Pointless Theatre Announces Its 2013-2014 Season by Scott Whalen

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Pointless Theatre Announces 2013-2014 Season

Pointless Theatre, DC’s premiere puppet company, announces its 2013-2014 season, featuring new adaptations of two previous productions from Pointless:Cab Calloway’s Minnie the Moocher and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet. Pointless Theatre has both shows lined up over the next year at CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint – 916 G Street, NW, in Washington, DC.  

 With Armando Batista, Warren Windsor and Sadie Leigh. Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.

With Armando Batista, Warren Windsor, and Sadie Leigh in the 2012 production. Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.

Minnie the Moocher plays January 1-25, 2014, and Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet, part of CulturalDC’s Mead Theatre Lab Program, plays April 9-May 3, 2014.
“We have always been interested in having shows in rep,” says Co-Artistic Director Patti Kalil. “We are looking forward to having the chance to refine our puppetry skills and to make both of these shows even stronger as we revisit two of our favorite productions.”

Company Member s Aaron Bliden, Scott Whalen, and Sadie Leigh Rothman pose with cast members Madeline Whiting, Thony Mena, and Danny Martin at the end of a number during a performance of Cab Calloway’s Minnie The Moocher (2012). Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.
Company Members Aaron Bliden, Scott Whalen, and Sadie Leigh Rothman pose with cast members Madeline Whiting, Thony Mena, and Danny Martin in Cab Calloway’s ‘Minnie The Moocher’ (2012). Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.

The season opens on January 1, 2014 with a revival of Pointless’ smash-hit production from spring 2012: Minnie the Moocher. This jazz puppet spectacle features ten of Cab Calloway’s classic songs, including three that were not in the 2012 production, an eight-piece live jazz band, pantomime, dance, masks, and puppetry. The show draws visual inspiration from Fleischer Brothers’ cartoons and the exploitation films of the 1930’s to create a completely original interpretation of Calloway’s music and the jazz culture it helped inspire.

In April, Pointless will return for the second time to the Mead Theatre Lab Program to present their new adaptation of Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet. This production is a re–imagining of Pointless’ first-ever production with new puppets, a new set, and new choreography so that audiences old and new will find something fresh to love about the show. Set to the music of Tchaikovsky’s iconic ballet and drawing visual inspiration from the eccentric late 19th century Ballet Russe. Puppets will dance, battle dragons, cast spells, and discover the meaning of true love.

Company Members of 'The Sleeping Beauty.' Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.
Company Members of ‘Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet.’ Photo courtesy of Pointless Theatre.

This year marks the first time that Pointless will be able to present their entire season in one space. “We are thrilled to have the stability of a consistent home for a year,” says Matt Reckeweg, Co-Artistic Director of Pointless, “as we allow ourselves to re-imagine these shows with full support from CulturalDC.”

For information about tickets and membership, visit our website, follow @PointlessThetCo on Twitter, or like their Facebook page facebook.com/PointlessTheatreCo,

About Pointless Theatre

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POINTLESS THEATRE CO. is dedicated to creating bold, visceral, and affordable spectacles that gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts. Through our work we excite a passion for adventurous art in the nation’s capital and nurture a diverse, active, and inspired audiences.