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Looking forward, Looking Back!

Dear Ambassador Theater friends and supporters!,

We are extremley thankful for all your friendship and support in making Ambassador Theater and its programs thrive!

Our 6th season is rolling on.  Our last shows have received a lot of great " 5 Star " reviews, and just recently

The Trap by Tadeusz Rozewicz, translated by Adam Czerniawski and Smartphones, A Pocket-Size Farce by Emilio Williams were honored by the unnamed-351-300x300Best2015DCMetroTheaterArts Staff’s for Best Plays in Professional Theaters in 2015 and Best Directors, Hanna Bondarewska for The Trap and Joe Banno for Smartphones, A Pocket-Size Farce, and Best Actress, Ariana Almajan for Smartphones, A Pocket-Size Farce!

We are planning a great season ahead! 

As you may know our next stop is ITALY as we are planning to celebrate the 90th Birthday of a Nobel Price Winner, DARIO FO in partnership of the Embassy of Italy and the Italian Cultural Institute

International Artist Series will present

MARIO PIROVANO with his one man show, 

Johan Padan and the Discovery of America

By Dario Fo

MONDAY, FEBRUARY 26, 2016

at the Embassy of Italy

THEY DON'T PAY? WE WON'T PAY

By Dario Fo

Directed by Joe Martin

March 1 - March 26, 2016

At FLASHPOINT, 916 G SWtreet, NW

Washington DC 20001

TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE SOON!

We are also traveling to Israel!  

In Partnership of the Embassy of Israel, Ambassador Theater presents

LITERARY CAFE

WOMEN IN ARTS

March 8, 2016

At the Embassy of Israel

   FALL 2016

BALLADYNA

By Juliusz Slowacki ("Polish Shakespeare of Romantic Era")

 Directed by Kazimierz Braun and Hanna Bondarewska

Our plans are extensive and we have a great artistic team to work with but we do need your help to grow and pay the production expenses!  Please add your support to our online crowdfunding campaign and share with others.  Thanks to you and your friends, we will keep the arts and Ambassador Theater ALIVE!

Thank very much!

We wish you Happy Happy Holidays! Lots of happy moments with your family and friends, full of love and joy!

See you at our future events!,

Hanna Bondarewska and team of the Ambassador Theater 

 

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ON STAGE- The Trap

The Trap

In Partnership with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland, Polish Cultural Institute in New York and Department of Theater & Dance at the George Washington University

Ambassador Theater presents US Premiere of

The Trap

…Anxities and nightmares of an artist, Franz Kafka…

 by Tadeusz Różewicz  

 Translated by Adam Czerniawski

With Music by Jerzy Satanowski

…the most provocative and original playwright of the post-war period….enigmatic works that "sets up traps" for literal-minded critics, directors and audiences… 

Produced and Directed by Hanna Bondarewska

Assistant Director Shawn W. Lyles

Set Design by Carl Gudenius

Multimedia Design by Riki Kim

Lighting Design by Michael Stepowany

Sound Design by Paul Oehlers 

Costumes by Sigridur Johannesdottir

Stage Manager  Yijin (Vanessa) Liu

Featuring:  

Matthew PayneColin DaviesBenjamin KoonzMorganne Davies *, Alexander RolinskiAriana AlmajanMelissa RobinsonMadeline BurrowsEmily GilsonAbigail RoppJohn Brennan, Peter Orvetti, Marlove Vilchez, Ed Klein, and Tiffany Pindell

 *Member of Actors Equity Association

May 28 – June 21, 2015

XX Bldg of the George Washington University, 814 20th Street, NW, Washington DC 

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR

rozewiczTadeusz Różewicz

The Polish poet, playwright, screenwriter, novelist, satirist and translator of Hungarian poetry. One of the most versatile and creative continuators of the Polish and international avant – garde. Member of the Polish Writers' Association. Often mentioned as a candidate for the Nobel Prize. Tadeusz Różewicz died on April 24, 2014.

Tadeusz Różewicz was born September 9, 1921 in Radomsko. His father, Władysław, was a junior court clerk and his mother Stefania Maria, of the house Gelbard, was a housewife. Tadeusz had two brothers, the elder Janusz and the younger Stanisław. Although Różewicz received an equivalent of GCSE in the Felix Fabiani school, his further education was stopped by the outbreak of World War II.

The War, the Forest and the Pen

In 1939 Różewicz began working as an errand-boy, a warehouseman, and apprentice carpenter in the Bent-wood Furniture Factory – Thonet to help support his family. It was at this time that Janusz Różewicz, the first literary mentor to his brother, introduced him to the Polish literary underground. After a six-month training in an underground Officer Cadet School, Tadeusz was sworn into the Home Army (codename “Satyr”) to fight as part of the guerrilla troops from June 26, 1943 to November 3, 1944.

During this time he wrote poems and edited the newspaper Czyn Zbrojny (Armed Action). He published the tome Forest Echoes, which contained poems, epigrams, humoresques and patriotic, poetic prose together with Janusz in 1944. In these first pieces of Różewicz we can observe a passion for the works of  Juliusza Słowacki and Stefan Żeromski, as well as a spiritual dilemma akin to his contemporaries such as Krzysztof Kamil Baczyński and Tadeusz Gajcy, particularly as they relate to the circumstances of war.

In 1943 Janusz Różewicz wrote to his brother, “You'll write better than me, you'll be a better poet…” In July that year he was arrested by the Germans and was shot and executed on August 3, 1944.

Tadeusz revealed himself to the Liquidation Committee in 1945, received the Polish Army Medal in 1948 and the London Home Army Medal in 1974.

A New Shape of Poetry

Julian Przyboś, whom the poet had met in the editorial office of Odrodzenie (The Rebirth), brought Różewicz from Częstochowa, where he had passed his baccalaureate exams, to Kraków. Here Tadeusz began studying History of Art at the Jagiellonian University but never finished. He became involved with the neoavangardist Grupa Krakowska, whose members include Tadeusz Kantor,Jerzy Nowosielski, Kazimierz Mikulski, Andrzej Wróblewski and Andrzej Wajda.

Różewicz gave a new shape to poetry by rebuilding a sense of meaning in life after the tragedy of Auschwitz — a trauma after which, according to Theodor Adorno, nothing authentic could be created anymore. The author has been accused of nihilism and a vulnerability to Western influence (namely Eliot, Pound and Russell) for his expressionistic and catastrophic poetry style, but nevertheless his poetry books Niepokój (Anxiety) (1947) and Czerwona rękawiczka (The Red Glove) (1948) have been considered revolutionary. Czesław Miłosz responded to them in one of his tomes, Ocalenie (Salvation).

Różewicz fled to escape the communist regime 1950, the same year his friend Tadeusz Borowski went to Berlin. There he again became fascinated with the universality and the “greyness” of human existence in line with the philosophical ideology of Eyelash by Leopold Staff.

After a year in Hungary, Różewicz came back to Poland and settled in Gliwice with his wife Wiesława. The couple had two sons, the elder Kamil in 1950 and the younger Jan in 1953. They lived in poverty away from the literary turmoil. In the book Czas, który idzie (Time to Come) he made ironic remarks about the superimposed order: “Communism will elevate people/ wash off the time of scorn,” as he came to know the bitter taste of the literary milieu's “battue.”

The political thaw after the death of Stalin and the events of 1956 opened Poland to the West. Fascinated by the works of the Paris avant-garde, particularly Beckett and Ionesco, he wrote the drama Kartoteka (The Card Index), his most revolutionary work and contribution to the theater of the absurd. More abstract, neobaroque and formist trials can be found in the poem Zielona róża(The Green Rose) and the tome Nic w płaszczu Prospera (Nothing Dressed in Prospero's Cloak), parallel with Miłosz's That.

Różewicz's stylistic invention of file-like text compilation and editing, as observed in the textPrzygotowania wieczoru autorskiego (Preparations to an Authors Soiree), provoked Przyboś in 1967 to viciously attack Różewicz for “trashy, pop-art ideas.” In 1968 the poet moved to Wrocław.

Różewicz’s works have been translated into 49 languages. In 2000 he received the Nike Litarary Award for Matka odchodzi (Mother Departs), a book of poetry containing the author's intimate confessions in the form of poems, notes from the Gliwice Journal and selections from the memoirs of his mother Stefania and his brother Stanisław. The text documents are supplemented by family photographs and fragments of written correspondence, including Stefania Mria Różewicz’s  letter to Tadeusz from a time shortly before Christmas 1943.  A calendar page from 1957 notes on July 16, “Mom died today at 10:20 A.M.” In such moments words evidently reveal their imperfection, even those of a poet even as great as Różewicz.

 

Congeniality Effect

In his contemporary poetry the author expresses the unrests and embitterments of a generation defined by wartime. In line with his experiences in the Home Army, Różewicz shows a world of relative values with man objectified and dominated by biology or technology. The I-speaker in his poems is a disintegrated personality, devoid of self and lost in a world of collapsing form.

His poems reveal him as a skeptic defiant to the world order rather than one of despair.  Piotr Lachmann remarked that Różewicz’s poetry achieved a congeniality effect (as opposed to Brecht's alienation effect). Before Lachman's cameras Różewicz stated his “Discourse about the Void”:

…The Void rages. Completeness doesn't have to. The void has to make itself visible. The void in which biology struggles. The devil is also a void – its strength lies in the fact that you cannot grasp it, it doesn't have a form. And this void is growing. And what happens in it: the most complicated weaponry as yet unseen by any man. Biologically (…) Syphilis or cancer do not threaten or scare us as much as AIDS. Committees gather to recommend the use of condoms, which in turn are forbidden by the Holy Congregation. All this beguiles our life.

Różewicz saw the film during a multimedia evening prepared by Jolanta Lothe and Piotr Lachmann in the Videotheatre Poza in 2003. He read poems from his Szara strefa (The Grey Zone), trying to convince the audience, “I'm not a philosopher, I'm intuitive.” He dismissed congratulations on his acting skill by saying, “I wasted that talent.” Nevertheless, Różewicz demonstrated an excellent feel of the stage during a soiree in the National Theater in 1998:

…What is first? Writing? No. Reading is first. When you're my age, you begin to feel that what you read is equally important to what you write. Sometimes more important, more interesting. Poetic soirees should change. Whenever I listen to my poems read by somebody else, I get the urge to correct them. Or to read somebody else's. I recently came back to Demons by Dostoyevsky, maybe after forty years. There is a genial masterpiece of a description of a soiree. An old writer Karmazinov – whose character was inspired by Turgieniev – he cannot finish reading his “Merci, Merci” humoresque… He read, and read until the young people started teasing him. I was quite abashed by the whole description.

He started reading Staff's Mickiewicz but stopped after the first stanza because of someone's cellphone signal. “Please leave!” sounded the voices from the audience. “Who's to leave? Me? I won't go,” protested the poet. “Where's the fire brigade? Police? Security?”

“Where's good breeding?” came a question from the audience. The owner of the ringing phone finally left. “We had a nice break,” the poet didn't lose his composure. “So now, I will read my poem ‘Where evil comes from’…” At that moment the silence was interrupted by the sound of a camera shutter. The poet stopped reading again. The whole situation seemed straight out of The Scattered File.

Derisive Humility

His bitter account with the contemporary past, as it tries in vain to find itself in the chaos of contemporary life, is illustrated in his dramas. His debut play The Card Index (written in the years 1958-1959) is a pinnacle achievement in the cannon of post-war drama, opening an emergence of new staging possibilities in Poland and beyond.

The play was published under censorship in the Dialogue magazine (02/1960), and later along withThe Green Rose by the National Publishing Institute in 1961. The full uncensored version was only published by Integral Arts in Wrocław 1972. The play first premiered in 1960 in the Dramatical Theater in Warsaw under the direction of Wanda Laskowska.

As Zbigniew Majchrowski remarked, The Card Index is contemporary to The Teutonic Knights in that it was written before man went to space, before the Second Council of Vatican, before the erection of the Berlin Wall and the career of the Beatles.

The strength of the play is the derisive humility the character feels towards himself, and Różewicz towards his character – wrote Jan Błoński. The gibberish in which the author often drowns the action, has a method and aim – a refusal of tragism. Only mockery can save our clear-headedness  and thus our freedom… The author evokes an unclear but undefeated hope which he kept at the bottom of his heart. – [Tadeusz Różewicz The Card Index. The Scattered file, Kraków 1997]

The Card Index consists of two images: the internal emptiness of the Character and a flood of phenomenae, people and objects that flows through his room. No other play has changed the face of European drama to the degree that The Card Index has. Since it first premiered its formal novelty has never lost perspicuity, nor has the complicated, firmly Polish subject-matter hindered the play from entering stages abroad. There is nary a season when The Card Index is not published or staged somewhere in the world.

Różewicz's debut play became a classic of theatrical avant-garde, a vivid form of theatre that touches upon the crux contemporary problems. However Konrad Swinarski, who directed the play twice, in 1965 in Tel Aviv and two years later for the Television Theater (with Tadeusz Łomnicki as the Character), muses that it lacks a proper ending:

"If Różewicz only dared to write one more final scene," he said in 1973, “then The Card Indexwould be a contemporary play. It is written in a beautiful language, it has both literary culture and tradition, it's both sensual and political it has everything I value in a play, nevertheless it has no continuation."

The Chronic Forerunner

Tadeusz Różewicz in the lens of Janusz Drzewucki – Image Gallery

The Scattered File fulfills Swiniarski's demand and authors the idea of a “play written on stage.” Różewicz experimented to repeat the phenomenon of the Card Index in the free speech reality brought by the Third Republic.

Thus the Scattered File came about, a cycle of open rehearsals which the author directed and played with the actors from November 17 to December 2, 1992 on the camera stage of the Polish Theater in Wrocław. Apart from minor changes in the text, most of it are extracts from newspapers, the sermons of Skarga or speeches by Piłsudski.

The actors brought newspaper articles. One Card Index text about beer grew to be seven. The construction of the play on stage mad its record a lot longer than the canonical version. However, none of the rehearsals of the Scattered File covered everything that was printed in the book.

It was a time of subversive topics such as the illegal trade of human organs, or the argument of the rabbis to give their seal of approval for kosher vodka produced in Polish distilleries. An entire poem is comprised of newspaper adverts. There's another, especially ironic, poem composed of fragments of parliamentary debates. Różewicz, a chronic forerunner, proved that with the disappearance of censorship a new habit came about – uncontrolled garrulity and verbosity. He had found the danger and mocked it in a pastiche of parliamentary debates dominated by empty routine and formalities.

The formal experiment of the Scattered File did not in any way disrupt the integrity and timelessness of the first version. The record of the play gives directors a whole new range of texts which can be scattered and used anew. In 1998 Kazimierz Kutz brilliantly brought the play to the Television Theatre with a highly suggestive vision of the Character, as played both by  Jerzy Trela and Krzysztof Globisz, entangled between past and present in the political and mental transformations.

The Wise Man in a Jester's Mask

No one smuggles tradition on stage as successfully and in such a novel way as Różewicz. Although his tradition has been unfairly neglected and ridiculed, the previous century does not know an instance of such an influential Polish writer.

The strength of the author's art lies in the ability to combine opposites. On one hand he uses a classical, sophisticated form, but implements it to deliver fresh and unconventional content. He also performs the same strategy in reverse: subjects from the past are often given innovative forms of expression, so that his creations are ambiguous, disturbing and universal at once.

His plays feature a duality of characters who come from the intelligent class (however, he also finds room for simple peasants, like Waluś in Do piachu or Wrona in The Card Index). Personages whose noble duties (God, honour, fatherland) have been questioned in the post-yaltan reality and doomed to failure; futile, eternal rebellion; or giving up and opportunistically subjugating oneself to illusory comforts; these were all visible in the drama, “Witnesses or our little stabilization.”

Few can deal with the media as well as Różewicz. However, deeming his creations journalistic would be a gross simplification. As a clear-sighted observer and amateur of the press he subjugates the intake of news to artistic treatment. Under his penmanship they become metaphors for the fate of the contemporary man. In line with the romantic traditon Różewicz both disdains and admires, everyone can find a reflection of their own life in his characters as they are anchored in the specifics of history.

In the play He Left the House, forty-year old Ewa, anxious about her husband’s long absence, calls for the police. She and her daughter Gizela have difficulties giving a description: “Daddy was nondescript, not much like anything, like everyone.” Meanwhile the amnesia-stricken Henryk wanders around town, finally reaching a cemetery where he is witness to an excellent “Shakespearean” scene: two undertakers over a grave where lies “at one time a martyr, at another a knave.” Afterward he comes back home, merrily lacking the memory. However, his wife soon starts to “educate” him, filling his head with judgments and stereotypes. Henryk absorbs the cliches compliently, but later comes back to his senses to again leave the house.

Różewicz’s dramaturgy has a renewable value thanks to the irony infused in the obstacles of his plays. Year after year these works affirm his prophetic talent. In each rendition, his predictions regarding the destruction of the natural environment arouse as much emotion as they did in the premiere. The vision of trash falling through the cafe windows in A Woman Sits remains terrifying. Although we have made some progress since the play was written, the world is still heading towards self-annihilation – war continues, environmental issues continues to dominate the news.

On All Fours tells the story of an old infantile writer, who like the brilliant French painter Maurice Utrille, is happiest about his electric train. Laurent's fun is disturbed by the overprotective maid Pelasia and the swarm of intruders who want to bask in his glory. His office will soon be invaded by “The Girl” who presumably wants to write a dissertation. However, she doesn't spare any efforts to seduce him, quickly becoming his wife and heiress. The dead Laurenty will still be sipping Pelasias soup in his apartment – now turned into a museum — where the Widow shows the Profane around telling completely delusive stories.

Różewicz’s works often annoy, provoke, and occasionally incite outrage. The hyper-charged sexuality of the characters in his morally subversive and pioneering White Wedding tore apart the atmosphere of an old gentry manor, in which to girls became women. The erotic staffage – now really naive – provoked a critical outcry, among them party members such as Atrur Sandauer. Meanwhile the first post-war topless scene, with Barbara Sułkowska as Paulina under the direction of Tadeusz Minc, brought crowds of spectators to The Small Theater.

Do Piachu earned itself a bad reputation among the Home Army veterans. Różewicz describes guerrilla life, but without the patriotic highs, presenting what other often fail to mention: the mud, dirt, lice, blood, poor quality food, the disconnection from our close ones, the absence of women, the severe discipline. Waluś, a village peasant who dreams of seeing Kraków and Częstochowa, comes back from a predatory excursion. His two superiors who took part in it have made off with the loot. The commanders focus their anger on the boy with animal treatment to which he uncertainly obeys. Różewicz’s anti-epic about anti-heroes, the absurdities of war and the dehumanization it causes, futile sacrifice in the name of a restrictive law, caring for thy neighbor, his pain, suffering and death, probes the boundaries of human debasement and sacrifice.

The outrage of the veteran milieu that broke out after the first two stagings of the play (by Tadeusz Łomnicki in the Warsaw Teatr Na Woli in 1979 and Kazimierz Kutza The Television Theater in 1991) caused the author to place limitations on access to his works. Of late, only Janusz Opryński and Witold Mazurkiewicz have succeeded of late, on behalf of from the Provisorium Theater and the Theater Company in Lublin, in 2003.

Neither scandal nor subversiveness alone necessitates greatness, as some worshipers of theatrical currents may assert; these qualities must be supported by artistic justification.

The contents of the play Trelemorele can be best summed up in the subtitle: “A soap opera for public and private television.” Różewicz blantantly undermines the language of the medium that in attempt to be endearing ultimately becomes jibberish mixed with a dose of kitsch and perversity. The family in front of the set consumes the medley of images that flow out of debilitating game shows, infantile commercials, imbecile series and unreliable news. A nervous walk among the channels doesn't change anything. Everywhere it is the same thing, equally nauseous and hopeless.

The timelessness of his plays, avant-garde in form and rebellious in content, is also not confirmed by the frequency in which these works are staged. Despite being a few decades old they retain a contemporary bite. With bitter irony they show the everyday life of the Warsaw intelligence, as seen by one of the most clear-sighted annalists of Polish reality in recent history.

His plays provoke imagination with a metaphorical, intelligent and often razor-sharp language. The longevity of those plays abroad indicates that his language resonates with an international audience.

Różewicz addresses the most serious matters in a fickly, roguish manner, a subversive, who like Stańczyk, dons the jester's mask to shamelessly hit you in the face with the truth.

Author: Janusz R. Kowalczyk, July 2013.

JANUSZ R. KOWALCZYK

Editor at Culture.pl since 2009, specializes in literature. Graduate of: theatre studies and film studies at the Jagiellonian University, a part-time screenwriting course at the National Film School in Łódź. Artist of the cabaret Piwnica pod Baranami (1978-1987), theatre critic for "Rzeczpospolita" (1990-2009). Awards: Zbigniew Raszewski Prize, a grant from the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage. Author of "Wracając do moich Baranów" (published by Trio, 2012), a book about the Piwnica pod Baranami cabaret, and more.

 

 

 

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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

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

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Ambassador Theater’s Studio Classes – Winter 2014

Exploring International Cultures Through Theater and Art!

Ambassador Theater offers studio classes exploring international literature and drama through movement, voice and improvisation. Through Ambassador Theater’s unique international cultural exchange the students have the opportunity to experience Art and Drama in enriching and innovative ways, inspiring both individual and collaborative growth. Classes are taught by highly experienced professionals from all over the world such as Award-winning director Ms. Lilia Slavova and others. The classes are available for three age groups: Globetrotters (4-6 years old), Voyagers (7-9 years old), and Explorers (10 and up). Register and Pay On-Line Through INSTANT SEATS

“A new experience where imagination and education come together.”

EXCITING ART AND DRAMA CLASSES FOR KIDS 4- 18 years old

At the Convergence Lab Theater in Alexandria VA

Join Ambassador Theater in discovering the beauty of children's international literature and culture, explore nursery rhymes, songs, fables and walk through the adventures of many famous characters from the most admired stories. The classes are taught by a professional,  acting coaches and artists, whose main focus will be movement, speech and basic acting skills with fun theater games and will finish with a final showcase at the Convergence, THE LAB Theater, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302 We also offer exciting Art Classes that help the kids connect with what they learn about in their drama classes. They are able to understand how theater is a true collaboration of all art forms and will focus on making some props, parts of the costumes they will use in their performance, learn about the genre and style used in the play and culture they are studying, and more. We also offer special private classes on Mondays, and Wednesdays!

Mondays, January 20 – April 7, 2014;   Wednesdays, January 22 – April 9, 2014 

12 WEEKS OF CLASSES BOTH ART AND DRAMA CLASSES are offered one day a week, Mondays or Wednesdays :

 45 minute DRAMA or ART CLASS: $240

60 minute DRAMA or ART CLASS:  $280

90 minute DRAMA CLASS: $320

PACKAGE SPECIALS: 

Combo of both Art and Drama Classes 90 minute CLASSES (45 min each of ART and DRAMA): $460 for GLOBETROTTERS

2 hour CLASSES (60 min ART and 60 min DRAMA): $540 for VOYAGERS

2.5 hour CLASSES (60 minute ART and 90 min DRAMA): $600 for EXPLORERS

(To Register for Combo classes scroll down under Drama Classes and choose that option, in the message specify which day you want the child to be registered for) Early Registration by January 5, 2014 – 15% off, (code: earlybird) 

ART:                                                                              DRAMA: Weekdays (Mon or Wed)

  • 4:15 – 5:00 PM: Globetrotters (4-6 years)         5:00 – 5:45 PM: Globetrotters (4-6 years)
  • 5:00 – 6:00 PM: Voyagers  (7-9 years)                6:00 – 7:00 PM: Voyagers  (7-9 years)
  • 6:00 – 7:00 PM Explorers  (10 and up)               7:00 – 8:30 PM: Explorers (10 and up)

EARLY BIRD Registration by January 10! – 15% Discount Code: earlybird

You may pay by check written to Ambassador Theater and send it at 916 G Street, NW, Washington DC (please e-mail Hanna at ambassadortheater@aticc.org to request the registration form to send you payment by check) 

or Register and Pay On-Line

We also offer private classes: Pay on Line or by check written to Ambassador Theater (You need to schedule the classes in advance)

Success in Auditions with Lilia Slavova at Convergence Lab Theater, 1819 N. Quaker Lane (at Crestwood Drive), Alexandria VA 22302
 
Part of the “Smart Actors-Stupid Choices “Series
 
Learn to make strong, specific and memorable choices for your monologue and cold reading while you get introduced to powerful audition techniques.
Lilia Slavova’ direct, personal, honest and practical approach comes from years of experience as an award winning actor ,director, choreographer ,puppeteer and published author .Member of SAG, AFTRA ,Equity, Lilia has been attending the Actor’s Center and the League Auditions for the last 15 years in a casting capacity; this and her international theatrical experience makes her ideal coach for helping you achieve your auditioning and professional goals.
Lilia’s work with preparing students for colleges is fantastic since the success of her student entering the collages of their choice is 100% plus the scholarships they receive!
TESTEMONIES FROM HER STUDENTS ARE AVAILABLE TO READ!

Mondays, Wednesdays: 2:00 PM, 3:00 PM, 4:00PM, 8:30 PM

Half an hour: $35

One hour: $70

A package of 3 classes: $200

A package of 5 classes: $335

A package of 12 One hour classes: $840

A package of 12 Half Hour classes: $420

Contact us with any questions using our online  form or email us at ambassadortheater@aticc.org.

You may pay by check written to Ambassador Theater and send it to: Ambassador Theater, 916 G Street, NW. Washington DC 20001 

You may also Register and Pay On-Line

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Ambassador Theater Receives Canadian Partnership Award

Hanna Bondarewska, Artistic Director of the Ambassador Theater received the Canadian Partnership Award at the 29th Helen Hays Award Gala. She will go to Canada to explore the Magnetic North Festival in Ottawa between June 7-15.  

The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership is an annual cultural exchange which, since 2000, has offered Washington area artistic directors the opportunity to explore Canada’s innovative theatrical offerings during a week-long residency. The Canadian Embassy established The Canadian/Washington Theatre Partnership, which annually invites an artistic director from Washington’s professional theatres, as a result of their long respect for the importance of theatre produced in Washington. theatreWashington facilitates the selection process of artistic directors participating in the program. Funding is provided by The Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs….

OLD DRAFT: ATICC Kicks off 2012/2013 Season

Ambassador Theater’s 2012/2013 Season

Main Stage
TRESPASSING:
two one acts by Egyptian playwright Alfred Farag
The Visitor and The Peephole
Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint – October 16 -November 3, 2012
The Third Breast by Ireneusz Iredynski
January-February 2013
Dyskolos by Menander
September 2013 at the George Washington Masonic Memorial
LITERARY CAFÉ
Farewell to summer 
An evening of poetry and music
September 2012
Christmas around the world
December 2012
Love stories
March 2013
BARE BONES PRODUCTIONS
Celebrating Vaclav Havel and his plays
With the partnership of the Embassy of Czech Republic
December 18, 2012
Witkacy and His Demons
In Memoriam of Professor Daniel Charles Gerould
Scenes from several plays by Stanislaw Witkiewicz
With the partnership of the Embassy of the Republic of Poland
February 13, 2013
NEW WORK DEVELOPMENT SERIES
Rage by Michele Riml
EDUCATION PROGRAMS
Ambassadors of International Culture
Ambassador Theater’s Studio Classes at the Convergence Lab Theater in Alexandria VA September 24 – December 8, 2012
Outreach educational programs in DC Metro elementary schools
October 2012 – June 2013
Theater Production Summer Camps:
Offering scholarships for DC and DC metro students
At the George Washington Masonic Memorial Theater
June-July 2013
At Source Theater, in partnership with the Cultural Development Corporation
July – August 2013