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Ambassadors of International Culture

Information about our Educational and Outreach Programs

The District of Columbia is unique among American communities in its great concentration of embassies and international dignitaries. Despite only being a few miles away from these great resources, many students within and around the District of Columbia have little knowledge of the world outside their neighborhoods. Through the Ambassadors of International Culture program, we hope to make these resources more accessible to urban students and enrich the students through interaction with persons of different cultures.

  • Outreach program at  DC Metro area schools introducing students to a specific culture through drama and art classes with the partnership of the embassy representing that particular culture
  • Workshops with international artists encompassing all aspects of theater
  • Theater Production Summer Camps

MORE INFO on what's happening now and coming soon:

Summer at Nohant: Photo Gallery

Summer at Nohant, a Romantic-period comedy in three acts, celebrating the 200th Anniversary of Fryderyk Chopin’s birth. George Sand, the famed French writer and emancipated woman, brings together artists at her celebrated summer estate in Nohant. Chopin, one of her lovers, echoes the longings and frustrations of the inhabitants as he composes his Sonata in B minor. His music is transcendent and affects everyone in the household.

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A Special Staged Reading of “Country House”

Self-Portrait, (Muzeum Pomorza Srodkowego, Slupsk) Pastel. Witkacy

A special staged reading

April 29, 2010 at 7:30 PM

Celebrating the 125th Anniversary of Witkacy

Country House

by Stanislaw Ignacy Witkiewicz

(aka Witkacy)

 

DIRECTED BY Robert McNamara

 

Flashpoint, Mead Theatre Lab | 916 G St, NW, Washington, D.C. 20001

Tickets $10
Steps away from the Gallery Place/Chinatown Metro stop or a couple of blocks from Metro Center.

CAST

Diaphant Nearly  – Stas Wronka
Sophie – Caitlin Staebell
Amy  – Carina Czipoth
Cousin Jibbery- Penbroke  – Chris Henley
Annette Warbling  – Molly Coyle
Ghost Mother  – Danielle Davy
Wendell Poundwood  – Christopher Mrozowski 
Joseph Griswold  – Howard E. O’Leary
Scullery Boy – Russell Jonas
The Cook  – Mary Suib

Get Tickets to COUNTRY HOUSE here:

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Ambassador Theater Presents “Summer at Nohant”

Summer at Nohant

By Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz

Translated by Celina Wieniewska

Directed by Hanna Bondarewska

Assistant Director Magdalena Pinkowska

Lighting Director Marianne Meadows

Set Design and Construction:

Andrzej Pinkowski, Magdalena Pinkowska, Falcon Construction, House Craft LLC, Daniel Rovin

Costumes Dan Iwaniec and Florence Arnold

Stage Manager April Whaley

Assistant Stage Manager Keta Newborn

 

 

Cast 

Tyler Herman as Fryderyk Chopin

Hanna Bondarewska as Baroness Aurore Dudevant (George Sand)

Jessie Dulaney as Solange, daughter of George Sand

Russell Jonas as Maurice, son of George Sand

Timothy R. King as Count Anthony Wodzinski

Madeline Muravchik as Mlle De Rosieres, Chopin’s pupil

Lauren Elisabeth Uberman as Augustine, George Sand’s cousin and ward

Daniel Rovin as Theodore Rousseau, young painter

Christopher Herring as Clesinger, young sculptor

Michael Santos Sandoval as Ferdinand, son of a rich neighbor

David Van Ormer as John, Chopin’s servant

Ekaterina Korotkikh as Madeleine, country girl

Interns: Ekaterina Korotkikh and Alison Beyrle

Director’s Note

Welcome to George Sand’s estate at Nohant, where many prominent artists found the inspiration for their art, among which the most famous guest was Fryderyk Chopin. The three act play takes us all on a great tour into a 19th century salon where you may discover the beauty of erotic passions, turmoil, and artistic inspiration, where “among kitchen squabbles- something so full of transcendental genius is being produced!” It has been a great pleasure to rediscover this very interesting play depicting a part of the lives of these very special people, George Sand and Fryderyk Chopin with such a great group of American actors and take them on a tour of France and Poland. It has been a very interesting ride, full of passion; snow days and stormy weather which still did not stop us all from bringing some sun to Summer at Nohant. Thank you to all its dear “inhabitants” for all their passion and hard work, especially my dear assistant Magda and her family who tirelessly worked to make our salon so beautiful and vibrant. I love you all and let us all breathe in the very extraordinary air of Nohant!

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The Forefathers Cast & Crew

“Dark everywhere, Gloom everywhere What’s in the air, what’s in the air?”

This is the eternal question that opens, closes, and is woven through Adam Mickiewicz’s Part II of Forefathers: What’s in the air? What’s in the air? What is in the air in Mickiewicz’s poem is a series of spirits. To the audience they reveal the human wisdom that in death we cannot undo what has been done in life, nor can we forever mask who we truly are. In Poland, Mickiewicz’s name is lauded like Shakespeare’s in England or Goethe’s in Germany. But more than filling a great role as a national bard, he is also a praised national icon. In this world of endless material bliss and continuing technological advancement many people search for spiritual fulfillment. Here, Mickiewicz’s poetry not only delivers a spiritual inspiration, it also encourages us to slow down, to breathe in creative energy.

A Staged Reading of

The Forefathers, Part II

by Adam Mickiewicz

Directed by: Hanna Bondarewska

Costumes & Props: Magda Pinkowska

Lighting: Stephen Shetler


Cast:
Warlock: Bill Byrnes
An Old Man: A. Tony Quinn
Angel Boy: Nathan Meier
Angel Girl: Sydney Cherrick
Spectre: Deepal Doshi
Chorus of Nocturnal Birds:
  Owl: Kathy Cox
  Raven: Carl James
  Vulture: Gavin Whitt
A girl (Sophie): Chelsey-Rae Abbate
Leader of the Chorus: Amy Kellett
Shepherdess: Cora Boyd
Spectre (Gustav): Alex Vernon
Chorus of Villagers:
  Eda Lynda Bruce-Lewis and company


Technical Support | Interns
Amanda Grossman
Ekaterina Korotkikh
Ellie Pfeuffer

Director’s Notes

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“Dark everywhere, Gloom everywhere What’s in the air, what’s in the air?”

It is the eternal question that opens, closes, and weaves together Adam Mickiewicz’s Part II of Forefathers (Dziady): “What’s in the air? What’s in the air?” What is in the air in Mickiewicz’s poem is a series of spirits. To the audience, they reveal the human wisdom that in death, we cannot undo what has been done in life. Nor can we mask who we truly are forever. To many, the story of who we are and where we came from is also incredibly significant. I come from a long Polish folk tradition of celebration, honor, and prayer for our ancestors around this time of the year, and so did Mickiewicz. In Poland, his name is lauded like Shakespeare’s is in England or Goethe’s is in Germany. But more than filling a great role as a national bard, he is also a praised national icon. Perhaps it is because of his innate ability to breathe life into literature by creating and introducing new ideas in with age-old human musings. The excellent translation by Geoffrey Wladyslaw Vaile Potocki de Montalk certainly transports Mickiewicz’s world especially well during Halloween. I can remember becoming mesmerized by his poetry as a youth in Poland. I would be so wrapped in his beautiful world of romantic poetry, so completely mystified by the variety of subjects and different forms of literature in which he wrote, that I would read the poems aloud to myself. Only when my family clapped at the end was I brought back to reality. In this world of endless material bliss and continuing technological advancement, many people search for a spiritual fulfillment. Here, Mickiewicz’s poetry not only delivers a spiritual inspiration, it also encourages us to slow down, to breathe in creative energy. So please, enjoy the show! Experience the wondrous, mystical world of Poland and our communities on the eve of All Saint’s Day! - Hanna Bondarewska

Poland the Beautiful:An Imaginary Flight Becomes Reality: June 2008

Anne Beers Elementary School students performed “Poland the Beautiful: An Imaginary Flight” at their school and then at the Embassy of the Republilc of Poland in Washington, D.C. The performance was the culmination of a whole year of learning about Poland. About it’s history, culture, and arts.The students performed the show in front of the Anne Beers Elementary School students and then at the Polish Embassy, followed by a wonderful reception. At this time the students already were preparing for the trip to Poland and these greatly successful performances were a fantastic send off.

Highlights

You can download our Educational Highlights PDF for more information about our sucessful educational programs.

“… my involvement in the program has made me realize that I am a leader and not a follower…I wish that more kids in the inner city could have the opportunity to explore these opportunities that I have experienced because it is “A DREAM COME TRUE”. I can truly say that I am blessed to have positive people and angels come into my life and open doors for me.”

 – student Delante Fludd