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Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company - Defy convention

 

Featuring Joey Arias

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission.
This show contains sexually explicit content. Not recommended for patrons under the age of 16. 

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About the Show

Drag chanteuse extraordinaire Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist invite you on a magical mystery tour through space and time. From a neon-lit space lab, to an abundant Garden of Eden, to a smoky Manhattan night club, Arias with a Twist is a trippy, madcap, musical fantasia of ecstatic desires and eye-popping enchantments. With Arias’ legendary voice, and Twist’s spectacular puppetry, this “sometimes racy, occasionally raunchy, and always riveting” (New York Daily News) production is not to be missed! www.ariaswithatwist.com

 

Praise for Basil and Joey at Woolly:

"The synchronization of Arias’s and Twist’s comic brains
yields delightful results."
The Washington Post

"To recommend this production would be an understatement…
Just get comfortable, let go, and let in your crazy."
DC Theatre Scene

"Funny, poignant, and merely amazing."
Washingtonian

"Five stars, this production is twofold brilliance."
MD Theatre Guide

"Mind blowing, an explosion of creativity."
DC Metro Theater Arts

Praise for Arias With a Twist in New York:

"Eat your heart out, Madonna"
The New York Times

Basil Twist article in The New Yorker October 10, 2011

"An amazing journey…the sort of show in which a spotlight steals the spotlight, and even the curtains (and what curtains they are) deserve their own curtain calls."
The New York Times (2011)

"A mind-expanding musical odyssey through space,
time and gender."
Time Out New York

"An eye-popping visual feast."
TheaterMania

"A kaleidoscope of color and creativity."
CurtainUp

MAAFThis tour of Basil Twist is made possible by a grant from Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation with support from the National Endowment for the Arts.

 

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Programming:


Jump right in and explore the world created for this musical fantasia! Watch as our lobby gets a make-over, evoking the 1930’s Big Band style as well as the futuristic science fiction universe that we see in Arias with a Twist. Through a series of exciting events, we invite you to join us while we play with and discover what’s behind the magic of Arias with a Twist.

 

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Get Your Glam On!


Waiting for an excuse to wear those new shiny shoes, a fancy bow-tie, or try on a new shade of lipstick? Look no further! Every Saturday for our late night shows (10:30pm) during the run of Arias with a Twist we invite you to class yourself up, get decked out, and come to the theatre for night out-on-the-town. Whether dressed as a full-out formal Old Hollywood movie star, or a bedazzled bombshell of the future, no glam is too big or too small. The best outfits will be rewarded at the end of the night!

 

Are You the Next Woolly Glamazon?

Friday, April 13th following the 8pm performance
Inspired by Joey Arias and Basil Twist’s celebration of self-expression, artistry, and glamour, Woolly will be hosting a post-performance Glamazon Pageant. Watch as pros from the DC burlesque and vaudeville scene compete on the catwalk for a chance to be crowned as the ultimate “Glamazon.” Stay after the show for drinks, great music, and a chance to win your own Glamazon crown. Don’t forget to glam up!

 

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Cheap Date Night

Have a special someone that you want to impress? Show them a good time without breaking the bank at Woolly's Cheap Date Night.

Due to popular demand, CHEAP DATE NIGHT will return on April 28th for the 10:30pm performance. All tickets are $20, and there is an after party at L’Enfant Café in Adams Morgan. Show your ticket stub and get 20% off your check.

 

Screening of Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy

Directed by Bobby Sheehan

Friday, April 20th following the 8pm performance

This 88 minute documentary celebrates the creativity, artistry, and accomplishments of performance artist Joey Arias and master puppeteer Basil Twist. With interviews from admirers of Arias (such as Sherry Vine, Thierry Manfred Mugler, and Cassandra Peterson) and of Twist (such as Cheryl Henson and Oskar Eustis), viewers get an inside look at the rich history of these extremely talented performers. Interspersed with footage that brings the recent past to life, Arias with a Twist: The Docufantasy unveils the inspiration behind the passionate collaboration of Twist and Arias to create Arias With A Twist.
Review by Variety: http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117942292?refcatid=31
IMDB page: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt1465475/

 

POST-PERFORMANCE CONVERSATIONS


Take a peek behind the curtain of the fantastical world built by Basil Twist and given life by Joey Arias through a series of revealing talks and events!

  • Wednesday, April 11 following the 8pm performance:
    Puppets Up Close & Personal: Led by the talented puppeteers of Arias with a Twist, you get a chance to take a closer look at Basil’s innovative puppetry and see what brings this wild adventure to life.

  • Sunday, April 15 following the 7pm performance:
    Puppets Up Close & Personal: Led by the talented puppeteers of Arias with a Twist, you get a chance to take a closer look at Basil’s innovative puppetry and see what brings this wild adventure to life.

  • Thursday, April 19 following the 8pm performance:
    Stick around after the show for an in-depth interview with one of DC’s most revered female impersonators, Shi-Queeta Lee, who you may recognize as the hostess of Nellie’s Drag Brunch, as well as a frequent star at Town Danceboutique.

  • Wednesday, April 25 following the 8pm performance:
    A special event with Basil Twist himself! Here’s your chance to hear Basil tell of story of the making of Arias with a Twist, and its journey from New York City to Washington, DC.

 

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Who's Who

 

JOEY ARIAS (Creator & Performance Artist)

 

 

 

 

BASIL TWIST (Creator & Director)

 

 

 

 

PERFORMERS


CHRIS DeVILLE (Puppeteer)

KIRSTEN KAMMERMEYER (Puppeteer)

MATT LEABO (Puppeteer)

JAMIE MOORE (Puppeteer)

DAVID LLOYD OLSON (Puppeteer)

AMANDA VILLALOBOS (Puppeteer)

 

PRODUCTION TEAM


AYUMU "POE" SAEGUSA (Lighting Designer)

GREG DUFFIN (Sound Designer)

DANIEL BRODIE (Projection Designer)

NEELAM VASWANI (Production Stage Manager)

 

Schedule


Tuesday through Friday at 8pm, Saturday at 8pm & 10:30pm, Sunday at 7pm; Saturday, April 7th 8pm (no 10:30pm performance); Saturday, April 21st at 8pm (no 10:30pm performance); Saturday, May 5th at 8pm (no 10:30pm performance)

Special performance dates:

  • Pay-What-You-Can (PWYC): Tuesday, April 10th, 8pm
    Tickets sold at 6pm each evening, two per person, cash/check only. Lines begin forming around 5pm. Performances typically sell out.

Post-Show Discussions:

  • Wednesday, April 11th following the 8pm performance
  • Sunday, April 15th following the 7pm performance
  • Thursday, April 19th following the 8pm performance

 

CDNHave a special someone that you want to impress? Show them a good time without breaking the bank at Woolly's Cheap Date Night.

Due to popular demand, CHEAP DATE NIGHT will return on April 28th for the 10:30pm performance. All tickets are $20, and there is an after party at L’Enfant Café in Adams Morgan. Show your ticket stub and get 20% off your check.

 

Tickets


Prices start at $30. Prices subject to change.

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Basil Twist and Joey Arias for Arias with a Twist

 

Woolly Mammoth would like to
thank the following patrons
for their generous support of Arias with a Twist:


Jeffery Ahl & Toby Port
Carolyn Alper
J. Chris Babb & James Martin
Kenneth W. Crow & Basil Halabi
Lis & Kevin Driscoll
E & B Family Trust
Elizabeth & Paul L. Friedman
Rebecca Klemm
Karen Lefkowitz & Allen Neyman
Lisa Martinez
Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
David & Peggy Shiffrin
The Tom Lane Fund

Restaurant Sponsor:

fiola

Catering Sponsor:

mattersoftaste

 

Show Art Concept & Design:
Carolyn Sewell Design

 

Joey Arias in Arias with a Twist