Headliners Announced for Summer Hummer: Ménage à Trois, The Bawdy Burlesque to Benefit Taking Care of Our Own

Sandy Bass


Limited Engagement: Monday, August 18 at 8pm, Signature Theatre

Washington, DC – Some of the top names in Washington-area theatre will strut their stuff in Summer Hummer: Ménage à Trois, the beloved and bawdy benefit for theatreWashington’s Taking Care of Our Own. Taking the stage to raise funds that provide emergency assistance to members of the theatre community are such theatre favorites as: Eunice Bae, Evan Casey, Austin Colby, Carolyn Cole, Natascia Diaz, Erin Driscoll, Jamie Eacker, Catie Flye, James Gardiner, Will Gartshore, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Maria Rizzo, Nicholas Rodriguez, Bobby Smith, Stephen Gregory Smith, Nick Vaughn, Lauren Williams, and Sherri L. Edelen in a special video appearance. Performances are at 7:00pm and 9:30pm on Monday, August 18, at Signature Theatre.

The Summer Hummer is directed by Helen Hayes Award recipients Matthew Gardiner and Eric Schaeffer, and choreographed by Helen Hayes Award recipient Karma Camp. “It’s like the Helen Hayes Awards all-stars,” commented theatreWashington President & CEO Linda Levy, noting that the opening number is composed by Chris Youstra, a Helen Hayes Award recipient for Musical Direction. “All I know is that it’s called ‘All Good Things Cum in Threes,’ Levy explained. “Judging from past Summer Hummer performances, that’s probably the tip of the iceberg. Eric and company will deliver an experience that you’ll never forget.”

While details remain top secret until the curtain rises, past history suggests an evening of wild and riotous star turns. “It’s the perfect recipe for a successful benefit,” Levy said. “Start with some sexy, saucy songs, add a burlesque beat, show off some skin, stir – or shake – for 90 minutes, then send the audience home with a smile on their faces. A really, really big smile.”

As performers drop their gloves – and their dignity – audiences help fill the coffers of Taking Care of Our Own. In addition to the Summer Hummer, funding is provided through the Bucket Brigade, hosted by area theatres on a rotating schedule. Together, with individual contributions donated throughout the year, the Summer Hummer and Bucket Brigade have raised more than $100,000 to provide emergency support for members of the theatre community, proving that Washington is a home where theatre artists have the full support of their devoted audiences.

Summer Hummer: Ménage à Trois performances are on Monday, August 18, 2014, at 8pm at Signature Theatre. Tickets are available now at $35 for general admission and $75 for prime reserved seating. Signature Theatre is located in Shirlington Village at 4200 Campbell Avenue, Arlington, VA 22206.


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