Synetic Theater’s mission is to be the premier American physical theater, fusing dynamic art forms — such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance and music — by producing world-class theater for all ages, educating the next generation of artists and physical theater professionals, and promoting this distinct form of theater nationally and internationally through community outreach and touring programs.

 

This #ThrowbackThursday, we remember our 2009 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play. 

This #ThrowbackThursday, we remember our 2009 production of A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which won the Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Ensemble, Resident Play. 

Get a sneak peek at the first rehearsal for “The Island of Dr. Moreau”

Rehearsals have officially started for Synetic’s upcoming production The Island of Dr. Moreau, opening this October, and if the first rehearsal is any indication - the Synetic team has a lot in store for its audience.

After an informal meet-and-greet at the Synetic Studio, the production team presented their visions for the set, lighting, costumes, sound and visual effects of the show.

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Synetic’s adaptation of The Island of Dr. Moreau will take place in the future, lending the staging to a futuristic, sci-fi ambiance that will show through the set, sound, costumes and visual effects.

First on the itinerary was the set that was referred to as Synetic’s “most abstract set so far.” A bold statement considering they have previously flooded the stage with water in The Tempest, the small-scale model of the set shows a diagonal, grid-like metallic structure made of teardrop shaped loops.

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Ben Cunis, the show’s fight choreographer, showed a life-size example of one of these metal loops that will be used in rehearsal for the actors to practice climbing on. The set will complimented by Riki Kim’s projection design and Brittany Diliberto’s lighting design which will help the jungle and other settings come to life.

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The sound design of the show created by Thomas Sowers will feature background sounds for an outdoor jungle setting, and the interior noises in Dr. Moreau’s laboratory.

Synetic’s Resident Composer Konstantine Lortkipanidze played some samples of music that he has composed for the show, which he has uploaded to his SoundCloud account. Click here to get a preview!

The performers were very excited when the initial costume designs were unveiled. Sketches of futuristic costumes included several ideas for hybrid animal-humans that combine animal likeness with sci-fi elements.

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Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili discussed her vision for the choreography and physicality of the characters. The story, in part, focuses on animals forced to walk on two legs and become “civilized,” and Irina mentioned a main focus of her choreography to create a sense of yearning in the animals to return to walking on four legs. The choreography will also show transformations in each of the animal experiments, from the jungle beasts that they originate as, to the brainwashed, humanized products of Dr. Moreau’s mad science.

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Paata Tsikurishvili, Synetic’s founding artistic director, who will direct and star as the title character, Dr. Moreau, gave his final statement that the show will be a fusing of multiple art forms, true to Synetic’s mission.

Synetic Theater is thrilled to see several company members involved in this summer’s Capital Fringe festival!

The shows include:

Memories of love, lust, loss and confusion in Dream Love: A Physical Play - created by company members Robert Bowen Smith, Ryan Tumulty and Tori Bertocci.

Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 7 p.m. at The Shop, 607 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Read The Washington Post’s review of Dream Love here!

A silent, visual adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea” The Old Man Never Let It Go - written, directed and starring Hector Reynoso.

Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 7:45 p.m. at Atlas-Lab II, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Read theWashington City Paper’s review of The Old Man Never Let It Go here!

The Greek tragedy of Antigone is set against the backdrop of a city in B*tch: A Play About Antigone - featuring Rachael Jacobs.

Wednesday, July 23 - 6:45 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 8:15 p.m. at Fort Fringe, Redrum, 612 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Click here to read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Bitch!

Live percussion and physical storytelling to convey the sounds and wide spaces of the American Southwest in Blue Moon/ Red River - featuring Janine Baumgartner.

Friday, July 25 - 7:45 p.m. & Sunday, July 27 - 6:15 p.m. at Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Blue Moon/Red River here!

A son seeking to avenge his father’s death, a woman with no way out and a slacker looking to finally prove himself meet in The Tournament - featuring Peter Pereyra.

Saturday, July 26 - 8:45 p.m. at The Sprenger Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Read the review of The Tournament in DC Metro Theatre Arts here!

A woman refuses to remain in cultural, gender based stereotypes in Coriolanas - directed by Elena Velasco.

Wednesday, July 23 - 8:30 p.m. & Saturday, July 26 - 2:15 p.m. at Lang Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE Washington, DC 20002

Read DC Metro Theatre Arts’ review of Coriolanas here!

Self-appreciation is explored as a form of expression in SELF - created and performed by Tori Bertocci and Pasquale Guiducci with Jessica Thorne, Konstantine Lortkipanidze, Brittany Diliberto and Dallas Tolentino.

Thursday, July 24 - 10 p.m. & Sunday, July 27 - 4:15 p.m. at The Shop - 607 NY Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about Self here!

A drama about labor union organizing in Sage of Blackwell - starring Synetic House Manager Steve Langley.

Saturday, July 26 - 3:15 p.m. at the Goethe Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington DC

Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about the show here!

They’re back!Puck and the gang are back in rehearsal preparing for a tour to Mexico for the 10th edition of Festival Internacional, presented by Instituto Chihuahuense de La Cultura. Our award-winning wordless Shakespeare production will be performed at Teatro De Los Heros in Chihuahua on August 13 at 8 pm and at Teatro Victor Hugo Rascon Banda in Juarez on August 15 at 7 pm.Stay tuned for details as we head south of the border this summer!

They’re back!

Puck and the gang are back in rehearsal preparing for a tour to Mexico for the 10th edition of Festival Internacional, presented by Instituto Chihuahuense de La Cultura. Our award-winning wordless Shakespeare production will be performed at Teatro De Los Heros in Chihuahua on August 13 at 8 pm and at Teatro Victor Hugo Rascon Banda in Juarez on August 15 at 7 pm.

Stay tuned for details as we head south of the border this summer!

Anonymous asked
You guys should talk to Ben or Philip or Vato or Alex or any of the synetic people about having a fitness channel on Youtube with like workouts and cardio routines and fitness tips and tricks. I think it would get a lot of traffic, because everyone at Synetic is so in shape.

You read our minds! We have a shoot scheduled already to create a few fitness videos - they will be coming your way in August! Stay tuned!

This #TBT, we look back to Dante’s Divine Comedy in 2009, starring Ben Cunis as Dante and Greg Marzullo as Virgil. DC Theatre Scene called our production of Dante the “best Synetic ever”

This #TBT, we look back to Dante’s Divine Comedy in 2009, starring Ben Cunis as Dante and Greg Marzullo as Virgil. DC Theatre Scene called our production of Dante the “best Synetic ever”

Synetic Box Office Manager Marie Benzie’s Directing Debut in Montgomery Playhouse One Act Festival

Maria Benze, Synetic Theater’s box office manager, will make her directorial debut July 19, directing the one act Weavers in the Montgomery Playhouse One Act Festival.

Rooted in the mythology of the Three Fates, Weavers tells the story of Candace, Clotho, and a cat named Sam. Candace has grown up in a dying farming community and wants to leave, and Clotho has dreams in which she recalls weaving with two women whom she refers to as her sisters. All this is observed by Sam, Candace’s cat.

Weavers by Evan Guilford-Blake, will feature music by Koki Lortkipanidze, and performances from Meghan Williams Elkins, Avery Florer, Luba Hansen, Kryss Lacovaro, Danny C. Miller and Sonya Okin.

Dates/Times:

Saturday, July 19, 8 p.m.

Friday, July 25, 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 27, 2 p.m.

The show runs approximately 20 minutes is the first in a lineup of four one-act plays. Following Weavers are H.R, Goode Grief, and Fight or Flight.

For more information on the Thirteenth Annual Montgomery Playhouse One Act Festival, click here.

To purchase tickets, click here

#TBT, this Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our 2008 production of Carmen, starring Irina Tsikurishvili who also took home the Helen Hayes award for outstanding choreography.

#TBT, this Throwback Thursday is dedicated to our 2008 production of Carmen, starring Irina Tsikurishvili who also took home the Helen Hayes award for outstanding choreography.

Synetic Company Members Participate in Capital Fringe Festival

Synetic Theater is proud to see several of our company members involved in this summer’s Capital Fringe festival. Capital Fringe is an 18 day theater festival throughout the Washington, DC area that hosts over 145 productions. Synetic company members are involved in the creation and execution of seven shows: Dream Love: A Physical Play, The Old Man Never Let It Go, Bitch: A Play About Antigone, Blue Moon/ Red River, The Tournament, Coriolanas, and SELF

(7/10-7/26)Dream Love: A Physical Play is directed by Synetic company member Ryan Tumulty (The Tempest), and stars company members Robert Bowen Smith (The Picture of Dorian Gray) and Tori Bertocci (A Midsummer Night’s Dream).

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In the production, six characters dance, leap and tumble their way through a surreal wash of past and present. Memories of love, lust, loss and confusion blend together through a combination of text, music and heightened movement. Where there once were six loving relationships, there now lays a bad land of distrust, anger and loneliness, all due to a single moment in time. The show runs approximately 50 minutes.

Venue:

The Shop - 607 New York Ave NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Dates/Times:

Thursday, July 10 - 8 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 - 12 p.m.

Friday, July 18 - 8 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 - 10 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 - 7 p.m.

Dream Love runs approximately 60 minutes and is recommended for adults only.

Read The Washington Post's review of Dream Love here!

(7/10-7/26) The Old Man Never Let It Go is a production written, directed by, and starring Synetic company member Hector Reynoso (Hamlet), and is a silent, visual adaptation of “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway. The production is a one-man show, featuring music by Synetic’s Resident Composer Koki Lortkipanidze, and explores a personal battle between life and death.

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Venue:

Atlas-Lab II, 1333 H Street, NE, Washington, DC, 20002

Dates/Times:

Thursday, July 10 - 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 - 2:30 p.m. 

Friday, July 18 - 8 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23 - 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 - 7:45 p.m.

The Old Man Never Let It Go runs approximately 45 minutes and is appropriate for all ages.

Read the Washington City Paper's review of The Old Man Never Let It Go here, and The Washington Post's review here!

(7/11-7/26) Bitch: A Play About Antigone is a play from Massachusetts-based playwright Andy Boyd, directed by New York-based Julia Sears, performed in its DC premiere in our Nation’s Capital. The Greek tragedy of Antigone is set against the backdrop of a city like DC and a country like the US of A. Bitch features Rachael Jacobs, recently in Synetic’s The Picture of Dorian Gray.

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Venue:

Fort Fringe, Redrum, 612 L Street NW, Washington, DC, 20001

Dates/Times:

Friday, July 11 - 8:15 p.m.
Saturday, July 12 -  3:15 p.m.
Friday, July 18 - 11:45 p.m.
Wednesday, July 23 - 6:45 p.m.
Saturday, July 26 - 8:15 p.m. 

Bitch runs approximately 95 minutes and is recommended for adults only.

Click here to read DC Metro Theatre Arts' review of Bitch!

(7/11-7/27)Blue Moon/Red River is a collaboration between the Jane Franklin Dance and Tom Teasley Percussion that features Synetic company member Janine Baumgartner (Twelfth Night) as one of the dancers.

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The production fuses live percussion and physical storytelling to convey the sounds and wide spaces of the American Southwest. Blue Moon/Red River features live, original percussion music from Tom Teasley and 11 dancers against an animated video backdrop.

Venue:

Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, 1333 H Street NE, Washington DC 20002

Dates/Times:

July 11 - 6 p.m.

July 13 - 4:15 p.m.

July 18 - 6 p.m.

July 25 - 7:45 p.m.

July 27 - 6:15 p.m.

Blue Moon/Red River runs approximately 50 minutes and is appropriate for all ages.

Read DC Metro Theatre Arts' review of Blue Moon/Red River here!

(7/11-7/26)The Tournament is a production from Live Action Theatre by Kyle Encinas and directed by Lex Davis. The show tells the story of a son seeking to avenge his father’s death, a woman with no way out and a slacker looking to finally prove himself. These three will put their bodies on the line against fighters from around the world.  Who will triumph? Who will fall?

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The Tournament’s cast includes Peter Pereyra, recently seen in Synetic Theater’s Jekyll & Hyde in 2012.

Venue:

The Sprenger Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center

1333 H St NE, Washington, DC 20002

Dates/Times:

Friday, July 11 - 6 p.m.

Sunday, July 13 - 1:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 - 6:15 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 - 7:15 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22 - 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 - 8:45 p.m.

The Tournament runs approximately 70 minutes and is recommended for those ages 13 and up.

Read the review of The Tournament in DC Metro Theatre Arts here!

(7/12-7/26)Coriolanas, based on the Shakespeare war tragedy and directed by Synetic Camp Director and drama teacher Elena Velasco, tells the story of Roman leader Caius Marcius Coriolanus. As friends become foes, this lonely dragon enters a hunt that could empower all… or none.

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Venue:

Lang Atlas Performing Arts Center, 1333 H St NE Washington, DC 20002

Dates/Times:

Saturday, July 12 - 6 p.m.

Thursday, July 17 - 6:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 19 - 12:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 23 - 8:30 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 - 2:15 p.m.

Coriolanas runs approximately 80 minutes and is recommended for those ages 13 and up.

Read DC Metro Theatre Arts' review of Coriolanas here!

(7/12-7/27)SELF is a production from relEASE, created, choreographed and performed by Tori Bertocci and Pasquale Guiducci (The Tempest). Other participants in SELF include Jessica Thorne, Syentic Resident Composer Koki Lortkipanidze, Brittany Diliberto (Three Men in a Boat) as the lighting designer and photographer, and Dallas Tolentino (Twelfth Night) as the cinematographer.

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The production explores self-appreciation as a form of expression. When we’re young, most never inquire, “Do I love myself?” Self invites and challenges the audience to explore the difference between constructive and destructive love.

Venue:

The Shop - 607 NY Ave NW, Washington, DC 20001

Dates/Times:

Saturday, July 12 - 8 p.m.

Tuesday, July 15 - 6:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 17 - 8:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 - 12:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 24 - 10 p.m.

Sunday, July 27 - 4:15 p.m.

Self runs approximately 60 minutes and is recommended for those ages 13 and up.

Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about Self here!

(7/18-7/26) Sage of Blackwell is a drama about labor union organizing and the toll it takes on the workers and company, starring Synetic House Manager Steve Langley.

Sage of Blackwell tells the story of Runyon Law, who returns home from Korea to become a union activist and leader. After producing big contracts he must deal with big challenges, at the cost of family life and love.

Venue:

Goethe Institut, 812 7th St NW, Washington DC

Dates/Times:

Friday, July 18 - 9:45 p.m.

Sunday, July 20 - 5:15 p.m.

Saturday, July 26 - 3:15 p.m.

Sage of Blackwell runs about 75 minutes and is recommended for adults only.

Read what DC Theatre Scene had to say about the show here

About Fringe:

Capital Fringe is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded in 2005 that infuses energy into performing arts in the Washington, DC region. The annual theater festival gives approximately 60% of its ticket revenue to participating artists, and has generated over $1.5 million in revenue in its previous eight years. For eighteen days in July, Fringe will feature over 145 productions. Tickets for each production cost $17 for individual tickets, plus a one-time purchase of a $5 fringe button. Multi-Show Passes range from $30 to $350. To purchase tickets and for more information, visit CapitalFringe.org or call 1.866.811.4111

#TBT This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to Animal Farm, directed by Synetic founder and Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili in 2007.

#TBT This Throwback Thursday is dedicated to Animal Farm, directed by Synetic founder and Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili in 2007.