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I would like to invite you all to STAY, a production of the Theater of the First Amendment. STAY shows at the Lansburgh Theater, part of the Shakespeare Theater, in Washington, DC, November 11-18.

STAY blog link! Can you spot me?

STAY is a collaboration between choreographer Susan Shields and playwright Heather McDonald both of whom have enjoyed illustrious professional careers including their current tenures at George Mason University.

STAY is an innovative performance that merges theater, dance, SLAM multimedia, and music to wrestle with the issue of impermanence and all the ways we long for things, people, and life to simply Stay. Set on a remote island surrounded by stones, sea and sky, Stay explores generations of a family.

That’s the official company line anyways.

Here’s my take: It’s awesome! It’s one of the coolest projects that I’ve ever worked on. If you like good theater then you should come and see it.

The cast of STAY is comprised of 6 professional, and highly talented actors, and 4 professional, and highly talented dancers including….yours truly!

How did I find myself making this great return to stage you ask? Well, I’ll tell you. I was in Chicago in late July at the 2011 Dance USA Conference promoting Barre to dance companies from across the country. Walking out of the bathroom I caught the eye of an attractive bleach blonde in stiletto heals. I stared at her, she back at me as we explored the archives of recognition in our respective minds. Finally, “Susan”. “Aaron, hey how are you.” Susan Shields choreographed Concerto Caprice for PBT many years ago when I was still with the company. So, to make a long story longer, I’m here in Fairfax, VA for the next two weeks before a three week run of STAY.

If your in DC, or not afraid of a road trip, come and check it out. You won’t regret it. And, please tell your friends. Of course you should also like us on Facebook.

I’ll post some more on this later as this post is getting a bit lengthy, but STAY tuned… get it? STAY tuned.

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Written by Aaron Ingley

Aaron Ingley, originally from Tallahassee, Florida, began his training at the Southern Academy of Ballet Arts and Tallahassee Ballet. Aaron completed his professional training at Pacific Northwest Ballet School in Seattle, WA, where he performed with that company at the 1999 Edinburgh Festival. He was also featured as Tom Snout in PNB’s production of George Balanchine’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream produced for the BBC. He performed professionally with Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre for nine seasons. A versatile dancer, Aaron was featured in numerous classical and contemporary roles and served as the company’s Principal Character Artist during that time.

A consummate innovator, Aaron pushes the boundaries, helping expand the ways in which art is conceptualized and defined through the use of film and by training the next generation of dancers to combine fundamental technique with the fine art of performing. Aaron is a renaissance man of sorts; in addition to ballet, Aaron is a professional actor, a founding partner of MDK Studios, CEO of Barre LLC, and holds degrees in History and General Management from University of Pittsburgh. MDK Studios produces video for local nonprofit organizations and independent films. Barre LLC is a gourmet nutrition foods company that markets and distributes real food bars to fuel ballet and the performing arts.

In his free time he is an avid cyclist and enjoys creating delicious, healthy snacks in the kitchen with Julia. He especially loves tasting all the delicious, healthy snacks he creates, and testing their effectiveness while riding the trails! He wishes to give a shout out to his two cats, Sadler McCorvey Sr. and Dita.