The Acme Corporation Stages IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO, Now thru 5/25

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The Acme Corporation, Baltimore's newest Station North-based theatre ensemble, will present Trish Harnetiaux's new play, IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO, an exploration of 'A Rape in Cyberspace' by Julian Dibbell, directed by Eric Nightengale at The Great Hall at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, 1900 St. Paul Street, Baltimore, selected days, May 16, 17 @ 8pm, May 18 @ 7pm & 10pm and May 22 - 25 @8pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or at www.theacmecorporation.org.

The world's first social network premiered in 1993 on the newly minted World Wide Web as a virtual mansion comprised entirely of text. It was called LambdaMOO. IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO explores the rise and fall of this new utopia and the attempt of its creators to deal with the sinister puppet master that brought it crashing down during a wild party of virtual revelry. IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO takes us on a hyperlinked journey that investigates the dark complexities and unexpected comedy underlying the birth of online relationships.

The cast includes Maddie Hicks, Jesse Marciniak, Katelin McMullen, Stephen Nunns and others.

TRISH HARNETIAUX is a Brooklyn-based playwright whose work has been performed and developed at Soho Rep, The Cherry Lane, Dixon Place, The 13th Street Theatre, 78th Street Theatre Lab, The Ohio Theatre, Metropolitan Playhouse, The New Jersey Rep and others. Her latest play, HOW TO GET INTO BUILDINGS, was written in the 2011/2012 Soho Rep Writer/Director Lab. Other plays include YOUR PRETTY LITTLE WORLD (adapted from Shirley Jackson's The Bird's Nest), WELCOME TO THE WHITE ROOM and STRAIGHT ON TIL MORNING (Broadway Play Publishing). Harnetiaux received her MFA from Mac Wellman's playwriting program at Brooklyn College and is a two-time fellow at the MacDowell Colony and The Corporation of Yaddo. She is the co-creator of the Production Company Steel Drum in Space which makes tiny movies about things like unemployed astronauts, space cars and robot cats. Additional fun facts and stuff here: trishharnetiaux.com and steeldruminspace.com.

Eric Nightengale served as artistic director of 78th Street Theatre Lab in New York City from 1995 thru 2008, directing over 50 productions. Other New York directing credits include work with Circle Repertory Theatre, Circle in the Square, Cherry Lane Theatre, The River Ensemble, Ensemble Studio Theatre, 45 Bleecker, Soho Rep, Barefoot Theatre Company, HERE, and Classic Stage Company. Chicago directing credits also include work with Victory Gardens Theatre, Bailiwick Repertory Theatre, Steppenwolf, Chicago Dramatists Workshop, and Second City. His work at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe has resulted in three

Fringe First awards, eight published scripts, four adaptations for BBC radio, a Best Ensemble award, and a London transfer. Recent work includes THE FROG SINGER, an electro-luminescent-wire puppet play; a new adaptation of Homer's ODYSSEY; TRUE HAZARDS OF CHILDHOOD at The Barrow Group, and AN IDIOT, produced by Propinquity Productions for the New York Fringe. His production of DEAD DOGS almost opened the Shanghai InterNational Theatre Festival last year.

Performances of IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO are Thursday and Friday, May 16, 17 @ 8pm, Saturday, May 18 @ 7pm AND 10 pm. May 22 - 25 @ 8pm. Tickets are $10 and are available at the door or at www.theacmecorporation.org.

The Acme Corporation is a new theater company that aims to fill in the gap between more traditional professional theater and the emerging DIY theater community in Baltimore. IF YOU CAN GET TO BUFFALO was developed at The MacDowell Colony and in association with Dixon Place and the Barefoot Theatre Company.

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