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Sold out entire run May 12 - June 12!
By machina eX
Co-directed by Yves Regenass
& Gillian Drake
Presented with support from:
All photos by Tony Hitchcock
A live video game performance (where the audience controls the action) created by German theater collective machina eX. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington.
In this live-action twist on the familiar “escape the room” video game, two audience teams must help their human avatars escape from the clutches of an evil mastermind, using only the materials at hand to find the keys, unlock the doors, and beat the clock.
Stage Manager - Becky Reed*
US Adaptation, Game and Interaction Design - Jan Philip Steimel
& Lasse Marburg (machina eX)
Technical Advisor and Lighting Design- Gordon Nimmo-Smith
Technical Director/Software Operator - Charles Cobb
Costume Design - Lynn Sharp Spears
Set Design - Kim Sammis
Props - Becky Mezzanotte
Oliver Ann Hinson
Sound Design - Mathias Prinz
Software Operator - Justin Herman
Audio/Video Advisor - Natalie Kinsaul
Deck Crew - Patrick Derrickson
* - Member AEA
Carolyn Kashner has been performing on DC area stages for almost a decade, working with such theatres as Center Stage, Signature Theatre, Olney Theatre Center, the Hub Theatre, Theatre Alliance, 1st Stage, the Keegan Theatre, and more. Carolyn has a BA in Theatre and Dance from the University of Mary Washington and has completed the Studio Theatre's Conservatory Program. Carolyn is an equity membership candidate.
Matthew Marcus is pleased to return to the Spooky Action stage following up his appearances in Collaborators and Last of the Whyos.
Robert Bowen Smith
Robert Bowen Smith is excited to be in Happy Hour at Spooky Action. Previous theatre credits include: Collaborators (Spooky), in a word (Hub), Heroes and Monsters* (Flying V), Doctor Moreau* (Synetic). He will next appear in Flying V's Be Awesome: a Theatrical Mixed Tape of the 90's. @rbowensmith robertbowensmith.com
* Helen Hayes Nominated
Stephanie Tomiko is excited to be part of Happy Hour! She is a DC resident and member of Convergence Theatre. Previously she has worked with Discovery Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Theatre and Nextstop Theatre, among others. StephanieTomiko.com
They design an immersive experience somewhere between computer game, theater and interactive installation. Within a room equipped with electronic sensors, human actors and analog items the player gets thrown directly into the game universe. Doors can be opened for real. Lights can be switched on and off. Anything can be touched, tested, used, collected and combined in order to test the reaction of the room and the characters in it. In these complex paradox metaworlds illusion is unbroken for the moment.
"The perfection of the situations that machina eX offers their audience is - next to the enormous fun factor - the big quality of this young performance collective." - (taken from the Impulse-Festival program text from curator Tamina Theiß)
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February 11 - March 13, 2016
Written by John Hodge
Directed by Richard Henrich
Recipient of the 2012 Lawrence Olivier Award for Best New Play, Collaborators is a darkly comic take on an imaginary relationship between Russian writer Mikhail Bulgakov and dictator Joseph Stalin - who is the author and, who is writing history?
Extended through March 13th!
Giorgos Tsappas - Set
Brian S. Allard - Lighting
David Crandall - Sound
Alisa Mandel - Costumes
Kate Kilbane* - Stage Manager
Allie Alexander - Assistant Stage Manager
Bridget Grace Sheaff - Assistant Director
Mariana Fernandez - Scenic Artist
Becky Mezzanotte - Props
Charles Cobb - Technical Director
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Th-Sa at 8:00pm & Sun at 3:00pm
Approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes including intermission
Three generations of women come together in the rich and complicated personal tapestry of Can't Complain. Rita finds herself restlessly confined in a hospital for "a few tests," which her daughter has arranged. Rita begins to plot her escape with the help of her boisterous Irish roommate Iris, her granddaughter Jansis, and her cat's new best friend, the Devil. Rita battles her present situation – until a riotous party night with Iris and the Devil collapses her escape plan and brings her face to face with her past.