Washington Improv Theater: Road Show
January 2 – February 2, 2020

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Washington Improv Theater: Road Show

January 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25, 26, 30, & 31, 2020; February 1 & 2, 2020

DCAC Members: $15; Non-DCAC Members: $18

One intimate stage—limitless possibilities. WIT runs wild at DC Arts Center all January long. WIT’s latest engagement at DC Arts Centers finds our company ensembles performing alongside our featured ensembles and special guests. The line-up changes every night and no performance is ever the same.

General information:

–Line-ups vary nightly. Please verify the performing acts on your individual curtain times.
–For all shows, unclaimed tickets may be resold at curtain time. Late arrivals will be seated at WIT’s discretion.
–DCAC Members: Please call DCAC for the member code at (202) 462-7833.

Tickets are available here.

Chinese Menu Presents: Home For The Holidays!
December 22, 2019

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Chinese Menu Presents: Home For The Holidays!

December 22, 2019

Hosted by Sofia Javed

Once again it is time for this annual fun fest. DC’s best mix it up on stage with some very fun ex pats that are in town for the winter holidays. If you are unfamiliar with what Menu shows are all about, all you need to know is that it was monthly party on stage that sold out for about ten years and now it happens for special occasions. The people that appear in Menu shows are some of the most fun you will see anywhere. They are quality players and quality people that know that the first thing that makes a comedy show is that it should be funny. You’ll notice that ageism is not a thing in our shows. Haha.

The cast is still coming together but here some early commits:

Shawn Westfall, Jordan Hirsch, Amanda Hirsch, Erica Geiser, Kathy Westfall, Mikael Johnson, Sean Murphy, Dave Johnson, Colin Murchie, Pete Bergen, Topher Bellavia, & Paul Hitlin (Cast subject to change)

Tickets are available here.

 

Disarming Humor: An Evening of Comedy and Music For Peace
December 12, 2019

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Disarming Humor: An Evening of Comedy and Music For Peace
DCAC Members: $8 / General Tickets: $10

This evening will be the first in a series of performances by activists, advocates, and analysts working on peace and security issues who are also talented comedians, musicians, storytellers, improv performers, and more.

Performers will include Bill Hartung of the Center for International Policy, a progressive foreign policy think tank based in Washington, DC; Tristan Guyette of Beyond the Bomb, which does grassroots lobbying designed to end the threat posed by nuclear weapons; and Hassan El-Tayyab, the lead lobbyist on Mideast issues for the Friends Committee on National Legislation.

The evening will provide opportunities for audience participation, in surprising ways!

Tickets are available here.

In Your Ear
December 8, 2019

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In Your Ear

December 8, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Sabrina Islam is from Dhaka, Bangladesh. She spent her early childhood in New York, Connecticut, and Florida. She holds an M.F.A. in creative writing from University of Maryland, where she teaches academic and creative writing. Her work can be found in FlockActa Victoriana, Prairie Schooner, and the minnesota review.

Gabrielle Lucille Fuentes is the author of The Sleeping World (Touchstone, 2016). She has received fellowships from Yaddo, Hedgebrook, the Millay Colony, and the Blue Mountain Center. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in One Story, The New England Review, The Common, Cosmonauts Avenue, Slice, Pank, and elsewhere. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing and English at the University of Maryland. She grew up in a Cuban-Irish-American family in Wisconsin.

Lucian Mattison is a US-Argentine poet and translator and author of two books of poetry, Reaper’s Milonga (YesYes Books, 2018) and Peregrine Nation (Dynamo Verlag, 2017). He has won the Puerto Del Sol Poetry Prize and his poetry, short fiction, and translations appear in numerous journals including CutBank, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Hobart, Juked, Nano Fiction, The Nashville Review, The Offing, Sixth Finch, and Third Coast. He is based out of Washington, DC. Read more at Lucianmattison.com

Opening The Circle: Works in Progress
December 5, 2019

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RiverShe Collective Presents Opening The Circle: Works in Progress

December 5, 2019 at 7:30-9:30PM

Join RiverShe Collective for an evening of interdisciplinary works-in-progress from the Fall 2019 RiverShe Creative Practice Circle! Participating artists include: Ayesha Ali, Richael Faithful, Les Henderson, Chelsea Iorlano, Cath Kane, Nicole Oxendine, and Amy Vitro. Over the past nine weeks, these artists have come together once a week to share inspiration & support, receive feedback on individual works-in-progress, and experiment with collaborative creation & performance.

Tickets: $10 General Admission/$8 for DCAC Members

Tickets are available here and will also be available at the door.

The Near Misses Presents: An Experimental Electropop Opera
January 5, 2020

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The Near Misses Presents: An Experimental Electropop Opera

Saturday, January 5th at 3pm

General public $18; DCAC Members: $15

The Near Misses is a 4-woman electropop band & experimental opera based on true near death stories the artists have collected. The band incorporates synth/keytar, cello, violin, and accordion, with percussion coming from set pieces: an oven, a ladder, a pile of leaves, and keys. The show also integrates dance and movement, first person survivor recordings, and video projections.

Tickets are available here.

In Your Ear
November 17, 2019

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In Your Ear

 

November 17, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Sandra Beasley is the author of Count the Waves; I Was the Jukebox, winner of the Barnard Women Poets Prize; Theories of Falling, winner of the New Issues Poetry Prize; and Don’t Kill the Birthday Girl: Tales from an Allergic Life, a memoir about living with disability. She also edited Vinegar and Char: Verse from the Southern Foodways Alliance. She lives in Washington, D.C., and teaches with the University of Tampa low-residency MFA program.
Cecily Iddings is the author of Everyone Here (Octopus Books, 2014) and a chapbook, Is To: As: Is To (Spooky Girlfriend, 2015). After living and teaching in Brooklyn for a decade, she moved to Baltimore in 2018.
A Washington, D.C. native who has lived and worked in the Philadelphia area for the last thirty years, Andrew Mossin has published poetry, creative non-fiction and critical essays in numerous journals and literary magazines, including Conjunctions, Hambone, Jacket, Talisman, Callaloo, Contemporary Literature, New Ohio Review, and others. He is the author of five collections of poetry: The Epochal Body (Singing Horse Press), The Veil (Singing Horse Press), Exile’s Recital (Spuyten Duyvil), Torture Papers (Spuyten Duyvil), and Stanzas for the Preparation of Perception (Spuyten Duyvil). He is an Associate Professor at Temple University in Philadelphia, where he teaches in the Intellectual Heritage Program.

David Need has been a university lecturer in Asian Religions in Durham, NC for twenty years. Book publications include two volumes of essays and translations on Rilke — Rainer Maria Rilke, Roses: The Late French Poetry of Rainer Maria Rilke, David Need, translations and essay, Horse and Buggy Press, 2014, and Rainer Maria Rilke, Notebooks and Personal Papers, David Need, translations and essays, Shearsman, 2018 — and one volume of his own poetry, Offshore St, Mark / Songs in-Between the Day: Two Suites, Three Count Pour, 2015. His poetry and critical writings have appeared in Hambone, Talisman, Golden Handcuffs Review, Lana Turner Review, Heavy Feathers Review, Spoke, Oyster Boy and Minor American.

District Queer Comedy Festival
November 15 – 16, 2019

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Comedic Pursuits and LGBTQ AF Presents: Distrtict Queer Comedy Festival.

November 15 & 16, 2019 at 7PM

The District Queer Comedy Festival is the first LGBTQ comedy festival in Washington, DC. The inaugural Festival features some of the best LGBTQ performers from DC, MD, VA, PA, NJ, and NY for two nights of shows. In addition to shows, the District Queer Comedy Festival has workshops and an open mic Comedy & Coffee show benefiting an LGBTQ charity. For further information, visit comedicpursuits.com/events/district-queer-comedy-festival.

Tickets November 15th show are available here. Line-up features: Kevin McLain, Christopher Hook, Joyce Rebar, Laura Delhomme, Shawn Fisher, Rachel Antomattei, Shawn Banks, Maddox Pennington, & The Plumbers

Tickets November 16th show are available here. Line-up features: Alejandro Morales, Michae Furr, Samantha Nokes, Elizabeth Norman, Ross Weisman, Ian Insect, & Ryan

*Line-up subject to change*

About the Performers

Kevin McLain
Inspired by topical late night hosts and scathing insult comics, Kevin occupies a unique space in the DC comedy scene. A former-Republican-turned-practically-Communist potty-mouth, he has won crowds over with his hilarious allusions and references to gender, race, sexuality, class, and politics. He has described his style of comedy as “Imagine Trevor Noah…but as a big gay slut.”

Christopher Hook
Chris Hook is a DC based comedian originally from Kentucky who finds humor in daily life. Forever a joiner, you can find him at his office book club, condo association, running club, alumni association chapter, or employee engagement groups whenever he’s not glued to his couch watching television and wondering why he isn’t training for a marathon.

Joyce Rebar
Joyce Rebar has been entertaining audiences in the DMV area for over 12 years. She has been accepted into many of the World Series of Comedy national competitions, and she also has performed in many of the Gaylarious shows that were held at the old Riot Act theater in DC. Her original stand-up training was at the DC Improv, and she has returned to the DC Improv Lounge for many shows. In addition, she has opened for Mimi Gonzalez and Jennie McNulty, in shows at Women’s Week in Provincetown, MA; and she has organized informal shows on Olivia (lesbian) cruises, in which she has entertained many a lesbian traveler.

Laura Delhomme
Laura Delhomme explores being single and bi, when’s the best time to get a 3rd cat, and when to break her parents’ hearts with news of of all 3.

Shawn Fisher
Shawn is a multi-ethnic, disabled, queer senior citizen, and has the AARP card to prove it!

Rachel Antomattei
Rachel is a rising talent who performs storytelling and observational humor.

Shawn Banks
Shawn is an interactive storyteller, who dives into pop-culture and current events from the POV of a black, gay young man.

Maddox Pennington
MK Pennington is a nonbinary queer writer and comedian, and the author of A Girl Walks Into a Book: What the Brontes Taught Me About Life, Love, and Women’s Work. They have performed all over the DMV including the Charm City Comedy Festival, DCAC, DC Drafthouse, DC Comedy Loft, Busboys and Poets, and many of DC’s finest dive bars.

The Plumbers
We fix toilets. Need we say more?

Alejandro Morales
Alejandro Morales is a founding member of stand-up collective Laughs On Philly, producer and co-host of the food-themed rap battle game show Eat Your Beats, creator and star of the web series Sadulous, spanish-language improvisor with Que Comedy, and comedian about town, performing at independent showcases as well as comedy establishments like Helium Comedy Club, Punch Line Philly, and Good Good Comedy Theatre. He is the 19th funniest comedian in Philadelphia.

Michael Furr
Michael Furr is Baltimore’s “Sweetheart of Comedy.” A comedian, producer, director and writer, Michael uses his narrative voice and conversational tone to put audiences at ease while leaving them in stitches. His hit stand up comedy special, “Straight Acting,” is delighting audiences across the world on Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, iTunes, Tidal and anywhere else that comedy is streamed.

Samantha Nokes
Sammie James is a comedian and story teller from New Jersey; where she hosts and produces The LGBT showcase Queerly Comedic. Sammie also hosts the podcast All Of My Friends Are Animals and The NYC Trans Variety show We Are Trans. She performs all over the east coast; including past appearances at Cinder Block Comedy Festival, Charm City Comedy Festival and Bechdal Test Fest; and she is soon to be your favorite disabled, nerdy, butch trans woman in comedy.

Elizabeth Norman
Native to Baltimore, Elizabeth Norman is a comedian, educator and very polite young lady. When she isn’t explaining mummies to children or teaching art classes, she entertains audiences all over Maryland and DC (and sometimes even Pennsylvania and Virginia!) either alone as a stand-up or with her sketch comedy group, Nightmares on ELM Street. As quick-witted as she is silly, Elizabeth is a delightful mix of proper, playful and absurd, with just a hint of an edge. She’s all the fun of your favorite redhead female cartoon protagonist, with a little extra depth!

Ross Weisman
Comedian and podcaster Ross Weisman has a neurotic mind. He has performed in Baltimore, Philadelphia, New York City, and once in a skeevy London bar (no one could understand his lack of an accent). His comedy style combines stories from his childhood and his modern-day failings to be a cool, well-rounded gay man

Ian Insect
America’s foremost cryptocomedian takes you on a deep dive through his shallow thoughts. Shifting between obsessive wordplay and physical comedy, between the surreal and the dialectic, Presenting a witty, sharp take on mundane notions, Ian’s act treads clumsily through self-examination and social awareness stopping just short of navel gazing. Most of the time.

Ryan
Ryan is an improv duo who cordially invites you to brunch. Be careful: the tee is hot, and it will be spilled.

In Your Ear
January 19, 2020

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   In Your Ear

Readings by Marie Buck, Christopher Kondrich and Nicolette Polek

January 19th at 3pm
$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

 

Join us every 3rd Sunday for In Your Ear’s poetry reading. Afterwards, head down to Songbyrd to meet the authors.

http://www.dcpoetry.com/iye

 


 

 

 

Laugh Index Theatre: November 1 – December 14, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre

November 1, 2, 8, 22, &29, 2019; December 6, 7, 13, &14, 2019

Laugh Index Theatre is your one-stop shop for your comedy needs offering a variety of comedy shows and classes in stand-up, improv, sketch, & storytelling.

Online Pre-Sale: $10 General / $8 DCAC Members
Door: $15 General / $12 DCAC Members

Tickets are available here

Naked Girls Reading Presents: 8th Annual Something Wicked
October 26, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents: 8th Annual Something Wicked

October 26, 2019 at 10PM

This October, DC’s Naked Girls Reading celebrates its eight-year anniversary with Naked Girls Reading Presents Something Wicked! Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to the DC Arts Center with Cherie Sweetbottom, Alice Darling and So You Wanna Be A Naked Girl contestant, Whiskey Hallows on October 26th at 10pm. The Naked Girls will scare the pants off you with tales to thrill and chill; disturb and perturb; tease, tantalize and terrify! This special annual show will be our last show of 2019 and feature naked tarot card readings by the Bewitching Beauty, Cherokee Rose!

DCAC members: $17.60 presale/ $21.60 day of show (must present valid DCAC membership card to the DCAC Box Office)
GA: $22 presale/ $27 day of show

Tickets are available here.

Michael Burgos Presents: Tiramisu
October 25 – 26, 2019

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Michael Burgos Presents: Tiramisu

Ciao! E benvenuti in Italia!

October 25 & 26, 2019 at 7:30PM

IN ADVANCE (Online): General Admission: $16; DCAC Members $12
AT-THE-DOOR: General Admission: $20; DCAC Members $16

Come take a light-hearted and physically-comedic romp through Italy with 14-time internationally award-winning writer and performer Michael Burgos.

WINNER: Best Solo Performance, 2019 Boulder Fringe Festival.

“Pure ridiculousness in every bite!”  Audience Review, Boulder Fringe

“My cheeks hurt from laughing so much! I wish the show had been two hours!”  Audience Review, Boulder Fringe

“Burgos shares DNA with the likes of Charlie Chaplin and Sid Caesar.”  The Washington Post

More at MichaelJBurgos.com

Ages 12+ (Language: Scarce Profanity)

Tickets are available here.

In Your Ear
October 20, 2019

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In Your Ear 

October 20, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Jennifer Atkinson is the author of five poetry collections. The most recent one, The Thinking Eye, was published by Parlor Press/Free Verse Editions in 2016. These poems are from a recently completed ms. titled A Gray Realm the Ocean. She teaches in the MFA and BFA programs at George Mason University.
Born in Upstate New York, Poet and video artist Adam Tedesco is a founding editor of REALITY BEACH, a journal of new poetics. His work has been screened at MoMA PS1, &Now: A Festival of Innovative Writing, No Nation Gallery, New Hampshire Poetry Festival, and has appeared or is forthcoming in Conduit, FencejubilatLaurel Review, and elsewhere. He is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Misrule (Ursus Americanus, 2019). His first full-length poetry collection, Mary Oliver, was recently published by Lithic Press.

Joshua Weiner is the author of three books of poetry (all from University of Chicago Press).   His Berlin Notebook, reporting about the refugee crisis in Germany, was published by Los Angeles Review of Books in 2016 as a digital edition.  A chapbook, Everything I Do I Do Good: Trumpoems (Dispatches from the Poetry Wars, 2018) is available as a free digital download (www.disptachespoetrywars.com).  He has received Whiting, Guggenheim, and Rome Prize fellowships, as well as the Amy Lowell Traveling Scholarship, which took him to Berlin in 2012-13.  The poetry editor of Tikkun, he teaches at University of Maryland, and lives in Washington D.C.

Omnious Maramba
October 19, 2019

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Omnious Maramba

October 19, 2019 at 7:30PM; $8 General / $6 DCAC Members

OMINOUS MARIMBA is an improvisational comedy group featuring Alan Carroll and Kabeer Parwani, who have been performing together for more than ten years. We’ll be joined by some other DC-based improvisers to bring you a side-splitting, rib-tickling, noun-adjectiving, comedy show – completely improvised on the spot!

Chinese Menu Workshop 67
October 5, 2019

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Chinese Menu October (2019)

October 5, 2019 at 10PM

This was once a monthly all star mash up that sold out for 10 years! Now it only pops up when special occasions like when some improv royalty comes to town!
The amazing Susan Glynn is coming to town and we are puting some rock stars around her. Susan is the 4th member of the killer Chicago team, Shebeast to work with Chinese Menu.
Just like Ryan Asher, Katie Kershaw and Mary Catherine Curran, she is pure joy!

If you have been, you know.
If you haven’t, you’re in for something special.
A who’s who from WIT and beyond
Come and check out who is on the Menu!

Cast:
– Eva Lewis, Jo Scott, Colin Murchie Donna Steele, Rachel Showalter, Mikael Johnson, Jonathan Murphy, Jamal Newman, Dan Miller, Susan Glynn, and Patrick Gantz, Pete Bergen

(Cast subject to change)

 

Tickets sold here.

The Wheel Theatre Company Presents: The Winter’s Tale
October 3 – 19, 2019

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The Wheel Theatre Company Presents: The Winter’s Tale
By William Shakespeare
Directed by Jack Read
October 3, 4, 5, 10, 11, 12, 17, 18 at 7:30 pm
October 19 at 3:00 pmTickets: $15 DCAC Members, $20 General (contact DCAC during open hours to retrieve DCAC member discount code,Wed-Sun, 2-7pm. 202-462-7833, or info@dcartscenter.org)

​”If this be magic, let it be an art Lawful as eating.” ~ V.iiiA king’s jealous actions destroy his family. A shepherdess and a prince must keep their love a secret. Sixteen years sit between these seemingly disparate stories as Shakespeare puts our imaginations to work and asks us to confront the tremendous power of our faith. The Winter’s Tale, written late in his career, shows Shakespeare at the height of his powers. All his trademarks are here – earth-shattering tragedy, off-kilter comedy, reunions, (some) acts of forgiveness, wrapped up in a text that breaks all the rules. More than any of his plays, The Winter’s Tale is the one that refuses to be tidy. Every attempt made at reasonable conclusions circles back to the undefinable alchemy of the heart. This will be The Wheel Theatre Company’s final production in Washington, DC before we roll to Nashville. Co-Founders Elizabeth Floyd and Jack Read have always shared a deep and abiding love of Shakespeare, and for this special show, the focus will be on our defining trademark: making ordinary things magic. We can’t think of a better show to do that with.

You will see an Oracle at work. You will see a statue come to life. You will see true love born before you. You will see Time herself. And – yes – you will see a bear. Maybe two.

​Run Time: 100 Minutes, no intermission

Tickets are available here.

Broken Mic Comedy Presents Promote Mike.B
September 28, 2019

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Broken Mic Comedy Presents Promote Mike.B

September 28, 2019 at 7:30PM & 10PM

Tickets: $20 general / $16 DCAC members

Broken Mic Comedy presents “Promote Mike.B”, the live album recording. This showcase will highlight some of the best friends of Broken Mic Comedy, along with the second album recording of Broken Mic Comedy’s own Mike.B. If you was around for the “Life and Times of Ol’Mike.B” you don’t want to miss out on this show. Hosted by Greg Stevens with performances by Adaylah Banks, Tommy Taylor Jr and Charity Sade. Get your tickets now before they sell out!!!

Tickets are available here.

HIV/AIDS Discussion
September 26, 2019

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HIV/AIDS Discussion

September 26, 2019 at 7:30PM

Pay As You Can ($5 minimum). Proceeds go towards the Whitman Walker Fund

HIV/AIDS and DC Artists present a discussion with DCAC’s Director, B Stanley, and artists on the effects of HIV/AIDS on the DC Arts Community. Reflecting on DCAC’s 30 year history – the number of artists in multiple fields that were lost to the epidemic in the 80s and 90s was particularly impactful.

Tickets are available here.