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Speakeasy by the Sea: A Very Jazzy New Year

The Speakeasy by the Sea is open again for A Very Jazzy New Year. Come join some of Seacoast Rep's best performers for an evening of smokey, sultry, jazzy fun featuring Fourth Street Jazz. 

Performers include Kevin Mahaney, Rachel Pantazis, Linette Miles, Alden Caple, Jess Andra, Ben Bagley, and host Seraphina Caliguire.

Doors open at 6:30. Per usual, we'll have special wine selections and cheese plates by South Street and Vine.

This event is open to the public. $10 selected donation.

 

The Fabulous Find

As of December 2014, The Fabulous Find has given over $500,000 to area non-profits. The Seacoast Rep, The Players' Ring, and Pontine Theatre are the lucky recipients for this month.

So if you are looking for gently used designer clothing, jewelry, home accessories, furniture, music and books, stop by 139 State St., Kittery, ME. Anything you spend or donate there will directly benefit our theaters.

 

 

Improv Classes by Stranger Than Fiction

 

 

There's not a single person in the world that wouldn't be made better by a little bit of high-quality improv instruction. Whether you're an aspiring comedian looking to get into the format, a professional looking for a confidence-boosting hobby, or just looking for a way to meet other cool, funny people and have fun times, Stranger Than Fiction's classes are just what the doctor ordered.

Stranger Than Fiction Improv and Comedy, New Hampshires most acclaimed and longest-running improv troupe, is pleased to offer two levels of classes for January in association with the Portsmouth Academy of Performing Arts. Check them out!

Stranger Than Fiction Presents: Adult Improv (Level 2)
Jan 17 - Feb 21, 2016
RepNorth
SU, 4:30 PM - 6:30 PM
Ages 18-99
Take the next step toward performing improv onstage! Level 2 will focus on exploring the diverse world of improv -- from performance formats to schools of improv thinking -- as well as maintaining and building on the skills learned in Level 1. Classes will include work on short scenes, character, and space-object work, as well as building short-form skills and learning to use them in long-form. Class will culminate with a performance in the first half of the Stranger Than Fiction show on Tuesday, March 1.

Please note that on Sunday February 7th (Superbowl Sunday), the class time will be moved from the evening to earlier in the day - 11:30am-1:30pm
 
 
Stranger Than Fiction Presents: Adult Improv 101
Jan 17 - Feb 21, 2016
RepNorth
SU, 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Ages 18-99
Learn the basics of improv, starting with "Yes-And," in this 2 hour long 6-week class with Stranger Than Fiction veteran cast member David Chevalier! Areas of focus will include character- and object-work, finding the emotional basis of a scene, "yes-and-ing," short-form "hooks," and more. By the end of class, you'll be familiar with basic concepts and have new confidence at work or play. Emphasis is on creating a fun, supportive environment, so get ready to meet new people and have a good time!

Touché Taps || Soul Surgery

 

February 14 || 7:30pm

Two Souls become aware that they are stuck in the mundane metronome of everyday life. They had lost their color and spark; they had been broken. By listening to a mysterious Voice, each is given the opportunity to make themselves whole. Join us this Valentines Day on a whimsical and romantic journey of tap dance, original and live music, body percussion, poetry and contemporary dance as we discover how to renew ourselves at Touché Taps’ Soul Surgery.

Tickets $12 General Admission, available online or at 603-433-4472.

 

 

 

Satchmo at the Waldorf

Satchmo at the Waldorf | January 22 - February 14

Showtimes: Thursdays 7:30, Fridays 8:00, Saturdays 2:00 and 8:00, Sundays 2:00. 

March 1971.  Backstage at the Empire Room of the Waldorf Astoria Hotel. Louis Armstrong, the greatest trumpet player in the world, sits in his dressing room trying to pull himself together following his celebrated performance. Because as long as they clap, Louis will go out there and play. His mind wanders through the amazing journey of his life and his complex relationship with his manager Joe Glaser. 

Join Seacoast Rep for an intimate look at one of the greatest musicians the world has ever seen, directed by Jeremy Abram and starring Lawrence E. Street as Louis Armstrong, Miles Davis, and Joe Glaser. 

Jeremy Abram, a veteran performer in Seacoast musicals Ain't Misbehavin', The Full Monty and Chicago, will be returning to Portsmouth from his home in New York to make his Seacoast directing debut.  

New Orleans-born Abram said he was inspired by Armstrong's character in portraying him for the 2012 off-Broadway musical Louis Armstrong: Jazz Ambassador. With the Seacoast production of Satchmo at the Waldorf, Abram will be able to convey his interpretation of the legend in a dramatic setting.

"It's a more dramatic piece. It has comedy, and people will learn something about someone that they probably thought they knew everything about," Abram said. 

The critically acclaimed Satchmo at the Waldorf was written by Wall Street Journal drama critic Terry Teachout and it premiered in 2011. The story takes place after a 1971 Armstrong performance at New York's Waldorf Hotel, shortly before his death. Armstrong is weary and unwinding in his dressing room after what turned out to be his last show. As he begins to speak, the production takes the audience through Armstrong's life, with musical interludes recalling milestones on his artistic journey. 

The horn player and singer spent early years in a youth home and in the Storyville red-light district of New Orleans.  He matured as a jazz musician along the Mississippi River, in Chicago, and finally New York. 

"There was a man who lived a very full life, who was so joyful because he understood for himself where he came from, and the journey from Storyville New Orleans to the world stages, from orphanages to playing for presidents -- that was gratitude," Street said.

The play shows turbulence and hurt behind Armstrong's charismatic public face, and explores themes that linger in American society.  "There are so many moments in this play where the writer has created a space where Louis Armstrong can tell his side of the story in relation to his race, in relation to what he felt like he was doing for jazz, what he felt like he was doing for African Americans," Street said. "There are several really beautiful moments where this writer just writes in this hurt, this feeling of being misunderstood."

Satchmo at the Waldorf contains strong language.

 

Tickets are available online, or through our box office at 603.433.4472. 

 

 

Boston Comedy Fest at The Rep

On January 8th, Boston Comedy Festival returns to The Rep. Join us for a night of stand up comedy featuring some of Boston's best comedians.

Tickets can be purchased through our box office or website.

The lineup:

Jody Sloane

 

Jody has been a three-time contestant in the Boston Comedy Festival and Finalist in the Funniest Comic in New Hampshire Contest.  Impishly perverse, her style is thoughtful, yet edgy; touching on age, divorce, and being raised by wolves.  She’ll have you convinced that in the darkest corners of truth is comedy.

Al Park

 

Al Park has quickly emerged as a rising talent on the national comedy scene. In just the past year, he won both the Boston Comedy Festival and the Cleveland Comedy Festival, and was a finalist in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition. He has also been a featured performer at the Laugh Your Asheville Off Comedy Festival and North Carolina Comedy Arts Festival.

Steven Bjork

 

 

Stephen Bjork is a polished veteran of the highly competitive Boston comedy scene with crisscrossing tours of the country under his belt.  His material is intelligent; sometimes absurd, and always accessible, but first and foremost it is funny.

 

 

 

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