The Washington Theatre community has joined forces to present the inaugural Summer Hummer, a bawdy, vaudeville-type variety show to benefit Taking Care of Our Own, a new initiative assisting D.C.-area theatre professionals and artists in personal emergency situations. Hosted by the Signature Theatre, the Summer Hummer features many of Washington's theatre folks strutting their stuff, more or less, in this 90-minute burlesque review.
Monday, Aug. 20 at 7 p.m. The show is for audiences 18 years and older. Tickets are $25. VIP tickets, including admission to the after-party with the cast, are available for $125. All proceeds go to the Taking Care of Our Own initiative.
Tickets can be purchased at 703-820-9771 or www.ticketmaster.com. To learn more about Taking Care of Our Own, visit http://theatrewashington.org.
Signature Theatre, 4200 Campbell Avenue off I-395 at the Shirlington exit. Visit http://signature-theatre.org or call 703-820-9771.
Directed by Matthew Gardiner and Eric Schaeffer, the revue will feature Evan Casey, Matt Conner, Matthew DeLorenzo, Natascia Diaz, Sherri L. Edelen, James Gardiner, Helen Hedman, Naomi Jacobson, John Lescault, Channez McQuay, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton, Bobby Smith, Stephen Gregory Smith, Holly Twyford, The Diva Vicki Vox and Rachel Zampelli, leading a cast of more than 25 D.C. actors.
Musical direction for the show is by Jenny Cartney and Gabriel Mangiante, with lighting design by Helen Hayes Award-winner Colin K. Bills. Many of the numbers will have minimal clothing, so no costume designer is required. Featured numbers for the evening include, “I Never Do Anything Twice,” “Don’t Blame Me,” “Summer Hummin’,” “Silent Sonata Strip” and many more. In addition, there will be a special appearance by Pirate Pussie, last seen on stage in Cats at the Harlequin. Audiences are encouraged to bring extra change and cash, checks or credit cards for audience participation segments in which the show will be really “humming.”