Political Theatre Roundup #5

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Lots of great stuff this week around town!

First off, a special thanks to DC Theatre Scene for mentioning our upcoming show in their article on pre-election theater!  Our teams are meeting at Round House Silver Spring tonight to rehearse in the theater, and they’ve been working hard on their hilarious and thought-provoking plays to get them ready for this weekend.

Last night was the 23rd annual High Heel Drag Race in DC, which is always held the week of Halloween. If you haven’t seen the pictures yet, check them out over at DCist. Political figures definitely made a good showing this year, with many variations on the Sarah Palin theme.

Tonight, previous X-Play director Shirley Serotsky is directing a free reading featuring Jonathon Church, a previous X-Play actor!  THE TRAGICAL HISTORY OF DOCTOR FAUSTUS will be presented at Source Theater at 7:30, just in time to get you in the mood for Halloween.  This classic tale is of a scholar who turns to the black arts when science, philosophy, law and religion lose their appeal, and sells his soul to the devil for knowledge, experience and power.  Directed by Shirley Serotsky. Cast: Jonathon Church as Faustus, Nanna Ingvarsson as Mephistophilis, with: Katie Atkinson, Michael Feldshur, John Geoffrion, Ashley Ivey, Anne Nottage, Amy Quiggins, Theodore Snead & Scott Zeigler.  Seating is first-come, first-served. Doors open 6:45 pm.  For more info check out the Constellation website. 

Tomorrow night, The Race premieres on the Georgetown campus. This collaboration between Portland Oregon’s Sojourn Theatre and Michael Rohd’s class Ensemble Theater Practicum takes the form of a three-act play that engages the issues and dynamics of the 2008 Presidential election as it moves towards its dramatic conclusion. Performances from October 30-November 1 at 8 PM, November 2 at 2 PM, with a Special Election Night event on November 4, and November 5-8 at 8 PM, in the Gonda Theatre in the Davis Performing Arts Center – 108 Davis Performance Arts Center, NW in Washington, DC at 37th & O Streets. More info available at the Georgetown theater department website. Tickets range from $7 to $18 with discounts for students and seniors.

Going into Pay-What-You-Can previews Friday and Saturday night at 8 is PUNCH: that’s the way we do it!. This distressed, dissatisfied, discontent and totally disturbed adult puppet show features a gaggle of folks who’ve been involved with our X-Plays! Puppetry by producing team member Betsy, fights by previous X-Play director Lorraine, and featuring several talented actors who’ve lent their skills to one of our previous Editions. The show is playing through November 22nd at Flashpoint at 916 G street NW, and all tickets are $15. Acting by Josh Drew, Niki Jacobsen, Lee Liebeskind, and Dan Van Hoozer, Fights by Lorraine Ressegger, Blood by Casey Kaleba, Puppets by Betsy Rosen, Sets and Lights by Colin K. Bills, Costumes by Margo Bierne, Masks by Wyckham Avery. Cash only at the door. For more info check out the dog and pony dc website.

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