ENDING "THE RULES" WITH "BREAKING THE CODE"
On Monday, July 20, we conclude our series on "The Rules" with English playwright Hugh Whitemores "Breaking the Code" (1986). This "elegant and poignant biographical play" (Time Magazine), "riveting, strange and disquieting" (Christian Science Monitor), relates the tragedy of English mathematician Alan Turing, who invented the computer, broke the German Enigma code, & helped win World War II, only to learn that his country cared less about his genius than about his sexual orientation.
We will meet at Luna Books, 1633 P St., NW (3d floor) (202-332-2543), just E of Dupont Circle. Dinner begins at 6:30 and our discussion at 7:30. Make reservations by e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 202-638-0444. You can find "Breaking the Code" only in NW DC, at Backstage Books, 2101 P St., Olssons, 1307 19th St., & Politics & Prose, 5015 Connecticut Ave.
On Saturday, July 25, at 7:30 p.m., Footlights will attend a video viewing of "Breaking the Code," starring Derek Jacobi, at the Unitarian-Universalist Church of Arlington, 4444 Arlington Blvd. (US-50), corner George Mason Dr., 1 mile from Ballston metro (orange line). Singletarians of Arlington will provide refreshments, lead a discussion, & accept contributions for expenses. For reservations & directions, call George Manno at 703-370-1838.
For Saturday, August 1, from 2-4 p.m., Footlights has arranged a private tour of the National Cryptologic Museum, which features several Enigma machines & a video about Alan Turings wartime code-breaking team. Tickets cost $5 and space is limited. Make your check payable to "Footlights" & mail to Robin Larkin, 5403 Nibud Ct., Rockville, MD 20852 (email@example.com). The museum is on Colony Seven Rd., S of BWI airport & off MD-32 just E of the B-W Parkway. Robin will bring maps to our July meeting. If you need a ride or can offer one, call Florence Foss (301-871-1667 (h) & 301-443-8647 (w)).
COMING SOON: "OUTSIDERS"
This is our last e-letter until September. On Tuesday, September 15, well begin a series of plays about outsiders with Christopher Frys romantic verse comedy "The Ladys Not for Burning" (1948). Set in the 15th century, the play provides "dazzling verbal invention" (New Statesman), "serious social issues beneath its bubbly exterior" (Variety), and at least two outsiders: a beautiful, eccentric woman fleeing charges of witchcraft; and a cynical, weary ex-soldier who demands to be hanged for murder. You can see "The Ladys Not for Burning" through September 27 at the Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario. Call 800-511-SHAW for more information.
FOOTLIGHTS ON STAGE
One of the first plays Footlights ever discussed was Edward Albees Pulitzer Prize-winning "A Delicate Balance." From July 8-August 1 you can see "A Delicate Balance" at the American Century Theater, Gunston Arts Center, 2700 South Lang St., Arlington, VA. For tickets or more information call 703-553-8782. Earlier this year, in honor of Albees 70th birthday, Footlights own Debbie Minter Jackson wrote a one-act play called "The Connection." You can see "The Connection" & 3 other short plays July 16-18 at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, 1556 Wisconsin Ave, NW. Call 202-462-1073 for more information, 202-884-0060 for tickets, or 202-484-8303 (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join a Footlights group Saturday evening July 18. Tickets are $12. From July 7-August 9, Footlights member Mary Suib will appear in Noel Cowards "Present Laughter" at the Olney Theatre, 2001 Olney-Sandy Spring Rd. (MD-108). For tickets or more information call 301-924-3400.
MARYLAND SITE SOUGHT
Nearly a third of our members live in Maryland. But Bethesdas North China Restaurant will soon close its separate rooms. So were looking for a new suburban Maryland location. We need a private, quiet, well-lit room seating 25-30, near the metro, with some main courses below $10, and we cant pay extra for the room. If you know of such a restaurant please send an e-mail to email@example.com or call 202-484-8303. Thanks!
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