Press Releases


Mission

Pointless Theatre is dedicated to creating bold, visceral, and affordable spectacles that gleefully smash the traditional boundaries between puppetry, theatre, dance, music, and the visual arts. Through our work we excite a passion for adventurous art in the nation’s capital and nurture a diverse, active, and inspired audience.

Company Overview

Pointless Theatre was started in the summer of 2009 by Matt Reckeweg and Patti Kalil as a group dedicated to performing innovative and exuberant puppet theatre. Pointless presented its first show, The Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet, at the Capital Fringe Festival in the summer of 2010. Since then, the company has grown to include sixteen company members and thirteen artistic associates. Pointless Theatre incorporated as a non-profit organization in the District of Columbia in 2012. Over the course of its history, the company has created and produced eight completely original theatrical pieces and has won numerous awards. In 2013 and 2014, Pointless was honored to receive the Best Emerging Theatre Company award from Washington City Paper’s Best of DC Reader’s Poll. In April 2014, Pointless received the John Aniello Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, a Helen Hayes Award that recognizes “groups that have shown great promise in their early years, and that have proven their lasting commitment with a body of work that is both groundbreaking and compelling.”

Every one of Pointless’ productions has the end goal of successfully merging ensemble work among the actors with puppets and the vivid imagery of stage design. We employ an ensemble approach to creating theatre through play and improvisation that informs all of our work. There is an overwhelming passion for the work we do with the Pointless family - it is intensely personal to all of us. We hope to charge our audiences with that passion and in doing so bring a new theatrical experience into the DC community.


Production History and Awards

Canterbury

Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet

Minnie the Moocher

Doctor Caligari

Gimme A Band, Gimme A Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story

Gimme A Band, Gimme A Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story

2010

The Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet
- Winner of the Pick of the Fringe for Best Experimental (Capital Fringe Festival)

2011

Hugo Ball: A Super Spectacular Dada Adventure
- Winner of the Pick of the Fringe for Best Experimental (Capital Fringe Festival)
- Washington Post, Going Out Guide Editor’s Pick

The Solar System Show
- Commissioned by the Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum
- Toured DC and performed at Malcolm X Elementary School in Congress Heights, The Puppet Co. at Glen Echo Park, and the National Theatre

2012

Cab Calloway's Minnie the Moocher

Imagination Meltdown Adventure
- Director’s Award (Capital Fringe Festival)
- Washington Post, Going Out Guide Editor’s Pick

2013

Canterbury
- Presented as part of Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint

Mark Twain’s Riverboat Extravaganza
- Washington Post, Going Out Guide Editor’s Pick

2014

Minnie the Moocher

Sleeping Beauty: A Puppet Ballet
- Presented as a part of the Mead Theatre Lab Program at Flashpoint

A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular

2015

Doctor Caligari

A Very Pointless Holiday Spectacular

2016

Gimme A Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story
- Presented as a part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival

Hugo Ball: A Dada Puppet Adventure

Helen Hayes Award Winners with the 2014 John Aniello
Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company

Best Emerging Theatre Company, 2013 and 2014
Washington City Paper, Best of D.C. Reader’s Poll

Helen Hayes
 
Best of DC

Board of Governors

David Lloyd Olson, Chair
Managing Director, Pointless Theatre

James O’Leary, Vice-Chair
Chief Innovation Officer, Genetic Alliance

John A. J. Barkmeyer, Esq., Secretary
Associate, Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP

Katie Golden, Treasurer
General Purpose Accountant, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Patti Kalil
Co-Artistic Director, Pointless Theatre

Matt Reckeweg
Co-Artistic Director, Pointless Theatre

Leigh Wilson Smiley
Director of the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies, University of Maryland

Bridget Woodbury
Membership Marketing Coordinator, Americans for the Arts


Coming Up Next

 
 

Winter 2016


For press inquiries, please contact Frank Cervarich and Scott Whalen, Co-Directors of Communications
at frank@pointlesstheatre.com and scott@pointlesstheatre.com

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Pointless Theatre Co.
PO Box 43033, Washington, DC 20010
www.pointlesstheatre.com