23
Jan

Dominion begins their final weekend of Urinetown, The Musical tonight!

contributed by Katie Holloway and Blake Rivers

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Upon hearing the title, Urinetown, the first questions that quite often come to mind are, ” Who’s in town? What on Earth is this show about? There can’t possibly be a musical about pee, can there?” The answer is, well….yeah.

Urinetown is a place dreamed up by Greg Kotis, a New York playwright must know for his absurdist plays. He certainly never expected to write a musical, but Kotis got the idea on a trip to Paris in 1995 where he was shocked to learn he had to pay for access to some of the city’s urinals, something he hadn’t planned for in his budget. Kotis ended up having to count the trips to the pay toilet that were ubiquitous in the city, as he was a student at the time, and couldn’t afford to pay for several trips a day. Once back in New York, he joined with Mark Hollman to write the music and lyrics to bring this funny gem of an idea to life.

The story takes place in a grim dystopian city run by Caldwell B. Cladwell (Michael Bagwell). Cladwell monopolizes the city’s restrooms for the unsavory purpose of profiteering. Cladwell’s business, Urine Good Company, is protected by a ruthless police force who deports any violators of the tax to the oft-talked about, much feared, Urinetown. When the story’s hero, Bobby Strong (Matt Liptak) by chance crosses paths with Cladwell’s daughter, Hope (Melissa Berkowitz), she unwittingly inspires him to lead a pee-for-free rebellion, and then proverbial toilet over-flows!

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Self-aware narration is one distinct attribute in Urinetown, with the narrator often chiming in to guide the story and let us know he’s in on the joke. The matchless production puts a strong emphasis on the entire ensemble of the production, rather than focusing on only the main characters. Dominion’s staging showcases a 20 person cast, ranging from Dominion Board members, actors who are making a repeat appearance with the group, and quite a few new faces.

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This marks Patrick M. Doneghy’s third time directing and choreographing for Dominion. Previously he directed the heavenly fun musical, Altar Boyz, and a period comedy called Glorious! Doneghy already has wanted to direct Urinetown ever since playing Officer Lockstock in the Damascus Theatre Company’s production in 2008. “Urinetown is one of my favorite shows,” he said when asked why he wanted to direct the show. “It’s smart, funny, and irreverent. The writing is clever and the music is fantastic!”

At the helm as Music Director is Kevin Diana, another new face to the group. Despite being new to Dominion, Diana’s resume boasts a wide range of experience, including music directing shows like Don Carlo, Un Ballo in Maschera and Godspell, opera performance to choral conducting. He was the assistant music director for the Washington Master Chorale for the 2010-2012 season.

By confronting pressing modern issues like the role of capitalism in society and the hopes and dangers of populism, Urinetown is a perfect fit for the DC area and a definite must-see this winter. Urinetown is anything but traditional, and reflects the eccentric styles of Dominion productions. The clever vernacular in the musical not only provides the audience with entertainment, but teaches lessons applicable to the real world.

Urinetown, The Musical at Dominion Stage runs for three more performances only, this Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 8pm, at the Gunston Arts Center, Theater One, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

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For tickets and more info, please visit: www.DominionStage.org

Music by Mark Hollman
Lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Produced by Shawn g. Byers and Richard Isaacs
Directed by Patrick M. Doneghy
Music Direction by Kevin Diana
Choreographed by Richelle Howie and Patrick M. Doneghy
Stage Managed by Christine Farrell

Urinetown, The Musical, satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a somewhat pleasant ending. The character of Bobby Strong was included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Gunston Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

02
Jan

What is Urinetown?

With such an…unusual…title, many people find themselves asking, “What is Urinetown?” So as we approach the opening next week, here’s a little history on the show!

A musical satire of the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, municipal politics and musical theatre itself. The musical takes place in an undisclosed city. For decades, a serious drought has inflicted society with vast poverty, although callous business tycoons such as the main antagonist Cladwell B. Cladwell, have made a fortune through bribery and the monopolization of restrooms. All toilets have become property of his corporation “Urine Good Company.” A brutal police force maintains order, sending violators of the law to a place called “Urinetown.”

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Greg Kotis, who wrote the book and co-wrote the lyrics for the show, had the idea for Urinetown while traveling in Europe. A traveling student on a budget, he encountered a pay-per-use toilet, and began writing shortly thereafter, joining with Mark Hollmann, who wrote the music and co-wrote the lyrics.

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The journey to Broadway wasn’t easy for this show. At first, nobody was interested in putting this show up. At one point, an experimental theatre group in Chicago agreed to include it in their 1999-2000 season, but eventually those plans fell through. Finally, they were able to produce the show as part of the New York Fringe Festival where it was well-received. This led to an Off Broadway the Off-Broadway stint. Once people realized how clever and funny the show was it was given the opportunity to make the move to Broadway. The show was supposed to open on September 13, 2001, but due to the attacks on September 11th, it was postponed for a week. Finally, on September 20, 2001, Urinetown made its Broadway debut.

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The show which nobody wanted to produce at first did so well on Broadway, that it garnered nominations for 9 Tony Awards, 10 Drama Desk Awards and an Outer Critics Circle Award. The show won the Tony Awards for Best Book of a Musical, Best Original Score, and Best Direction of a Musical in 2002. The actress who originated the role of Little Sally from the very beginning also won a Theatre World Award for her performance.

More than a decade after its Broadway run, Urinetown: The Musical is about to make its West End debut! The show will open at the St. James Theatre in London in February 2014.

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But you can see it before that! Catch Dominion’s production starting January 10th and running through the 25th! See below for more info!

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For tickets and more info, please visit: www.DominionStage.org

Fridays > January 10, 17, 24
Saturdays > Jan 11, 18, 25
Thursdays > January 16, 23
All shows start at 8 pm

Music by Mark Hollman
Lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Produced by Shawn g. Byers and Richard Isaacs
Directed by Patrick M. Doneghy
Music Direction by Kevin Diana
Choreographed by Richelle Howie and Patrick M. Doneghy
Stage Managed by Christine Farrell

Urinetown, The Musical, satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a somewhat pleasant ending. The character of Bobby Strong was included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Gunston Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

23
Dec

And now a very special message from the cast of Urinetown: The Musical

And now a very special message from the cast of Urinetown: The Musical

Happy Holidays, Season Greetings, Happy Kwanza. Whichever works best for you, we hope it’s a happy one!!!

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For tickets and more info, please visit: www.DominionStage.org

Fridays > January 10, 17, 24
Saturdays > Jan 11, 18, 25
Thursdays > January 16, 23
All shows start at 8 pm

Music by Mark Hollman
Lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Produced by Shawn g. Byers and Richard Isaacs
Directed by Patrick M. Doneghy
Music Direction by Kevin Diana
Choreographed by Richelle Howie and Patrick M. Doneghy
Stage Managed by Christine Farrell

Urinetown, The Musical, satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a somewhat pleasant ending. The character of Bobby Strong was included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Gunston Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

19
Dec

Introducing the Cast of Urinetown: The Musical!

Dominion’s upcoming production of Urinetown: The Musical opens in less than a month! We’re so excited about this show and can’t wait for you to meet the talented cast!!

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Matt Liptak as Bobby Strong

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Michael Bagwell as Caldwell B. Cladwell

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Melissa Berkowitz as Hope Cladwell

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Christhoper Thorn as Officer Lockstock

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Dana Robinson as Little Sally

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Katherine Lipovsky as Penelope Pennywise

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Steve Custer as Officer Barrel

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Kyle Keene as Senator Fipp/ Lenny the Pick

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Ian A. Coleman as Mr. McQueen/ Clean Cut Carl

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Matt Baughman as Joseph “Old Man” Strong/ Hot Blades Harry/ UGC Lab Assistant #2

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Larissa Norris as Josephine “Ma” Strong

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Lauren Kuhn as Little Becky Two Shoes/ UGC Staff

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Erica Wisniewski as Soupy Sue/ UGC Staff

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Ian Hoch as Tiny Tom/ UGC Executive #1

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Teresa Danskey as Mrs. Millennium/ Downtown Delores

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Michael Bigley as Robby the Stockfish/ Roger Roosevelt/ UGC Executive #2

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Joelle Thomas as Julie Cassidy/ Pipsqueak Peggy/ UGC Staff

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Willie Garner as Billy Boy Bill/ Jacob Rosenbloom/ UGC Lab Assistant #1

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Leslie Walbert as Betty the Fin/ Cladwell’s Secretary

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James Maxted as Dr. Billeaux/ Frankie the Flash

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For tickets and more info, please visit: www.DominionStage.org

Fridays > January 10, 17, 24
Saturdays > Jan 11, 18, 25
Thursdays > January 16, 23
All shows start at 8 pm

Music by Mark Hollman
Lyrics by Mark Hollman and Greg Kotis
Book by Greg Kotis

Produced by Shawn g. Byers and Richard Isaacs
Directed by Patrick M. Doneghy
Music Direction by Kevin Diana
Choreographed by Richelle Howie and Patrick M. Doneghy
Stage Managed by Christine Farrell

Urinetown, The Musical, satirizes the legal system, capitalism, social irresponsibility, populism, bureaucracy, corporate mismanagement, and municipal politics. The show also parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables, and the Broadway musical itself as a form. In reverse pantomime style, the unconventional plotline shatters audience expectations of a somewhat pleasant ending. The character of Bobby Strong was included on New York Theatre Monthly’s list of “The 100 Greatest Roles in Musical Theatre”.

Gunston Theater One
2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, VA 22206

20
Sep

Introducing the Sordid Lives Cast!

Ladies & Gentlemen, we are pleased to announce the Sordid Lives cast, which has been hard at work:

Bitsy – Katy Chmura (last seen in Avenue Q)
Ty – Alex Bryce (a regular helper in set construction)
Ty’s Interpreter – Shawn g. Byers (director of Bent and last seen in Love, Valor, Compassion)
Sissy – Elissa Hudson
Noleta – Larissa Norris (producer, hair & makeup and Dominion board member)
Latrelle – Mary Ayala Bush (last seen in Glorious)
LaVonda – Edye Smith
G.W. – James Senavitis (last seen in November)
Wardell – Richard Isaacs (Dominion board member and last seen in Take Me Out and Say You Love Satan)
Odell/Rev. Barnes – Eric Green
Juanita – Denise Marois
Dr. Eve – Aimee Meher-Homji (last seen in November)
Brother Boy – Jeffrey Stevenson (last seen in Love, Valor, Compassion)

Dominion Stage presents Sordid Lives, by Del Shores, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays, 8pm, October 11th through the 22nd. Tickets go on sale September 15th.





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