Theatre Week Kickoff Fest & Concert

kickoff fest & concert saturday september 24, 2022
Event Date
Sep 24, 2022

Thanks to everyone who made the 2022 Theatre Week Kickoff Fest & Concert so fun! Check out other Theatre Week events and productions — now until October 9.

Event Information

Event Date
Sep 24, 2022

Cost:

FREE!

Venue:

Arena Stage & District Wharf
40+ Theatres

Mix and mingle with leaders from your favorite theatres. Explore their upcoming seasons, sample their programming, and have great conversations about their work.

Food & Drink

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ANXO Cider
ANXO Cider is a DC-based craft cidery inspired by centuries of American and European cider making culture.
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Carmine's Italian Restaurant
Carmine’s, in the heart of DC’s Penn Quarter Theatre District, is known for its large family style platters of traditional Southern Italian cuisine.
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Crazy Aunt Helen's
Crazy Aunt Helen’s is a neighborhood restaurant serving American comfort food.
DC Brau
DC Brau Brewing Company
Bringing people together through extraordinary beer, passion for craft, and pride for community.
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Turkish Coffee Lady
A woman-led specialty coffee business dedicated to building cross-cultural friendships through gastro diplomacy.

Agenda

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11am
Conversation
Theatre Fair
Join us in the Grand and Lower Lobbies to meet, greet and learn about the offerings of more than 40 local theatres and organizations from DC, Maryland, and Virginia. Reconnect with your favorite theatres and discover new ones — with plenty of surprises along the way.
11am
Food & Drink
Cafe
Eat, drink, and be merry with FREE refreshments from our sponsors: ANXO Cidery, Carmine's Crazy Aunt Helen's, DC Brau, and the Turkish Coffee Lady.
11:30am
Workshop
Creative Drama for Children Ages 3-7
Join Arts on the Horizon, one of the nation’s first theatre companies for the very young as they offer a FREE creative drama workshop for children ages 3-7. No experience needed! Bring the family and join teaching artists as they guide the youngest among us to explore the world around them using their imaginations, voices, and bodies.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
11:40am
Performance
Keegan Theatre Previews William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle
Dupont Circle's Keegan Theatre presents featured performances from the upcoming production of the Tony Award winning show William Finn’s Elegies: A Song Cycle.

Location: Cafe Stage
12:05pm
Performance
GALA Hispanic Theatre - REVOLTOSA
A performance from REVOLTOSA (The Troublemaker) – Variations on the 1897 Zarzuela for Today with performers Laura Virella, and Joselu López and pianist Alberto Granados Reguilón.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
12:20pm
Workshop
Is improv as fun as it looks? Yes and...
Is Improv as fun as it looks? Yes it is! And Washington Improv Theater's free Improv For All workshops are a great way to get a taste. Washington Improv Theater is dedicated to sharing the ideas and spirit of improv with you. WIT’s free introductory workshop is high-fun, low-stress, and designed to show you how improvisers create spontaneous, off-the-cuff theater. Join enthusiastic and friendly instructors in a playful and trusting atmosphere.

Location: Cafe Stage
12:30pm
Performance
Signature Theatre Spotlight
Get a first look at Tony Award-Winning Signature Theatre’s 2022-2023 season. Performers Isaac "Deacon Izzy" Bell IV, Alex De Bard, Vincent Kempski, and Jake Loewenthal belt out hits from an exciting season of classic and new musicals, accompanied by Angie Benson.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
1pm
Panel
Running A Theatre: Artistic Director Conversation
Join DC Theater Arts Editor-in-Chief, Nicole Hertvik and some of the DC region's leading artistic directors (including Reg Douglas of Mosaic Theater, Kelly Colburn of Flying V, Karen Ann Daniels of Folger Shakespeare Theatre, and Molly Smith of Arena Stage) for a discussion about the challenges of creating theater over the past few years, these unprecedented times, and crafting a new approach to what theater leadership looks like.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
1:10pm
Performance
Alan Naylor & Rachel Felstein
Join beloved local artists Alan Naylor and Rachel Felstein of “Night At Newcastle” perform some of their favorite music in an informal cabaret atmosphere.

Location: Cafe Stage
1:40pm
Conversation
The Till Trilogy Playwright Ifa Bayeza
Join playwright Ifa Bayeza and Mosaic Theater Artistic Director Reg Douglas in an engaging exploration of their upcoming productions of The Till Trilogy.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
1:50pm
Conversation / Performance
Making a New Musical with Matt Conner & Stephen Gregory Smith
Ever wonder what it takes to make a new musical? Join Creative Cauldron composer Matt Conner, and writer Stephen Gregory Smith as they share samples from new musicals past and present along with anecdotes about the process of making a musical.

Location: Cafe Stage
2:10pm
Game
Thank You, Five
Get your head in the game and win prizes with “Thank You, Five." DC theatre artist Aubri O’Connor of Nu Sass Productions hosts this Theatre Week game show, inspired by NPR’s popular “Wait, Wait, Don’t Tell Me." Come show off your smarts, cleverness, and gumption to win theatre tickets, swag, and other prizes.

Location: The Molly Smith Study
4pm
Performance
Kickoff Concert
Follow us to the District Wharf for a brand-new-this-year happy hour concert on the floating stage, featuring performances by #dctheatre luminaries Rayanne Gonzales, Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, DeCarlo Raspberry, Sarah Anne Sillers, Chani Wereley, Kanysha Williams, and musical director William Yanesh. Hosted by Christopher Michael Richardson and Brian J. Shaw. 

Celebrate Theatre Week With us!

Theatre Week Sponsors

Thank you to our generous Theatre Week sponsors!

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