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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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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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