Off the Quill brings “Completely Hollywood” to Joe’s this September

Completely Hollywood

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With just 30 days between idea and execution, Off the Quill brings you Completely Hollywood, a tribute to all things Cinema. The frenetic comedy from the team that brought you the award winning Complete Works of Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] has the actors tackling 186 films, plus a screen mashup of their own, in just 90 minutes.

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.

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Whiting Award Winning Playwright James Ijames comes to Mt. Rainier, MD

 

Ally Theater Company welcomes the Philadelphia based playwright to participate in a talk-back following their staging of the D.C. premier of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

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This Sunday, April 30th at 3 pm Philadelphia based playwright James Ijames will see how Ally Theatre Company brings his play The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington to Joe’s Movement Emporium’s black box theater. Ally and Joe’s are thrilled to host the 2017 Whiting Award Winner for the D.C. premier of the show. James will participate in a post-show talkback with the cast after the 3 pm Matinee.  Tickets still available at Joe’s Movement Emporium for $25. Joe’s is located at 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mt. Rainier, MD 20712. Tickets can be purchased at the door or online by clicking here.

A “fantastical-historical play” in a “sensationally cheeky production”.

-John Stoltenberg, DC Metro Theatre Arts

About The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

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The recently-widowed “Mother of America” lies helpless in her Mount Vernon bed, ravaged by illness and cared for by the very slaves that are free the moment she dies. The fever dream of terrifying theatricality that follows investigates everything from Martha Washington’s family to her historical legacy. Show is recommended for ages 16+ for implied sexual assault and violence and some strong language.

The show runs April 22nd through May 20th* on Thursday, Friday and Saturday nights at 8 pm and Sundays at 3 pm. *There are no performances May 4, 5, 6, or 7th. Tickets are $25. Students, seniors or military with ID qualify for a $15 ticket.

About James Ijames

Whiting Foundation Award winner James Ijames

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​Ijames is a Philadelphia based performer and playwright. He has appeared regionally in productions at The Arden Theatre Company, The Philadelphia Theatre Company, InterAct Theatre Company, The Wilma Theatre, Baltimore Center Stage, Mauckingbird Theatre Company, People’s Light and Theatre and Interact Theatre Company. James’ plays have been produced by Flashpoint Theater Company, Orbiter 3, Theatre Horizon (Philadelphia, PA), The National Black Theatre (NYC), Ally Theatre (Washington DC) and have received development with PlayPenn New Play Conference, The Lark, Playwright’s Horizon, Clubbed Thumb, Villanova Theater, The Gulfshore Playhouse, Wilma Theater, Azuka Theatre, Interact Theatre and Victory Garden. James is the 2011 F. Otto Haas Award for an Emerging Artist recipient, and he also won two Barrymores for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Play for Superior Donuts and Angels in America and one Barrymore for Outstanding Direction of a Play for The Brothers Size with Simpatico Theatre Company. James is a 2011 Independence Foundation Fellow, a 2015 Pew Fellow for Playwriting, the 2015 winner of the Terrance McNally New Play Award for WHITE, the 2015 Kesselring Honorable Mention Prize winner for ….Miz Martha and a 2017 recipient of the Whiting Award.  James is a founding member of Orbiter 3, Philadelphia’s first playwright producing collective and a mentor for The Foundry. He received a B.A. in Drama from Morehouse College in Atlanta, GA and a M.F.A. in Acting from Temple University in Philadelphia, PA. James is Assistant Professor of Theatre at Villanova University and resides in South Philadelphia.

About Ally Theater Company 

logo-print-large_1.jpgAlly Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America. We aim to join the vital conversations — sparked by generations of thinkers, writers, performers, and activists who paved the way before us — conversations that continue each and every day — 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.

​In doing so, we hope to play a small part in creating the space and opportunity needed to form new traditions and conversations, while steadily inching toward the eradication of systemic violence, prejudice, and racism in our society.

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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 www.joesmovement.org.

Welcoming playwright James Ijames to the Joe’s!

Ally is thrilled to welcome playwright James Ijames to the show!

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We hope you will join us this Sunday, April 30th, for our 3PM matinee performance followed by a talk back with James and the cast. Don’t miss this unique opportunity for an intimate look inside the playwright’s process. No added cost, tickets available now.

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The judges have spoken!

With a vision “to elevate, illuminate, and give rise to voices that have gone unheard, to peer inside and spend time in spaces unseen,” Ally Theatre is off to a stupendous start. Its inaugural staging of The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington is theatrical discovery of the best kind—a terrific script not to be missed, a production with pizzazz, and a bold new troupe to watch out for.

– John Stoltenberg for DC Metro Theatre Arts

Photo of Nate Shelton as The Honorable William Dandridge by Teresa Castracane Photography

The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Road
Mount Rainier, MD 20712
301-699-1819

Ally Theatre Company Kicks Off its First Season with the D.C. Premiere of James Ijames’ Fevered Look at American History

When the Mother of America stands trial, will anyone emerge innocent?

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Ally Theatre Company—D.C.’s newest theatre company dedicated to art that’s designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America—kicks off its inaugural season with the regional premiere of James Ijames’ The Most Spectacularly Lamentable Trial of Miz Martha Washington.

Christmas Eve, 1800. The Mother of America, Martha Washington, lays on her deathbed at Mount Vernon, surrounded by the slaves who will be freed upon her passing. In a fever dream of terrifying theatricality, Martha and the rest of America, yesterday and today, are put on trial for their crimes.

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“I am thrilled to bring James Ijames’ brilliant play to DC after its 2014 world premiere in Philadelphia,” says Ty Hallmark, Ally’s Founding and Producing Artistic Director, who also will be directing the show. “There was never a question that Ally Theatre Company would mark its debut with Miz Washington, as it perfectly demonstrates our mission to highlight and elevate voices unheard and spaces unseen. Our first production is just the beginning of what we hope will be a long dialogue with the community, both in the Gateway Arts District and Washington, DC, at large.”

A bold, clever, and damning look at slavery, its perpetrators, and its legacy, Miz Washington holds a mirror up to America’s past and dares us to look away.

FEATURING

Ivana (Tai) Alexander*
Taunya Ferguson*
Tanya Chattman
Nate Shelton
Reginald Richard*
Jonathan Miot
With Jane Petkofsky* as Miz Martha Washington

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Audrey Bodek, Set Design; Alison Samantha Johnson, Costume Design; Lolita Clayton Horne, Dramaturgy; Katherine Offutt, Props Design; Hope Villaneuva, Sound Design; E-hui Woo, Lighting Design; Angelisa Gillyard, Assistant Director/Choreographer and Charles Lasky, Stage ManagerDirected by Ty Hallmark*

April 22-May 20 2017
Joe’s Movement Emporium
3309 Bunker Hill Rd, Mt. Rainier MD 20712
(301) 699-1819
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