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Go Shawty: An Evening of Short Plays

OPENING JUNE 2024: INFO TBA

2024 Calamity: The Show

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon, The Plains, and on tour.

Synopsis:  Comedy Gone Rogue. Unscripted. Unbridled. Undeniably Hilarious.

Core: Rehan Ahmed, Barb Bourgeois, Katie Bull, Tim Byer, Erin Coyne, Trace Hollenbeck, Samantha Mitchell, Natasha Parnian, Nathan Ray, Raju Sharma

Edge: Briane Clarke, Brooke Donald, Jackie Cheng, Scott D. Pafumi, Shannon Lynch, Star Bobatoon

Seasonal: Timothy Burhouse, Kate Grover, Emma Harris

Crew: Natasha Parnian

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WIT FIST (Washington Improv Theatre-Fighting Improv Smackdown Tournament)

Performance: February 9, 2024 at The Studio Theatre in Washington D.C.

Featuring: Katie Bull, Jackie Cheng, Erin Coyne, Raju Sharma, and Barb Bourgeois

Notes: 78 teams competed in the tournament!

The Case of the Melodious Murder Paragon Philharmonia POPS! String Quintet and Dark Horse Theatre Company

Performance: October 14, 2023

The Space at Grace in The Plains, VA

Synopsis: Join us for a night of mystery, murder, and melodies! Experience a unique blend of string quintet music and improv comedy in this hilarious harmonic whodunit. Shape the story and choose the music as you become an active participant in this thrilling evening of suspense, laughter, and musical enigma. Don't miss out on an unforgettable night that will keep you on the edge of your seat!

Notes: Written by Natasha Parnian

Featuring: Barb Bourgeois, Katie Bull, Erin Coyne, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian, Raju Sharma, Jeff Walker

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IMPROVICON 2023

Performance: October 7, 2023 outdoors at the ArtsHerndon Lawnstage

Featuring: Monica Daly (host/judge), Calamity:The Show, FOOLS! Improv Comedy, Home Improv Mints, Unruly Theatre Project

Press: Fairfax Times Feature

Notes: (the) Unruly Theatre Project won the trophy

2023 Calamity: The Show

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon, The Plains, and on tour.

Synopsis:  Part Comedy, Part Improv, Part Theatre ...All Fun

Cast: Katie Bull, Brian Clarke, Erin Coyne, Samantha Mitchell, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian, Raju Sharma

Junior Cast: Timothy Burhouse, Kate Grover, Trace Hollenbeck

Crew: Tina Thayer and Peyton Johnston

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Paragon Philharmonia POPS! Featuring Dark Horse Theatre Company

Performance: February 11, 2023

The Vault at Capital One Hall

Synopsis: Chamber music meets improv comedy in this unique theatrical concert experience. Paragon Philharmonia's String Quintet sets the scene with music from Mozart to Metallica while Dark Horse’s players tell the story of a romance like no other. Come for the music, stay for the laughs - the choices are in your hands!

Featuring: Samantha Mitchell, Raju Sharma, Diane Ross, Hannah Coyne, Scott D. Pafumi, and Natasha Parnian

IMPROVICON 2022

Performance: May 7, 2022 at The Alden Theatre in McLean, VA

Featuring: Pete Bergen (host/judge), Calamity Improv, FOOLS! Improv Comedy, Home Improv Mints, Unruly Theatre Project, and The Pundemics

Notes: (the) Unruly Theatre Project won the trophy

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2022 Calamity Improv

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon, The Plains, and on tour.

Synopsis:  Improv, sketch comedy, and classical theatre collide in this Wild West Show. It's like Whose Line is it Anyway meets SNL in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Cast: Brian Clarke, Hannah Coyne, Ken Gilfillan, Kate Grover, Samantha Mitchell, Dawn Nguyen, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian, Diane Ross, Raju Sharma

Notes: Launched Scriptless Gulch

Twelfth Night en masque

Performance: April 24-25 (Herndon) and May 1-2, 2021 (Herndon) at 5pm. PWYC Preview Fri 4/23 at 7:30pm (Herndon). Also playing The Plains, VA Sat 5/8 and Sun 5/9 2021 at 5pm.

Division: Herndon Community Arts Lab

Venue: The ArtsHerndon Lawn Stage and the Grace Episcopal Church courtyard

Synopsis: An abridged, outdoor, and socially distant Twelfth Night for the COVID times. It asks, what will happen if the steps to the dance of our day to day are changed?

Cast: Emma Harris, Jake Swery, Raju Sharma, Genaro Mejia, Scott D. Pafumi, Lisa Hill-Corley, Ken Gilfillan, Lulu Megahed, Yaliek Miranda, Tommy Maxson, Ryen Weston, Jenna Ainge, Kelly Grover, Roland Lamoureax, Maura Lawton The Plains Tour additions: Trace Hollenbeck and Celia Cooley

Directors: Sarah Akers and Natasha Parnian

Technical Director: Scott D. Pafumi

Assistant Director/ Choreographer: Izzi Hollenbeck

Stage Manager: David Wrigley

Production Assistants: Celia Cooley and Peyton Johnston

Presented by: ArtsHerndon in Association with Dark Horse Theatre Company

Press: Patch Article

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A Conversation Through the Bathroom Door By Amy Dellagiarino

A Conversation Through the Bathroom Door By Amy Dellagiarino

Performance: November 7th, 2020 at 8:00pm EST livestreamed on Zoom

Synopsis: A young couple attempts to reevaluate their marriage in the wake of a personal tragedy. A seriocomedy about grief, FaceTime, and the dangers of too much red wine.

Cast: Amy Dellagiarino, Monnie Aleahmad, Amy Benson

Director: Natasha Parnian

Notes: World Premiere

Press: MD Theatre Guide Review

Video: Full production and post-show Q&A

A Midsummer Night's Dream or
A Mid-Social Night's Distance 
By William Shakespeare and Adapted by Scott D. Pafumi

Performance: October 10-11 and October 17-18, 2020 at 5pm. 1pm matinee on 10/17, 2pm matinee on 10/18.

Division: Herndon Community Arts Lab

Venue: The ArtsHerndon Lawn Stage

Synopsis: An abridged, outdoor, and socially distant Midsummer for the COVID times.

Cast: Jenna Ainge, Star Bobatoon, Gaby Bradley, Ava Deutschman, Ken Gilfillan, Kelly Grover, Emma Harris, Izzi Hollenbeck, Trace Hollenbeck, Nailah Hunter, Roland Lamoureux, Andrew Landrum, Leandra Lynn, Tommy Maxson, Genaro Mejia, Yali Miranda, Angelina Morris, Charlotte Olsen, Paul Olsen, Scott D. Pafumi, Daniella Pepelko, Raju Sharma, Adam Solomon, Jake Swery, Natalie Tubia, Allison Turkel, Ryen Weston

Director: Natasha Parnian

Technical Director: Scott D. Pafumi

Stage Managers: Peyton Johnston, Lulu Megahed, Meena Megahed

Costumes: Hannah Clements, Chloe Thompson

Notes: Presented by ArtsHerndon, Video Recording available through HCTV,   What to expect at this production (COVID-19 protocols

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2021 Calamity Improv

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon and The Plains.

Synopsis:  Improv, sketch comedy, and classical theatre collide in this Wild West Show. It's like Whose Line is it Anyway meets SNL in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Cast: Sarah Akers, Brian Clarke, Hannah Coyne, Ken Gilfillan, Kate Grover, Samantha Mitchell, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian, Diane Ross, Raju Sharma

Crew: Peyton, Johnston, Natasha Parnian

Notes: Expanded Scriptless Gulch

Spirit Seekers By Amy Dellagiarino

Spirit Seekers by Amy Dellagiarino

(this play was written specifically for virtual performance)

Performance: July 25th 8pm livestreamed on Zoom

Synopsis: An amateur group of ghost hunters camps out in the haunted and infamous Hunterville House only to end up encountering more then they bargained for. A fast-paced comedy for online theatre filled with laughs, ghosts, and face paint.

Cast: Arianne' Warner, Ken Giflillan, Arden DiManno, Audra Jacobs

Director: Natasha Parnian

Notes: Debut play of the Dark Horse Rogue Runner Series.

Press: DC Metro Theater Arts preview

Video: Full production and post-show Q&A

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Rogue Runner Virtual Entertainment Series

Plays: Spirit Seekers by Amy Dellagiarino

A Conversation Through the Bathroom Door by Amy Dellagiarino

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Video Shorts: Potty Mom

2020 Calamity Improv

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon, The Plains, Delaplane, and Warrenton.

Synopsis:  Improv, sketch comedy, and classical theatre collide in this Wild West Show. It's like Whose Line is it Anyway meets SNL in The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly!

Cast: Sarah Akers, Star Bobatoon, Sarah Cotrill, Hannah Coyne, Ken Gilfillan, Brittani Hall, Tim King, Joe Mayes, Samantha Mitchell, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian, Justin Sumblin

Crew: Brittani Hall, Natasha Parnian

Notes: Began including long form, The Calamity Band, and outdoor performances.

Press: Patch Article

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The Laramie Project: Ten Years Later By Members of the Tectonic Theatre Project

Performances: January 3rd-25th 2020 at Grace in The Plains.

Cast: Star Bobatoon, Matthew Butcher, Celia Cooley, Ken Gilfillan, Nailah Hunter, Cheryl Lane, Kimberly Kemp, Marcia Markey, Angie Mirae, Samantha Mitchell, Ricardo Padilla, Cary Reese, Brandy Smith, Matt Thomas, Allison Turkel

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Sarah Akers, Audra Jacobs, Peyton Johnston

Notes: DC Area Premiere

Press: DC Metro Theater Arts Preview, DC Metro Theater Arts Review, DC Theatre Scene Reviewélan Magazine feature

No Exit By Jean-Paul Sartre

Performances: August 16th-September 14th 2019 at Artspace Herndon and Grace in The Plains.

Cast: Scott D. Pafumi, Jane Steffen, Arianne' Warner, Skye Lindberg (Herndon), Natasha Parnian (The Plains)

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Peyton Johnston, Matt Thomas

Notes: Performed in the round, featured Valet secret handshake

Press: DC Metro Theater Arts Preview, Connection Newspapers Preview, Middleburg Mystique PreviewDC Metro Theater Arts Review, DC Theatre Scene Review

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IMPROVICON 2019 Showcase Round

Performance: November 15th, 2019 at 1st Stage Tysons in Tysons, VA.

Featuring: Jack Reda (host), Calamity Improv, FOOLS! Improv Comedy, Home Improv Mints, Last Ham Standing, Unruly Theatre Project, Unscripted DC

Notes: Event sold out before the day of the performance.

Press: élan Magazine feature

IMPROVICON 2019 Trophy Round

Performance: June 29th, 2019 at the Theatre on the Green at Vint Hill in Warrenton, VA.

Featuring: Jack Reda (host and judge), Calamity Improv, FOOLS! Improv Comedy, Home Improv Mints, Stagecoach Bandits, Unscripted DC

Notes: Calamity Improv won the trophy

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The Value of Moscow By Amy Dellagiarino

Performances: April 12th-May 11th 2019 at Artspace Herndon and Grace in The Plains.

Cast: Sarah Akers, Jessie Burns, Catherine Gilbert, Andrew Farms, Ricardo Padilla

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Peyton Johnston, Matt Thomas

Notes: East Coast Premiere. Playwright Amy Dellagiarino attended closing night in Herndon and participated in post-show Q&A with cast, crew, and audience. Became published shortly after this production. Our production included in published edition of play.

Press: Piedmont Lifestyle Magazine Feature, Connection Newspapers PreviewDC Metro Theater Arts Review, DC Theatre Scene Review, Onstage Blog Review

Craving For Travel By Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg

Performances: January 4th-26th 2019 (held over for 1 weekend) at Grace in The Plains.

Cast: Arianne' Warner and Jay Tilley

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Peyton Johnston, Matt Thomas, Janalee Coxwell

Notes: Regional Premiere. Playwrights Greg Edwards and Andy Sandberg (Tony Award Winner) attended closing night and participated in post-show Q&A with cast, crew, and audience.

Press: Fauquier Times Feature, DC Metro Theater Arts Review, Onstage Blog Review, Company Short Promo Video

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2018-2019 Calamity Improv

Performances: Monthly and bi-monthly performances in Herndon, The Plains, Delaplane, and Warrenton.

Cast: Sarah Akers, Star Bobatoon, Jessie Burns, Sarah Cotrill, Brittani Hall, Judi Laganga, Tim King, Joe Mayes, Samantha Mitchell, Scott D. Pafumi, Natasha Parnian-Farms, David Sturdevant, Justin Sumblin

Crew: Brittani Hall, Natasha Parnian

Notes: Group debuted in December of 2018. Shows consisted of strictly short form improv games.

Press: Fauquier Times EditorialMiddleburg Life Feature

Sunday's Child By Jennifer S. Jones

Performances: Show was canceled the week prior to opening due to cast emergency

Cast: Anne Kight-Lloyd, Ivan Zizek, Arianne' Warner, Cameron Clarke

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Tiara Hairston, Aerika Sax

Notes: Company had just relocated to Fauquier from DC

Press: Piedmont Lifestyle Magazine Editorial, Bristow Beat Feature, Fauquier Times Preview, YouTube Teaser Video

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Mr. Marmalade By Noah Haidle

Performances: October 15th-30th 2010 at the DC Arts Center

Cast: Rebecca Vail, Derek Yale, J. W. Crump, Rachel Gray, Amanda Spellman, Timothy R. King, Dannielle Hutchinson, Brian J. Hoyle

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Katie Chernowetz, Aerika Sax

Notes: Our final production in Adams Morgan before relocating to Northern Virginia

Press: DC Theatre Scene Review

Oleanna by David Mamet

Performances: June 4th-19th 2010 at the DC Arts Center

Cast: Arianne' Warner and Doug Mattingly

Crew: Natasha Parnian, Sarah Kamins, Eric Wells

Notes: Dark Horse debut production

Press: Connection Newspaper FeatureDC Theatre Scene Review, ShowBizRadio DC Review

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