Synetic Theater’s 20th-anniversary 2021–2022 season will be a hybrid of in-person live theatrical productions and a continuation of its original film production. Having successfully pivoted during the COVID-19 pandemic to online programming through its Synetic Streaming platform, the company has announced plans to reopen its doors in Crystal City with live physical theater performance as well.
Co-founder and Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili remarks, “Our 20th anniversary season is a celebration of the interplay between our past and our future. The reinvention of a gothic thriller, a new work for families, an original hilarious farce, and our talented Teen Company. I hope that you will join us both in-person and virtually as we continue celebrating this 20 year milestone season and redefining what is possible in the theater.”
The first production is a traveling show expressed through body and facial masks, pantomime illusions, and dazzling choreography: The Miraculous Magical Balloon tells a story of a traveling actor and his magical trunk, full of toys, tricks, and surprises. The performances are August 19 – September 18, 2021, at Crystal City Water Park, Arlington County Fair, Lubber Run, Dark Star Park, and Gateway Park.
On September 10 – 11 at Arlington’s Lubber Run Amphitheater, Shhhhhhakespeare Revue debuts with a 60-minute tour-de-force medley of favorite scenes from Synetic’s Wordless Shakespeare series. Seats for the September 11 performance will be set aside for first responders and frontline workers to honor the 20th anniversary of the September 11 attacks.
Welcoming audiences back to the theater is The Madness of Poe, October 11 – 31. Dive deep into the corners of the human psyche with the critically acclaimed adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s iconic gothic horror story. Last seen on Synetic’s stages 13 years ago, it is the perfect project to mark the return to the theater — classic Synetic in every way.
In December 2021, Synetic will present a new Family Series show — Cinderella, with more information and creative team to be announced at a later date.
Helmed by Vato Tsikurishvili and the Helen Hayes Award–nominated team from the 2019 hit Cyrano de Bergerac, The Servant of Two Masters is an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s commedia dell’arte masterpiece. Rescheduled from summer 2020 to March 2022, the in-person show will be a madcap farce of mistaken identity and unparalleled physical comedy.
Seasonal memberships and tickets for The Madness of Poe will be available June 25 at 703.824.8060 x117 or www.synetictheater.org. FREE tickets to The Miraculous Magical Balloon and Shhhhhakespeare Revue are available now via Eventbrite.
Synetic Theater is located in Crystal City at 1800 S. Bell St., Arlington, VA.
About Synetic Streaming
Synetic Streaming’s website and app suite is an on-demand, world-class viewing experience that will let you stream singular Synetic-curated content right to viewers’ TVs via screen-sharing or white-label apps available on Roku or Apple TV.
• short, original films created by company members and produced by Synetic Motion Pictures
• licensed content from kindred creators
• encore presentations of filmed productions from Synetic archives
• behind-the-scenes interviews and other extras.
Powered by U-Screen, a market leader in branded video distribution, Synetic Streaming offers an on-demand, world-class viewing experience that will let viewers stream singular Synetic-curated content right to their TVs or laptops. Individual rentals, monthly, and yearly subscriptions are available at https://syneticstreaming.
About Synetic Theater
Founded in 2001 by the husband and wife team of Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic Theater is a center for American Physical Theater, fusing dynamic art forms-such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and original music. Synetic has received a total of 143 Helen Hayes Award nominations and 34 awards, including for directing, choreography, acting, costume design, and best production.
Synetic Theater also offers an exciting array of classes for kids, teens, professional artists, and anyone interested in cultivating an active and creative life. Students discover new ways of moving and develop a more robust physical vocabulary with Synetic’s classes in fitness, pantomime, dance, acting, or technique.