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1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera
Silver Spring Black Box Theater
Silver Spring, MD
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1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera
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"1814! is the soundtrack for one of the most amazing stories in American history." Steve Vogel, author of Through the Perilous Fight: Six Weeks That Saved the Nation

"Every Baltimorean should see this show. Indeed, every American should see it." Christopher George, author of Terror on the Chesapeake: The War of 1812 on the Bay

Take Baltimore's most celebrated bicentennial milestone. Add singers, dancers, fishnet stockings, glitter, a live rock band, and a very large flag. Turn everything up to 11.

That's 1814! The War of 1812 Rock Opera, Baltimore's homegrown history-themed hard-rock freakout. It sold out a six-show run at the Capital Fringe Festival in July 2013, went on to two packed dates at Baltimore's Patterson Theater in September, and will be returning, bigger and wilder, to mid-Atlantic stages in the summer of 2014. The show declared "insane fun" by DC Theatre Scene and "hilariously maniacal" by the Washington Post is a star-spangled spectacle that brings a forgotten war back to ear-shattering life.

1814! is a pure rock operaa cycle of original songs that recounts the War of 1812's Chesapeake campaign in the summer of 1814, from the burning of Washington, D.C. to the defense of Fort McHenry. Created by songwriters David Dudley, a magazine editor, and Dave Israel, a satellite communications engineer, the show's score is performed live by members of the Baltimore band National Razor F.D.I.C. and an incredible cast of singer-actors, including several members of the prestigious Baltimore Rock Opera Society, plus a troupe of dancers and a dedicated team of artists providing lighting, sound, and special effects, all led by stage director Alec Lawson.  

For 60 dialogue-free minutes, 1814! rampages though 18 musical numbers, ranging from bluegrass to synth-pop to power punk to vintage hard rock. (Listen to the original cast recording here.) It's local history as you've never imagined it: Mary Pickersgill and Major George Armistead perform their signature power ballad "Big Ass Flag" as a passionate dance of forbidden love; villainous Admiral George Cockburn and First Lady Dolley Madison trade defiant arena-rock anthems as his British troops torch the White House; and the climactic bombardment of Fort McHenry is staged as an ear-shredding heavy-metal sing-off.

It's an amazing, hilarious, often ridiculous spectacle, but it's never just a joke. Ultimately, 1814! embraces and celebrates the still-relevant lessons of the Battle of Baltimore: the perils of imperial overreach, the virtues of community resilience, and, of course, the awesome majesty of rock.

The Silver Spring Black Box Theater is located at 8641 Colesville Road  at the intersection of Colesville Road and Georgia Avenue  in the heart of the new downtown Silver Spring.
By Car: The Silver Spring Black Box Theater is less than two miles south of Beltway exit 30 (Colesville Road) and exit 31 (Georgia Avenue). The theatre is also convenient to the Bethesda area via East-West Highway, and a short drive from downtown Washington via 16th Street, NW.
By Metro: The Silver Spring Black Box Theater is located on Colesville Road, just two blocks north of Metro's Red Line station in Silver Spring.
By Ride-On Bus: The Silver Spring station is served by Ride-On routes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 22, 28.
By Metrobus: The Silver Spring station is served by Metrobus routes 70, 71, J5, F4, F6, JH1, J2, J3, J4, Q2, S2, S4, Y8, Z5.

The Wayne Avenue parking garage provides convenient and easy access to downtown Silver Spring. This garage entrance is located on Wayne Avenue between Georgia Avenue and Fenton Street; walk out across Ellsworth Plaza and AFI Silver is just around the corner! The Wayne Avenue garage offers FREE PARKING on weekends and after 8:00 p.m. on weekdays.
Additional nearby parking may be found at:
Town Square parking garage, located at the corner of Ellsworth Drive and Fenton Street

Gateway Plaza parking lot, at the intersection of Georgia Avenue and Colesville Road

Parking garage at Fenton Street and Cameron Street


Silver Spring Black Box Theater (View)
8641 Colesville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910
United States


Arts > Theatre
Music > Rock

Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!


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