Chinese Menu: Home for the Holidays
December 23, 2018

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Chinese Menu: Home for the Holidays

December 23, 2018
Sunday at 7:30pm
$10 General / $8 Pre-Sale & Members

This annual show reunites some of DC’s most fun and accomplished ex-pats with some of the most fun players here in town. Tickets available soon but mark your calendar and don’t miss: Stephanie Anderson, Patrick Gantz, Erica Geiser, Rachel Showalter, Shawn Westfall, Eva Lewis, Mikael Johnson & Joe Randazzo

More to come!
(Cast subject to change)

Tickets available here.

Laugh Index Theatre: HOT SPOT
December 22 & 29, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
HOT SPOT

December 22 & 29, 2018

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

One night only!  It’s LIT’s musical comedy show! You’ll hear funny songs from our Laugh Index Players plus you’ll see them perform musical improv and musical sketch!  This show is so much fun it will hit your hot spot!  There will also be a jam at the end of the show! The 10 pm show features special guest Julian Stern.

Tickets available here. 

LIT: A Hot & Sweaty Holiday 
December 22, 2018

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Laugh Index Theatre Presents:
A Hot & Sweaty Holiday 

December 22, 2018

Saturday at 3pm & 5pm
Online Pre-Sale: $20, Door: $25

Nine times the charm and holiday spirit of its predecessors, the ninth annual “A Hot & Sweaty Holiday” will have nine times the laughs! You’ll laugh so hard you’ll sweat the holiday pounds away, and your ticket purchase will help Bread for the City.

Each show is ninety minutes long with no intermission.

Tickets available here. 

In Your Ear
December 16, 2018

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In Your Ear

December 16

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Merry Christmas! In Your Ear will do an old fashioned group reading this December.

Please join us to hear poetry by Rod Smith, Buck Downs, Leslie Bumstead, Phyllis Rosenzwieg, Hope LeGro, Jennifer DePalma, Casey Smith & more!

We’ll head to Songbyrd after the reading to grab a bite and a pint.

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. Curated by Bevil Townsend with social media coordinated by K. Lorraine Graham.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

AnyStage Theater: Watergate…With Puppets!
November 30 – December 15, 2018

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AnyStage Theater:

Watergate…With Puppets!

Starring Melissa Carter, Sheryl Mebane, Alec Scheller, and Zachery Smith
Written By John-Nicholas Walsh; Movement Directed By Marshall Betz; Directed By John-Nicholas Walsh and Kirsten Grady

November 30-December 2, 2018
Friday-Sunday at 7:30pm

December 14 & 15
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 3pm & 7:30pm

$15 General/ $12 for DCAC Members

Yep, it’s exactly what it sounds like. AnyStage Theater presents the story of Nixon’s last days in the White House- featuring puppets, humans, and a giant rubber fish! Watergate… With Puppets! is not affiliated with (or supported by) The Jim Henson Company, The Muppets, or Sesame Street. Visit AnyStageDC.com to learn more.

Tickets available here. 

Camille Roberts and Friends
December 13, 2018

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Camille Roberts and Friends

December 13

Thursday at 7:30pm
$5 General/ $3 for DCAC Members

A night of stand up from three up and coming in the DMV: Camille Roberts, Sarah Roche, and Katie McKelvie 

Tickets available at the door. h

The DC Center: DC Queer Theatre Festival
December 7 & 8, 2018

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The DC Center: 

DC Queer Theatre Festival

December 7 & 8, 2018
Friday at 7:30pm
Saturday at 3pm & 7:30pm

$20 General/ $15 for DCAC Members

Founded in 2012, the DC Queer Theatre Festival is dedicated to unleashing and celebrating the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and area.By featuring new plays with themes relevant to the DC area and local artists with roots in the community, the DC Queer Theatre Festival combines quality theatre with activism and charity. The 2012 and 2013 DC Queer Theatre Festivals partnered with The DC Center for the LGBT Community, raising money for and awareness of the essential services The DC Center provides to the LGBTQ communities in Washington, DC.

Our mission is to unleash and celebrate the underrepresented voices and diversity of our artists, audiences, and community.

Tickets available here.

Rainbow Theatre Project: A Deafening Sound
November 23 & 24, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

A Deafening Sound

a cabaret directed & performed by Jeffrey Higgins

November 23 & 24, 2018
Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

On November 8th, 2015 Jeffrey Higgins was fired from his singing job in the Archdiocese of Washington for being a gay, married man. After a short battle with the Church, Jeffrey left music behind, finding it too painful to relive his sacking with every note he sang. A Deafening Soundis his return to the musical world. Using music from several genres, Jeffrey will tell a deeply personal story of shame, depression, love, and the climb back to stable ground.

Tickets available here. 

 

Chinese Menu: Luke Null season 43 of SNL
October 28, 2018

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Chinese Menu March

October 28, 2018
Sunday at 10pm
$10 General / $8 Pre-Sale & Members

For those of you that don’t know, Chinese Menu Comedy put on a rock star mash up improv show for about 10 years. The show was a great outlet for old school players unable to commit to the grind of the improv style dues to geography or kids. We also enjoyed folding in newer players on the scene and giving hundreds of people in the community a chance to get together and play. Sometimes with some of the biggest out of town names in improv. We stopped our monthly show in the spring but we left the door open for “big deal or special occasion” shows. We think this one qualifies.
Luke Null (Saturday Night Live season 43 cast member and Chicago improviser) is in town and jumping on the Menu. Some great people are coming out to play with him.
The (tentative) cast includes:

– Luke Null (IO alum and season 43 cast member of SNL. loves the Bengals. from Cincinnati. great eyes.

– Denny Johnson (nice. pure joy. except when he’s not. Menu hall of Famer, Commonwealth alum, currently killing it with To Be Frank)

– Katie Carson Phillips (161 Alum, 1/3 of the all time great team, that person that we wish were available more. Biscuitville, pure joy. on our Mount Rushmore of DC improvisers)

– Jules Duffy (Chicago trained. Commonwealth alum. one of the smartest players around. so damn nice. until you’re a jerk)

– Donna Steele (RVA alum. plays with everyone. coaches everyone, takes great photos. very nice but will not hesitate to have a hard chat with you. sneaky young)

– Mikael Johnson (gadfly. one of the best teachers ever. Menu Hall Of Famer. honest to a fault. great dad. curious facial hair)

– Colin Murchie (161 Alum, “nobody has more vocabulary instantly available”- Shawn Westfall. intimidatingly smart. ju-jitsu devotee. elaborate scene painter. Also sneaky young.

– Justine Hipsky (Part of the Hellcat mob. educator. woke AF. cool pets. intimidatingly cool boyfriend.)

– Dan Milliken (IMusical mainstay, great coach, extraordinary server, looks bad in drag but is handsome AF

– Dots Thomas (plays with GUS, super handsome, loves BBQ, Naval officer, smarter than most.

– Pete Bergen- (whatever)

We have some invites out and will report back with a ticket link once the cast is filled out!
Until then plan on staying up a little later on the 28th!

Tickets available here.

WIT Presents: Road Show 
October 25 – November 18, 2018

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Washington Improv Theatre Presents:
Road Show 

October 25 – November 18
Thursdays – Sundays at 7:30pm

October 27 & November 3
Saturday at 10pm

November 9 – 17
Saturday & Sunday at 10pm

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

What will happen at the WIT Road Show? Your guess is as good as ours! WIT’s company ensembles and special guests take over DC Arts Center in Adams Morgan with our thrilling, unpredictable performances! Each show’s line-up is unique and every performance is one-of-a-kind.

Tickets & more info available here. 

In Your Ear: Julie Carr, Chris Nelson, & Edwin Torres
November 18, 2018

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In Your Ear

November 18
Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Please join us for In Your Ear’s November reading & please hang out for Drinks / Coffee afterwards at Songbyrd

Julie Carr’s most recent books are Objects from a Borrowed Confession and the essay collection, Someone Shot My Book. A mixed-genre work, Real Life: An Installation, is due out in 2018. She lives in Denver where she helps to run Counterpath and teaches at the University of Colorado in Boulder.

Chris Nealon is Professor of English at Johns Hopkins University. He is the author of two books of criticism, Foundlings: Lesbian and Gay Historical Emotion before Stonewall (Duke, 2001) and The Matter of Capital: Poetry and Crisis in The American Century (Harvard, 2011), and three books of poetry: The Joyous Age (Black Square Editions, 2004), Plummet (Edge Books, 2009) and Heteronomy (Edge, 2014). He recently completed a new manuscript, The Shore. He is currently at work on a critique of academic antihumanism. He lives in Washington, DC.

Edwin Torres is a New York City native and the author of eight books of poetry including, Ameriscopia (University of Arizona Press), The PoPedology of an Ambient Language (Atelos Books), and most recently XoeteoX: the infinite word object (Wave Books). Anthologies include: American Poets in the 21st Century (Vol. 4): Global Poetics, Who Will Speak For America, and Aloud: Voices From The Nuyorican Poets Café. His current 4-year project has been editing The Body In Language: An Anthology, forthcoming in 2019 from Counterpath Press.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

 

In Your Ear: Sepideh Jodeyri & Daniel D’Angelo
October 21, 2018

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In Your Ear

October 21

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

We’re back! It’s kind of like a Pop-Up event, only we always meet on 3rd Sundays 🙂

Join us for the October installment of In Your Ear to hear two wonderful local poets. $5 at the Door (proceeds split between artists and DCAC), plus, we encourage tipping so that we may pay our artists a little extra.

Sepideh Jodeyri is a winner of the Jovellanos International Poetry Prize, ‘The Best Poem in the World’ in 2015 for one of her poems, Chãk, and a graduate in chemical engineering from Iran University of Science and Technology. Jodeyri has published several works, including six poetry collections, a collection of short stories and an anthology of her poems. Her articles and interviews have been published in Iranian newspapers and magazines as well as European ones. She has also translated poetry books by Edgar Allan Poe and Jorge Luis Borges as well as the graphic novel Blue Is the Warmest Color by Julie Maroh into Persian.

Daniel D’Angelo’s poetry has appeared in The Collagist, alice blue, B O D Y, and elsewhere. He lives in D.C., thinks he works to advance and sustain higher education institutions, and juggles a few poetry manuscripts.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

 

darlingdance: LOAD
October 5 & 11, 2018

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darlingdance & Eames Armstrong

LOAD

Friday, October 5 at 8pm
Thursday, October 11 at 8pm

$23 General / $20 DCAC Members

darlingdance presents LOAD, choreographed in collaboration with painter Eames Armstrong. A soft exploration of self and others, the intention of touch, physical and emotional weight bearing, collapsing and congealing structures of support, butts, and shared space, time, and body. LOAD features music by local electronic and experimental musicians Antonia (Adriana-Lucia Cotes), PraxisCat (Christine Paluch), and Radiator Greys (Josh Levi).

 

Tickets available here.

Marimba Cabaret 
September 27, 2018

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Marimba Cabaret  

September 27, 2018
Thursday at 7:30pm
$15 / $10 DCAC Members & Students

Come out of the musical closet with Brian & Erika! Marimba Cabaret is what happens when two classically-trained percussionists with a love of showtunes and shoes put on a show. Brian embraces his love of karaoke, marimba and heels, while Erika loves arranging awesomely bad songs for percussion and her voice. Together, they present a dynamic show full of musical theater, pop covers and guilty pleasures re-imagined for marimba, percussion and their voices.

Winner of the 2017 Critic’s Choice Award at PortFringe Theater Festival, Marimba Cabaret is a refreshing take on unexpected songs and stories. Audience members say “it’s a fabulous time” and “fun, unexpected, inventive, and full of heart!” Guaranteed to make you laugh, cry, and sing along, there’s something for everyone in this eclectic evening of mash-ups and marimba covers.

Tickets available here.

The Klunch: How to Win a Race War
September 21- October 20, 2018

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The Klunch:
How to Win a Race War 

Written & Directed by: Ian Allen

September 21: Friday at 7:30pm
September 22: Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
September 23: Sunday at 2:30pm
September 28 – 30: Friday – Sunday at 7:30pm
October 6: Saturday at 2:30pm & 7:30pm
October 7: Sunday at 2:30pm
October 12 – 13: Friday & Saturday at 7:30pm
October 14: Sunday at 2:30pm
October 19: Friday at 7:30pm
October 20: Saturday at 7:30pm

$25 General / $20 DCAC Members
$40 Premium / $30 DCAC Members

Things take a darkly hilarious turn this fall, with the highly-anticipated world premiere of Ian Allen’s How to Win a Race War. The three-part comic satire, replete with song-and-dance numbers, and clocking in at three hours plus, is a parody of white supremacist “race war” fiction, which has proliferated in the years since Timothy McVeigh named William Pierce’s The Turner Diaries as inspiration for his brutal 1995 bombing of a federal building in Oklahoma City. How to Win a Race War takes the audience on an epic journey from one end of the white supremacist bookcase to the other: from the fear of slave rebellions in the antebellum South, to the militant skinhead scene of 1990’s Boston, and waaaay beyond – into a liberal dystopian future packed with the sort of orchestrated chaos we are seeing from these dangerous groups today. Part satire, part exposé, and part horror show, How to Win a Race War is guaranteed to be an experience like no other.

For audiences ages 18+

Tickets available here.
*DCAC Members: For promo code please email info@dcartscenter.org or call 202-462-7833 during open hours Wed-Sun 2-7pm. 

In Your Ear
September 16, 2018

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In Your Ear

September 16

Sunday at 3 pm
$5 General/ FREE for DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-garde tradition. Curated by Bevil Townsend with social media coordinated by K. Lorraine Graham.

Buck Downs’ latest book is a selected poems, Unintended Empire: 1989-2012, just out from Furniture Press Books. He lives in the neighborhood east of Capitol Hill known as Stadium City and works as a writer and writing coach.

John Most is the author of Field, Timetable, Atelier, and Persephone. John’s latest video poem, co-written with Pauline Oliveros, is “In Absentia.” John lives in Crozet, Virginia. www.johnmost.com

Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejidé’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize, longlisted for the 2015 PEN/Bingham award, and a 2015 NAACP Image Award Nominee for Outstanding Literary Work. Her stories have appeared in the Adirondack Review, the Istanbul Review, and others.  Her short story “Tokyo Chocolate” was nominated for a Pushcart Prize, anthologized by Britain’s best of the Willesden Herald, and praised by the Japan Times. She received her MFA from Wilkes University and is currently a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Her next novel is forthcoming through Akashic Books.

In Your Ear poetry series is generously sponsored by Bridge Street Books.

Tickets available here. 

Photo Credit: Michael Geffner||The Inspired Word NYC

Felicitations
September 8, 2018

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Felicitations

September 8, 2018

Friday at 10pm
$5 General/ $2 for DCAC Members

Felicitations is an improv show focused on the joy of community, the double-edge nature of uncertainty, and the inevitability of change. Showcasing the breadth and depth of talent in the DC scene, this show will feature new combinations of improvisers and will explore the essence of improv: mining the richness of each and every moment. This show embraces the “both, and” of improv and life. With every choice, there is opportunity, and each change carries with it both celebration and lamentation. Audience participation is highly encouraged!

Tickets available here. 

 

Naked Girls Reading: Reading Banned Books
August 24, 2018

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Naked Girls Reading Presents:
Reading Banned Books

August 24

Friday at 10pm
At the door: $27 General/ $22 DCAC Members and Presale

There is nothing more subversive than reading banned books. Except maybe reading them naked…in public! Haters be damned, we’re doing it. Cherie Sweetbottom, GiGi Holliday, Alice Darling and Sucre a la Creme are stripping down at the DC Arts Center to show you why these pieces of literary rebellion are important.

Seating is limited, so advanced ticketing is suggested.

Tickets available here. 

Rainbow Theatre Project: In the Closet
August 16 – September 15, 2018

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Rainbow Theatre Project:

In the Closet

A World Premiere directed by H. Lee Gable

August 16 – August 18
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm

August 23 – September 2
Thursday – Sunday at 7:30pm

August 27: Monday at 7:30pm

September 6 – 8
Thursday – Saturday at 7:30pm
September 9: Sunday at 3pm

Saturday September 15 at 7:30pm

$35 General/ $30 for DCAC Members

The season will kick off in August with the world premiere production of Siegmund Fuchs’ In the Closet, a metaphysical comedy that follows four men, each living during a different time period, as they look at their lives in the place where all gay men begin, in the closet.

Tickets available here.