Molotov Theatre Group Wins "Best Overall" Award at 2008 Capital Fringe; Audience Showers Gooey Outpouring of Support on Show Wrong-Headedly Called "Gratuitous," "Sophomoric" and "Disappointing"

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Proving definitively that there's no accounting for taste, Molotov Theatre Group's thrill-kill sexual bloodplay comedy "The Sticking Place" jumped right over all the sub-categories to win the audience Pick of the Fringe award for Best Overall at the Capital Fringe Festival (http://www.capfringe.org). The announcement was made on July 26, at the conclusion of Fringe festivities in Washington DC

Proving definitively that there's no accounting for taste, Molotov Theatre Group's thrill-kill sexual bloodplay comedy "The Sticking Place" jumped right over all the sub-categories to win the audience Pick of the Fringe award for Best Overall at the Capital Fringe Festival (http://www.capfringe.org). The announcement was made on July 26, at the conclusion of Fringe festivities.

Molotov Theatre Group is America's second-oldest Grand Guignol theatre. The company won recognition in the category of "Best Comedy" at the 2007 Capital Fringe Festival for its debut original production "For Boston."

"This is a particularly sweet F.U. to some pin-headed critics and dusty old-school theatre geeks who shat all over the show for being gratuitous, sophomoric and disappointing," said Molotov's Producing Artistic Director Lucas Maloney. "From now on, those three words will be in our mission statement, and tattooed on our ass cheeks."

"We'll shed a few tears about failing to impress the increasingly irrelevant pilot fish on our particular brand of shark while we're polishing up our Best Overall award," said Maloney, adding, "an award which, by the way, we're going to keep right next to last year's award for Best Comedy. So suck it, wimps."

Molotov's next production will be the full-length play "Closet Land," scheduled for November 14, 2008 through December 16, 2008 at the 1409 Playbill Café, 1409 14th Street, NW, in Washington.

"For people who absolutely need to have some deeper meaning in their theatre, there might be some in Closet Land if you squint a little," said Maloney. "If you just want 90 minutes of squirming uncomfortably in your seats, we got that, too."

About Molotov Theatre Group:
Founded in 2007, The Molotov Theatre Group is dedicated to preserving and exploring the aesthetic of the Grand Guignol, or French Theater of Horror. The Group will strive to accomplish this in two ways:
1) Through its ongoing project, "Grand Guignol DC," to produce English translations of original Grand Guignol scripts to preserve and draw attention to this important, and essentially forgotten genre; and
2) To apply ideal from the Grand Guignol to contemporary and classic works.

The Molotov Theater Group will pursue these goals following the Grand Guignol models of employing a resident company of artists and working towards building a true rotating repertoire of plays. To our knowledge, no other company in the world is working to maintain this genre in such a traditional way. For more information, visit http://www.molotovtheatre.com or http://www.myspace.com/molotovtheatre.

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