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About The Great Commedia Hotel Mystery: Faction of Fools Theatre Company, DC’s Commedia dell’Arte theatre company, brings the stunning conclusion their 10th Anniversary Season with this world-premiere production! Mustachioed detectives, zanni bellhops, femme fatales, and more make this one for the books. In the grand tradition of Agatha Christie, Clue, and Sherlock Holmes, this love letter to classic mysteries is not to be missed. Join the Fools for laughter, murder, and mayhem as only the Fools can provide. You'll be guessing “whodunnit” until the very end!
As DC's Commedia dell'Arte theatre company, Faction of Fools Theatre Company’s mission is to entertain, educate and elucidate through the practice and performance of Commedia dell’Arte by bringing productions to the stage infused with Commedia's best attributes: physical discipline, spontaneous imagination, collaborative energy, and joyous wonder. The Fools are the Helen Hayes Awards recipients of the 2012 John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company. Faction of Fools' Producing Artistic Director Paul Reisman serves as playwright and director for The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery. A founding member, Reisman has directed and produced many recent favorites including Henry V, The Cherry Orchard, The Merchant of Venice, and Foolish Fairytales, which he also wrote. He directed and adapted Pinocchio! (nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Production, Theatre for Young Audiences), co-adapted Faction’s acclaimed A Commedia Romeo & Juliet, and has directed and appeared onstage in many other Faction of Fools productions since 2011.
The Great Commedia Hotel Murder Mystery features a multi-talented cast filled with Faction veterans as well as new, exciting players. The merry band of hotel guests, employees, and suspects are portrayed by Tori Boutin (Rorschach Theatre, We Happy Few), Francesca Chilcote (Faction’s The Cherry Orchard; Adventure Theatre, Nu Sass), Colin Connor (Constellation, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), Darius Johnson (Faction's Bravo, Zan Angelo!: The Workshop), Ben Lauer (Faction’s Henry V & Merchant of Venice; Constellation, Ally Theatre Company), Kelsey Painter (Adventure Theatre, Chesapeake Shakespeare Company), Graham Pilato (Faction’s The House with Two Doors; Constellation, The Welders), Kathryn Zoerb (Faction’s The Cherry Orchard & Our Town; Folger Theatre, WSC Avant Bard), and Gallaudet student intern, Chukwudi Kalu. The world of the Hotel MacGuffin is brought to vibrant life by lighting designer Chris Curtis (Faction’s Henry V, The Merchant of Venice; Taffety Punk), costume designer Kitt Crescenzo (Faction’s The Cherry Orchard; Washington National Opera), set designer Bridgid K. Burge (Solas Nua, Silver Spring Stage), original music composition by Jesse Terrill (Faction’s Henry V, The Cherry Orchard; Arena Stage, Constellation) and masks by Aaron Cromie & Tara Cariaso (Faction's Titus Andronicus, The Lady Becomes Him, Hamlecchino, A Commedia Romeo and Juliet). For more information.