Arts Desk

Theater Asides: Under-the-Breath Mutterings About Festivals, Seasons, Venues And Such

Noted, briefly, and more or less in passing:

  • Do you want your theaters to treat you like the airlines do? Some of them think it's a good idea. Not everyone agrees. (But the argument at that first link? It's from a guy at Arena Stage. Hmmm.)
  • The peripatetic Spooky Action Theater has found itself a home: Richard Henrich et al will put down stakes at the Universalist National Memorial Church at 16th and S NW; there's a basement auditorium the company has cut a deal to renovate. A Sept. 10 benefit show, featuring Scottish folksinger Jim Malcolm, and an Oct. 2 gala fundraiser are preludes to the Oct. 21 premiere of the company's first Season 2010-2011 production—a reprise of The Lost Ones, Carter Jahncke's wildly acclaimed one-actor/60-puppet take on a Samuel Beckett short story. (We really really liked it when it played last year at Fringe.)
  • Speaking of the newly nonhomeless: The Washington Stage Guild has announced its first full season in its new home at the Undercroft Theatre at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church. (Hmmm: Two former Capital Fringe venues, now home to theater companies. Izzere a story there?) Highlights: Magic, a bonbon from G.K Chesterton written under challenge from the company's patron crank, George Bernard Shaw, and another comedy from Michael Hollinger, whose contemporary comedies have done well by the Stage Guild (and vice versa) in seasons past. And of course something from the master himself: The Apple Cart, Shaw's first play after his Nobel laurel. The whole rundown is here.
  • Want to celebrate life, rather than soberly reflect, on Sept. 11?  The Shakespeare Theatre Company hosts a free seven-hour fall arts showcase that Saturday, opening the stage at Harman Hall to theaterfolk from Signature, Ford's, Synetic, Woolly Mammoth, Washington Improv Theatre and more. There's dance, too — lots of it — not to mention the Gypsy Strings. First curtain goes up at 11 a.m. (Full details are here.)  It's a tie-in with Arts on Foot, the four-block street fair that runs Sept. 8 to Sept. 11, centered at 7th and F NW.
  • I know, you've still got a leeeeetle theater hangover from Capital Fringe, the Hip-Hop Theatre Festival, the Source Festival and more. And yet the organizers of that last would like to note that if you're hoping to come out and play next summer, you'll need to raise your hand soon. Submission deadlines are Oct. 1 for playwrights, actors, directors and other artists who want a piece of the grant pie administered by CuDC. Details? You betcha.
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