Over the Line Festival: Theater, Dance, Clowns and Cabaret
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The last date listed for Over the Line Festival was Sunday July 29, 2012 / 10:30am (Cinderella Confidential).
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Wow thespians, check out the thoughtful new works playing in repertoire at The Roundhouse this month! It's the best deal anywhere for a fine collection of home grown theater. I took my thirteen year old to three in a row Sunday and we were blown away and home by 6PM. Of "Church" he asked the right question: "So, was that a legit religious service or a play?" Hmm, where does one stop and the other begin? We agreed that "The Suitcase Story" was phenomenal. Emma Jaster's brilliant gamine clown invites comparison with at least a century's worth of compelling women in performance art: Lucille Ball, Giulietta Masina, Meredith Monk, and Laurie Anderson. Finally, "on the nOse", wove great fun from the history and metaphysics of clowning; combining onscreen expert interviews with live and lively pedagogy from master clowns Sabrina Mandell and Mark Jaster. Catch some glimpse of the dozen shows at the Over the Line Festival before the genie slips back into the bottle at the end of the month.
Presented by Forum Theatre
By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Michael Dove
“Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Acclaimed playwright and director Young Jean Lee transforms her life-long struggle with Christianity into an exuberant church service. Both celebratory and confrontational, Church will test the expectations of religious and non-religious alike ? looking deep into why we believe what we believe. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
on the nOse*
Presented by on the nOse productions with Happenstance Theater
Featuring the artists of Happenstance Theater
Concept by Elena Day and Antony Bolante
Head Writer and Video Editing by Antony Bolante
Live clown performances devised by on the nOse productions and Happenstance Theater. Weaving onscreen interviews with onstage antics, on the nOse will shred your clown stereotypes into a bucket of confetti. This show is for those ages 4 and older.
Pinot & Augustine
Presented by Happenstance Theater
Featuring the artists of Happenstance Theater
A sure-fire 45-minute crowd-pleaser, Pinot and Augustine is a classic, family-friendly clown duo inspired by the golden age of Circus. Pinot is the authoritarian clown in fancy clothes and white cone hat. Augustine is the appealing red-nosed bumbler who punctures his pomposity. Their show bubbles over with physical comedy, virtuosity and musical surprises from the sublime to the ridiculous: from lyrical melodies on a musical saw to pratfalls and a whoopee cushion. This is a family performance.
Presented by Contradiction Dance
Inspired by the classic tale The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, Contradiction Dance’s The Gift tells the story of a boy and a tree, and the intricate relationship that develops throughout the boy’s life. Their friendship naturally ebbs & flows, finally resting in a moment of mutual appreciation. Blending dance and theatre, Contradiction Dance brings this magical story to life. The Gift is a physical expression of the struggle to discover, and subsequently appreciate, unconditional love. This is a family performance.
*_Objects of Hope*
Presented by Contradiction Dance
Drangonflies. Notebooks. Photographs. Chocolate. Gleaning stories from both past and present, Contradiction Dance takes the audience on a kinetic romp through the best and worst of times, celebrating the significant and silly objects that bind us to our own humanity. In Objects of Hope, Contradiction Dance blends dance and theatre to uncover the surprising, tender, humorous and personal objects that inspire us to rise above circumstance and excel. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
With Will Gartshore
Helen Hayes Award winner Will Gartshore returns to Silver Spring in two brand new and contrasting cabarets – this one’s classy. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
Helen Hayes Award winner Will Gartshore returns to Silver Spring in two brand new and contrasting cabarets – this one’s sassy. Recommended for those ages 18 and older.
Presented by Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Generator
Adapted from the novel of Gustav Meyrink by Daniel Flint
Directed by Chris Curtis and Daniel Flint
Music by Josh Taylor
Produced by Joel David Santner
The Golem follows the story of Athanasius Pernath, a jeweler in Prague’s Jewish ghetto in the late 19th century who is afflicted with a curious amnesia. When a strange man enters Pernath’s life with a mysterious book, the jeweler begins his descent into a labyrinth of murder, madness, and plots of revenge and unrequited love that eventually bring him face to face with his own dark past and mortality. The Taffety Punk’s Generator is a new, ongoing project devoted to conspicuous creation. The Generator will provide workshop opportunities for company members to explore their artistic visions—through plays, dance pieces, music compositions, or any combination of mediums. The Golem is the first public experiment of this new series. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
Presented by Taffety Punk Theatre Company
Directed by Marcus Kyd
Choreographed by Paulina Guerrero
A Dance Theatre Concert whose narrative is told in text, sound, music, and movement — culled from actual conversations in various suicide chat rooms and user groups on the internet from the early ’90s to the present day. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
A performance laboratory for Clowns on the cutting edge in the Nation’s Capital
Clown Cabaret is a once a month show that showcases the bizarre, fun, interesting and silly world of Clown. Clowns are terribly misunderstood these days. Our goal is to change that. With highly skilled, well-trained performers, Clown Cabaret not only expands the audience’s understanding, but gives them the opportunity to laugh, cry, and, maybe, throw a pie in someone’s face. Performers showcase new material and develop old material and, most importantly, play. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
Presented by Jon Spelman and Tina Chancey
Join Jon Spelman and Tina Chancey as they deconstruct Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Lincoln, and Frankenstein’s creature. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
The Suitcase Story
By Emma Jaster
Music by Matt Pearson
A girl leaves home to follow the trail of a curious mystery. A coming of age story told through clown, puppetry, mime, and music. Our impish heroine and her suitcase transport us into a realm of quirky spectacle as she searches for herself on life’s path. This is a family performance.
Presented and devised by dog & pony dc
Directed by Rachel Grossman
Music Arranged by Wyckham Avery, Kate Langsdorf, J. Argyl Plath, Mitch Mattson & Jon Reynolds
Which tells the story of our town’s history better: A pair of glasses or a license plate? A projector or a bottle of beer? Visit a place where remembering is a communal act, and everyone’s opinion is heard and counted: Beertown. Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, dog & pony dc’s Beertown actively explores the dynamic and tenuous relationship between individuals and their community. Beertown received a Helen Hayes nomination for the Charles MacArthur Outstanding New Play or Musical Award! Beertown is “so gently satiric and utterly involving that you’ll find yourself voting for and against issues before you even realize you’ve raised your hand.” – Washington Post. The performance begins with a dessert potluck; please bring a dessert to share. Recommended for those ages 13 and older.
By Eric Coble
With Brianna Letourneau and Company
Directed by Brandon McCoy
The prince has the shoe. He’s ready to wed. But who’s the woman behind the foot? Two investigative reporters? Deb Jabber from Action Newsday Now and Sunny Glamour from Glitter Kingdom Today compete for the scoop of the century, interviewing everybody from a fairy godmother in desperate need of a day-planner to mice in the witness protection program. Look for cameos from Pinocchio, Jack and his cow, and other celebrities in this no-holds-barred expose of the timeless love story and what it means to find — and TELL — the truth. Featuring Brianna Letourneau, Jon Odom, Elizabeth Jernigan and Jasmin Johnson.
Check show times carefully, as there are both day and night time performances scheduled.