LiveArtDC Brings Back ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’ Following a Sold-Out Run at Annual Capital Fringe Festival

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August 15, 2014

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LiveArtDC Brings Back ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’ Following a Sold-Out Run at Annual Capital Fringe Festival

After winning the audience award for ‘Best Drama’ in the Capital Fringe Festival, the show is coming back for another run from from September 20 – October 5, 2014

Washington, D.C. — Following a sold-out and award-winning run during the 9th Annual Capital Fringe Festival, LiveArtDC will remount Three Day Hangover’s “R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match” at DC Reynolds.

Audience members raved that it was “epic,” “amazing,” “relevant,” and the “best adaptation I’ve ever seen.” “It’s the perfect blend of seriousness and wit and rap and killing and drinking and lewdness and love — mixed into a bar,” said one. “If you ever wanted to know what it was like to be an actual commoner in the Globe Theater, this is as close are you’re gonna get,” said another.

The play earned nearly a dozen rave mentions from local arts reporters, who called it “gleefully entertaining,” “ridiculously fun,” and “heart-wrenchingly honest.” DC Broadway World summed it up this way: “This play is Shakespeare for groundlings, for the people that don’t ‘know shit from Shakespeare,’ for those that love the living theater. This is a party disguised as play, a revel from a company that understands why Dionysus was simultaneously the god of wine and theater. You’ll want to see Star-Cross’d Death Match a second and third time, and raise your SOLO cup again. If you can stand the hangover, that is.”

“Thanks to all of our fans for voting us ‘Best Drama,’” says director Sara Bickler. “We are honored and amazed by all the support we got during our last run and are excited to offer people another opportunity to see it.”

The play was adapted and created by Ben Charles and Lori Wolter Hudson and originally produced byThree Day Hangover, a New York City theater company that produces fresh, unexpected, immersive, and joyful productions of classic plays in bars.

As the unique barroom setting suggests, this new production of a timeless classic has eliminated any idea of a stage. The actors will be moving around the two-storey venue, taking over the space completely, and fans will be encouraged to follow their cherished characters as the story unfolds. DC Reynolds is a cozy place, but LiveArtDC advises audience members to wear comfortable shoes.  “The venue is amazing, you’ve never seen anything like it,” said one theater goer.

On show nights, DC Reynolds — which has won the best happy hour prize in the annual City Paper Best of DC Readers’ Poll for two years running — will offer its delicious comfort food and award-winning happy hour deal beginning at 5 pm and then ask non-ticketed guests to move to the patio bar when the show is set to start.

Where: DC Reynolds 3628 Georgia Ave NW, one block south of the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro stop, on the Green and Yellow lines
When: September 20 & 21, 27 & 28
October 2, 4 & 5

Sunday and Thursday shows start at 8; Saturday shows start at 9

Who: Director: Sara Bickler
Featuring: Josh Adams, Jen Bevan, Loren Bray, Tiffany Garfinkle, Yoni Gray, Christopher Holbert, Erica Smith, John Stange, and Noelle Viñas
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Photos: High resolution photos related to our show are available at
Official Hashtags: #drunkshakespeare


About ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’

LiveArtDC brings Shakespeare’s classic play right into your favorite neighborhood joint, courtesy of NYC’sThree Day Hangover. Join us for an unbelievably fun evening of young love, rap battles, flip cup, and D.C.’s best happy hour. Capulet? Montague? Whose side are you on?!

About LiveArtDC

LiveArtDC (as in “give”) is a Washington, D.C.- based company of artists who believe in the power of collaboration to create engaging stories for the theater. Comprised of writers, actors, directors, dramaturgs, and other art lovers, LiveArtDC is focused on the process of story and character development. No play is guided by a production deadline. Since we do not have the constraints of seasons or spaces, we have the freedom to play and explore, and allow the work to emerge when it’s ready. Our inaugural show “I <3 Hummels” was incubated over three years, premiered at the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival and remounted last year in Washington, D.C. and Las Vegas, Nev. Current projects include “The Clara Bow Project,” “Causality,” and a remounting of “R+J Star-Cross’d Death Match” at DC Reynolds.

About DC Reynolds

DC Reynolds is a Park View-neighborhood restaurant that integrates a full service home-cooked menu with a relaxed, comfortable atmosphere, and a huge outdoor patio. All drinks are two-for-one between 5 and 9 pm, a deal that has been named the “Best Happy Hour in DC” by Washington City Paper for two years in a row.


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