Ally Theatre Company Opens Second Season with RABBIT SUMMER

Ally Theatre Company Opens Second Season with RABBIT SUMMERAlly Theatre Company opens their Second Season with the World Premiere of Rabbit Summer by Tracey Conyer Lee, presented January 12-28 2018 at Joe's Movement Emporium as part of the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.

Rabbit Summer, a world premiere tragicomedy, examines the fracture point of a marriage and a friendship. There's Ruby and her husband Wilson, who idealizes his manhood, his marriage, and his job as a cop. He smiles through pain Ruby wishes he would share. Ruby's childhood friend, Claire, joins the household after her husband is shot by a white officer, pitting black against blue, gun rights against police brutality, manhood against fatherhood, and love against need. The trio battle individually to live their personal truths in an America built on lies.

"For Ally's Second Season, we are examining the uniquely American condition of Being While Black, specifically when that experience is pressed against systems and institutions that have historically barred access, amenity, and advancement," says Ally's Managing Director and Executive Producer, Ivana (Tai) Alexander. "Rabbit Summer opens a critical conversation about the intersection of race, gun rights, and civil rights, while also revealing the struggle of a black police officer serving in a time when police brutality consistently makes headline news."

FEATURING: CAST:
Michelle Proctor Rogers: Ruby
Jeremy Keith Hunter: Wilson
Tamieka Chavis: Claire

PRODUCTION TEAM:
Director: KenYatta Rogers
Production Manager: Katherine Karaus
Stage Manager: Sophie Barden
Set Design: Audrey Bodek
Costume Design: Dominique Gaddy
Sound Design: Hope Villanueva
Lighting Design: John Alexander
Props Design: Katherine Offutt
Weapons Advisor: Chris Niebling
Line Producer: Jennifer Knight
Executive Producers: Ty Hallmark & Ivana (Tai) Alexander

Joe's Movement Emporium, 3309 Bunker Hill Road, Mount Rainier, MD 20712. Thursday -- Saturday at 8PM; Saturday at 2PM; Sunday at 4PM. Special Performance for Industry on Monday January 15th at 8PM. Tickets: $25 General Admission. On Sale now at www.allytheatrecompany.com or https://joesmovement.secure.force.com/ticket/#details_a0O2A00000V18I2UAJ

Founded in 2016, Ally Theatre Company produces theatre designed to engage audiences through acknowledging and confronting systemic oppression in America.

The Women's Voices Theater Festival is dedicated to highlighting the scope of plays being written by women and the range of professional theater being produced in the nation's capital region. The Festival's debut in 2015 featured world premiere plays by female playwrights on stages across Washington, D.C. and was heralded as a landmark in striving for gender parity in American theater. Led by seven of Washington's largest theaters-Arena Stage, Ford's Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Studio Theatre, Signature Theatre, Round House Theatre, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company-the Festival leverages collaboration among regional theater producers to create a platform for the nation's most talented and innovative female and female-identifying playwrights and their newest plays.

Presenters in the 2018 Festival include 4615 Theatre Company, Alliance for New Music-Theatre, Ally Theatre Company, Arena Stage, Baltimore Center Stage, Brave Spirits Theatre, Convergence Theatre, dog & pony dc, Folger Theatre, Ford's Theatre, Mosaic Theater Company, Nu Sass Productions, Olney Theatre Center, Pointless Theatre Co., Rainbow Theatre Project, Rapid Lemon Productions, Rep Stage, Round House Theatre, Shakespeare Theatre Company, Signature Theatre, Spooky Action Theater, Strand Theatre, Studio Theatre, Taffety Punk Theatre Company, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Woolly Mammoth Theatre Company.

Allison Janney is the Honorary Chair of the 2018 Women's Voices Theater Festival.

To learn more, visit WomensVoicesTheaterFestival.org.

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