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Rainbow Theatre Project to Present GET USED TO IT! During Pride Month

Just in time for Capital Pride, The Rainbow Theatre Project is capping its third season with a nearly month-long run of Get Used to It!, a musical revue that tackles sex, love, relationships, politics, religion and AIDS, by award-winning composer and lyricist Tom Wilson Weinberg, at Flashpoint's Mead Theatre. RTP's Producing Artistic Director H. Lee Gable, who conceived last season's sold-out revue Torch: Songs from the Gay Life!, directs.

"I knew that I wanted to produce and direct Get Used to It! from the moment I heard the CD when it first came out. I have been living with this music ever since," muses Gable. "While it is a piece of its time, I discovered that the themes and topics that were current back then are still the same themes and topics we are exploring today, though in a different context. We have achieved so much as a community in the years since 1993, but even with all the momentum, there continues to be pushback."

Weinberg agrees with Gable: "For some this revival of Get Used to It! will be a nostalgic return to the 1990s, and for others a history lesson. From my first conversation with Lee, I knew RTP's production would be entertaining and nuanced, an invitation for us to see not only how far we've come, but the challenges that remain."

The revue features performances from Mickey Daniel DaGiusi (The Keegan Theatre, Studio Theatre), Patrick Murphy Doneghy (The Keegan Theatre, Landless Theatre Company), Aaron Jackson (DancEthos, DC Cowboys), and Derek Mulhern in his professional debut. DaGiusi also serves as Musical Director for this production, with Alex Tang (Arena Stage, Kennedy Center) as Associate Musical Director and accompanying on piano.

The show's creative team also includes choreographer Robert Mintz, seen onstage in RTP's presentation of Yank! The Musical; set and costume designer Greg Stevens, who returns after designing last season's The Oldest Profession; and Theatre Lab's Angelo Merenda providing both the lighting and projection designs.



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