Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Swampoodle the Play!

MJ Casey in Swampoodle  by Tom Swift, presented by The Performance Corporation and Solas Nua, pic Ciaran Bagnall
Photo by Ciaran Bagnall

Want to know more about the fascinating history of the Near Northeast/NoMA neighborhood? Then you should check out Swampoodle the play.  From the website: Warning: Swampoodle may contain eye-popping high-wire feats, roller derby smack-downs, big-track earthmovers, brass band music and scenes of a spectacular nature. Tickets are $25. Performances are May 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 8:30pm (preview May 20th, 8:30pm).

Full press release after the jump.

Swampoodle Play Brings Uline Arena to Life

Washington, D.C., April 26, 2011 – What is Swampoodle? Is it a rundown part of town where the Beatles sang and the girls screamed? An underground ghetto where the Irish fought and died? A beat-up urban Cathedral where Malcolm X lectured the Nazis and Nureyev danced? There’s only one way to find out!

Swampoodle, a play exploring the NoMa neighborhood’s intriguing history, debuts at the historic Uline arena May 21. Swampoodle is a daring and innovative look into the past, a tailor-made spectacle created by The Performance Corporation and Solas Nua, both Irish arts and theatre organizations. Purchase tickets.

Uline Arena hosted The Beatles’ first-ever North American concert and witnessed dozens of historic sporting, entertainment and political events, like Malcolm X’s address to an audience that included the leader of the American Nazi party. The arena is located on the site of DC’s forgotten Irish-American shantytown, Swampoodle, which now comprises much of the rapidly growing NoMa neighborhood. The show combines the glamour of old-school show biz with the grit of an Irish ghetto to create a fantastic adventure. Warning: Swampoodle may contain eye-popping high-wire feats, roller derby smack-downs, big-track earthmovers, brass band music and scenes of a spectacular nature.

Purchase Tickets:
Swampoodle Dates:
Preview: May 20, 8:30 pm
Show Dates: May 21, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 8:30 pm

Uline Arena, Corner of M Street, NE and Delaware Avenue, NE
Metro: New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U, Red Line

Cast and Crew:
Cast: Clare Barrett, Rachel Beauregard, MJ Casey, Chris Dinolfo, Judith Ingber, Maya Jackson, Jason McCool, Adrienne Nelson, Stephanie Roswell, Karl Quinn, Anastasia Wilson.

Written by Tom Swift
Directed by Jo Mangan
Production Design by Ciaran Bagnall
Costume Design by Niamh Lunny
Lighting Design by Marianne Meadows

Swampoodle is supported by Culture Ireland’s Imagine Ireland season. Imagine Ireland is a year-long season of Irish arts in America in 2011, an initiative of Culture Ireland, with funding from the Department of Arts, Heritage and the Gaeltacht. www.imagineireland.ie


Anonymous said...

I got a 404 error when I clicked your link to purchase tickets. I think the link u mean is http://swampoodledc.com/boxoffice.html not http://swampoodledc.com/boxoffice.htm.

Anonymous said...

i'm all for it as long as the irish stay away from the pug. especially that pugilist in the photo there.
the pug

monkeyrotica said...

Uline used to be a refuse transfer station. How stinky is it in there?

Anonymous said...

the link is missing the L in the html just go to swampoodledc.com