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HOPE OPERAS to Return Next Month with Five New Shows

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Hope Operas, DC's only serialized theatre festival, returns this October with five BRAND NEW SHOWS. Join us Monday nights in October at the Comedy Spot as we present five original plays in ten- to fifteen-minute episodes with the theme District of the Damned! Our 2014 season is filled with thrills and chills to satisfy your inner ghoul. Each week, we'll take you from one hilarious horror to the next. And each show competes for the crowd's support to win top dollar for our worthy causes! Even though there's a new episode of each show every week don't worry if you miss a week, at the top of each episode there's a recap of the show so far.

This is Hope Operas' sixth year of bringing together some 50+ local professional theatre artists who volunteer their time to give back to give back to the community at large by doing what they do best - creating theatre!

The 2014 Hope Operas shows are:

· Hell is on the Red Line (the Musical)! Written and directed by Kathleen Akerley & Séamus Miller. One day a new station mysteriously appears between Chinatown and Metro Center: Hell. The damned are sucked off the train; some of the those already in Hell get on the train; the commute is seriously snarled. One brave rider voluntarily steps off the train into Hell to see what it's really like... Worthy Cause: The InterPLAYcompany Band

· Magic Cupcakes. Written by Andrew Baughman. Directed by Amy Baska. DC's most popular cupcake shop is owned and operated by two chic young witches with hearts-of-gold. The catch: in order to maintain their youth, beauty and successful business they must serve up a human sacrifice once a year to their crabby landlord... Satan. Worthy Cause: SOME (So Others Might Eat)

· The Curious Case of Veronica Pepperpot. Written by Danny Pushkin. Directed by Lynn Sharp Spears. Everything seemed pretty normal for the doctoral candidate in archeology...That is until her apartment was burglarized, which can be very unsettling. It's even more unsettling when the burglars are Cthulhu cultists! Don't know what the Cthulhu is? You may not want to find out! Worthy Cause: Magnet School and Orphanage, Kenya

· The inTell Heart. Written by Kristy Simmons. Directed by Catherine Aselford. Senator Vestible hires "rookie good 'ol boy" Brit to control people via their electronic devices for an election win... but when Senator Foyer takes the lead - and devices everywhere go haywire -- which of these hacks will control the ensuing chaos? Worthy Cause: Freedom to Read Foundation

· The Scottish Detective. Written by Steve Custer & Devin Gather. Directed by Adam R. Adkins. DC's Autograph Stage is cursed. Some believe that the heinous crimes & murders occurred there were real, while others say magic was invoked and trickery was afoot. Sergeant Detective Mac Beth was hot on solving the case before his untimely disappearance... perhaps you can help solve the mystery! Worthy Cause: Hayden's Heroes

Hope Operas opens Monday, October 6, 2014 and runs each week on Monday nights through October 27 at the Comedy Spot located on the third floor of Ballston Mall, 4238 Wilson Blvd. in Arlington, VA. Each week the audience will vote for their favorite show, and the show with the most votes wins the most money for their charity. Tickets can purchased at the door for $15 per show or $40 for all four weeks. For more information, visit www.hopeoperas.com.


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