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Season Calendar

View our 2019-2020 season. 

ON THE WINGS OF A MARIPOSA

March 29, 2020 at 2PM
An Online Event
Previewing the 2020-2021 Season

Ten-year-old Pilar breathes deeply of her grandmother’s rebozo to relive memories of her beloved abuelita—making corn tortillas, dueling the monsters under the bed and journeying to the forest known as El Círculo Mágico. Slowly, the scent begins to fade – and with it, Pilar’s memories. Amidst the monarch butterflies’ annual migration and Día de los Muertos celebrations, soar with Pilar on her journey in this bilingual world premiere play, discovering that “when you love someone, they never really leave you.”

Quarantine New Play Festival Readings

April 19, 2020 at 10AM
An Online Event
Featuring Local Playwrights

Adventure Theatre MTC, in partnership with District Dramatists and 4615 Theatre Company, has invited DC, Maryland, or Virginia writers to take part in a flash creation of new work for a series of online readings. Each script will contain 5 required elements.

Professional actors from the DC Area will read these works live, Sunday April 19th starting as early as 10AM as a live stream on Facebook. The plays that receive the most likes during their live stream will receive cash rewards.

Make Way for Ducklings

April 26, 2020 at 2PM

Mr. and Mrs. Mallard are exhausted from their search for a starter home when they land on an island near the Public Garden for a temporary rest. Shortly thereafter, the Mallards molt, and are are unable to continue their search until their baby ducklings are born. When the ducklings begin to explore the world around them, the local Police officer looks out for the young family by stopping traffic, feeding them peanuts, and welcoming them to the neighborhood. A classic story for all ages, this world premiere musical celebrates the people make an unfamiliar place a home. 

Luchadora!

May 3, 2020 at 2PM

The discovery of a worn pink wrestling mask prompts Nana Lupita, a Wisconsin grandmother, to share her tale about growing up in 1960s Texas. As her tale unfolds, Lupita’s life as a teen tomboy comes alive—bike riding with her friends Leopold and Liesl, working at her father’s flower stand and lucha libre. When a World Championship match is announced, Lupita anticipates seeing it until she discovers her ailing father is one of the wrestlers. With the help of a magical mask maker, Lupita secretly trains to take her father’s place. She soon finds it difficult keeping her secret from her friends and, most importantly, her father.

API Heritage Story Times and Interviews

May 17- 31, 2020
Times Vary Per Sunday

Adventure Theatre MTC presents a celebration of API Heritage with a full lineup of API Heritage Month storytimes, interviews, and digital presentations. These online events honor the creativity, tradition, and innovation of the Asian Pacific Islander population and focus upon the impact they continue to make daily through their art. All presentations are free and available streaming live on Facebook. 

fantastagirl and the math monster!

May 24, 2020 at 2PM

Fantastagirl is her own everyday superhero who is forced to face her ultimate weakness, math. Could a sidekick be her super solution to her math problem? With a little help from her moms and an overeager Math Monster, she just might defeat the her mortal enemy, her own anxiety.

THE DANCE AND THE RAILROAD

May 31, 2020 at 2PM

Set in 1867 on a California mountaintop, The Dance and the Railroad tells the story of two Chinese workers who struggle through poverty and hunger to reconnect with the traditions of their homeland. The Obie-nominated play by by David Henry Hwang rejects the stereotype of submissive immigrant laborers, and depicts assertive men who demanded their rights despite great personal risk. May not be appropriate for all ages.

Storytime with Colbie McAllister

June 14, 2020 at 2PM

A young author in Prince Georges County is using his voice to help other kids stand up to bullies. Now published and for order on Amazon, Colbie is turning the page on his bullies hoping his writing inspires others to be brave.

ABOUT THE BOOK:
When Colbie meets his new best friend Zach, the two encounter an unexpected find on their way home from school that changes everything.

Q-Fest 2.0

June 28, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC, Convergence Theatre, and 4615 Theatre Company invite playwrights, devisers, and theatre makers to DMV QFEST 2.0. As theatre artists continue to seek ways to share their work in new platforms, these organizations hope to provide that platform to speak one’s truth. For this edition of DMV QFEST, we are committed to defining this space for POC artists from the DMV, who have worked in the DMV, or feel connected to the DMV.

A Love Letter to My Younger Self

July 5, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC extends pride month in a free digital presentation “Love Letter To My Younger Self,” a message of hope from LGBTQ+ actors and performers in the Washington, DC area. Inspired by the IT GETS BETTER Project, this digital presentation premieres July 5, 2020 at 2PM.

July 12, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC continues its Sunday Story Time interviews with Jessica and Parker Curry, authors of the book, “Parker Looks Up.” At the young age of 2, a photo of Parker Curry went viral as she stood, mouth agape, in awe of the National Portrait Gallery painting of Michelle Obama by Baltimore artist Amy Sherald. She and her mother created a children’s book based on Parker’s moment and will be interviewed by co-hosts Artistic Director, Chil Kong and Elementary Academy Program Manager, Dannielle Hutchinson, as guests of Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday Story Time, July 12, 2020 at 2PM.

Adventures in Kindness

July 19, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC continues its Sunday Story Time interviews with local mother and daughter author team, Sophia and Carrie Fox, authors of the book, “Adventures in Kindness.” This digital presentation premieres July 19, 2020 at 2PM. 

 

Jingle in July

July 26, 2020, time TBD

Adventure Theatre MTC channels snowflakes and cocoa with its next flash creation of new work for family audiences. Directed by the incredibly talented Nicole Marie Maneffa, Laley Lippard, and Nicole A. Watson, the Jingle in July script readings will be a free event on Facebook live, July 26, 2020. Time TBD.

Double feature: My Ancestor’s Wildest Dreams followed by a kids play about racism

August 2, 2020 at 2PM and 3PM

Adventure Theatre MTC continues its Sunday Story Time interviews with Ava Holloway, and Amanda Lynch, co-authors of the book, “My Ancestors’ Wildest Dreams.” This digital presentation premieres August 2, 2020 at 2PM, followed by the 3PM the virtual premiere of A Kids Play About Racism, a theatrical adaptation of Jelani Memory’s A Kids Book About Racism. 

 

 

Double Feature: Broadway and Beyond

August 9, 2020  |  Hour One: 2PM  |  Hour Two: 3PM

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday Storytimes bring new light to mutiracial and biracial stories with guest host Erin Quill from the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q. Join us on August 9, 2020 at 2PM for our first hour with Merle Dandridge and 3PM for our second hour with Ali Ewoldt and Manna Nichols to hear their personal, inspiring stories of their racial journey and their experience in entertainment industry.

Finding Christmas

August 16, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC, presents a world premiere online digital presentation, Finding Christmas, by Adventure Theatre Artistic Director Chil Kong on August 16, 2020 at 2PM. This digital presentation is free and available streaming live on Facebook.

Battling dementia, the family matriarch revisits her memory and her past as she struggles to connect to the magic of Christmas.

 

 

The Truth of Right Now

August 23, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC’s Sunday Storytimes explore the complicated drama of interracial teen romance with Kara Lee Corthron’s debut Young Adult fiction novel, ‘The Truth of Right Now’ with guest host Nicole A. Watson, Associate Artistic Director at Round House Theatre. This digital interview is free and will stream on Facebook Live, August 23, 2020 at 2PM.   

Two isolated teens struggle against their complicated lives to find a true connection in this heart-wrenching debut novel about first love and the wreckage of growing up.

Q-Fest 3.0

September 6, 2020 at 2PM

QFest 3.0, a play festival live-streamed on Sunday, September 6 starting at 2PM, will showcase 10-minute plays from 20 writers around the DC metro area themed around identity. This iteration of the festival centered on BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, People of Color) and LGBTQ+ artists, asking them to create stories based on their communities. 

 

 

Mixing It Up with Erin Quill & Special Guest, Zachary Noah Piser

September 13, 2020 at 2PM

Mixing It Up brings new light to multi-racial and biracial stories with guest host Erin Quill from the original Broadway cast of Avenue Q. Erin will interview fellow actor, Zachary Noah Piser on his ascent to Broadway, racial identity, representation onstage and onscreen, and talking to kids about acknowledging others’ identities. This digital interview is free and will stream on Facebook Live, September 13 at 2PM.   

Celebrating Hispanic American Heritage Month

September 20, 2020 at 2PM

Join us on Sunday to celebrate Hispanic American Heritage Month! Adventure Theatre MTC will discuss developing new plays for young audiences with playwright Alvaro Saar Rios and director and playwright Elena Valesco. This special bilingual storytime will be presented in both Spanish and English. 

 

Celebrating Jewish Culture and Stories with Deborah Lakritz and Faygie Holt

September 27, 2020  |  Hour One: 2PM  |  Hour Two: 3PM

Celebrate Jewish Culture and Stories with Adventure Theatre this Sunday! During this double feature, guest host Robyn Shrater Seemann will sit down with Deborah Lakritz, author of Joey and The Giant Box and Say Hello Lily, at 2PM ET and Faygie Holt, best-selling Jewish children’s author, at 3PM ET. 

 

Mixing It Up with Erin Quill & Special Guest, Ruthie Ann Miles

October 4, 2020 at 2PM

Join us on Sunday for another segment of Mixing It Up with Erin Quill! Erin will interview fellow multi-racial actress, Ruthie Ann Miles, on her racial identity, authentic representation onstage and onscreen, and the new law that makes it illegal to ask someone’s racial identity in auditions. 

 

Celebrating Jewish Culture and Stories with Nancy Churnin

October 11, 2020 at 2PM

Celebrate Jewish Culture and Stories with Adventure Theatre this Sunday! Join us with guest host Robyn Shrater Seemann and Nancy Churnin, who will read selections from her beloved books: Irving Berlin: The Immigrant Boy Who Made America Sing and The William Hoy Story: How a Deaf Baseball Player Changed the Game

 

Adventure did what?!

October 18, 2020 at 2PM

Join us this Sunday as Adventure celebrates all the work we have developed during COVID and previews these works that will provide a rich pipeline of productions after the pandemic. Tune in for sneak peaks, creative presentations, and discussions of everything we’ve worked so hard on with special guest appearances!

 

Masked Ninja

October 25, 2020 at 2PM

Join us at 2PM for a ninja takeover with author, Mary Nhin! Hosted by Chil Kong, Nhin will read from her book, Masked NinjaMasked Ninja is one of Nhin’s Grow Grit Series of books developed to instill entrepreneurial skills in young children: through a child’s eyes, the world may seem chaotic with coronavirus (COVID-19), masks, and social distancing.

 

Live Long and Vote

November 1, 2020 at 2PM

This Sunday, Adventure Theatre will celebrate the right to vote with special guest Tamlyn Tomita. Host Chil Kong will discuss Tamlyn’s rich history in theater and film and discuss the importance of voting. The celebration will include highlighting resources for families to discuss the history of voting, Tamlyn’s first experience as a voter, and why representation matters. To tune in, visit Adventure Theatre’s Facebook Event page Sunday at 2PM.

 

Contemos Nuestras
Historias con Andrea Sarralde y Andrés & Christina

Domingo 8 de Noviembre a las 2PM
November 8, 2020 at 2PM

En Contemos Nuestras Historias vamos a tomar un paseo divertido y creativo a través de nuestro arte pasado y presente para inspirar nuestros artistas del futuro.  

Let’s Tell Our Stories with Andrea Sarralde explores the creative history that led to the present in order to inspire the artists of the future. This story time is presented in Spanish.

 

 

daughters of jubilation

November 8, 2020 at 3PM

Adventure Theatre brings back Kara Lee Corthron to celebrate her new book Daughters of Jubilation at 3PM ET on Facebook. This feature will also welcome back guest host Nicole A. Watson.   

From the award-winning author of The Truth of Right Now comes a stunning, grounded fantasy in the vein of Dread Nation that follows a black teen as she finds her place among a family of women gifted with magical abilities.


MIXING IT UP WITH ERIN QUILL & SPECIAL GUEST, Thom Sesma

November 15, 2020 at 2PM 

Adventure Theatre’s Sunday StoryTimes presents another segment of  Mixing It Up with Erin Quill! This week, Erin will interview fellow multi-racial Broadway actor Thom Sesma. Adventure Theatre MTC’s Storytimes are Sundays at 2PM ET free on Facebook Live. 


Let’s Talk About Poop

November 22, 2020 at 2PM

Adventure Theatre MTC will commemorate World Toilet Day throughout the weekend, beginning Thursday with a release of a music video titled “Let’s Talk about Poop.” Sunday’s StoryTime will feature Philip Chung—playwright of upcoming production “Poop: The Musical”—and the Fairfax County Wastewater Management team. Adventure Theatre MTC’s Storytimes are Sundays at 2PM ET free on Facebook Live. 

 

Chicken of the sea

December 6, 2020 at 2PM

A whimsical and unexpected adventure tale, Chicken of the Sea originated in the five-year-old mind of Ellison Nguyen, son of Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Viet Thanh Nguyen; father and son committed the story to the page, then enlisted the artistic talents of Caldecott Honor winner Thi Bui and her thirteen-year-old son, Hien Bui-Stafford, to illustrate it. This unique collaboration between two generations of artists and storytellers invites you aboard for adventure, even if you’re chicken. Maybe especially if you’re chicken. 

 

CONTEMOS NUESTRAS HISTORIAS CON ANDREA SARRALDE Y Ana Oropeza & Patricia Gómez

Domingo 13 de Diciembre a las 2PM
December 13, 2020 at 2PM

Unase a Adventure Theater este domingo 13 de Diciembre para el segundo episodio de la nueva serie virtual Contemos Nuestras Historias, con Andrea Sarralde. La anfitriona Andrea recibirá a la autora de libros de niños, Ana Oropeza, y a la chef de chocolates, Patricia Gómez, junto a los alumnos de Adventure Theater, Susana López y Valeria Morales, para celebrar la presentación de Las Posadas. Usted, con toda su familia, podrá conocer esta tradición Latinoamericana que precede las fiestas navideñas, y al mismo tiempo aprender una simple receta y una canción tradicional, “Posadas”.

 

MIXING IT UP WITH ERIN QUILL & SPECIAL GUEST, Tamlyn Tomita

December 13, 2020 at 3:30PM 

Adventure Theatre MTC continues Sunday StoryTimes with Mixing It Up with Erin Quill bringing new light to biracial and multi-racial stories. This week, Erin will interview fellow multi-racial actor Tamlyn Tomita. This second hour of Adventure Theatre MTC’s Storytime double-feature will premiere at 3:30PM ET on Facebook Live this Sunday.

 

Spice of Life

December 20, 2020 at 2PM 

Adventure Theatre MTC continues Sunday digital presentations with a reading of the new play Spice of Life by Brandon Rashad Butts. This is a full-length new work that grew out of Adventure Theatre’s QFest 3.0 in August, which featured a concept piece by Butts under the same title—along with about 30 other original shorts by area writers. 

In Spice of Life, a cook struggles to find their place in the culinary world. When an opportunity to run the crew on a voyage for new ingredients from an undiscovered land arrives, they realize that there’s more to cooking than meets the eye. Spice of Life grapples with racial disparity, personal insecurity, and the importance of where you come from as the cook turns to a family heirloom for guidance.

 

Contemos Nuestras
Historias con Andrea Sarralde y Pedro Biaggi & Janet Farrell

Domingo 3 de Enero a las 2PM 
January 3, 2021 at 2PM 

Únase a Adventure Theatre este domingo 3 de enero a las 2PM ET para celebrar la tradición de los Reyes Magos al estilo puertorriqueño en un episodio navideño de la nueva serie virtual Contemos Nuestras Historias con Andrea Sarralde. La presentadora Andrea da la bienvenida al presentador de televisión Pedro Biaggi, y a Janet Farrell, quien desde hace mucho tiempo apoya a la comunidad latina para celebrar Los Reyes Magos. El Rey Melchor contará “La Verdadera Historia de los Magos” y el programa contará con el cuento “Los Reyes Magos (a caballo)” de Carmen Leonor Rivera-Lassen y Víctor Maldonado Dávila, seguido de una discusión sobre las tradiciones de El Día de Reyes en Puerto Rico. ¡Prepara tu caja de zapatos y hierba o heno para los Caballos de los Reyes Magos! “Contemos” comienza a las 2PM ET el domingo en Facebook-live.

 

Casting in the Age of COVID and Social Equity

January 10, 2021 at 2PM 

Adventure presents a panel discussion that explores casting—from both sides of the table—during these times of social equity and the COVID pandemic. Panelists include Victor Vazquez, CSA from X Casting in NY; Jenna Duncan from Olney Theatre; Mani Yang, an independent casting director; and Eric Ruffin. Each brings a unique perspective on the different challenges that new actors face—in particular, new BIPOC actors—and how to re-define these challenges that so many actors are now learning to navigate. The live panel will be moderated by Adventure Artistic Director Chil Kong with a group of young actors participating in a Q&A; questions will also be taken live from the Facebook-live feed. To tune in, visit Adventure’s Facebook page Sunday, January 10, at 2PM ET.  

 

MIXING IT UP WITH ERIN QUILL & SPECIAL GUEST David Lee McInnis

January 10, 2021 at 3:30PM 

In this episode of Mixing It Up with Erin Quill, Erin will interview fellow multi-racial actor David Lee McInnis, star of the Netflix series Mr. Sunshine. Adventure’s Mixing It Up premieres Sunday, January 10, at 3:30PM ET free on Facebook Live.

 

A Teachable Moment in Peaceful Transition

January 17, 2021 at 2PM 

This Sunday, January 17, Adventure welcomes special guest Councilmember Evan Glass to our digital productions. The Councilmember will discuss what’s been happening in our nation’s capital and how this time can be a teachable moment. He will help us understand the various ways the United States can and have transitioned from one president to another. Adventure Artistic Director Chil Kong will lead the conversation. To tune in, visit Adventure’s Facebook page on Sunday at 2PM ET.  

 

Adventure takes a moment to sing

January 24, 2021 at 2PM 

This Sunday, Adventure Theatre celebrates the new year with a digital production featuring a selection of songs from some its favorite performers: Justine Icy Moral*, Sarah Anne Sillers, Bekah Zornsa, Da’Von Moody, and Karen Vincent*. To tune in, visit Adventure’s Facebook page on January 24 at 2PM ET. 

This special episode hopes to uplift children and families in every community and offer lighthearted joy in uncertain times with talent of local artists.

Past 2019–2020 shows

ELEPHANT AND PIGGIE’S “WE ARE IN A PLAY!”

September 20–October 27, 2019

The award-winning, best-selling children’s books jump from the page to stage as a musical experience you won’t forget! Gerald and Piggie are “bestus” friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie’s even happier and more excited than usual. They’re going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible.

THE SNOWY DAY AND OTHER STORIES

February 14– March 15, 2020

This beautiful show follows the character of Peter and his friend Archie around the neighborhood in four of Ezra Jack Keats’ beloved tales, The Snowy Day, Whistle for Willie, Goggles!, and A Letter to Amy. Renowned for his tender personality, the character of Peter faces relatable everyday challenges to which children of all ages will find delightfully entertaining.

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