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THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY 
TO PROVIDE WOUNDED WARRIORS WITH A "NIGHT ON THE TOWN" THIS SEASON IN A NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH USO-METRO AND FLUOR

Washington, D.C.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company will partner with USO-Metro's "Night on the Town" monthly program, which boosts morale by treating area wounded warriors and a guest to D.C. area entertainment. USO-Metro's hospital services programs support service members and their families who are recovering and receiving treatment at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and Warrior Transition Units at Fort Meade, Fort Belvoir and the Hunter Holmes McGuire Richmond VAMC.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company, with generous lead support from Fluor Corporation and additional support from M Squared Strategies, will provide an evening of dinner and theatre for wounded warriors and a guest for each of the mainstage productions during the 2011-2012 25th Anniversary Season. Carmine's Restaurant in Penn Quarter has generously donated every pre-show meal for each production. The first "night" will take place Wednesday, September 21 with The Heir Apparent, which kicks off the celebratory season, featuring the creative team behind STC's hit 2010 production of The Liar. David Ives' The Heir Apparent

will play in the Company's intimate Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW) from September 6-October 23, 2011, under the direction of STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn. The show is an adaptation of Jean-Francois Regnard's 1708 comedic masterpiece and marks the return of Broadway playwright David Ives to STC.


ABOUT THE SHAKESPEARE THEATRE COMPANY

As the 2011-2012 Season begins, the Shakespeare Theatre Company is set to celebrate! Not only is it the 25th year of Michael Kahn's leadership, vision and artistic direction but, over the past quarter of a century, STC has become one of the nation's leading theatre companies. Today, STC is synonymous with artistic excellence and making classical theatre more accessible.

The Shakespeare Theatre Company's innovative approach to Shakespeare and other classic playwrights has earned it the reputation as the nation's premier classical theatre company. By focusing on works with profound themes, complex characters and poetic language written by Shakespeare, his contemporaries and the playwrights he influenced, the Company's artistic mission is unique among theatre companies: to present theatre of scope and size in an imaginative, skillful and accessible American style that honors the playwrights' language and intentions while viewing their work through a 21st-century lens.

In its 2007-2008 Season, the company opened the Harman Center for the Arts, consisting of the new 774-seat Sidney Harman Hall and the 451-seat Lansburgh Theatre, both located in downtown Washington's Penn Quarter neighborhood. A dynamic hub of activity, the Harman Center showcases the company as well as outstanding local performing arts groups and nationally renowned organizations. STC's annual Free For All performance, a re-creation of a production from seasons past staged for free in August and September, is now held at Sidney Harman Hall. Sidney Harman Hall is located at 610 F Street NW. The Lansburgh Theatre also plays host to a number of different performing arts organizations, among them Synetic Theater and several of STC's mainstage productions. The Lansburgh Theatre is located at 450 7th Street NW.


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NATIONAL THEATRE: Press Release

THE POWER OF YES: A dramatist seeks to understand the financial crisis

Lyttelton Theatre

Previews from 29 September, press night 6 October, continuing in repertoire

 

On 15 September 2008, capitalism came to a grinding halt. As sub-prime mortgages and toxic securities continued to dominate the headlines, this spring the National Theatre asked David Hare to write an urgent and immediate work to be staged this autumn that sought to find out what had happened, and why.

 

Meeting with many of the key players from the financial world, David Hare has created THE POWER OF YES: A dramatist seeks to understand the financial crisis, which opens at the Lyttelton Theatre on 6 October, directed by Angus Jackson and designed by Bob Crowley.

 

It is not so much a play as a jaw-dropping account of how, as the banks went bust, capitalism was replaced by a socialism that bailed out the rich alone.

 

David Hare has written fourteen original plays for the National Theatre, including Gethsemane, Stuff Happens, The Permanent Way (a co-production with Out of Joint), Amy’s View, Skylight, The Secret Rapture, The Absence of War, Murmuring Judges, Racing Demon, Pravda (written with Howard Brenton) and Plenty.  He recently performed his companion pieces Berlin and Wall meditations on Germany’s restored capital and  the Israel/Palestine separation barrier – at the National and Royal Court respectively.

 

Angus Jackson has directed Elmina’s Kitchen and Fix Up at the National;  his productions also include Wallenstein, Funny Girl, The Waltz of the Toreadors, The Father and Carousel at Chichester, where he is Season Associate Director.

 

There will be 240 £10 tickets for each performance, with the rest at £25 and £35.

Press night:  Tuesday 6 October

Contact:  Lucinda Morrison on 020 7452 3232 or lmorrison@nationaltheatre.org.uk

17 June 2009

 


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SIGNATURE IS AWARDED THE TONY®!
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We are thrilled to be able to tell you - our supporters - that Signature is the recipient of the 2009 Regional Theatre Tony Award ®.
The award, given to a regional theater for its contribution to the development of the art form outside of New York, was created in 1976. Signature is the 34th recipient, and only the second from amongst the many outstanding Washington area theaters to be given this great honor.
As we told The Washington Post, everyone at Signature is so pleased that the Tony® Committee recognizes the work that we do. But it's also great that they recognize what an important theater town this is.
Signature would not be able to produce the kind of work we like to produce if we did not have audiences like you that respond so positively to our vision. We want to thank our loyal subscribers and supporters for helping us make this possible.
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THE HELEN HAYES AWARDS
 
Media Advisory
 
25th Anniversary Helen Hayes Awards
Monday, April 13
 
Stars of the Washington Stage to Appear
at One of the Country’s Most Prestigious Theatrical Events
 
WHAT:             Washington, the second most prolific theatre town in the country, will celebrate excellence in 74 professional theatres, Monday April 13 at the JW Marriott Hotel and historic Warner Theatre.
 
Washington theatre veterans join with some of the most exciting new theatre artists to honor excellence in Washington professional theatre.  
 
The 25th Anniversary Helen Hayes Awards will include sensational entertainment and moving tributes, punctuated by the joyful spontaneous spirit only found in the theatre. 
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Click here to get the full list of nominees.  The recipient list will be posted on www.helenhayes.org by 11:00 PM on April13.
 
WHO:               Washington favorites E Faye Butler, Beverly Cosham, Naomi Jacobson, Conrad Feininger and Rick Foucheux  - just a few of the stellar artists who have been key players in Washington theatre during the last 25 years - will present awards in 25 categories for artistic excellence.
 
They are joined by the exciting new crew of actors, directors, designers and administrators who are the future of Washington theatre.
 
In addition to 25 Awards for outstanding achievement in Washington professional theatre, three special awards will be presented:
 
·         The Helen Hayes Tribute, sponsored Jaylee Mead, will be presented to the 68 artistic directors who led Washington theatres in 2008. 
·         The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community will be presented to Bonnie Nelson Schwarz, founder of The Helen Hayes Awards.
·         The John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, will be presented to Constellation Theatre Company, for their dazzling and effe rvescent style of storytelling
 
WHEN  &:         The Awards Presentation is at 8 PM at the Warner Theatre, followed by Washington’s
WHERE            largest cast party, the Ovation Gala, at the JW Marriott.
 
PHOTO OP       Credentialed photographers may:
·         shoot from the rear of the theatre throughout the show;
·         use only three minutes of footage for broadcast purposes. 
·         shoot a group photo of all Awards recipients, Immediately following the show, in the orchestra section of the Warner Theatre. 
 
PRESS             Cathy Crary: 202-337-4572; ccrary@helenhayes.org
CONTACT        
 
MEDIA              David Grossman: 410 428 9893; davidsgrossman@comcast.net
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WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA PRESENTS RICHARD WAGNER’S
SIEGFRIED
New production and company premiere directed by Francesca Zambello,
May 2-17, 2009 at the Kennedy Center Opera House
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (March 16, 2009)Washington National Opera, under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, opens its monumental production of Siegfried, running for five performances, May 2 to 17 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. In this new production, a company premiere conducted by Michael Güttler, acclaimed director Francesca Zambello sets Wagner’s tale within the context of the American experience, a concept The New York Times hailed as “fresh and impressive.” Pär Lindskog and Iréne Theorin make their WNO debuts as Siegfried and Brünnhilde, respectively, in a cast that also features Alan Held at Wotan/The Wanderer and Gordon Hawkins as Alberich. Siegfried is performed in German with English supertitles. See below for complete event and production information. Artist and creative team biographies, as well as company background, are attached.
 
Commenting on her production, director Francesca Zambello offers that “great myths never disappear. But when our creative team began working on the Ring cycle about five years ago and decided to view it through the lens of our own American ‘mythology,’ we couldn’t have dreamed just how relevant it would be today.” Members of Zambello’s internationally renowned creative team include costume designer Catherine Zuber and set designer Michael Yeargan, both Tony Award winners, along with lighting designer Mark McCullough and video projection designer Jan Hartley.
 
Remarking on the uncommon timeliness of Siegfried, Zambello continues: “We see the war between the ‘haves’ and the ‘have-nots’ reaching critical mass. We see the common people in abject poverty, and the natural world ravaged by technology and conspicuous consumption. We see a formerly wealthy and powerful mogul brought to his knees by his own greed and arrogance, and his once-privileged family torn apart by its short-sightedness and recklessness. We see a heroic woman who’s been disempowered by a man who felt threatened by her. And finally we see a young, optimistic, vigorous outsider of mixed roots and humble upbringing arrive, ready to overthrow the old order.”
 
The Cast
The production features an internationally celebrated cast of Wagnerians, including Swedish tenor Pär Lindskog in the title role of Siegfried and Swedish soprano Iréne Theorin as Brünnhilde, both in their company debuts. In the same heroic role with the Royal Opera Stockholm, Opera Now praised Lindskog, noting his “lyrically tinged, youthful tenor.” Theorin, who also makes her American debut in this production, has been hailed as the “highlight of highlights…the audience’s darling” (Das Opernglas) for her performance as Brünnhilde at Staatstheater Nürnberg. Bass-baritone Alan Held and baritone Gordon Hawkins return to continue in their respective roles of Wotan and Alberich (Held appeared as Wotan in Die Walküre, 2007; Hawkins portrayed Alberich in Das Rheingold, 2006). Both frequent WNO guest artists, Held’s Wotan was described as a “dazzling dramatic performance” (The Washington Times) and Hawkins was hailed as “simply the best Alberich” (The Washington Post). Rounding out the cast are Andreas Conrad as Mime, Gidon Saks as the dragon Fafner, Nancy Maultsby as Erda and WNO Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Micaëla Oeste as the Woodbird.
 
Leading the cast and Washington National Opera Orchestra and Chorus is German conductor Michael Güttler, also in his WNO debut. Maestro Güttler is replacing WNO Music Director Heinz Fricke, who asked to be released from this production and will return to Washington in October 2009 for Ariadne auf Naxos and in November 2009 for concert performances of Götterdämmerung.
 
The Story
Siegfried tells the story of the orphaned son of Siegmund and Sieglinde, who was raised by the dwarf Mime, brother of Alberich. Mime secretly desires to use the magic sword Nothung to take over the world, but knows that only a true hero can piece together the fragments of the blade. Fulfilling a prophecy of Wotan, king of the gods, the fearless Siegfried forges the mighty sword, slays the dragon Fafner and takes the cursed, all-powerful ring. Upon killing the dragon, Siegfried unintentionally tastes its blood, which allows him to understand the song of a nearby Woodbird, who warns Siegfried of Mime’s plan to kill him and steal the ring. The forest creature then leads him to the beautiful Brünnhilde, who has been placed in an enchanted sleep by her father Wotan, and surrounded by a great fire. When Siegfried confronts Wotan, disguised as the Wanderer, and revives the sleeping Brünnhilde, he unwittingly sets in motion the end of the gods’ reign.  A magical tale of mythic proportions, Siegfried is a joyful celebration of awakening manhood and the discovery of love and fear, even amidst the downfall of the gods.
 
The Ring Cycle
Siegfried is the third of four full-length operas that comprise German composer Richard Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. The composition of the full score and libretto took place over roughly 26 years, from 1848 to 1874. The complete Ring cycle (the first to include Siegfried) premiered in 1876 at the Bayreuth Festival Theater in Germany, which Wagner himself built for the purpose of performing the Ring as he imagined it. All four operas follow the story of the gods of Valhalla and the epic struggle to rule the world. Loosely based on German and Scandinavian myths and folktales, Der Ring des Nibelungen is widely considered one of Wagner’s greatest works.
 
In November 2008, Washington National Opera announced the postponement of the company’s first Ring cycle, originally scheduled for November 2009. In lieu of the Ring cycle, WNO will offer concert performances of Götterdämmerung (November 7 and 15), as well as a complete season of grand opera. For more information, contact the WNO media relations office.
 
 
COMPLETE PRODUCTION INFORMATION: Washington National Opera’s Siegfried
 
SIEGFRIED by Richard Wagner, libretto by composer
New production and company premiere
Co-production with San Francisco Opera
In German with English supertitles
 
                                                                       
The running time for this production is approximately four hours and 30 minutes including two 20-minute intermissions.
Please note the earlier curtain times..
 
SYNOPSIS:  Wotan’s prophecy of a hero who forges a mighty sword and slays the dragon Fafner comes to pass in this third installment of Wagner’s epic Ring cycle. When Siegfried confronts Wotan and revives the sleeping Brünnhilde, he unwittingly begins the ultimate destruction of the gods.
 
 
TICKETS AND PATRON INFORMATION
 
·         Tickets range from $45 to $300 and are currently available through WNO Audience Services, 202.295.2400 or 800.US.OPERA, or online at www.dc-opera.org. Limited availability for all performances.
·         All performances of Washington National Opera’s Siegfried are held in the Kennedy Center Opera House, located at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
·         Casting, program, schedules and pricing are subject to change without notice.
 
 
Cast:
 
Siegfried                                              Pär Lindskog*
The Wanderer/Wotan                           Alan Held
Alberich                                         Gordon Hawkins                        
Mime                                              Andreas Conrad
Brünnhilde                                       Iréne Theorin*
Fafner                                                        Gidon Saks                  
Erda                                              Nancy Maultsby
A Woodbird                                   Micaëla Oeste‡
 
 
Creative team:
 
Conductor                                       Michael Güttler
Director                                     Francesca Zambello
Associate Director                         Christian Räth
Set Design                                      Michael Yeargan
Costume Design                         Catherine Zuber
Lighting Design                           Mark McCullough
Video/Projection Design                    Jan Hartley
Associate Projection Design      Katy S.. Tucker*
 
* Company Debut                  ‡ Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist
 
 
Related Programs and Events
Opera Insights—Monday, April 13, 2009 at 6:00 p.m. – Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center
Free Opera Insights feature historians, writers, critics and artists who provide perspectives, context, musical illustrations and excerpts to enhance patrons’ appreciation of Siegfried. Millennium Stage performances are free of charge.

 

Artist Roundtable: SiegfriedTuesday, April 21 at 6:30 p.m.—Goethe-Institut of Washington, D.C.

WNO and the Goethe-Institut present a special discussion of Wagner's epic opera, Siegfried, led by internationally renowned director Francesca Zambello and dramaturge Cori Ellison. Known for her work in opera and theater, Zambello will explore her inspiration in directing a German opera with an American theme. A wine and cheese reception will follow the roundtable discussion.

This event is free and open to the public, but space is limited. Please R.S.V.P to rsvp@washington.goethe.org or 202-289-1200, ext. 160. The Goethe-Institut is located at 812 7th St NW, Washington.

 

O-Zone Lecture: Siegfried—Thursday, May 14, 2009 at 4:45 p.m.—Kennedy Center Opera House
These free and educational pre-performance lectures provide insight into the inspiration behind your favorite operas. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any WNO performance of Siegfried.
 
Artist Q & A—Sunday, May 17, 2009, post-performance—Kennedy Center Opera House
Following the Sunday matinee performance, join select cast members and WNO artistic staff for an opportunity to discuss SiegfriedReservations are not required, but patrons must have a WNO Siegfried ticket or ticket stub to attend the post-performance Q&A session.
 
For more information about all Washington National Opera programs and events,
visit www.dc-opera.org, or contact Audience Services at 202.295.2400 or 800.US.OPERA.
 
WASHINGTON NATIONAL OPERA PRESENTS BENJAMIN BRITTEN’S
PETER GRIMES
Directed by Paul Curran, production features Christopher Ventris, Patricia Racette and Alan Held
March 21 to April 4, 2009 at the Kennedy Center Opera House
 
 
WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 2, 2009)Washington National Opera, under the leadership of General Director Plácido Domingo, presents the company premiere of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes in six performances, March 21 to April 4 at the Kennedy Center Opera House. The British composer’s resplendent opera comes to life in Paul Curran’s psychologically gripping production, featuring tenor Christopher Ventris as Peter Grimes, soprano Patricia Racette as Ellen Orford and bass-baritone Alan Held as Captain Balstrode. Peter Grimes is performed in English with English supertitles. See below for complete production information.
 
Called “the most powerful opera written since World War II” (Associated Press), Britten’s work tells the tale of Peter Grimes, the tortured, misfit fisherman who is persecuted by his fellow villagers and forced to live a solitary life. When Grimes’ apprentice mysteriously dies, he is accused of murder and though acquitted, residents of “the Burough” are hardly convinced of his innocence. Only the schoolmistress Ellen Orford and old Captain Balstrode remain his faithful friends, helping him find a new apprentice and continue his work at sea. But when this next apprentice shows signs of abuse, an angry mob pursues the tragic hero, and even Ellen and Balstrode question their loyalty. Ultimately, the village’s hatred pushes Grimes to madness, driving him out to sea and, presumably, to his own death. A damning indictment of mob mentality, Peter Grimes examines the subtleties of suspicion and the sometimes deadly consequences of conformity and judgment.
 
Hailed as “the Grimes of the post-Vickers generation” (Opera News), British tenor Christopher Ventris sings the title role, with American soprano Patricia Racette as Ellen Orford. Racette has received high praise for her musical and dramatic mastery of Ellen Orford, with The New York Times noting her “uncommon vocal vibrancy” and “dramatic intensity” in the role. American bass-baritone Alan Held, a frequent WNO guest artist esteemed for his compelling portrayals, returns as Captain Balstrode. Israeli conductor Ilan Volkov makes his WNO debut, and Paul Curran directs this production from Sante Fe Opera, which Opera News has called “unforgettable.”
 
Set on the rustic, storm-battered coast of Suffolk, England, Benjamin Britten’s 1945 masterpiece is based on George Crabbe’s poem The Borough, with libretto by Montagu Slater. The score is marked by intensely dramatic arias, powerful chorus scenes, and orchestral passages, including “Sea Interludes” and the Passacaglia, which today are part of concert hall repertoire. Though rooted in the 20th-century tradition, Peter Grimes is among the more melodic of Britten’s works, and stands as the composer’s first opera to achieve critical and popular success.
 
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COMPLETE PRODUCTION INFORMATION: Washington National Opera’s Peter Grimes
 
PETER GRIMES by Benjamin Britten, libretto by Montagu Slater
Production from Santa Fe Opera
In English with English supertitles
                                                                       
Saturday, March 21 at 7:00 p.m.
Monday, March 23 at 7:00 p.m.
Thursday, March 26 at 7:30 p.m.
Sunday, March 29 at 2:00 p.m.
Wednesday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 4 at 7:00 p.m.
 
TICKETS AND PATRON INFORMATION
 
·         Tickets range from $25 to $300 and are currently on sale through WNO Audience Services, 202.295.2400 or 800.US.OPERA, or online at www.dc-opera.org.
·         All performances of Washington National Opera’s Peter Grimes are held in the Kennedy Center Opera House, located at 2700 F Street NW, Washington, D.C.
·         Casting, program, schedules and pricing are subject to change without notice.
 
 
 
 
 
Related Programs and Events
Women in Opera: Love Hurts!—Peter GrimesSunday, March 8, 2009 at 2:00 p.m.
Washington National Opera & the National Museum of Women in the Arts co-host this unique opportunity to learn more about the music, the production and the characters of Peter Grimes. Director Paul Curran and renowned musicologist Denise Gallo lead the discussion, highlighted by performances by members of WNO’s Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program. Tickets are $15 and are available through Washington National Opera Audience Services.
 
Opera Insights—Thursday, March, 19, 2009 at 6:00 p.m.—Millennium Stage, Kennedy Center
Free Opera Insights feature historians, writers, critics and artists who provide perspectives, context, musical illustrations, and excerpts to enhance patrons’ appreciation of Peter Grimes. Millennium Stage performances are free of charge.
 
O-Zone LectureThursday, March 26, 2009 at 6:15 p.m.—Kennedy Center Opera House
These free and educational pre-performance lectures provide insight into the inspiration behind your favorite operas. Patrons must present a ticket or stub from any WNO performance of Peter Grimes.
 
Artist Q & ASunday, March 29, 2009, post-performance—Kennedy Center Opera House
Following the Sunday matinee performance, join select cast members and WNO artistic staff for an opportunity to discuss Peter GrimesReservations are not required, but patrons must have a ticket to the matinee performance in order to attend the post-performance Q&A session.
 
For more information about all Washington National Opera programs and events,
visit www.dc-opera.org, or contact Audience Services at 202.295.2400 or 800.US.OPERA
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  Recently, The Washington Post columnist Marc Fisher encouraged the newly-inaugurated First Family to "make themselves at home" in our fair city. With numerous DC-insider recommendations, anyone would be thrilled to be included in the list. And Signature was!
One of the three hand-picked productions Fisher suggests the Obama family attend is none other than our smash hit musical Les Misérables. Fisher claims "Signature Theatre's reimagining of Les Misérables is a revelation (and poignantly timely)." And Entertainment Weekly called the show "stirring, inventive and genuinely moving... lush and so dramatic."
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