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6/14: Celebrating Our 5th Year with performances at Torpedo Factory & Market Square!

Save the Date: JUNE 14th

Ambassador Theater will present scenes from Dyskolos, ATICC Studio Students will present a scene from Greek Myths, and we invite all ages to a special workshop with masks and theatre games. We will also present a special performance by the Bulgarian Dance Group, Zharava.

Our performances are 2 PM at the Torpedo Factory and Zharava will perform at 3PM at Market Square. The Mask Making Workshop is from 3:15 – 3:45 pm and on the stage Zharava will dance from 4:30 – 4:45

 

Celebrating The Arts 2014 Alexandria City

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SUMMER CAMPS

FROM GREEK MYTHS TO STAGE

A world of imagination, with ancient myths waiting to be told

International Youth Theater Production Camp AGES 7 and up June 23 – July 3, 2014 Monday – Friday 9 AM – 3 PM at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater 101 Callahan Drive, Alexandria VA

Questions: ambassadortheater@aticc.org

Picture walking through the door of the Masonic temple in Alexandria, VA and finding yourself in ancient Greece surrounded by masks and ancient Gods and Goddesses! That will be the experience of every camper as we help them tell some of the most popular and loved stories of western civilization: Greek Myths! Children will learn to use their whole body to transform into various characters, opening their minds to endless possibility. As they develop these skills within themselves, they will also learn to listen to one another and work as a team during scene work and theater games. Professional instructors will also teach them projection, memorization and other skills necessary to perform in theater. Ultimately the campers will be given the tools to perform  for an audience where they will have created everything, from the characters themselves to sound effects and even living set pieces, with their own imaginations.

Register for Summer Camp on Line

Please choose the age group Voyagers: 7-9 years old Explorers: 10 + Children ages 7 and up will enjoy a two week camp at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater in Alexandria, Virginia, and  will experience mounting a final showcase production. Ambassador Theater offers two weeks summer theater production camp, which uses international literature as a platform for artistic creation and performance. ATICC camp provides a well-rounded production experience from a multicultural standpoint, ending with a showcase. Through both individual work and teamwork the students will open their minds to endless possibilities. Professional instructors guide them through scene work, theater games, and activities in projection and movement. The students will design their own costumes and prop pieces and learn about all technical aspects of the theater production including creating posters and playbills for their performances.

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Scenes of Love, Marriage, & the Battle of the Sexes

                       In Partnership of the Embassy of Spain 
And SPAIN arts & culture  SpainLLENO

Ambassador Theater presents

Happily Ever After

by Cristina Colmena

Directed by Hanna Bondarewska

Featuring

Karin Rosnizeck as She

Doug Krehbel as He

March 12 – 30, 2014
Preview: 03/12 at 8PM
Opening: 03/13 at 8PM with a reception after the show
Friday, 03/14 Special Q&A with the author, Cristina Colmena after the show
Thursday, March 27 World Theatre Day Celebration after the show!

SHOWS:Tues – Sat at 8PM
Sunday Matinee at 2PM
at FLASHPOINT
916 G Street NW
steps from Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro

BOXOFFICE: InstantSeats

CAST AND CREW

Choreography of Tango by Francesca Jandasek and Dan Istrate

Ligths by Stephen Shetler

Costumes by Basmah Alomar

Sound and Visual Effects Design by David Crandall

 

 

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Synopsis

One and one not always equals two. The couple and its complicated arithmetic through three stories where characters want to be happy but they don´t know how. When you get stood up, when you wake up beside a stranger, when after thirty years you don´t know what to speak about. The loneliness of sleeping alone and of sleeping with someone.

About the Author

cristina2 (2) (427x640)Cristina Colmena, writer and playwright born in Spain, has lived in New York since 2010. She has published a book of short stories, La amabilidad de los extraños (The Kindness of Strangers), and several of her short stories have appeared in literary magazines.  Her plays, Typing  and Happily Ever After, were included in the New Plays from Spain series as part of the PEN World Voices Festival 2013. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Audiovisual Communication and Journalism and has worked as a director and screenwriter for television. She holds an MFA in Creative Writing in Spanish from New York University, where she is currently pursuing a PhD in Spanish and Portuguese Literature.  She is also a contributor of articles and film reviews for various publications.

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Our Mission

ATICC's mission is to build international cultural awareness, provide a high standard of repertoire based on close relations with the diplomatic and cultural representatives of different countries in the United States, and develop interactive educational programs for the youth of the District of Columbia, DC Metro area, and around the US.

Ambassador Theater is committed to raising cultural awareness and opening a cultural dialogue on the international level.  "I was at a loss at how to make it a reality, however.  A tying together of people from all across the world is no easy task. After all, there are over six billion people in the world today.  But as I learned, sometimes all you need is one. Standing at about three feet high was my impetus for ATICC: my four year old student, Thomas. One day, following an acting lesson, Thomas overheard me discuss my dreams with his parents, and began fiddling with his pockets. Pulling at the side of my skirt, he looked up at me and said, “I want you to start a theater,” and held out a single, crumpled one dollar bill in the palm of his hand. Thomas became our first official supporter, but it was not that dollar that meant so much, it was something much more profound and timeless that this young boy demonstrated that day:  passion.” Hanna Bondarewska

Ambassador Theater  International Cultural Center (ATICC) was founded in December 2007 by Hanna Bondarewska, a Polish-American actress and director and it was incorporated January 22, 2008 in Washington DC as a non-profit organization 501 (c) 3 to serve the DC Metro community as international cultural center divided into two major components: Ambassador Theater with all its theater productions, staged readings and bare-bone productions and International Cultural Center with all educational programs, lectures, play-reading workshops and special events.

ATICC  aims to create stimulating center that inspires dialogue between individuals and cultures. We feel that living in one of the most ethnically diverse cities in the country gives us a unique resource and opportunity to explore theater from around the world.  We want to create theater that reflects this multicultural richness, giving voice to people who have not traditionally been represented on the American stage.  We feel that producing work from across the globe makes for richer, more interesting art and makes those involved – whether as artists or audience members – richer citizens of the world, as well.

A bit of a look at historical facts:

ATICC's first endeavor was to create the Ambassadors of International Culture program, which provides in-school, curriculum-based drama instruction to elementary school students. With the partnership of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, the Washington Performing Arts Society, the Embassy Adoption Program and DC Public Schools, Ambassador Theater taught students at Anne Beers Elementary School in Washington D.C. about Polish history and culture using a variety of performing and visual arts techniques.

The program culminated in the creation and performance of an original play based on the material the students had learned called “Poland the Beautiful: An Imaginary Flight.”  This play was performed by students at their school, at the Embassy of Poland, and at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and Krakow during a twelve-day trip to Poland.

2009 was a year of exciting expansion for Ambassador Theater. The company launched both its Main Stage and Bare-Bones series. Full productions included “Out at Sea” by Sławomir Mrożek, directed and designed by Hanna Bondarewska and “Hopa Tropa!” conceived and directed by Lilia Slavova.  “Hopa Tropa! was selected to be performed as part of the 2009 Kids Euro Festival at the Kennedy Performing Arts Center, the Shakespeare Theater, the Embassy of France and Arc Theater in Washington DC. Our Bare-Bones productions included Forefathers, Part II by the “Bard of the Polish stage,” Adam Mickiewicz, and “Farewell to Arden: Last Toast of Madame Helena,” an adaptation of Émigré Queen by Kazimierz Braun.

Ambassador Theater kicked off 2010 by inaugurating our New Work in Development series with “Not My Label: A Journey of Discovery” by the writer known as Rula.  This one-woman show not only gave Ambassador Theater the opportunity to support the creation of a new work, but also to share the perspective of an Arabian women, a perspective that is not frequently heard in American theater. Our first Main Stage show of 2010, Summer at Nohant” focused on the tumultuous relationship between French writer Georges Sand and Frederic Chopin, in recognition of the 200th anniversary of the Polish composer’s birth. This production was said to have demonstrated Ambassador Theater’s “skill and enthusiasm” by DC Theater Scene.  Two Bare-Bones shows followed: “The Country House by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz, celebrating the 125th anniversary of the famous Polish playwright’s birth and An Evening with Maurice Maeterlinck: The Death of Tintagiles and The Miracle of Saint Anthony”. Our last show of the year, “The Little Prince was enthusiastically received by critics and audience members alike.

In January 2011, we opened a production “Under the Shadow of Wings, which was a double bill” “The Death of Tintagiles” by Maurice Maeterlinck from Belgium and “Karna and Kunti by Rabindranath Tagore from India.  This production brought a lot of attention from the media and opened up and developed our partnerships with the Embassy of Belgium and Embassy of India as well with the cultural representatives and scholars—specialists in Indian and Belgian theater.  In addition to the show, we celebrated the 150th Anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore’s Birth at the Embassy of India. The Embassy of Belgium hosted our Opening reception celebrating 100th Anniversary of Nobel Prize Winner, Maurice Maeterlinck.

In March, ATICC opened The Literary Café at the Kosciuszko Foundation. Our first meeting of the cafe celebrated International Women’s Day with an Evening of Poetry and Music, "A Woman's Sigh." The Literary Café was a great success and subsequent meetings in May and June were “Love Explained all to me” as well as Miłosz and His Life Travels, celebrating the 100th Anniversary of the Birth of Nobel Prize Winner, Czesław Miłosz.

As part of our New Work Series, we produced a special stage reading of a new musical, Called Up To Lifeby local writer, Art Levine, blending the sounds of klezmer and Yiddish theatre with Hasidic storytelling.

This summer we offered two youth theater camps as part of our program, Ambassadors of International Culture. In July, we explored the Ancient Culture of Egypt at Source. The kids participated in all aspects of theatre production, from acting games to creating costumes, and the camp ended with a wonderful performance of “The Life of Hatshepsut” on Source’s main stage. The second camp was in the Dupont Circle Historic District at the Kosciuszko Foundation exploring the Polish Culture through poetry and art. The kids’ final presentation included the poems and songs performed for their families.

Development of the ATICC structure

Another way in which Ambassador has been making strides is in the development of its infrastructure.  In addition to the partnerships and friendships with the embassies of Poland, Bulgaria, France, Belgium, Egypt, India and China, the theater has established new partnerships with the Kosciuszko Foundation, Cultural Development Corporation, Institute for Education, Gallery Beau SeJour, Hoffman Boston Elementary School and Alliance Française of Washington, D.C.   We have increased a number of our Honorary Board and Literary Advisory Board to help us to rich out to broader audience and gain more ATICC's supporters.  We have opened up a Literary Cafe at the Kosciuszko Foundation with the evenings of poetry and music, staged readings, lectures and cabaret shows.

Ambassador launched its Dream Maker Campaign in response to receiving a challenge grant from Mercator XXI.  Finally,  Ambassador received notice this year that it will become Helen Hayes Awards–eligible beginning in January 2011.  This recognizes the completion of its second year as a fully operational professional theater company serving the Washington, D.C. area.

Get a Taste of our Studio Classes: Free Workshop After the Show This Weekend!

Help your child develop self-confidence, reading-comprehension and self-expression skills, through games, movement, voice and acting exercises!

BECOME AN AMBASSADOR OF INTERNATIONAL CULTURES!

Exciting drama and art classes at the Convergence Lab Theatre, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302 Ambassador Theater’s Studio taught by renowned director and acting coach, Lilia Slavova!
 Winter Semester starts Jan. 20th

INFO/REG ONLINE
Free workshop Jan 19th (immediately after the 5 pm show): 

DIONYSIA: Celebration of Greek Culture (a family-friendly show) at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre on Sunday, Jan. 19th

TICKETS ONLINE: $15-30:

Workshop is free! 
CONTACT: ambassadortheater@aticc.org

ATICC Literary Cafe: In the Realm of Women

Literary Cafe – March 7, 2013

Reserve your seat at the Cafe now | Meet the Artists | Venue Info

Ambassador Theater Invites you to

in Celebration of the International Women's Day

In the Realm of Women

An elegant evening of Poetry, Music, and Wine featuring the works of famous Austrian poets such as Ingeborg Bachmann, Rainer Maria Rilke, and Nobel Prize Winner, Elfriede Jelinek, and others.

With Special Guest, Virtuoso Pianist,

Maestro Carlos Cesar Rodriguez

Thursday, March 7, 2013 at 7PM

Embassy of Austria
3524 International Ct NW
Washington DC 20008

with
Sara Barker, Hanna Bondarewska, Barbara Papendorp,
Karin Rosnizeck, Ivan Zizek
Anna Lathrop, Dance, Movement
Elisabeth Myers, Soprano
Scott Sedar, Baritone

Enjoy delicious hors d'oeuvres by the courtesy of Kafe Leopold and Austrian wine provided by the Embassy of Austria

Please Reserve your tickets on Line at ATICC's Box Office

All the proceeds from the tickets cover the cost of the event and support Ambassador Theater’s productions. If you cannot join us for this celebration, please consider supporting Ambassador Theater’s programs. 

You can donate online through JUSTGIVE.ORG Thank you for your generosity.

Cast & Crew of ‘Trespassing’ – two one-acts by Alfred Farag

                                                                                              Ambassador Theater Presents

TRESPASSING

“Perhaps it is a self-realization challenge…”

US Premiere of Two One Act plays from Egypt by Alfred Farag

Translated by Dina Amin

The Visitor Directed by Gail Humphries Mardirosian

The Peephole Directed by Hanna Bondarewska

Set Designed by Greg Jackson

Costumes by Elizabeth Ennis

Sound and Visual Effects by Paul Oehlers

Lights by Marianne Meadows

Assistant Director James Randle

Stage Manager Jennifer Grunfeld

CAST:

Adam R. Adkins as Shaldum (The Peephole)

Hanna Bondarewska as Negma Sadiq (The Visitor), Mimi (The Peephole)

James Randle as Husayn (The Peephole)

Stephen Shetler as Husayn (The Peephole)

Rob Weinzimer as doorman (The Visitor) and Hasanayn (The Peephole)

Ivan Zizek as Mahmud Suliman (The Visitor) and Hasan (The Peephole)

 

 

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