The Wild Party

WP_LogoManhattan decadence in the 1920s provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable. Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone including Queenie’s conniving rival, a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy, a washed-up boxer, a black brother act, a diva of indeterminable age and infinite life experience, the fresh-off-the-farm ingénue whose naiveté quickly evaporates, a lesbian actress and her comatose girlfriend, and the bargain basement Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads them to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.

CAST AND CREW:
Queenie – Elizabeth Yeats
Burrs – Patrick McMahan
Kate – Rikki Howie
Black – James Finley
Jackie – Harv Lester
Eddie – J Michael d’Haviland
Mae – Elizabeth Hester
Nadine – Erin Richardson
Phil DeMarno – Vincent Rowe
Oscar DeMarno – Kevin McAllister
Gold – Jon Keeling
Golden – Joshua Schwartz
Dolores – KJ Jacks
Madeline True – Sally Kiernan
Sally – Erin Branigan

Produced by David M. Moretti
Stage and Co-Music Direction by William D. Parker
Vocal and Co-Music Direction by John-Michael d’Haviland
Choreographed by Catherine Oh
Stage Managed by Joan A.S. Lada
Combat Choreography and Firearms by Steve Lada
Sound Design by Keith Bell and David Correia
Light Design by Jeffrey Scott Auerbach
Set Design by Helen McCarthy
Costume Design by Robin Covington
Properties Design by Michele Bell

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Join Dominion Stage in 2008 for a wild evening of Gin, Skin, Sin, and Fun!
The Wild Party
Music and Lyrics by Michael John LaChiusa
Book by Michael John LaChiusa and George C. Wolfe
Based on the poem by Joseph Moncure March
Produced by David M. Moretti
Stage and Co-Music Direction by William D. Parker
Vocal and Co-Music Direction by John-Michael d’Haviland
Choreographed by Catherine Oh
Stage Managed by Joan A.S. Lada
January 11, 12, 18, 19, 25 and 26 at 8 p.m.
January 20 and 27 @ 2:30 p.m.
Gunston Theater One, 2700 S. Lang Street, Arlington, Virginia
Reservations and Information are available at www.DominionStage.org, or by calling (703) 683-0502
Group Rates are Available.
The Wild Party is presented through special arrangement with Rodgers and Hammerstein Theatricals. No one under 18 will be permitted without a parent or guardian; The show contains mature themes and brief nudity.
Storyline:  Manhattan decadence in the 1920s provides the backdrop for this tough musical fable. Queenie, a vaudeville chorine, hosts the blow-out of the title with her vicious lover, a black-face minstrel. The guests are a vivid collection of the unruly and the undone including Queenie’s conniving rival, a cocaine-sniffing bisexual playboy, a washed-up boxer, a black brother act, a diva of indeterminable age and infinite life experience, the fresh-off-the-farm ingénue whose naiveté quickly evaporates, a lesbian actress and her comatose girlfriend, and the bargain basement Valentino who catches Queenie’s roving eye. The jazz and gin soaked party rages to a mounting sense of threat as artifice and illusion are stripped away. When midnight debauchery leads them to tragedy at dawn, the high-flying characters land with a sobering thud, reminding us that no party lasts forever.
Dominion Stage has been a part of the Northern Virginia Performing Arts community since 1949.  The all-volunteer, non- profit organization is supported in part through the Arlington County Cultural Affairs Division.  Dominion Stage welcomes both the novice or the seasoned performer, technical and administrative members of the DC Metro area to share our passion for the Arts.  Donations are tax-deductible.  Visit www.DominionStage.org for more information on how to get involved!