A Roguish History (Past Productions)

BUSTED JESUS COMIX, by David Johnston:

Busted Jesus Comix opened July 18, 2008 at the Flashpoint Mead Theater Lab as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

Hilarious, touching, and just a little depraved, Busted Jesus Comix tells the story of Marco, a gay teenager brought up on felony obscenity charges in his home state of Florida … for publishing his amateur comic book.

Based on true events, Marco’s sentence is the stuff of which First Amendment legends are born. Three years probation.  Fines. Mandatory psychiatric counseling.  But worst of all for Marco, he is banned from drawing. Cut off from his creative outlet, estranged from his family, hounded by religious crusaders, and caught up in the Ex-Gay movement, Marco struggles to adapt to his new infamy as a censored artist and societal outcast. Newly

arrived in New York City, Marco awaits an interview at mega-size coffee chain Dazzle Cups, an interview that will expose the secrets of his past, and offer him a chance at a new life.

Chris Klemic of DCist.com called the production “a classic specimen of redemptive human drama. Highly recommended.”  The Washington City Paper called it “serious food for thought.”

Director: Ryan S. Taylor

Cast:  Matt Reckeweg (Marco), Ja’nelle Taylor (Manager), Aidan Hughes (Psychiatrist), Ensemble : Greg Anderson, D. Grant Cloyd, Rachel Manteuffel, Nicholas Jordan

Set Design: Betsy Haibel

Costume Design: Lynly Saunders

Graphic and Character Design: Sako Davis of Psycho Sako Studioshttp://saikosako.com/

THE TEACHER’S LOUNGE, or ONE CHILD LEFT BEHIND by Rebbecca H. Jones

The Washington City Paper called The Teacher’s Lounge “an absorbing show that you’ll want to talk about all the way home! DC Theatre Scene has given the show it’s highest rating, calling it a “superb production”! This world premiere drama opened July 12, 2009 as part of the Capital Fringe Festival.

Playwright: Rebecca H. Jones

Director: Ryan S. Taylor

Cast:  Rachel Manteuffel (Carli), Allycia Atania (Maria), Lolita-Marie (Jann’l)

Special Vocal Appearances by: Kecia Campbell, Rhonda Carter

Set Design: Jan Forbes

Lighting Design: Kevin Kirkpatrick

Sound Design and Original Music: Don Woodward

EIGHT by Ella Hickson

EIGHT opened July 8th, 2010 for five performances as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Due to overwhelming audience response, EIGHT was remounted at the District of Columbia Arts Center August 5-14.

From a ballot of eight potential performances, audience members must each choose one. The top four chosen are then performed in a one-of-a-kind theatrical collage, creating a unique experience for audience and cast alike—because nobody knows what the next monologue will be until the moment it’s chosen. Electrified, invigorated Fringe audiences clamored to see more. For two weekends in August, now they can!

Director: Ryan S. Taylor

Playwright: Ella Hickson

Cast:  Frank Britton (Andre), Kevin M. Costello (Jude), Dawn Collet (Bobby), Megan Graves (Mona), Rachel Manteuffel (Millie), Jay Saunders (Miles), Joseph Thornhill (Danny), Ali Walton (Astrid)

Stage Manager: Erin Glasspatrick

Lighting and Set Design: Kevin Kirkpatrick

Sound Design: Elisheba Ittoop

Costume Design: Jesse Shipley

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