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February 5, 2018

Urbana to Provide Late-Night Bites & Cocktails for MondayFriday & Saturday Evening Shows; Firefly to Serve Brunch for Sunday Matinee Shows

WASHINGTON, D.C. (February 5, 2018) – Can the Resistance rise from the Underground? And who will lead them if they can? D.C. theater company, TBD Immersive, kicks off its production of “Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground” this Friday, February 9 at Dupont Underground. The restored space that lies beneath Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle will be transformed into a one-of-a-kind immersive theater where the decisions from the actors – and the guests – impact every aspect the show. “Cabaret Rising” ticket holders will experience a 360-degree sensory explosion of interacting with theatrical story lines while being immersed in a historic underground space. They will also have access to food and beverage specials at neighboring Dupont restaurants, Urbana and Firefly.

Dupont Circle: The Safe Haven

“Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground” transports guests into a world where survivors are part of ‘The Resistance’ movement. They have retreated to the only remaining safe haven: Dupont Underground. One year prior, a populist republic carried out an execution-style shooting of a journalist. Sheltered in the abandoned tunnels with grifters and ghosts, the movement is splintering under the weight of rumors of collusion, a rising radical faction, and a brand-new threat: an outsider who can shut everything down with one wire transfer.

“We’re excited to partner with Dupont Underground, Urbana, and Firefly for our second show in Washington, D.C.,” said Strother Gaines, Artistic Director & Creator of TBD Immersive. “Activating unique spaces in interesting ways aligns with TBD Immersive’s mission, and I am thrilled to be in Dupont Circle, which has such deep roots and history in the city. People sometimes overlook D.C., but we've got a thriving arts scene and an ever-growing restaurant scene. Dupont, specifically, has excellent options to explore. TBD wants to help you know where to look.”

What’s the Secret Password?

After every evening show, ticket holders have the option to meet the cast at neighboring underground restaurant, Urbana. Fans of the show can keep ‘The Resistance’ conversations going – or simply unwind with late-night food and cocktails. Choosing alliances, solving puzzles, and meeting contortionists can be tiring after all. Any guest that comes into the restaurant on FridaySaturday, and Monday evenings with the password “UNDERGROUND” will be given access to Urbana’s happy-hour menu and prices.

For the Sunday matinee shows, ticket holders will be treated to a special discounted “Cabaret Rising” cocktail at Firefly with purchase of a brunch entrée. Any guest that comes into the restaurant for Sunday brunch with the password “UNDERGROUND” will be given access to this brunch deal.

“Cabaret Rising: One Nation Underground” is open to the public. The show will run from February 9 through March 4. Performances are Fridays and Saturdays at 8:00 p.m., Sundays at 2:00 p.m., and select Mondays at 7:00 p.m. Guests must be 18+ to attend. Tickets range from $45 – $75, based on entry time and can be purchased at

Located in the heart of Washington, D.C.’s Dupont Circle neighborhood, Urbana is committed to being a leader in sustainability, cooking with quality ingredients, and standing as a hallmark modern Italian restaurant. In 2017, Executive Chef Ethan McKee was recognized for his rooftop garden practices and produce, winning awards from Slow Food DC and EdibleDC Magazine. He makes all pasta and pizza dough in-house and offers gluten-free options to ensure every guest is accommodated. Urbana’s seasonal cuisine is complemented by an innovative bar program featuring Italian spirits and showcasing a wine list with a variety of strong Italian labels. Adjacent to the Kimpton Hotel Palomar Washington DC, Urbana encompasses the light, fresh flavors of Italy. For more information, call 202-956-6650 or visit The restaurant is located at 2121 P Street, NW, Washington, D.C. 20037; is open seven days a week; and offers private-dining services. Follow Urbana on Facebook and Instagram

Firefly has proudly been a fixture in the Dupont Circle neighborhood for over 15 years. From the anchor tree in the center of the restaurant to the mason-jar check presenters, Firefly provides a familiar, down-home atmosphere to accompany consistently comforting American dishes from Executive Chef Rich Falbo. Firefly’s seasonal cuisine is complemented by riffs on classic cocktails from Lead Bartender Brendan Ambrose, like an Old Fashioned infused with chai tea and a house-made Malbec syrup. Adjacent to the Kimpton Hotel Madera, Firefly is the perfect gathering place for any occasion from a business lunch to a first date to brunch with the kids. For more information, call 202-861-1310 or visit The restaurant is located at 1310 New Hampshire Ave, NW, Washington, D.C.; is open seven days a week; and offers private-dining services. Follow Firefly on Facebook and Instagram.

Dupont Underground is a 501(c)(3) cultural organization committed to developing a multidisciplinary platform for creative expression. We are transforming a public work – the subterranean streetcar station in Dupont Circle – into a new public infrastructure to support creative exchange, contemporary arts practice, and an ongoing conversation about the city.

TBD (Tradition Be Damned) Immersive believes in creating art that blurs the line between audience and performer. We strive to create new worlds where the audience is safe to explore and challenged to step outside their comfort zone. By moving the audience from a passive observer to an active participant in our stories, we encourage audience members to truly connect with one another and the performers, deepening their understanding and empathy, and increasing their retention and engagement in a co-created storyline.

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