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Riot Grrrls Shakespeare
The Tempest
by William Shakespeare

directed by Lise Bruneau


The Bad Hamlet
by William Shakespeare

directed by Joel David Santner


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February 4 - 28, 2015
Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30pm
Plus 3pm matinees on 2/21 and 2/28
Pay-what-you-can preview on Feb 4 & 5 at 7:30pm

at the
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE WDC 20003



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May 1 - 30, 2015
Wednesday through Saturday, 7:30pm
Plus a 3pm matinees on 5/30
Pay-what-you-can preview on May 1 at 7:30pm

at the
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th Street SE WDC 20003


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Under the direction of company member Lise Bruneau, the Riot Grrrls return in February to conquer The Tempest. Overthrown duke (and magician) Prospero conjures a storm to bring his usurpers to the mystical island where he and his daughter have lived for twelve years—just to set things straight.

The celebrated Isabelle Anderson, who played the title role in Titus Andronicus, returns to play Prospero.

The Riot Grrrls are here to liberate us all. Shakespeare’s Tempest provides a sweeping story full of love and magic, a good dose of revenge, and exactly one part for a woman. Need we say more?

Great actresses should play great parts. So they will!


The so-called “bad quarto” of Hamlet has mystified scholars for decades. Half as long and far less poetic than the “normal” Hamlet, with garbled text, a different plot sequence, and an additional scene between Horatio and Gertrude. Competing theories speculate that it may be a touring script, an early draft, or even pirated version of the world's most famous play.

Hamlet director and company member Joel David Santner says, “While most people refer to this version of Hamlet as the ‘bad’ one due to it's brevity and sometimes peculiar wording, we are treating it as the ultimate text.”

Come see what all the fuss is about. A perfect opportunity to reconsider who or what is Hamlet.


We need your help. As you know, Taffety Punk exists to sustain a collection of performing artists who make theatre exciting, meaningful and affordable.

We think of ourselves as a band, a theatre band, if you will, in which acting, dance, and music are intricately linked. By focusing on the needs of the artists our work is more vivid, more connected, and more relevant. The ensemble of artists who make up the band grow together, complimenting each other, challenging each other, and establishing a relationship with our audience.

We are also committed to making theatre affordable — our ticket prices never exceed $15.00, the same you might pay for a movie or a band. We believe theatre is a gift. It should not be a luxury.

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