LGBTQ AF
June 23, 2019

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LGBTQ AF

Hosted by Ryan McClure

June 23, 2019 at 7:30PM

General Admission: $11.00 
DCAC Members: $8.00

LGBTQ AF is live comedy show, featuring the best LGBTQ stand-up, storytelling, improv, and sketch performers in the DMV area. Rising LGBTQ talent is also spotlighted. LGBTQ AF is the only indie comedy show in the DMV area with an all LGBTQ line-up. Their awesome line-up features: Kelsie Anderson, Katie Zane, Andie Basto, Heather Marie Vitale, Nik Snow, Gina Brown, Shawn Fisher, Oona MacDougall, Elizabeth Norman and Sharon & Karen. This show is going to be amazing – you should come! 

Tickets are available here

Naked Girls Reading: Mystery Edition
June 21, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading Presents Mystery Edition

Saturday, June 21 at 10:00PM

DCAC Members $17.60 presale/ $21.60 day of show

Gen Admission $22 presale/ $27 day of show

The game is afoot! Don your deerstalker, grab your magnifying lens and join your Naked Girl sleuths as they read their favorite tales of whodunits, capers and thrillers! Cherokee Rose is delighted to present Alice Darling, Cherie Sweetbottom, and Callie Pigeon for this enigmatic brainteaser. 

Tickets are available here.

Holly Bass Presents: Pretending to be a Rock
June 20, 2019

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Holly Bass & Maps Glover Present: Pretending to be a Rock

June 20, 2019 at 6pm

FREE

Sherman Fleming and Holly Bass return to DCAC for The Black Overlay, an exhibition and a series of performances. In 1997, Bass witnessed Fleming’s iconic performance art work Pretending to be a Rock in DCAC’s black box theater. Bass will re-perform two of Fleming’s early performances, inverting the gender dynamic and exploring how the visual presence of a female body impacts the perception of masculine actions. The exhibition also includes Fleming’s ongoing series, Infiinite Desire, a selected group of collage-based figurative abstractions.

TOTAL LOSS: A Comedy Show About Death
June 19, 2019

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Will Martin Presents TOTAL LOSS: A Comedy Show About Death

June 19, 2019 at at 7:00PM

$10 pre-sale and $15 at the door ($8/$10 for DCAC members)

Total Loss is a comedy show about death that The Boston Globe calls “a must-see.” Will Martin’s car died, his friend died, his new car died, then his brother died. The story became Total Loss: a tale of road trips, diner coffee, and a dive bar in Montana. Half comedy show, half tribute, Total Loss is about the thing we never joke about and one thing we all have in common. It’s Mike Birbiglia by way of Sarah Silverman. After a sold out run in New England he’s taking it on the road again.

Tickets are available here.

Laugh Index Theatre: Sh!t Show!
June 15, 2019

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Laugh Index Theatre: Sh!t Show

June 15, 2019

$12 General/$10 DCAC Members

Sh!t Show is LIT’s annual late-night experimental comedy showcase; stay up late and check out the finest assortment of half-baked ideas you’ll ever encounter!

Tickets are available here.

Chinese Menu: Oops
June 7, 2019

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Chinese Menu Oops

June 7, 2019 at 10pm

$10 General/$8 DCAC Members

So… We had a special guest reach out to us about coming down so we booked our space. Sadly they had another opportunity come up and they could not make it. That leaves us on the hook for the theater rental and allows the DC community another chance to see the most fun improv show in town.

Here is who you get this time: Katie Webster, Kate Symes, Dave Johnson, Molly Murchie, Eva Lewis, Topher Bellavia, Greer Smith, Pete Bergen, Ken Hays, Katie Rogers, Cara Hayes, Caroline Petit & more to come!
(cast subject to change)

Tickets are available here.

Holly Bass Presents: Performance of Something Akin to Living
June 1, 2019

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Performance of Something Akin to Living: Friday, June 1, 5-5:30pm featuring Holly Bass & Wilmer Wilson IV

FREE

Performance synopsis: Something Akin To Living (1979). A collaborator (Wilmer Wilson) measures, saws and fits 40 pieces of wood slats between the performer (Holly Bass) and two support columns so that the performer has to use her body to literally hold everything together.

Rainbow Theatre Project: Stonewall 50
May 31 – June 2, 2019

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Rainbow Theatre Project Presents: Stonewall 50

May 31 – June 2, 2019 at 7:30pm

Door: $35 General / $28 DCAC Members

The Stonewall riots were a series of spontaneous demonstrations by members of the gay (LGBTQ) community against a police raid that took place in the early morning hours of June 28, 1969, at the Stonewall Inn in New York City. They are widely considered to be the most important event leading to the gay liberation movement and the modern fight for LGBTQ rights in the United States.

Join us for Stonewall 50: Rainbow Theatre Project’s eclectic celebration of the 50th anniversary of Stonewall. An evening of theatre, poetry and song! Directed by Stephanie Kelly.

Ticket are available here.

In Your Ear
May 19, 2019

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In Your Ear

May 19, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the Door/Free to DCAC Members

Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards!

Lucy Biederman is the author of The Walmart Book of the Dead, which won the 2017 Vine Leaves Press Vignette Award and was a Finalist for the Foreword Book of the Year in the Fantasy category. She has written four chapbooks of poetry, and her short stories, essays, and poems have appeared in The Collagist, AGNI, Ploughshares, and Pleiades. Her scholarship, which has been published in The Henry James Review, Women’s Studies, The Emily Dickinson Journal, and Studies in the Literary Imagination, focuses on how contemporary American women writers interpret their literary forebears. She is an assistant professor of creative writing at Heidelberg University in Tiffin, Ohio.

Dr. Irène P. Mathieu is a pediatrician and writer. She is the author of Grand Marronage (Switchback Books, 2019), orogeny (Trembling Pillow Press, 2017), and the galaxy of origins (dancing girl press, 2014). Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Boston Review, Southern Humanities Review, Los Angeles Review, Callaloo, TriQuarterly, and elsewhere. Irène is on the editorial boards of Muzzle Magazine and the Journal of General Internal Medicine’s humanities section. A member of Jack Jones Literary Arts’ speakers bureau, she has received Fulbright and Callaloo fellowships. Her Twitter handle is @gumbo_amando

Rod Smith is the author of Touché (Wave Books, 2015), What’s the Deal? (Song Cave, 2010), Deed (University of Iowa Press, 2007), Protective Immediacy (Roof Books, 1999), In Memory of My Theories (O Books, 1996), and several other books and chapbooks. He edits the journal Aerial, publishes Edge Books, and manages Bridge Street Books in Washington, DC. He has taught writing at the Corcoran School of Art & Design, George Mason University, the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently teaches at the Maryland Institute College of Art. His work appears in The Penguin Book of the Prose Poem (2019), Flarf: An Anthology of Flarf (2017), American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (2009), and several other journals and anthologies.Smith edited The Selected Letters of Robert Creeley (University of California Press, 2014) with Peter Baker and Kaplan Harris.

Indran Amirthanayagam (www.indranmx.com) writes poetry in English, Spanish, French, Haitian Creole and Portuguese. He has published fourteen books thus far, including the recently released Coconuts On Mars (www.paperwall.in), his latest in Spanish Ventana Azul, in French Il n’est de solitude que l’ile lointaine, The Splintered Face: Tsunami Poems and Uncivil War.  Mr.Amirthanayagam’s first book The Elephants of Reckoning won the 1994 Paterson Poetry Prize. He has received fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts, the US/Mexico Fund for Culture and the Macdowell Colony. His poem Juarez won the Juegos Florales of Guaymas, Mexico In 2005.

Chinese Menu: Comedy Birthday Show
May 10, 2019

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Chinese Menu Comedy Birthday Show!

May 10, 2019 at 10PM

The best improvisers from DC and beyond play on the Menu. This time they are coming together to have fun and celebrate the birthday of Menu founder Pete Bergen. Pete wants to have fun and having a killer show with great people is as good a way to celebrate as any. Joining Peteon stage will be some of the best, including Greer Smith, Kate Symes, Joe Randazzo, Eva Lewis, Heather Moyer, Kathryn Carlsen, Caroline Petit, Mikael Johnson and more!

Tickets are available here

Washington Improv Theater: May Road Show
May 2 – 26, 2019

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Washington Improv Theater: May Road Show

May 2, 3, 4, 5, 9, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 23, 24, 25 & 26, 2019

Online Pre-Sale: $15
Door: $18 General / $12 DCAC Members (email wit@witdc.org for code)

Spring is coming. And it will be epic at Washington Improv Theater.

Dive into adventure with WIT’s Debut of Day of Thones, a riff on HBO’s Game of Thrones. Conceived by Mary Lauran Hall and Michael Hendrix, Day of Thrones makes the bravado of the fantasy phenomenon TV show a little more relatable.

Every Sunday during the run, you can follow your heart with WIT’s romantic comedy Improv Actually. From meet-cutes to “happily ever after,” you’ll see the whole romance play out before you.

Tickets are available here.

Laugh Index Theatre
May 1 – 22, 2019

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Three’s Company: May 1 & 8, 2019 at 8:00PM

IMPROV WARS: May 11, 2019 at 3:00PM

House Comics Show: May 15, 2019 at 10:00PM

Sketch Night:  May 22, 2019 at 8:00PM

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

LGBTQ AF
April 28, 2019

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LGBTQ AF

Hosted by Ryan McClure.
Booth Operator: Elizabeth Fulton

April 28, 2019 at 7:30pm

LGBTQ AF is having a bi-monthly live comedy show featuring the best LGBTQ-identifying stand-up, storytelling, improv, and sketch performers in the DMV area. Rising LGBTQ talent will also be spotlighted. This is the only regularly occurring comedy show in the DMV area with an all LGBTQ line-up.

The awesome April line-up features Geoff Corey – Storytelling, Jonathan Horsford – Stand-up, Ugh – Improv, Miranda Pennington – Stand-up, Joyce Rebar – Stand-up, The Plumbers – Improv and more!

Tickets are available here.

In Your Ear
April 21, 2019

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In Your Ear

April 21, 2019 at 3:00PM

$5 at the door + Tips for the authors are appreciated // FREE to DCAC Members / Hang out at Songbyrd afterwards

Katy Bohinc is a poet and data scientist based in NYC. Publisher’s Weekly describes her most recent title, Scorpio (Miami University Press, 2018) as “an astute, witty, feminist collection.” She is also the author of Trinity Star Trinity (Scarlet Imprint, 2017) and Dear Alain (Tender Buttons Press, 2014).

Pamela Woolford is a filmmaker, writer, and performer whose work is especially concerned with the lives of black women and girls and others whose joy, history, and inner life are underexplored in American media and popular art. She has been a Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award winner for screenwriting, a 2018 North Beach American Film Festival Jury Award winner for her film Generation, a 2018 Experimental Forum Honorary Mention Awardee for her “vision and the film’s unique contribution to cinema,” and a recipient of a 2018 Canada Shorts Award of Commendation, among other honors. She bases the script for Generation on her short story “Just After Supper,” nominated for a 2018 Pushcart Prize by novelist and Pushcart Prize editor Mark Wisniewski.

Washington D.C. native Morowa Yejide’s novel Time of the Locust was a 2012 finalist for the PEN/Bellwether Prize and the 2015 PEN/Bingham award, and was 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 is a PEN/Faulkner Writers in Schools and Hurston/Wright Foundation Workshop author. She lives in the D.C. area with her husband and three sons. Her next novel is forthcoming through Akashic Books.

Tickets are available here.

Life Advice: A Sketch Comedy Show
April 19 – 20, 2019

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Life Advice: A Sketch Comedy Show

April 19 – 20, 2019

Door: $15 General / $10 DCAC Members

Oh man is this sketch comedy like you’ve never seen it before.  Funny and irreverent.  Not the kind of comedy your grandma likes.  It’s the kind your crazy great aunt likes. Dark comedy exploring the (un)importance of men. Join us, will you?

Tickets are available here.

Naked Girls Reading: A Night At The Movies
April 12, 2019

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Naked Girls Reading: A Night At The Movies

Friday, April 12 at 7:30 pm 

$25 General/ $20 for DCAC Members

Who doesn’t love a good movie? Your resident Naked Girls are no different. However, they are far fonder of the tales, legends, graphics, and novels that brought these Hollywood blockbusters into existence. Join us as we pop some popcorn and enjoy an all-new evening of in-the-buff readings exclusively at The Sexology Institute! $15 single ticket, $25 couple’s ticket, and receive 20% off purchases.

Tickets are available here.

Laugh Index Theatre
April 10 – 27, 2019

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House Comics Show: April 10, 2019 at 8:00PM

IMPROV WARS: April 13, 2019 at 3:00PM

Sketch Night:  April 24, 2019 at 8:00PM

FEMIN-EDY & DUDE-EDY: April 26 & 27, 2019 at 10:00PM

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

Annika B. Lewis: Oppressive Mechanics
April 7 – 8, 2019

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Annika B. Lewis: Oppressive Mechanics

A collaboration with DC Arts Center, The Danish Embassy and The Swedish Embassy. Supported by Kassandra Production and The Danish Arts Foundation

Sunday, April 7 at 7:30 pm; Monday, April 8 at 7:30 pm

$15 General/ $12 for DCAC Members

Welcome to this work-in-progress and ARTivistic encounter where everything can happen!

You are invited as guests to feast on dismantling oppressive mechanics.
Together, we will explore possible strategies through an artistic creative dialogue regarding these questions:
How can we change from exploitation to respect, from narcissism to empathy, from destruction to creativity, from pain to pleasure, from consumption to generosity, from oppression to freedom?

Oppressive Mechanics is initiated by the Scandinavian-American performance artist Annika B. Lewis in a co-creation with DC based fine artist Anna U Davis, sex educator Laura Zam, multi-talented musician Jamal Gray, Baltimore based dance artist Vincent Thomas, and guests.

Tickets are available here.

Rainbow Theatre Project: Clothes For A Summer Hotel
April 4 – 28, 2019

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Rainbow Theatre Project: Clothes For A Summer Hotel

Directed by Greg Stevens.

April 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 25, 26, 27, & 28, 2019 at 7:30PM

Door: $35 General / $28 DCAC Members

The Rainbow Theatre Project presents Clothes for a Summer Hotel, by legendary writer Tennessee Williams. Clothes for a Summer Hotel is Tennessee Williams’ evocative “ghost play” about the tumultuous marriage and creative lives of Zelda & Scott Fitzgerald. Filled with music and dance of the jazz age, the play fuses the past and the present in a theatrical tour-de-force as Zelda and Scott re-visit their youth and the ghosts of characters (including Ernest Hemingway) who helped shape their existence.

Tickets are available here.