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We need your support to keep realizing the IMPOSSIBLE!Happenstance Theater has been growing at an incredible pace. Since 2006 we have created over 20 new works. We have just been nominated for 3 Helen Hayes Awards for our autumnal hit Cabaret Macabre. We are raising our national profile and continue to build new work. Our recent production of IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus was built in record time and had a short but sold-out run. Our goal for the coming year is to take IMPOSSIBLE! and Cabaret Macabre on tour. We already have some tour dates scheduled and there are more in the works. All of this growth is so good, but it means that we are outgrowing the ability for our administrator to manage everything single-handedly without more of a salary. Currently our Artistic Co-director Sabrina Mandell is also acting as the general manager, administrator, costumer, fundraiser, grant writer, accountant, development director and now, tour manager. Our other company members build props & set pieces, assist with costume stitching, and help manage our social media and postcard distribution. As a small theater company, we hope to continue growing our staff, which will spread out these tasks and allow us to focus more on creating shows for you, the public. This $20,000 will support our main administrative worker, help with technical maintenance and upgrades, touring equipment and costs, publicity and administrative fees, and our development as an essential part of the DC theatre community. The machine cannot run without its nuts and bolts!
Happenstance Theater is a professional company committed to devising and producing original, performer-created, visual, poetic Theater. The Washington City Paper says “Happenstance Theater’s ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny” and“The paradox of this company is how the severity of their physical technique opens up boundless opportunities for humor.” The Washington Post has described our work as “visually striking and whimsical without being precious.” Your support will make the impossible possible.



WE HAVE BEEN NOMINATED FOR 3 HELEN HAYES AWARDS!

Happenstance Theater’s CABARET MACABRE
has been NOMINATED for 3 Helen Hayes Awards:

The Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play or Musical
Outstanding Movement, Resident Play
Outstanding Costume Design, Resident Production

For more information about the Helen Hayes Awards visit TheatreWashington.
We are so grateful for this recognition and hope everyone comes to see our new piece, IMPOSSIBLE! January 31 – February 9

IMPOSSIBLE!

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Photo by Leslie McConnaughey

Photo by Leslie McConnaughey

Startling Leaps of Imagination!
Daring Feats of Hope!
Ferocious Acts of Wonder!

A theatrical collage on the theme of circus set against a backdrop of hard times. In a kaleidoscopic homage to classic circus characters and images, Happenstance Theater applies virtuosic theatricality to a circus of the imagination.

Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring MD 20901

Schedule:
F    1/31 – 8pm
Sa  2/1 – 2pm & 8pm
Su  2/2 – 2pm
M    2/3 – 8pm
T     2/4 – 8pm
W    2/5 – 8pm
Th   2/6 – 8pm
F     2/7 – 8pm
Sa   2/8 – 2pm & 8pm
Su   2/9 – 2pm

TICKETS: $15 – 12 and under
$20 – 30 and under & Seniors
$25 – General Public

Box Office: 240-644-1100
http://www.roundhousetheatre.org/boxoffice/performances/

Made possible in part by a grant from the Arts and Humanities Council of Montgomery County

PRESS RELEASE

CABARET MACABRE at the NEW ORLEANS FRINGE

NOLA Cabaret Macabre NOLA Fringe Logo

 

Reviews from New Orleans:

SOUTHERN GLOSSARY   &  NOLA DEFENDER

“…ghoulishly gratifying…it’s a wonderfully imagined, expertly choreographed meditation on a theme… the severity of their physical technique opens up boundless opportunities for humor.”  - The Washington City Paper

CABARET MACABRE is a series of dark, comic vignettes, songs and physical comedy expertly executed. Inspired by Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, gothic romance, afternoon tea and perils of the deep. It features music played live with deadly flare and Happenstance Theater’s witty, visual theatrical collage.

Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon

@ The Marigny Opera House - 725 St. Ferdinand Street, New Orleans, LA 70117

SCHEDULE

Wednesday 11/20 Appearing at the Peep Show 5:45pm FREE
Thursday 11/21 @ 9pm
Friday 11/22 @ 5pm
Saturday 11/23 @ 7pm
Sunday 11/24 @ 9pm

Buy Tickets

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CABARET MACABRE IV

Cabaret Macabre IV

CHECK OUT THESE FEATURES and REVIEWS!

MD THEATRE GUIDE REVIEW By Roger Catlin

DC THEATRE SCENE REVIEW By Michael R. Kelly

MOCOVOX REVIEW By David Cannon

DC METRO THEATRE ARTS REVIEW By Amanda Gunther

METRO WEEKLY INTERVIEW By Doug Rule

TAKOMA PARK/SILVER SPRING VOICE INTERVIEW by Alex Holt

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Cabaret Macabre is a series of dark, comic vignettes, songs and physical comedy expertly executed. Inspired by Edward Gorey, Victorian nightmares, dangerous croquet, gothic romance, afternoon tea and perils of the deep, it features music played live with deadly flare and Happenstance Theater’s witty, visual theatrical collage.

“Cabaret Macabre” often looks like a Gorey illustration brought to life.” - The Washington Post

“…ghoulishly gratifying…it’s a wonderfully imagined, expertly choreographed meditation on a theme… the severity of their physical technique opens up boundless opportunities for humor.” - The Washington City Paper

Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas and Alex Vernon

@ Round House Theatre SIlver Spring – 8641 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring MD

Fri 10/25 8pm
Sat 10/26  8pm
Su 10/27 2pm
Mo 10/28 8pm PWYC
Tu 10/29 8pm
Wed 10/30 8pm
Th 10/31 8pm
Fri 11/1 8pm
Sat 11/2 2pm + 8pm
Su 11/3 2pm
Th 11/7 8pm
Fri 11/8 8pm
Sat 11/9 2pm + 8pm
Su 11/10 2pm
Buy Tickets
General admission seating: $25
30 & Under, Senior Citizens, Military, & Veterans: $20
Box Office: 240.644.1100
Trailer from 3rd Annual Cabaret Macabre

Summer Shows

BACK FROM BERLIN!
   

Now we launch into summer! The full Happenstance Theater company are scattered about working on a variety of projects hither, thither and yon. We will all reunite in the fall to create the 4th Annual All-New Cabaret Macabre and to begin work on IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus, but in the meantime check out all the places you can catch Mark and Sabrina as Pinot & Augustine and all the incredible projects that the rest of the company are involved in during this glorious summer!

PINOT & AUGUSTINE SUMMER APPEARANCES

Washington Folk Festival
Sunday June 2nd 3:15pm
@ Glen Echo Yurt Village Stage
FREE
Information HERE

The National Theatre
Saturday June 8 – 9:30am and 11am
@ Saturday Mornings at the National
1321 Pennsylvania Avenue NW  Washington, DC

FREE but you have to reserve tickets.
Information: (202) 783-3372 and HERE

Clowns Without Borders Fundraiser
Friday June 21 – 8pm
@ The Arts Club of Washington
2017 I Street NW  Washington, DC
Tickets $35
Information HERE

Reston Town Center
Saturday July 6 – 10am
Reston Town Square Park, corner of Market Street at Explorer Street
FREE
Information HERE

Greenbelt Community Center
Sunday July 7 – 3pm
15 Crescent Road  Greenbelt, MD
FREE
Information HERE

King’s Theatre, Annapolis Royal Nova Scotia
Saturday July 27 – 7pm
Information HERE

Mark and I are also performing new solo pieces at the JUNE 10 Clown Cabaret; going down to teach at the University of North Carolina School of the Arts; engaging audiences as costumed characters at Strathmore on July 3 and 10 as part of their free concert pre-show entertainment; and we will appear as Pierrot & Pierrette at the Hillwood Museum French Festival all day on July 13.

WHAT THE REST OF THE COMPANY IS UP TO…

KAREN  Having turned 50 recently, Karen is turning her focus towards repair — repair of a newly-acquired “child’s” Estey pump organ, that is, with the idea of using it in Impossible! A Happenstance Circus. Along with the repair and maintenance of various systems, she’ll continue working on music for Cabaret Macabre IV. Karen looks forward to a beautiful, productive Vermont summer with Hildur, Panther, and Bibi. See you all in the Fall. Thanks Happenstance Supporters!

GWEN is appearing in With Her Old Boyfriend There Were Patterns, in the On The Cusp 10-minute plays in this year’s Source Festival.  Playing June 7 thru 30, information and tickets here: http://www.sourcefestival.org/index.html
She will also be performing in Faction of Fool’s hit show A Commedia Romeo and Juliet at this year’s Capital Fringe Festival.  Playing July 11 through July 28, information and tickets here: https://www.capitalfringe.org/

ALEX  This summer is looking to be super busy for me! Sarah and I have built a brand new puppet show based on 5 songs recorded live by bluegrass legends Doc Watson and Bill Monroe, to be performed at the Black Cherry Puppet Theater in Baltimore. After that it’s straight into devising/rehearsing Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theater, where I’ll be playing the Fish every weekend through the end of September. Sarah and I are also compiling a few of our favorite puppetry pieces we’ve created to share with the students at Garfield Elementary in June. We’ll also be presented as part of the puppet slam at Strathmore around the beginning of August. It’s a very puppety summer. Besides that I’m just brainstorming new ideas for Impossible! A Happenstance Circus and Cab Mac 4, which I’m really excited to start building with everyone!

SARAH June to July – I’m playing Viola in Twelfth Night and Dromio of Syracuse in The Comedy of Errors with the Maryland Shakespeare Festival.  July 13 - with Sabrina and Mark as part of the French Festival at the Hillwood Museum. July 21 - I’m performing at Artscape in Cirque de Charme directed by Elena Day.  August 2 - Alex and I are performing in the Puppet Slam at Strathmore.  August Onward – I’ll be working at Bread and Puppet Theater in Glover, VT for their 50th anniversary.

Pinot & Augustine are voyaging abroad!

Pinot & Augustine are going to Berlin to perform at the Theater Kapelle. Come see our Clownspektakel!

Information is HERE

Pinot&Augustine by BlinkofanEye

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.

Big News About our Sometime Home at Round House Black Box in Silver Spring

We want to let everyone know that starting next year Round House is no longer going to be running the Silver Spring Black Box, the space that has often been our home these last many years. We will still be performing there for this year’s Cabaret Macabre in October/November and IMPOSSIBLE! A Happenstance Circus January/February. After that, we are not sure where we will appear, but we are travelers so it could be anywhere and it will be somewhere. The consortium that is proposing to take over and run the Black Box has offered to have us as part of their cooperative. Right now we don’t think we are going to do that. We are going to reflect, discuss, and decide then let you know what happens. Thank you for the outpouring of support, but really we are always open to change as it is the fuel for creative solutions and opens up infinite possibility.

V A N I T A S

Vanitas

Vanitas Cabinet

@ Round House Theatre Silver Spring
8641 Colesville Rd. Silver Spring MD

Come look into our Cabinet of Curiosities as we tackle the Age of Discovery.

In this new Theatrical work of Art, The Queen, Fool, Musician, and Three Fates create an animated Cabinet of Curiosities that will remind the viewer to consider Imagination as a vehicle to transcend life’s Inevitabilities. Death is coming, Play while you can.

Vanitas still-life painting was a genre that flourished in the Netherlands in the early 17th century. These paintings depict collections of objects symbolic of the inevitability of death and the transience of earthly achievements and pleasures, (Bouquets of cut flowers, skulls, and timepieces) and remind the viewer to consider mortality and spiritual life.

Featuring Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Karen Hansen, Gwen Grastorf, Sarah Olmsted Thomas & Alex Vernon.

Performance Schedule

F 3/29 8pm*
S 3/30 8pm
Th 4/4 8pm
F 4/5 8pm
S 4/6 8pm
Su 4/7 2pm
Th 4/11 8pm*
F 4/12 8pm
S 4/13 8pm
Su 4/14 2pm

*Pay-What-You-Can performances

Tickets $15 ($10 for under 30 years, seniors, groups of 10+)

Box office: 240-644-1100

Online: HERE

You can also follow the progress of our development on our blog VanitasProgress.wordpress.com. 

V A N I T A S is funded in part by grants from the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County, Vermont Arts Council, and NEA.

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