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April is National Card and Letter Writing Month – Send a Poem With Your Letter!


Did you know that April is also National Card and Letter Writing Month, sponsored by the United States Postal Service? It’s always a treat to get a letter, but finding a poem in the envelope makes the experience extra special. Next time you send a letter or holiday hello, treat the addressee to a poem as well. You can put a poem directly into the text of your letter or include a type- or handwritten copy in the envelope.

If you’re sick of all the sentiments at your local card shop, you can make your own poetry greeting cards. Find a poem that fits the occasion, or one that you simply enjoy. Photocopy the poem onto colored paper, print a copy from your computer, or just put pen to paper and hand write a copy. Add a collage or some other artwork, or use rubber stamps to decorate the cover. You can also print one of six blank cards offered by Poets.org. Your letter (and poem) will become a treasured memento to the recipient.

What a another wonderful idea from the Academy of American Poets!

Synetic Theater’s “The Taming of the Shrew” – Sensory Stimulation Beyond the Spoken Word



Synetic Theater’s production of The Taming of the Shrew is a MUST SEE!  The company did a sensational job of fusing sound, light, visual, and physical elements as part of its Silent Shakespeare series.  There wasn’t any dialogue throughout the performance, but the story was brilliantly told with the use of authentic and timely sound effects; physical movement; creative choreography; and the incredible acting abilities of each of the characters in the story.  Audiences will be visually stimulated by the eclectic, neon costume designs reflecting the glitzy lifestyle of living in modern-day “Paduawood.”  The high energy of the music; and the diversity in the choreography, engages audiences of all ages.  The sound effects set the tone for each scene and move the story along in the absence of dialogue between the actors.

The Taming of the Shrew is a dark, romantic comedy that explores whether a relationship founded in deceit can turn into true love.  The story opens with Baptiste, a famous fashion designer, at his wife’s funeral with his two daughters.  Baptiste tries to marry off his oldest daughter, Katherine, but no one wants to marry her because she is a shrew – an ill-tempered, scolding woman.  Finally, Baptiste offers a huge cash reward for a man brave enough to marry his daughter.  Petruchio accepts the challenge.  Petruchio diligently attempts to “tame” Katherine throughout the performance.  Is love really possible?

 Synetic – is a combination of the word synthesis – “the coming together of distinct elements to form a whole” and kenetic – “pertaining to, or imparting motion, active…dynamic…”  Synetic Theater offers you “a dynamic synthesis of the arts.”  This art form stimulates all of your senses and draws you into the performance on a totally new level.  Synetic Theater’s attention to the fine details involved in successfully telling a story without dialogue will expand the whole notion of the need for the spoken word.  The performance was absolutely Exquisite!

Dates: March 31 – April 22, 2012, Lansburgh Theatre
Regular Run: Wednesdays – Saturdays 8:00pm, Saturday –‐ Sundays 2:00pm, Sundays 7:30pm
Student Matinee: Wednesday,  April 11 at 11:00am.
Tickets: $43 – 65 regular, student tickets starting at $15. Military, senior and group discounts available.
$35  Preview Performances: March 31 at 2:00pm and 8:00pm

ABOUT SYNETIC THEATER Founded  in 2001 by the husband and wife team of Paata and Irina Tsikurishvili, Synetic  Theater is the region’s premier physical theater fusing dynamic art forms—such as text, drama, movement, acrobatics, dance, and original music. Synetic has received a total of 89 Helen Hayes Award nominations and 21 Awards including for directing, choreography, acting, costume design, and best play.

Lansburgh Theatre, 450 7th Street, NW, Washington, DC
Metro: Archives–‐Navy  Memorial–‐Penn Quarter (Yellow/Green lines) or Gallery Pl–‐Chinatown  (Red/Green/Yellow lines)
Box Office: 202.547.1122 or www.synetictheater.org