Marathon '33: Experience the Depression-Era Dance Craze First Hand
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The last date listed for Marathon '33 was Saturday August 25, 2012 / 8:00pm.
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The American Century Theater is placing the marathon in Arlington, Virginia, converting Gunston’s Theatre Two into an authentic marathon arena for a true example of environmental theater. Thirty actors and dancers join an onstage 6-piece band, which will play dance numbers from the period and accompany songs and comic routines by the contestants who often performed for the crowd in return for thrown coins. The company has partnered with community organizations to begin a dialogue about the Great Depression and the socioeconomic times we live in, bringing together drama students from Yorktown High School and older Arlingtonians from the Goodwin House and Culpepper Garden retirement communities. The American Century Theater received a Community Enhancement Grant from the Arlington Community Foundation to help underwrite Marathon ’33 and its outreach programs.
Marathon ‘33 is directed by TACT Artistic Director Jack Marshall, with musical direction by Tom Fuller. Producer Rebecca Christy is producing her first show with longtime collaborator Marshall since her production of __The Andersonville Trial __earned TACT a Helen Hayes nomination for Outstanding Local Production.
The cast of __Marathon ‘33 __is led by TACT newcomer Jennifer Richter (in the role of June Havoc) and Bruce Alan Rauscher (memorable as the space man in TACT’s recent __ Visit To A Small Planet__). Other TACT standouts of past shows include Bill Karukas, “Ole Olsen” in Hellzapoppin, and Craig Miller, most recently the father in Little Murders. The ensemble cast includes Terrence Bennett, Mary Beth Luckenbaugh, Dan Corey, Deborah Critzer, Carrie Daniel, Colin Davis, Ann DeMichel, Frank Britton, Elizabeth Hallacy, Paul Hogan, John Klenk, Steve Lebens, Chanukah Jane Lilburne, Rachel Loose, Noah Mitchel, Jared Murray, Carolyn Myers, Jamie Ogden, Alex Perez, Jane Petkofsky, Aviva Pressman, Robert Priego, Josh Rosenblum, Karin Rosnizeck, Emily Thompson and Alex Witherow.