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Unconventional Holiday Fun on DC’s Stages!

December 12, 2008

Looking for fun things to do, but tired of being bombasted with Christmas cheer? Here’s some great theater this weekend taking a new spin on merry.

1. Myth-Appropriation: The Bloody, Strange, and Wicked Origins of St. Nicholas

Six timeless tales. Six new plays. All created in just six days. Performing for ONE NIGHT ONLY! Saturday Dec 13, 2008 at 7pm, 9pm and 11pm (3 shows) at the Warehouse Theater on 7th street, NW.

Rorschach Theatre wants to make the holiday season just a little bit wilder. Rorschach will track old Santa Claus back to his religious, pagan and supernatural roots. Looking back to the myths of the Vikings, early Christians and native peoples of Scandinavia and Eastern Europe, Rorschach turns its creative and artistic style on the jolly fat man in red and his larger than life cult of personality.

2. Santaland Diaries

by David Sedaris, adapted by Joe Mantello, performed by Joe Brack. All tickets only $15 – 

This hilarious one-man show chronicles the wickedly funny adventures of a thirty-something slacker working as an elf in Macy’s SantaLand. Originally broadcast on NPR, this true account explores the American obsession with all things Christmas, from eccentric Santas and maniacal kids to unhinged parents and rampant commercial consumption. The perfect irreverent cure for your holiday blues!

3. The Last Days of Judas Iscariot at Forum Theatre

Forum’s smash hit from season 4 returns to H Street for a three-week run with all its original cast members. In a courtroom in Hope, Purgatory, Judas—the ultimate betrayer—is on trial. But he’s catatonic with guilt, so the lawyers, judge, jury, and witnesses—everyone from Mother Teresa to Satan—take it upon themselves to debate free will, divine intervention, punishment, and redemption. A challenging, boisterous examination of faith and forgiveness.

4. The Butterfingers Angel, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut, & The Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in a Pear Tree

William Gibson (The Miracle Worker and Golda’s Balcony) brings forth the story of the Mary and and Joseph, told from a richly creative point of view. Combining traditional music, contemporary language, children, animals, a drum-playing Herod, and a cherry tree, “The Butterfingers Angels, Mary & Joseph, Herod the Nut, & The Slaughter of 12 Hit Carols in Pear Tree” is a wickedly entertaining way to celebrate the holiday season! Inthe newly renovated Smith Theatre at Rep Stage.


Cheap things to do in DC this weekend!

November 26, 2008

1) ALICE at Round House Theatre
This adaptation of Alice in Wonderland is recommended for ages 6 and up. There will be two PWYC performances – tonight, Wed 26th at 7:00 pm, tickets go on sale in the lobby at 6:00 pm. Saturday 29th at 3:00 pm, tickets go on sale in the lobby at 2:00 pm.

2) Cautionary Tales for Adults and the Many Adventures of Trixie Tickles
by Shawn Northrip
directed by Shirley Serotsky, music directed by Andy Welchel, choreographed by Melissa-Leigh Douglass, designed by David Ghatan and Erin Nugent, production managed by Katherine C. Mielke, featuring original cast members Casie Platt, Alessandra Migliaccio,and Stephanie Hammel; Bouncing Ball Regular Joe Pindelski; and introducing our newest family member, Chase Helton.

Friday November 28 at 8
Saturday November 29 at 3 and 8
Sunday November 30 at 3

Tickets only $15, $12 for seniors/students!

Winner of the 2007 Audience Choice for Best Musical at CapFringe, recipient of 5 Fringes from DC Theatre Scene, and called what you would get if you “reanimate Hunter S. Thompson and task him with creating an amalgam of Dora the Explorer and The Wiggles,” its a dark and twisted look at the perils of adulthood, and innocence of youth. Not appropriate for kids!

3) Last weekend for Honey Brown Eyes at Theater J – buy one get one tickets with code “BOGO” online. Only 4 performances left!

Tuesday, November 25 at 7:30 pm
Saturday, November 29 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, November 30 at 3:00 pm
Sunday, November 30 at 7:30 pm

4) And for you astronomy nerds: the three brightest bodies in the sky, Venus, Jupiter, and the Moon, will be coming together or a beautiful conjunction, reaching its zenith on Dec. 1st. The Great Conjunction comes!!

Check out this show – cheap tickets for closing weekend!

November 12, 2008

AS AMERICAN AS, by Ken Prestininzi. 
Journeymen Theater Ensemble
at Church Street Theater
1742 Church St, NW (Between P/Q). 

Wed.11/12  @ 7:30, PWYC [reg. $20/15] 
$10 tix this weekend ONLY, 202.669.7229; Code RECESSION.

Homeland security comes at a personal price in this dark comedy.  When war and terrorism come home to Middle America, the Penini’s basement is transformed into a black site and a hooded man is interrogated by two Franks.
Shirley Serotsky directs Gerald Browning, Maboud Ebrahhimzadeh, Zehra Fazal, Danny Gavigan, Deborah Kirby, and Colin Smith.
Closing 11/15; shows Wed-Sat.  Mature audiences; contains profanity.

ROCK THE VOTING BLOC with us this weekend!

October 31, 2008

Hello everyone, we hope you’ll be joining us for the shows tomorrow and Sunday. Below is a blurb that you can copy and paste. Please forward or send to anyone who might be interested!

eXtreme eXchange and Round House Theatre’s Silver Spring Series present

Rock the Voting Bloc:
X-Plays DC Edition 7

Saturday November 1st at 8pm
Sunday November 2nd at 3pm

On the eve of perhaps the most consequential elections in recent history, many agree that our next President will, in effect, be chosen by the undecided 10-15% of the country. ROCK THE VOTING BLOC delivers a fresh batch of original short plays focusing on voters who don’t fall in lock-step with any one party or ideology. Our XX playwrights have each been asked to write a piece based on one of these “purple voting blocs” – Progressive Evangelicals and Socially Conservative Liberals. As with all X-Plays, ROCK THE VOTING BLOC will be an irreverent, thought provoking and intelligent performance, immediately followed by a moderated discussion between the audience and the artists.

At Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Rd, Silver Spring, MD
(next to the AFI/Silver Theatre)
Silver Spring metro-Red Line
Tickets: call 240-644-1100
Admission: $15, ask for code LOWT discount tickets for $12!
http://extremeexchange. wordpress. com

Here’s some interesting reading to get you ready for your pre-election Halloween weekend! A recent AP survey shows that 1 out of 7 voters is still undecided. Meanwhile in MD, ministers are making a last-minute attempt to block a plan to fund schools with slot machines. And whatever your leanings are, here in DC you can always dress up as a political character or a pundit for Halloween.

No Offense

October 30, 2008

If you missed it last weekend, check out this Post article that chronicles the capital offense of DC-dwellers who secretly hate politics and have to hide their guilt.

Tonight, go discuss how artists can be involved in politics!
“Citizen Artist: Your Voice Counts – Issues, Strategies and Tactics for making better arts policies and better policy-makers,” will be presented by the DC Advocates for the Arts. Karen Bradley will lead this event from 6:30-8:00 pm at the new Busboys and Poets location – 1025 5th St NW. The closest metros are Gallery Place and Mt. Vernon Square. Following the presentation there will be time to discuss how artists can influence policy, locally and nationally. And of course, time to chat with peers. The DC Advocates for the Arts are an all-volunteer organization working to increase support for art and artists in Washington, D.C.

Our XX teams had their first spacing rehearsals last night in the beautiful Round House Theatre in Silver Spring. The tech cues have been set, the entrances and exits are figured out, and the actors are working to memorize their lines before Saturday! This X-Play edition promises to be one of our most provocative yet. Our teams are exploring the difficult grey areas between traditional definitions of “left” and “right”. For some food for thought, check out Conservatives for Change, Rednecks for Obama, and Democrats for McCain.

Political Theatre Roundup #5

October 29, 2008

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.