Happenings at the Harman Happy Hours

The 2015-2016 Season of Happenings Happy Hours brings some exciting changes to STC’s free performance series.

Come directly from work, get a drink at the Forum bar and transition into the evening with a unique mix of performances.
Happenings performances bring local artists into conversation with the play’s on STC’s stages. Over the course of the season, you can see a range of performances that connect overtly or subtly with the themes, authors and words of the season.  Every Happenings event features a different type of locally grown performance. With musicians, dancers, actors, puppeteers and genre-mixers you are sure to leave feeling inspired and excited.
The performances will all be held on Thursday evenings from 6 – 7 p.m. in the Forum of Sidney Harman Hall at 610 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 

All performances are FREE and reservations are not required. Happy Hours will end with enough time for you to get dinner and return to see that evening’s production at STC.


In conversation with Salomé

Sara Curtin

Thursday, October 8, 2015, 6 - 7 p.m.

With the Women’s Voices Festival it feels appropriate to kick off the Happenings at the Harman season with a strong local female voice, a 2014 Washington Area Music Award Nomineee for Songwriter of the Year: Sara Curtin.

Make it a full evening of women’s voices by seeing Salomé, adapted and directed by Yaël Farber, STC’s entry to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

“Brazen: True Stories by Bold Women”

Thursday, October 22, 2015, 6 - 7 p.m.

In honor of Salomé, this play, and the untold stories of other courageous women, Story District presents “Brazen: True Stories by Bold Women” inspired by the Women's Voices Theater Festival.

Named the "gold standard" in storytelling by the Washington Post, Story District has been bringing storytelling to the stage since 1997. With ongoing classes and trainings, and more than 25 original storytelling shows each year, Story District strives to create opportunities for all voices to be heard and to shape our understanding of what it means to be human. 

Make it a full evening of women’s voices by seeing Salomé, adapted and directed by Yaël Farber, STC’s entry to the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

In conversation with Kiss Me, Kate

La-Ti-Do: Musical and Spoken Word Cabaret

Thursday, November 19, 2015, 6 - 7 p.m.

Spend a very happy hour with Don Michael Mendoza & Regie Cabico, co-founders and hosts of Washington, DC's Best Cabaret (2013 DC BroadwayWorld.com): La-Ti-Do. Enjoy a drink and performances by alumni of the critically-acclaimed cabaret.

Guest performers: Madeline Cuddihy, Morgan DeHart, Jennie Lutz, Hilary Morrow, Farrell Parker, Taylor Recter, Meredith Richard, Nicole Riding, Brian Shaw, Chris Sizemore, Amanda Tatum, Wood Van Meter

Make it a full night of snazzy performancesby attending that evening’s performance of Kiss Me, Kate.


Thursday, December 10, 2015, 6 - 7 p.m.

Cole Porter wasn’t the only composer interested in turning Shakespeare’s stories into songs, D.C.’s own Shawn Northrip first produced the punk rock musical TITUS X over a decade ago. Now it’s back with members of the original cast. Have a drink and enjoy Shakespeare’s goriest play, set to music.

Make it a night of Shakespeare inspired musicals with that evening’s performance of Kiss Me, Kate.

In conversation with The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound

Happenstance Theatre

Thursday, January 14, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Start your night of laugher early with the thrilling comedy of Happenstance Theatre. Works like their post-apocalyptic, clown-esque BrouHaHa and their dark Cabaret Noir and Cabaret Macabre show off the dark side of humor. 

The Washington City Paper says, “Happenstance Theater’s ensemble comedy is a gut-busting kind of funny.”

Make it a full night of comedy with that evening’s performance of The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound.

Press Play Investigates

Thursday, February 11, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Who did it? No one knows. Based on the audience suggestion of a theatrical crime the Inspector tries to solve it. The improvisers of Press Play follow the fun becoming suspects and exploring clues until the crime is solved. Fun part is that it will all be improvised!

Make it a full night of backstage intrigue with that evenings performance of The Critic & The Real Inspector Hound.

In conversation with Othello

Othello on screen

Thursday, February 25, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Go back in time to the days when Shakespeare’s stories were screened without speaking. Watch the 1922 German film of Othello with live scoring from jazz pianist Burnett Thompson.

Make it a night of tragic love with that evening’s performance of Othello.

The Academy for Classical Acting

Thursday, March 17, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Meet tomorrow’s classical actors today! Enjoy a happy hour beverage while watching scenes and monologues from the actors studying at the The Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Academy for Classical Acting (ACA), in conjunction with The George Washington University.

Make it a full night of classical theatre with that evening’s performance of Shakespeare’s Othello.

In conversation with 1984

826DC’s the lowercase

Thursday, March 24, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Exit the cares of the day by listening to readings from poetry to prose with 826DC and their reading series the lowercase. 826DC creates opportunities for writing adventures through tutoring, field trips and in-school workshops. Leading the students are a team of volunteers and writers of all kinds. Listen to new works from students and adults alike at this week’s Happenings Happy Hour performance.

Make it literary night with that evening’s performance of 1984.

Artist TBA

Thursday, April 7, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Grab a cocktail and explore artistic connections through the work of local artists, echoing or responding to the themes, authors and words of the season.

In conversation with The Taming of the Shrew

Men Can’t Live With Them; Can’t Live With Them: a Shakespearian Cabaret

Thursday, May 19, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Enjoy a cheeky cabaret and tasty happy hour beverage. Featuring classical actress Cam Magee and cabaret singer Bev Coshem this cabaret will mix the Bard and Jazz standards as these two lay out, and win, the battle of the sexes.

Make it a winning night of gender warfare with that evening’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew.

Jeremy Garcon: Boy I Adore

Thursday, June 2, 2016, 6 - 7 p.m.

Poet Jeremy Garcon is back with a reading from his next book. His poems and prose touch on gender roles, wealth disparity, societal expectation and the intricate, complex, comedic, and sometimes tragic make up of romantic relationships.  Listen, drink and join the conversation about relationships, sex, power and social convention.

Make it a night of defying social conventions with that evening’s performance of The Taming of the Shrew.

Official liquor sponsor of Happenings Happy Hour:
Svedka Vodka 

Upcoming Events

Happenings Happy Hour:

December 10  | Sidney Harman Hall

Happenings Happy Hour:
Happenstance Theatre

January 14  | Sidney Harman Hall Forum

Happenings Happy Hour:
Press Play Investigates

February 11  | Sidney Harman Hall Forum

Happenings Happy Hour:
Othello on screen

February 25  | Sidney Harman Hall Forum

Happenings Happy Hour:
The Academy for Classical Acting

March 17  | Sidney Harman Hall Forum

Previous presentations have included:
A master-class with Dame Kiri Te Kanawa and singers from the Washington National Opera Domingo-Cafritz Young Artist Program, Artists from the Washington Performing Arts Society, Banished? Productions, Barbara Papendorp, Burnett Thompson, Cam Magee and Beverly Cosham, Christopher Jenkins, Christylz Bacon, City Dance, Clown Cabaret, Congressional Chorus, Dakshina/Daniel Phoenix Singh Dance Company, DanceAntonini, DancEthos, Emma Jaster, Faction of Fools, Fieldwork Showcase, Furia Flamenca, Happenstance Theatre Company, Idylls for a Bare Stage, Integriti Reeves, Jane Franklin Dance, Jonah Bokaer, Just Tap, Katherine McCann and the Gypsy Strings, Liz Lerman Dance Exchange, My Mistresses Eyes, Next Reflex Dance Collective, OperaBelle, Pointless Theatre Company, Press Play Improv, 7 (x1)) Samurai, Drew the Dramatic Fool, Quest Visual Theatre, Rachel Hynes, Roudolph Kharatian, Russkie Musikanti, Sisters of Ellory Hollow, Taffety Punk, The Beau Soir Ensemble, The Russian Chamber Art Society, The Silk Road Dance Ensemble, The Sweater Set, The United States premiere of Jane Henderson’s film The Battle of Wills, The Washington Balalaika Society, The Washington Ballet, The Washington Revels, The Washington Toh Koto Society, UrbanArias, Violin Dreams, WPAS' Feder String Competition Winners, WPAS Men and Women of the Gospel Choir, Ziva Cohen Spanish Dance.

Thanks to the audiences and artist who have helped to make the Happenings at the Harman Lunchtime series a success since 2005. The series is on a hiatus for the 2014-2015 Season.

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