Beertown is an interactive exploration of history, civics, community, identity, and memory that incorporates live music, group song, storytelling…and a dessert potluck. Part-civic ceremony, part-theatrical pageant, and a bit of a choose-your-own-adventure, Beertown welcomes audiences into the 21st Beertown Time Capsule Day celebration, in which every five years this imagined small town unearths its beloved time capsule and ritualistically reviews its contents.
Following successful runs at the Off-Broadway 59E59 Theater and the Lincoln Center Theater Director’s Lab, dog & pony dc took our critically acclaimed production of Beertown on tour starting in fall 2015.
PHASE ONE (2015-2016)
Beertown Takes America phase one stopped at Omaha Community Playhouse (Omaha, Nebraska), Know Theatre (Cincinnati, Ohio), and Raleigh Little Theatre (Raleigh, North Carolina). See how Beertown evolved as those communities explored their own unique shared memories:
The tour featured dynamic collaborations with local artists and their communities across the country, each time crafting a new and uniquely relevant Beertown.
Beertown Takes America 2015-16 made possible by the support of: Bills Family Charitable Trust, Lisa Carr, Pete Miller & Sara Cormeny, and Jeffery Menick. Hail!
Beertown Takes America provided an exciting opportunity for dog & pony dc to connect with both new and old collaborators as the production is re-shaped to fit each theatre and its community, with each stop of the tour featuring a newly customized Beertown. dog & pony dc ensemble members and local artists will form a creative team to rehearse and perform the show, shaping it to reflect local concerns, hot-button issues, and history. During performance, the audience is then empowered to generate dialogue specific to their values and experiences, mirroring the pulse of each particular community.
PHASE TWO (2016)
Beertown Takes America returned home in Washington, D.C. to celebrate the quinquennial of its premiere (otherwise known as the five-year anniversary of its first performance). dog & pony dc had done a lot of growing since 2011, and we were now an ensemble of hearing and Deaf artists. Beertown had evolved as well, from a show about exploring an imaginary world, to a show about exploring reality within the context of an imaginary world. Beertown in DC was produced the three weeks before the 2016 election. Read more about our fifth anniversary celebration.
PHASE THREE (2016 – current day)
Beertown Takes America continues to evolve in the most natural way possible: adaptations of our original play by amazing community-connected artists and theatre companies. We’re thrilled that the first project to take shape is Beachtown with San Diego Rep, by Herbert Siguenza with dog & pony dc’s Ensemble Director Rachel Grossman. dog & pony dc’s involvement with Beachtown has been supported in part by a NET/TEN travel grant by the Network of Ensemble Theatres. More soon, but Beachtown will run in 2018. Hail!