LiveArtDC to Stage ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’ from July 10 – 26, 2014 as Part of the 9th Annual Capital Fringe Festival

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LiveArtDC to Stage ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’ from July 10 – 26, 2014 as Part of the 9th Annual Capital Fringe Festival

 

Award-winning neighborhood bar to host a production of Shakespeare’s most famous love story — re-imagined with liberal libations, competitive flip cup and lots of audience participation

Washington, D.C. — May 23, 2014 — LiveArtDC will host the DC premiere of Three Day Hangover’s “R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match” for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival at Petworth’s finest watering hole, DC Reynolds — which has won the best happy hour prize in the annual City Paper Best of DC Readers’ Poll for two years running. From rap battles, dance-offs and beer-filled flip cup competitions, the boozy retelling of Shakespeare’s “Romeo and Juliet” brings the audience into the middle of theater’s best-known family feud.

The play was adapted and created by Ben Charles and Lori Wolter Hudson and originally produced by Three Day Hangover, a New York City theater company that produces fresh, unexpected, immersive, and joyful productions of classic plays in bars. Hailed as “one of the smartest productions of a Shakespeare play” by Theatre Online, the show sold out its initial run and was critically acclaimed.

“Even if DC Reynold’s signature ‘buy-one-get-one’ happy hour doesn’t get you tipsy, you’re sure to be drunk with love by the end of the evening,” says director Sara Bickler. “This is not your mama’s ‘Romeo and Juliet.’ Be ready to dance, cheer and show off your flip cup skills.”

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.

“We’re really excited to host this great show,” says bar owner Jeremy Gifford. “When LiveArtDC approached us to do this event, we thought drunk Shakespeare? ‘Tis to be!” On show nights, DC Reynolds 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 Reynolds3628 Georgia Ave NWA block south of the Georgia Ave./Petworth Metro stop, on the green and yellow lines
When: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Saturday from July 10-26 Weekday shows start at 8 pm; Saturdays, at 9 pm
Who: Director: Sara BicklerFeaturing: Josh Adams, Jen Bevan, Loren Bray, Tiffany Garfinkle, Yoni Gray, Christopher Holbert, Erica Smith, John Stange, and Noelle Viñas
Tickets & Passes: CapitalFringe.org or by calling 866-811-4111
Photos: For high resolution photos related to our show, please visit [insert direct link to Fringe website address where your show is listed and so is a downloadable photo].
LiveArtDC Publicist & Contact: Susanna Murley, 202-236-1749, susannamurley@gmail.com
Fringe Festival Press Contact: Laura Gross, 202-695-8223, c: 202-255-2054, press@capitalfringe.org
Official Hashtags: #drunkshakespeare #capfringe14

About ‘R+J: Star-Cross’d Death Match’

LiveArtDC brings Shakespeare’s classic play right into your favorite neighborhood joint, courtesy of NYC’s Three Day Hangover. Join us for an unbelievably fun evening of young love, rap battles, flip cup and DC’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 coming this summer “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, which has been named City Paper’s “Best Happy Hour in DC” two years in a row.

About Capital Fringe

Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 with the purpose of connecting exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting edge, and contemporary performance in the District. Capital Fringe’s vital programs ensure the growth and continued health of the local and regional performing arts community by helping artists become independent producers while stimulating the vibrant cultural landscape in our city.

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