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We believe a good play imparts a special kind of rapture. Albert Einstein coined the term spooky action at a distance to describe a bit of quantum mechanics even he found incredible: two particles can become entangled such that, forever after, a change in one is matched by instant change in the other, no matter what the distance between them. Spooky action happens when actors provide a bare framework to be fleshed out by the imagination of the audience, creating the world and action of the play.
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In 2010, Spooky Action Theater reached an agreement with the Universalist National Memorial Church at 1810 16th Street NW to renovate the downstairs auditorium of the church and create a multipurpose performance space. Work was completed in fall 2010 and the new theater venue in the Dupont Circle neighborhood was born. The result is an affordable, flexible, user-friendly performance space in a convenient, metro-accessible location.
Spooky Action has gained growing recognition as a valued contributor to the DC performing arts community. Our productions are regularly reviewed in The Washington Post, Washington City Paper, and Maryland Theatre Guide, among others. SAT’s production of Reckless was recognized by DC Metro Theatre Arts.com as one of the best of 2012. DC Theatre Scene praised our recent production of Kafka on the Shore, adapted by Frank Galati from Haruki Murakami’s novel, for its “beautiful and evocative images.” We received our first Helen Hayes Awards © nominations for our Spring 2013 production of Optimism! or Voltaire’s Candide, a new adaptation by TJ Edwards, for outstanding ensemble and outstanding movement (Monalisa Arias) and our winter 2014 production of The Wedding Dress, by Nelson Rodrigues, received the honor of being named a Helen Hayes Awards © recommended production and received rave reviews.
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Richard is founding Artistic Director of Spooky Action Theater and directed many of the company’s first productions, including Rameau’s Nephew, Alice in Wonderland andHoly Ghosts. Richard has a special connection with Beckett, having directed Beckett’s Play at the Yale Experimental Theater, as well as productions of Krapp’s Last Tape, Ohio Impromptu and The Lost Ones featuring Carter Jahncke at Spooky Action Theater. As an actor, Richard has been seen in roles at Arena Stage, The Shakespeare Theatre, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Washington Shakespeare Company and other Washington area theaters. He also has the unique distinction of having performed the role of Krapp at the British Council in Dhaka, Bangladesh.
Steve is rather a fan of theatre and of organization and is quite glad to be uniting those two passions in his premier arts management position. A graduate of Gettysburg College’s Theatre program, he is a well-rounded theatre professional with experience in playwriting, acting, directing, design, carpentry, technician work, dramaturgy, and management. He has been working locally since his leap out of the scholastic nest and cannot get enough of the DC arts scene. He is very excited to be undertaking this role and looks forward to serving you and Spooky Action Theater.
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