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December 2004                          “Life shouldn’t be all work and no plays.”   

Olney’s Jim Petosa to Visit Footlights


On Monday, December 13, we will discuss George Bernard Shaw’s famous play Saint Joan. George Bernard Shaw won the Nobel Prize for literature (and refused it) after he produced this modern view of a young woman—proud, brave, rebellious, and fully human—who challenged the conventions and values of her time. Olney Theatre’s Artistic Director Jim Petosa will be our guest once again to talk about this play and why it is on Olney’s 2005 season. Jim’s many visits to Footlights are legendary. You will not want to miss this discussion.


Reserve for our meeting today with Charlotte Baer. Call or e-mail Charlotte at 202-244-8203 or charlotte4103@yahoo.com. Send e-mail anytime, but if you call, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. only, please. If you must cancel for any reason, be sure to notify Charlotte so that someone else can attend.


Our dinner-discussion is at 6:30 p.m. at Alfio’s in the Willoughby Apartments, 4515 Willard Ave, Chevy Chase, MD (301-657-9133), two blocks from the Friendship Heights Metro. Street parking is limited; Alfio’s offers complimentary valet parking. Arrive at 6:30 for dinner; our meeting begins at 7:30 and goes no later than 9:30. You may arrive at 7:30 for the meeting only; extra chairs will be available.


We have arranged a fixed price meal at Alfio’s. For only $12 (tax and service charge included) you will have salad, entree, ice cream and coffee or tea. Cash is preferred, but you may use checks or credit cards. An additional $5 donation to Footlights is encouraged.


We have not special-ordered copies of Saint Joan in “our” usual bookstores (although they may have copies): Olsson’s Dupont Circle, 1307 19th St., NW (202-785-1133); Olsson’s Bethesda, 7647 Old Georgetown Rd. (301-652-3336); and Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave., NW (202-364-1919). Local libraries should have Saint Joan available to you. We will be asking the bookstores to order copies of Cloud 9.


Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 in 2005


To start off the new year with a bang, Footlights’ first dinner-discussion will take place on Wednesday, January 26. British playwright Caryl Churchill’s Cloud 9 is the play. This brilliant play, by one of contemporary theater's leading experimenters, takes a lacerating, but funny look at the cruelty and absurdity of convention. Footlights member Shankar Vedantam will moderate a discussion of Cloud 9 with special guests Halo Wines, director of Catalyst Theater’s upcoming production, and Maya Roth, drama professor at Georgetown University. Director Halo Wines appeared in the play's area premiere as a company member at Arena Stage.


Again we will meet at Alfio’s. Reservations will be taken after the December 13 discussion and not before. Reserve with Mark Gruenberg. Call or e-mail Mark at 202-898-4825 or gruenberg@footlightsdc.org.


Play Dates


Cloud 9 at Catalyst Theater: We will see Cloud 9 on Saturday, January 29 at 2 p.m. Performances take place at the Capitol Hill Arts Workshop, 545 7th Street, SE (2 blocks from the Eastern Market Metro station). Tickets are $16 and include a post-show discussion.


Saint Joan at Olney Theatre: Footlights goes to Olney on Saturday, February 26 at 2 p.m. to see Saint Joan with post-show discussion. Tickets are $27. Olney Theatre Center is at 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Road in Olney, MD.


For tickets to our theater trips, send your check, payable to ‘Footlights,’ to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct, Rockville, MD 20852. Questions: 240-669-6300 or rlarkin@footlightsdc.org.


Note special offer: Footlights offers persons 30 or under half-price tickets to our plays if you attend the prior dinner-discussion meeting.


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Saturday, December 11, 2 p.m., see Carousel at Olney Theatre Center


Monday, December 13, 6:30 p.m., dinner-discussion at Alfio’s: Saint Joan by George Bernard Shaw


Wednesday, January 26, 6:30 p.m., dinner-discussion at Alfio’s: Cloud 9 by Caryl Churchill


Saturday, January 29, 2 p.m., see Cloud 9 at Catalyst Theater


Tuesday, February 15, 6:30 p.m., dinner-discussion at Alfio’s: Black Women Playwright’s Group—Panel Discussion


Saturday, February 26, 2 p.m., see Saint Joan at Olney Theatre Center