Hope Operas Presents Our 2014 Season

District of the DamnedSpine-tingling horror and mystery with a local twist!

5 world premiere plays. 5 worthy causes.

DC’s first and only serialized theatre festival where all the profits go to charities.
Every Monday Night in October a new episode from each play!


Hell is on the Red Line (the Musical)Hell is on the Red Line (the Musical)

One day a new station mysteriously appears between Chinatown and Metro Center: Hell. The damned are sucked off the train; some of the those already in Hell get on the train; the commute is seriously snarled. One brave rider voluntarily steps off the train into Hell to see what it’s really like…

Written and directed by Kathleen Akerley & Séamus Miller
Worthy Cause: The InterPLAYcompany Band


Magic CupcakesMagic Cupcakes

DC’s most popular cupcake shop is owned and operated by two chic young witches with hearts-of-gold. The catch: in order to maintain their youth, beauty and successful business they must serve up a human sacrifice once a year to their crabby landlord… Satan.

Written by Andrew Baughman. Directed by Amy Baska.
Worthy Cause: SOME (So Others Might Eat)


The Curious Case of Veronica PepperpotThe Curious Case of Veronica Pepperpot

Everything seemed pretty normal for the doctoral candidate in archeology… That is until her apartment was burglarized, which can be very unsettling. It’s even more unsettling when the burglars are Cthulhu cultists! Don’t know what the Cthulhu is? You may not want to find out!

Written by Danny Pushkin. Directed by Lynn Sharp Spears.
Worthy Cause: Magnet School and Orphanage, Kenya


The InTell HeartThe inTell Heart

Senator Vestible hires “rookie good ‘ol boy” Brit to control people via their electronic devices for an election win… but when Senator Foyer takes the lead — and devices everywhere go haywire — which of these hacks will control the ensuing chaos?

Written by Kristy Simmons. Directed by Catherine Aselford.
Worthy Cause: Freedom to Read Foundation


The Scottish DetectiveThe Scottish Detective

DC’s Autograph Stage is cursed. Some believe that the heinous crimes & murders occurred there were real, while others say magic was invoked and trickery was afoot. Sergeant Detective Mac Beth was hot on solving the case before his untimely disappearance… perhaps you can help solve the mystery!

Written by Steve Custer & Devin Gaither. Directed by Adam R. Adkins.
Worthy Cause: Hayden’s Heroes


Hope OperasOctober 6, 13, 20, 27 at 8PM

The Comedy Spot in Ballston Mall
4238 Wilson Blvd #3104, Arlington, VA (703) 294-5233

Tickets can purchased at the door for $15 per show or $40 for all four weeks.


Visit www.hopeoperas.com for details

Hope Operas 2014 season flyer (PDF)

Jul 19 2014

Spotlight: Adam R. Adkins

Adam R. Adkins

Adam R. Adkins

Hope Operas District of the Damned Edition Directors Spotlight: Adam R. Adkins. Adam has been working in professional theater for nearly a decade in DC, MD, VA and NY. Recently he has performed in Saving Private Poo for the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival, Morning, Miranda with Doorway Arts Ensemble and The Navigator with Silver Spring Stage’s One Act Festival, winning an Acting Award. He has also performed in R.U.X. for the 2012 Capital Fringe Festival, which won the Audience Award for Best Comedy. Other favorite performances have included Trespassing (Ambassador Theater), Into the Woods: In Concert (Nu Sass), The Walking Fred (Landless Mashup Festival) and Stop Kiss (Silver Spring Stage).  He recently made an appearance in Season 3 of Veep on HBO. His upcoming projects include directing God of Carnage for Silver Spring Stage.

Jul 11 2014

Spotlight: Lynn Sharp Spears

Lynn Sharp Spears

Lynn Sharp Spears

Hope Operas “District of the Damned Edition” Directors Spotlight: Lynn Sharp Spears. Lynn is a director, performer, teacher and designer, who has collaborated with The Kennedy Center, The National Theater, Studio Theater, Source Theater, Washington Shakespeare Company, The Atlas Theater, The Olney Theater, Tobys, Networks and Troika National Touring Companies, The Learning Channel, Discovery, National Geographic and more. Lynn’s artwork is in private collections in the United States, Canada and Australia. She painted and sculpted the entrance to the Pollinarium at The National Zoo, was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to paint a portrait of Archbishop Wood, and has masks on permanent exhibit in the library at Penn State University. Lynn was Artistic Director of Adventure Theater 2002-2003 season, and was the Drama Department Director for Georgetown Prep from 2003-2007. Lynn will direct Danny Pushkin’s Hope Opera this fall.

Jul 03 2014

Spotlight: Catherine Aselford

Catherine Aselford

Catherine Aselford

Catherine Aselford began her career performing in Bus Stop at the Source in 1982, graduating with a BFA from Catholic University two years later. An Actors Center member from the early 1980’s, Catherine served on the AC Board for several years. She has acted or directed at Horizons Theatre; Cherryred Productions; The Shakespeare Theatre; Adventure Theatre; The Center Company; New Works Theatre; Washington Theatre Wing; Notorious Women Productions; and The Georgetown Theatre Company (now GuillotiNe Theatre), of which she is Artistic Director. She has appeared in John Waters’ A DIRTY SHAME, Cherryred’s silent movie TRAPPED BY THE MORMONS (Google it — it’s real!), West Wing, Unsolved Mysteries, America’s Most Wanted and numerous television commercials. Plays she has directed for GuillotiNe Theatre include John Middleton’s The Changeling, Milan Kundera’s Jacques and His Master, Carlo Goldoni’s The Servant of Two Masters and John Morogiello’s BUSHWA, Jack The Ticket Ripper, and Gianni Schicchi. She has directed or produced at least one Capital Fringe Festival show each year from 2006-2011, and is producing/performing in Isis & Vesco Investigate the Curious Death of Dr. Freud for the 2104 Fringe. Catherine will be directing Kristy Simmon‘s Hope Opera this fall.

Jun 18 2014

Spotlight: Steve Custer

Steve Custer

Steve Custer

Hope Operas “District of the Damned Edition” Writers Spotlight: Steve Custer. Steve Custer is a bad mother (shut your mouth) and is also the Associate Artistic Director of Landless Theatre Company, a producing artist at the Capital Fringe Festival, a volunteer Superhero with Children’s National Medical Center, and an Advanced Actor Combatant with the Society of American Fight Directors. His most recent writing credits include the mash-up shows ‘Saving Private Poo’ and ‘The Dark Knightmare Before Christmas’ for LTC’s Annual Mashup Festival. He will be co-producing an extended version of ‘Saving Private Poo‘ at the 2014 Capital Fringe Festival and is polishing off ‘Brokeback to the Future’ for the next LTC Mashup Festival. His one-act play, ‘His and Hearse’, was selected as a best one-act play in the MD State Theatre Festival and he is currently editing his first novel, ‘Shutdown’. This summer he will perform in the Prog Metal Version of Sondheim’s Sweeney Todd with Landless Theatre Company. He will be plotting murder, mystery, and mayhem at Hope Operas this year with his partner in crime Devin Gaither.

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