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The Chemistry of Lime Trees


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Daniel Burkholder/The PlayGround will re-work and present the D.C. premiere of The Chemistry of Lime Trees in a 2-week, 8-performance run at The Mead Theater Lab at Flashpoint. Combining the realism of theater with the physicality of dance, The Chemistry of Lime Trees explores the impact of real or perceived borders in our lives through two factual, historical stories. When we presented the work in Milwaukee, the Milwaukee Express wrote the work is “...intellectually solid, inquisitive and wonderfully ambitious”. This run of The Chemistry of Lime Trees is a large undertaking, but will bring The PlayGround’s work to a wider range of D.C. audiences and increase the exposure of the company.

The Chemistry of Lime Trees is presented in two parts - Part One is inspired by a story from the Ellis Island archives about a young Russian woman abandoned on her way into America by her fiance. Part Two, drawn from the Bosnian War, focuses on Bosko and Admira, a real-life Romeo and Juliet, and how their struggle against societal, religious and political borders eventually lead to their fates. The Chemistry of Lime Trees combines theater with athletic movement, live singing, and provocative images to create a work both lush and stark, straightforward and layered, and concrete and abstract.

Often dance performances are only 2 or 3 nights, but since we are undertaking a 2-week, 8-performance run we will have higher costs, including increased theater rental, more time for the tech crew, and, of course, compensating the artists for their time and talents. One of the elements we’re looking forward to about performing at the Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint is the intimacy of the venue, unfortunately that also means there is limited seating - and, hence, income from tickets sales are not enough to cover all our costs.

To present The Chemistry of Lime Trees we need to raise $5,058 through your support. We’re asking our friends, colleagues, previous supporters and new supporters to make a difference by helping make these performances truly successful. With your donation of $50, $100, $1000, or any amount, you will be supporting these performances and the continued growth of The PlayGround. And, if we can surpass our minimum goal we will be able to pay the artists more, do more marketing to reach an even broader audience and move into the future with confidence.

Please contribute to the 2-week, 8-performance run of The Chemistry of Lime Trees, and support the work of my amazing collaborators; choreographers/dancers Kathryn Harris Banks, Stefanie Quinones Bass and Stephanie Yezek, composer/singer Susan Oetgen, and composers Jonathan Matis and Tony Melone.

Thank you so much for supporting my work and the work of The PlayGround. We are grateful for all the support we receive from our community.

We look forward to seeing you at the theater in March!




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A heart-felt thank you and your name listed as a supporter in our program and on our website
Above plus a Chemistry of Lime Trees Commemorative Thank You Card mailed directly to you.
Above plus a free musical digital download of "Blunt Object" by composer Jonathan Matis' The Low End String Quartet (they rock!)
Above plus 2 tickets to The Chemistry of Lime Trees and a $25 Gift Certificate to El Chucho (an awesome Mexican Restaurant).
Above plus a CD by composer Susan Oetgen's band Likeness to Lily mailed directly to you and drinks after the show with Artistic Director Daniel Burkholder.
Above plus either a private Pilates session with company member Stephanie Yezek or a private Yoga session with company member Kathryn Harris Banks.
Maryland State Arts Council Individual Artist Award
I am a choreographer exploring personal and social issues through fusing the formalism of choreography with the sponteniaty of improvisation