Monica Bill Barnes at the Hop
Monica Bill Barnes and Company

Happy Hour

September 19 - 21, 2019

This event occurred as part of the 19/20 Hop Presents season. This is an archived view.

Bring on the cheese puffs! This interactive experience thrusts you into that modern American affair, the office party—complete with drinks, karaoke and clueless dudes.

19/20 Hop Presents

Ever felt like the most awkward person at a party? Not at this party: that role is covered by dancers Monica Bill Barnes and Elisa Clark, dressed in men's suits and steeped in ridiculous overconfidence. While you sip and socialize at a typical office function, they swagger in and execute increasingly competitive dance numbers in an attempt to impress the ladies. No one makes better fun of mildly toxic masculinity than these two women. Choreographed by Barnes and performed by Barnes, Clark, and Robbie Saenz de Viteri, this hilarious, cathartic riff on gender roles and vulnerability has been performed everywhere from a barn in upstate New York to a villa in Italy.

Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor, and the innate theatricality of everyday life. Other shows include The Museum Workout, in which the performers lead a choreographed exercise routine in an art museum; One Night Only (Running As Long As We Can), which announces dance performance play by play like sports; and Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host, where they turn radio stories into dance. In addition to Barnes, Clark and Creative Producing Director Saenz de Viteri, the company includes Set/Costume Designer Kelly Hanson and Lighting Designer Jane Cox. Together, this team creates the most unlikely experiences for every kind of audience.

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Access a press kit (with promotional photos) for Happy Hour.

“Like all good happy hours, this one has plentiful munchies and libations. And like the best ones, it offers abundant laughter.”

 —The New York Times

Happy Hour breaks all the rules of theater… it offers not merely terrific entertainment, but more than a measure of poignancy, a sense of loss even amid the fun-and-games.”

 —DC Metro

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Monica Bill Barnes
Artistic Director/ Choreographer/ Performer
Anna Bass

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