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For Immediate Release
August 8, 2014

Opening August 25 with a Reception from 6 – 9 pm.

(Washington, DC) Anacostia Arts Center and Curator Molly Ruppert are excited to bring a new group show, Cheap Thrills to Anacostia. Over 40 artists from the DC Metropolitan Area will exhibit more than 70 varied works all selling for $500 or less. On opening night, enjoy light refreshments and live music from home grown ska band Eastern Standard Time.

Anacostia Arts Center is located at 1231 Good Hope Road SE. Opening Reception is Monday, August 25 from 6-9pm. FREE. The exhibition runs through October 4th. Gallery hours are Tuesday-Saturday from 11am-7pm. The exhibition is FREE and open to the public.

Anacostia Art Center’s Director Kate Taylor Davis remarks, “ever since the success of last year’s Art Romp Anacostia, I have wanted to do another group show with Molly. In thinking of ways to make it unique, we decided to create a show where art buying didn’t need to be out of reach for the causal art fan. We also put out an open call for artists, which turned out an unprecedented number of submissions.”

Curator Molly Ruppert says of the show, “It is exciting to curate a new show at Anacostia Arts Center. Thanks to all the artists who answered the call for art. The show will spotlight the work of artists known to me and area galleries and introduce artists whose work I have just come to know. Combining these talents will make a great show.”

The show’s artist roster includes Krystal Alston, Sondra Arkin, Andrew Bain, Charles Bergen, Tarra Louis Charles, Andrew Cohen, Jared Davis, Dana Ellyn, Diane English, Brian Filipowich, Yvon Fleurival, Jonathan French, Adrienne Gaither, Sherill Anne Gross, Piper Grosswendt, Alexandra Hasson, Jay Hendrick, Eve Hennessa, Ellen Hill, Aaron Hughes, Amy Hughes Braden, Lexi Jordan, Rebecca Kallem, Seth Kaplan, Melanie Kehoss, F. Steven Kijek, Yaroslav Koporulin, Larry Lairson, Zofie Lang, Jennifer Lillis, Jane Mallen, Anne Marchand, Samuel Margai, Raegan Mathis, Carolina Mayorga, Terence Nicholson, Janelle Ortiz, Dino Paxinos, Luis Peralta, Marie Ringwald, Matt Sesow, Alexandra Silverthorne, Samuel Tefcon, Gail Volrath, Alison  Waldman, Angela White, and Andrew Wodzianski.

About Anacostia Arts Center:
Anacostia Arts Center is a project of the ARCH Development Corporation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to creating a home for small businesses, artists, arts and cultural organizations to fulfill its commitment to the revitalization and sustainable economic development of Historic Anacostia. The Arts Center is 9,300 square feet and includes a 1,000-square-foot Black Box Theater, six galleries/boutiques, and NURISH Food + Drink. The center opened in June of 2013.


Pallas Theatre Collective Presents The DC Premiere of The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical

(WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Pallas Theatre Collective is delighted to present The Fall of the House of Usher: A New Musical at the Anacostia Arts Center from August 6, 2014 to August 24, 2014. Written by Molly Fox and Sarah Hirsch, The Fall of the House of Usher has been in development with Pallas Theatre Collective since March 2013. Founder and Associate Artistic Director Tracey Elaine Chessum will direct the show’s first full production in the District.

The Fall of the House of Usher is a haunting musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s
short story of the same name, and asks us to question our own definitions of love,
family, and loyalty.  James Cleary, a struggling painter, is summoned to the Usher
mansion to paint a portrait of his childhood friend Roderick Usher, who is cursed with a
fatal illness that overtakes each member of the Usher family. Amidst the decay of the
house, James searches for Roderick’s twin sister Madeline, who also carries the
mysterious Usher illness. James sets off to rescue Madeline and rekindle their
childhood romance, but he discovers a much more sinister vein running through the
Usher family that rocks the house to its foundation.

The Fall of the House of Usher runs August 6-24, 2014  at the Anacostia Arts Center –
1231 Good Hope Rd, Washington, DC 20020. Tickets are $20 General Admission and
$15 for students. Tickets are available for purchase online at

About Pallas Theatre Collective:
Pallas Theatre Collective exists to showcase and highlight American voices and the
multiplicity of their perspectives through theatre. We seek to identify, develop, and
preserve new voices, especially those often unheard. We desire to be an incubator for
talented and visionary artists, providing resources and a home for theatrical
practitioners to share their voices in the Washington, D.C. area and around the United
States. Pallas’s mission includes two hallmarks: (1) to foster the continuation of the
American musical theatre legacy, and (2) to assist in the growth of theatre artists as they
share their own American stories. We, as an artistic collective, seek to reflect the
diversity of American life and creativity on our stage.