Molotov Theatre Group's Inaugural "Disturbatory" Class to Present Terminal Scenes; Country's Second Oldest Grand Guignol Theater Company Spreads Its Warped Perspective on Acting

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Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than by watching Molotov Theatre Group's "Disturbatory" workshop graduates smash, bash, and burn each other after six hard weeks of "honing their craft." The one-time only performance of scenes incorporating the principles of the Grand Guignol French Theatre of Horror is this Saturday, April 11 at 5:00PM at 1409 Playbill Café (1409 14th Street NW, Washington, DC). The "terminal scenes" are free to the public; donations are greatly appreciated.

Spring is in the air, and what better way to celebrate than by watching Molotov Theatre Group's Disturbatory graduates smash, bash, and burn each other after six hard weeks of "honing their craft."

The pay-what-you-can performance is this Saturday, April 11 at 5:00PM at 1409 Playbill Café ( 1409 14th Street NW, Washington, DC). It plays for one performance only and is an informal opportunity for interested and/or sick individuals to see some of their favorite local actors testing the murky waters of The Grand Guignol French Theatre of Horror. Tickets will be available at the door of the theater.

The crash-course intro to Grand Guignol, taught by Molotov Theatre Group founding members Tara Garwood, Lucas Maloney, and Alex Zavistovich, focused on three categories: Acting Grand Guignol, Gore, and Brawling. After lectures and exercises in those areas, students used their new bag of tricks to create the Grand Guignol-spiked scenes to be seen on Saturday. Scene work came from the original scripts of the Grand Guignol as well as contemporary work and Shakespearean adaptations.

"For a pretty slack bunch, I think we really impressed a lot on the class," said Zavistovich. "Whether that impression came from new information or from repeated slaps to the face, I don't know. Either way, there's some pretty twisted stuff going on in those scenes, so I guess it worked. That's why we're great."

Molotov plans to offer similar introductory classes in the future, and also develop more complicated, upper-level offerings. Their next stage production will be a remount of their critically acclaimed Closet Land in the Capital Fringe Festival in July. Molotov is hoping to defend the "Best Overall Show" title, won by their 2008 Capital Fringe Festival production of The Sticking Place.

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 Theatre 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, http://www.myspace.com/molotovtheatre or join the Friends of Molotov Theatre Group on Facebook.

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