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Cirque Dreams Holidaze

is “so full of energy it could end our dependence on oil” according to the New York Daily News and “stuffed with so much holiday cheer and audacious acts, Scrooge would exit with a big ol’ smile on his face” proclaims the Erie Times News about this “Broadway-worthy spectacle.”

Renowned director Neil Goldberg, creator of the groundbreaking Broadway hit Cirque Dreams Jungle Fantasy, re-imagines the holiday season with Cirque Dreams Holidaze. An international cast of over 30 artists costumed as holiday ornaments come to life and perform astonishing feats of disbelief. Experience gingerbread men flipping mid air, toy soldiers marching on thin wires, snowmen daringly balancing, icemen powerfully sculpting, penguins spinning, puppets caroling, and reindeer soaring high above a landscape of holiday wonderment.

An original music score and some holiday favorites accompany hundreds of spectacular costumes adorning a magical tree of dreams in a setting of gigantic gifts, colossal candy canes and 30-foot towering toy soldiers. The perfect way to come in from the cold, forget the holiday stresses, and rediscover the magic of the season!

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Performance Timing: Part One – 50 min.; Intermission – 20 min.; Part Two – 40 min.

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The 13th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor

Tina Fey

Tina Fey
2010 Prize Recipient

The Kennedy Center will present the 13th Annual Mark Twain Prize for American Humor to Tina Fey on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 8 p.m. The award, named to honor one of America’s – and the world’s – greatest humorists, will feature a lineup of the biggest names in comedy, and will be taped for television by WETA, and will be broadcast nationwide on PBS on November 14, 2010.

A lineup of top entertainers including Fred Armisen, Steve Carell, Jimmy Fallon, Jon Hamm, Jennifer Hudson, Jane Krakowski, Steve Martin, Seth Meyers, Lorne Michaels, Tracy Morgan, Amy Poehler, and Betty White will salute Tina Fey in the Concert Hall at the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize For American Humor. The evening will pay tribute to the humor and accomplishments of the popular writer, producer, actress and comedienne.

The broadcast is traditionally one of the most popular and critically acclaimed specials on television, and, each year, the show continues to grow in audience appeal. Guests will be invited to the Pre-Show Dinner at the Center and the Post-Show Reception with the artists immediately following the Presentation.

Special Access Packages are available at the $50,000; $25,000; $10,000; and $5,000 levels. Single tickets are $1,000 each.


About Tina Fey

Tina Fey got her start with the renowned The Second City Improv Group in Chicago, joining a distinguished group of alumnus including John and Jim Belushi, Gilda Radner, Mike Meyers, just to name a few. She is currently Executive Producer, creator, and star of NBC’s three-time, Emmy Award-winning comedy series 30 Rock, which also holds the distinction of garnering the most Emmy nominations in a single season, of any comedy series in history. After only four seasons on-air, Fey’s portrayal of “Liz Lemon” has earned her an Emmy, two Golden Globes, four SAG Awards and a People’s Choice Award. Prior to creating 30 Rock, Fey completed nine seasons as head writer, cast member and co-anchor of the “Weekend Update” segment on NBC’s Saturday Night Live. Fey is an Emmy winner and three-time Writers Guild Award winner for her writing on Saturday Night Live, and won an Emmy last year for “Guest Appearance by an Actress in a Comedy Series” for her portrayal of Sarah Palin on the 2008-2009 season of SNL. In 2004, Tina Fey expanded to feature films as both a screenwriter and an actress in the hit comedy Mean Girls, which earned her a nomination for a Writers Guild Award for Best Adapted Screenplay. Fey also had a cameo appearance in the Ricky Gervais comedyThe Invention of Lying and was a featured voice in the Disney animated film Ponyo. In 2008, Fey starred alongside Saturday Night Live‘s Amy Poehler in the film Baby Mama for Universal Pictures, which exceeded the $50 million dollar mark at the U.S. box office. Currently, Fey stars in the 20th Century Fox film, Date Night, opposite Steve Carell, which continues to succeed both at the domestic and international box office. Upcoming, Fey lends her voice as a lead character in the Dreamworks animated film Megamind along with Brad Pitt, Will Ferrell and Jonah Hill. Fey is currently working on a humorous memoir for Little Brown and Company for publication in 2011. Fey lives in New York with her husband, Jeff Richmond, and their daughter.

The Mark Twain Prize

As recipient of the Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, Tina Fey will receive a copy of an 1884 bronze portrait bust of Mark Twain* sculpted by Karl Gerhardt (1853-1940). The bust and its images are courtesy of the Mark Twain House and Museum, Hartford, Connecticut.


About the Mark Twain Prize

Portrait of Mark Twain

The Mark Twain Prize recognizes people who have had an impact on American society in ways similar to the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist best known as Mark Twain. As a social commentator, satirist and creator of characters, Samuel Clemens was a fearless observer of society, who startled many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly. He revealed the great truth of humor when he said “against the assault of laughter nothing can stand.”

The Kennedy Center, as the nation’s center for the performing arts, recognizes and presents all disciplines of the performing arts including opera, jazz, theater, ballet and dance, as well as symphony and all kinds of smaller musical ensembles performing every imaginable kind of music.

The proceeds from the evening’s event are used to support the Kennedy Center’s programs, performances and outreach. The event is created by the Kennedy Center, and executive producers Mark Krantz, Bob Kaminsky, Peter Kaminsky, and Cappy McGarr.

The Kennedy Center established The Mark Twain Prize for American Humor in October 1998, and it has been televised annually. Recipients of the Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize have been Richard Pryor (1998), Jonathan Winters (1999), Carl Reiner (2000), Whoopi Goldberg (2001), Bob Newhart (2002), Lily Tomlin (2003), Lorne Michaels (2004), Steve Martin (2005), Neil Simon (2006), Billy Crystal (2007), George Carlin (2008), and Bill Cosby (2009).


History of the Mark Twain Prize

Richard Pryor

The first annual Kennedy Center Celebration of American Humor took place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts on Sunday, October 18 through October 20, 1998. The celebration included lectures, symposia, and master classes, and culminated in the Concert Hall on Tuesday, October 20, 1998 when Richard Pryor was presented with the inaugural Kennedy Center Mark Twain Prize, named after one of the world’s greatest exponents of humor. The program featured a gathering of leading American artists including Chevy Chase, Morgan Freeman, Danny Glover, Whoopi Goldberg, Damon Wayans, and Robin Williams.

As a social commentator, satirist and creator of memorable characters, Samuel Clemens – the distinguished 19th century novelist and essayist also known as Mark Twain – was a fearless observer of society, who outraged many while delighting and informing many more with his uncompromising perspective of social injustice and personal folly.

The Kennedy Center, as the nation’s center for the performing arts, recognizes and presents all of the performing arts including opera, musical theater, drama, ballet and dance, as well as symphony and all kinds of smaller musical ensembles performing every imaginable kind of music. The Kennedy Center organized this “Celebration of Humor” and established the Mark Twain Prize to recognize those who create humor from their uniquely American experiences.


Past Winners

George Carlin

    Billy Crystal

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Fall is finally here and so are free performances every day this October on the Millennium Stage! There is a fresh variety of everything from local dance talent to children’s theater. The Local Dance Commissioning Project performances conclude a long summer of rehearsals. Don’t miss Kids Euro Festival 2010, starring some of the most talented European children’s entertainers. Check the website for the full schedule.

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October Highlights

Programs and artists subject to change.

NSO PreludeThey Might Be GiantsCartoon de Salvo

2 They Might Be Giants

The 2009 Grammy Award-winning They Might Be Giants rocks the Grand Foyer in a free, all-ages concert that celebrates the comprehensive redesign of ARTSEDGE–the Kennedy Center’s national K-12 arts education website.

8 NSO Prelude: Christoph Eschenbach, piano

National Symphony Orchestra Music Director Christoph Eschenbach plays piano in an all-Beethoven program with violinist Christian Tetzlaff. NSO members Joel Fuller and Alexandra Osbourne, violin, Mahoko Eguchi, viola, and Rachel Young, cello, also play. In the Concert Hall October 7–9, don’t miss Christoph Eschenbach conduct Beethoven’s Violin Concerto with soloist Christian Tetzlaff on a program that also includes Bruckner’s Symphony No. 6.

11 Hip Hop Dance Ambassadors

The DeVos Institute of Arts Management at the Kennedy Center and the U.S. Department of State Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs present an evening of breaking, poppin’, and lockin’ with dancers from Bolivia, Burma, Ecuador, Turkey, India, Pakistan, Uganda, and Zimbabwe.

14 & 15, 21 & 22, and 28 & 29 Local Dance Commissioning Project

The Millennium Stage Local Dance Commissioning Project (LDCP) supports the D.C dance community by nurturing the creation of new dance work and presenting that new work to a wide audience via the Millennium Stage. This year’s performances feature works by Angella Foster (10/14 & 15), Laura Schandelmeier and Stephen Clapp (10/21 & 22), and Mary Lane (10/28 & 29).

16–20 & 23–27 Kids Euro Festival 2010

Europe comes to Washington for the third annual celebration of European arts and culture for kids starring some of the most talented European children’s entertainers in more than 100 FREE performances all around the city, in cooperation with La Maison Française and the participating 27 member states of the European Union.

For more information, call (202) 467-4600.

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Take Metro to the Foggy Bottom/GWU station (Orange/Blue)

then ride the free red shuttle at the top of the escalators,

departing every 15 minutes to and from the Kennedy Center until midnight.

Coming Soon to the Opera House

The Public Theater’s new Tony Award-winning production of HAIR is an electric celebration on stage! With a score including such enduring musical numbers as “Let the Sun Shine In,” “Aquarius,” “Good Morning Starshine,” and the title track, HAIR depicts the birth of a cultural movement in the 1960s and ’70s that changed America forever. Please note: this performance contains strong language, mature content, and brief nudity.
Oct 26-Nov 21 | Opera House

ArtsEdge is made possible by the U.S. Department of Education and the Verizon Foundation.

HAIR is made possible through the generosity of The Adrienne Arsht Musical Theater Fund.

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