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Tarot V
Anacostia Arts Center
Washington, DC
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Tarot V
"FIVE STARS!"  - DC Theatre Scene

"Peculiarly cool & strangely welcoming...a wholly original live theatre format" - DCMTA


PLEASE NOTE: Due to a scheduling complication with the venue, the 5/26 performance of Tarot V has unfortunately been cancelled.

An actor, a dancer, a podcaster, a historian, a rapper, a yoga instructor, a vaudevillian and a zookeeper walk into a ritualistic variety show--it's not a joke, it's Tarot V.

A group of eclectic artists create variety show acts, each inspired by the Tarot mythos. Each act is interactive, performed for and with one adventurous (consenting) audience member. What happens next is entirely honest and never happens the same way twice.

Featuring Mediums Gwen Grastorf, David S Kessler, Rachel Menyuk, Toni Rae Salmi, Rebecca Speas, Shaq Stewart, and Yasmin Tuazon. Joan Cummins is your host, The Fool.

The Tarot Reading is produced by The Arcanists, Inc. with support from ARCH Development.

Tickets $7-$21, & a Sacrifice (see below, About The Sacrifice)

May 9-25, 2019

Thursday*-Saturday evenings at 7:30
Saturday* Matinees at 2
Sunday Evenings at 5

Anacostia Arts Center
1231 Good Hope Road SE
Washington DC 20020

Tarot V is produced by The Arcanists, Inc. and is supported by ARCH Development.


*Thursday Evenings and Saturday Matinees are Nine Card Draw ($13). That means it's a show of nine acts (about 100 minutes) where Seekers are drawn at random from the willing. Choose these shows if you like your entertainments short and sweet, or maybe if you're curious about the show but only want a tasting portion.

When you arrive, you will be given tokens unique to you. Before we begin, you may commit a token to whichever Revelations captivate you most. When a Revelation is called, we'll draw a token at random and that Revelation's Seeker will be found. Of course, if you would prefer, you may keep your tokens and witness the show without being chosen.


Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening shows are Classic Tarot. That means it's a full-length show of twenty-one acts (about three hours, with two intermissions) where you can choose how interactive you get.

Seeker Tickets ($21) are for the adventurous, and guarantee an interactive experience. If you choose to be a Seeker, you'll get a random Tarot card at entry. You'll witness the night unfold, and when your card is drawn you'll get to take part in that act made special for you.

Witness Tickets ($7) are for the laid back. If you choose to be a Witness, you'll get to watch the Seekers get their readings from the comfort of your seat in the lounge.



In order to enter The Tarot Reading, you must offer a sacrifice to whichever Gods will have you.  The only requirement is that it be something of value. Your mom's bread recipe, that photo in your wallet, the secret you share with your middle school best friend. Of course, a tip works too if that's what you're into. Anything you add to your ticket price here may serve as your sacrifice.

Whatever it is, it has to be something you are willing to part with forever. All sacrifices and their stories stay in our collection. We promise we'll keep them safe.


Anacostia Arts Center (View)
1231 Good Hope Road SE
Washington, DC 20020
United States



Minimum Age: 18


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