Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Edge of the Universe Players 2 -- Entertaining Mr Sloane

The Edge of the Universe Players 2


Entertaining Mr Sloane

by Joe Orton
directed by Stephen Jarrett

Runs through Sunday, December 13, 2015
at the Writer's Center in Bethesda

A reception will follow the performance on Saturday evening, November 28. All audience members are invited.

From among a multitude of very different scripts suggested by various directors, our Board chose this dark comedy from the 1960’s. It’s British playwright Joe Orton’s tale of people desperately searching for love, but weaving an outrageous tangle of lust, deceit, and violence in its place. We find it a commentary on morality and pragmatism in the worst sense. The story leads to questions about the structure of civilization. It’s also hilarious in many places.

The cast:
    Claire Schoonover as Kath
    Matthew Aldwin McGee as Sloane
    David Bryan Jackson* as Kemp
    Jim Jorgensen* as Ed

*Member, Actors’ Equity Association

For the schedule and tickets, click here.

Entertaining Mr Sloane will be at the Allan B. Lefcowitz Theatre at Writer’s Center, 4508 Walsh St., Bethesda, Md. It’s in downtown Bethesda, just east of Wisconsin Avenue, within walking distance from the Bethesda METRO and across the street from a large parking lot.

For more info on the cast, designers, director, and others, click here.

Entertaining Mr Sloane is presented by special arrangement with SAMUEL FRENCH, INC.

The Edge of the Universe Players 2

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Don't be a Grinch - come to the Christmas Revels!

Takoma Ensemble: Carols for Christmas

Carols for Christmas
Friday, December 4, 2015 at 8:00pm
Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Avenue, Silver Spring, MD

Takoma Ensemble joins forces once again with the National Philharmonic Singers in a concert to help jump start your holiday season with music from the Baroque to right now. The concert includes an opportunity for the audience to sing along on favorite carols.

Featuring music of Durante, Torelli, and McDowall along with premieres of three works by local musicians; Alistair Coleman, a multi-talented young musician currently attending Walt Whitman High School who has received many awards for his work; Virginia composer and George Mason University alum Peter Gjon Kadeli; and National Philharmonic Singer Ed Rejuney. The concert concludes with favorite carols by the choir, including Stille Nacht and our ever-popular Carol Sing with the Twelve Days of Christmas.

$25 general admission
$15 "young professional" 30 and under
$10 student (17-25)
16 and under free


Sunday, November 22, 2015

2015 Christmas Revels in Washington, D.C.

The Christmas Revels
A Medieval Celebration of the Winter Solstice

Revel with us and with our beloved king, a mysterious woodland queen, a pair of fools, and an unexpected guest. As the Winter Solstice calls us all together, meet us in a special place that straddles the majestic and the mythical realms. The townspeople gather with court and forest folk, new and old traditions find common ground, and a deeper community emerges. Join us and find the true heart and spirit of the holiday season as we bid goodbye to the old year and celebrate the birth of the new.

Amidst it all, enjoy rousing traditional music, powerful medieval songs, ethereal chants, seasonal carols, rollicking tunes on early instruments, familiar rounds, folk and courtly dances, a madcap “12 Days of Christmas,” the eerily hypnotic Abbots Bromley horn dance, a topsy-turvy “Lord of Misrule,” and an evocative mummers’ play.

Join our cast of over 100, ages 8 to 85, for this one-of-a-kind evening of seasonal celebration and merriment. Sing along and dance in the aisles with us, and join the over 10,000 people who make our Christmas Revels part of their holiday tradition each December!

Read about our Guest Artists, including Mark Jaster, Sabrina Mandell, Shane Odom, and Gwen Grastorf, along with Piffaro, the Renaissance Band and the Washington Revels Brass.

Washington Revels’ flagship production, The Christmas Revels, is a festive celebration of the Winter Solstice and the return of sun and light after the “shortest day.” Through music, dance and drama, it draws on traditions and rituals from many lands, peoples, and eras — medieval, Renaissance and Victorian English, French, Russian, Roma (Gypsy), African-American, Scandinavian, American Appalachian, Native American, Renaissance Italian, Québécois, medieval Andalusian (Sephardic, Arabic and Spanish), southern Balkan (Bulgarian, Greek and Thracian Turkish), Irish, and more.

Saturday, December 5, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 6, 2:00pm
Friday, December 11, 7:30pm (Family Friday)
Saturday, December 12, 2:00pm and 7:30pm
Sunday, December 13, 1:00pm and 5:00pm

Orchestra A-N (Center): Adult $60 | Youth $40
Orchestra A-N (Sides): Adult $50 | Youth $32
Terrace* AA-JJ: Adult $45 | Youth $27
Terrace* KK-RR: Adult $30 | Youth $20
Terrace* SS-UU: Adult $18 | Youth $12

Wheelchair Spaces** (Row N): see Row N pricing above
Youth = 18 and under

* Terrace seats require climbing stairs
**Wheelchair seating: please call 301-587-3835

GW Lisner Auditorium
730 21st Street NW
Washington, DC 20052

Washington Revels,

Friday, October 23, 2015

Takoma Ensemble - November 14 - Happy Birthday, Aaron Copland! A Celebration of American Music

Happy Birthday, Aaron Copland!

A Celebration of American Music

Victoria Gau, conductor

Join us for our next concert at 8PM on Saturday, November 14 - Copland's birthday!

Two of the Washington area’s finest musicians, Chris Gekker (trumpet) and Mark Hill (oboe, English horn), join the ensemble to celebrate the birthday of one of America’s greatest composers, Aaron Copland.

The concert features Copland’s Quiet City, as well as the beloved “Hoe-down” fromRodeo. Gekker and Hill solo in works by other American composers with the same immediate appeal: Eric Ewazen and Tison Street.  The ensemble concludes the evening with a repeat of Charlie Barnett’s wildly popular and engaging Three Completely Workable Perpetual Motion Devices, composed for the Takoma Ensemble and premiered last spring.

Saturday, November 14 at 8:00PM,
Episcopal Church of the Ascension, 633 Sligo Ave, Silver Spring, MD
Tickets available at Discounts available.
16 and under FREE.

Chris Gekker is Professor of Trumpet at the University of Maryland, School of Music. He has been featured as soloist at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, and throughout the United States, Europe, and Asia. In the Washington DC area, Chris serves as principal trumpet of the National Philharmonic at Strathmore, is a member of the Washington Symphonic Brass, Post Classical Ensemble and performs regularly at Wolf Trap.  During the summer he is principal trumpet of the Eastern Music Festival in Greensboro, NC.
For more information, visit

Mark Hill has earned a wide reputation as an oboe and English horn soloist, chamber musician, orchestral player, recording artist and teacher. In the symphonic world he has been invited to perform with the New York Philharmonic, the National Symphony, the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra, the San Diego Symphony, the Orchestra of the Academy of St.-Martins-in-the-Fields, Orpheus, the Mostly Mozart Orchestra and the Orchestra of St. Luke's. He was a member of the New York Chamber Symphony for fifteen years. Currently he is Principal Oboe of the National Philharmonic and Professor of Oboe at the University of Maryland School of Music.
About the Takoma Ensemble
The Takoma Ensemble was created by Victoria Gau and Susanna Kemp who recognized the need for a new kind of chamber orchestra in the area. Members are freelance musicians. As a free-range, organic ensemble, the ensemble has a commitment to present concerts which are fresh and appealing mission of the ensemble is to expand the local audience for orchestral music and broaden the notion of what the genre can be through accessible, affordable performances of music that ranges freely across time and type. For more information, visit

Tuesday, September 8, 2015

Eat at Mark's Kitchen in Takoma Park from noon to 9 pm on Tuesday 9/8, and Mark's will donate a portion of its proceeds to Knock On Wood Tap Studio!

Mark's Kitchen is at 7006 Carroll Avenue in Takoma Park, 20912.

Their delicious and widely varied menu can be found here.

Great relaxed family atmosphere, just around the corner from Knock On Wood.

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