We asked area theatre companies to tell us what they were most looking forward to in 2020. Their answers surprised us! Contributors: 4615 Theatre Company . American Ensemble Theater . American Shakespeare Theatre Company . Arena Stage . Avant Bard Theatre . Brave Spirits Theatre . Capital Fringe . CulturalDC . Folger Theatre . Happenstance […]
Are you aware that most of the Greek and Roman gods can be found working in Brooklyn? It’s not much of a stretch: whether driving the Chariot of the Sun, ferrying the dead, or guarding the entrance to Hades, the gods have jobs, just like us. With Pantheon, Happenstance Theater takes this unlikely conceit and […]
Full disclosure: As a mere slip of a girl I used to read Bullfinch’s Mythology and Edith Hamilton’s Mythology for fun and enlightenment and when I couldn’t sleep I would populate the Greek heavens and Elysium with the names of the gods and goddesses in lieu of counting sheep. Imagine my delight when it was […]
Take a tip from me. If your jones for hard-nosed detectives, shady nighttime dealings on foggy piers, dive bars serving bathtub gin, torch songs, sassy dames and the like can’t be satiated by WAMU’s The Big Broadcast, head on over to Joe’s Movement Emporium, they got ‘em by the truckload. Tell ‘em Johnny sent you […]
You have just three more days to see those fabulous folks of Happenstance Theater in their latest show- and kids, what a show it is! Slapstick Jukebox is a compilation of Happenstance Theater’s greatest hits, with scenes from Cabaret Macabre, Impossible! A Happenstance Circus, and Moxie, A Happenstance Vaudeville.
BON VOYAGE! A Happenstance Escapade is a soupçon, a patisserie, a confection, and, in its smellier moments, a big fromage! But most of all it is Mark Jaster’s love letter to Paris. And thanks to the tight ensemble members who devised the entire work, its sweet romantic heart breaks through.
A variety of unrelated acts—song and dance, comedy, acrobatics, pantomime, magic—vaudeville was the popular American entertainment before radio, film and television. Happenstance Theater, a group of local, contemporary vaudevillians to the core, have picked and plucked from America’s once-dominant theatrical art form and re-contextualized it in loving homage in Moxie, A Happenstance Vaudeville.
1. This Chihuahua Who Found Out That There Was No Live Stream of the Nomination Announcements, But Then Remembered That Twitter is a Thing. Notice that she is still real disappointed. I’m sure someone did the calculations on viewership and setup cost and it didn’t work out, but that doesn’t mean that one still can’t […]
Shortly after my twins (now three and a half) were born, I approached DCTS about writing for the site. Since I had been so closely associated with WSC Avant Bard and a few other local companies, I never wanted any reader to perceive a conflict of interest, so I requested that I focus on features. […]
10. The Last Burlesque Produced by Pinky Swear Productions I’m partial to the work of prolific DC playwright Stephen Spotswood (I’ve produced and directed his work myself), and his story of an old-school burlesque troupe struggling to save their theatre features some of the sharpest characters and most layered storytelling of his career. It’s also […]