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Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Happenings At The Harman

The Shakespeare Theatre Company (STC) has an enriched 2012-2013 schedule for Happenings at the Harman, a free programming series featuring cross-genre performances by local artists. Bring a bag lunch on your midday break to see performances by musicians, dancers, puppeteers and genre-mixers lasting one hour or less Wednesdays at noon in The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall.

sidney harman hall

(Photo Credit: BusinessWeek.com)

In addition to lunchtime programming, STC now hosts post-work Happenings Happy Hours once a month. You can come directly from work, buy a beverage at the Forum bar and start your night by sampling a unique mix of performances.

STC Audience Enrichment Manager Hannah Hessel expressed enthusiasm for the Happy Hour offerings because they will allow audience members who can’t get away from their desks at lunchtime the chance to discover local performers after work. “There are few options for post-work, pre-dinner or pre-show programming, especially downtown,” Hessel said. “This series helps to fill that void allowing audience members to unwind from the day and transition into their evening plans with an exciting performance!”

Previous Happenings at the Harman events include: Improv with Press Play, French Cabaret with Barbara Papendorp, Beckett Shorts with Forum Theatre, DanceAntonini and classical guitarist J. Scott Matejicka.

The 2012-2013 schedule below boasts several returning favorites and a variety of new offerings. Reservations are not required to attend.

DC's Christylez Bacon

DC’s Christylez Bacon (Photo Credit: sunfest.revelsdc.org)

 Happenings Happy Hours

 Performances begin at 5:30 pm. Reservations not required.

10/10/12                       Christylez Bacon

11/14/12                       Quest Visual Theatre presents: Alonzo’s Lullaby

12/12/12                       Integriti Reeves

1/16/13                         Taffety Punk’s Rape of Lucrece

2/6/13                           The Sweater Set

3/6/13                           Furia Flamenca

 5/8/13                           Press Play

6/12/13                         Rachel Hynes: You Have Made a Story on my Skin


Happenings at the Harman Lunchtime Performances

Performances begin at noon. Reservations not required.


9/12/12                         Kick Off the Season with an Audience & Artist Mixer

9/19/12                         Emma Jaster: Suitcase Story


10/3/12                         Quest Visual Theatre presents: I Carry the Flag

10/10/12                       OperaBelle

10/17/12                       Field/DC Showcase

Barbara Papendorp

Barbara Papendorp (Photo Credit: barbarapapendorp.com)

10/24/12                       Barbara Papendorp: From Paris to Porter

10/31/12                       Happenstance Theater: Cabaret Macabre


11/7/12                         Burnett Thompson: Shakespeare Sonnet Song Cycle

11/14/12                       DancEthos

11/28/12                       WPAS presents: Luis Garay


12/5/12                         Sisters of Ellory Hollow

12/12/12                       Family Week

12/19/12                       Violin Dreams


1/9/13                            Beau Soir Ensemble

1/16/13                          Pointless Theatre Company

1/30/13                          My Mistress’ Eyes: A Love Story


2/6/13                            Quest Visual Theatre presents: Mosaic

2/13/13                          Clown Cabaret: Delusions of Grandeur

2/20/13                          Next Reflex Dance Collective

2/27/13                          WPAS presents: L’Enfant String Trio


Happenstance Theater, featuring Mark Jaster and Sabrina Mandell (Photo Credit: Aude Guerrucci/Courtesy of Happenstance Theater)

3/6/13                            UrbanArias

3/13/13                          Tin Pan Lady– A Cabaret with Joanne Schmoll

3/20/13                          Idylls for a Bare Stage

3/27/13                          DanceAntonini


4/3/13                            Furia Flamenca

4/10/13                          Quest Visual Theatre presents: Drew the Dramatic Fool

4/17/13                          Russkie Musikanti

4/24/13                          WPAS’ Feder String Competition Winners


5/1/13                            Faction of Fools

5/8/13                            Just Tap

5/15/13                          WPAS presents: Ling Tang, Chinese Ribbon Dance

5/22/13                          Congressional Chorus


6/5/13                            Quest Visual Theatre presents: 7 (x1) Samurai

6/12/13                          Charles Mokotoff

6/19/13                          WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir

6/26/13                          Songs & More with Cam Magee and Beverly Cosham

Sidney Harman Hall

Sidney Harman Hall (Photo Credit: shakespearetheatre.org)

For more information, please call the box office at 202-547-1122 or visit ShakespeareTheatre.org.

WHEN:  Wednesdays at noon, starting September 12, 2012
Happenings Happy Hours: 5:30 p.m. once a month, starting October 10, 2012

The Forum in Sidney Harman Hall
610 F St. NW
Washington, DC 20004
Ph. 202-547-1122


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