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January 2014
Happy New Year! If your resolution is to make 2014 the best year ever, we can help with that. January is overflowing with awesome at the Alden. The return of the American Shakespeare Center on Tour is the impetus for our "Shakespeare Month." We have a free movie musical, Shakespeare-inspired silent films, and a guide to understanding the Bard from Shakespeare experts, all leading up to a day of live Shakespeare. Not your thing? Don't worry, we also have comedy jugglers, a jazz master and our MLK Day celebration with a renowned civil rights leader.
January's don't-miss event
Alden theatre

MLK Day Celebration

Ambassador Andrew Young

Friday, Jan. 17 at 8 pm.

Join the McLean Community Center as we celebrate the life for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., through the experiences of one of his closest allies: Andrew Young. Before becoming mayor of Atlanta, a congressman and a U.N. Ambassador, Young was a key strategist and negotiator in the Civil Rights Movement. Now he shares his stories of Dr. King and gives first-person accounts of the struggle for human rights through nonviolence.

$20/$10 MCC tax district residents

Even More great stuff!
So this guy walks into a Bard... we've got your scoop on Shakespeare month, comedy jugglers extraordinaire, and another great seminar by John Eaton.

The Gizmo Guys

The Gizmo Guys

Sunday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m.

This hilarious juggling duo puts on a show that's truly perfect for the whole family. Combining astounding juggling skills with clever and infectious humor, The Gizmo Guys give you the best of Vaudeville or the circus without any of the scary clowns. If you missed out on tickets to The Capitol Steps, join us for this heaping helping of humor.

$15/$10 MCC tax district residents

Free for All!

Jazz Masters with John Eaton

"Irving Berlin: The Founding Father"

Saturday, Jan. 11 at 1 p.m.

You've heard tunes like "God Bless America," "Blue Skies" and "White Christmas," but now learn about the man behind the music. The brilliant and funny John Eaton will guide you into Berlin's world, give you insight into his compositional style and, of course, regale you with musical examples.

Free. No reservations required.

 
Code 20: Proceed to Improv

Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m.
at the Old Firehouse Teen Center

An evening of coffeehouse-style open mic and improv comedy hosted by The Alden's own Studio Rep. Come to laugh, catch a local improv headliner, or share your own talent.

Free. No reservations required.

 
Also free this month...
Movie Musical: "Kiss me Kate"

Wednesday, Jan. 8 at 1 p.m.

 
Insider Knowledge: "Brush Up Your Shakespeare"

Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

American Shakespeare Center on Tour

The most fun, accessible and authentic Shakespeare productions this side of London come to The Alden for one day only. Come early for the live music performed by the cast!
 
"The Merry Wives of Windsor"

Saturday, Jan. 25 at 2 p.m.

Live music starts at 1:30 p.m.
The character Falstaff was such a hit that it's rumored that Queen Elizabeth I, having so enjoyed Sir John in "Henry IV," made a special request for more of His Rotundness, which resulted in "The Merry Wives of Windsor." A comic delight and one of the world's first sequels.

$30/$20 MCC tax district residents

 
"Othello"

Saturday, Jan. 25 at 8 p.m.

Live music starts at 7:30 p.m.
This powerful and sexy play contains one of theatre's most famous and engaging villains. Without Iago, we may not have had Walter White. "Othello" is a passionate story about jealousy, betrayal and "one that loved not wisely but too well."

$30/$20 MCC tax district residents

Silent Films with Live Music: "Silent Shakespeare"

"The Rest Is Silence: Silent Shakespeare"
Silent films with live music

Wednesday, Jan. 15 at 7:30 p.m.

A night full of cross dressing is kicked off by a 1912 production of the Bard's comedy "As You Like It," one of his most famous "drag shows." From there enjoy an evening of Charlie Chaplin and Laurel & Hardy accompanied by live and totally improvised music on the Steinway. We'll even throw in the delightful Charley Chase in "Bromo and Juliet."

$10/$6 MCC tax district residents

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Brush Up Your Shakespeare

Wednesday, Jan. 22 at 7:30 p.m.

Whether you just don’t get it or Shakespeare rolls trippingly on thy tongue, experts from the Shakespeare Theatre Company, the Folger and American Shakespeare Center itself will help you understand the Bard. Special attention will be paid to "The Merry Wives of Windsor" and "Othello" in order to prepare you for the American Shakespeare Center on Tour’s productions the following Saturday at The Alden.

Free

COming up at the ALden
It's never too early to buy tickets to upcoming events, especially with an early-bird discount to selected performances.

Date
Category
Event
Saturday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m.
Kids and Family
Wednesday, Feb. 5 at 1 p.m.
Movie Musical
Thursday, Feb. 20 at 7:30 p.m.
Speakers and Education
Saturday, Feb. 22 at 8 p.m.
Music
Saturday, March 1 at 8 p.m.
Music

Box Office

Wednesday and Thursday, 5 p.m.-9 p.m.
Friday and Saturday, 12 p.m.-9 p.m.
The box office is always open one hour prior to any ticketed performance.
The virtual box office is always open at www.aldentheatre.org with no fees for Alden-presented events.

Box office phone number for information: 703-790-9223, TTY: 711. Phone number to purchase tickets: 1-866-811-4111, $2.00 convenience fee applies to phone orders.
You made it!
Thanks for reading all the way to the end. As our way of thanking you, we'd like to offer you $15 tickets to Andrew Young, appearing as part of the MCC's Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Just enter the promo code "Newsletter" when buying tickets at www.aldentheatre.org.
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