat, Oct 23 & Mon, Oct 25 at 8pm for $30.

Venus Theatre - Looking for the Pony, regional premiere of a new play by Andrea Lepcio. Wed., Oct 27, 8pm. at Venus Theatre Play Shack, 21 C St., Laurel, MD.

Washington Stage Guild - Darwin in Malibu by Crispin Whittall on Thu, Oct 28 at 7:30pm, Fri Oct 29 at 8pm at The Undercroft Theatre of Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church: 900 Mass Avenue, NW

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps: Beginning Tonight (10/16/10)

    Greetings, all.  Special opp TONIGHT now even more special: 1/2 price = $6 for final reading/voting of DC Shorts Script Contest.  Plus other continuing cheap/special offers below.  Note closing dates.

    Plus cheap tix for special Literary Fest. Opening at DCJCC tomorrow (Sun.) night, w some of our top actors.

    Mon. choose between two terrific free events: at Shakes.Th. and Strathmore (N.Bethesda/Rockville Pike.)   

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod 

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#1 of 7:  NEW: ½ pr. TONIGHT.  Fri-Sun.10/15-17, many events. DC Shorts Screenplay Competition.  At Mt. Vernon Place UM Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Gallery Place Metro, parking available).  Information and registration online at ScriptDC.com.     

    NEW ½ pr. Offer: Sat.10/16 @ 7-9, Unique Final competition NOW just $6 w Code FATE. Click here for redeem the code online.  Click here for more info  Watch six scripts read live by actors and the screenwriter! Vote for your favorite. Winner will receive $1000 on the spot, plus another $1,000 when the film is completed. Plus, you can see the final movie at DC Shorts.

    ScriptDC is the premiere conference for Mid-Atlantic writers and filmmakers to achieve their creative dreams by connecting them with accomplished teachers, consultants and industry professionals.  NOT JUST FOR WRITERS!  Editors, directors, camera people, film/theatre lovers -- all have the opportunity to meet people for new projects and creative endeavors.

    Opening Night Screening of "Precious" with Q&A by producer Lisa Cortes.  Pitch idea to industry professionals.  Hear screenplays read aloud by actors.  Workshops for EVERY SKILL LEVEL - from beginner to seasoned pro.  MEET GATEKEEPERS AND PRODUCERS!  Ample opportunity to meet key players in the industry.  LEARN! Hear others' scripts and pitches -- and learn better techniques to use for your projects.

    BARGAIN WEEKEND! DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLY AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.

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#2 of 7:  Last chance TONIGHT 10/16 @ 8:00, Special $10 closing wkend tix for my readers w Code.  PLUS ALL perfs student rush tickets at door $15 w valid student ID, day of show:  You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  www.NoRulesTheatre.org.  At H St. Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE DC.  $10 special: http://www.theatermania.com/ticketing/index.cfm/show/173134 w CODE: KSFYI.  [NOTE: show runs through 10/17, w mats Sat/Sun @ 2pm, but $10 tix do not apply then.]  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NRTC

    FINAL WEEK.  "While Lucy might still believe that it's a terrible idea to do a whole show about that blockhead Charlie Brown, No Rules Theatre Company has created something better than good at the H Street Playhouse. Their Charlie Brown is great." - Metro Weekly.  "Whether you are an avid fan of the 'Peanuts' gang or just looking for fresh, upbeat performances by a great cast, I highly recommend that you bring the kid in you to the H Street Playhouse."- DC Theatre Scene.  "Like the comics, it will leave you with a smile." - We Love DC. 

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#3 of 7:  Wed-Sats., ALL tix $10:  Riot Grrrls' JULIUS CAESAR,  by Wm. Shakespeare.  Taffety Punk Th. Co.  At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th SE.  Tix:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129925   or 1-800-838-3006.  www.taffetypunk.com  Runs to 10/23; Wed-Sat 7:30, Sat. mat. 3pm.
    An all-female cast rocks Shakespeare’s most testosterone-laden play.  Lise Bruneau directs Toni Rae Brotons, Emma Crane Jaster, Rana Kay, Jessica Lefkow, Tiernan Madorno, Katie Molinaro, Rahaleh Nassri, Suzanne Richard, Esther Williamson, Abby Wood.  Smartly engineered. Brisk, focused, and engaging. - Wash Post  Click here to buy your tickets now!

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#4 of 7:  Cheap tix + specials:  SCORCHED, by Wajdi Mouawad.  Forum Theatre.  At Round House Silver Spring,   Tix right here, or R.H.b.o. 240-644-1100. great review of Scorched in the Washington Post.  Runs to 10/23.

    SPECIAL EVENTS:  10/17 2PM: OpenForum -- our first post-show discussion of the season! Come share your thoughts on Scorched, chat with the cast, and meet Ilona Kelly, Campaigner for Individuals at Risk in Africa & the Middle East at Amnesty International (Mid-Atlantic Region).
    
10/18 7:30PM: Extra Monday Night performance -- just thought we’d add an extra show for those of you who are booked all weekend!
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Open Gala” (aka: backstage bash) is Saturday, October 16, but still time to buy a ticket for performances, a live and silent auction, a dance party on the stage, and awealth of cupcakes. Buy your tickets right here.

    At Forum, we always like to keep the conversation going beyond the performance. So if you'd like to share your thoughts or ideas, drop us an email or post a comment on our blog: forumtheatreblog.com. There you'll also find interviews with the cast (including three actresses who play a single character!) and playwright, Wajdi Mouawad.

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#5 of 7:  Sun.10/17 @ 7:30, cheap tix:  Opening Night Special Event DCJCC Literary Festival.  At DCJCC, 1529 16th  NW (@ Q).  Readings by Kimberly Gilbert, Marcus Kyd, Michael Tolaydo and Barbara Rappaport on theme Strangers in a Strange Land: The Lives of Jewish Immigrants.  Adapted and directed by Derek Goldman.  lwww.washingtondcjcc.org 

    “Home” has been an often-shifting term for Jews throughout the world. This year we celebrate the Jewish immigrant experience, both in its diversity and in its commonality. Staging excerpts from classic and contemporary literature, we will travel from places like  Cairo  and  Russia  to the Lower East Side and  Iran . Performing works from Gary Shteyngart, Anzia Yezierska, Alfred Kazin, Dalia Sofer and others, some of Washington ’s finest actors will explore what remains and what is changed when we adopt a new home.  Adapted and directed by Derek Goldman, one of the region’s leading directors (In Darfur, Sholom Aleichem: Laughter Through Tears, Eurydice, Lysistrata) and Artistic Director of the Davis Performing Arts Center at Georgetown University . 

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#6 of 7:  Mon.10/18 @ 7:30, Free ReDiscovery Reading:  Madness in Valencia, by Lope de Vega.  Shakespeare Th.Co., at Lansburgh Theatre, 7th St. @ E, NW.  Free General Admission, but reservations required: http://www.shakespearetheatre.org/events/details.aspx?id=257  or

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    Did you attend readings of The Liar or The Dog in the Manger before they became big successes? Many of the Shakespeare Theatre Company's mainstage productions have sprung from ReDiscovery readings, where patrons like you have the chance to explore the works before they hit the stage! 
    In Lope de Vega's Madness in Valencia, Floriano and Erifila meet and fall in love while hiding from the outside world in a madhouse. But in this volatile setting, how can they tell the difference between love and madness? From the playwright and adapter behind STC's 2009 smash hit The Dog in the Manger comes another great comedy of Spain's Golden Age.
    Works for the ReDiscovery series are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn and presented under the direction of the Company's artistic staff. Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate these great but lesser-known plays of world literature. Be in the know about STC's next great hit!

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#7 of 7:  Mon.10/18 @ 7:00, Free:  Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities (Montgomery County). http://www.creativemoco.com/executives-awards.  Music Center at Strathmore, North Bethesda, MD (click for a map)
Free and open to all, no RSVP required.  Free garage parking.

    Each year, Mo.Co. Executive Isiah “Ike” Leggett pays tribute to individuals and organizations that have made a difference in the lives of the County’s residents through their efforts in the arts and humanities. The County Executive's Awards for Excellence in the Arts and Humanities are the most prestigious honors conferred by the County on individual artists, organizations and patrons of the arts and humanities. The public is invited to nominate a person or group to receive an award. 

    Award recipients receive their awards at a special ceremony held at the Music Center at Strathmore in North Bethesda.  Included on the program are performances by local arts organizations and recognition of all the individuals and organizations that have received grants for that year from the Arts and Humanities Council of Mo.Co.. 

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Karen's FYI:TheatreOpps: Beginning Tonight (10/13/10)

    Wed. PWYCs for Multi Helen Hayes nominee/winner Rep Stage continue tonight of two rare & superb 1-act  treats from JMBarrie [Peter Pan].  Or cheap tix other times, or free as usher.  It’s much easier to access than you think.  Just off Rte. 29 in lower Columbia.   [Below]  I concur w Nelson Pressley (Wash. Post) review: http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2010/10/11/AR2010101104599.html

    PLUS Solas Nua and Taffety Punk

    Special for my readers: Thur-Sat $10 tix (w Code) for eve. perfs this final week of YOU’RE A GOOD MAN, CHARLIE BROWN, by No Rules Th.Co., who did such a smashing job last spring w Labute’s SOME GIRLS.

    PLUS ½ price Folger, PWYC Constellation, Scorched, unique opp w terrific DC Shorts fest.

    Remember: Most theatres want/need volunteer ushers.  Check their websites.

    Happy theatre-ing.  Karen Shod 

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#1 of 8:  Tonight Wed.10/13 @ 7:00, ALL Wed’s PWYC.  PLUS special events. [reg. $18-30]:  TWO BY J.M. BARRIE:  THE NEW WORD and THE OLD LADY SHOWS HER MEDALS.  Rep Stage, professional Equity theatre in residence at Howard Community College (HCC), Smith Theatre, Horowitz Visual and Perf Arts Center.  www.repstage.org.  Runs 10/6 - 24.

    FREE EVENTS: Fri.10/15 & 22: post-show discussions.  Sun. 10/24 @ 12:30pm: pre-show lecture by HCC faculty member Fred Campbell: “The Great War at Home and in London.”  Mon. 10/25 @ 7:00, Reading of a play by actor/playwright Jason Odell Williams.

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#2 of 8:  Every Wed. $20 discount tix:  IMPROBABLE FREQUENCY.  Solas Nua.  At First & K Sts. NE; plentiful free parking.  www.solasnua.org 

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#3 of 8:  Wed-Sats., ALL tix $10:  Riot Grrrls' JULIUS CAESAR,  by Wm. Shakespeare.  Taffety Punk Th. Co.  At Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th SE.  Tix:http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/129925   or 1-800-838-3006.  www.taffetypunk.com  Runs to 10/23; Wed-Sat 7:30, Sat. mat. 3pm.
    An all-female cast rocks Shakespeare’s most testosterone-laden play.  Lise Bruneau directs Toni Rae Brotons, Emma Crane Jaster, Rana Kay, Jessica Lefkow, Tiernan Madorno, Katie Molinaro, Rahaleh Nassri, Suzanne Richard, Esther Williamson, Abby Wood.  Smartly engineered. Brisk, focused, and engaging. - Wash Post  Click here to buy your tickets now!

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#4 of 8:  Thur.10/14 @ 7:30, ½ off Preview w Code [reg. $30-60]:  HENRY VIII, by Wm. Shakespeare.  Folger Theatre, 201 East Capitol St.  www.folger.edu.  Thurs, Oct 14 preview 50% off, from $15:  Buy Tickets: Henry VIII. Enter Code TH0111HF, or mention when purchasing by phone 202-544-7077.  Runs 10/12–11/21; Tues–Thur 7:30, Fri 8, Sat  & 8, Sun.2 & 7.

    Passion and politics soon engulf the king and his court in Henry VIII, Shakespeare's final history play. As the king falls under the spell of the bewitching Anne Boleyn, his most ardent supporters find their devotion questioned and their loyalty tested. With Ian Merrill Peakes as King Henry VIII, Naomi Jacobson as Queen Katherine, and Karen Peakes as Anne Boleyn.  Watch: Henry VIII Teaser

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#5 of 8:  Thur-Sat. eves 10/14-16 @ 8:00, Special $10 closing wkend tix for my readers w Code.  PLUS ALL perfs student rush tickets at door $15 w valid student ID, day of show:  You're A Good Man, Charlie Brown.  www.NoRulesTheatre.org.  At H St. Playhouse, 1365 H St. NE DC.  $10 special: http://www.theatermania.com/ticketing/index.cfm/show/173134 w CODE: KSFYI.  [NOTE: show runs through 10/17, w mats Sat/Sun @ 2pm, but $10 tix do not apply then.]  CLICK HERE FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT NRTC

    FINAL WEEK.  "While Lucy might still believe that it's a terrible idea to do a whole show about that blockhead Charlie Brown, No Rules Theatre Company has created something better than good at the H Street Playhouse. Their Charlie Brown is great." - Metro Weekly.  "Whether you are an avid fan of the 'Peanuts' gang or just looking for fresh, upbeat performances by a great cast, I highly recommend that you bring the kid in you to the H Street Playhouse."- DC Theatre Scene.  "Like the comics, it will leave you with a smile." - We Love DC. 

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#6 of 8:  Thur/Fri.10/14+15 @ 8:00, PWYC Previews [NOTE protocol change].  PLUS Fringe Button $10 tix w Code:  WOMEN BEWARE WOMEN, by Thomas Middleton; adapted by Jesse Berger.  Constellation Th. Co., at Source, 1835 14th NW (@ T St.).  www.ConstellationTheatre.org.  PWYC: 50% of PWYC tix sold online at discounted price of $10; 50% PWYC at door 7:30pm.  PLUS Fringe Button Discount - Ltd. # of $10 tix Thur. eves & Sat mats w Code Fringe onlineConstellationTheatre.org or 1.800.494.TIXS (8497).  Runs to 11/14.
    In a captivating world of wealth, three couples engage in a dangerous game of strategy as they vie for power and pursue their lust. Delicious revenge tragedy by one of Shakespeare’s contemporaries; provocative mix of dark comedy, adultery, murder, ambition and twisted love.
    Allison Arkell Stockman directs Felipe Cabezas, Katy Carkuff, Jonathon Church, Lewis Freeman, Brian Hemmingsen, Sheila Hennessey, Keith Irby, Ashley Ivey, Thomas Keegan, Lisa Lias, Caley Milliken, David Zimmerman.  Design team A.J. Guban, Kendrai Rai, Jesse Terrill & Samina Veith.

    Also created with Brett Abelman, Leanne Bock, Misty Demory, Jewell Fears, Brendon Fitzpatrick, Jan Forbes, Sasha Goldstein, Cheryl Ann Gnerlich, Jeny Hall, Amber Jackson, Vicky Mahoney, Lindsey Ruehl, Matt Wilson, Lynette Winslow.

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#7 of 8:  Beginning Fri.10/15, lots of specials:  SCORCHED, by Wajdi Mouawad.  Forum Theatre.  At Round House Silver Spring,   Tix right here, or R.H.b.o. 240-644-1100. great review of Scorched in the Washington Post.  Runs to 10/23.

    SPECIAL EVENTS:  10/15 8PM: “Theater Majors” night -- $10 tickets for university students, which include a pre-show meet-up at 7:15 with Forum directors and artists. Email tickets@forumtheatredc.org for more details! (You don’t have to be a theater major in actuality ... just in spirit)
    
10/17 2PM: OpenForum -- our first post-show discussion of the season! Come share your thoughts on Scorched, chat with the cast, and meet Ilona Kelly, Campaigner for Individuals at Risk in Africa & the Middle East at Amnesty International (Mid-Atlantic Region).
    
10/18 7:30PM: Extra Monday Night performance -- just thought we’d add an extra show for those of you who are booked all weekend!
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Open Gala” (aka: backstage bash) is Saturday, October 16, but still time to buy a ticket for performances, a live and silent auction, a dance party on the stage, and awealth of cupcakes. Buy your tickets right here.

    At Forum, we always like to keep the conversation going beyond the performance. So if you'd like to share your thoughts or ideas, drop us an email or post a comment on our blog: forumtheatreblog.com. There you'll also find interviews with the cast (including three actresses who play a single character!) and playwright, Wajdi Mouawad.

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#8 of 8:  Fri-Sun.10/15-17, many events. DC Shorts Screenplay Competition.  At Mt. Vernon Place UM Church, 900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW (Gallery Place Metro, parking available).  Information and registration online at ScriptDC.com.

    ScriptDC is the premiere conference for Mid-Atlantic writers and filmmakers to achieve their creative dreams by connecting them with accomplished teachers, consultants and industry professionals.  NOT JUST FOR WRITERS!  Editors, directors, camera people, film/theatre lovers -- all have the opportunity to meet people for new projects and creative endeavors.

    Opening Night Screening of "Precious" with Q&A by producer Lisa Cortes.  Pitch idea to industry professionals.  Hear screenplays read aloud by actors.  Workshops for EVERY SKILL LEVEL - from beginner to seasoned pro.  MEET GATEKEEPERS AND PRODUCERS!  Ample opportunity to meet key players in the industry.  LEARN! Hear others' scripts and pitches -- and learn better techniques to use for your projects.

    Sat.10/16 @ 7-9, Unique Final competition $12. Click here for more information and to purchase online.  Watch six scripts read live by actors and the screenwriter! Vote for your favorite. Winner will receive $1000 on the spot, plus another $1,000 when the film is completed. Plus, you can see the final movie at DC Shorts. 

    BARGAIN WEEKEND! DISCOUNTED PRICE ONLY AVAILABLE BY CLICKING HERE.

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