Shayna Blass

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Barbara Streisand Cabaret
Sep
5
to Sep 10

Barbara Streisand Cabaret

Come join me and your favorite Streisand tunes!

Tuesday September 5th - 8:30PM

Wednesday September 6- 8:30PM

Thursday September 7- 8:30PM

Friday September 8- 8:30PM

Saturday September 9- 2PM & 8:30PM

Sunday September 10- 7:00PM

In a celebration of the best-selling female artist of all time, Signature salutes the original Funny Girl’s six-decade-long career with an evening of her famous songs including “People,” “Don’t Rain on My Parade,” “You Don’t Bring Me Flowers” and “Evergreen.”

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Basement Social
Aug
27
8:30pm 8:30pm

Basement Social

I'm hosting a new cabaret at The Chipped Cup!

Come hang out with neighbors in this cozy Harlem basement listening to a great mix of jazz, folk, soul, and more. This event is FREE! Music starts at 8:30PM, Sunday August 27th. 

Specials guests include:
Vishal Vaidya
Florrie Bagel
Janelle McDermoth
Tam Young
Nora Palka

With musicians Joel DeCandio, Nic Vardanega, & Josh Roberts.

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Guilty Pleasures Cabaret
Aug
4
9:00pm 9:00pm

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret

I'll be emcee-ing this show! Come on out!

Hair flips and high kicks, lipstick and lace -- NYC's sexiest Dance Variety Show promises to entertain! Guilty Pleasures Cabaret's sultry charm and feminine energy brings refreshing talent and artistry to the cabaret theater experience. They were founded in 2014 by six friends in New York City who wanted to produce a show that highlighted both their performing and creative talents. Inspired by music, dance, and costumes that fulfilled their guilty performing pleasures, the show was born - thus earning their namesake “Guilty Pleasures Cabaret”. The ladies debuted their show in Manhattan on the Upper West Side at a neighborhood bar, and after nine months they moved downtown where they were selling out monthly shows at the renowned Duplex Cabaret Theater.


The ladies have since made the Duplex their performing home.  With a speak-easy feel, a hint of the roaring twenties, and a sprinkle of the swinging sixties - the show remains modern and sexy. The ladies, clad in fishnets, tap dance, contort, sing, and pirouette to the sounds of 'Chicago', 'Great Gatsby', 'Cabaret', Beyonce, and Nancy Sinatra, to name a few, playfully mixing the old with the new. The girls of the Guilty Pleasures Cabaret give their audience members sex appeal, spectacle, and variety - truly living up to the expectation of what a cabaret should entail. Seal your evening with a rouge stained kiss.

 

$18 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

$23 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

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Firefly in the Light
Jul
15
to Jul 19

Firefly in the Light

Firefly in the Light

I'll be playing Wendy in this New York Music Theater Festival show. 

Grab tickets and information here!

Saturday July 15th @ 7:30PM - Wednesday 19th @ 3:30PM

 

She ran to the light hoping to find her heart.

Torn between a possessive mother, her childhood sweetheart Jake, and spirited friends, Wendy deserts home in search of city lights, fame, and a long-lost father. Seven years later, Wendy and Jake's destinies once again intertwine. With rekindled love within grasp, Wendy must first find her own truth – only to confront having her pursuit of stardom cross fatefully with the uncovering of a dark family secret. FIREFLY IN THE LIGHT is a pop/rock musical about ambition, loyalty, and truth of identity.

Running time: 2 hours

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Guilty Pleasures Cabaret
May
19
9:30pm 9:30pm

Guilty Pleasures Cabaret

I'll be emcee-ing this show! Come on out!

Hair flips and high kicks, lipstick and lace -- NYC's sexiest Dance Variety Show promises to entertain! Guilty Pleasures Cabaret's sultry charm and feminine energy brings refreshing talent and artistry to the cabaret theater experience. They were founded in 2014 by six friends in New York City who wanted to produce a show that highlighted both their performing and creative talents. Inspired by music, dance, and costumes that fulfilled their guilty performing pleasures, the show was born - thus earning their namesake “Guilty Pleasures Cabaret”. The ladies debuted their show in Manhattan on the Upper West Side at a neighborhood bar, and after nine months they moved downtown where they were selling out monthly shows at the renowned Duplex Cabaret Theater.


The ladies have since made the Duplex their performing home.  With a speak-easy feel, a hint of the roaring twenties, and a sprinkle of the swinging sixties - the show remains modern and sexy. The ladies, clad in fishnets, tap dance, contort, sing, and pirouette to the sounds of 'Chicago', 'Great Gatsby', 'Cabaret', Beyonce, and Nancy Sinatra, to name a few, playfully mixing the old with the new. The girls of the Guilty Pleasures Cabaret give their audience members sex appeal, spectacle, and variety - truly living up to the expectation of what a cabaret should entail. Seal your evening with a rouge stained kiss.

 

$18 Ticket in Advance & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*

$23 Ticket at the Door (plus service fee) & a 2 Drink Minimum in the Cabaret Theatre*
*Drinks Must be purchased In the Cabaret Theatre to count towards the Minimum.

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FREAKY FRIDAY
Oct
4
to Nov 20

FREAKY FRIDAY

freaky friday

by Bridget Carpenter, Tom Kitt & Brian Yorkey, based on the novel by Mary Rodgers & The Walt Disney Motion Pictures

October 4 – November 20, 2016

When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Disney’s Freaky Friday, a new musical based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and the hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience each other’s lives first-hand, if only for a day.

With a score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normal and If/Then and a book by Parenthood’s Bridget Carpenter, Freaky Friday is a delightfully entertaining world premiere musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.

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Another Way Home by Anna Ziegler
Jun
23
to Jul 24

Another Way Home by Anna Ziegler

Another Way Home

By Anna Ziegler
Directed by Shirley Serotsky
Featuring Shayna Blass, Rick Foucheux, Naomi Jacobson, Thony Mena and Chris Stinson

It’s visiting day at Camp Kickapoo, and Joey Nadelman is nowhere to be found. As the search parties come up empty, Joey’s parents are left wondering – where he’s gone, why their marriage feels lacking, and what might have happened if they had taken a different path. An insightful, sardonic drama about the strangers we all live with – our family.

“Engagingly told, with flashes of poignant humor.” – San Francisco Chronicle

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The Mystery of Love & Sex
Apr
5
to May 8

The Mystery of Love & Sex

the mystery of love & sex

By Bathsheba Doran

April 5 – May 8, 2016

From one of the writers of HBO’‘s Boardwalk Empire and Showtime‘’s Masters of Sex comes an unexpected love story of evolving friendship, finding your own path, and the value of family.

Complete opposites, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were children. Now, as college students on the eve of graduation, they toy around with taking their friendship romantic. Or not. Why decide? After all, neither is sure they are even attracted to the other (plus, Charlotte thinks she might be really attracted to the ultra-cool Claire). Meanwhile, Charlotte’‘s parents, an unlikely couple themselves, push the kids for a definition even while their own relationship founders. Gradually, secrets and truths emerge as playing grown-up turns into actually growing up.

Funny, insightful, with an intense and complex core, Bathsheba Doran’‘s (Nest) newest play brilliantly examines intimacy, identity and, of course, the many mysteries of love and sex.

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Elephant & Piggie's We're In A Play
Nov
25
to Jan 3

Elephant & Piggie's We're In A Play

Elephant Gerald is an elephant: lumbering, formally attired, prone to melancholy. Piggie is (what else!) a piggie: perky, smiley, and full of fun. Total opposites? No way! In Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books, Elephant Gerald and Piggie are best friends! 
 
In Elephant & Piggie's We Are in a Play!, a vaudevillian romp of a musical, Elephant Gerald and Piggie sing and dance their way through plenty of pachydermal peril and swiney suspense facing fundamental questions like what do you wear to a fancy pool costume party? Should you share your ice cream? And how can two friends play with one toy? Backed by nutty backup singers, The Squirrelles, our duo even gets the audience involved in the action. So get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of your favorite books--and back after a sold-out run in the Family Theater in 2013. You'll be doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long!

Most enjoyed by age 3 and up.

Performance Timing: Approximately 1 hour, with no intermission.

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Technicolor Life
Oct
21
to Nov 8

Technicolor Life

by Jami Brandli

Directed by Joseph W. Ritsch

WORLD PREMIERE/Women’s Voices Theater Festival
October 21-November 8, 2015
Smith Theatre

Maxine, a book smart teenager, is caught between her older sister, a wounded soldier who just returned from the war in Iraq, and her ailing grandmother with a flair for American movie musicals.  With the help of her new imaginary friends—Lorelei Lee and Dorothy Shaw from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes—Maxine secretly creates a dating profile for her sister and successfully sets her up with another wounded vet. Life takes a turn when her grandmother announces she'll be ending her life and wants her family to support her final wish by throwing her a good-bye party. With that, Maxine has to grow up fast. Rep Stage is honored to produce this world premiere as part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.

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Secret Monkey Social Club
Jun
15
to Jun 16

Secret Monkey Social Club

  • Dolcezza Gelato Factory (map)
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LUKAS B. SMITH & SHAYNA BLASS' SECRET MONKEY SOCIAL CLUB, RETURNS TO DOLCEZZA GELATO FACTORY & COFFEE LAB ON June 15th, 2015 WITH SPECIAL GUESTS

What: Secret Monkey Social Club, the brainchild of Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer, appearing in Cabaret currently at Signature Theatre), aims to pay homage to the cabarets of decades past with a lounge environment full of drinks and jazz.

Where: Dolcezza Gelato Factory | 550 Penn St NE | Street Parking available.

Food: Featuring savory finger foods from Goldilocks Goodies all night!

Details: Guests will enjoy six new punches prepared by Smith at $9 per pour, and cabaret performances lead by Blass throughout the night.This event is 21+, and there is no door charge.

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Music in the Night
Jun
8
8:00pm 8:00pm

Music in the Night

The 4th Annual Music in the night will be held on Monday, June 8, 2015 at Town Danceboutique. Each year Capital Pride spotlights our local theatre talent and community at this fun filled evening of music and cocktails. Some of your favorite showtunes will be performed and more.

HOSTED BY Joshua Morgan

PERFORMANCES BY:
Shayna Blass
Michael Mainwaring
Bobby Smith
Grant Saunders
Brian McNally
Bridget Lindsenmeyer
Harrison Smith
Bayla Whitten
Farrell Parker
Dorea Schmidt
Jimmy Mavrikes
Ines Nassara
Potomac Fever of the Gay Men's Chorus of Washington, D.C.

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Cabaret
May
12
to Jun 28

Cabaret

Willkommen to the Kit Kat Club, the hottest nightclub in seedy, prewar Berlin; here, life is beautiful.

American writer Cliff Bradshaw travels to Berlin searching for inspiration. He finds it in English club performer Sally Bowles and they begin a torrid affair. However, outside their door, the nazis’ impending rise to power heralds a brutal end to their decadent way of life.

Starring Wesley Taylor (NBC’s Smash, Broadway’s The Addams Family and Rock of Ages) as The Emcee and Barrett Wilbert Weed (Heathers: The Musical) as Sally Bowles.

Featuring the treasured songs “Maybe This Time,” “Willkommen,” “Don’t Tell Mama” and the title song, Kander and Ebb’s Tony Award®-winning masterpiece graces the Signature stage for the first time in twenty years.”A stunning musical…brilliantly conceived.” – The New York Times 

  • Pride Night – June 5, 2015
  • Discussion Nights – May 20 & June 9, 2015


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Secret Monkey Social Club
Mar
23
7:30pm 7:30pm

Secret Monkey Social Club

Lukas B. Smith & Shayna Blass' Secret Monkey Social Club, returns to Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab on March 23, 2015 with special guests

 

What: Secret Monkey Social Club, the brainchild of Lukas B. Smith (currently of Dram & Grain and Jack Rose Dining Saloon, formerly beverage director of Daikaya) and Shayna Blass (actress, singer and dancer, appearing in Passion Play currently at Forum Theater), aims to pay homage to the cabarets of decades past with a lounge environment full of drinks and jazz. 

When: Monday, March 23, 2015

7:30 p.m.

Where: Dolcezza Gelato Factory & Coffee Lab, 550 Penn St. NE, Washington DC 20002

 

Details: Guests will enjoy six new punches prepared by Smith at $9 per pour, and cabaret performances lead by Blass throughout the night. Local talent Navid "Navi" Azeez will provide an opening performance as well. This event is 21+, and there is no door charge.

 

The Drinks: Smith will be joined behind the bar by Dan Searing, co-owner of Room 11 and author of "The Punch Bowl." Searing will prepare a punch and help host the festivities.

 

The following is a portion of Smith's menu thus far:

 

Soirée Not Sorry:

Boyd & Blair

Dolin Blanc

Suze

Turmeric

Toasted Mustard Seed

Lemon

 

Punch a la Romaine (adapted from Tom Bullock's "The Ideal Bartender"):

Mt. Gay Rum

Champagne

Oleo d'Orange

Myrrh-infused Nitro Meringue

 

The Jekyll and Lindbergh:

Avocado-washed Aviation Gin

Scorched Lime Oleo

Génépi Espuma

Kampot Pepper

 

A Song of Experience:

Angel's Envy Bourbon

Cynar

Alvear Montilla

Smoked Pistachio Orgeat

Darjeeling

Lime

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Passion Play
Mar
19
to Apr 11

Passion Play

Mary 2

March 19-April 11, 2015

"Ruhl's biggest, most ambitious effort yet" -New York Times
 
Three communities of players put on the annual Easter story of Christ while navigating the intersection of religion, art, and politics. This boldly inventive play spans three eras: Queen Elizabeth's England,  Hitler's Germany, and Reagan's America. Passion Play is a return to the epic scope of Forum favorites Angels in AmericaScorched, and Mad Forest.

 

Sarah Ruhl - Pulitzer prize finalist, Tony award nominee, MacArthur Fellow - was inspired to write this three-act cycle while reading a childhood book about the traditional passion play performances in Oberammergau, Germany.  Peter Marks, of The Washington Post, calls Ruhl a"fresh and provocative voice that the theatre desperately needs."

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Secret Monkey Social Club
Feb
16
9:00pm 9:00pm

Secret Monkey Social Club

WashingtonPost Going Out Guide by Fritz Hahn:

The Dolcezza Gelato Factory has played host to some of the city's most anticipated pop-ups, including Bad SaintMason Dixie and Timber Pizza. Up next: a monthly mix of cabaret and cocktails.

Secret Monkey Social Club, which launches on Monday, Feb. 16, is a collaboration between singer Shayna Blass and cocktail wizard Lukas B. Smith, designed to evoke "the classic cabaret lounges of the '30s and '40s." 

Smith, who currently bartends at Dram and Grain after spells at Daikaya and the Passenger, plans to whip up a variety of vintage punches, which will sell for $8 a pop. "The idea is to serve punch five ways," he says, with a mix of classic recipes and original creations. Smith thinks serving punches from bowls is more conducive to a party atmosphere than making each drink to order, pointing out that it means "quicker service, and no waiting. Also, no loud shaker-tin filling, and no ice scoops plunging noisily into ice bins."

That lack of clatter should make it easier to enjoy a jazzy trio playing atmospheric instrumentals throughout the evening. For one set, Blass will join the group to perform covers in the vein of Lake Street Dive and Janelle Monae. "I don't necessarily want to stop the party with the performance. That's why I like the Supper Club [format]," Blass says. "It gives people a chance to continue to mingle and drink and/or watch, if the music moves them."

The plan is for Secret Monkey Social Club to return on the third Monday of each month. Admission is free, and no RSVP is needed. Doors open at 9 p.m.

Dolcezza Gelato Factory and Coffee Lab, 550 Penn St. NE. 202-333-4646. www.dolcezzagelato.com.

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Fiddler on the Roof
Jan
4
7:00pm 7:00pm

Fiddler on the Roof

Come see my play Shprintze in Fiddler on the Roof at Arena Stage this holiday season!

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic! More than just a poor milkman, Tevye is a humble Jewish father who finds his devotion to God severely tested by his headstrong daughters, who want to be their own matchmakers, and the increasingly ruthless government forcing him from his land. With a jubilant and masterful score including “If I Were a Rich Man;” “Sunrise, Sunset;” “Matchmaker, Matchmaker” and “Tradition,” Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary makes his Arena debut as Tevye in this celebration of family, community and life’s unexpected miracles, large and small.

More info on the Arena Stage Website!

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