“gently satiric and utterly involving” – Washington Post
"part Choose Your Own Adventure, part kooky murder-mystery dinner party—only complex and thought-provoking" - Washingtonian
"Kudos to the group for devising a novel theatrical event that celebrates community and civility" - DC Theatre Scene
"Beertown, I hope, turns out to be a trend-setting piece of theatre….It was very moving and thought-provoking….It’s one of the most important shows I saw in Washington in 2011, and very entertaining." - Howard Shalwitz, Artistic Director Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company
2011 Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding New Play or Musical
2012 Top 10 Theatre Productions in DC (Washington Post)
dog & pony dc is taking Beertown on a multi-city tour, stretching from East to West. Current planned stops include Omaha Community Playhouse (Omaha, Nebraska), Know Theatre (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Raleigh Little Theatre (Raleigh, North Carolina). Beertown Takes America will return home in the fall of 2016 with a Washington, DC performance celebrating Beertown’s fifth anniversary. Not just a remount, each production will be a collaboration between dog & pony dc ensemble members and local artists and their communities, crafting a new and uniquely relevant Beertown for each stop of the tour.
Which tells the story of our town’s history better: a pair of glasses or a license plate? A projector or a bottle of beer? Visit a place where remembering is a communal act, and everyone’s opinion is heard and counted: Beertown. Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, dog & pony dc’s Beertown explores the dynamic and tenuous relationship between individuals and their community.
For more, listen to Metro Connection's 2011 story: "Audience as Moderator"
Or watch a clip from the July 2012 run at Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Photos by C. Stanley Photography and Jonathan Zucker
Directed by: Rachel Grossman
Touring Co-Director: Shannon Davies Mancus
Performing Ensemble: Wyckham Avery, Joshua Drew, Max Freedman, Rachel Grossman, Melanie Harker, Colin Hovde, Jessica Lefkow, Pete Miller, Elaine Yuko Qualter, J. Argyl Plath, Jon Reynolds, Rebecca Sheir, Matthew R. Wilson, Yasmin Tuazon
Devising Ensemble: Wyckham Avery, Colin K. Bills, Joshua Drew, Cory Ryan Frank, Max Freedman, Jess Holman, Rachel Grossman, Kate Langsdorf, Jessica Lefkow, Mitch Mattson, Elaine Yuko Qualter, J. Argyl Plath, Lorraine Resseger-Slone, Jon Reynolds, Ivania Stack, Elizabeth Stone, Matthew R. Wilson
Designed by: Colin K. Bills, Ivania Stack
Music & Lyrics Arranged by: Wyckham Avery, Mitch Mattson, Kate Langsdorf, J. Argyl Plath, Jon Reynolds; pre-show and intermission designed by Eric Shimelonis
Production Stage Management: Melanie Harker, with Ellys Abrams and Adelaide Waldrop
Graphic Artist: Kate Ahern Loveric
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