The Merry Death of Robin Hood

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Based on the stories of Howard Pyle
Re-Conceived & Directed by Jason Schlafstein


Robin is dead and his Merry Men have gathered to drink, sing, and tell the stories of their dear friend and leader Robin of Locksley. As they tell the stories, they come to life – reliving them to the best of their individual memories and showing off all the different sides of this one man and the life he lived and the impression he made.


Performed at the amazingly awesome DC Reynolds Bar in Petworth, DC!

How to get there:
3628 Georgia Ave. NW, Washington, District of Columbia

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THIS SHOW IS 21 and UP ONLY, sorry kiddos!
All single tickets to performances are $15.00 in advance or $20 at the door

*no handicap access, so sorry for inconvenience!

Tickets Sold Out Online? Try your luck at the door 1 hour before showtime.


Matthew Aldwin McGee has been performing around the DC area for a number of years now, but this is his first production with LiveArtDC! Oo-de-lally ! An actor, puppeteer, writer, and all around artistic-type, Matthew’s work has been seen in numerous places, including the Shakespeare Theatre Company: Much Ado About Nothing, Two Gentlemen of Verona, Merry Wives of Windsor, Henry IV Parts 1 & 2; Folger Theatre: Romeo & Juliet; Constellation Theatre: Taking Steps (Helen Hayes Award, Outstanding Supporting Actor), Scapin, Gilgamesh (puppet design), Avenue Q (assistant director, puppet coach, and props designer); Flying V Theatre: The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea, Batman: The Long Halloween (staged-reading); Imagination Stage: The BFG (Helen Hayes Nomination), The Magic Finger (puppet designer); Studio Theatre: Rocky Horror Show (Riff Raff); Edge of the Universe Players 2: Entertaining Mr. Sloane; various other theaters in a variety of roles. He is a transplant of Central California and got his degree in theatre from Fresno State University. 

Kaitlin Kemp is thrilled to be performing in her first LiveArtDC Production as the supremely intelligent and bad ass Maid Marian! She is a recent graduate of Rowan University where she obtained a BA in Acting/Directing. She has worked in the DC area as an Actress, Director and Arts Educator for the past year. Before moving to the DMV she was in Philadelphia where she performed with EgoPo Classic Theatre and produced Kill Me Now: Rowan Edition for FringeArts. Recent credits include: District Arts Collective: 8; No Rules Theatre Company: The No Rules Sketch ShowIn Love and Warcraft; EgoPo Classic Theatre: Death of a Salesman. Upcoming: Monumental Theatre: Urinetown. Lots of love and gratitude to her family and friends (fans) for their endless support and laughter. 

Christian Sullivan is a DM based actor/carpenter/purveyor of fighty things. He is a proudly tatted company member at Rorschach Theatre, and may or may not be a founding company member of the Globe Theatre.

 Steve N Bradford is a local filmmaker and general theater involved human.  He is pleased to be returning to the stage as Friar Tuck, particularly in a devised and original work like this.  He is an Associated Artist with Faction of Fools, a devisor with Borealis Theatre, and the head of GuyLoki Films.  His previous work could be seen in the crosswalk of H and 7th in Chinatown as the minister of ‘Crosswalk Weddings’, the Crimson Herring in the Fringe show ‘Seance’, and on the internet in various short films. 

Emma Lou Hebert is pleased as punch to be robbing stagecoaches with this merry band, and making mischief with LiveArtDC for the first time. Other credits include: Happenstance Theatre’s “Impossible! A Happenstance Circus,” Farrah the Faerie in Rorschach Theatre’s “She Kills Monsters,” Sprite in Taffety Punk’s “The Tempest,” May in Pinky Swear Productions’ “The Last Burlesque,” and Commandant/Little Green Girl in Forum Theatre’s “The Pillowman.” 

John Stange  will get these crazy Sherwood kids off of his lawn even if he has to set every last one of them on fire. Between the villainy and the bar service, he’s in his comfort zone here as a veteran of R+J: Star Cross’d Death Match, as well as producer of Shakespeare in the Pub and general fixture of theatre that happens in bars. As for regular, liver-friendly plays, you might have caught him as Melantius in Brave Spirits Theatre’s The Maid’s Tragedy, John Dodge in NextStop Theatre Company’s Middletown, or Mackers in The Keegan Theatre’s The Dealer of Ballynafeigh. Up next: 22 Boom! with Nu Sass Productions, as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. John is a company member with Lean & Hungry Theatre and Grain of Sand Theatre, and a loyal graduate of the The Theatre Lab’s Honors Conservatory, 2009. 

Josh Adams Some Theatre Credits: The Sisters Rosensweig (Theater J), An Inspector Calls (Everyman Theater), The Intelligent Homosexual’s Guide… (Theater J), The Cripple of Inishmaan (Scena Theatre), Appropriate (Woolly Mammoth), A Few Good Men (Keegan Theatre), R+J: Star-Crossed Death Match (LiveArtDC), The Cripple of Inishmaan (1st Stage), Romeo and Juliet: Love Knows No Age (Unexpected Stage), The Big Meal (Studio Theatre), Fallbeil (Field Trip), The Tempest (We Happy Few), Balm in Gilead (Balm in Gilead, Brooklyn), The Lieutenant of Inishmore (Ion Theatre), True West (Lotus Theatre). Some Film Credits: Geographically Desirable, The Coming Storm, Alone in Numbers, Mr. Sunshine, You’ll be Fine. Training: BA in Theatre and a minor in Political Science from University of California: San Diego. 

Seth Rosenke Recent DC Credits: Steve in Kills Monsters (Rorschach Theatre), Laertes Silvertree in The Mage Knights of Eternal Light (CUADrama), and Kyle in Never Never (Barrabas Theatre). Upcoming: Henry V (Barrabas Theatre). Seth would like to thank Jason and Heather for letting him play, and his merry cast for helping him find how he fits in. Oo-de-lally!

Jon Jon Johnson Ay up mi’duck! Batt yu-sen dan. Bungit ovvarear. ‘S’batcheh, innit? Them prattin about? S’a good show. Now, Jon Jon’s gone an’ podged hissen, but gerren yersen swag. Tip the bartenders, else Jon Jon’ll bat ye tab. Donations? Gizzit here. Jon Jon’s a company member of LiveArt DC and Flying V, and’ll be appearing next in Flying V’s “Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90’s”, and is currently working on LiveArt DC’s Causality. Love to LF, LH, KH, CW, RT, DM, AL, AO, JTO, and NN. 

Jason Schlafstein is the Co-Founder and Producing Artistic Director of Flying V, the recipients of the 2015 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theater Company at the Helen Hayes Awards. With Flying V he has directed or co-directed You, or Whatever I Can Get (Winner of the 2014 Capital Fringe Best Musical Award), Flying V Fights: Heroes and Monsters, The Pirate Laureate and the King of the Sea, Flying V Fights: Love is a Battlefield, Unplugged, The Best of Craigslist, The Pirate Laureate of Port Town, Me and the Devil Blues, Tough!, Become What You Are, and numerous Readings and Workshops. Other recent directing credits include Information Once Thought Useless with The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, The Hunchback Variations and Featuring Loretta with 1st Stage, and Spacebar: A Broadway Musical by Kyle Sugarman with the Source Festival. Jason is a three time Best Director Winner at the Bethesda Play in a Day competition, a member of the Board of Governors of the Helen Hayes Awards, a member of the Directors Studio at Shakespeare Theatre, and a Bethesda Arts & Entertainment District Board Member. Later this year he will be directing Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s with Flying V.

Paul Reisman has been working in the DC area as an actor, director and playwright for almost ten years.  Local credits include work with Shakespeare Theatre Company, Taffety Punk, We Happy Few, dog&ponydc, Flying V, and Faction of Fools, where he is Associate Artistic Director.  Regional work has been seen at American Shakespeare Center, Shakespeare Theatre of New Jersey, TheatreFest, 12 Miles West, American Globe Theatre. MFA, The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy For Classical Acting at The George Washington University. 

Seth Alcorn‘s first Robin Hood memory is of Disney’s animated version. After careful and thorough research of the story over many types of media, he’s glad the one with the foxes and the bear and the vultures still holds up. He’s even happier (and very grateful) to have had the chance to contribute to another iteration of the legend!

P.S. If you need advice on which Robin Hoods to avoid, please feel free to ask Seth, as long as you have time to listen to a lengthy tirade. 

Jonathan Ezra Rubin is thrilled to work with LiveArtDC for the first time! He has has found the challenge of staging fights in a crowded bar both exciting and invigorating; full of new problems to solve. A Helen Hayes Award Nominee for Outstanding Choreography, Jonathan has choreographed fights for The Studio Theatre, Flying V, Maryland Shakespeare Company, Single Carrot Theatre, Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, Lumina Studio Theatre, & Marshall High School, among others. Coming up in June: Matt & Ben at Flying V, & Neverwhere at Cohesion Theatre Company. Jonathan is recognized as an Advanced Actor/Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors, and freelances as a fight choreographer. When not fighting, he is the Managing Director for Flying V and the Theatre Manager for the Silver Spring Black Box. Much love to Jillian, and special thanks to Jason, Heather, and this amazing cast and crew for the awesome process.  

 Kat Fleshman is so excited to be making her design debut with LiveArtDC! Even though she is a full time teacher at Carver Center for Art and Technology, she is so happy to collaborate with such a talented group of artists. Recent credits include Its A Circus Out There (DC Fringe), Dogfight, Sweeney Todd (Red Branch Theatre), Promised Land (Mosaic) and Henri IV (Brave Spirits). She would like to thank Jason, Heather, Katherine and her husband, Joe. Enjoy! 

Katherine Offutt is a DC-area Stage Manager, Production Manager, and Make-Things-Happener. Having recently completed shows with Molotov Theatre Group in Adams Morgan and Red Knight Productions down in Alexandria, VA, she’s thrilled that this project is at her neighborhood bar, just a couple blocks up the road from her house. She feels that three seasons as an in-house stage manager for the Maryland Renaissance Festival have prepped her for handling theatre surrounded by beer, and she thanks LiveArtDC for the opportunity to further hone this underutilized skill. 


“LiveArtDC’s hallmark is its improvisational approach to play development and The Merry Death of Robin Hood benefits greatly from an interdependent cast whose group photo could be used to illustrate the word “ensemble” in any dictionary. … The Merry Death of Robin Hood is action-packed with equal measures of humor and sentiment making for a thoroughly enjoyable show.” – Gary McMillan, DC Metro Theatre Arts

“LiveArtDC and DC Reynolds; the proverbial dream team. … The Merry Death of Robin Hood is an emotional rollercoaster and by no means a shallow comedic romp through Sherwood Forest. The characters are intricate, empathetic and relatable. Throughout the play I periodically watched the bartenders. They were always watching the play unfold and that’s a wonderful way to test the mettle of a production. The bartenders have seen it before (I presume) and they want to see it again. I kind of do too!” – Jennifer Minich, MD Theatre Guide

Selected as MD Theatre Guides #1 choice for their Top 5 Shows of the Week

“Whatever kind of night at the theater it is, The Merry Death of Robin Hood is undoubtedly a good night at the bar.” – Roger Catlin,

“Merry Death is a giant leap in a new direction for DC bar plays because this one is locally grown. … And this this production proves is that LiveArtDC is on to something special with this budding genre, and they will be a big success if they stay mindful of their surroundings and stay true to their lovely, drunken hearts.” – Alan Katz, DC Theatre Scene


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