Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at the Greenbelt Arts Center, June 23-Jul 2

Thunderous Productions presents Agatha Christie’s Murder on the Nile at the Greenbelt Arts Center, June 23-Jul 2

Thunderous Productions presents:
Agatha Christie’s
Murder on the Nile
Directed by Rick Starkweather

June 23 – July 2, 2017
June 23, 24, 30, July 1 at 8PM
June 25 & July 2 at 2PM

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Travel with us across the world and back in time to Agatha Christie’s Egypt for a luxurious cruise on the exotic Nile River, featuring breathtaking scenery, romantic newlyweds, historic monuments . . . and murder!! Throw in British high-society, social climbers, an exceedingly sarcastic socialist, a slightly fanatical clergyman, and layer upon layer of deception, and you’ve got Christie’s iconic mystery, Murder on the Nile.

Thunderous Productions is pleased to bring this much-loved classic to Greenbelt Arts center. The vibrant veteran cast includes seasoned actors well-known in the Maryland/ CD/ Virginia theater scene: Emily Canavan, Beatrix Whitehall, Christina Wilharm, Alexander Gordon, Jon Marget, Jeff Robert, Annette Landers, Aref Dajani, Devonna Burrowes, Arman Gul and Leslie Barnett.

Director Rick Starkweather is an old hand with Agatha Christie mysteries, having previously directed The Hollow, Spider’s Web, Verdict, And Then There Were None and The Unexpected Guest, among others.

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

Rude Mechanicals present She Speaks! at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jun 2-18

Rude Mechanicals present She Speaks! at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Jun 2-18

The Rude Mechanicals present
She Speaks!
Directed by Leanne Stump.

June 2 to 18, 2017
Thursday, June 1 – 8pm
Friday, June 2 – 8pm
Saturday, June 3 – 8pm
Friday, June 9 – 8pm
Saturday, June 10 – 8pm
Sunday, June 11 (matinee) – 2pm
Friday, June 16 – 8pm
Saturday June 17 – 8pm

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

Shakespeare’s Women in Their Own Words
Adapted from the works of William Shakespeare

From women’s eyes this doctrine I derive:
They are the ground, the books, the academes
From whence doth spring the true Promethean fire.

Though the men take the title, the women oft steal the show. From Beatrice’s sharp wit to Juliet’s broken heart, the fairer sex have just as much to say as their male counterparts. Adapted from the works of William Shakespeare, this new piece laces together the voices of Shakespeare’s most memorable women.

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

Tribute at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Apr 21-May 15

Tribute at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Apr 21-May 15

Tribute by Bernard Slade
April 21 – May 15, 2017
Directed by Gayle Negri

April 21, 22, 28, 29, May 5, 6, 12 at 8PM
April 30, May 7, 13 at 2PM
Opening Night reception – April 21.

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

A popular actor has spend his life shirking responsibility. When he discovers he is terminally ill with leukemia, he attempts to reconnect with his long-estranged son. Scottie Templeton’s a charming, irresponsible fellow. A sometime Broadway press agent and former scriptwriter, he’s everyone’s friend, nobody’s hero and a great womanizer who’s managed to live over fifty years without taking anything seriously including love, marriage, and fatherhood. Life has been one continuous gag. But a fifty-one, he finds the script’s been rewritten as a tragedy; he is fatally ill. His son Jud, alienated by years of neglect, comes to visit. Scottie’s one concern is to make friends with his son, for everyone else adores Scottie including his ex-wife, his friend and boss, and his doctor. Tribute is a warm, funny, touching play with wonderful characters.

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

Auditions for Arden Now (As You Like It) by the Rude Mechanicals, by arrangement

Auditions for Arden Now (As You Like It) by the Rude Mechanicals, by arrangement

Arden Now (As You Like It)
Directed by Melissa Schick

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. We strive to tell this classic story in ways that are fully inclusive, body-positive, and sex-positive. We 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.

Auditions for Arden Now will take place in April. We are particularly seeking:
Performers of color
Bilingual/polyglot performers
Musically inclined performers who play portable instruments and/or sing
Performers who are trans, nonbinary, genderqueer, genderfluid, or otherwise not identifying as cisgender
Performers with unique dance or movement skills, such as flow arts or martial arts
Deaf performers, autistic performers, performers with disabilities / disabled performers
Performers of all sizes and shapes
Performers of any experience level (including no experience) who enjoy working in a collaborative atmosphere and have a strong desire to learn and experiment
Performers with a strong interest in social justice who are accepting and respectful of others

All roles are open to all performers regardless of gender, age, race, ability or “type.” Performers who wish to participate in movement or music only roles without speaking parts will be happily considered. Techies interested in running sound, lights, and/or live captioning are also needed!

Auditions will begin with one-on-one interviews with the directors in person or via video call or telephone call where you will express your preferences of how to showcase your talent, which can be done via a video submission or in person audition where you may perform a solo monologue/song/dance piece and/or cold or prepared reading(s) with other performers. We will also talk about the script development process and our plan for our style of working. We will begin accepting appointment requests in March. Please email for more information. Accommodations such as large print scripts, braille scripts, etc. are available on request, please notify us of your needs. Service animals welcome.

Performances will take place at the Capital Fringe Festival between July 6th – 31st (venue assignment and exact dates TBD) with a secondary run at Greenbelt Arts Center on August 24th through Sept. 2nd. Rehearsals will be in Northern Virginia, with some tech rehearsals in Washington DC and Greenbelt MD. We hope that all rehearsal and performance venues will be ADA accessible and metro accessible. Where venues are not metro accessible, we will strive to provide transportation assistance through carpooling or shuttling from nearest metro stations. We have requested ADA accessible performance spaces from Fringe and are optimistic that our request will be honored. We hope to provide captioning and/or sign language interpretation for at least some performances. If you know of any interested interpreters, please connect us with them!

The Rude Mechanicals are an all-volunteer company, all roles are unpaid.

Performance Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

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Tags: Auditions, Greenbelt Arts Center, Greenbelt Maryland, Arden Now, As You Like It, William Shakespeare, Melissa Schick

Salon Shenanigans at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Apr 1-2

Salon Shenanigans at the Greenbelt Arts Center, Apr 1 & 2

Salon Shenanigans
Written by Makayla Messam
Directed by AJ Messam & Mandel Stanford

Location: Greenbelt Arts Center

The day in the life of a hair stylist. It’s never a dull moment. We bring to light in a comedic way the trials and drama of a natural hair salon where the stylists are ratchet and the clients .. well, let’s say the clients are “special”.

Saturday April 1 at 2PM and 6PM, Sunday April 2 at 4PM

Ticket prices: $20 General Admission. (Tickets will be sold at the door only.)