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2nd Annual "Fool for All":
Tales of Courage and Poultry

July 7, 9, 14. 19, and 23, 2011

**All performances will be ASL interpreted**

Mountain–at Mt.Vernon United Methodist Church
900 Mass Ave NW, Washington, DC

Don't miss the show DC Theatre Scene calls,
"thoroughly enjoyable and light-hearted."
Read the full review HERE!

"Lively, energetic fun" raves MD Theatre Guide,
"You are in for a special treat."
Rated 5 stars. Read the full review HERE!

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the henhouse…

TALES OF COURAGE AND POULTRY follows the success of Faction of Fools’ Tales of Love and Sausages, a hit in the 2010 Capital Fringe Festival and the inaugural “Fool for All” production.  Critics called Tales of Love and Sausages “witty and intelligent” and praised its “awesome feats of physical comedy.”

TALES OF COURAGE AND POULTRY is composed of 9 rotating scenes with pluck and cluck, performed by over 40 of DC’s favorite theatre artists.  Each scene will be performed 2-3 times, with a different bill of four scenes at each performance.  The scenes are created by the ensemble and performed in the Italian Renaissance style of COMMEDIA DELL’ARTE.  Commedia dell’Arte (literally, “theatre of the professional”) is known for its masks, stock characters, physical comedy, and improvisation.  Commedia originated in Italy in the early 1500s when performers legally incorporated to form the world’s first theatre “companies” and began to tour their shows throughout Europe.  Their work had a lasting influence on artists as diverse as Shakespeare, Molière, the Marx Brothers, the creators of Saturday Night Live, and contemporary sit-coms.

Written by the Ensemble
Directed and Devised by Matthew R. Wilson*
Lighting Design by Cheryl Ann Gnerlich
Masks by Antonio Fava
Stage Managed by Miriam L. Yoder+
Assistant Stage Managed by Kat Ignatova
Produced by Sarah Bartlett Wilson

Thursday, July 7 6:00 pm
Scenes A, B, G, and H

Saturday, July 9 7:00 pm
Scenes A, C, D, G, and I

Thursday, July 14 7:45 pm
Scenes B, E, G, and H

Tuesday, July 19 10:00 pm
Scenes B, D, E, and F

Saturday, July 23 9:45 pm
Scenes B, C, F and H

**All performances will be ASL interpreted**

Scene A: July 7 & 9
"Pantalone Had a Farm, E-I-E-I-O"
Amanda Lee Barber, James T. McGowan,
Miranda Medugno, Shane O'Loughlin,
& Lindsey D. Snyder

Scene B: July 7, 14, 19, & 23
"Songbirds"
Steve Attix, Gwen Grastorf, Michelle Tang Jackson,
Steven Lampredi, Annetta Dexter Sawyer, Jesse Terrill*,
& Eva Wilhelm+

Scene C: July 9 & 23
"The Cockfight"
Drew Kopas+, Alex Miletich, Toby Mulford+,
& Amy Thompson+

Scene D: July 9 & 19
"Chicken Dinner"
Julie Garner+, Cheryl Ann Gnerlich, Barbara Papendorp+,
& Denise Perrino

Scene E: July 14 & 19
"Cure-age and Poultice-try"
Catherine Aselford+, James Caverly, Rachel Hynes,
Ashley Ivey+, Alex Leidy, & Graham Pilato+

Scene F: July 19 & 23
"Chicken Flies the Corps"
D. Grant Cloyd+, Elena Day, Emery Hamami, Gia Mora*,
Sarah Olmsted Thomas, & Laura White

Scene G: July 7, 9, & 14
"The Birds & The Bees"
Karin Abromaitis, Justus Hammond, Chantal Martineau,
& Jessica Shearer-Wilson

Scene H: July 7, 14, & 23
"Hunting Foul"
Collin Baker, Karen Beriss, Steve N. Bradford,
Paul Edward Hope*, Justin Purvis, & Paul Reisman*

Scene I: July 9
"Coq au Vin"
Created, Directed, & Performed by
John-Michael MacDonald*