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If All the Sky Were Paper
Friday 05/22
If All the Sky Were Paper @ Kennedy Center Terrace Theater
$29
Written by D.C.-based, bestselling author Andrew Carroll and directed by John Benitz, If All the Sky Were Paper is a compelling drama about Carroll's travels around the world to find "the most extraordinary war letters ever written." Featuring actual correspondences by troops and their loved ones from Carroll's bestselling books War Letters and Behind the Lines, the play is a humorous, heartfelt, and powerful work that will stir and inspire audiences. Produced by Lexikat Artists and presented in association with Chapman University, the play features onstage performances by Mamie Gummer (Emily Owens, M.D., The Good Wife), Gary Cole (VEEP, Pineapple Express, Office Space), Jason Hall (Academy Award–nominated writer of American Sniper), Michael Conner Humphreys (who played young Forrest in Forrest Gump and later joined the U.S. Army), and others to be announced. All net ticket proceeds will support the Kennedy Center Education Fund. In 1998, Carroll launched a national, all-volunteer initiative that works to find and preserve wartime correspondence. Carroll has traveled to all 50 states and 40 countries, including Iraq and Afghanistan, to seek out what he calls "the world's great, undiscovered literature." He has collected more than 100,000 previously unpublished letters and emails from every conflict in U.S. history, and these correspondences are now archived at the Center for American War Letters at Chapman University. Carroll has said, "We especially hope that veterans and their families will come to the play, as we would welcome their feedback in particular. And everyone is encouraged to bring war letters. The search continues…."
Friday 05/08
A Tribute to Carole King: Tapestry & Best of Goffin-King @ The Hamilton Live
$30 / $40
with Julia Nixon, Laura Baron, Little Margie Clark, Caz Gardiner, Todd Wright, Eric Scott, Cal Everett, Deeme Katson, Rochelle Rice, Brian Simms, Ashleigh Chevalier, Andrea Pais, Suzanne Brindamour Pop music as we know it would be far different without the many lasting contributions of Carole King, Over the course of a remarkable 6 decade career, she has written, sung, and played her way into the hearts of millions. Considering the number of artists for whom she has written hits and the off the charts success for her own performances that began with Tapestry, she is assuredly on any credible Mount Rushmore of pop music. Her epic 1971 album ‘Tapestry’ has sold more than 25 million copies and was ranked #36 on Rolling Stone Magazines Top 500 Albums. It gave us hits like "I Feel The Earth Move" & "Its Too Late:, and helped it earn Album of the Year honors. Previously she had established her genuis as the musical half of the Goffin-King songwriting partnership that began in the late 50’s and continued through the 60’s giving us many of the greatest songs ever written. Up On The Roof, Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow, Cryin In the Rain, Pleasant Valley Sunday and Don’t Bring Me Down are but a few of their classics. They were inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. A Tribute to Carole King will feature the Tapestry album performed in its entirety by a remarkable collection of singers and musicians. A 2nd set will feature some of the greatest hits of Goffin-King and will feature a string section, and horns to properly capture the sound of these iconic records. PERFORMANCES BY: Julia Nixon, Little Margie Clark. Eric Scott, Laura Baron, Caz Gardiner, Deeme Katson, Rochelle Rice, Todd Wright & Cal Everett & more. Newmyer Flyer is the 2nd production company headed by BandHouse Gigs co-founder Ron Newmyer. Previous shows have included The Last Waltz Tribute, A Southern Soul Tribute, Dream Discs, The Everly Brothers Tribute and Halloween Howl.