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KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL & TROUBLE to Conjure New Stories at Rorschach Theatre

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KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL & TROUBLE to Conjure New Stories at Rorschach Theatre

Something wicked is brewing this Halloween at Rorschach Theatre as they conjure five new stories about witches forgotten and familiar. KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL & TROUBLE is the latest entry in Rorschach's annual extreme new play development event in which five brand-new plays by local writers are written, rehearsed and produced in just seven days.

KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL & TROUBLE has challenged artists to create their plays based on witches fictional and historical suggested by followers of project partner City Witches, a DC-based social media channel for modern witchcraft.

KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL & TROUBLE will perform twice on Saturday October 28 at 7pm and 9pm at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.

Klecksography was a game that Hermann Rorschach played as a child in which children would make shapes out of ink on a blank page. Inspired by this game he would go on to develop his famous psychological test, the Rorschach Inkblot Test.

Rorschach Theatre's Klecksography Projects play a similar game with new play development - stories are built by artists responding to a similar theme or a common source and then presented to an audience as an evening of theatre. The evenings are always created in a furiously short time and involve a veritable army of playwrights, directors, actors and designers.

Examples of themes from past events include holiday traditions and their pagan origins; forgotten Washington stories; Grimm's Fairy Tales; Urban Legends; and actual Holiday Stories from the Rorschach fan page.

City Witches is a Washington, DC based lifestyle blog, Facebook community, and Instagram stream described as "a picture journal of real #citywitches doing real, urban magic" by curator Teighe Armour Thorsen. City Witches can be found on Instagram @city.witches, on Facebook at www.facebook.com/citywitches, and on the blog at citywitches.com.

Through uncommon uses of environment and intimate passionate performances, Rorschach Theatre seeks to lure its audiences beyond the limits of ordinary theatrical experience so that they may discover new elements of their own humanity.

Rorschach Theatre is a company that has received significant acclaim for its fierce performance style, its bold use of theatrical space and its dedication to challenging works that are at once relevant and timeless. The company's work has focused on helping to reveal the contemporary relevance of fable, finding magic in rough spaces, connecting timeless works to a contemporary audience.

Rorschach Theatre has produced more than three dozen plays seen by tens of thousands of people in the Washington area. They have been nominated for over a dozen Helen Hayes Awards, have been a finalist for the Mayor's Arts Award and have been the recipients of multiple grants and awards from the DC Commission on the Art and Humanities. Rorschach Theatre won a Mary Goldwater award in 2006 and many Rorschach artists have won Mary Goldwater awards for their work with the company. The company's work has garnered the attention of The New York Times, The Washington Post, American Theatre Magazine and National Public Radio, as well as countless local publications. The company has become, "proof that limited resources do not stymie great talents, any more than big budgets can squeeze works of genius from mediocre minds." (Washington Post)

Rorschach Theatre is a member of the LEAGUE OF WASHINGTON THEATRES and THE CULTURAL ALLIANCE OF GREATER WASHINGTON.


IF YOU GO:

KLECKSOGRAPHY: TOIL AND TROUBLE

Writers: Olivia Haller, Erik Harrison, James Rogers, and Jonelle Walker

Directors: Gabrielle Hoyt, Medha Marsten, Angela Kay Pirko, and Carl Randolph

A Devised Piece, Created and Performed by Zach Brewster-Geisz, Misty Demory, Karen Lange and David Walsh

Producers: Jenny McConnell Frederick, Randy Baker and Jonelle Walker

Featuring: Claire Aniela, Zach Brewster-Geisz, Kathleen Burnard, Misty Demory, Nick Duckworth, Gabrielle Green, Dylan Hares, Emma Hebert, Cristina Ibarra, Kazi Jones, Karen Lange, Torin Lusebrink, Cam Magee, Bryan Norrington, Erica Pierce, Nora Spellane, Callie Trawick, Kim Tuvin, David Walsh, and Clancey Yovanovich

Performance Schedule: October 28 at 7 & 9pm

For Tickets ($20): (202) 399-7993, atlasarts.org/events
Discounts can be found on our website at www.rorschachtheatre.com/tickets

Location: 1333 H St NE Washington, DC 20002
Parking/Transportation: The Atlas has secured limited amount of parking at H Street Parking, which is located at 1008 H Street NE. Buy parking passes online at www.atlasarts.org. Atlas is accessible by Metro, bus and now Streetcar! For more information, visit www.rorschachtheatre.com/directions.

For Information: 202-452-5538, www.rorschachtheatre.com


Through uncommon uses of environment and intimate passionate performances, Rorschach Theatre seeks to lure its audiences beyond the limits of ordinary theatrical experience so that they may discover new elements of their own humanity. Rorschach Theatre is a company that has received significant acclaim for its fierce performance style, its bold use of theatrical space and its dedication to challenging works that are at once relevant and timeless. The company's work has focused on helping to reveal the contemporary relevance of fable, finding magic in rough spaces, connecting timeless works to a contemporary audience.


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