May
22
to Jun 8

Antigonick

Teresa will appear as Ismene in Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s

Antigonick & The Fragments of Sappho

The original hero of silenced women, Antigone, stands against tyranny and injustice through her words and deeds. In this new telling of Sophokles' classic tale, poet and translator Anne Carson presents an Antigone both inspiring and contemporary. With rich poetic language driving the action, Taffety Punk presents this epic story with an ensemble of actors, dancers, and musicians. 

Directed by company member Kelsey Mesa

Featuring Lilian Oben as Antigone, with company members Dan Crane and Esther Williamson, and guest artists Danny Puente Cackley, Louis E. Davis, Katie Murphy, Rachel Felstein, Teresa Spencer

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May
2
to May 19

The 39 Steps

Teresa will design the dozens of dialects and accents for Rep Stage’s production of

The 39 Steps

By Patrick Barlow
Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch

Based on the Hitchcock masterpiece, this fast-paced spoof of the classic 1935 film is a joy for anyone who loves the magic of theatre. This two-time Tony and Drama Desk Award-winning comedy is packed with nonstop adventure and a multitude of characters played by a cast of four. The brilliantly madcap story follows the dashing hero Richard Hannay as he races to solve the mystery of “The 39 Steps,” all the while trying to clear his name. A riotous blend of virtuoso performances and wildly inventive stagecraft, “The 39 Steps” amounts to an unforgettable evening of pure pleasure.

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Fallen Angels
Mar
14
to Apr 7

Fallen Angels

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Teresa will appear as Julia in NextStop Theatre Company's

Fallen Angels

Noel Coward’s smash hit comedy about the rivalry between two housewives awaiting the arrival of their exotic former lover. 

Julia’s and Jane’s husbands go out of town for a golf trip the same weekend Maurice is coming to visit—both ladies had their last fling before marriage with the suave Maurice. Dramatizing female sexual desire and frustration, the first performances in 1925 outraged critics and was labeled “shocking and obscene.”

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Too Like the Lightning Short Film Screening
Dec
1
7:00 PM19:00

Too Like the Lightning Short Film Screening

Take back the streets with actor and poet Teresa Spencer as she brings her activist prose poems to the Taffety Punk stage. 

Then watch the new short indie film by Walterhoope based on Teresa’s work.

Evening will start with food, and some voluntary word games so you can start crafting your own odes to the bellowing troglodytes in your life. One night only. Tickets are $15.

To download the press release, click here.

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Oct
18
to Oct 27

Fuente Ovejuna

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Fight Choreography for Towson University Department of Theatre Arts

Fuente Ovejuna

Translated by Adrian Mitchell | Directed by Robyn Quick

The village of Fuente Ovejuna in 1476 is ruled by an egotistical commander whose abuse of women and violence against all citizens escalates until they rise up against him. The students and faculty of the Department of Theatre Arts join forces to stage this thrilling and timely Spanish Golden Age drama about honor, justice and the power of community.

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Jul
16
7:30 PM19:30

Bootleg Shakespeare Henry VI, Pt 3

The Duke of York in Bootleg Henry VI, Part 3 with Taffety Punk at the Folger Theatre

"The company meets in the morning with only their lines memorized. After a single rehearsal, the show goes on — ready or not. 

The Taffety Punk Bootleggers return this summer to complete the trilogy begun in 2016. These amazing plays, too often conflated, are seldom performed on their own. We will stage the entire play, battles and all, in a single day. 

Bootleg Shakespeare is the most exciting theatre event of the year. And it is free. 

Tickets will be available at the box office on the day of the performance at 6:00pm. Limit two per person. First come, first serve. General admission. If all tickets are gone by show-time, there will be a queue for standing room tickets and unclaimed seats. There will be no advanced reservations of any kind."

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Apr
12
to May 13

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

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Natella in Constellation Theatre Company's

The Caucasian Chalk Circle

by Bertolt Brecht
in an English translation by Alistair Beaton
directed by Allison Arkell Stockman
with Live Music by Tom Teasley

Caught in a social revolution, a young servant girl named Grusha promises her heart to a soldier on his way into battle. Soon the city is aflame and Grusha risks everything and becomes a refugee to save an abandoned baby. She must tiptoe across a precarious rope bridge strung across a gaping chasm in order to escape the enemy. In this corrupt and violent world, Grusha relies on compassion and perseverance to begin her own family. Brecht's epic adventure tale features vivid characters, high stakes scenarios and live music.

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Mar
26
7:00 PM19:00

Too Like the Lightning

The new arts organization Walterhoope will premier five short films based on Too Like the Lightning, my series of comedic love poems to catcallers, street harassers, online creepers, followers-on-the-street, and other sundry unsavories. All the poems are true, taken from my own experiences or stories women have shared with me. Walterhoope's cinematic take on these prose poems responds to the #metoo movement and seeks to pull back the curtain on everyday violence against women with both humor and pathos. The series of films will screen at a live community event in Cincinnati on March 26th, with a Washington, DC screening to follow.

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Oct
16
to Oct 17

Digital Eye @BlindWhino

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The Privacy Paradox: Discover how you crave and forfeit your privacy.

Digital Eye @BlindWhino is an exciting, interactive event merging theater, film and a live game show to explore how the Digital Age is affecting our everyday lives. View thought-provoking micro-plays and filmed performances produced by Europe’s most innovative playwrights and directed by Washington’s leading theaters. Team up for challenges revealing fun yet disturbing truths about how others predict our personalities. Lend your voice to a talk with renowned international digital and privacy experts. Experience one of DC's most visually stunning venues as the evening challenges your understanding of what it means to be a connected individual.

Enjoy food trucks and a cash bar while you interact with Digital Eye @BlindWhino.

Digital Eye @BlindWhino partners include the Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Goethe-Institut Washington, Embassy of Sweden, Baltimore Center Stage, Blind Whino SW Arts Club, Forum Theatre, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, Shakespeare Theatre, and Studio Theatre.

Note: Pre-show activities begin at 6:15 and 8:45 respectively. Bar opens at 6 pm / 8:30 pm.

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Sep
4
8:00 PM20:00

Play/Ground Workshop Reading

Taffety Punk
at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts'

Page-to-Stage New Play Festival
on the Millennium Stage North

Play/Ground 
by Scott Rink

The ghosts of a childhood tragedy plague a woman into fragments. She makes one final attempt to confront her doubt and her guilt before she falls apart. 

Taffety Punk's Generator project presents this new script with text, movement, and dance in a live staging experiment. Get a real immersion in Taffety Punk's creative process with this collection of actors and dancers.

directed by Marcus Kyd
featuring company member Lise Bruneau
with choreography by Margot Greenlee

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Jun
8
to Jul 2

Still Life with Rocket

Tracy in Still Life with Rocket at Theater Alliance

Created and conceived by Mollye Maxner

"With Etta’s death rapidly approaching, her grown children return home, reviving the wild, reckless, and brutal games of their youth. When long-buried secrets are resurrected, the games become battles that threaten to tear the family apart. A raucous new performance event that blends theater, dance, and art installation, Still Life with Rocket delves into the fragmenting mind of a dying matriarch and the strength of the family she created."

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May
19
to May 21

Midsummer Magic

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Puck in Midsummer Magic with Shakespeare for the Young at the Atlas Performing Arts Center

"Shakespeare for the Young is designed to bring Shakespeare to young audiences. The target ages are 2-10. Puppeteers use the medium of puppetry in combination with the artists' voices to present the stories and poetry of Shakespeare. The goal is to provide children with a fun, interactive cultural experience that will encourage language growth, risk-taking creativity, and empathy for others. The puppeteers provide a workshop after the performance to help children explore their imaginations."

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Mar
16
to Apr 9

Mnemonic

Alice in Mnemonic with Theater Alliance

Devised by Complicité, Directed by Colin Hovde, Movement by Dody DiSanto

"The human story is the story of migration. Through potent physicality, inventive design, and striking visuals, Mnemonic reminds us of our interconnectedness in a world where people are still moving, whether by choice or circumstance. Theater Alliance's production will update the piece with American touchstones and 21st century technology, to highlight the universality and timelessness of the quest to learn where we are from and where we are going."

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The Trojan Women
Feb
15
to Mar 4

The Trojan Women

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Assistant Director of The Trojan Women with Taffety Punk's Riot Grrrls.

Written by Euripides, Translated by Edith Hamilton, Directed by Kelsey Mesa

"More than all the works in classical literature, this play is the first form of anti-war activism. Euripides' unique script focuses not on the heroes of war but on their victims. These are the people who are too often lost, even now, in our coverage of war. Even in times of peace, they walk among us privately enduring their loss and devastation. The Riot Grrrls, ever provocative theatre makers, choose this play to ask if we are willing to engage with the dispossessed."

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Jul
9
10:00 AM10:00

Hillwood French Festival

Playing La Marquise in Hillwood's Annual French Festival

Happenstance Theater will bring the 18th-century French court to life in a short play in celebration of Bastille Day at the Hillwood Estate, Museum & Gardens. The play will be presented outdoors several times over the course of the day-long celebration. Other French Festival attractions include the New York Baroque Dance Company, Kevin Shannon on baroque guitar, Marjorie Merriweather Post's collection of 18th-century French decorative arts, and French language lessons led by L'Alliance Française de Washington.

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Jun
11
7:00 PM19:00

Too Like the Lightning

Taffety Punk Theatre Co and the Wolf Trap Opera Co will present Shakespeare's The Rape of Lucrece to raise awareness about violence against women. To open the show, dancer and performer Megan Adrielle and actress Teresa Spencer will be reading from Teresa's online project Too Like the Lightning, a collection of prose love poems written to and inspired by catcallers, followers-on-the-street, and other sundry unsavories:

Juliet says to her Romeo, "I have no joy of this contract tonight. / It is too rash, too unadvised, to sudden; / Too like the lightning, which doth cease to be / Ere one can say 'It lightens.'" So, too, are the brief love affairs that spark and fade between dudes hollering on the street and women who are just trying to get to work, goddammit. What to do with these ephemeral loves-that-might-have-been? Satirize them on the internet. Natch.

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