Thursday, October 18, 2018

UPCOMING: THEATER: Tonight! Check out one of the Pay-What-You-Will Preview Shows for Avant Bard's "Illyria, or What You Will" THURS, Oct 18 - SAT, Oct 20th and MON, Oct 22nd at 7:30 pm at The Gunston Arts Center in Arlington, VA, Show Runs through Nov 18th and New this Season, All Shows will have PWYW seats available!

Preview Performances for Avant Bard's adaptation of Shakespeare's classic comedy Illyria, or What You Will, freely adapted from Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hébert, Directed by Mitchell Hébert

Nightly PWYW Previews:
Thursday, October 18th - Saturday, October 20th and Monday, October 22nd 
7:30pm - 9:00pm 
by donation, as you are able, no service fee added online
Box office opens an hour before the show starts
Show runs Thursday, October 18 - Sunday, November 18
and is about 90 minutes long, without an intermission

New this season - All shows now have Pay-What-You-Will seats available! See more about how the new PWYW program works on the video here, or read the details here, or below.

Illyria, or What You Will, freely adapted from Twelfth Night by Jonelle Walker and Mitchell Hébert, directed by Mitchell Hébert. October 18 to November 18, 2018. Illyria reimagines Shakespeare's crossed-signal love story in a downtown Manhattan '80s dive bar, whose habitués are club kids of assorted genders and orientations who have come to the one place where they can be who they are. Walker's play TAME., a feminist take on The Taming of the Shrew, was produced by Avant Bard in 2016 and received a Helen Hayes Award nomination. Hébert has received Helen Hayes Awards for both acting (After the Fall) and directing (Glengarry Glen Ross) in addition to other nominations as an actor and director.

Advisory: This show, which is set in the 1980's New York City club scene, contains strong language, depictions of drug use, and risqué situation.

Special Nights
  • Opening Night on Tuesday, October 23rd at 7:30pm 
  • Industry Night on Monday, November 5th at 7:30 pm 
Regular Show Run
  • Thursdays October 25th through November 15th at 7:30pm 
  • Fridays October 26th through November 16th at 7:30p0m 
  • Saturdays October 27th  through November 17th at 2:00 pm and 7:30 pm
  • Sundays October 28th through November 18th at 2:00 pm 
About the Pay-What-You-Will Program: For every Avant Bard performance a limited number of tickets are Pay What You Will, which means you can name your price. They do this because they believe universal stories need universal access. If you’re looking for edgy and intimate theatre that won’t break the bank, consider joining us through Pay What You Will. You can buy PWYW tickets online or over the phone beginning the Monday before each performance for a small minimum, or you can buy PWYW tickets at the door with no minimum, assuming seats are available. PWYW tickets can be exchanged for any performance in the same week, subject to availability. All Avant Bard tickets including PWYW are General Admission; seating is first-come first-served. If you'd like to know how much folks generally pay for Pay What You Will, our overall average ticket price is $20. But it's really up to you--and any amount is welcome. If they sell out of PWYW tickets online they plan to make social media announcements to prevent disappointed walk-ups.

The cast of Avant Bard’s ‘Illyria.’ (Top row:) Jenna Rossman, Frank Britton, 
Ezra Tozian, Emma Loughran Hébert, Adam Lemos. (Bottom row:) 
Miss Kitty LeLynx, Montana Monardes, Katie Gallagher, Christopher Henley, 
Matthew Sparacino, Dani Stoller.
Write up from DC Metro Theater Arts: "Illyria reimagines Shakespeare’s comedy of mixed-signal love as a bohemian cabaret set in a Manhattan dive bar in the early 1980s, where identity, sex, and gender are what you will—and habitués find freedom to be who they truly are." “Illyria is the ultimate humanizing of Twelfth Night,” said Director and Co-Adapter Hébert. 

“Everybody gets to tell their story unobstructed. All the characters are explored fully and completely. That includes a trans character; that includes gay men; that includes a straight man who may or may not be bisexual. It includes a pansexual woman and a drag queen. And it includes two women performing masculinity. They’re going to be sending it up, the way women can because of their ability to observe keenly the things men do. To me, that’s all about humanity.”  A cast of eleven will bring to life Illyria‘s characters, based loosely on Shakespeare’s but reconceived by Walker and Hébert to tease out truths for today." 

Gunston Arts Center
2700 South Lang St
Arlington, VA 22206 (see map)
Metro: Crystal City and catch the 23A or 23B bus from bus bay two (the thoughtful folks at Avant Bard even made a video you can watch on how to get there using metro and bus which is especially great for visual folks) and get off at South Arlington Ridge Rd and South Lang St, nine stops, about a six minute bus ride. You can use metro trip-planner for metro and bus schedules. It's about 1.5 miles from the metro if you want to bike or walk, or you can also uber or lyft there, uber pool and lyft line are shared ride options that are more affordable. If you have a car and plan to drive you can see driving directions here. Ample free parking available.

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