Chris Dwyer presents Leaves of America at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Feb 21-Mar 1

Chris Dwyer presents Leaves of America at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Feb 21-Mar 1

Chris Dwyer presents
Leaves of America

February 21 – March 1, 2020

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Ticket prices: $24 General Admission, $22 Seniors/Military, $12 Student/Youth. Buy tickets here.

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents Feos at Clarice Smith, Feb 13-14

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents Feos at Clarice Smith, Feb 13-14

Aline Kuppenheim/Teatro y Su Doble presents
February 13 & 14, 2020 . 8PM

Thu, Feb 13, 2020 . 8:00PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 . 8:00PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Teatro y Su Doble: FEOS

Inspired by Uruguayan writer Mario Benedetti’s short story “La Noche de los Feos,” Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble tenderly and playfully express the unlikely meeting of two strangers in line at a movie theater. United by the loneliness caused by their physical deformities, the pair quickly realize that they have much in common. Drawing deeply mature emotions, Teatro y Su Doble craft beautiful scenes that touch the soul, despite—or, perhaps, due to—their fundamental strangeness.

Chilean theater troupe Teatro y Su Doble is a fiercely creative force. Its multimedia storytelling process borrows techniques from puppetry and animation to create a bold analog to traditional theater. “FEOS,” which debuted at Chile’s esteemed Santiago a Mil International Festival in 2015, refines this innovative approach.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

A Doll House at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-15

A Doll House at Clarice Smith, Feb 7-15

A Doll House
Written by Henrik Ibsen
Kathryn Chase Bryer, director

February 7 – 15, 2020

Fri, Feb 7, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 8, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sun, Feb 9, 2020 . 2:00PM
Wed, Feb 12, 2020 . 7:30PM
Thu, Feb 13, 2020 . 7:30PM
Fri, Feb 14, 2020 . 7:30PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2020 . 2:00PM
Sat, Feb 15, 2020 . 7:30PM

Venue: Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center. Dance Theatre, general admission.

Performed by an all-female cast, this production of Henrik Ibsen’s classic A Doll House questions the roles that society assigns to men and women. Set in late nineteenth-century Norway, the play follows Nora, a woman who seeks self-fulfillment and slams the door on the dollhouse that is her marriage. This fresh perspective on the classic play encourages audiences to question what has changed since 19th-century Europe through the interpretations of six women actors playing male and female characters.

Note: This production uses an alternative translation of the title, A Doll House, rather than the more commonly known title, A Doll’s House.

Join us for a post-performance discussion on Sunday, February 9 following the 2PM performance. Panelists TBD.

Tickets: Regular $25, Student/Youth $10. Click here.

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.

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.

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 Jason King Jones, Artistic Director, National Players