Press Release: Over The Line Festival

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 11, 2012                                                                                                      

Media Contact: Sarah Pressler
240.644.1387
press@roundhousetheatre.org

Round House Theatre presents the inaugural 

OVER THE LINE FESTIVAL

July 12 thru 29, 2012 at Round House Theatre Silver Spring

 
Curated festival of music, theatre, and dance performances by
Contradiction Dance, Clown Cabaret, dog & pony dc, Forum Theatre,
Will Gartshore, Happenstance Theater, Emma Jaster
, Brianna Letourneau,
On the nOse productions,
Jon Spelman, and Taffety Punk Theatre Company

(SILVER SPRING, MD) Round House Theatre plans to shake things up in Silver Spring for three weeks this summer with its inaugural Over The Line Festival. Curated by Round House Theatre, this unique celebration of theatre, music, and dance comes to Round House Silver Spring from July 12 thru 29, 2012.

The Over the Line Festival brings the Round House Silver Spring slogan “Something Different Every Day” to its logical culmination – something different every hour!  For three weeks, more than 10 companies (including some of Round House’s best friends) will perform nearly 50 times.  There are shows for all audiences – from families who want to bring their children to a Saturday morning show to fans of cutting edge performances to late night cabaret goers. There’s something for every age and every interest.

Tickets for performances in the Over The Line Festival are $15 ($10 for Round House subscribers, senior citizens, patrons age 30 and under, and groups of 10 or more). Tickets to Taffety Punk performances during the Festival are $10. Tickets go on sale on Friday, May 18 by calling the Round House Theatre Box Office at 240.644.1100 or online at www.overthelinefestival.com.

Performances are at Round House Theatre Silver Spring, 8641 Colesville Road (next to the AFI Silver Theatre and across the street from the Fillmore). The Silver Spring station on Metro’s red line is approximately three blocks away. The restaurants and attractions of downtown Silver Spring are nearby.

Round House Theatre Associate Producer Danisha Crosby said, “Round House Silver Spring is the perfect home for the Over The Line Festival. Throughout the year, Round House uses its resources to encourage and further the work of artists from across the area. We’re excited to act as a home for many of these groups, and to be a catalyst for bringing them all together.  Many of us have talked about how exciting it would be to bring some of our favorite artists together under one roof at one time – and now the Over The Line Festival is creating the opportunity to do just that in Silver Spring. All of us at Round House are thrilled to be able to bring this unique event to the DC metro area.”

Michael Dove of Forum Theatre stated, “We are immensely thrilled to be part of this festival with these other amazing groups. It’s exciting to have this much happening in Silver Spring and with such a diversity of artists and productions. It will be a festival like none other for the DC area and I and Forum are honored to be a part of it.”

“Happenstance Theater is really excited about Over The Line at Round House,” said Happenstance’s Sabrina Mandell. “We can’t wait to be immersed in the high-quality, high-octane, curated performances being brought to Silver Spring this July. With this big a concentration of quality performance, we might not be able to contain ourselves! We might just step OVER THE LINE!!!”

“Over The Line gives us the opportunity to dance our way through the summer at our favorite place to perform, alongside the other incredible artists and daring productions that will be at Round House Theatre Silver Spring,” said Contradiction Dance’s Kelly Mayfield.

The Over The Line Festival is sponsored by DoubleTree by Hilton Washington, DC – Silver Spring.

For more Festival info and updates visit www.overthelinefestival.com. Follow the Over The Line Festival on Twitter at @OTLFest and “like” it on Facebook.

An eclectic, dynamic lineup of performances

Forum Theatre presents
Church

By Young Jean Lee
Directed by Michael Dove
July 12 ‑ 29, 2012

“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.

on the nOse productions with Happenstance Theater presents
on the nOse

Featuring the artists of Happenstance Theater
Concept by Elena Day and Antony Bolante
Head Writer and Video Editing by Antony Bolante
July 12 ‑ 29, 2012

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.

Taffety Punk Theatre Company’s Generator presents
The Golem

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
July 14 & 21, 2012

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.

Dressed Up and Stripped Down
With Will Gartshore
July 14 ‑ 27, 2012

Will Gartshore in two brand new and contrasting cabarets ‑ one classy, one sassy.

Clown Cabaret:
A performance laboratory for Clowns on the cutting edge in the Nation’s Capital
July 18, 2012

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.

Contradiction Dance presents
Objects of Hope

July 19 ‑ 28, 2012

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.

Jon Spelman presents
4×2

With Jon Spelman and Tina Chancey
July 19 & 21, 2012

Join Jon Spelman and Tina Chancey as they deconstruct Shakespeare, Tolstoy, Lincoln, and Frankenstein’s creature.

Taffety Punk Theatre Company presents
suicide.chat.room

Directed by Marcus Kyd
Choreographed by Paulina Guerrero
July 20 ‑ 28, 2012

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 90’s to the present day.

dog & pony dc presents
Beertown

Devised by dog & pony dc
Directed by Rachel GrossmanMusic Arranged by Wyckham Avery, Kate Langsdorf, J. Argyl Plath, Mitch Mattson & Jon Reynolds
July 28, 2012

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.

Family Programming

Contradiction Dance presents
The Gift

July 14 & 15, 2012

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.

The Family Production
With Brianna Letourneau and company
July 14 ‑ 29, 2012

Join Round House Theatre Lead Teaching Artist Brianna Letourneau and company for an entertaining family friendly piece of theatre! An enchanting story of love, faith, courage, and giving — audiences of all ages are sure to enjoy this theatrical treat!

Happenstance Theater presents
Pinot & Augustine

Featuring the artists of Happenstance Theater
July 15 ‑ 28, 2012

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.

The Suitcase Story
By Emma Jaster
Music by Matt Pearson
July 22 & 28, 2012

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.

Special Pay-What-You-Can Events

Pay-What-You-Can tickets go on sale in person at RHT’s Silver Spring box office 1 hour before curtain. Cash/exact change only. PWYC tickets are subject to availability. There is a limit of 2 PWYC tickets per order.

Forum Theatre presents
The Best of Forum Re(Acts)

July 16, 2012

The best of Forum (Re)Acts! (Re)Acts is a community-minded event used to delve deeper into and diversify the perspectives on topics that are important to Forum and related to their current work. Forum invites local artists from multiple disciplines to create artistic responses to a specific prompt, topic, or theme. The outcome is a one-night performance of all of their 10 minute reaction pieces that is casual, experimental, engaging, and electric.

Forum Theatre presents
Forum Re(Acts)

July 23, 2012

(Re)Acts is a community-minded event used to delve deeper into and diversify the perspectives on topics that are important to Forum and related to their current work. Forum invites local artists from multiple disciplines to create artistic responses to a specific prompt, topic, or theme. The outcome is a one-night performance of all of their 10 minute reaction pieces that is casual, experimental, engaging, and electric. The Over The Line (Re)Acts theme will be announced in the coming weeks.

Contradiction Dance presents
Homemade

July 24, 2012

Nothing beats the flavor of homemade goodness! The dancers of Contradiction Dance, whipping up their signature blend of dance and theatre, bring you a concert chock full of homemade goodies – created, developed, and made from the dancers as choreographers! nomnomnom!

Performance Schedule

Thursday, July 12, 2012
7:30pm: Forum Theatre – Church
9pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse

Friday, July 13, 2012
7:30pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
9pm: Forum Theatre – Church

Saturday, July 14, 2012
10:30am: Happenstance Theater – Pinot & Augustine
Noon: Brianna Letourneau – The Family Production
2pm: Contradiction Dance – The Gift
6pm: Will Gartshore – Dressed Up
7:30pm: Happenstance Theater - on the nOse
9pm: Forum Theatre – Church
10:30pm: Taffety Punk – The Golem

Sunday, July 15, 2012
10:30am: Brianna Letourneau – The Family Production
2pm: Contradiction Dance – The Gift

Monday, July 16, 2012
7:30pm: Forum Theatre – Best of Re(Acts)

Wednesday, July 18, 2012
7:30pm: Clown Cabaret

Thursday, July 19, 2012
7:30pm: Contradiction Dance – Objects of Hope
9pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
10:30pm: Jon Spelman – 4×2

Friday, July 20, 2012
7:30pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
9pm: Taffety Punk – suicide.chat.room
10:30pm: Forum Theatre – Church

Saturday, July 21, 2012
10:30am: Brianna Letourneau – The Family Production
Noon: Jon Spelman – 4×2
2pm: Happenstance Theater – Pinot & Augustine
6pm: Taffety Punk – suicide.chat.room
7:30pm: Forum Theatre – Church
9pm: Jon Spelman – 4×2
10:30pm: Taffety Punk – The Golem

Sunday, July 22, 2012
10:30am: Forum Theatre – Church
Noon: Emma Jaster – The Suitcase Story
2pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse

Monday, July 23, 2012
7:30pm: Forum Theatre – Re(Acts)

Tuesday, July 24, 2012
7:30pm: Contradiction Dance – Homemade

Wednesday, July 25, 2012
7:30pm: Contradiction Dance – Objects of Hope

Thursday, July 26, 2012
7:30pm: Taffety Punk – suicide.chat.room
9pm: Forum Theatre -  Church
10:30pm: Will Gartshore – Stripped Down

Friday, July 27, 2012
7:30pm: Forum Theatre – Church
9pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
10:30pm: Will Gartshore – Stripped Down

Saturday, July 28, 2012
10:30am: Happenstance Theater – Pinot & Augustine
Noon: Emma Jaster – The Suitcase Story
4pm: dog & pony dc – Beertown
7:30pm: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
9pm: Taffety Punk – suicide.chat.room
10:30pm: Contradiction Dance – Objects of Hope

Sunday, July 29, 2012
10:30am: Brianna Letourneau – The Family Production
Noon: Happenstance Theater – on the nOse
2pm: Forum Theatre – Church

Participating companies

Contradiction Dance In residence at Round House Silver Spring, Contradiction Dance is a place where dance, theatre, and pop culture meet. The Company creates and presents works that blend several dance forms with multimedia elements, storytelling, and theater. They provide a broad scope of dance and theatre education classes for people of all ages and backgrounds and engage the community through workshops, performances, residencies, and partnerships. Nurtured on the belief that artists and audience members communicate in a dialogue through the chosen medium, Contradiction Dance fosters discussion, reflection, and change, ultimately creating an exchange between life and dance. www.contradictiondance.com

Clown Cabaret was founded in 2010 by DC performers Karen Beriss, Matthew Pauli, and Rich Potter in order to give clowns an opportunity to try new material in a supportive and fun spot with a great audience. Clowns are terribly misunderstood these days. Clown Cabaret’s goal is to change that. With highly skilled, well-trained performers, Clown Cabaret will not only expand audiences’ understanding, but give them the opportunity to laugh, cry, and, maybe, throw a pie in someone’s face.

dog & pony dc is an ensemble of artists who devise innovative performances that incorporate new ways for audiences to experience theater. They create productions that are visceral and unexpected with a lingering impact. dog & pony dc ringleaders are Lorraine Ressegger-Slone and Rachel Grossman. www.dogandponydc.com

Forum Theatre produces adventurous, relevant, and challenging plays that inspire discussion and build community around productions that are accessible, affordable, and entertaining. Since Forum Theatre’s inception, they have aimed to be both the home for stories that provoke discussion and the place to host that discussion. Forum wants their plays to be a conversation with the audience. They tell stories about who we are as a local, national, and global community. www.forum-theatre.org

Will Gartshore is one of DC’s most respected stage performers, the winner of two Helen Hayes Awards for Best Actor and an 8-time nominee. Will has appeared in productions of Show Boat, Merrily We Roll Along, Assassins, Sex Habits of American Women, Urinetown, Pacific Overtures, Elegies, Allegro, Twentieth Century, Follies, Grand Hotel, Side Show, Floyd Collins (Signature); Orson’s Shadow, Summer of ‘42, A Year with Frog and Toad, And The World Goes ‘Round (Round House); Parade, The Civil War (Ford’s Theatre); The Great Gatsby, Passion (Kennedy Center); The Religion Thing, David in Shadow and Light (Theater J); Privates on Parade, A New Brain (Studio); The Velvet Sky (Woolly Mammoth); and Monster (Olney). He has been seen in concert performances of Anyone Can Whistle and Company (Signature); a number of cabarets with Signature, Round House, and Ganymede Arts, including his solo shows, All the King’s Men, More to Love, Strange Love, Perfect/Finite and Finding Home: Songs of Going and Staying; and as a featured soloist in celebrations at the Library of Congress commemorating Stephen Sondheim’s 70th Birthday and the 50th Anniversary of West Side Story. Will appeared on Broadway in the original cast of Parade and was seen Off-Broadway in The Last Session and in the City Center Encores! production of Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. He has performed at regional theatres around the country, including in Philadelphia and Los Angeles as part of the cast of 3hree, a musical conceived and directed by Hal Prince. Will can be heard on original cast recordings of 3hree, Parade and Ziegfeld Follies of 1936. In addition to his career as a performing artist, Will is a Senior Policy Officer for U.S. Government Relations at World Wildlife Fund.

Happenstance Theater is Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell. They are a professional company committed to devising and producing original, performer-created visual, poetic Theatre. With the simplest means they seek to elevate the moment when the performers and audience meet, to lift the encounter beyond the daily and pedestrian into the realms of dreams, poetry, and art. Meaning is often found by happenstance. www.happenstancetheater.com

Emma Jaster first performed with her father at the age of 6 and was henceforth afflicted with a frighteningly familiar fascination with physical expression.  She earned a degree in Theatre and Dance magna cum laude from Amherst College and studied at the Lecoq School in Paris, where she developed her physical theatre skills for collaborative and devised work.  She has worked and studied in India, Italy, France, and Taiwan, collecting such skills as Sanskrit theatre technique, tai chi, clown, mask, and puppetry.  While a guest artist in Taiwan, she was invited to create a work using the conservatory students of U-Theatre.  This fall she returned to Paris to participate in a workshop with the theater company Pas de Dieux. In the DC area, she has recently appeared in Faction of Fools’ Hamlecchino.

Jon Spelman has been a full time storyteller since 1980, and has frequently been featured at the National Storytelling Festival. Jon believes live oral storytelling, the expressive delivery of vivid words to an engaged and listening audience, is the medium for one-on-one communication. Jon has a wide interest in telling a great variety of stories (humorous, silly, serious, and profound) to a wide variety of audiences in a wide range of places. In each story he tells, he imagines each scene so thoroughly that we are invited and encouraged to imagine each moment in our own way. His is an art form with high regard for the active participation of each member of the audience.

Taffety Punk’s mission is to establish a dynamic ensemble of actors, dancers and musicians who ignite a public passion for theatre by making the classical and the contemporary exciting, meaningful, and affordable. Taffety Punk Theatre Company won the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company at the 2008 Helen Hayes Awards. www.taffetypunk.com

 www.overthelinefestival.com

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