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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Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

 

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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Photo by Teresa Castracane Photography

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.