Avant Bard to top off season with eco comedy ‘Hurricane Diane’

Madeleine George's whirlwind play imagines Dionysus returned to earth as Diane, a lesbian permaculture gardener from Vermont.

Arlington’s Avant Bard Theatre will finish its 2023 season with Madeleine George’s tragic comedy, Hurricane Diane. George is well known for her comic prowess as a writer for the popular Hulu series, Only Murders in the Building.

Hurricane Diane focuses on the return of the Greek god Dionysus, disguised as Diane, a lesbian permaculture gardener from Vermont. Her secret mission? To seduce mortal followers in order to return the earth to its natural state. Local DC-area director Stevie Zimmerman makes her Avant Bard debut with this raucous comedy. “I am so excited to have assembled this brilliant cast for my first show with Avant Bard, along with a splendid team of designers,” Zimmerman shared. “I think we are going to bring you a hilarious and thought-provoking production. Hurricane Diane is a whirlwind of a play that will sweep you up in its force field.”

This unconventional comedy pits the Greek god against four New Jersey housewives — hilarity is bound to ensue. “Hurricane Diane is a fantastic reclamation of Greek theater with a scathing commentary of human beings’ relationship to global warming,” said Caro Dubberly, the actor portraying Diane. “As a nonbinary theater artist, I am thrilled and honored with the opportunity to portray such a unique gender-expansive character onstage.”

Hurricane Diane begins previews May 18, 2023, and runs through June 10, 2023, presented by Avant Bard Theatre performing at Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two, 2700 South Lang Street, Arlington, VA. General admission tickets are $40. For tickets and details please visit Avant Bard’s website.

Avant Bard is committed to making theater accessible and affordable. Gunston Arts Center Theatre Two is wheelchair accessible. Additionally, the following performance will feature American Sign Language (ASL) interpretation:

  • Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 2 p.m.

To ensure our audience members who may be immunocompromised can attend the production, there are two dedicated performances that are “mask required”:

  • Friday, June 2, 2023, at 7:30 p.m.
  • Saturday, June 3, 2023, at 2 p.m.

Avant Bard provides students and veterans and service members (and their families) with 50 percent ticket discounts. All previews and Saturday matinees at 2 p.m. are considered Pay What You Can, which means patrons can name their ticket price, with no set minimum and no limit on the number of tickets purchased.

Avant Bard Theatre is an Arlington-based performing arts organization dedicated primarily to producing classic works, both time-tested and contemporary classics; emphasizing a provocative, bold approach in an intimate setting; and training and showcasing the best emerging talent in the region, mentored by seasoned, professional theater artists. Avant Bard’s mission is expressed through its commitment to artistic excellence, collaboration, talent development, and promoting educational and social outreach.


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