Rabble Crew Productions presents an outdoor, immersive production of What Are the Odds?, an original play by cofounder Madeline Farrington, from June 9 to 25 at The Perch Performance Space and Private Trails System in the woods near Accokeek, Maryland.
About What Are the Odds?
Some days are better than others, and today is well, sort of, mostly Clara’s lucky day! If she can just avoid getting arrested for peeing in the park and being dragged down by the liberal industrial complex, Clara is out to save the world!
She’s riding bikes through the city with her boyfriend when she finds out just what an impact a knock on the noggin can have. The sky’s the limit if she manages to get out of bed again. Maybe even if she doesn’t.
What Are the Odds? is an immersive experience set in the luscious woods of Accokeek, Maryland. The audience will travel with the cast to three sites along an accessible trail system as Clara moves through three formative times in her wild life. (Mobility scooter and rollator available for anyone who needs them.) Come early to picnic, just soak in the woods, or participate in a protest art build. The show is entirely outdoors and goes on in sunshine or light rain.
This show was workshopped with a reading at the Kennedy Center’s Page-to-Stage Festival. Parts of this play were originally performed in the Maryland One Act Festival (“How Much Is Shipping?”) and How to… Sex Education: 8 One Acts in 2 Weekends at DCAC (“Hardcore Normcore”).
About Rabble Crew Productions
Rabble Crew Productions was founded in the wake of Occupy DC’s eviction from McPherson Square, when Kelly Canavan/Madeline Farrington worked with other Occupyers and her sister Emily to produce her first show, McPherson Madness, in the 2013 Capital Fringe Festival. Rabble Crew subsequently produced a slew of Farrington’s shows as an enduring theater sisters partnership. The company only produces shows in accessible venues and embraces flexible casting and team members of all ages, appearances, orientations, gender identities, disability statuses, experience levels, etc.
Emily Canavan (Director) With Rabble Crew: directed Writing Miss Clark’s Résumé and Glory Us, and acted in McPherson Madness, Woman Up, How Much Is Shipping?, and Cosplay. She’s directed one acts for various festivals throughout the DMV. Emily also loves to act and has been on stage with King’s Players (DCMTA Favorite Performance, 2015 Capital Fringe Honors for MacWHAT?!), Thunderous Productions, DC Women’s Theatre Group, Selah City Urban Theater, and The Castaways Repertory Theatre. Emily is thrilled to be back in the director’s chair for What Are the Odds?
Madeline Farrington (Playwright, Macy) explores why activists and families do strange things. Produced plays include McPherson Madness, Writing Miss Clark’s Résumé, Woman Up, How Much Is Shipping?, Glory Us, That Part Is True, and Cosplay. She’s collaborated with Liberated Muse, TMD Theater, and Next Day Theater, and acted with Theater Alliance, Thunderous Productions, and Hard Bargain Players, and at Katsucon 2019. She’s a lifetime local, mother, disabled former teacher, community organizer, and farmer.
Autumn Butler (Clara) performed as part of the original/touring cast of A Heroes’ Tale between 2011 and 2019, in Dry Bones, and a recent reading of Wednesdays in Mississippi. Pipeline Playwrights recently featured one of her shorts in a New Voices series. She is a writer, artist, and advocate.
Preshona Ambri (Dream Clara) is an edu-activist with Sankofa Homeschool Collective, decolonizing herself and grade-school curriculum from the inside out:) A passionate teacher, organizer, performer and content creator, Preshona believes in education being relevant, fun, self-disciplined and, above all: helpful to living a content, aware and fulfilling life.
Harvey Fitz (Ike), a lifelong resident of the DC area with a BA in Mass Communications: Radio & Television Production, is a freelance photographer, theatrically trained actor, producer, author, and spoken word artist. In 2017 he developed and began hosting Poetic Vibes Open Mic, a safe space platform. It was the subject of a 2018 Georgetown University documentary that won the Beeck Center Social Impact & Innovation Award. In 2020, Harvey created and curated the Black to The Future Festival in historic Anacostia, bringing together 100 Black-owned businesses, epicureans, authors, and artists to promote and sell their goods and brands to1,000+ attendees. Harvey’s critically acclaimed debut book, To Haiku’m It May Concern, a volume of haikus, won him a DMV Renaissance Award for best author. He is the most nominated person in DMV Renaissance Award history and was crowned King of Haiku at the first ever Haiku Verzuz Championship in 2022.
Imaan Khan (Dreama) is a 2022 graduate of The TheatreLab’s Honors Conservatory. She has performed in The Roommate (Sharon), Khwaja Hamzah Saif’s short film Daydreams (Protagonist), Pride and Prejudice (Kitty Bennet), and (the still ongoing show) Imaan Khan’s Life Story (Girl Who Says “I’m Okay, Everything Is Fine,” While Not Being Okay And Nothing Is Fine/Woman Who Thinks She Is Quirky And Funny But Really Isn’t.) This is her first show with Rabble Crew Productions.
Timothy R. King (Leaf) is an actor/writer/director/teacher. Favorite roles include Frank N Furter in Rocky Horror, Hedwig (not the owl), and Lady Macbeth. He will be seen as Magaldi in Evita at Fauquier Community Theatre in September.
Rebekah D. Mason (Cris) fights so seniors have access to quality affordable healthcare. She is an artist, writer, and actor. Rebekah endeavors to create with folks who haven’t traditionally had access to or seen themselves as part of a community that enjoys or creates theatre/art. Her clients from the 10 years she practiced poverty law inspire her. Rebekah studied Sociology & Theatre at the University of Houston and law at Thomas M. Cooley Law School. She studies acting /playwriting with Martin Blank, and is a member of the Dramatist Guild. Joe’s Movement Emporium produced a staged reading of her first one woman show, “They Don’t Leave Veterans Behind, Do They?”.
She’s performed with MTC Adventure Theatre Company, DC Theatre Lab, The Coil Project, Dog and Pony DC, DC Arts Center, Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions, and Montgomery Playhouse. A proud Chicana from Texas City, Texas, Rebekah lives in Germantown, MD.
Rusty (Mark) is just excited to be outside.
Heather Doyle (choreographer) is a professionally trained modern dancer and choreographer who has performed all over the country, but who is grounded in the Chesapeake Bay Watershed.
What Are the Odds? is presented by Rabble Crew Productions on Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays from June 9 to 25, 2023, at The Perch Performance Space and Private Trails System, 14900 Poplar Hill Rd, Accokeek, MD. Preshow picnic and art build begins at 6:15 pm, followed by the performance from 7:00 to 8:15. Tickets are $20 and available on Eventbrite. No one will be turned away for lack of funds. Please contact Rabble Crew Productions at 301-237-5040 if you would like to see the show but need to attend on a sliding scale.
Accessibility/Facilities: Poplar Hill is unpaved. The venue is nearly at the end of the road (about two minutes) on the right. Parking is free. Seating is provided, and bringing your own chair is also welcome. The audience will travel with the cast to three sites along an accessible trails system. Mobility scooter and rollator are available for anyone who needs them. There will be an ADA portable bathroom available with hand sanitizer.
Weather: The show is entirely outdoors and goes on in sunshine or light rain. Rabble Crew Productions reserves the right to slightly delay the start time if a rain event is just ending. In the event of a hard rain, cancellations will be posted on Rabble Crew’s social media pages.