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Immigration Bake-Off

CALL TO (ACT)ION:

We are excited to announce that we are initiating and hosting a 2019 2019 bake-off_v1Immigration themed Bake-Off: a 48 hour playwriting and stage reading event based on a quickly written exercise, with required elements (or ingredients) on the assigned theme of immigration/walls.

The theme is inspired by 2 plays: “Pyramus & Thisbe” from Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream, and “Over the Wall” by James Saunders, and 2 poems:  “The New Colossus” by Emma Lazarus and an excerpt from poetry book Salt by Nayyirah Waheed.

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Participants are free to add their own research to the group: music, art, graphics, comic books, films, essays, etc.!

Annnd no script critiques, just have fun with theater and good food! 😀 😀
Bake-Offs are about brining people together and the creation process.


This event is inspired by our participation in the 2018 UBU ROI National Bake-Off that was a part of  a “…national grassroots movement [started by playwright Paula Vogel] to respond to our global crisis.”

If you’re in the D.C. area, TMD Theater will be hosting one too. We hope creative souls will also join in the Bake-Off fun by hosting their own across the country. 😀


Ways to participate nationwide:

  • Find a space to read or perform the submitted plays, whether it’s a theater, living room, school, library, etc…
  • Recruit people to write and read/perform the scripts
  • Spread the word about your bake-off, share online, email, word of mouth, etc…
    • We’d love for you to use the hashtags: #2019BakeOff #ImmigrationBakeOff
    • Please tag TMD Theater in your photos and videos, we would love to see what you’re creating :D. We’re on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Snapchat.
  • Start writing on Friday, Feb. 22, 2019 when the 48-hour “baking” clock begins.
  • Enjoy the company of your fellow creators and theater appreciators with some fun foods and drinks of your choice; many bake-offs also have real baked goods too, yuuum!
  • Scripts baked and ready for the reading/performance time!
  • Some people stream it live or post a video afterwords too 😀

Ways to participate if you’re in the D.C. area:

  • We will be producing up to 10 stage readings of these short bake-off plays on Feb. 24, 2019 starting at 3 pm at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts

    • 3-4 pm: Meet peeps and dessert time!
    • 4-6 pm: Performance and live stream!
  • This is a call for plays, actors, and audience/community members to attend and participate.

  • Writing: Please note all plays must be written/performed within a 48-hour period and authors cannot start until
    Friday, February 22 at 6 pm.

    • We will to read the first 10 plays we receive that include the Bake-Off Ingredients. We will also announce once we received 10 plays.
      Email submissions to tmd.theater@gmail.com. 
    • Please, no more than (8) characters to ensure we have enough people to read your play. Depending on the # of actors who volunteer that day, roles may be doubled.
    • Also, please include all required components/characters (ingredients in your play.)
    • We encourage everyone, not just playwrights, to write a play. This is a great opportunity for community members to participate.
  • Acting: Email us know if you’d like to act. All casting will happen on the spot for a blind reading that we will record live.
  • Creating Art: Anyone can submit. If you would like to make posters or other art to accompany the performance:
    • We’d love to take photos of submitted art the day of the event and use them as potential props/backdrop for the reading.
    • Feel free to bring your art with you or send us a digital copy of them.
      ALL artists will be credited for their creations.
  • Being there: I just want to come: GREAT! We cannot wait to see you. Seating is first come first serve. 

More about: What is a Bake-Off?

“A bake-off is a quickly written exercise on an assigned theme with assigned elements that folks do within a 48 hour period of time. It is a reaction to plays and works of art that are responding to another writer or artist, preferably centuries apart; the bake-off continues this conversation.  Usually, bake-offs have a group participating: when the 48 hour time period is up, the group gathers and reads the bake-offs. I usually offer a play and articles or films on the bake-off topic online. Participants are free to add their own research to the group: music, art, graphics, comic books, films, essays, etc.!”

Bake-Off Information from http://paulavogelplaywright.com/ubu-bake-off

 

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Check out our 1st webseries!!!

“Confessions of a Sexually Frustrated Fairy”

You can now watch the series here. New episodes each Thursday!

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My name is Tink. I am sooo pumped to share by video blog (vlog) with you ;D. It’s about time for my side of the Neverland Adventures to be heard! Follow along and you’ll get to meet my besties Milly – a mermaid, Nibbs – Peter’s main man, and some pirates.

Tink: Jillian Blair
Milly: Ruth Diaz (IG: redscar 24)
Nibbs: Tyler Dos Santos (IG: dossantostyler)
Hook’s Homie (Ava): Merancia Noelsaint (IG: avoca_noel)
Director: Marketa S. Nicholson (IG: seliyahakibradshaw)
Writer/Assistant Director: Dara A. Gold (IG: 2bcreated)

Link to teaser – https://youtu.be/6P3gzgS1_DA 

Special thanks to: The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, Rachel Hynes, Ryan Musil, and Simi Hynes Director: Marketa Nicholson

This series was produced by Too Much Damn (TMD) Theater https://www.facebook.com/tmdtheater/

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TMD @ Page to Stage Fest 2018!!!

We have 3 awwweeesome shows for you on Sept. 3 in
the Kennedy Center’s Terrace Gallery!

10:30 am – Ladies: A Staged Reading

– Written & Directed by Marketa Nicholson

 

1:30 pm – Enough: A Musical

– Written & Directed by Amber Waltz

  • Cast Info to come

5:00 pm – Airquote “Ladylike:” A Concert of Women Musical Theater Creators

– Directed by Jessica Dubish (2 songs directed by Megan Sperger and 2 by Lance Lewman)

– Curated by Dara Gold

  • Written by 11 Musical Theater Creators/Teams.
  • For our digital program click here.

 

 

 

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Capital Fringe Festival This July!

We are stoked that we’re in the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival!

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Our play is “Painted Ladies Bosses of the Wild West.” The show is a historical fiction comedic drama.

Welcome to the tale of the unsung and unexpected lives of the women that were essential to the business growth and expansion of American Wild West. These “badly behaved,” sharp business savvy, multitalented, customer building economic powerhouses that were the saloon ladies. This interactive play brings you right into the saloon with our oh so talented saloon girls to indulge in the vices of the wild west and discover that these ladies are more than meet the eye and were waaay ahead of their time.

Time travel to 1867 costs a pretty penny, but your contribution will bring this opportunity to life at the Capital Fringe Festival in SW D.C. this July. If you’d like to support the show you can donate at –> https://www.gofundme.com/paintedladies

Keep an eye out for more info! 

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This production is presented as a part of the 2018 Capital Fringe Festival, a program of the Washington, DC non-profit Capital Fringe.

#capfringe18 #paintedladies #dctheater #acreativedc

Photography by Bryanda Minix
Special Thanks to Homestead DC for the photoshoot location.

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Celebrating Our 1 Year Anniversary!

We are thrilled to be celebrating one year of creating theater as a collective!!! 

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On April 18, 2017 we started TMD Theater. We have been celebrating our bday month throughout April, including presenting some birthday plays on Fri. April 27.

Please join us at 7:00 pm at the Colony Club, 3118 Georgia Ave NW, Washington, DC 20010 fr 3 new 10 minute plays and games to celebrate a year of theatering.

It’s Pay What You Can to support future productions including our July 2018 Capital Fringe Festival Play! 

One of our plays is by a new 9-year-old playwright – Devinne.

The plays feature: Gaby Perdomom, Liz, Clendenin, Amber Waltz, and Marketa Nicholson.

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We have accomplished a lot in our first year:

TMD Theater produced 2 radio play podcast series, 6 shows in the Kennedy Center’s Page to Stage Festival, 1 short film in the DC Horror 48 Hour Film Festival, stage readings including Paula Vogel’s UBU Bake-Off , Liberate Muse’s C3: Creative Creatives Creating Show Case, workshopped our 2018 Capital Fringe Play, and began pre-production for our first web series!!! We are eager for more years of amazing creating to come. 😀