Joe’s Movement Emporium launches new Workshop Series this Fall

Joe’s partners with resident artist companies to provide community with unique, intimate opportunities to engage with a new art form.

Joe’s Movement Emporium (Joe’s) will launch a series of workshops in dance and writing for the surrounding community in September 2018. As a part of the Joe’s 2018-19 performance season of “Resilient Cultures, Rising Truths,” artist partners have created workshops to give beginner and intermediate students an intimate relationship with an art form. Artist partners include: Raediant Movement, Sacred Hips in Motion, Soul in Motion Players, Taurus Broadhurst Dance, Kendra Marie Movies, and Cathy Smith. Most workshops are $150 for a 6-week session and require a minimum enrollment of four people. To learn more visit:

170127_untitled_375Memoir Writing with Cathy Smith

Wed Date: Sep 05 2018 – Oct 10 2018 from: 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Thu Date: Sep 06 2018 – Oct 11 2018 from: 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

This ongoing workshop is specifically designed for both experienced and novice writers. Participants engage and commit to weekly writing as well as practice reading their work aloud in a group setting. Constructive feedback focuses on how one can make their writing more interesting to readers through characterization, dialogue, narrative structure, setting and more. Weave together personal, professional and/or community development in the expressive gathering of minds.

180303_jme_834Contemporary African Dance Workshop with Taurus Broadhurst

Mon Date: Sep 10 2018 – Oct 15 2018 from: 7:00 PM – 8:30 PM

This workshop is a fusion of West African, Modern and Urban styles of dance. The delivery of these movement techniques is crafted to help support beginners as well as those with past dance experience. The use of West African movement allows students to experience and utilize the way their bodies naturally move. The blending of Modern dance movement makes transitioning to other forms of dance more accessible. Gather with a group of unique friends in the practice of body, mind and groove!

180303_jme_018West African Dance & Drum with Soul in Motion Players

Tue Date: Sep 18 2018 – Oct 23 2018 from: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Experience the rich culture of West Africa with the treasured DC dance company, Soul in Motion. Students may choose to learn either choreography/dance or drumming rhythms from Guinea, Senegal, Mali and Ghana. Contact Joe’s at 301-699-1819 for more information regarding traditional dress and drum used in this workshop.

180303_jme_251RAEMOVES SERIES: Teach Me How 2 Wine! Jiggle! Drop! with Erica Rae

Tue Date: Sep 18 2018 – Oct 23 2018 from: 8:00 PM – 9:30 PM’

The Raemoves workshop series is a dynamic performance-training experience focused on choreography inspired by Dancehall, Afro and Jazz dance styles. Learn how to wine, wiggle and jiggle to the sounds of Dancehall or Afrobeats! This workshop will consist of learning 1-2 unique works from the Raediant Movement Company repertoire, as well as a new piece designed specifically for this series. Get ready to be all out Raediant!

180303_jme_153Move like A Goddess! Combos, Freestyle, and Belly Dance, Oh My! Having fun with Belly Dance Basics with Sacred Hips In Motion

Sat Date: Oct 06 2018 – Nov 10 2018 from: 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

Sacred Hips in Motion offers a six-week workshop that puts the idea of “my hips can’t move like that” to rest! Each session breaks down the art of belly dance and gets participants moving their hips like a goddess. Learn the basic techniques of belly dance and how to take those moves and make them your own. The workshop is composed for students at the beginner and intermediate level.

Added bonus: Students that register for this 6-week workshop will have access to attend Sacred Hips in Motion’s weekly Belly Dance Workout class every Friday during the 6-week course for FREE.

180303_jme_461Hip Hop Grooves and Moves with Kendra Marie

Mon Date: Oct 08 2018 – Nov 13 2018 from: 7:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Hip Hop Moves and Grooves is a workshop for adult movers of all levels to learn the basic fundamental movements that are particular to Hip Hop dance. Students will focus on body isolation, grooves, and movement that will all translate over into choreography. This class will end with a short professional video, where students will perform a rehearsed routine for camera.

Established in 1995, Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity. Based in Mount Rainier, Maryland in the Prince George’s Gateway Arts District, Joe’s serves more than 70,000 visitors annually. Joe’s has five arts-based youth programs that bridge the creative divide between under-resourced families and those with means. Through programs and productions in education, performing arts, and work readiness, Joe’s integrates progressive education, creativity, and youth development.

All photos by Charles Steck Photography.


Joe’s Job Training Program Launches Second One Week Intensive

Back by popular demand!

CreativeWorks is launching their SECOND one-week intensive due to the popularity and demand.

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This FREE week long intensive for in and out of school young people ages 17 – 24 runs Monday, August 20 – Friday, August 24 from 1 – 5 pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mount Rainier, MD. Participants can apply by filling out the I’M INTERESTED form on the CreativeWorks website:

During the week selected participants will meet the CreativeWorks team of talented instructors, trainers and counselors and experience a taste of the courses, workshops and classes the CreativeWorks program includes. During their one week, participants are exposed to theater technical training, digital media training and a crash course in photography… not to mention job interview practice, resume building, and group projects. Young people who participate in this one week intensive will receive priority when they apply for the five-month-long PAID CreativeWorks job-training program that begins in the fall. Participants are paid upon meeting program bench marks.

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Participants must be residents of Prince George’s County and between the ages of 17 and 24. The ideal participant is out of school and seeking opportunity to achieve their GED, college or work placement. Past successful candidates have had an interest in the arts, a strong drive to succeed, and the ability to show up to Joe’s for field trips, program training, meetings and more.

The 1 – 5 pm day typically includes a movement based activity, an creative industry based activity, and a break. Participants try everything from yoga to storytelling and meet successful individuals from the creative industry in the DMV area.

Participants apply by clicking the I’M INTERESTED link on the CreativeWorks page: Have questions, concerns or simply want to talk to a human being about if the program is right for you or a young person in your life? Please call 301-699-1819 and ask for a CreativeWorks team member, or email: (click the name for email address) Cathy, Linda, Patrick or Sierra).

CreativeWorks is a vocational training program, currently in Mount Rainier and Ft. Washington, MD, in theater production and digital media that prepares youth and young adults to secure employment and prepare for higher education. The program was created in 2008 in response to the high teen unemployment rate in Prince George’s County. CreativeWorks serves high school seniors and recently out-of-school young adults ages 17-24 who are Prince George’s County residents. Almost all will be first-generation college students. Past participants are African-American 60%, Hispanic 36% and white 4%. Recruitment for the program is facilitated by relationships with area high schools, the Department of Social Services, M-NCPPC and other nonprofit partners.

NextLOOK 2018-19 Season Announced

Joe’s Movement Emporium is thrilled to announce it’s 2018-19 NextLOOK Season I creative partnership with The Clarice. Tickets are available for purchase now! All tickets are pay-what-you-wish starting at $5.

All NextLOOK events feature a FREE reception of light fare. All NextLOOK events take place at Joe’s Movement Emporium located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Any questions, please contact

Established in 2014, NextLOOK supports the development of new music, plays, dance and other experiences by regionally-based performing artists. Selected through a yearly application process, NextLOOK artists are given a stipend and access to rehearsal and performance space at Joe’s Movement Emporium. These artists also collaborate with The Clarice and Joe’s Movement Emporium staff to construct innovative methods of deepening the audience’s involvement in their creative process. By removing logistical barriers and providing a sounding board for artists creating new work, NextLOOK invests in the regional arts ecology and creates an accessible, exploratory environment that connects intriguing artists with adventurous audiences.

The 2017–2018 season of NextLOOK includes the following performances and residencies. All performances are held at Joe’s Movement Emporium and are pay what you want.

Victor Provost

Victor Provost: The Other Side of the Storm

The Other Side of the Storm will be a concert of new music examining local and global societal structures in the U.S. Virgin Islands as the territory rebounds from a devastating hurricane season.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, October 12, 2018 at 7 pm


Ronya-Lee Anderson: Kings and Queens

Kings and Queens is a multi-disciplinary project designed to highlight the contributions of African-American artists to the beloved musical genre: Rock n’ Roll.  The project will combine monologues, live music, projections, dance and discussion honing in on artists such as Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Jimi Hendrix, Big Momma Thorton, Bo Diddley, Louis Gordon and others.  Beyond noting the practice of cultural appropriation, the project will illustrate the influence of black musicians on their white successors like Elvis Presley, Bob Dylan, the Beatles, the Rolling Stones, and Led Zeppelin, generally considered the greatest rockers.  In workshop and performance Kings and Queens links the lives and legacies of black and white artists, the richness of their synergy lost due to racial discrimination and ignorance.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, November 16, 2018 at 7 pm

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Be Steadwell: A Letter to My Ex

A Letter to My Ex, the musical.  Composer and vocalist Be Steadwell tells stories of love, loss and intimacy with LGBTQ affirming pop music.  Following the 2018 release of her album “Queer Love Songs”, Steadwell brings her album to life through theater and performance.  A Letter to My Ex is a collage of music, movement and film, narrating one character’s journey through the ups and downs of love.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, February 15, 2019 at 7 pm


Monique Walker: Amma’s Chasm

Collaborating with community activists and artists, southern Maryland-based dance artist Monique Newton Walker, explores perspectives, outcomes, and healing when a fatal domestic violence event disrupts a community’s continuity in her mixed-media dance residency, Amma’s Chasm.

TICKETS: Performance: Friday, March 8, 2019 at 7 pm

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Tarik OMeally: Night Light

“To confront the enemy without we must first confront the enemy within.”

                            -Bell Hooks

Night Light is a reflective examination of the current discordant American crisis of identity. Performed in a survival horror setting, Night Light investigates what our innermost monsters represent…discovering how we face and conquer those monsters emboldened by faith that the conflict will improve us. Through visceral athletic movement, this work explores themes of self-preservation, transformation and wholeness to a haunting musical score. This work is about seeing who will get out alive. To survive, however, we must walk down the dark alley. Discover the noise in the basement. Solve the killer’s identity. In the end, Night Light requires performers and audience alike to understand what our perceptions of our internal monsters, villains, or enemies say about our own state of being.

TICKETS: Performance: Thursday, April 4, 2019 at 7 pm & Friday, April 5, 2019 at 7 pm

Ally Theater Company returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium with daring new work, #poolparty

A thought-provoking play about the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of a private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. ​​

MOUNT RAINIER, MD June 12, 18—In 1974 a family was denied membership at a private, neighborhood swimming pool, all the members of which were white. Over 40 years later, that story has inspired a new play by local playwright Jennifer Mendenhall opening in the Meyer Performance Theater at Joe’s Movement Emporium’s June 23 – July 15, 2018. Tickets are $25 general admission and $15 for children, students and veterans. Tickets can be purchased online at’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About #poolparty

In 2015, the board president of Playwright Jennifer Mendenhall’s pool discovered documents that revealed the story of a family in 1974 which was denied membership to the then all-white pool. The father of that family had reached out to the NAACP who in turn contacted the Department of Justice. Eventually the pool offered the family a membership which the father declined fearing for his children’s safety. The 2015 pool community acknowledged this part of their history by dedicating a newly build pavilion in the father’s name and inviting the surviving family to share their experience at the ceremony. This launched Mendenhall’s research into the history of swimming pools, the desegregation of that particular Mt. Rainier private swim club, and how the legacy of racism in the water continues to affect us all. Please click here for the full Playwright notes.

Please stay post-performance for specialty themed cocktails and opportunities to meet the cast of the show and creative and production team.

#poolpartyis sponsored in part by Prince George’s Arts & Humanities Council and produced in partnership with Black Kids Swim.

About Ally Theater Company

Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. The company aims to join the vital conversations, sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists by:

-Placing underrepresented populations at the front and center of our narratives and our organization;
-Forming alliances with individuals and organizations who share a similar mission;
-Producing new theatrical works making their world, national, or local premieres; and
-Tackling existing theatrical works that forward the conversation.

WHAT:              Ally Theatre Company presents #poolparty

WHEN:             June 23- July 15 2018 | Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8PM Matinees at 2PM on Saturday and 4PM on Sunday | Community Preview Friday June 22nd at 8PM | Industry Night Monday July 9th at 8PM

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              $25 (General Admission) $15 (Children, Students & Veterans)

UpSpring Aerial Lab explores borders and boundaries in new work at Joe’s Movement Emporium.

Joe’s resident aerial company returns to the stage with new contemplative aerial works.

DSC_0173Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm UpSpring Studio returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s theater to present Within and Without, aerial reflections on what holds us together and splits us apart. The performance will feature new work by UpSpring Aerial Lab members and instructors. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 students and seniors and can be purchased online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Within and Without

Using dance trapeze, hammock, trapeze ladder, and aerial fabrics, eight aerialists consider the borders and boundaries in and around themselves, exploring relationships in and among minds, bodies, and body parts. They consider topics from the behavior of cancer cells to the breakdown of a friendship to the relationships we have with our own minds.

About UpSpring Studio

DSC_0126UpSpring Studio LLC teaches aerial dance and creative movement to adults of all levels. UpSpring reinforces its belief that we are all dancers capable of making beautiful movement by offering creative aerial classes that welcome people of all abilities, levels of strength, and body types. Incorporating knowledge from disciplines such as Laban, Feldenkrais, theater improvisation, and dance, this studio strives to provide creative opportunities for non-professionals to generate and present new work. UpSpring Aerial Lab is UpSpring’s student repertory company, made up of aerialists who have been learning and performing in the air for several years. UpSpring Studio is directed by Alana Cole-Faber with support from instructors EChO and Kirsty Little. UpSpring’s instructors have presented work all over the United States and in the UK.

WHAT: UpSpring Studio’s Within and Without

WHEN: Sunday, June 3, 2018 at 4 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST: General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17 (credit cards incur no additional fee)

Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups. For additional information on programs and events, please visit

alight dance theater Debuts New Work Faerie as part of the NextLOOK Series

A Free, All-Ages Performance of Movement Storytelling Investigating Female Stereotypes in Fairy Folklore

Friday, May 11th at 7 pm alight dance theater will present Faerie, a work-in-process dance piece appropriate for all ages, at Joe’s Movement Emporium as a part of the NextLOOK series. The group will be spending their NextLOOK residency at Joe’s, in partnership with The Clarice, using a community workshop, a workshop with Joe’s aftercare program, Club Joe’s, folklore research and movement investigation to inform their final piece. Tickets for the final piece are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Faerie

Faerie is an evening-length work fusing movement, spoken word, and unique production design exploring mythology, stereotypes, and the issues surrounding female identity in folklore. Intergenerational, community-based workshops will inform the final piece and include mirroring exercises, self-identification activities, character development tools, and creative movement. Parents and their children (ages 6 & up) are welcome to join alight on Tuesday, May 8th at 6 pm for a free and open to the public workshop. Workshop will run approximately one hour. RSVP to the FREE workshop by clicking here.

About alight dance theater

alight dance theater strives to generate and strengthen community through storytelling – interweaving a movement-based art rooted in collaboration that spans cultures and generations to entertain, illuminate, and educate. Through the lens of innovation, alight endeavors to create dialogue, explore expression, and communicate the heart of one another’s story.

About The Clarice Artist Partner Program

The Clarice’s Artist Partner Program curates a multi-arts performance series with regional, national and international artists and creative innovators. The program is dedicated to creating performance and learning opportunities for our students and our community through artist residencies, workshops, masterclasses, K-12 student matinees and artistic exchange. We believe artists can be catalysts for community change, leadership and empowerment. As part of a major public research university, the Artist Partner Program is committed to the creation and investigation of new work and new ways of participating in the performing arts.

WHAT: alight dance theater in Faerie

WHEN: Friday, May 11, 2018 at 7 pm

WHERE: The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST: Tickets are pay-what-you-wish and can be purchased online at

Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow opens at Joe’s Movement Emporium!

Off the Quill returns to Joe’s with their popular sideshow last performed in 2013.

MOUNT RAINIER, MD April 11, 18—Off the Quill returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s Meyer Performance Theater April 27 – May 5 with a deliciously savage “Violent Delights” sideshow. The performance includes many familiar faces for Off the Quill fans and will feature the dazzling physicality and ambitious choreography that has made the group stand out to audience and critics alike. Fans and foes of Shakespeare alike will find a special treat in this glorious “circus of violent delight.” Tickets are $23 general admission and $17 for students and seniors and can be purchased online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About Violent Delights


Blending stage combat, dance, physical theater, clowning, and traditional theatrical convention, a charismatic Ringmaster will lead you through Shakespeare’s most spectacular life or death scenarios.  But remember, Violent Delights have violent ends.

“Alluring and disturbing in equal parts, the “violent” part of Violent Delights is sure to engage the audience.”

– Kathleen Joyce, DC Theatre Scene, 2013

About Off the Quill

Off the Quill was founded by four like-minded friends (Patrick Mullen, Katie Wanschura, Leanne Dinverno, and J. Peter Langsdorf) who wanted to create a different kind of theater experience. One that blends many different mediums, like stage combat, dance, clowning, physicality, to present truly compelling stories to the audience. We aim to take classic and modern stories and make them our own, either by writing new material or presenting them in innovative ways.

WHAT:              Off the Quill’s “Violent Delights: A Shakespearean Brawl-esque Sideshow”

WHEN:             April 27 – May 5

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              General Admission $23, Students & Seniors $17


Lesole’s Dance Project in Partnership with Joe’s Movement Emporium,   Celebrates South Africa’s Youth Day & Juneteenth   “Freedom of Expression”

Lesole’s Dance Project returns to Joe’s Movement Emporium for an expansion of their original residency concept.

_DSC1310Lesole’s Dance Project (LDP) will honor South Africa’s Youth Day and Juneteenth during their 15th anniversary with the return of the 9th annual “Freedom of Expression” celebration on June 16, 2018 at 8pm and June 17, 2018 at 4pm at Joe’s Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier, MD.  Tickets are $25 general admission, $15 for students and seniors, and there are a limited number of VIP tickets available for purchase for $40. Tickets can be purchased online at Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

About “Freedom of Expression”

lesole-101713LDP will immerse the audience into South African Culture and take them on a journey through the Zululand (Kwa Zulu Natal) to Lesotho with song and dance. The company will perform signature works such as Indlamu, “a traditional Zulu dance”, Setso Sarono “a Sotho traditional dance” and Khoba (a traditional dance from Botswana made possible by Maryland State Arts Council). As part of LDP’s 15 years of dancing, they will introduce new works such as “Shepelani” from the Shona people and “Pathisi” from Botswana with special guest artist Odirile Rammoni, the artistic director of Ngwao Letshwao established in 2005.

About Lesole’s Dance Project

lsLesole’s Dance Project, founded by Baba (Nkanyezi) Lesole Z. Maine in 2003, is a 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization. The company creates and performs works that highlight the unique qualities of Afro-Fusion dance and provides educational programs on the movement and history of popular South African culture to schools and communities across the world. In 2009, LDP launched its First International Edu-dance Program in South Africa with the help of its board and generous donors. In August 2012, the company returned to South Africa to continue, enhance and strengthen the program established with the help of local artists and teachers in the townships of Sebokeng and Alexandra South Africa.

WHAT:              Lesole’s Dance Project “Freedom of Expression”

WHEN:             Saturday, June 16, 2018 at 8 pm and Sunday June 17, 2018 at 4 pm

WHERE:            The Meyer Performance Theater, Joe’s Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712.

COST:              $40 (VIP) $25 (General Admission) $15 (Children under 15, Students & Seniors)


Joe’s Movement Emporium is a cultural arts hub that acts as a catalyst for creativity and economic opportunity for all through programs and productions in education, the performing arts, and work readiness. Located in the town center of Mt. Rainier, Maryland within the Prince George’s County Gateway Arts District, the organization supports and promotes creative projects of local artists and community groups.  For additional information on programs and events, please visit


Joe’s is Hiring!

Arts Education Program Assitant & Studio Manager Positions OPEN


0408_jme_067Arts Education Program Assistant 

Position Overview 

The Arts Education Department provides year-round service in the visual and performing arts that meets after school and during the summer. The Arts Education Program Assistant position assists in daily service delivery to 60-75 children ages 5 – 12.

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities 

An excellent candidate has an ability to motivate children through positive reinforcement, conflict resolution, collaboration, and leadership skills.  Knowledge and experience in class management is required. Knowledge of one or more arts education areas is essential to supporting participants. Program Assistants are expected to play, create and participate as an example to students actively engaged in the creative process.   

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160319_1455Studio Manager

The Studio Manager at Joe’s plays a critical role in facilitating artist and community member enjoyment of creative experiences at our performing arts center.  The Studio Manager is sensitive to artists needs and supportive of patrons and participants engaging in the arts.  Duties include reception, including but not limited to answering the phone and greeting all who enter the space, space use management, and revenue collection for several programs.  This position works to ensure that everyone has the best experience possible at Joe’s while providing information to the public.  The Studio Manager is responsible for all activities scheduled during a shift and, at times, will be supervising another staff member or volunteer.

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Contact: Adrain Bolton, Director of Adrain Bolton Production
Cellular Number: 202-632-4865

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Adrian Bolton

ADRAIN BOLTON PRODUCTION PRESENTS “MY NEIGHBOR’S CARING LOVE” is an original production of dance, drama, and song, community bond, love, encouragement and charity. In order to survive during today’s economic hardships of hopelessness, the production gives an uplifting message that together all mankind need one another to lean on to restore dreams of a triumphant life of hope.

Produced, written, directed and choreographed by Adrain Bolton world renowned artist and recipient of Alvin Ailey American Dance Center. Performed by a cast of professional and pre-professional dancers, actors, and singers. ” My Neighbor’s Caring Love” is uplifting and enjoyable for all ages.

Performances: Friday September 14, 2018 at 10am


  • $15 Advance Group Rate: (10 or More)*
  • $20 Advance General Admission Discount
  • $25 General Admission At The Door Day Of Production

Performances: Friday September 14, 2018 at 8pm
Saturday September 15, 2018 at 3pm & 7pm
Sunday September 16, 2018 at 3pm


  • $20 Advance Group Rate: (10 or More)*
  • $25 Advance General Admission Discount
  • $30 General Admission At The Door Day Of Production

Location: Joe’s Movement Emporium (Black Box Theatre)
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712

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