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PAST PERFORMANCES

In The Gallery

 



ARCHEO
Constructed Paintings by Joanne Kent
Curated by Stuart Greenwell


Construct 14, Oil/Wax Medium on Plywood, 24 x 24 x 2 inches

March 22 - April 21, 2013
Opening Reception: Friday, March 22, 2013, 7 - 9 PM


Joanne Kent’s exhibition, Archeo, presents a body of recently constructed paintings that express themselves through the skillful use of materials—in this case, oil paint mixed with a cold wax medium. The challenge, in large part, is the omnipresent battle to harness those materials without sapping their true energy with unintended slickness. Her primal, unpurified surfaces bring to mind organic elements such as tree bark, stratified earth or stone, weathered wood, and quasi-ancient artifacts.

 

 

 

In The Theater

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DC Arts Center with Theater Du Jour and John Carter present
I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts
A Play for Actor and Audience

March 14 through April 6 Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30 pm
Matinee on Sunday, March 24 at 3:00 pm $25/20 for DCAC members on Fridays and Saturdays
$20/15 for DCAC members on Thursdays and Sundays
Call DC Arts Center to reserve your ticket 202-462-7833 or email info@dcartscenter.org

“… a wild ride… an emotional roller coaster … 4½ stars” DC Metro Theatre Arts.

“This one-man show by John Carter depicts the journey of Don Juan out of Hell and into a theater…. He is left to find his way back into a world that was once so familiar to him. The story is a beautiful metaphor: where do we actually fit in the grand scheme of life?... [Actor and director] B. Stanley pulls… the audience right along for a wild ride.”

Read the complete review at http://www.dcmetrotheaterarts.com/2013/03/23/i-jack-am-the-knave-of-hearts-at-dc-arts-center-dcac-by-nicole-cusick/


An empty stage and an eager audience. A man bursts onto the stage brandishing a sword; the sight of the audience fills him with longing and awakens distant shreds of memory. He has no idea where or who he is, but knows he is a great sinner who has escaped Hell. He casts a spell, and the audience’s experience begins to fuse with his.
 “I begin to know myself, a man back the other side of Hell, a man you hide your daughters from, a man with bloody hands. Am I that man?”

I, Jack, am the Knave of Hearts takes the audience on a journey of discovery and reckoning as Don Juan bursts through the fissure that separates mortality from eternal damnation and tries desperately to remember who he was, discover what he is oing here now and uncover why he has been allowed to escape. “You want to know what Hell is like? Hell is to be aware when there is nothing to be aware of and nothing to be aware with but your own desire… Hell is the end of hope.”

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Chinese Menu Improv
presented by Pete Bergen


Saturday
April 6
10 PM

$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Chinese Menu is at it again! Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat for the low cost of $8 or pay $10 CASH at the door! We look forward to seeing you there.

Pete Bergen's Chinese Menu Comedy is back with another all star mash up of improv talent. These shows always sell out. Come out and get in on the fun.


Past Theater



Happy Hour

Wednesday,March 27
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Admission is free.  

Come on down to the DC Arts Center gallery on MARCH 27 from 6:30 p.m. - 8 p.m.  where we'll have complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks, good company, and JOANNE KENT's solo show, Archeo, curated by Stuart Greenwell for you to enjoy!!  DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan.

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THE MARCH MADNESS OF COMEDY FINALS!


Saturday, March 23
10 PM
SOLD OUT!

The Capital City Showcase and District Comedy present:

THE MARCH MADNESS OF COMEDY FINALS!

All March long, 36 of DC's funniest comics have been duking it out for comedy supremacy at District Comedy's open mics at Fire Station 1, The Blue Banana, and RFD.

The 6 finalists will complete at The Capital City Showcase on Saturday, March 23rd, at 10:00pm! While the panel of udges deliberate to pick the winner, the crowd will be entertained by headliner Tommy Sinbazo!

 

 

 




 

SOFA DIALOGUES

Wednesday, February 27 at 8:00 pm
Sunday, March 3 at 2:30 pm
Wednesday, March 13 at 7:30 pm
Admission is FREE.  

Join Danish performance artist Annika Lewis, director B. Stanley and members of Theater Du Jour for a series of discussions and working demonstrations focused on creative process, collaboration and the differing artistic climate in the United States and Scandinavia. Lewis, a performer and producer who travels extensively in Europe and the U.S., brings her unique perspective to this series as she interacts with Theatre Du Jour, Washington’s oldest experimental theatre group. Now engaged in a three-year collaboration to create a new performance together, they will discuss topics such as process, types of collaboration, difficulties of working internationally, and mining for ideas and inspiration. Some sessions will include working demonstrations centered around their current work as well as video presentations of past and current performances. The atmosphere will be relaxed and engaging, with audience questions and participation welcome. A must for performers who create their own works, who are trying to book performances on their own, or who are intrigued by the idea f collaborating with other artists.

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Burlesque Classique presents
The BURLESQUE of BROADWAY

Saturday
March 16 at 10 PM
$10/ $8 DCAC Members
Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat!


Burlesque Classique presents The Burlesque of Broadway! Get ready for a sassy twist to some classic Broadway show tunes. atch the costumes fall away and the sparkly skin emerge to songs from Damn Yankees to Rent - some classic and some unexpected!.


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IN YOUR EAR
CATHY EISENHOWER
THEODORA DANYLEVICH
&
STEPHANIE BARBER


Sunday, March 17, 2013 at 3PM
$5/ FREE ADMISSION FOR DCAC MEMBERS

 

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series MARCH 17th, 3 PM on Sunday.

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series for a reading featuring Cathy Eisenhower, Theodora Danylevich, and Stephanie Barber at 3 PM on Sunday, March 17, 2013.

CATHY EISENHOWER lives in Washington, DC, and is the author of the poetry collections Language of the Dog-heads (chapbook--Phylum Press), clearing without reversal (Edge Books), and would with and (Roof Books). She is co-translating the selected poems of Argentine poet Diana Bellessi. Her work has recently appeared in The Recluse, Aufgabe, West Wind Review, The Brooklyn Rail, and Fence.

THEODORA (DORA) DANYLEVICH is a PhD candidate in American Literature and Culture at the George Washington University. She has a few other degrees from other places, and currently teaches writing at the GW Business School, which she enjoys far more than she usually lets on. Her dissertation explores [sic]/k feminist poetics and post-oedipal triangles as far as your imagination can take them, or translate them. 

STEPHANIE BARBER is an American writer and artist. Her film and video work has been screened at MoMA, NY, The Whitney Museum of American Art, The Paris Cinematheque, The Tate Modern, London and other art and cinema spaces around the world. Her chapbook poems was published by Bronze Skull Press in 2006 and her book these here separated to see how they standing alone or the soundtrack to six films by stephanie barber was published in May 2008 and reprinted in 2010 by Publishing Genius Press. Her most recent book Night Moves is currently available from Publishing Genius Press as well. She is currently living in Baltimore, Maryland where she is a Resident Artist at the Mt. Royal Graduate School for Multidisciplinary Arts at MICA. More can be learned at her website http://www.stephaniebarber.com/

 

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Naked Girls Reading Presents URBAN LEGENDS

Presale tickets available at: http://nakedgirlsurban.bpt.me/ 
Presale Tickets: $20 for DCAC Members and NonDCAC Members. Door tickets: $20 for DCAC Members; $25 NonDCAC Members

Come join us as we bid a spooky farewell to our official Naked Horror expert, Roma Mafia, with a performance of scary tales and legends as only the Naked Girls can.

DC's official Naked Girls return from a brief hiatus to present Urban Legends. Naked Girls Reading Presents Urban Legends will showcase tales of icy bath tubs, skin walkers and thin men. Cherokee Rose, is delighted to return to DCAC with the lovely Roma Mafia, Gigi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom on 3/15/13 at 10:00pm.



THE PENTHOUSE BASEMENTS
Comedy Improv Troupe

Saturday
March 9 at 7:30 PM
$5/ $4 DCAC Members
Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat!

The Penthouse Basements are a comedy improv troupe built by DC’s amazing network of adult kickball, careers in non-profits, and Craigslist. We have been in existence in some form or the other since 2008. Ranging from the overqualified comedian to your average class clown, our troupe members can make you laugh, cringe, and cry all at the same time! We’re a troupe of plus or minus 7 that practices weekly in either a penthouse or basement to sharpen our wit, accents, and funny bones. We have been showcased in Capital Comedy Connection, Montgomery County’s #1 cable access comedy show, and have performed live at Larry’s Lounge, an AdMo bar that Washington Post’s  “Going Out Guide” hails as the most amazing “simple neighborhood hangout that welcomes everyone.” Our troupe members include Paige Wooden, Jeremy Lynch, Alison Afoote, David Lomison, Dave Johnston, Pete Pinocci, and Fred Henderson.

 



Jeff Hughes presents
Happy Buddha

FRIDAY & SATURDAY
MARCH 1 & 2 at 7:30 PM
Tickets $10 at brownpapertickets.com


The popular Happy Buddha comedy variety series returns to DCAC in March for a very special Birthday run! Jeff Hughes, part of the production team behind The Charlie Visconage Show, and the very Happiest of Buddhas, is turning…a certain age, and has put together yet another incredible lineup of stand-up comedians, storytellers, and improvisers, including Funniest Fed finalist Nate Johnson, MoReese Licorish II, iPod improvisational masters The Score, stand-up and popular podcaster Mariya Alexander, talk show co-hosts Charlie Visconage and Taylor Durant, Topher and Joe, and so very much more! On March 1st and 2nd, at 7:30 and 10 pm, it’s a birthday weekend full of comedy and special surprises! Come on out to say Happy Birthday to the Happy Buddha!

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DC Women’s Theatre Group presents
Lost Letters

Friday & Saturday
February 22 & 23
7:30 PM
$10/ $8 DCAC members

With its focus on the military, this production highlights the struggles, hopes, and unique journeys of female veterans and their families as they recount heir experiences in the armed forces. Throughout the play, we take the time to meet these remarkable characters, sharing in their good and bad experiences on the frontline and back on the homefront as they are forced to face situations they never expected.

This show was performed for the first time last November, but this particular performance will include a stronger focus on individual performances, giving a deeper representation of what women might experience in military life. These different points of view – such as from a mother, a woman suffering from PTSD, gay relationships, combat injuries, among many others – provide a richer piece to showcase all of these experiences.

CALL DC ARTS CENTER TO RESERVE YOUR TICKET 202-4627833 or email info@dcartscenter.org !

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Chinese Menu Improv
presented by Pete Bergen


Saturday
February 23
10 PM

$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Chinese Menu is at it again! Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat for the low cost of $8 or pay $10 CASH at the door! We look forward to seeing you there.

Pete Bergen's Chinese Menu Comedy is back with another all star mash up of improv talent. These shows always sell out. Come out and get in on the fun.

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SUPER ZEROES
presented by Joseph Breslin

Friday and Saturday, February 8 & 9, at 7:30 PM
$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members
 Purchase tickets in advance at www.AndGodRested.com!

Aliens absolutely do not exist in this 1 hour dark comedy written by Joe Breslin.  You'll learn about carpentry, the great flood, excrement removal, the best coffee, psychiatry, and more on this journey that rethinks our planet's given name.  Purchase tickets in advance at www.AndGodRested.com

 

 

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Saturday, February 9th
10 PM
$10 online/$15 at the door for general admission
$8 online/$12 at the door for DCAC members. 
DCAC members can purchase tickets in advance by e-mailing ticketing@capitalcityshowcase.com.

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that brings you some of the best comedians, musicians, and performing artists in the DMV.  Hosted by Christian Hunt, it has featured some of the DC area’s finest stand-up comedians, improv comics, rock bands, jazz bands, acoustic guitarists, and hip-hop artists.

THIS MONTH'S CAPITAL CITY SHOWCASE FEATURES:

comedian Pete Bergen

musician Amber Dutton

comedian Courtney Fearrington

comedian Ruth Rasby

comedian Simone

If your purchase your tickets online, you pay the early bird price of $10. Tickets will be $15 at the door, so don't miss out! Click here for tickets or call 202-462-7833.

 

ARCTURUS PRESENTS
MIND-BENDING WORKS OF SAMUEL BECKETT


Photo of John Brennan and Wendy Wilmer from Embers.
The picture was taken by J. Michael Whalen.

January 24–26, 7:30 pm
January 27, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
January 31–February 2, 7:30 pm
February 3, 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm
Price of admission is $15, and $10 for seniors, students, DCAC members, and veterans. Tickets can be purchased at http://arcturustheater.tix.com/

In its inaugural production, Arcturus Theater Company will take on three mind-bending, absurd, and rarely seen short plays of Samuel Beckett January 24 to February 3, 2013.  3 by Samuel Beckett showcases the masterpiece, “That Time,” which will be delivered by Brit Herring in three different voices.  Visual elements will be introduced to “Embers," which was intended as a radio play, and which will be enacted by John Brennan, accompanied by the voices of Wendy Wilmer, Joe Shaffner, and AnastasiyaOrlova.   Concluding the program on a lighter note will be “Rough for Theatre II,” featuring Kim Curtis, Ned Read, and Peter J. Orvetti.  Sound design by J. Michael Whalen.  Costume design by Adalia Vera Tonneyck.  Scenic design by Stephen Strosnider.  Sound and lighting operation by Eric Wells.  Directed by Ross Heath

DC Arts Center, 2438 18th Street, NW, Washington, DC, provides the ideal, intimate, venue for these haunting plays.  

http://www.arcturustheater.com

 

 

Happy Hour

Wednesday, January 23
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Admission is free.  

Come on down to the DC Arts Center gallery on JANUARY 23at 630 p.m. - 8 p.m.  where we'll have complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks, good company, and Shanthi Chandrasekar's solo show, JOURNEYS, curated by J.W. Mahoney for you to enjoy!!  DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan.

 

 

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Aboulia! Inaugural Ball

Friday, 1/18 7:30PM -  Friday, 1/18 10:00PM - Saturday, 1/19 7:30PM - Saturday, 1/19 10:00PM
Tix: $10 | DCAC Members $8
Get your tickets now: http://abouliainauguralball.brownpapertickets.com/


The first ever Aboulia! Inaugural Ball is sure to be a fabulous comedy event. The Ball showcases the talents of the DC improvisational comedy scene. The lineup features DC stalwarts like The Score and Sistine Robot, as well as new guys Jungle Fever, Thermal RunAway, and OverCommitted. And no need to run out and rent a tux (or, if you're Shawn Westfall, take one out of your closet); black tie attire is not required. Oh, and it's hosted by none other than the hilarious and lovable Mr. Jason Walther.


Don't miss it! This kind of opportunity only comes around every four years.

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IDLY BENT THEATRE COMPANY PRESENTS
THE BIRTHDAY PARTY

Caleb Erikson, Paul Thomas Truitt, and Stefan DiFazio in Idly Bent's take on Pinter's 'The Birthday Party.'
Photo by Rachel Couch of A Muse Photography.

January 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th & 13th at 7:30 PM


Idly Bent Theatre Company presents, one of Pinter’s most highly acclaimed works, The Birthday Party.

It might be Stanley Webber's Birthday
. Meg, the voracious landlady of the seaside boarding house where Stanley hides, makes the preparations for his party. The first and only guests are a shadowy vaudeville duo, Goldberg and McCann, whose gift is a cocktail of fear and confusion, sucking Stanley deep into their party games of verbal violence. Pinter's classic Comedy of Menace, The Birthday Party is a black-as-the night comedy, a blind-man's bluff of tectonic identity-shifting that asks the simple, terrifying question, "Do you really know who you are?"

Check out Idly Bent's facebook page for more information!

Please call DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve your tickets!

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Saturday, January 12th
10 PM
$10 online/$15 at the door for general admission
$8 online/$12 at the door for DCAC members. 
DCAC members can purchase tickets in advance by e-mailing ticketing@capitalcityshowcase.com.

The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that brings you some of the best comedians, musicians, and performing artists in the DMV.  Hosted by Christian Hunt, it has featured some of the DC area’s finest stand-up comedians, improv comics, rock bands, jazz bands, acoustic guitarists, and hip-hop artists.


This month's Capital City Showcase will be featuring comedian Damo hicks, Shahryar Rizvi, Emily Ruskowski, Brandon Wardell, and rock band Yellow Tie Guy!


If your purchase your tickets online, you pay the early bird price of $10. Tickets will be $15 at the door, so don't miss out!

Click here for tickets or call 202-462-7833.

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IN YOUR EAR
Jasper Bernes, Katy Bohinc, and Kimberly Ann Southwick.

Sunday, February 17, 2013 at 3PM
$5/ FREE ADMISSION FOR DCAC MEMBERS

 

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series February 17th, 3 PM on Sunday.

Jasper Bernes is the author of a book of poems, Starsdown (ingirum, 2007) and two small chapbooks, Desequencer (Taxt, 2009) and We Are Nothing and So Can You (Tenured Ninja, 2012). After spending many years in the Bay Area, he now lives in North Carolina, where he is a postdoctoral fellow in the Literature Program at Duke University. Recent poems of his have appeared in The Capilano Review, The American Reader and Everyday Genius.

Katy Bohinc is a poet and data scientist living in Washington DC.  She co-edits COYDUP zine, a poetry pamphlet dedicated to hand-to-hand distribution at and around Occupy Events.  She received her MFA in poetry at the Black Squirrel and Bridgestreet Books.  

Kimberly Ann Southwick is the founder and editor in chief of the literary arts journal Gigantic Sequins. She lives in Philadelphia and teaches grammar, writing, & literature to people in college.

 

NAKED GIRLS READING



Friday
December 21
7 PM


BUY TICKETS HERE!

What better way to warm up those chilly bones and celebrate the holiday season than with a warm cup of mulled cider, a good book and a Naked Girl or Four?

Naked Girls Reading DC return to the DCAC for their 3rd installment on December 21st. Naked Girls Reading DC Solstice will showcase DC's official Naked Girls reading tales of Scrooges, Pumpkin Kings, and Reindeers that lead the way. Cherokee Rose, is delighted to return to DCAC with the lovely Roma Mafia, Gigi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

The brain child of Michelle L'amour, Miss Exotic World Queen, Naked Girls Reading is a sensation across the United States from coast to coast and internationally. Naked Girls Reading is a group of beautiful ladies who love to read naked. That's really it. There's not a whole lot more to it. Should there be?

For more information on this monthly show check out our site at http://nakedgirlsreading.com/dc/ or Like us at www.facebook.com/DC.NGR .

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Chinese Menu Improv Welcome Guests presented by Pete Bergen


Sunday
December 23
7:30 PM


$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Chinese Menu is at it again! Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat for the low cost of $8 or pay $10 CASH at the door! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

 

OVERSTUFFED
presented by Over Committed

December 14
7:30 PM
$10/$8 DCAC Members


The DC Improv troupe, Over Committed, is bringing you a second helping of their "Over Stuffed" improv show at the DCAC.  The night will feature 4 different improv troupes, plus a stand up host, including  That Was Awkward and other exciting guests!   A holiday showcase not to be missed!

Tickets available online

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BURLESQUE: LAND OF THE SWEETS

presented by Lola Rose


Saturday & Sunday
December 15 & 16
7:30 PM

$15 Non-members/$12 DCAC Members


Adding some sass to a holiday classic, Burlesque Classique presents Land of Sweets at DCAC.  This be a classic burlesque show with a variety of dances and skits along the theme of the second half of The Nutcracker.  Lola Rose is a classically trained dancer who uses her talent and technique to create delightfully fun burlesque routines.  She has been seen dancing en pointe in a tutu, drunkenly kicking the Charleston around the bar room, and strip teasing to the Veggie Tales. The Nutcracker never looked so sexy or tasted so sweet! 

Click here for tickets or call 202-462-7833 for reservations. 

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Saturday, December 15th
10 PM
$10 online/$15 at the door for general admission
$8 online/$12 at the door for DCAC members. 
DCAC members can purchase tickets in advance by e-mailing ticketing@capitalcityshowcase.com.


This edition of Capital City Showcase will feature: comedian Sara Armour, comedian Ralph Cooper, musician Linsay Deming, comedian Brian Fishbach, musician Jacob Panic, and storyteller S.M. Shrake. Local. Live. DC.
If your purchase your tickets online, you pay the early bird price of $10. Tickets will be $15 at the door, so don't miss out!

Click here for tickets or call 202-462-7833.

 

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OPEN LATE

December 7
Friday at 10 PM

Please click here for more information regarding reservations!


Another Topher & Joe's Open Late event has snuck up on you. This time we are psyched to welcome Just Moxie and Dr. Girlfriend to what should be the best improv show ever!
Wait...nope, I'm sticking with it. The improvised gauntlet has been left on a table that will probably be walked through.

Get your tickets below. As always, there is no surcharge for buying tickets online so you might as well lock it down.

 

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The Second Edition of
The Happy Buddha Brings Peace and Laughter

December 8th at 7:30 PM and 10 PM.

The Happy Buddha returns on December 8th with a very special comedy show! Jeff Hughes, part of the production team behind The Charlie Visconage Show, has assembled yet another incredible lineup of standup comedians, storytellers, and improvisers for an edition of the renowned The Happy Buddha Brings Peace and Laughter for the benefit of Toys for Tots. Come to either the 7:30 or 10 pm show, to catch rising standup talents such as Pat Riley, Sara Armour, and Matty Litwack. Experience improvisational awesomeness from some of DC's funniest troupes including The Lodge, So Political, and the legendary ShawnMikael(s). Plus all kinds of other surprises, possibly including help with finding a date, the chance to help solve a crime, a mandolin, and Katherine Hepburn! Most importantly, all proceeds go to Toys for Tots! So come on out to laugh end enjoy yourself, and help a needy child in doing so!

December 8th at 7:30 and 10 PM

 

 

Happy Hour, POETRY READING and Signals DEBATE

Wednesday, November 7
6:30 -9 PM
Admission is free.  

For Happy Hour, the gallery is open later for fellow art lovers to come see the show in the gallery and enjoy complimentary snacks. This event is FREE.

This HAPPY HOUR there will be a Poetry Reading by Federick Pollack inspired by the exhibiton itself!!

Also a debate will take place between J.W. Mahoney, curator of Signals, and Greg Hannan, a DC artist, to be moderated by DC Artist, Robin Rose.

 

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Chinese Menu Improv Welcome Guests presented by Pete Bergen


Saturday
November 10
7:30 and 10 PM


$12 Non-members/$10 DCAC Members

Chinese Menu is at it again! This time they welcome John Timothy and Alan Starzinski from the UCB team Sandino!

Alan and John are proud to bring their two man show FRIED CHICKEN FRIDAYS to DC for 2 shows! They will be joined by, among others, DC favorites ShawnMikael(s). Joe Uchno, Pete Bergen, Mark Pagan, and Justin Purvis are just some of the other players in these fully improvised shows. Call the DCAC at 202 462 7833 to reserve a seat for the low cost of $12 ad then pay CASH at the door! We look forward to seeing you there.

 

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Barrelhouse Magazine Presents
STORIES ON STAGE
Episode Two:
Dystopian Men--Relationships and Fatherhood in the Age of Zombies and Pharmaceuticals


Wednesday, November 14, 7:30 pm
$3 at the door
7:30 PM @ the DC Arts Center (2438 18th Street)

Stories on Stage, a new series that features actors reading selections from recent editions of Barrelhouse, returns to the DC Arts Center on Wednesday, November 14. The second episode focuses on men in dire straits.

In “After the Zombies” by Matt Willmott, a young man struggles from the after effects of an alleged zombie attack. In his attempt to move on, he begins a romantic relationship, all while suspecting an uprising of the undead.

The main character in Matt Bell’s “BeautyForever” tries to make ends meet by participating in experimental drug trials, one of which allows him to see only the beauty in all that surrounds him. The pill gives him a new lease on life until his wife becomes pregnant while under its influence.

Featured Authors:


Matt Bell is the author of Cataclysm Baby, a novella, and How They Were Found, a collection of fiction. His debut novel In the House upon the Dirt between the Lake and the Woods will be published by Soho Press in June 2013. He is the Senior Editor at Dzanc Books, where he also edits the literary magazine The Collagist, and he teaches creative writing at Northern Michigan University.

Matt Willmott lives in Washington, DC, where he is working on a science fiction novel and a memoir about two years he spent living with yogis. He teaches at a progressive high school in Fairfax.

Featured Actors:

Michael Rodriguez has been performing in the DC area for the past three years. He was last seen at the Round House Theater performing in a staged reading of Dustin Lance Black's "8", produced and directed by the DC Theater Collective. Otherwise he was recently in "Lost & Found at the Hotel Mogador", one of the Ten-Minute Plays at the Source Festival and "The Nightmare Dreamer" at the Mead Theatre Lab. When not performing or selling his labor, Michael spends his time reading and writing. He holds Bachelor degrees in both Theater and Film from SFSU."

Matt Hartman is an educator and performer in the DC Metro area. He has appeared in numerous short films, web series, stage productions and is commonly found on stage at The Comedy Spot in Arlington performing comedy improv.

 

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Naked Girls Reading

Friday, November 16
7:30 PM
$25/$20 DCAC MEMBERS

 

The brain child of Michelle L'amour, Miss Exotic World Queen, Naked Girls Reading is a sensation across the United States from coast to coast and internationally. Naked Girls Reading is a group of beautiful ladies who love to read naked. That's really it. There's not a whole lot more to it. Should there be?

Let it be known throughout the lands, the second performance of Naked Girls Reading, The Fairytale Edition, is coming to DC on November 16th. According to the esteemed Magic Mirror the production will showcase DC's official Naked Girls reading stories of whimsical delight, fairy dust, and evil Queens. The Good Witch, Cherokee Rose, is delighted to return to DCAC with her magical sirens Roma Mafia, Gigi Holliday and Cherie Sweetbottom to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

Ticketing Link:  http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/291266

$25/$20 DCAC MEMBERS

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Saturday, November 17th
10 PM
$10 online/$15 at the door for general admission
$8 online/$12 at the door for DCAC members. 
DCAC members can purchase tickets in advance by e-mailing ticketing@capitalcityshowcase.com.


The Capital City Showcase is the variety show that brings you some of the best comedians, musicians, and performing artists in the DMV. Hosted by Christian Hunt, it has featured some of the DC area’s finest stand-up comedians, improv comics, rock bands, jazz bands, acoustic guitarists, and hip-hop artists.

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IN YOUR EAR


Sunday, November 18th at 3 PM
$5 General/FREE DCAC Members

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series for a reading!! 

For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 

Nightmerica
Presented by Theatre du Jour

Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
October 26, 27 and 28 at 7:30 PM
November 2, 3 and 4 at 7:30 PM
$20/15 DCAC Members , for reservations
please call 202 462-7834.

Take a break from the election frenzy and check in with your patriotic indoctrination with Theatre Du Jour’s multimedia romp through US history and histrionics. The American Dream, immigration and US superiority are all fair game in a performance that is by turns funny, profound, touching and rreverent.

“Somewhere between a Michael Moore documentary and the episode of Sesame Street that Joe McCarthy wouldn’t want you to see” - DC Metro Theatre Arts


$20/15 DCAC Members, for reservations please call 202 462-7834.

 

 

 

PEVERELL FAMILY

DAY OF THE DEAD BURLESQUE

Saturday, Novmber 3 at 10 PM
$15/ $12 for DCAC Members

Lola Rose and Burlesque Classique present a variety of dance numbers -groups and solos- all focused on a Day of the Dead theme - or the undead theme (zombies and mummies and such). There will be a host and some vaudeville style jokes between numbers! And for the second act there will bea Burlesque Ballet derived from the Three Brothers story from the book, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows!

You do not want to miss this beautiful and fun performance! For audiences 18 and older


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Happy Hour

Wednesday, October 17
6:30 - 8:30 PM
Admission is free.  

Come on down to the DC Arts Center gallery on October 17th at 630 p.m. - 8 p.m.  where we'll have complimentary hors d'oeuvres, drinks, good company, and our Signals art exhibit, curated by J.W. Mahoney for you to enjoy!!  DC Arts Center is located at 2438 18th Street NW, Adams Morgan.

 

 

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IN YOUR EAR
presents
ABBY BECKEL, DAN MAGERS, & R.M. O'BRIEN  

Sunday, October 21at 3 PM
$5 General/FREE DCAC Members

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series for a reading by R.M. O'Brien, Abby Beckel, and Dan Magers at 3PM on Sunday, October 21, 2012.  

ABBY BECKEL is the cofounder and publisher of Rose Metal Press, an independent book publisher of cross-genre writing. She has a master's degree from Emerson College, is a published poet and magazine writer, and lives with her husband Jay in Takoma Park, Maryland. DAN MAGERS's first book of poems, Partyknife, is published by Birds, LLC. He is co-founder and co-editor of Sink Review, an online poetry journal, founder and editor of Immaculate Disciples Press, a handmade chapbook press focused on poetry and visual arts collaborations. He lives in Brooklyn. R.M. O'BRIEN is a poet and householder living in Baltimore, where he curates the WORMS reading series. He recently released Birds Blur Together, a chapbook collaboration w/ Lesser Gonzalez Alvarez, on his own WORMS Press. He doesn't believe that Chris Toll is dead.  

For reservations call 202 462 7833.


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Matthew Vaky presents

September 20, 21, & 22 at 7:30 PM
September 22 at 9:30 PM
Please call 202 462-7834 for reservations

In Jesus at Guantanamo Matthew Vaky creates a hilarious and startling examination of US policy towards enemy combatants. What would happen if Jesus, our Lord and Savior, came back to earth? What would happen if he were picked up in the Middle East and whisked away to Guantanamo Bay? Water boarded, sleep deprived, no lawyer, no food. Torture or not, Christ is talking. Torture or not?

A veteran of Minneapolis’ Guthrie Theatre, Matthew Vaky performed in Lee Blessing’s one man show “Chesapeake” at the Bay Theatre, and was Galileo at Theatre of the First Amendment’s “The Life of Galileo.” $18/ $15 For Students and Seniors/ $12 for DCAC Members, please call 202 462-7834 for reservations.

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IN YOUR EAR


Sunday, September 16 at 3 PM
$5 General/FREE DCAC Members

Please join the In Your Ear Reading Series this month for readings by Deborah Morkun, Mark Cugini, and Carrie Murphy. Each month In Your Ear features readings and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. Curated by Buck downs and Maureen Thorson. For reservations call 202 462 7833.

MARK LAMOUREUX lives in Astoria, NY.  He is the author of four full-length collections of poetry:  Spectre(Black Radish Books 2010),  Astrometry Orgonon (BlazeVOX Books 2008),  29 Cheeseburgers / 39 Years(Pressed Wafer, forthcoming 2012) and  Devotion (Desperanto, forthcoming 2013). His work has been published in print and online in Fence, miPoesias, Jubilat, Denver Quarterly, Conduit, Jacket, Fourteen Hills and many others. In 2006 he started Cy Gist Press, a micropress focusing on ekphrastic poetry.  He holds an MFA from the New School and teaches in the CUNY system.

DORITT CARROLL is (unfortunately) a lawyer and (fortunately) the mother of two daughters.  She received her undergraduate and law degrees from Georgetown University.  Her collection  In Caves was published in 2010 by Brickhouse Books.  Her poems have appeared in Coal City Review, Poet Lore, Nimrod, Slipstream, Rattle, Plainsongs, Poetry Depth Quarterly, Maryland Poetry Review, Explorations, Negative Capability, Poet’s Canvas, Illuminations, The Baltimore Review, Journal of Formal Poetry, and Harlequin Creature.  Her poem motherlove recently was accepted for publication in the  Fuck Poems anthology by Lavender Ink.

DAN GUTSTEIN is the author of  non/fiction (stories, Edge Books, 2010) and  Bloodcoal & Honey (poems, Washington Writers’ Publishing House, 2011). His writing has appeared in more than 70 publications, including Ploughshares, Prairie Schooner, American Scholar, The Iowa Review, Colorado Review, The Penguin Book of the Sonnet, and Best American Poetry. He directs the Writing Studio and Learning Resource Center at Maryland Institute College of Art, and teaches creative writing at the Writer’s Center, in Bethesda, Md., and at George Washington University. He has received grants and awards from the Maryland State Arts Council, Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County (Md.), and University of Michigan, among others. In past lives, he has worked as an international economist, theatre arts educator, editor-in-chief, tae kwon do instructor, and farm hand.

 

 

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Barrelhouse Magazine Presents
STORIES ON STAGE


Wednesday, September 12, 7:30 pm

A corporation where junior executives settle disputes with pistols at ten paces. A nonprofit organization where an employee suspects her boss may be a mythical, blood-sucking demon.

These are the settings for the stories in the first edition of Stories on Stage, a new reading series presented by Barrelhouse Magazine. Stories on Stage features DC-based actors reading selections from recent editions of Barrelhouse in front of a live audience. The premiere of the series features stories that take place in a location familiar to most Washingtonians: the office.

Featured Authors:
Jen Fawkes’s work has appeared or is forthcoming in Michigan Quarterly Review, The Massachusetts Review, Barrelhouse, Mid-American Review, Shenandoah, The Southeast Review, and other journals, and has been nominated for a Pushcart. She holds a BA from Columbia University, an MFA from Hollins University, and is a creative writing doctoral student at the University of Cincinnati.

Melissa Yancy’s fiction has appeared in Glimmer Train, Prairie Schooner, One Story, Meridian, At Length, The Journal, and elsewhere. She is a graduate of the Master of Professional Writing Program at the University of Southern California, and currently resides in L.A., where she works in the non-profit world.

Featured Actor:
A native of the Washington D.C. area, Thembi Duncan has performed in this region for almost 15 years in a variety of mediums. Her most extensive experience is in stage work, with productions at numerous area venues including The Studio Theatre, The Kennedy Center, Imagination Stage, and Round House Theatre. Ms. Duncan is an emerging director and playwright, and she currently serves as the Lead Teaching Artist at Ford’s Theatre.

$3/ FREE DCAC Members, please call 202 462-7834 for reservations.

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Chinese Menu Improv
presented by Pete Bergen



September 8
10 PM

$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Big laughs are being served up as Chinese Menu Comedy comes back to DCAC. Pete Bergen gathers some of the best improv and stand up taken from DC and beyond. Get your tickets early because this show will sell out. For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 


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PEARL BAILEY BY REQUEST
presented by Roz White



September 8
7:30 PM


$20 / $17 DCAC Members

If you enjoy live R&B/ Jazz and are looking for an entertaining musical evening out this is it! Pearl Bailey . . . By Request is set in a nightclub and is based upon a 1950s album of Pearl Bailey’s most requested songs from her Columbia Records era.$20 / $17 DCAC Members

This production of Pearl Bailey By Request will serve as a fund-raiser for art supplies to ensure a productive start to the student’s school year.

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No Tea, No Shade
Presented by Sampson McCormick

August 24th at 7:30PM
Please call 202 462-7834 for reservations

A Stand-Up Comedy Show featuring Sampson and special guests! A portion of the proceeds will benefit the Wanda Alston House. $15/10 DCAC Members. Please call 202 462-7834 for reservations

 

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The Happy Buddha Brings Peace and Laughter

August 17th & 18th at 10 PM
Please click here for reservations

"The Happy Buddha Brings Peace and Laughter" is a feast of comedy for all to enjoy!  Two summer weekend nights shall be filled with standup, storytelling, improv, sketch, and other forms of funny.

August 17th - Hosted by comedian Yev Kirpichevsky. Featuring: Improv from The Lodge and Nox, Sketch from The Establishment, Storytelling from John Kevin Boggs, Standup from Sampson

August 18th - Hosted by Brian Fishbach, Featuring:, Improv from Gin and Ginger, Dirty Laundry, and Terrible News, Standup from Lauren Kris and Pat Riley, Storytelling from Diane Ivey

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Dog Days of Comedy
Presented by Press Play


August 10-11, 7:30PM & 10:00PM
Please click here for reservations.

Did you know that the Dog Days were popularly believed to be a time that caused the seas to boil and people to get burning fevers and hysterics?  The Romans sacrificed a brown dog at the beginning of the Dog Days to appease the rage of Sirius (the Dog Star), believing the star to be the cause of the hot, sultry weather.

Since we can’t sacrifice dogs or infect people, instead we offer you, "Press Play Presents: Dog Days of Comedy", a series of four exciting shows that brings together hilarious local comedy acts on Friday August 10th and Saturday August 11th.  Tickets are available here.

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OPEN LATE



August 3
Friday at 10 PM
Please click here for reservations.

Topher & Joe are purveyors of fine improv comedy and advocates of breakfast any time. Join us and special guests The Score DC and The Lodge for the best improv show in town. For reservations please click here.

 

 

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The Extermination Machine
Presented by SeeNoSun OnStage

Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday
July 12 - 29 at 7:30PM
Please click here for reservations!


On May 21st, 1961, former Adolf Eichmann is captured by Israeli Agents in Argentina. Nine days later he is taken to Israel and detained in a secret prison where Captain Avner Less interrogates him in preperation for his trial. Eichmann minimizes his participation in the mass murder of millions as Captain Less tries to expose the role played by this “ordinary” SS Colonel who made the trains run on time to the death camps of the Third Reich.
Inspired by transcripts from the Israeli Police archives this drama explores the brual machinations of the Final Solution’s implementation.

The Extermination Machine is a new play written and directed by Michael Wright, the founding Artistic Director of See No Sun On Stage. See No Sun On Stage is an underground theatre company in Washington, D.C. whose mission is to produce dark compelling theatre with a disturbing twist. Please click here for reservations! Don't forget your CAPITAL FRINGE BUTTON, YOU'LL NEED A BUTTON TO GET IN!

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Nightmerica
Presented by Theatre du Jour

Fri, Jul 13th 10:00 PM
Sat, Jul 14th 5:00 PM
Sun, Jul 15th 5:00 PM
Tue, Jul 17th 7:30 PM
Wed, Jul 18th 7:30 PM
Fri, Jul 20th 10:00 PM
Sat, Jul 21st 10:00 PM
Sun, Jul 22nd 5:00 PM
Tues, Jul 24th 7:30 PM
Wed, Jul 25th 7:30 PM
Fri, Jul 27th 10:00 PM
Sat, Jul 28th 10:00 PM
Sun, Jul 29th 5:00 PM

NIGHTMERICA, Theatre Du Jour’s newest performance, dives headfirst into the American psyche and wrestles with the concept of “America” that we have all learned from our youth. What is the reality behind the hype that we the people and the whole world have been sold for the last 200 years? Is it what we are or what we wish we were? Put your patriotism in check and join in the madness in this roller coaster ride as we loop the loop of Uncle Sam, Lady Liberty, Davy Crockett, manifest destiny, and immigration. Funny, satirical, and at times even poignant, this is the performance that asks not what you can do for your country, but what has your country done to you? Please click here for reservations! Don't forget your CAPITAL FRINGE BUTTON, YOU'LL NEED A BUTTON TO GET IN!

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Girl Meets Girl [Women Only]
Presented by the Jessica Holter

Saturday, June 30, at 10 PM
For reservations please call 1 888 277 2207 or click HERE.

Come fall in love again and join Jessica Holter for an intimate and interactive evening of Sex Education Theater for lovers and friends presented by The Punany Poets.  The Head Doctor takes the audience on an emotional roller coaster ride of fantasy and pleasure that explores lesbian love, girl on girl sex tips, and female empowerment and coming out to your friends and family through conversation and theatrics.  This show is humorous, witty, sexy, wise and unforgettable.  For reservations please call 1 888 277 2207 or click here.

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DADA RETURNS
presented by
Legitimate Stage / Fraudulent Productions



June 21, 22, 23
7:30 PM

$15 Non-members/$10 DCAC Members

DADA RETURNS LAST WEEK -- You don't want to miss the 20th Anniversary Production of "DADA Returns" featuring two plays for less than the price of one!! "Handkerchief of Clouds" by Tristan Tzara, and "Manifestival" by the Dadaists. Both shows promise to be whatever is necessary to get you in the door, take your money, kick you in the ass, and make you like it. For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 

 

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The Punctual Drunks

Thursday, June 21, at 10PM
$15/$12 for DCAC Members

Local Improv Troupe "The Punctual Drunks" bring their unique style to the DCAC Stage wtih a few of their friends! The Punctual Drunks will be headlining a group of three troupes, who will be preforming long form improvisational comedy.  They'll be creating a string of scenes, completely made up on the spot, based on the audiences suggestions.  Special guests include Subsidized Corn, Sistine Robot, Jive Turkey and The Punctual Drunks. You won't want to miss this event! For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 

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Please Don't Beat Me Up

Sunday, June 24, at 7:30 PM
$5 pre-sale please click here for tickets / $8 at the door


Come see award-winning comedian and storyteller Adam Ruben share true tales of a class election gone awry and a stuffed animal smuggled into summer camp. Also included in Ruben's one man show are embarrassing excerpts from his fifth-grade diary (in which he mathematically calculates his odds with the girl he likes and somehow still loses) and a manifesto of self-pity written while sitting at home dateless during his tenth-grade Homecoming dance. Complete with laughably naive video and audio clips, this one-man show, named one of the top five solo shows of 2011 by Maryland Theatre Guide, has delighted crowds with the horrors of surviving puberty in a sea of well-intentioned but useless anti-bullying advice. For reservations please click here.

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Aaron Thompson Live



May 27
Sunday at 7 PM

$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Washington D.C. native, Aaron Thompson, will be performing with a full band for an intimate performance with both acoustic and electric instruments this Sunday. Born into a military family, Aaron grew up traveling around America's east coast, and his music is influenced by the cities and landscapes he has seen along the way. His music has recently been featured in the Smithsonian American Art Museum's audio tour, and his songs have been used on CNN, MTV, and the Discovery Network. Tickets are going fast! For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 

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Lemons and Lost Belongings
presented by Dolce Revolution


March 28 — March 31
Wednesday, Thursday at 7:30 PM, Saturday at 3 PM
Admission $15 General Admission/ $12 DCAC Members

The Dolce Revolution presents a double feature! Lemons, by Barry Eitel, is an examination of class struggle, capitalism, during economic decline, individual work ethic and self-entitlement all through the metaphor of a lemonade stand, while Lost Belongings aka the Facebook Play, a brand new work by renowned playwright Jennifer Berry, explores human sexuality, individual identity and the longing for connection in the era of Facebook, where what we "share" may or may not bring us closer together.

For Reservations call 202-462-7833

 

 

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Blackbird
presented by Barrelhouse Theatre


March 2 — March 18
Fridays — Sundays, 7:30 PM
Admission $16 General Admission/ $12 DCAC Members

Barrelhouse Theatre presents Blackbird by Adam Rapp: a ferocious modern love-story between two troubled individuals who are caught in a continuing loop of bad luck and bad choices. Julie Roundtree plays Froggy, an ex-stripper and amateur prostitute with a penchant for heroin and is recently diagnosed with hepatitis. She is living with Baylis (played by Tony Bullock), an incontinent, impotent, and ill-tempered Gulf War veteran. Together they can get through anything. For Reservations call 202-462-7833

 

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Friday - Saturday
April 20 - 28 at 10 PM
$15 General

A Night With the Town Drunk returns for its second series! Showcasing some of the most energetic stand-ups and independent improv groups in the DC area, local troupes Punctual Drunks, Small Town, and Aboulia! host A Night With the Town Drunk 2. DC's independent improv scene is burgeoning some of the funniest troupes on the east coast. Don't miss your chance to see some of these local celebrities -- such as ShawnMikael(s) and The Score -- do their thing! For reservations call 202 462 7833.

 

 

 

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February 2 — February 26
Thursdays — Sundays, 7:30 PM
Admission $25 General Admission/ $22 DCAC Members

Flying saucers! Backstabbing bitches! Muscle hunks and men in pumps! INVASION OF THE BODYSNATCHERS meets HIS GIRL FRIDAY. In this outrageously hilarious comedy Landless Theatre presents Devil Boys from Beyond, a tribute to low-grade sci-fi films of the 1950s. Originally presented at the 2009 New York International Fringe Festival. Reserve tickets through http://landlesstheatrecompany.orgwww.landlesstheatrecompany.org

 

 

 

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Fri - Sun, November 25 - 27
Thurs - Sun, December 1 - 23
Fri - Sat, January 6 - 14
7:30 PM

$25 Non-members/$22 DCAC Members

The run of Landless Theatre's Cannibal! The Musical has been extended for two more weekends, written by South Park’s Trey Parker. Cannibal! The Musical is the story of Alferd Packer, a man convicted of cannibalism. In this musical, he tells his side of the harrowing tale to news reporter Polly Pry while he awaits his execution. Book tickets at www.landlesstheatrecompany.org

 

 

 

 

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HOLIDAY BUFFET




Fridays and Saturdays
December 9, 10, 16
10 PM

$10 Non-members/$8 DCAC Members

Orbit Chef's 'Holiday Buffet' is a rollicking multi-form smorgasbord of laugh-out-loud holiday fun!
The show – part sketch-comedy, part stand-up and storytelling – is an absurd take on the traditions and symbols that define the Season. See what happens when Santa turns his workshop into a full-time coal plant and an office gift exchange gets a little too personal... Find out who killed Rudolph and how to deal with party-pooping holiday naysayers! With performances from humorists plucked from DC's vibrant stand-up and spoken-word communities.

Orbit Chef is a sketch-comedy troupe founded in 2011. They recently completed their first season as a featured act in The Comedy Spot's (Arlington, VA) Tiger's Blood Theater show, a bi-monthly mash-up of improv, stand-up, and sketch-comedy performers. The ensemble includes Matt Fogarty, Derek Hills, Kate Schuler, Stephanie Svec, and Amelia Vogel, all graduates of the Washington Improv Theater's improv training and sketch-writing curricula and veteran members of DC’s theater, storytelling, and comedy communities.

Call DCAC at 202-462-7833 to reserve tickets.

 

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DC Solo Performance Lab




Thurs, November 17 2011
7:30 PM

$10 Non-members/$5 DCAC Members

DC Solo Performance Lab-- a one-person play showcase! True Stories About Married Sex, Famous People at AA, Intellectuals Who Can't Get Laid, and The True Reasons We Go To War. This will be a night of amazing stories showcasing the culmination of an 8-week solo performance workshop. Short excerpts will be presented from four one-person plays featuring Marietta Hedges, Kurt Nemes, Roy Potter, and a preview of Laura Zam's newest commission from Theater J. Reserve tickets at http://sololabshowcase.eventbrite.com . Enter DCAC for members.

 

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BURLESQUE AND BELLY LAUGHS

 



Admission $10/ $8 DCAC Members
 

Justin Purvis and friends bring a night of enticing comedy to DCAC
Burlesque shows of the 1930s featured both sultry sirens and stand-up comedians. In this spirit, Justin Purvis and friends bring two weekends of sexy, hilarious fun. With tantalizing burlesque performers and titillating improvisers from all over DC this show will knock your socks off. The show will be hosted by the charismatic Rock Tender and his lovely assistant Wendy Whiskysour. Call us at 202-462-7833 to reserve tickets.

 

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LAUGHTER AGAINST THE MACHINE

 



$20 Non-members/$15 Members
Wed and Thurs, November 9 & 10 - 7:30 pm

Reservations through Brown Paper Tickets 

Laughter Against the Machine has built a space for a comedy where the comedians and audience are challenged to laugh and think. It’s a no-holds-bar show without party lines, or cheerleading - because they have beef with everybody, including themselves. The show kicks off a tour to the most polarized places in the USA. The group recently returned from delivering one of the biggest shows of the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, which included Margaret Cho, Jimmy Dore, Hari Kondabolu, and Aparna Nancherla.

 

 

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NEW RELEASES PERFORMANCES
A Benefit for DCAC






November 6 at 7:30 PM
$10/ $8 DCAC Members

DCAC Presents: NEW RELEASES PERFORMED BY D.C. ARTISTS! Hosted by performer and author Dee Snyder and featuring Pilesar, Eric Hendrixson, Russ Henry, and J.D. Smith. The show is an assemblage of experimental musicians and multi-genre writers. All proceeds from this show go to DCAC in our continuing mission to support emerging and established visual and performing artists.

Pilesar is a percussionist and songwriter who conjures idiosyncratic pop and wildly eclectic performances. He is showcasing his newest C.D., "Radio Friendly", which is inspired by the playful experimentalism of bands like Ween, The Mothers of Invention, and The Residents.

Eric Hendrixson was born a military brat in Lakenheath, England. His poetry and prose has appeared primarily in periodicals you've never heard of, and he's been rejected by all the periodicals you HAVE heard of. He will be reading from and signing copies of his new Bizarro fiction book, "Bucket of Face", published by Eraserhead Press.

Avant-guard musician and singer , Russ Henry, has been wowing audiences since 1996. He will be performing his new song, with lyrics by Dee Snyder, a song/gift which Dee won at D.C. Arts Center's recent Experience Auction. Russ's band, Milk Machine, is celebrating the release of their first full-length C.D., "Bees on the Vine".

J.D. Smith is a multi-genre writer, appearing in publications such as "Hardcore Harboiled: The Best of Thug Lit", and "The Mammoth Book of Best New Erotica". His newest book is an essay collection, "Dowsing and Science", by Texas Review Press which Huffington Post called "a leading, feisty independent publisher".

 

 

 

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LET'S GET PERSONAL
A performance by Annika B. Lewis






November 18 - January 8
Opening Reception: Friday, November 18, 7 - 9 PM

 

Acclaimed Danish/Swedish performance artist performs as part of Danish Arts Council-funded residency in Washington DC
Annika Lewis, in her Danish Arts Council-funded Kassandra Production LET’S GET PERSONAL, utilizes humor, absurdity and the self-help culture to deliver a provocative performance about the role of personal branding in attaining professional success. Lewis, who is known for merging technology, theatre and dance, delivers this parody in the form of a motivational lecture and workshop on how to successfully use blunders on Facebook and official public apologies for personal optimization. In twisting the entire milieu of motivational speaking she acidly comments on the roles of collective bedazzlement, radical political positioning, and the arts in a society increasingly driven by the experience economy.

Annika Lewis
Choreographer/director/artist Annika B. Lewis studied at Larssons Theatre Academy in Gothenburg/Sweden and at the Istituto di Arte Scenica (Institute for Scenic Art) in Pontremoli/Italy from 1987 to 1990. She went on to complete her post-graduate studies in theatre in 2002 at Scut/Gitis, the state theatre school of Moscow, Russia. Additionally Lewis has studied various forms of dance and choreography. In 1998, Lewis founded Kassandra Production through which she has created work characterized by a conceptually strong interdisciplinary approach, mixing the trivial with the philosophical to examine modern humanity in a challenging and entertaining way. Lewis has toured Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Iceland, Portugal, Germany, Russia, Latvia, Belgium, Brazil, the United Kingdom and now the United States with her performances, installations and interventions. Her acting credits include: Year accountancies (2010), Let’s Get Personal (2010), Body Box#1 (2009), TWIST cabaret (2009), eXtasy (2009), Full Body Treatment (2008), Life Hacking (2008), XpositionREVERSE: Aarhus-Gothenburg (2006), Dancin’ Madly Backwards (2006), Life Is Fabulous (2005), Displacement (2005), XpositionLAB (2004), My Heart Is Yours (2004), Aurora Borealis: Aarhus-Reykjavik (2003), Delusion (2003), The Experiment of Choice/Limbo.03 (2003), Symposium X (2002), Real Time Open Door (2000), Real Time Lab (1999), A Thorn in the Eye (1998).

 

 

 

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VINCENT
A one man play by Leonard Nimoy Performed by B. Stanley






September 22 – October 8
Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at 7:30pm


$25 General Admission / 15 DCAC members

 

Back by popular demand! This performance is a reprise of Stanley’s critically acclaimed sold-out run during the 2009 Capitol Fringe Festival.

At the time of his death many of Vincent van Gogh’s contemporaries, including Paul Gaugin, had written the painter off as an insane fool. In this moving one-person performance Theo van Gogh is determinedto rescue his brother’s legacy, attempting to transform him from a madman into a beloved brother and misunderstood genius. Set in Paris 1890 one week after Vincent’s dramatic suicide, Theo exposes the turbulent life of his brother and brings personal revelation into the tormented world of the artist. Using the hundreds of letters Theo and Vincent exchanged during their lives, Leonard Nimoy (most widely known as Spock on TV’s Star Trek) wrote “Vincent” in 1979 and performed it himself all over the country, as well as in a special PBS broadcast. Over 100 of van Gogh’s paintings are projected in the background as Theo recreates the world of the misunderstood genius in a poignant and intimate meditation on the life of the gifted painter. This critically acclaimed performance provokes laughter and tears and gives insight into van Gogh’s passion and suffering, while considering the meaning of art and artistry in a world where success is measured by sales and money.

B. Stanley
Actor/director/pedagogue/puppeteer B. Stanley is Executive/Artistic Director of DCAC, and founder and director of Theatre du Jour, an experimental group with an actor-based approach to creating works. In 1983, Stanley opened the Java Rama, a performance coffee house next door to Theatre du Jour. From 1989-1993, he trained under Ingemar Lindh at the Instituto di Arte Scenica (Institute for Scenic Art) in Pontremoli, Italy. In addition to Theatre du Jour, Stanley has performed with The Living Theatre, The Puppet Company, and Guillermo Gomez Pena. His acting credits include: Kenneth, What Is The Frequency?, Bluebeard, The Shadow, Pygmalion, Dangerous Border Games, Purlie Victorious, and Ubu Cuckolded. His directing credits include: There is No More FIrmament, Last Minute, Ritual Play, Poor Oedipus, World War Zero, I'm Scared of Myself, The Return of Uncle Silvana, and The Shadow. As director of DCAC, Stanley encourages the development of cutting edge work by new and emerging theater groups in Washington, DC. He conducts workshops on acting, directing and theater production and regularly participates in conferences and seminars abroad. In 2000, he was awarded the Tony Taylor Award by the Cultural Alliance of Greater Washington for his years of work encouraging and nurturing artists in Washington, DC.

Leonard Nimoy
American actor, film director, poet, photographer and musician Leonard Nimoy wrote and originally performed the one-man play Vincent. Though his incredibly diverse career has been largely eclipsed by his three-year role as Spock on the television series Star Trek, he has won much acclaim for his theater performances. He has acted in such plays as Fiddler on the Roof, The Man in the Glass Booth, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest and The Twelfth Night. In addition to acting, Nimoy has authored two autobiographies, several volumes of poetry and the photography book Shekhina, in which he explores the feminine counterpart of God as described in Kabbalah scripture. He is also a musician, and has released five albums of vocal recordings, which include coveres of popular songs.

Vincent and Theo van Gogh
Born in 1853 in Zundert, The Netherlands, Vincent van Gogh worked as an art dealer, a preacher and missionary before he decided to pursue his career as an artist at the age of 27. He was largely encouraged by his brother, Theo, an art dealer who successfully pushed the popularity of Impressionist artists Degas and Monet. Although Theo never sold any of van Gogh’s works, he provided emotional and financial support and remained throughout the troubled artist’s life one of the few who understood him. The hundreds of surviving letters of their frequent correspondence have been published into books and provide much insight into the turbulent life of Vincent van Gogh and the close relationship between the two brothers.

Despite his aversion to formal training, Vincent studied in Brussels at the Royal Academy of Art and in Antwerp at the Academy of Fine Arts. Soon after, he moved to Paris, where he encountered Impressionist works, met fellow students Émile Bernard and Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and befriended Paul Gauguin, who lived with him for a period in Arles. In 1888, Van Gogh moved to Arles, where he took up landscape painting and painted outdoors with Gauguin until their excessive quarreling and van Gogh’s infamous severing of his own ear lobe drove Gauguin away. In 1889, van Gogh committed himself to a mental asylum in Saint-Remy, where the clinic and its surrounding landscape of cypresses, vineyards and olive trees provided subject matter for his painting. He also developed his famous swirling brushstrokes, which gave form to one of his most popular works to date, The Starry Night.During this time, he began to receive acclaim for his work. The French critic Albert Aurier praised his work and Monet declared his work best in show at the Artistes Indépendants group exhibit in Paris.

Van Gogh went to Auvers-sur-Oise to be closer to his brother Theo and to seek help from the physician Paul Gachet, whom van Gogh depicted in two portrait paintings. He spent the final months of his life in Auvers and was incredibly prolific, painting 70 canvases in 70 days. At age 37, van Gogh walked into a field of wheat and shot himself in the chest. He returned home where he died two days later in the arms of his brother. His dying words were “La tristesse durera toujours”: “The sadness will last forever.” Ailing from syphilis and unable to overcome the grief of his brother’s death, Theo died six months later.

 

 

 

 

 

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