“All the world's a stage, and most of us are desperately unrehearsed.” --Irish playwright Sean O'Casey
Purchase $10 Preview Tickets in Advance
or Pay-What-You-Can at the door*
Thursday, October 24 @ 8:30 pm
Friday, October 25 @ 8:30 pm
Saturday, October 26 @ 8:00 pm
*If preview tickets are sold out online, we still have up to 35 tickets available at the door the evening of the show. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served, pay-what-you-can basis beginning 1 hour prior to curtain.
1835 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
36 Views runs through November 24!
Pay What You Can Preview Performance
The Laramie Project
Sunday, September 29, 7:30pm
The Laramie Project presents a complex portrait of a community's response to the 1998
murder of Matthew Shepard, a young gay man living in Laramie, Wyoming. In a series of
poignant reflections, the residents of Laramie react to the hate crime and surrounding media
storm with anger, bewilderment, and sorrow. The play portrays the deeply personal impact
Matthew's death had on this small town while also demonstrating the power of the human
spirit to triumph over bigotry and violence.
Tickets -Cash Only
Purchase in person at the Ford's Theatre Box Office
on September 29 beginning at 5:30pm
Limited to two tickets per person
511 Tenth Street NW
Metro: Metro Center, exit 11th and G or 12th and F or
Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G
Faction of Fools Theatre Company
Photo credit: C. Stanley Photography
For a good time, call...
L’amour the merrier, as Molière’s legendary lover wears a new mask!
Adapted and Directed by Matthew R. Wilson°
Now through Oct 6, 2013
Thu, Fri, and Sat @ 8pm // Sun @ 2pm
Mon, Sept 30 @ 7:30pm
"Best Pick-Up Line" Discount
Thursday 9/19 and Sunday 9/22
Use the code: PICKUPLINE online or at the door.
Pay just $15, if you tell the box office your
favorite pick-up line when you get your ticket!
Who knows, maybe you'll also get a date for Saturday night.
Jean-Baptiste Poquelin Molière (1622-1673) was both a father of French national drama and a dramatist in the Italian tradition of Commedia dell’Arte. He literally shared a stage with Paris’s finest Commedia troupe and “borrowed” many of their plots, characters, and conventions in creating his own plays. He even modeled his famous servant Sganarelle (a part he played himself) on the legendary character Scaramouche created by the Italian comic actor Tiberio Fiorilli.
For Season Five, Faction of Fools is excited to produce our first comedy by Molière, Don Juan, freely adapted and directed by two-time Helen Hayes nominee Matthew R. Wilson and featuring local favorite Sun King Davis in the title role. This hilarious send up of high culture is set in a protean art museum outfitted with ever-changing paintings and ambulatory statues. Multi-talented theatre artist Klyph Stanford designs the set, lighting, and projections to create these amazing effects!
at Elstad Auditorium
Gallaudet University, 800 Florida Ave NE, WDC
***Free Parking***Metro: Red Line, NoMa-Gallaudet U.***
Click here for directions.
Tickets available at HERE or 1-800-838-3006
$25 general admission
$15 for students, military, seniors, and groups
$10 for children 12 and under
ASL Interpreted on 9/20, 9/28 and 10/3
Open Captioning available upon request
Running time: Approx 1 hr, 45 min, with one intermission
Appropriate for ages 12 and up
Please visit us at www.factionoffools.org!
A Pulitzer Prize Finalist and one of the New York Times top 10 plays of 2012, Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit is an explosive dark comedy that brilliantly captures our economic moment.
Recently laid off, Ben starts an e-business from his suburban home while his wife, Mary, keeps up with the Joneses. But when mysterious new neighbors Sharon and Kenny arrive, the façade of their upwardly mobile lives begins to crack. Soon they find themselves increasingly pulled towards their wild new friends—to incendiary effect.
Ecstatic and dangerously funny, Detroit rips up the floorboards to reveal the racing heart under a crumbling suburban dream.
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PRAISE FOR DETROIT
“INCISIVE, FUNNY, and DISTURBING comedy-drama”
The New York Times
“A friendly suburban barbecue
spirals into a DELIRIOUS DANGEROUS BACCHANAL
in the superb play Detroit, by Lisa D’Amour”
The New York Times
“Ms. D’Amour’s play,
BOTH DISTURBING AND BRACINGLY FUNNY,
kicks things off with a promising burst of fireworks”
The New York Times
“Musical, JUICY, idea-packed”
Time Out New York
“A FINE AND SPECTACULARLY TIMELY new play”
“A very PROVOCATIVE SNAPSHOT of this perilous moment”
“Detroit brilliantly defines our current American moment. A rollercoaster entertainment, the play taps comically yet powerfully into our anxiety about clinging to whatever economic rung we’ve got a hold of—at a time when the shell of our civilization seems to be crumbling around us. Fundamentally, Detroit is a play about neighbors, two couples who live next door to one another in an inner-ring suburb that could be outside any major American city. One couple is trying to move up, the other is clearly on the way down—but their growing friendship leads to both hilarious liberation and shocking collapse for all, revealing the thin line that separates sophisticated men and women from dangerous drunken beasts.”
Artistic Director, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
‘Full Bloom’ at Arcturus Theater Company
Arcturus Theater Company’s production of Suzanne Bradbeer’s Full Bloom is a story about a teenager, named Phoebe (Kyra Soleil) who is coming of age and whose life is paralleling the book Catcher in the Rye. Meanwhile her mom (Alison Bauer) is coping with a divorce and growing older. Her mom’s friends and neighbors are coping with growing older in a society that values attractiveness and youth Phoebe’s new friend Jesse (Noah Harrington) is coping with fitting into a new town where he has no friends.
The cast of ‘Full Bloom.’ Photo courtesy of Arcturus
Director Daniel Bumgardner has an exceptional group of actors to work with and he receives terrific performances from every member of his talented cast. Soleil does an excellent job conveying the fragility and confusion of being a young teenager. Alison Bauer who plays the mom, effortlessly conveys the pain and of confusion of coping with a divorce, trying to date again while dealing with a confused teenager. Christine Callsen, who plays the married neighbor Crystal Dawn, imbues lightness into the play as she tries to hold everyone together as they all go through life. The play is lush with symbolism, depth, and witticism. Peter Orvetti gives an impressive performance as Jim Giannini, a man struggling to deal with life changes. Noah Harrington did a great job as Jessie Williams, as an earnest young man trying to fit in.
Stephen Strosnider’s set is perfect for portraying a New York City apartment with a stoop and the piano is cleverly utilized to push the show along to the next show. Strosnider also provides the lighting design. Costume design is provided by Adalia Vera Tonneyck, and make-up by Christine Wasilewski.
If you are looking for a play that is deep and thoughtful, go see Full Bloom.
Running Time: 80 minutes, with a 15-minute intermission.
About Author Marlene Hall
Marlene Hall grew up an army brat and has lived all over the world and in Washington, DC. Since an early age, she has played sports including soccer, basketball, and swimming; receiving three letters in high school for sports participation. Marlene graduated from the University of Virginia where she wrote for the Cavalier Daily. Commissioned as an Air Force officer, she served in Korea, Germany, New Mexico, and Louisiana. Marlene earned two masters degrees while in the Air Force in Management and IO Psych. After leaving active duty, she has worked as a government contractor, freelance writer and public relations executive. Marlene dabbles in improvisational comedy and has taken classes at the famed iO Theater in Chicago. She is very active in the DC charity and social scene and contributes her time to DC Humane Society's Fashion for Paws. She also was a supernumerary in the Washington National Opera's Carmen with opera singer Denyce Graves. An extrovert at heart, she has never met a stranger. Marlene loves journalism, attending events, meeting people and making things happen. She lives by the motto, "The best way to predict your future, is to create it."
Upcoming Theater Events and Pay-What-You-Can previews
Pay What You Can Roundup!
See Shows at Your Own Price
This system will be utilized for all shows of the company's 2013-2014 Season.
In addition to Forum, other theatres will be participating in pay what you can performances this weekend:
RORSCHACH THEATRE: Pay-What-You-Can previews 8/16 & 8/17 at 8pm, 8/19 at 3pm for Neverwhere by Neil Gaiman. Tixs sold 1 hour before show at Atlas Performing Arts Center.
ROUND HOUSE THEATRE: Pay-What-You-Can previews
Wednesday, August 21 at 7:30pm and Saturday, August 24 at 3pm for The Beauty Queen of Leenane by Martin McDonagh.
Tixs sold 1 hour before show, cash/exact change preferred, two per person.
THEATREWASHINGTON: Summer Hummer, a naughty & bawdy entertaining burlesque fundraiser to support "Taking Care of Our Own" fund for theatre artists & professionals with emergency needs.
Mon, 8/19 at 7pm & 9pm, tixs $35 & $75. More details below!
We put the FUN in fundraiser.
Join us for the 2013 Summer Hummer.
Over 40 of the Washington region's hottest stage performers.
Singing. Dancing. Taking off their clothes.*
Monday, August 19
7pm and 9pm
Jay Ariel - Austin Colby- Carolyn Cole - Matt Conner - Felicia Curry - Robert Aubry Davis - Chris Dinolfo - Michael Dove - Erin Driscoll - Sherri Edelen - Sam Edgerly - Kerry Epstein - Jefferson Farber - Philip Fletcher - Catie Flye - James Gardiner - Will Gartshore - Tim Getman - Kim Gilbert - Rick Hammerly - Davis Hasty - Mitchell Herbert - Naomi Jacobson - Dana Krueger - Nick Lehane - John Lescault - Emily Levey - Shane McCauley - Julie Meyer - Donna Migliaccio - Angela Miller - Stephen Russell Murray - Nova Payton - Maria Rizzo - David Sabin - Jason Schlafstein - Kim Schraf - Bobby Smith - Stephen Gregory Smith - Paul Tetrault - Emily Townley - Holly Twyford - Nicholas Vaughn - Vicki Vox - Craig Wallace - Lauren Williams
*Some, but not all, clothing will be removed from the bodies of performers during this performance. Yes, you should keep the kids at home.
FREE! Shakespeare Under the Stars at Olney Theatre Center
OLNEY, MD – July 8, 2013- America’s longest-running touring company National Players present Shakespeare’s hilarious comedy The Comedy of Errors July 18 through 21 at 8:00 pm on The Root Family Stage at Olney Theatre Center. These performances are part of Olney Theatre Center’s annual Free Summer Shakespeare program.
Take one set of identical twins separated since birth, add a second set as their servants, and throw them all into the same town for a single day and you have Shakespeare’s The Comedy of Errors. Confusion abounds and hilarity ensues as everyone in the town tries to figure out why these people are behaving so strangely today.
WHAT: National Players Tour 65 presents The Comedy of Errors for four free performances
WHEN: Thursday, July 18 at 8:00pm
Friday, July 19, 2012 at 8:00pm
Saturday, July 20, 2012 at 8:00pm
Sunday, July 21, 2012 at 8:00pm
WHERE: Olney Theatre Center
2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road
Olney, MD 20832
ADDITIONAL DETAILS: There is limited bleacher seating, so please bring a blanket or lawn chair. For additional information please visit the Olney Theatre Center’s website at www.olneytheatrecenter.org or call the Box Office at 301-924-3400.
About Olney Theatre Center
Olney Theatre Center, celebrating its 75th Anniversary in 2013, is an award-winning, nonprofit, Equity theatre. Located just north of Washington, D.C. in arts-rich Montgomery County, Maryland, Olney Theatre Center offers a diverse array of professional productions year-round. Olney Theatre Center is situated on 14 acres in the heart of the beautiful Washington-Baltimore-Frederick "triangle," within easy access of all three cities. Olney Theatre Center is home to National Players, America's longest-running touring company, and led by Artistic Director Jason Loewith and Managing Director Amy Marshall. For more information please visit www.olneytheatre.org.
About National Players
Established in 1949 and based at Olney Theatre Center since 1953, National Players is America's longest-running touring company. Founded on the principle of working with communities that have limited access to live theatre, National Players is comprised of professional young actors who travel across the country each year performing three Shakespeare and classic plays in repertory. National Players also acts as an educational ambassador, teaching theatre-related courses to students of all ages and backgrounds. Though it travels thousands of miles and serves tens of thousands of people each year, National Players always comes home to Olney, Maryland. www.nationalplayers.org.
WOOLLY MAMMOTH THEATRE COMPANY
ANNOUNCES PURCHASE OF PENN QUARTER HOME
ACQUISITION OF THEATER FACILITY CLOSES
ON COMPANY’S 8th ANNIVERSARY AT 7th AND D STREETS
(Washington, DC) Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company is thrilled to announce the May 2, 2013, purchase of its dynamic, 30,000 square foot facility, securing its future and rooting the theatre in the heart of downtown DC as a resource for artists and audiences in perpetuity.
The process of procuring this award-winning space began in 1998, when Woolly partnered with JPI Apartment Development LP on the winning bid to develop a city block-sized parcel, located in the Penn Quarter neighborhood, between 6th and 7th Streets and D and E Streets, NW. Designed by Esocoff and Associates, this mixed-use development was to include 428 residential units, retail, parking, and a state-of-the-art, 265-seat theatre space. The developers provided the theatre shell to Woolly Mammoth free-of-charge and the Company then completed a $9 million “Breaking New Ground” capital campaign to support the interior build-out and inhabitance costs.
After performing for 14 years in a 114-seat space located at Church and 14th Streets, NW—and then a four-year period of homelessness, during which time the Company performed at the Kennedy Center and Theatre J—Woolly Mammoth moved into its new home in May 2005.
Designed by McInturff Architects in Bethesda, the new theatre doubled Woolly Mammoth’s seating capacity, quadrupled its square footage, and expanded the stage volume ten-fold. The theatre also won numerous awards for architecture and design, including a 2006 American Institute of Architects Honor Award for Interior Architecture and a 2006 United States Institute for Theatre Technology Honor Award.
The Company has thrived in this new location over the past eight seasons. In May of 2005, when the Company moved in, Woolly had a full-time staff of 13, an annual budget of $1.8 million, and presented 167 performances during the 2004-05 Season for 21,132 patrons. Today, just past its 8th anniversary, Woolly employs 24 full-time staff members, has an annual budget of nearly $4 million, and presented 224 performances for 42,378 patrons during the 2011-12 Season.
The Company originally signed a lease agreement with the developers for $1/year in an arrangement set to expire in 2031. It had long been an ambition to own the space outright; and, in the summer of 2012, the owners approached Woolly Mammoth to negotiate a sale. The Company has secured highly-favorable financing while it works to fund the principal from municipal and foundation sources.
“This purchase represents the final chapter of a very successful journey that began nearly 15 years ago when we embarked on the search for a new theatre home,” says Woolly Managing Director Jeffrey Herrmann. “I want to thank the many Board members, individuals, foundations, corporations, and government agencies—especially the Council of the District of Columbia—who supported the original $9 million effort to develop this state-of-the-art facility. Woolly has flourished here ever since, with our budget and attendance more than doubling and our work receiving 103 Helen Hayes Awards nominations and 20 awards over this period of time. We look forward to continuing our trajectory as a unique resource for DC artists and audiences in the Penn Quarter neighborhood with this incredible new asset now on our balance sheet.”
“We are elated to lay down permanent roots in a state-of-the-art space that allows us to bring high-quality production value to cutting-edge new plays,” says Woolly Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz. “This latest achievement symbolically stakes Woolly’s place at the center of downtown DC and Washington’s cultural life.”
The building purchase will enable an even greater focus on “Free the Beast!,” an innovative $4 million fundraising campaign to support the production of 25 new plays over the next ten years. Conceived as a follow-on campaign to “Breaking New Ground,” this effort was designed to take the artistic work housed within Woolly’s award-winning facility to the next level.
Free the Beast! support for Woolly’s current production, Stupid Fucking Bird, included a completion commission for award-winning playwright Aaron Posner, funding for the composer of the original score, a one-week workshop at Lake George Theater Lab in upstate New York, and three readings at Woolly Mammoth.
Now at the end of its 33rd Season with Stupid Fucking Bird by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “one of the most influential outposts for the best new American plays” (The Washington Post), and “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new works, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.
Woolly Mammoth’s upcoming Season 34, themed “America’s Tell-Tale Heart”, includes Lisa D’Amour’s Detroit (September 9–October 6, 2013), Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’ Appropriate (November 4–December 1, 2013), Jackie Sibblies Drury’s We Are Proud To Present… (February 10–March 9, 2014), Elevator Repair Service’s Arguendo (March 31–April 20, 2014), and Peter Sinn Nachtrieb’s The Totalitarians (June 2–29, 2014). Returning this holiday season are The Pajama Men, Shenoah Allen and Mark Chavez, with their newest show, Just the Two of Each of Us (Dec 10, 2013–Jan 5, 2014).
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Two Theater Companies, Two Staged Readings
Monday, March 4th
Washington Stage Guild
At The Undercroft Theatre
Staged Reading of
Monday, March 4th, 7:00pm
To this day, no one has discovered who the author is of one of the Western world's greatest plays, Everyman. This allegorical story of one man's journey to the grave is leavened with humor and emotion as he seeks a companion - just one - to travel with him.
Steve Dawn as Everyman; Robert Aubrey Davis as God, Confession, and the Doctor;
Jewell Robinson as the Messenger, Beauty; Morgan Duncan as Death, Discretion;
R. Scott Williams as Fellowship; Sean McComas as Kindred & Five Wits;
Helen Hedman as Goods, Angel; Brendan McMahon as Cousin, Strength;
Lynn Steinmetz as Good Deeds; and Laura Giannarelli as Knowledge
There is no charge for this event
Reservations not required
240.582.0050 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Washington Stage Guild
The Undercroft Theatre
Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church
900 Massachusetts Avenue, NW
(Entrance also on K Street near 9th)
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 9th and G streets
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Shakespeare Theatre Company
At the Lansburgh Theatre
ReDiscovery Staged Reading
The London Merchant
Monday, March 4th, 7:30pm
Rarely performed in North America, this play is a tragedy of Shakespearean passions and modern themes. When George Bamwell, a young London apprentice, falls under the spell of Millwood, a 'lady of pleasure,' he is led first to embezzle from his master and then to a fateful familiar crossroads. Written more than 200 years before Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesmen, George Lillo's play is one of the earliest working-class tragedies, and a fine example of the form.
ReDiscovery Reading plays are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn and presented under the direction of the Shakespeare Theatre Company staff. Readings have resulted in recent successful productions during the season of David Ives's The Heir Apparent (2010-2011) and this season's The Government Inspector adapted by Jeffrey Hatcher.
or 202.547.1122, option 4 (Box Office)
Seating is on a first come basis
Shakespeare Theatre Company
450 7th Street, NW
Metro: Gallery Pl-Chinatown, exit 7th and F streets
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Pay-What-You-Can Performance on Saturday, February 9 at 3 p.m.
GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS
Round House Theatre (Bethesda)
On sale 1 hour prior to curtain, cash, 2 per person
Thursday, February 7 @ 8PM
Friday, February 8 @ 8PM
In Spring 2006, Daniel Reeves receives an honorable discharge from the army, returns home to Texas, and wakes up in a prison cell. On trial for brutal war crimes committed in Iraq, Reeves will not (or cannot) explain his motives.
And everyone, from his lawyer to his pastor to the public, latches on to a different story.
Featuring - Katy Carkuff, Jonathan Feuer, Julian Elijah Martinez*, and Scott McCormick
Forum Theatre is in residence at Round House Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
Please note: typing "Round House Silver Spring" into Google Maps will produce directions to the Round House Eduation Center on Wayne Avenue -- not to the theatre, which is a few blocks away on Colesville Road. So just be sure to use the full address while Googling! ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
Theater J is offering Pay-What-You-Can Tickets to Select Performances of
BOGED (TRAITOR): AN ENEMY OF THE PEOPLE
Friday, January 25 at 8:00 pm
Saturday January 26 at 3:00 pm
Friday, February 1 at 8:00 pm
by Boaz Gaon and Nir Erez
Based on the play by Henrik Ibsen
“Bringing Ibsen to Israel results in a sense of urgency and modern relevance for Boged (Traitor): An Enemy of the People
…The new setting, fresh dialogue, and contemporary sensibility of Boged results in a significant—and successful—reworking of the classic.”- Washingtonian Magazine
A sudden chemical leak in an Israeli industrial park endangers the region’s water supply. The mayor is quick to cover up the scandal, but his brother fights to expose the truth. The family feud quickly turns into a political war with major environmental repercussions. Emerging from Israel’s social justice movement of the past year, this timely adaptation of Ibsen’s play is the brain child of the Israeli playwright and adapter of Ghassan Kanafani's Return to Haifa, produced by the Cameri Theatre so successfully at Theater J in 2011.
This offer applies only to at-the-door sales, and is subject to availability. Cash Only Please.
Thursday, January 17 @ 8:30 pm
25 presale tickets are still available
Friday, January 18 @ 8:30 pm
All presale tickets for Friday have been sold.
up to 50 tickets will be available at the door.
If preview tickets are sold out online, we still have up to 50 tickets available at the door the evening of the show. Tickets will be distributed on a first come, first served, pay-what-you-can basis beginning at 7:30 pm.
1835 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
Zorro runs through February 17!
Zorro, the masked avenger, is born when quiet, bookish Diego must find a way to fight corruption and injustice in this swashbuckling adventure. This World Premiere reframes the pulp drama as a coming of age story about self-discovery and the courage needed to seek justice for all. It is a world of high romance and daring, where good vanquishes evil, and wrongs are righted with three signature swipes of a sword.
Theater Review by Barbara Twigg
A fascinating and fast-moving one-act, two-actress play by British playwright Mike Bartlett, “Contractions” will make you treasure the job that you have. It runs a little over an hour, and really holds one’s attention with sparring dynamics between the ice cold manager from Hell, Washington’s outstanding Holly Twyford, and her confused and manipulated employee, Alyssa Wilmoth-Keegan. This biting satire, played out on a spare stage lined with a row of anonymous filing cabinets, takes Big Brother concern about office romance to a horrifying level. It’s funny, dreadful, entertaining, thought-provoking and fresh. Through January 27 at Studio Theater.
SYNOPSIS: Emma’s boss is concerned that she is in breach of contract. An office romance is dissected over a series of increasingly bizarre meetings in this ink-black satire from one of Britain’s most provocative writers.
CONTRACTIONS runs through January 27 at Studio Theater.
SONDHEIM’S A LITTLE NIGHT MUSIC
ENJOYS A WEEKEND AT THE CASTLETON FESTIVAL Four Performances Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, July 13-15, 2012
Virginia’s Castleton Festival, a musical gem in Rappahannock County founded by world-renowned conductor Maestro Lorin Maazel and Dietlinde Turban Maazel, brings Stephen Sondheim’s A Little Night Music to Castleton’s state-of-the-art 648-seat air-conditioned theatre nestled on the Maazels’ beautiful 550-acre country property for four performances Friday through Sunday, July 13-15.
With this bittersweet complex love story told in three-quarter time, the Castleton Festival is making its first reach into the musical theater repertoire. A Little Night Music also marks the first time Castleton’s singing residents will star in their own production. This season there are 49 singing residents, participating in a rigorous seven-week training course known as C.A.T.S (Castleton Artist Training Seminar). Levi Hammer will conduct the show.
On July 14 the Festival celebrates mid-July with two free cabaret concerts occurring between performances at 12:30 p.m. and 5:30 p.m., Bubbles on Broadway, featuring the C.A.T.S. (Castleton Artists in training who are in residence at the Festival in 2012). The Festival also offers free Chamber Music concerts on Friday, July 13 at 6pm, and again Sunday, July 15 at 12:30pm. All free concerts take place in the Foyer of the Festival Theatre, 7 Castleton Meadows Lane.
The Festival’s closing weekend, July 20-22, brings performances back to the more intimate 150-seat Castleton Theatre House, 663 Castleton View Road. Award-winning violinist Jennifer Koh will performing all six Bach violin solo partitas and sonatas in one marathon concert—an amazing feat for which she has won critical acclaim--on Saturday, July 21 at 7pm. In addition, the stars of tomorrow among the 2012 Castleton Artists Training Seminar singers will perform recitals on Friday at 7:30pm, Saturday at 3pm, and Sunday at 2pm.
On performance days at 5pm, fine dining with food and wine pairings by chef Claire Lamborne, proprietor of Claire’s in Warrenton, Virginia, will be available in the Great Room at the small Theatre House on 663 Castleton View Road, by reservation. (To see menus and place an order, visithttp://www.castletonfestival.org/dining/overview).
The Castleton Festival (June 22-July 22), now in its fourth season, offers an intimate and unique experience to music lovers, who travel to one of the region’s most beautiful, peaceful places to hear classics performed with fresh energy by young talent at the start of their careers. Castleton also gives its artists-in-residence a special immersion experience in the performing arts: some 200 young singers, musicians, conductors, stage directors, costumers, and set designers spend the summer living and working at Castleton, receiving hands-on mentoring from renowned virtuosos, under the direction of Maestro Maazel, actor Dietlinde Turban Maazel and soprano, teacher, and Castleton Festival general manager Nancy Gustafson.
THE CASTLETON FESTIVAL 2012 AT-A-GLANCE
WHEN: July 13-15 and July 20- 22, 2012
WHERE: Performances are at the Castleton Festival Theatre, 7 Castleton Meadows Lane, Castleton, Virginia, and the nearby Theatre House at 633 Castleton View Road. Location: Rappahannock County, 65 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.
WHO: Legendary conductor, composer and violinist Maestro Lorin Maazel, stars of tomorrow, conductor Levi Hammer, violinist Jennifer Koh.
HOW: Tickets are $20, $50, $85 and $120 for most performances with discounted subscription packages available for three or six performances. Purchase tickets at the Castleton Festival website or contact the Castleton Concierge (866-974-0767 email@example.com) for tickets and information on accommodations, dining, and transportation.
Fringe Festival Press and Public Preview Night
Learn More About this Year’s Festival and
View a Snippet of Some of the Performances
Friday, July 6; 7:00 pm – 10:30 pm
Open to Press and the Public
WASHINGTON — Next week, Capital Fringe Festival, an 18-day, city-wide live performance event, will preview 30 of the 134 productions on Friday, July 6. The Fringe Festival is one-of-a-kind event and a fun, affordable way to connect with experimental, adventurous theatrical productions, as well as their actors and audiences.
In addition to the roster of performances, there is bliss to be had at the Fort Fringe under the Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar. Fringe fans can enjoy table service at the sidewalk café while dining on fresh tapas and drinks along with entertainment and catching the latest buzz about all the Fringe performances.
RSVP and Additional Information: If you need more information, please contact Laura Gross, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-207-3645, c: 202-255-2054.
About Capital Fringe
Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.
Funding for Capital Fringe is provided by: DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, The Max and Victoria Dreyfus Foundation, Morris & Gwendolyn Cafritz Foundation, Weissburg Foundation, Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region, Philip L. Graham Fund, MARPAT Foundation, PNC Bank, Douglas Development, Starbucks, The Washington Post Company and the Fringe Family of Donors.
Vaudeville's Late Bloomers :
Diz and Izzy Aster
with special guest Shorty McHansen
Sunday July 1st @ 3pm
at the historic GREENBELT COMMUNITY CENTER
15 Crescent Rd.
Greenbelt MD ~ MAP
ADMISSION IS FREE! A price that FDR would approve!
In the tradition of Burns & Allen, Ball & Arnaz, Seeley & Fields,
this offbeat couple brings their baggage to the stage
with harmonies from Between-the-Wars and cheery songs of the Great Depression.
Slapstick comedy, novelty dance, and swinging songs on ukulele and musical saw!
You won't want to miss this must-see music hall show.
With special guest musician, direct from Vaudeville, Shorty McHansen
on piano, organ, accordion, piano, trumpet and trombone...
"...the dual charisma of Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell - here, Izzy and Diz Aster, respectively - Happenstance Theater mines the physical idioms of Marceau, Chaplin, and Harpo Marx to produce a wildly loopy, fourth-wall-busting show that offers its audience a reprieve from the economic doldrums."
- The Washington Post
The Normal Heart at Arena Stage--phenomenal theater!
review by Evey Cherow
June, 2012 - This past Sunday I saw The Normal Heart --a brilliant and mind-blowing production by playwright Larry Kramer--founder of the Gay Men's Health Crisis AIDS service organization, and directed by George Wolfe, who's won many Tonys and Drama Desk awards for too numerous productions to name. The play chronicles the early days of the AIDs epidemic in NYC--the political realities, lack of research funding, the confluence of rights activism vs. fear of condemnation and 'outings', and the role of media--all are addressed through the relationships between and among the men and the woman dr treating them. A subtheme deals with the abrasive advocacy style of the protagonist--an angry Jewish journalist who alienates the Board of the organization he founded ...seemed all too familiar on many levels and brought up sad memories of dear friends lost in the early years of this horrific epidemic.
The Washington Post lauded this production in yesterday's Style section. If you haven't seen it --you may wish to book seats --and they're seeking more ushers for this run as it's gotten much attention.
The set as always is so powerful and the acting from cast members you'll recognize from Broadway and TV dramas --it blew me away...and it comes as a prelude to the International HIV/AIDS Conference in DC due to open in DC soon.
Evelyn Cherow, MA, MPA is CEO and Founder of GlobalPartnersUnited email@example.com
review by Barbara Twigg
"Memphis," at the Kennedy Center through July 1, is a fun show, with lots of great voices, personalities, and dance numbers. Full of humor, largely built around the over-the-top white DJ who ventures into the black world of dynamic "race" music in Memphis, the production also touches on the powder keg racial situation of rigidly segregated, 1950's Tennessee. That's a difficult line to straddle, but "Memphis" handles it pretty deftly with musical triumphs mixed with both ugly and poignant racial encounters. I wasn't crazy about the ending, plot-wise, though it might have been drawn from real events and characters. But ending aside, there is much to enjoy in "Memphis" as a rollicking piece of Broadway musical energy that takes on a Southern culture slowly starting to change.
SYNOPSIS - From the underground dance clubs of 1950s Memphis, Tennessee, comes a hot new Broadway musical that bursts off the stage with explosive dancing, irresistible songs, and a thrilling tale of fame and forbidden love. Inspired by actual events, Memphis is about a white radio DJ who wants to change the world and a black club singer who is ready for her big break. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves--filled with laughter, soaring emotion, and roof-raising rock ‘n' roll. Winner of four 2010 Tony Awards(r) including Best Musical, Memphis features a Tony(r)-winning book by Joe DiPietro (I Love You, You're Perfect, Now Change) and a Tony(r)-winning original score with music by Bon Jovi founding member David Bryan. Directing is Tony(r) nominee Christopher Ashley (Xanadu) and choreography is by Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys).
Performance Timing: Act I - 75 min.; Intermission - 20 min.; Act II - 55 min.
Make Monday a ReDiscovery!
FREE ReDiscovery Reading: Emilia Galotti
By Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
Directed by Jenny Lord
Monday, June 4, 2012 at 7:30 p.m.
The Lansburgh Theatre
450 7th Street NW
Washington, DC 20004
Seats are limited; reserve your FREE tickets now!
Reserve Tickets - call 202.547.1122
No one can escape the beauty of Emilia Galotti. When a Prince is stricken by her perfection, he falls desperately in lust with her and decides to do anything in his power to have her, even though she’s engaged to the Count Appiani. Deceptions, power plays and heart-breaking realizations all lead to one of the most shocking endings in all of classical tragedy. Full of passion, sex and intrigue, this German classic explores big ideas—politics, religion, art—through the lens of human desire. Written in 1772, Lessing’s Emilia Galotti has most often been called an early example of the German bürgerliches Trauerspiel (bourgeois tragedy), but it’s really the first of that modern, provocative genre: the tragedy of sex.
This Monday, experience a reading from the series that sparked STC's mainstage productions of The Heir Apparent, The Liar, The Dog in the Manger, The Beaux' Stratagem, Lorenzaccio and more. Don't miss STC history in the making! Works for the ReDiscovery Series are chosen by Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Guest artists join members of the Washington theatrical community to investigate these great but lesser-known plays of world literature.
Seating is on a first-come basis. Reservations are required.
Reserve your tickets today!
Shakespeare Theatre Company
Save $10 on tickets for Lonely Planet
Call MetroStage for tickets (Code: Friendship)
(Performances Th and Fri at 8, Sat at 3 and 8, Sun 3 and 7 thru June 17)
A fascination with maps, absurdist flights of fantasy and surprising moments of humor create a world where friendship and fear collide. A brilliant, evocative award-winning play about the power of friendship in a world of potential terror and suffering. Dietz's love of maps and the absurdist world inhabited by Ionesco's masterpiece The Chairs, coupled with game playing, truth telling, and surprising moments of humor, creates a world where friendship and fear collide, and the compassion, empathy and commitment of Jody and Carl can resonate and survive.
What the Critics are Saying about Lonely Planet
“Russotto’s performance …packs an emotional wallop. And Sutton is delightful as the vexing, leather vest-wearing Carl whose sarcasm can belie his good-heartedness. Playful and fun…skilled director John Vreeke guides the actors in creating some glowing, touching moments. a glimpse of the gay community at its very best and the enduring value of friendship.” Washington Blade
"*****A roller coaster of emotions – sometimes quiet, sometimes funny, sometimes heartbreaking, but always powerful, charming, and meaningful. It’s emotional, real, well-directed and performed. Producer Carolyn Griffin assembles a dream team for this production: Director John Vreeke and actors Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton...Russotto and Sutton are both fantastic.. MetroStage’s Lonely Planet is an entertaining, powerful, and heartfelt experience that should not be missed." DC Metro Theater Arts
“It is an intimate and darkly humorous portrait of universal love and loss and the methods we use to cope…memorable performances by Michael Russotto (Jody) and Eric Sutton (Carl) who create a believable bond in the face of unimaginable loss with ferocity, humor and fluidity.” Alexandria Times
“a warmhearted and memorable story of friendship featuring two outstanding acting performances.” DC Theatre Scene
”poignantly realized in the performances of Michael Russotto and Eric Sutton and under the expert direction of John Vreeke…Russotto and Sutton brilliantly sustain a verbal tug of war and create a powerful friendship …Sutton is a tornado of energy…perfectly cast…handsome set…piercing lighting…a haunting memorial to lives lost…with a superb cast and poignant message, “Lonely Planet” is a must-see…” Alexandria Gazette Packet
“haunting, powerful…sterling revival…finely detailed, emotionally nuanced performances” Washington Post
“a showcase of casting…tender and remarkably intimate performances” Talkin’ Broadway
“skillfully directed…a tour de force for Russotto and Sutton, both of whom describe their characters with sensitivity and humor.” Washington Examiner
“expertly written, deftly directed and performed with such tender nuances it remains as timely as ever.” Alexandrianews.com
“richly evocative…charming…both actors are superb…MetroStage is to be commended” MetroWeekly
1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play
Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm.
Sunday, June 17th at 7pm will be a Cheap Date Night performance: all tickets $20.
Armageddon has struck and the grid is down: no TV, no radio, no internet—how will life go on? For one group of tenacious survivors, sitting around a fire and reminiscing about The Simpsons proves to be the greatest escape from despair. Miraculously, from their collective memories, a new industry struggles to be born: a crude theatrical re-creation of the digital culture we can’t possibly live without.
From The Simpsons to the pop hits of the last ten years, Mr. Burns, a post-electric play is a rocking, rollicking, scary good time that leaves you questioning how you’d make sense of the world if all your gizmos were gone.
Mr. Burns, a post-electric play runs May 28–July 1; Wednesdays–Fridays at 8pm, Saturdays at 3pm and 8pm, and Sundays at 2pm and 7pm. *Sunday, June 3rd no 2pm performance. There will be Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, May 28th and Tuesday, May 29th at 8pm. Sunday, June 17th at 7pm will be a Cheap Date Night performance: all tickets $20.
Tickets for Mr. Burns, a post-electric play start at $35 and can be purchased through the Woolly Mammoth Box Office at 202-393-3939, online at www.woollymammoth.net, or in person at the Box Office located at 641 D Street, NW (7th & D). For directions and parking information, please visit www.woollymammoth.net.
Now in its 32nd Season, Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company continues to hold its place at the leading edge of American theatre. Acknowledged as “the hottest theatre company in town” (The Washington Post), “known for its productions of innovative new plays” (The New York Times), Woolly Mammoth is a national leader in the development of new plays, and one of the best known and most influential mid-sized theatres in America.
Woolly’s 32nd Season features five works that relate to the question, “Does our civilization have an expiration date?” They include Samuel D. Hunter’s A Bright New Boise (Oct 10-Nov 13), The Second City’s Spoiler Alert: Everybody Dies (Dec 6-Jan 8), Jason Grote’s Civilization (all you can eat) (Feb 13-Mar 11), Joey Arias and Basil Twist’s Arias with a Twist (Apr 4-May 6), and Anne Washburn’s Mr. Burns, a post-electric play (May 28-July 1).
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
641 D Street, NW
Washington, DC 20004
Box Office: 202-393-3939
$25 Preview Tickets This Weekend Only
Steven Dietz's award-winning play, thru June 17
Directed by John Vreeke
Featuring Eric Sutton & Michael Russotto
A fascination with maps, absurdist flights of fantasy and surprising moments of humor create a world where friendship and fear collide.
A brilliant, evocative award-winning play about the power of friendship in a world of potential terror and suffering. Dietz's love of maps and the absurdist world inhabited by Ionesco's masterpiece The Chairs, coupled with game playing, truth telling, and surprising moments of humor, creates a world where friendship and fear collide, and the compassion, empathy and commitment of Jody and Carl can resonate and survive.
$25 Preview Price This Weekend Only (Code: Preview)
Runs Thru June 17
Thurs & Fri at 8pm
Saturdays at 3pm & 8pm
Sundays at 3pm & 7pm
Tickets $45 - $50
Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497 for tickets NOW
1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
PayWhatYouCan Tonight at MetroStage
Thursday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m.
The stunning award-winning play Lonely Planet opens at MetroStage tonight
Featuring the amazing Michael Russotto and the return to DC of the great Eric Sutton
Directed by a favorite director John Vreeke
A must see. This is your chance to see a remarkable play for the best possible price. Come tonight –box office opens at 7—and we can promise you a memorable evening at the theatre. You have my word. --Carolyn Griffin, Producing Artistic Director
A Note from the Director
Why do Lonely Planet again, almost 20 years after it was written and 25 years since the onset of the AIDS crisis? Because the devastation in the 1980’s to the gay communities was horrendous. Because HIV positive diagnosis was a death sentence. Because although AIDS research and the success of pharmacology have managed to keep the statistics of death by HIV down, HIV/AIDS is still ever present and we must always be vigilant, with ourselves, with our friends…and because friendship and love remain unchanged. This play asks: What is our legacy to this world? Steven Dietz’s poetic story of friendship defines an era of gay relationships and remains a timeless, universal story. --John Vreeke
1201 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Call 703-548-9044/ www.metrostage.org
Theater Review by Barbara Twigg
Eugene O'Neill's "Strange Interlude" is a challenging evening by its very length: it was over at 11:15 p.m., tough for a school night. early on, it seemed a little dated, but as the play unfolded, it drew the audience in. The play spans two decades, as the charismatic and challenging Nina toys with the three men in her life: husband, lover, and loyal, adoring friend. Throughout the often humorous play, the characters speak their private thoughts to the audience, as their interwoven lives permit our eavesdropping. By the end, it proved a very satisfying evening of theater, an evolution of plot and character over time. Indeed, near the conclusion, Nina herself quotes the title of the play, describing the previous often chaotic years as a "strange interlude." It's a play one needs to see till the end to secure its rewards.
Synopsis: Shakespeare Theater Company Artistic Director Michael Kahn directs Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize-winning, yet controversial, drama about love and deception. Heartbroken over her adored fiancé’s death, Nina engages in a series of sordid affairs before agreeing to marry a man she does not love. Months later, pregnant with her husband’s child, she learns a horrifying secret about his family, setting off a dramatic and emotional chain of events across two decades. One of O’Neill’s early plays, Strange Interlude was hailed as revolutionary, shocked 1928 audiences – and became a smash hit.
Pay What You Can performance on Wed, April 4, at 8pm
(Box Office opens one hour before the show. $10 minimum.)
Thurs & Fri at 8pm
Saturdays at 5pm & 8pm
Sundays at 3pm
(No performance April 8 - Easter Sunday)
Pay What You Can Performance on Monday, March 5 at 7:00 p.m.
Rodgers & Hammerstein's follow-up to "Oklahoma!" (1943) was the musical "Carousel" (1945), inspired by a play called "Liliom", written in 1909 by Ferenc Molnár.
At 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 5, the Washington Stage Guild will offer a rare reading of "Liliom"--pay what you can performance --
in the Mt. Vernon Place United Methodist Church's Undercroft Theatre, 900 Massachusetts Ave., NW.
For more information go to www.stageguild.org or call (240) 582-0050.
LEAP YEAR Cabaret~Feb 29th at 7:30pm~ Free Admission
Free Cabaret Concert: Wednesday February 29th at 7:30
Please join Barbara Papendorp and Amy Conley for a LEAP DAY CABARET.. enjoy songs by Cole Porter, Edith Piaf, Jerome Kern, Charles Aznavour and many, many more. And next Leap Year is 1,460 days away!
So don't miss out on the fun!
Wednesday, February 29th at 7:30 PM ~ Free Admission
LEAP DAY CABARET--
Friendship Heights Village Center
4433 South Park Avenue
Chevy Chase, Maryland 20815
METRO: Friendship Heights
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Mozart's Cosi Fan Tutte at Kennedy Center through March 15
review by Barbara Twigg
Although Washington Post critic Ann Midgette found much to criticize in this production, my three friends and I who saw the opening night performance enjoyed it thoroughly. Yes, we are not highly experienced opera buffs, but this Cosi Fan Tutte staged in modern dress by the Washington National Opera, complete with the occasional cell phone on stage, mined the humor of the opera with great flair. Though glorious music issuing from blue jeans and biker jackets might be jarring to some, it captured the spirit of an opera that was written to be a silly comedy. Having seen soprano Elizabeth Futral in the tragic role of Lucia di Lammermoor madness at the Met, it was great to see her having such fun in this. I think Mozart would have loved it.
SYNOPSIS: In Mozart's game of love and seduction, two young men wager that their fiancées will remain faithful, even when tempted. To prove it, they decide to do the tempting themselves. Acclaimed director Jonathan Miller's modern-dress production, "a compelling piece of music theatre, wonderful in its delineation of Mozart's mix of comedy and psychological pain" (The Guardian), captures the essence of Washington, DC, with a stunning ensemble including Elizabeth Futral, Renata Pokupic, Joel Prieto, Teddy Tahu Rhodes, William Shimell, and Christine Brandes. WNO Music Director Philippe Auguin conducts Mozart's score, packed with biting comedy and poignant beauty.
Step Into the Dollhouse where birds suddenly appear at tea for two, and misty memories of days gone by will be be, will be...
Copyright © 2012 banished? productions, All rights reserved.
PAY-WHAT-YOU-CAN performance Thursday, February 16
The Water Engine by David Mamet
Come fire up The Water Engine by David Mamet on Thu 2/16 @ 7:30 PM. This first performance is PWYC at the door. Spooky Action Theater's production runs Thu - Sat @ 7:30 PM, Sun @ 2 PM thru Mar 11.
Mamet's story of a transforming invention and the dark forces bent to suppress it starts as a radio drama, but characters quickly materialize and take over the stage. Originally written for NPR, there is NO BAD LANGUAGE!! Kids 11 and up are welcome.
Directed by Richard Henrich with: Ian LeValley, Scott Seder, Mary Egan, John Brady, David Coyne, Max Jackson, T. Griffin Jones, Hilary Kacser, Noah Mitchel, Laura Rocklyn, Baakari Wilder and Chuck Young.
Spooky Action Theater at The Universalist National Memorial Church, 1810 16th St NW, Washington, DC 20009 (corner of S St, entrance at the rear of the building). Visit www.spookyaction.org to buy tickets, or phone (202)248-0301 for reservations and info. Tickets $20 - $25, with special deals for students, actors and seniors.
Monday, February 13: Pay-What-You-Can performance
Civilization (All You Can Eat)
THEATER: Woolly Mammoth's new show Civilization (All You Can Eat) opens tonight. Of particular interest to our food & wine-loving readers: the satire explores the relationship between food and modern society. Tickets for tonight's pay-what-you-can performance are available at the box office starting at 6 P.M. for an 8 P.M. show. Tickets for other performances (starting at $30) can be purchased through the theater's website. The show runs through March 11.
What do a corporate lecturer, a career waitress, and an anthropomorphic pig all have in common?
They are all characters in the world premiere of Civilization (all you can eat), a vaudevillian romp of corruption, consumption, and enterprise at the dawn of the Obama age. Unlike anything you’ve ever seen before, this absurdist satire takes you through the world of six hungry city-dwellers, burning with ambition and a desire to “make it”. But at what cost? Sarah Marshall stars as Big Hog, the ultimate capitalist underdog, along with Danny Escobar, Naomi Jacobson, and an award-winning Washington cast.
"So hot it sizzles."
Book and lyrics by Sherman Yellen
Music by Wally Harper
Directed and choreographed by
(Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Choreography for MetroStage's Cool Papa's Party)
"... a dream team of an ensemble...a great script, memorable songs, terrific director and talented cast...
Debra Walton, James Alexander, Zurin Villanueva, James T. Lane, & Aisha de Haas
Finding that perfect combination is as rare as being graced by the extraordinary life spirit of Josephine herself. For a show to get it so right warrents a visit...or two."
Debbie Jackson, DCTheatreScence.com
Zurin Villanueva as Josephine Baker
"Josephine Tonight is centered on an exuberant performance from Zurin Villanueva as Baker, a performer who can light up the stage with a 1,000-watt grin or beguile with a mischievous pout. Her Josie...transforms into an elegant, commanding star with a primal, powerful stage presence...a knockout night at the theater." Missy Frederick, Washingtonian
Running through March 18, 2012
Thurs and Fri at 8
Sat at 3 and 8
Sun at 3 and 7:30
Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497
for tickets NOW
Or CLICK HERE to order online >
1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
First Draft | developing new plays and the audiences who love them
Enjoy the comedic fun as a divorced baby boomer, her daughter and an unsuspecting waiter navigate our changing perceptions of senior citizenry.
Join us for the new play reading of
By Richard C. Washer
Directed by Leslie A. Kobylinski
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 14, 7:30 PM
at The Arts Club of Washington
The Monroe House
2017 I Street NW
The next chance to see it will be ...
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 28th @ 7:30PM
at Theatre on the Run
3700 South Four Mile Run Drive
Arlington, VA 22206
Our mission at First Draft at Charter Theater is to develop audiences alongside new plays; support our community artists and partner with theaters looking to produce new work. Through our free reading series, which is designed to incorporate audience feedback and discussion with playwrights, we intend to encourage audiences to explore, experience and engage in the wonderful world of live performance theater.
As we execute our mission in the coming years, we plan to give special attention to local, DC-area playwrights, and to new plays that represent populations who have traditionally either been under served and/or underrepresented by the theater community.
For more information, visit First Draft online at www.firstdraft.org
First Draft at Charter Theater is supported in part by Arlington County through the Cultural Affairs Division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Community Resources and the Arlington Commission for the Arts. The First Draft Reading Series is also made possible in part by the warmth and generosity of the Drama Committee of the Arts Club of Washington and the Share Fund of the Community Foundation for the National Capital Region.
Pay What You Can performance Wednesday, February 8 was cancelled!!!
Instead, a limited number of $10 tickets are offered for
Thursday Feb. 9, Friday February 10 or Sunday, February 12
available at the Box Office starting at 5 p.m.
Mention that you had planned to attend the PWYC performance and you get the $10 tickets.
February 9-March 4
8:00 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays, Wednesdays
2:00 p.m. Sundays
1800 S. Bell Street
Regular Price: $45-$55
Johnny Shryock/Synetic Theatre
Synetic Theater’s fresh take on the creation story. An angel and a demon discuss creation in this dark comedy.
PETER PAN: THE BOY WHO HATED MOTHERS
No Rules Theatre Company
H St Playhouse, 1365 H Street NE
Wed, February 8
Pay-What-You-Can tonight, Wednesday, February 8th. There are no reservations, tickets are first come, first serve, cash only. Box Office opens one hour prior to shows
Adapted and Directed by Michael Lluberes, Based on "Peter and Wendy" by J. M. Barrie
This radically fresh retelling of the JM Barrie classic is a theatrical event not to be missed. Exploring the original ideas and inspirations behind this iconic fantasy, Peter Pan: The Boy Who Hated Mothers is a visceral new retelling of the story of the boy who wouldn't grow up. This is Peter Pan as you have never seen it before but how it was always meant to be told. Appropriate for ages 10 and up.
The Hub Theatre's FREE Staged Reading Series Continues February 9
February 9, 7:30 pm
Dental Society Midwinter Meeting (a play with teeth)
by Laura Jacqmin
directed by Matt Bassett
Michael John Casey, Sarah Douglas, Kellee Knighten Hough, James J. Johnson,
Liz Mamana, Rose McConnell, and David Zimmerman
Following a scandal of molar-sized proportions, the North Shore Regional Dental Society has gathered to debate the future of Midwestern dentistry as they know it. After NSRDS president Morris J. Morris, Jr. is caught with his pants down - and his dental drill up - the dentists can't help but question: in a field obsessed with profit over health, where morality has taken a backseat to the latest fads in composite fillings, how can a group of upright dental professionals (looking for something more... filling) actually make a difference?
One Night Only - Admission Free
February 9, 7:30 pm
12001 Market Street, Suite 103
Reston, VA 20190
The Hub Theatre is a professional, 501c3 nonprofit theatre organization, member of TheatreWashington, and generously supported by: Arts Council of Fairfax, Booz Allen Hamilton, Virginia Commission for the Arts, Target, Integrity Applications, Silverwood Associates, and donors likes you. To make a gift to The Hub Theatre, click here.
Josephine Tonight, a new musical about Josephine Baker is now open.
Some performances are already sold out.
Special Offer for Super Bowl Sunday
Feb. 5 at 7pm
Tickets $25 (Call 703-548-9044, CODE: Super Bowl)
For all of you who don’t know who is playing and don’t care!!!
See a great vibrant new musical at a great price.
(Free Super Bowl chips and dip at intermission)
Josephine Tonight runs thru Mar. 18. To reserve for future dates (before they sell out)
call 703-548-9044 or go online to www.metrostage.org
On Tuesday Feb. 7, 6:30 and 8:30
Celebrate Mr. Dickens 200th Birthday with Catherine Flye, Michael Tolaydo and Bob McDonald with piano accompaniment by Joel Ayau
Ms. Flye and Mr. Tolaydo, MetroStage favorites who have appeared on our stage many times---most notably in SeaMarksand The Real Inspector Hound, will provide vignettes taken from the novels, anecdotes, letters and personal recollections of Charles Dickens. They will be joined by baritone Bob McDonald who will sing songs from the Victorian age which were inspired by the novels and favored by Dickens.
Call 703-548-90-44 for tickets ($25)
All happening at MetroStage
1201 N. Royal St.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Pay What You Can for "Blood Wedding" - Source Theatre
Constellation Theatre presents Federico García Lorca's "Blood Wedding," directed by Shirley Serotsky
90 Captivating Minutes of Passion & Violence; Music & Ceremony!
PWYC Tix Available for Thursday and Friday, February 2 & 3.
Show begins at 8:00 p.m. 1/2 of the tickets are available for purchase for $10 online at ConstellationTheatre.org; 1/2 of the tickets will be sold at the door as
Pay-What-You-Can. Box office opens at 7:00 p.m.
This week, Lorca's Blood Wedding opens at Source. Lovers are torn apart as two families in rural Spain are intricately bound in an unbreakable cycle of murder and revenge. Experience passion and violence mixed with song and ceremony. Federico García Lorca illuminates our deepest desires with gorgeous poetic imagery and the haunting appearance of a human Moon.
This tragic love story is told through live music, stunning visual design and a 14 member ensemble.
Buy your tickets today!
Thursday Feb 2 @ 8 pm
Friday Feb 3 @ 8 pm
Give us a call at 202-204-7741
Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
DCdigest highly recommends the hilarious "Two Gentlemen of Verona: A Rock Opera" w/music by Grammy Award-winning composer Galt MacDermont (Hair)
Jan 27-29 only - very limited engagement!
John Guare (Six Degrees of Separation) and Mel Shapiro's 1972 rock opera, Two Gentlemen of Verona, adds a spicy, funky twist to Shakespeare's work of the same name. The musical centers on the relationship between two friends, Proteus and Valentine, as they battle for the affections of the same woman. With music by Galt MacDermot, best known for his work composing the music for Hair, Two Gentlemen of Verona transforms and celebrates one of Shakespeare's most popular comedies of mistaken identity. Performances will run concurrent with STC's mainstage production of The Two Gentlemen of Verona.
Pay What You Can Previews
This Friday, Saturday & Sunday
January 20, 21 & 22 at 8pm
While discovering some forgotten paintings, a Manhattan gallery owner unearths a sordid family history of repressed artistic passions and animal possessions set against the backdrop of London between the Wars.
by Fengar Gael
directed by Catherine Tripp
January 23 - February 19
Pay What You Can Previews January 20 - 22 @ 8PM
FEATURING Company Member Scott McCormick with Sara Barker, Blair Bowers, Megan Reichelt, Louise Schlegel, Matthew Schleigh, David Winkler
DESIGNED BY Company Member David C. Ghatan (Set Designer) with Brian S. Allard (Lighting Designer), Lauren Cucarola (Costume Design), Veronica J. Lancaster (Sound Designer) and Justin Titley (Props Designer).
STAGE MANAGED BY Camilla Morrison
WITH Elise Lemle (Assistant Costume Design), Meredith Mimms (Assistant Set Design), Casey Kaleba (Fight Choreography), Christian Sullivan and Daniel Mori (Technical Direction)
PRODUCED BY Jenny McConnell Frederick and Randy Baker
Where is Rorschach?
We are happy to announce our new working relationship withThe Atlas Performing Arts Center. We will be presenting AFTER THE QUAKE, THE GALLERIST and a third yet to be named show at the Atlas. A landmark of the newly revitalized H Street, NE neighborhood the Atlas stood vacant for years until it was re-opened as the Atlas Performing Arts Center in November, 2006 following an extensive four-year renovation. Its 60,000 square foot complex includes four theatres, three dance studios, administrative offices, dressing rooms, lobbies, a café and production and rehearsal spaces. The center is home to a diverse group of locally renowned theatre and dance companies, symphony orchestras, choral groups and arts education programs. Its mission includes serving the greater metropolitan DC area as well as being the artistic heart of its immediate community. Tickets and subscriptions are availableonline or by calling (202) 399-7993.
How to Follow the Action...
In a society where the oral tradition of storytelling seems long ago to have died away in favor of fast moving camera angles, active engaging music and computer generated graphics, the Washington Stage Guild’s production of Amelia brings back that dying art form. And it does so simply, effectively, and with nostalgia.
With virtually no backdrops and no stage props, this cast of only two effectively play the role of a mother and father, a suitor and a hardware store clerk, foot soldiers and army officers, a runaway slave and a prisoner all poised and interacting with a dominant, speak-your-mind type of woman who knows she is equal to the best man out there.
As an avid theatre-goer, I found it interesting that the general formula of theatre today, as we see so often in DC, and as thus we have come to expect, should be so effectively transplanted by what is much more of a story; whose stage on which it is played out, and whose single set costume, is not the focal point of the performance, but rather of minor support.
Do yourself a favor and see this performance; it will be time well spent.
-- Lou Guarino
(Nearly) Free Theater in Olney
In January, Olney Theatre Center will present two pay-what-you-can
performances by the National Players: "Of Mice and Men" & "The Taming
of the Shrew," both on the Olney's Historic Stage at 7:30 p.m., "Of
Mice and Men" Tuesday, January 10th & "Taming of the Shrew" Wednesday,
January 11th. Seating is first come, first ticketed. The Olney sits
at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road, at the intersection of Doctor Bird
Road, between Georgia & New Hampshire Avenues, about 5 miles north of
Wheaton, MD. For more information visit the Olney Theatre Center's
website at www.olneytheatrecenter.org or call the Olney box office at
"Pay-what-you-can" means exactly that. It's nice if you can pay $5 or
$10 per ticket (or more), but there is no minimum. And even $10 is a
whole lot less than regular DC-area live-theater ticket prices. These
days it's even less than the price of a movie ticket.
A Holiday Tradition Returns !
PWYC and Preview prices
Matt Anderson as the Ghost of Christmas Past
"A Broadway Christmas Carol could easily become a Christmas tradition, Kudos to artistic director Carolyn Griffin for scoring another Metro winner." Rich Massabny, Arlington Weekly News TV
A Broadway Christmas Carol
Nov. 17 - Dec. 18, 2011
"reams of comic ditties-with-a-twist add up to a holly jolly Christmas Musical...The parodies come at you fast and furious in this topsy-turvy version with all the holiday trimmings." Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times
PWYC Thursday, Nov. 17 at 8pm
(Box office opens one hour before the show.
$25 Preview Tickets (CODE: Preview)
Friday, Nov. 18 at 8pm
Saturday, Nov. 19 at 3pm
November 17 - December 18, 2011
Thurs and Fri at 8
Sat at 3 and 8
Sun at 3 and 7
(no perf Thanksgiving Day)
(added Wed. Nov. 23 at 7 for $30)
Call 703-548-9044 or 800-494-8497
for tickets NOW
Or CLICK HERE to order online >
1201 N. Royal Street
Alexandria, VA 22314
A Broadway Christmas Carol
by Donna Christenson
December 2011 - A delicious holiday treat, A Broadway Christmas Carol tells the classic Dickens' tale with uproarious parodies of your favorite Broadway show tunes. Don't miss it at MetroStage in Alexandria, VA now through December 18th.
If you enjoyed Musical of Musicals as much as I did, this show is for you! A legendary Washington tradition returns (seven straight sold-out seasons at Round House Theatre, last seen in 2004, and a great run at MetroStage last year) with an all star new cast.
Laugh out loud, roll in the aisles funny. Call now for tickets and start a new holiday tradition at MetroStage. http://www.metrostage.org
Last season the show received many wonderful reviews, and I hear this one is as good or better:
"The holidays opened with a "bang" with MetroStage's "A BROADWAY CHRISTMAS CAROL" (To 12/18) which one hopes would last through 2011!...This is a highly recommended show that word-of-mouth should prove a sell-out. So get those tickets as holiday presents."
Bob Anthony, AllartsReview4u
__ "Donna Migliaccio does some amazingly funny turns as the ghost of Jacob Marley and the Ghost of Christmas Present which I won’t spoil for you. Matthew Anderson covers the waterfront of male roles, from Scrooge’s nephew, the put-upon clerk, Bob Cratchit, the Spirit of Christmas Past (think Tim Conway on leave from the Old Ghosts’ Home) and so on. His jaw glides through a social class compendium of British accents from Upper Crust to Cockney, and here too it’s amazing he doesn’t trip over his own tongue. His wistful interpretation of Tiny Tim will bring tears to your eyes — not from sentiment, I can assure you". Gary McMillan, DC Theatre Scene
__ "Charles Dickens, Broadway, vaudeville and slapstick collide merrily in “A Broadway Christmas Carol”, an early gift from Alexandria’s MetroStage. The sets are simple but effective, and the four-member cast is versatile and talented. The familiar characters from Dickens’ novel sing, dance and quip their way through Ebenezer Scrooge’s transformation from miser to good-hearted philanthropist." Carla Branch, The Alexandria News
__"There's very little "bah humbug" as this high-wattage, all-star cast tackles a timeless tale and gives it new life in the perfect medium for a musical message of ultimate uplift. Three talented area performers bring their Broadway-big voices and broad comedic talent to the completely audience-friendly intimacy of MetroStage and pull it off with infectious hilarity and brio". David Hoffman, The Fairfax Times
__ "It’s a Vaudevillian Christmas tale from Merry Olde England, mined gleefully from Charles Dickens. We know what’s going to happen but we don’t know how we’ll get there as the parodies come at you fast and ffurious in this topsy-turvy version with all the holiday trimmings".Jordan Wright, Alexandria Times
1201 North Royal St.
Alexandria, Virginia 22314
For tickets, call
or to order tickets online,
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HALF-PRICE TICKETS !!!
Constellation Theatre Company presents the comedy
ARMS AND THE MAN
by Nobel Prize Winner George Bernard Shaw
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman
1835 14th Street NW
until Nov. 20!
Use Coupon Code: DELIGHT to buy 50% off tickets for this weekend November 3 - 6
Regular price $25 - $40.
Thursday, Friday, Saturday at 8:00 pm & Saturday, Sunday at 2:00 pm
"Witty and Insightful." – The Washingtonian
"An Over-The-Top Satire of War" – Metro Weekly
"A Total Delight" – DC Theatre Scene
Ensemble: Michael John Casey*, Daniel Flint, Chris Mancusi, Mark Krawczyk*, Brynn Tucker, Amy Quiggins, Ellen Young.
Round House Theater
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD
PWYC on Thursday November 3 and Thursday November 10
Come get your Edward Gorey on!
If you like Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, Gothic Romance,
nostalgia, wayward and misbegotten children, melodramatic music played live
and Happenstance Theater's penchant for witty, visual,
theatrical collage, then you will not want to miss the 2nd Annual, All-New Cabaret Macabre.
The show is approximately one hour.
All new material! Just as funny. Just as Macabre.
Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen,
Matthew Pauli, Esther Williamson and Gwen Grastorf
Fri 10/28 8pm
Sat 10/29 8pm
Su 10/30 2pm
M 10/31 8pm (Special Hallowe'en Show!)
Thursday 11/3 8:00 p.m. (Pay What You Can)
Fri 11/4 8pm
Sat 11/5 8pm
Su 11/6 2pm
Thursday 11/10 8:00 p.m. (Pay What You Can)
Fri 11/11 8pm
Sat 11/12 8pm
Su 11/13 2pm
Round House Theater
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring MD
TICKETS $15 ($10 for students, under 30s, seniors and groups of 10 or more.)
to purchase CLICK HERE
or telephone Box Office at (240) 644-1100
Photo by Mark Silva
theatreWashington ANOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF
Organization’s Interactive Website is Designed to Eliminate Barriers
to Attendance Through Exclusive Original Content,
an Advanced Filtering Show Selector, and More
(Washington, DC) – theatreWashington is thrilled to unveil its new website, theatrewashington.org—the cornerstone of the organization’s recent rebranding process that has moved the 27 year-old organization previously known as The Helen Hayes Awards into its new chapter astheatreWashington.Theatrewashington.org is designed by Unconformity, LLC, an integrated marketing and design firm based in Alexandria, Virginia.
theatreWashington’s new interactive website includes original content about theatres, artists, and audiences in the Washington area, an advanced filtering Show Selector feature, social plugins, user reviews, and geo-locating functions that allow users to see what shows are playing within a self-specified geographical radius of a designated location. The launch of theatrewashington.org completes Phase One of The Helen Hayes Awards’ move totheatreWashington. Additional web features, in additional organizational programming, will continue to be rolled out in the coming months.
"The theatreWashington site is a great example of how technology can enhance the arts and democratize the experience of live theatre," says to Zev Remba, Creative Director of Unconformiy, LLC, “In the next few months, we'll be adding features that will serve both consumers and theatre professionals, as well as helping to build the Washington area into a nationally respected theatre brand."
“The abundance of Washington theatre has proliferated to a point where there is so much to choose from that audiences need some assistance to manage their choices,” says theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy Grossman, “The unique features and content of theatrewashington.org help audiences make selections that are most appropriate to their tastes, purchase power, location, who they're bringing with them, and accessibility issues.”
Highlights of theatrewashington.org include the sites Show Selector, News & Features, and social media compatibility, details of which are outlined below:
The Show Selector feature on theatrewashington.org is a filtering system that allows users to search for shows playing in the Washington metro area based on several criteria: date, genre, age appropriateness, price range, and geographic location. Often cited as one of the greatest barriers to attendance, by streamlining the research process, the initial step in attending the theatre is made easier and therefore attendance at Washington-area theatre is likely to increase.
News and Features
Phase One of theatrewashington.org contains a News & Features section filled with unique content generated by members of the theatreWashingtonstaff, and overseen by Managing Editor Manny Strauss. Phase One content is segmented into five buckets: Profiles, 10 Questions for Artists, The Theatregoing Experience, Final Bow, and Why Theatre Matters.
Theatrewashington.org has been designed with the social user in mind. Visitors to the site can comment on each article posted on the site and can leave a user review on the show pages. Each page on theatrewashington.org contains a social plugin that allows visitors to share the page’s content with their social media networks. theatreWashington can be found on Facebook and on Twitter at @theatreWashDC.
As the development of theatrewashington.org continues, the site will contain an extensive history of the Helen Hayes Awards, forums, easy-to-use calendars, additional editorial content and more.
About Unconformity, LLC
Unconformity is an integrated marketing and design firm based in Alexandria, Virginia. The firm provides marketing services including identity design and brand experience, web development, new media, advertising creative, collateral development, and custom publication design. In the web arena, they specialize in development of large-scale, content-managed sites that include custom web-based applications.
Unconformity's clients include the American Institute of Architects, American Chemical Society, Celera Genomics, Document Management Industries Association, Johns Hopkins University, Sprint, the Smithsonian Institution, National Multiple Sclerosis Society, National Osteoporosis Foundation, National Geographic, Penton Media, and many more.
Unconformity is led by partners Zev Remba, formerly the executive creative director of MHI Communications, a Washington, DC-based agency with more than 300 staff; and Michael Quattrone, former vice president of Wickham and Associates, Washington’s oldest graphic design firm.
Unconformity principal Zev Remba is a specialist in the development and implementation of branding and integrated marketing communications programs.Remba has launched brands and spearheaded marketing campaigns for dozens of national clients over the past 20 years. Unconformity principal Michael Quattrone is a 20-year veteran and innovator in web development. He has focused for that past decade on developing sites that use cutting-edge techniques for online fundraising, marketing and promotion. A pioneer in developing online publishing systems that enable large-scale event marketing, he has developed sites for a wide range of national organizations and corporations.
Building on 27 years of credibility and service as The Helen Hayes Awards, theatreWashington is the unified voice of Washington area theatre and is the only organization dedicated solely to promoting, representing, and supporting all segments of Washington’s professional theatre community—theatres, artists, company members, and audiences of all ages.
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*Additional Pay-What-You-Can performance Monday, Nov. 14
ARMS AND THE MAN
a comedy by George Bernard Shaw
October 20 - November 20
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman
A young lady fantasizes about the bravery of her heroic fiancé when the reality
of war bursts into her bedroom in the form of a fugitive enemy soldier. Enjoy
this witty comedy by famed playwright George Bernard Shaw and its revealing
truths about romanticism, class and the idealization of war.
Performances Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays thru November 20
Purchase Tickets Online at http://www.constellationtheatre.org/arms.html
or CALL 1-800-494-TIXS
General Admission seating $20-$35
All Performances at
1835 14th Street NW
Washington DC 20009
*2 Blocks from the U St/Cardozo Metro Stop
Scroll down to poster below for additional details, cast member photos and links to site.
The Studio Theatre
is offering complimentary space-available passes to:
THE HABIT OF ART
Directed by David Muse
Starring Ted van Griethuysen and Paxton Whitehead
with Margaret Daly, Matt Dewberry, Cameron Folmar, Wynn Harmon and Randy Harrison
Wistful and filthily funny, the latest play from the award-winning writer of The History Boysexamines creativity, desire, and the tenacity of the artistic spirit.
Friday, October 21 at 8:00pm
Sunday, October 23 at 2:00pm
To reserve space-available passes, please call The Studio Theatre Box Office
Limit 2 per person.
A limited number of complimentary tickets have just become available for the performance of Lemieux Pilon 4D Art: Norman for tonightThursday, October 6 at 7:30 p.m. If interested, please email your full name and count no later than 2 p.m. today Thursday, October 6 by replying to the following email address at: email@example.com
Please remember I have no control over location of seats, any requests for more than two tickets may require splitting your party up, and please reply by email only. Also, requests for complimentary tickets for future events cannot be accepted, I merely post what's been offered to me. And finally, once 2 p.m. on Oct. 6 comes and goes, please do not email me asking if you can still get tickets, this only puts me in an awkward position. If you require accessible seating because of a disability I will make every effort to accommodate you, but you must tell me you require accessible seating at the time you make your request for tickets. *If you have not received an email confirmation from me, then you do not have tickets for the performance. ***These tickets MUST be used. Please be sure that before you make a request for complimentary seats to this performance that you will be able to attend. Failure to comply to this rule may result in disqualification from future offers.*** Tickets will be held in the names provided at our Will Call window for pick up after 6 p.m. and an email confirmation will be sent to the requestor. Please allow ample time to pick up your tickets from Will Call.
About the Program: Lemieux Pilon 4D Art: Norman October 6, 2011 – 7:30 p.m. Eisenhower Theater
"Imaginative, ingenious, unique and, one might even add, wondrous. Pure genius!" Globe and Mail, Toronto Norman blurs the line between real and imagined, life and technology. In this mixed-media performance, film, dance, music, and theater collide in a tribute to pioneer filmmaker Norman McLaren. Through the use of advanced projection technology, Montreal-based directors Michel Lemieux and Victor Pilon bring McLaren's iconic masterpieces to life, filling the stage with holographic characters interacting with dancer/choreographer Peter Trosztmer. The effect is a dramatic homage to McLaren's great modernity, humanism, and genius. RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes
No work? No money? No problem!
(Ok…you need a little money, but not much!)
Have off from work this Monday for Columbus Day? We can't think of a better way to spend your evening than checking out a Pay-What-You-Can performance of our inaugural show in our "apocalyptic" Season 32: A Bright New Boise, written by Samuel D. Hunter and directed by John Vreeke. Out of town on Monday? Have no fear, because the Pay-What-You-Can fun continues on Tuesday!
Pay-What-You-Can performances on Monday, October 10th and Tuesday, October 11th begin at 8pm, with tickets on sale at the Box Office starting at 6pm. Remember, cash or check only please! Make sure to get here early, Pay-What-You-Can often sells out and you won't want to miss this show: a heartbreakingly funny reckoning between a father and son that will shatter your preconceptions about the sacred, the profane, and the secret lives of big-box retailers.
Don't know anything about the show? That's ok, we've done the work for you! Check out our blog to hear about the new play process from Playwright Samuel D. Hunter,Harold Camping and End-Times predictions, finding meaning in a meaningless life, and more. You'll find some behind-the-scenes photos of our cast and creative team on our Facebook page, and to follow the conversation in real-time use the hashtag#WoollyBoise on Twitter.