Beau Jest at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Oct 20-Nov 11

Beau Jest at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Oct 20-Nov 11

Beau Jest
By James Sherman
Directed by Norma Ozur

October 20 – November 11, 2017
October 20, 21, 27, 28, November 3, 4, 10, 11, at 8PM
Sunday matinees: October 29 and November 5 at 2PM

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Sarah’s close and loving family would certainly object — very loudly — if they were to meet her choice of boyfriend. What to do, what to do? He’s coming to celebrate Dad’s birthday! Aha! Clever Sarah has chosen a “pretend” beau that will meet with everyone’s approval! Or will he? This charming and delightful comedy may provide a solution to her dilemma.

Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult). Buy tickets here.

The Great Zucchini at the Publick Playhouse, Oct 12

The Great Zucchini at the Publick Playhouse, Oct 12

Tiny Tots Thursday:
The Great Zucchini

Thursday, October 12, 9:30 am & 11:15 am

Location: Prince George’s Publick Playhouse

Tots love this hilarious, interactive entertainer who keeps them mesmerized with magic tricks, jokes, and games. He has performed at the White House Easter Egg Roll, The Vice President’s House, embassies, and many D.C. area festivals and schools to thousands of tots who can’t stop laughing when he’s on stage.

Recommended for grades Pre-K and Kindergarten.

Tickets: $5/person

Off the Quill presents Completely Hollywood (Abridged) at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 15-23

Off the Quill presents Completely Hollywood (Abridged) at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Sep 15-23

Completely Hollywood (abridged)
By Reed Martin & Austin Tichenor
Additional Material: Dominic Conti
September 15 – 23, 2017

Friday, September 15th at 8 pm
Saturday, September 16th at 8 pm
Sunday, September 17th at 4 pm
Friday, September 22nd at 8 pm
Saturday, September 23rd at 8 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

With just 30 days between idea and execution, Off the Quill brings you Completely Hollywood, a tribute to all things Cinema. The frenetic comedy from the team that brought you the award winning Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] has the actors tackling 186 films, plus a screen mashup of their own, in just 90 minutes.

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

Tickets: $20 General Admission, $17 Student, Senior or Veteran. Click here.

Rude Mechanicals present Arden Now (As You Like It) at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Aug 18-Sep 3

Rude Mechanicals present Arden Now (As You Like It) at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Aug 18-Sep 3

The Rude Mechanicals present
Arden Now (As You Like It)
By William Shakespeare
Adapted by Melissa Schick, Diana Dzikiewicz, and The Company
Director: Melissa Schick
Assistant Director: Eric Honour
Composer: Diana Dzikiewicz

August 18 to September 3, 2017

PARENTAL ADVISORY: Recommended for ages 13 and up. This show contains profanity.

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Using William Shakespeare’s As You Like It as a framework, this play celebrates the diversity of love using modern concepts of romance, relationships, gender, and sexuality. The show takes place in a gender blank alternate universe where gendered pronouns are unnecessary. The story line is also altered to represent love in its many forms. We feature monogamous relationships, polyamorous relationships, kinky relationships, and asexual queerplatonic friendship. The show is scored with live music and we borrow songs and poems from other sources to round out the experience. You’ll even see Shakespeare in languages including Spanish, French, Tamil, Italian, and ASL. Come see the delightful chaos in the Forest of Arden, and see it resolved by Hymen, the God of Enthusiastic Consent, along with a special appearance from Orlando’s long lost sibling to wrap the whole thing up in a bow. You might even get a snack at the end, we’re just saying.

This collaborative adaptation sets Shakespeare’s As You Like It in a world where ideals of beauty and desirability are more celebratory of people’s unique individuality and where mainstream society does not attempt to impose a restrictive binary concept of gender to categorize people. Striving to tell this classic story in ways that are fully inclusive, body-positive, and sex-positive, the Rude Mechanicals have cut the original text down, made some creative edits, and have added music, movement, and poetry that express love and exuberance through a variety of times, cultures, and genres. Because if all the world’s a stage, everyone should be represented.

Ticket prices: $22 General Admission, $20 Students/Seniors/Military, $12 Youth (12 and under with adult). Buy tickets here.

Tags: Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt Maryland, Rude Mechanicals, As You Like It, William Shakespeare, Melissa Schick, Eric Honour, Diana Dzikiewicz

The Nerd by Prince George’s Little Theatre at the Bowie Playhouse, Aug 11-26

The Nerd by Prince George’s Little Theatre at the Bowie Playhouse, Aug 11-26

The Nerd
By Larry Shue
Directed by John Degnan
August 11 – 26, 2017

Prince George’s Little Theatre at the Bowie Playhouse

Now an aspiring young architect in Terre Haute, Indiana, Willum Cubbert has often told his friends about the debt he owes to Rick Steadman, a fellow ex-GI whom he has never met but who saved his life after he was seriously wounded in Vietnam. He has written to Rick to say that, as long as he is alive, “you will have somebody on Earth who will do anything for you”—so Willum is delighted when Rick shows up unexpectedly at his apartment on the night of his thirty-fourth birthday party. But his delight soon fades as it becomes apparent that Rick is a hopeless “nerd”—a bumbling oaf with no social sense, little intelligence and less tact. And Rick stays on and on, his continued presence among Willum and his friends leading to one uproarious incident after another, until the normally placid Willum finds himself contemplating violence — a dire development which, happily, is staved off by the surprising “twist” ending of the play.

Tickets for all shows: $22 Adults, $17 Seniors/18 & Under