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Hope Operas to Return in Fall 2013 with Five New Shows

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Hope Operas, DC's only serialized theatre festival, returns this Fall 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 Cartoons for Adults/Drunks! Each week, we'll take you from one hilarious cliffhanger to the next. And each show competes for the crowd's support to win top dollar for local charities! Not that you would, but 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' fifth 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 2013 Hope Operas shows are:

Chupy & The Science Twins by Maurice Martin, directed by Sun King Davis. A chupacabra has appeared in Uncanny Valley! Teen detectives Brad and Jenny Science set out to uncover the truth! Chupy & The Science Twins supports The Pitt Hopkins Research Foundation, an organization dedicated to finding a treatment, and hopefully an eventual cure, for Pitt Hopkins, a rare genetic disorder causing developmental disabilities.

De Diario De Los Luchadores by Piso Mojado, directed by Kerri Rambow. In true telenovela style, the story of two wrestlers - their loves, their passions and their tights. Mexico's greatest story never told...until now. De Diario benefits Ayuda, a nonprofit that protects the rights of low-income immigrants in the DC metropolitan area by providing multilingual legal and social services.

G.A.S.H. vs. S.C.H.L.O.N.G. by Chris Griffin, directed by Heather Bagnall. It's the Gay Association of Super Heroes vs. the Super-Conniving, Heinous League Of No Goodniks! G.A.S.H. vs. S.C.H.L.O.N.G. is raising money for Theatre Washington's Taking Care of Our Own Initiative that provides financial assistance to Washington area theatre professionals facing emergency medical or financial crisis.

Our Pretty Ponies: Great Big Science Adventure by Amy Baska, directed by Karissa Swanigan. Four Pretty Pony best friends, and one Scientist, explore the mysteries of love, laughter, biology, and eugenics. Will they be able to mesh magic and science to save their way of life, or is their entire race screwed? Our Pretty Ponies benefits Bridle Paths, a local nonprofit providing equine therapy to families and individuals with physical, cognitive, psychological and emotional needs.

Uncle @$$b@g's Storytime by Andrew Baughman, directed by Melissa Baughman. A senile old coot who's lost his soul in children's television. Will this be the season the children in the studio audience rise up and put him out of our misery? Uncle a$$b@g's Storytime supports Document Arlington, a paid video production internship for Arlington high school students to learn video production skills and work together to create documentaries about the Arlington community.

Hope Operas opens Monday, October 7, 2013 and runs each week through October 28 at the Comedy Spot located on the third floor of Ballston Mall at 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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