Happy Buddha XVII: The Return,
April 11, 2015

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Happy Buddha XVII: The Return

April 11, 2015
$12 (online) $15 (at the door)/ $10 DCAC Members

Improv from nationally-­renowned improv duo: The Amie and Kristen/Kristen and Amie Show
Baltimore’s Gus
Pony! Poni! Pone!
Standup from some of the DC area’s finest!

They’re baaaaack! The Amie and Kristen Show returns to DC on April 11th, for some fabulous late night fun! Amie Roe and Kristen Schier, best friends, total babes, and awesome sauce improvisers have left local audiences in hysterics at both of the District Improv festivals and Happy Buddha, and they’re coming ’round again for what is sure to be an amazing show, and offering brand spanking new workshops for the people in the bargain!

Joining these amazing ladies are the splendiforous improvisational pride of Charm City, GUS, and two love-sexy laugh-­inducing DC troupes, Pony Poni Pone (I happen to know for a fact that one of their members has been voted ‘Sexiest Buddha in the DMV’ five times running.) and Mount Lincoln’s Beard! Our host for the evening’s festivities is the hilarious Tim D. Miller!

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/953027

Press Play Hump Days: Spring Cleaning,
April 8, 2015

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Press Play Hump Days
Spring Cleaning

April 8, 2015
Pre­sale: $10 General/ $8 DCAC Members
Door: $12 General/$10 DCAC Members

Press Play brings the comedic heat to your springtime goodness!
Come out for a fantastic night of comedy!

Michael Burgos​(one­man play) ­ Michael Burgos is an internationally acclaimed writer and performer. He holds a Diplôme from École Philippe Gaulier (Paris, France) and a B.A. in Theater from George Mason University, where he received the Chris Parsons Acting Award, the Greenspring Players Scholarship, and the Outstanding Achievement in the Major Award. In addition to studying with theater guru Philippe Gaulier, Michael trained with master teacher Dody DiSanto, a teaching protégé of the late Jacques Lecoq. Michael is a graduate of Washington Improv Theater’s Training Program and has studied at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York. While at George Mason University, he was one of the founding members of the university’s improv troupe, the Mason Improv Association. He has taught theater with Acting for Young People since 2010 and has written and directed over twenty short plays for children. Michael also holds a B.M. from Berklee College of Music and has toured with Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band.

Cake Bagel​(improv) ­ Cake Bagel is as whimsical as pink icing and as savory as smoked salmon. Or at least that’s what we tell ourselves to justify our pre-­show carbo-­loading. Formed in 2012, the troupe has logged more than two years’ worth of shows around the Washington, D.C. area, including featured appearances at Washington Improv Theater’s Seasonlal Disorder, Binge, Improvapalooza and Road Show runs. Cake Bagel has also brought its glutenous goodness to the North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival, the Chicago Improv Festival and the Del Close Marathon. Bold, character-­driven and super-­fun, a Cake Bagel show is like having your cake… and eating a bagel, too.

be E.A.S.Y dance​(dance troupe)

Press Play​(long-form improv) ­ That’s us! One of DC’s longest-running improv teams and frequent festival performers brings the comedic heat! Well, comedic spring breeze. Comedic heat for our summer shows.

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1071265
*DCAC member? Email info@dcartscenter.org for discount code

Chinese Menu,
March 21, 2015

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Chinese Menu

March 21, 2015
$10 General/ $8 DCAC Members

Simply the best improvisational comedy in DC.One of the best things about Menu shows is
that they allow for old friends to come back and visit. This month we welcome back three of
our favorites. Emlyn Mcfarlad, Mike McFarland and Taylor Durant will be in town for one night
to whoop it up with some old friends.

The cast is coming together nicely:
– Mike
– Emlyn
– Nick Murawski
– Rich Nyman
– Topher Bellavia
– Chris Ulrich
– Cara Hayes
– Catherine Deadman
– Pete Bergen
– Joe Uchno
– Kate Symes

Tickets: marchmenu.bpt.me/

In Your Ear,
March 15, 2015

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March 15
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 avant­garde tradition. Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus.

Press Play Presents: Hump Days–St. Patrick’s Day Edition,
March 11, 2015

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Press Play Presents:
Hump Days: St. Patrick’s Day Edition

March 11
Wednesday at 7:30 PM
$10 General/ $8 for DCAC Members

All audience members get 15% off a workplace improv workshop from Mindhatch (www.mindhatchllc.com)! Not only is Press Play’s St. Patrick’s Day themed show featuring some of the best comedy, music, and storytelling in DC, but we’re also giving everyone attending the show a gift. What is that gift? The gift of laughter. Wait, there’s a second gift!
Everyone coming to the Wed. March 11 show gets a scratch-­off lottery ticket. We’re going to scratch them off together all at once, creating a collective stew of hope, joy, and let’s be honest, probably mild disappointment. But mostly hope and joy.
Can we guarantee you’ll win money? No. But we can guarantee a fun time.

Our Luck­-Filled Lineup:

DEREK HILLS is a storyteller from Washington, DC and performs regularly with local heavyweights SpeakeasyDC and Story League. His first solo show ­ “No Sex, Please” ­ debuted recently at the Capital Fringe Festival. He’s now working on a new one­-act comedy called “Prison Break,” which satirizes America’s extreme sports culture and will premiere in Fall 2015.

ALEX ESPINOZA is a native DC stand up comic that has been doing comedy for 5 years. He’s also written for a local sketch comedy group, and thinks CVS receipts are ridiculously long.

UNTIL ONE DAY: Once upon a time a group of improvisers decided to start a troupe. Every two weeks they practiced narrative scenes and storytelling. Until one day they played with Press Play

FINLEY MARTIN is a Canadian­born singer songwriter whose songs blend his celtic roots with the DIY attitude of DC’s post­punk scene. You can learn more about him at www.finleymartinmusic.com.

PRESS PLAY (longform improv): That’s us! One of DC’s longest­running improv teams and frequent festival performers brings the comedic heat! Well, comedic spring breeze. Comedic heat for our summer shows.

Tickets: www.pressplaydcac.brownpapertickets.com

Theatre du Jour Presents: The Mad: A Fracking Fairytale
March 2015

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***From the Archives***

Theatre du Jour Presents:

March 6-21
Thursdays through Sundays at 7:30 pm
$20/$15 DCAC Members

It’s a tragedy for the future of humankind when big business and oil prospectors team up with a devious scheme to swindle Miss Amelia, the spinster proprietress of the Café Se Si Bon, out of her beloved café to get to the oil they believe is right under their feet. A believer in the beauty of life and the goodness of people, she is caught unaware of the very real possibility of oil derricks all around her. As her friends attempt to explain diagonal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to her she devises a plan to stop the culprits and punish them for their greed. But does she have the right to do it? Only a conference of her eccentric spinster friends can settle the matter for sure. Absurdity and hilarity ensue as this motley crew sets their sights to save humanity and punish the wicked.

Featuring Rachel Reed, Jerry Herbilla, Annetta Dexter Sawyer , Bettina Stap, Jonathan Frye,
Kathryn Winkler, Raffaela Perra O’Neill, Shawn Jain, Casey Leffue, and David Berkenbilt

Adapted and Directed by B. Stanley

Tickets: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1252961

***From The Archives***
Bare: A Pop Opera
February 19 – March 1, 2015

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***From The Archive***
Bare: A Pop Opera

February 19 – 22, February 26 – 28, March 1, 2015
$22 General/ $18 DCAC Members

Directed, Produced, Choreographed, and Designed By: Derek Critzer
Musical Direction By: Brandon Heishman

“Bare: a pop opera”, is a moving story about teens searching to find themselves, no matter what environments may oppress their individualities, and the consequences that can be involved when people are forced to be who they are not. Like Broadway’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award­ winning­hit “Doubt”, “bare” challenges religion and the values it instills.

In their senior year at St. Cecelia’s Catholic High School, several students seek to identify themselves and express their true personas despite their faiths and the social stigmas that surround them. Main characters Peter and Jason struggle to come to terms with opposing ideals of their own homosexual relationship in the views of their personal connections, but more importantly in the face of the Catholic Church, which ultimately serves as the play’s main antagonist. Meanwhile, other students are desperate to calm the tempests of their own situations—from rejection, to lost loves, to loneliness and confusion, “bare” seeks to exemplify all those who break the mold and do not fit the conventional standards of society.

Tickets: www.clandestinedc.com

5th Annual My Funny Valentine Comedy Show with Sampson McCormick,
February 15, 2015

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5th Annual My Funny Valentine Comedy Show with Sampson McCormick

February 15, 2015
$20 General/ $15 for Members

Featuring:​Sampson McCormick, Greg Stevens, Tommy Taylor, Jr., Mike “OlMikeB” Brown, Rue D., and your host, Adaylah Banks. A portion of the proceeds from this show will benefit MIRIAM’S KITCHEN.

Miriam’s Kitchen (MK), a non-­profit organization located in Washington, DC, is committed to ending chronic homelessness in DC by creating meaningful connections with chronically homeless individuals, placing them in permanent supportive housing, and ensuring they have the necessary support to remain in housing. MK advocates for permanent supportive housing as a long­-term solution, while meeting short-­term needs by providing healthy meals and high-­quality social services to more than 3,500 chronically homeless individuals each year. Please join us. We can’t end chronic homelessness in DC without you.

Tickets: http://adaylahbanks.com/mfv_tickets

In Your Ear,
February 15, 2015

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In Your Ear

February 15, 2015
$5 General / FREE DCAC Members

Each month In Your Ear features reading and performances by different sets of poets who draw on an avant-­garde tradition. This Sunday’s performance features Buck Downs, Heather Fuller, and Ryan Walker.

Curated by Meg Ronan and Tony Mancus.

More information at: dcpoetry.com/iye

Naked Girls Reading: Erotica,
January 9, 2015

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Friday January 9 at 10 PM
At the door: $25 General/ $20 DCAC Members

Start the year with our annual New Year Tradition, Naked Girls Reading Presents for your aural and visual delight and assortment of Erotica to warm those chilly January bones. We invite you to join us at our home, the DC Arts Center, to kick off 2015 with sexiness. Naked Girls Reading Presents Erotica will showcase tales of kinky tricks, lustful yearnings and a salacious rendezvous or two, if you’re lucky. Cherokee Rose is delighted to return to DCAC with the lovely GiGi Holliday, Cheri Sweetbottom, and Alice Dalring to entertain, seduce and even educate you.

Tickets: www.nakedgirlsreadingerotica2015.bpt.me