What ancient comedy and modern society have in common? Certainly social values have changed and audiences will view the "morals" of the play through a modern lens, but perhaps the personal interactions, individuals’ desires, and comedic situation will still speak to us. We are not trying to overlay a post-modern commentary on the values espoused in the play, but a certain amount of distance from the setting and culture is inevitable. It is in the characters and their relationships that a modern audience will find a timeless connection.
Ambassador Theater celebrates Greek culture with the special events:
January 18, 2014 at 7:30 pm
January, 19, 2014 at 5 pm
DIONYSIA: Celebration of Greek Culture
with performances of Dyskolos by Menander and music and dance of DYNAMI, A Greek Dance Group at the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theatre in Old Town Alexandria
DIONYSIA: Celebration of Greek Culture
DYNAMI, A Greek dance group directed by Andrew Theodotou
DYSKOLOS by Menander
Translated by Vincent J. Rosivach
Connor J. Hogan Lily Kerrigan
Nick Martin Sarah Pullen
Directed by Stephen Shetler
Set Construction………………………………………………….James Davis
Master Mask Designer ………………………………………….Tara Cariaso
Stage Manager………………………………………………Colleen O’Brien
House/Box Office Manager………………………………..Carlos A. Ramirez
Technical Director……………………………………………….Joseph Walls
January 30 – February 2, 2014
THU – SAT at 8:00 PM
MATINEESS: SAT at 2:00 PM AND SUN at 3:00 PM
Directed by Stephen Shetler
At Anacostia Arts Center, 1231 Good Hope Road, SE Washington, DC 20020
CAST AND CREW
Founder, CEO, and Artistic Director
Hanna Bondarewska is the Artistic Director and Founder of the Ambassador Theater and was recently seen in They Don't Pay? We Won't Pay! by Dario Fo as Antonia, Smartphones as Maria, Protest as Stankova, Death of Tintagiles as Ygraine and in Summer at Nohant as George Sand. “For Hanna Bondarewska, the path to world peace not only exists, she is walking it — one artistic endeavor at a time.” – The Washington Diplomat.
Hanna Bondarewska is a native of Warsaw, Poland and was trained in the Polish and American schools of drama. She founded the Ambassador Theater because she believes in the power of theater to change the world for the better through collaboration and artistry. By bringing together theater and diplomacy she hopes to give us all a new perspective as global citizens, which will lead to deeper cultural understanding.
In June 2008, Hanna organized a life-changing trip to Poland for students from D.C. Public Schools as part of an educational program about Poland. The program was done in collaboration with Mrs. Hanna Reiter, wife of the former Ambassador of Poland to USA, the Embassy of Poland, Embassy Adoption Program, D.C. Public Schools and WPAS. She worked with over 60 students, teaching them about Poland, its history, culture, and traditions through theater designed to help them better retain learnt material, improve their reading comprehension, posture, and speaking skills, increase their imagination, and energize their drive for life.
The program developed into a performance, "Poland the Beautiful, an Imaginary ." Students performed the piece at their schools and at the Embassy of Poland, and then took it on the road for the First Lady of Poland, Mrs. Maria Kaczynska, at the Presidential Palace in Warsaw and in many other places around Poland last June.
Hanna’s acting credits are extensive and include the role of George Sand in "Summer at Nohant", Young Helena Modjeska in ""Farewell to Arden" at ATICC, and in "Helena—the Emigrant Queen"; "Sunflowers" at the Polish Theater Institute in New York; Square Minus One; A Genie Named Khatab; Snow Queen; Anouilh’s Antigone; Gogol’s The Marriage; and Goldoni’s Mirandolina and many others.
Ms. Bondarewska has recently directed The Trap, Happily Ever After, The Visitor, The Third Breast, The Madman and the Nun, Death of Tintagiles, Miracle of Saint Anthony, Summer at Nohant, Farewell to Arden, Forefathers, and Out at Sea.
Her one-woman show, Lotte Lenya, won recognition at the Kennedy Center Performing Arts Festival. Hanna performed at the Washington Shakespeare Theatre, Spectrum Theatre, Classika-Synetic Theatre, The New York Polish Theater, Hippodrome State Theatre, and Acrosstown Theater in Florida, where she also directed The Tao of Pooh, based on the book by B. Hoffman, and S. Mrożek’s Tango. Her Polish theater credits are extensive and include work in Warsaw, Bialystok, Olsztyn, Torun, Katowice, and Wroclaw with many luminaries of the Polish stage.
Hanna is teaching drama at Ambassador Theater's Outreach Programs and has also taught special outreach programs with Classika-Synetic Theatre at Arlington schools with Lilia Slavova and drama classes at Classika. She graduated magna cum laude from the Mount Vernon College of The George Washington University and earned her Acting Diploma in Poland. For over 15 years she served as Executive Director of the Institute for Education and Membership Chairman of the ABC XXI Child Awareness Program for Poland, which supports the emotional health and rights of children and adolescents through reading programs, awareness, education, and action.
Ms. Bondarewska has received various honors, including 2015 and 2014 DC Metro Theater Arts Best Director, Best Play Award, 2013 Helen Hayes Canadian Partnership Award, the St. Cyril and Methodius Award of excellence in promoting the Bulgarian Culture, Julia Heflin Performing Arts Award, recognition by Who's Who Among Students in American Universities, identification as a National Dean's List Scholar, and others.
Stephen Shetler (Associate Artistic Director and Technical Director) studied acting at The Catholic University of America and at The Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Mr. Shetler has performed more than 60 roles in the past 20 years. He spent five years as resident company actor and associate director at Classika Theatre before joining Ambassador Theater. He has directed at Classika Theatre, Synetic Theater, Northern Virginia Community College. Recently he directed Dyskolos by Menander.
Lily is thrilled to be working with Ambassador Theater on Dyskolos. Since her graduation from The National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, she has appeared in various roles around DC, including: Brianna Merriweather in The DC State Players Present Agamemnon; Aurora Dawn in Our Pretty Ponies: Great Big Science Adventure; and Iris in Zack Danger and the Mummy Maker. Lily also entertains at children’s birthday parties (http://fairytaleprincessevents.com/wordpress/).
Making Love Legal (DC Fringe Festival), Our Lady of Sandwich (Fully Charged Productions), Pirates and Zombies; Southern Crossroads, (Totem Pole Playhouse), Almost, Maine (u/s) (Conservatory Actors Repertory Theatre) Training: National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts. Sarah is a North Carolina native, UNC-Chapel Hill graduate and a proud Equity Membership Candidate.
Nick is a recent graduate of the College of William and Mary and is pursuing acting and directing in the DC area. He has worked with Unstrung Harpists (Body Armor, Jeremy Appleseed), Signature Theatre (Crossing, Assistant Director), and the Virginia Shakespeare Festival.
Basmah Alomar (Costume Designer) is a 3rd year production design MFA candidate at The George Washington University concentrating on costume design. She received her BA from Marymount University in Arlington, Va. with a double major in fashion design and merchandising. Basmah is of Saudi Arabian decent, but was born and partially raised in the US. She has worked on fashion shows for Marymount University as a fashion designer as well as a set designer and show coordinator. She has also worked on professional productions in the Washington DC area on shows such as Pygmalion at the Washington Stage Guild. Recently she designed costumes for Dyskolos by Menander.