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.
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.
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.
at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts'
Page-to-Stage New Play Festival
on the Millennium Stage North
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
The Duke of York in Bootleg Henry VI, Part 2 with Taffety Punk at the Folger Theatre
"Theatre without a net. The Taffety Punk Bootleggers return to present the sequel to last year's Henry VI, Part 1. The concept is simple, actors arrive with only their lines prepared. The show goes on, ready or not."
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, to be presented several times over the course of the day-long festival.
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."
"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."
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."
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."
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.
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.
Mary in It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play with Annapolis Shakespeare Company
Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m. Sundays at 3 p.m.
Saturday 2 p.m. matinees on Dec 5, 19, and 26, and Jan 2.
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