Happenstance Theater presents Juxtapose at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Jan 17-19

Happenstance Theater presents Juxtapose at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Jan 17-19

Happenstance Theater: JUXTAPOSE

Friday, January 17th at 8 pm
Saturday, January 18th at 2 pm
Saturday, January 18th at 8 pm
Sunday, January 19th at 2 pm

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

The Happenstance Theater quintet is developing a Theatrical Collage inspired by the works of Joseph Cornell. Using the manipulation of objects, puppetry, physical theatre, theatrical clown, and vintage spectacle, we will conjure portals for the audience to engage their imaginations and build stories. It will not follow a linear narrative, but will instead be a series of highly visual vignettes woven together by a thematic thread and consistent historical aesthetic.

The piece will seek to unify the audience by illustrating our common humanity and reminding viewers of our universally shared condition, mortality. The hope is that through this theatrical journey, audiences might feel buoyed by the limitless possibilities of imagination.

Please note this is a NEW work-in-process that has only begun development right here at Joe’s on January 6th. The audience is invited to stay for talk-backs after all the performances to give the artists your candid (but loving) feedback. Performance is appropriate for families but not meant to be a “kids” show.

This performance is made possible by funding from the Maryland State Arts Council Maryland Touring Grant.

ATTENTION FAMILIES!
There will be a FREE hands-on puppet engagement activity at 11 am. Learn more about this most magical and memorable art form, create and play with puppets with Happenstance Theater’s master puppeteers.

Tickets, Adults: $13, Seniors/Students $7. Click here.

Walk Two Moons at the Bowie CPA, Jan 12

Walk Two Moons at the Bowie CPA, Jan 12

National Players present:
Walk Two Moons
By Tom Arvetis, based on the novel by Sharon Creech
Directed by Jenna Duncan

Sunday, January 12 at 4:00pm

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $5 students, $10 adults. Click here.

Based on Sharon Creech’s Newbery Medal-winning novel, this play tells the story of 13 year old Sal, who is driving cross country with her grandparents in search of her mother – and along the way meets many eccentric characters. None more so than Phoebe – Sal’s best friend and the main character in the stories she tells to entertain her grandparents. Phoebe’s story bursts with wild conspiracy theories of her own missing mother, which helps Sal confront her own loss. But with a deadline looming, Sal might not make it in time to reunite with the one person she wants to find most. Told primarily through memory, National Players weaves together a story that is both heartrending and heartwarming.

NOTE FROM THE ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
So much of art and media when I was growing up taught me that grief was an event you experienced all at once and at some point reached the other side. Both I and Sal, our protagonist in Walk Two Moons, have experienced that there is nothing about grief that concludes at any point. More often, grief is your once-tiny life being broken open by the unknown and often unexpected, then spending the rest of that life growing, shifting, laughing at, building on, learning from, hating, appreciating, loving, and wrestling with that intrusion. What Walk Two Moons shows us so beautifully is that everyone experiences their own form of this; their own life expanding before they are ready. It reminds us that if we’re going to have our grief be a part of us forever, we ought to take a page from Sal’s book and walk more often in the shoes of others. Why spend our whole lives siloed in our own battles when we could open ourselves to an empathy that may allow us to understand one another better and help us discover we may not be as alone as we thought? Jenna Duncan, Director, Walk Two Moons.

I love road trips. I love knowing that there’s a destination so far away that you have to measure the trip in days and not just hours. I love watching this incredible country reveal itself to you as you round corners, crest hilltops, and emerge through tunnels. I love being in a car with people and growing closer to them by sharing stories, playing silly games, singing along to songs, or simply sitting quietly and listening to the road. Road trips change people, as Sal and her grandparents certainly experience during the course of Walk Two Moons, Tom Arvetis’ beautiful adaptation of the Sharon Creech novel. Through the course of Sal’s road trip she shares fantastical stories about her friends, learns profound lessons, and works through her own sense of loss and anger since her mother left on her own cross-country trip and didn’t return. We are delighted to share this story with you, and we hope you enjoy this journey. If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to me at jkj@nationalplayers.org. Jason King Jones, Artistic Director, National Players

Family Affair 2 Holiday Edition at the Bowie CPA, Dec 15

Family Affair 2 Holiday Edition at the Bowie CPA, Dec 15

A Timeless Entertainment Produciton
Family Affair 2 Holiday Edition
Joy is Pain

Sunday, December 15, 2019 at 5:00pm

Location: Bowie Center for the Performing Arts.

Tickets: $40. Click here.

First Baptist Church of Glenarden presents The Uncut Coming of Christ, Dec 14-22

First Baptist Church of Glenarden presents The Uncut Coming of Christ, Dec 14-22

The First Baptist Church of Glenarden presents
The Uncut Coming of Christ
A Live Story from the Streets of Bethlehem
Written & Directed by Joshua Jenkins & Co-Directed & Original Music by Anthony Brown
December 14 – 22, 2019

Saturdays, Dec. 14 & 21 at 12pm & 6pm
Sundays, Dec. 14 & 22 at 6:30pm
Doors open one hour early for the fabulous Bethlehem marketplace, with live animals, biblical characters, activities, giveaways and more!

Free admission.

Featuring: Kim Burrell, Le’Andria Johnson and The Shelby Five

Description:
This timeless story, set more than 2,000 years ago, captures the birth of Christ and brings the town of Bethlehem to life! This free musical extravaganza displays the story of God’s redeeming love, told through comedy, dance and profound songs. Now in its seventh season, The Uncut Coming of Christ has become a favorite holiday family tradition and continues to add new twists each year. Visitors to the FBCG Worship Center are transported through time upon entering the Great Halls, which have been transformed into the Bethlehem marketplace.

Be sure to arrive one hour before the play to experience all the sights, sounds and smells. Have you ever wondered what life was like back then? Ever been curious about what the people wore or what they ate? You’ll find out during the fabulous pre-show production! Shepherds, Roman soldiers and regular townspeople will serve as your guide through the “city streets,” where you’ll see vendors, wares and much more.

In Galilee, a virgin named Mary was engaged to a carpenter named Joseph. An angel visited Mary one night and said she would be impregnated by the Holy Spirit, give birth to a son and name him Jesus. Mary couldn’t believe it, asking the angel, “How can this be?” The angel told her “Nothing is impossible with God.” The Uncut Coming of Christ puts a modern-day twist on these biblical events, bringing the timeless love story to life with vigor and vitality.

You’ll witness the love and respect between Mary and her fiancé, Joseph, who was less than thrilled at first when he learned his bride-to-be was with child. You’ll also see the Holy Spirit’s power and presence in their lives. With an abundance of original scores, The Uncut Coming of Christ takes the audience on a dramatic, fantastical journey through the streets of Bethlehem!

FBCG will be providing shuttles to The Uncut Coming of Christ performances at the Largo Town Center and New Carrollton Metro stations and the Bowie Seniors Center. See: http://fbcglenarden.org/uncut/ for more details.

Temple at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 13

Temple at Joe’s Movement Emporium, Dec 13

NextLOOK: Chitra Subramanian
Temple

Friday, December 13, 2019 . 7PM

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium

Temple shines the spotlight on the fraying of public life and the growing reality that people participate in institutions less and less. Through the language of Indian Dance and Hip-Hop culture, Chitra Subramanian will explore the experiences and stories of her South Asian immigrant journey. She will also showcase the limitless ways in which Hip-Hop continues to transform, inspire and unleash untapped talent and power.

In partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. These artists are mentored by seasoned arts administrators from The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers of cost and space, and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

Tickets start at $5, pay what you wish. Click here.