Author Archive for Derek Hills

Hip Shot: Empress of the Moon: The Lives of Aphra Behn

Sprenger – Atlas Performing Arts Center

Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 23 at 8:45 p.m.
Friday, July 25 at 9:15 p.m.
They Say: “Aphra Behn the British playwright! History tells us precious little – was she truly a spy? How many men did she kill? What was she doing in Surinam? At last, herein find the answers – as unlikely [...]

Hip Shot: Hey, Hey, LBJ!

Main Stage – Goethe Institut
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 12 at 1:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 15 at 6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, July 16 at 9:30 p.m.
Friday, July 18 at 6:00 p.m.
They Say: David, an army reporter, arrives in Vietnam supporting the war. Soon his feelings change. Just before returning home, he's in Bangkok partying when his buddies in Vietnam come [...]

The Virgin Diaries

I was almost 28 when, on Halloween, I had sex with a woman I hardly knew after a house party. She wore pink buckles and studs, a pink headband, and pink leg warmers. She said she was a punk rocker. I wore a gray sweat outfit and face paint to match. I was a dead [...]

How My Troupe Made the Money It Did at Capital Fringe

$3,015.
That's how much revenue my sketch-comedy group, Orbit Chef, needed to scrape from the Washington-area masses to break even with Apocalypse Picnic at this year's Capital Fringe Festival. That number used to be $2,500, but that was before an opening week panic attack drove us to splurge on an ad in Express. Bye-bye, $117. Then [...]

Hip Shot: The Circle

Departs from: Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar
Remaining Performances:
Thursday, July 26, at 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.
Friday, July 27, st 7 p.m., 7:15 p.m., 7:30 p.m., 7:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 28, at 4 p.m., 4:15 p.m., 4:30 p.m., 4:45 p.m.
Running Time: 25 minutes
They say: "Journey into The Circle, a performative audiowalk [...]

Hip Shot: President Harding is a Rock Star

Fort Fringe – Baldacchino Gypsy Tent Bar - 607 New York Ave NW DC
Remaining Performances:
Tuesday, July 17th, 7:00 p.m.
Saturday, July 21st, 1:15 p.m.
Thursday, July 26th, 5:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 28th, 7:15 p.m.
Running Time:  60 minutes
They say:  “President Warren G. Harding was a hard-living, hard–loving rock star. Landless' 2008 Washington Post Editor's Pick production rises again, written by [...]

Hip Shot: Domino’s Pizza Saved My Life

Goethe-Institut – Main Stage, 812 7th St NW
Remaining Performances:
Sunday, July 15, 1 p.m.
Wednesday, July 18, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 21, 7 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 4 p.m.
Running Time: 60 minutes
They say: “Stories of summer camp and riot police, songs of young love and the fall of empire...and other momentous moments in history. This personal encounter with global [...]

Hip Shot: Barter (or, Stealing Other People’s Credit Cards)

Fort Fringe — Redrum, 612 L St. NW
Remaining Performances:
Saturday, July 14, 4:45 p.m.
Friday, July 20, 11:15 p.m.
Sunday, July 22, 12 p.m.
Wednesday, July 25, 8:15 p.m.
Running Time: 75 minutes
They Say: "Everyone has money problems. Cherry, Benny and Charles are broke — and Eliza won't decide how to spend her inheritance. With the financial system crumbling, these [...]

Hip Shot: Assembly Required: Comedy A to Y

The Mountain – at Mount Vernon Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave NW

Remaining Performances:
Friday, July 22nd, 6 p.m.
Saturday, July 23rd, 7:30 p.m.
Running Time: 70 minutes
They say: “Rob and Flick aka 'Assembly Required,' the edu-tainers and self-proclaimed artistic geniuses behind last year's hit shlecture (that's a show lecture) about musicals return with a new assembly that will teach [...]

Hip Shot: Embodying Poe

Fort Fringe – The Shop, 607 New York Ave NW

Remaining Performances:
Wednesday, July 20, 10 p.m.
Friday, July 22, 11:59 p.m.
Running Time: 50 minutes
They say: “Embodying Poe personalizes Poe's poetic persona in a Feast of Words, combining psycho-biographical narrative, music, and visuals, with seven of Poe's explorations of Love, Death, Demons, and the Universe. Includes 'The Raven' [...]

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