Community Events

“Theatre & Conversation –

R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical”

Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm at

The President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St NW.

 

Register here for tickets ($20)

Alliance for New Music-Theatre in partnership with The President Woodrow Wilson House continues its year-long inaugural series of lively cultural evenings in the Dupont-Kalorama neighborhood. On Wednesday, February 15 for our third evening of “Theatre and Conversation” we will present R.U.R.: A Retro-Futuristic Musical

An intimate performance/reading based on the play R.U.R. by Karel Čapek in a music-theatre adaptation by composer Maurice Saylor and director Susan Galbraith.

R.U.R. takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation, unveiling the ideas behind a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. This work-in-development dramatizes the conflict very much part of today’s conversation: whether the combination of a robotic work force and artificial intelligence will liberate mankind from economic drudgery or threaten to overcome and destroy the human race.  The work both celebrates and examines critically the promise of industrialization and technology that was envisioned in the time of the very modern “Electric President” Wilson.

Following the performance, we will host a discussion to further explore the themes presented that still resonate widely in our current culture. The prescience of the work will engage today’s audiences, as its focus is very much part of our global conversation:

Please join us on Wednesday, February 15 at 7 pm

Register here for tickets ($20)

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Past Events

“Theatre & Conversation -An Evening with Kafka”

Wednesday, January 18 at 7 pm at

The President Woodrow Wilson House, 2340 S St NW.

 For our second evening of “Theatre and Conversation” we hosted “An Evening with Kafka” with a performance of Franz Kafka’s riveting short story A Report to an Academy, that explores the struggle to be human in a broken, oppressive society.

In this solo theater piece, Drew Valins embodies Kafka’s half-ape RotPeter, telling his story of how he joined the human community after being captured and caged. Drew performed to wide acclaim the role of Vaněk in Václav Havel’s play Protest in our first evening of “Theatre and Conversation” at the Woodrow Wilson House in September 2016.

Kafka wrote this tale in 1917; however, it’s themes of lost identity and marred freedom will grip any modern audience today. In this tale RotPeter (Red Peter) details his transformation from ape to human – from the horrors of being snatched into captivity, held within a confining cage, and the realization that he must become something he is not, in order to obtain a vestige of freedom.

Following the performance, we will host a discussion to further explore the themes presented that still resonate widely in our current culture. Kafka was a contemporary of Wilson. Both witnessed WWI, the Great War to End all Wars, yet they looked to the future with different perspectives.

 

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Two Theatrical Readings with Music of R.U.R.

Alliance for New Music Theatre presents two theatrical readings of its adaptation of Karel Čapek’s most renowned play – R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots)

September 7, 2015, 2:30 PM at the Kennedy Center as part of the Page to Stage Festival

http://www.kennedy-center.org/calendar/event/XPPPS

September 10, 2015, 6:00 PM at the Embassy of the Czech Republic.

3900 Spring of Freedom Street, NW
Washington, DC 20008

R.U.R. (Rossum’s Universal Robots) takes us “back to the future” in a new musical adaptation and unveiling of a play written in 1920 by Czech playwright Karel Čapek, who introduced the word “robot” to the world. The prescience of the work will engage audiences, as the play’s focus is very much part of today’s global conversation: Will the combination of a robotic workforce and artificial intelligence liberate mankind from economic drudgery or will it become a superior force that threatens to overcome the human race?

 

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Theatre Washington Presents our own Pamela Bierly Jusino

showTunes & Cocktails

AN EXUBERANT GATHERING OF THEATRE LOVERS AND ARTISTS

Monday, May 11, 2014 7-10 p.m.
Beacon Bar & Grill
Happy Hour Prices

Grab a cocktail and some happy-hour nosh, then belly-up to the baby grand for Washington’s favorite show tune sing-along! Special guest Pamela Bierly Jusino, currently in Metamorphosis at the Alliance for New Music-Theatre, will help get things going, along with maestro Glenn Pearson. And don’t miss the chance to win tickets to the area’s hottest shows, including:

Alliance for New Music-Theatre – Kafka’s Metamorphosis

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An Evening of Afghan Music and Poetry

Friday March 13, 2014 from 5-8 pm

Zamani House of Heritage
45714 Oakbrook Ct, Suite 100, Sterling VA

This special event is a Fundraiser to kickstart our new project:

Women of Troy / Voices from Afghanistan