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  Happy Hour
Featuring Monica Bill Barnes and Anna Bass

February 10
Bar Opens 7:15 pm, Show 7:30 pm

(non-alcoholic of course!)




Happy Hour mixes dance, theater and one card trick all set to a sound score of Jerry Lee Lewis, Elvis Presley, Journey and Nat King Cole. Come after work, first drink's on us. No really, you get a drink but leave the dancing to us. (non-alcoholic, of course!)
“Think of Buster Keaton in Vegas. It’s also unapologetically human and refreshingly relatable."-The New York Times

“Though it may sound corny, Barnes — pitch-perfect not only in humor, but in humanness, too, it turns out — seems to invite us all to shed our insecurities and relax, maybe even glory, in our imperfect selves.”      -The Boston Globe

“Life is like that. You get spinach stuck in your teeth, toilet paper trails from your shoe, the hem of your dress finds its way into your underwear (in the back, where you can’t tell until someone feels sorry enough for you to point it out). In these daily indignations, Barnes finds creative material. She’s the Tina Fey of dance.”    -The Washington Post

All tickets are $10  All HCC students, faculty and staff are admitted free of charge with valid ID.  The box office opens an hour prior to the performance.The Mainstage Theatre is in the performing arts building of the Ybor City Campus. It is located at the corner of E Palm Ave and N 14th Street (Avenida Republica de Cuba

Monica Bill Barnes is a choreographer, performer and the Artistic Director of Monica Bill Barnes & Company Productions, a New York City based contemporary dance company. Barnes founded MBB&CO in 1997 with the mission to celebrate individuality, humor and the innate theatricality of everyday life. She is joined by a core of long-time collaborators: Associate Artistic Director and performing partner, Anna Bass; Lighting Designer, Jane Cox; and Set and Costume Designer, Kelly Hanson. The company creates full-length shows that tour the country’s biggest stages and tiniest rooms, bringing dance where it doesn’t belong: making site-specific dances in public places, mounting collaborations with radio hosts and bringing down the house at comedy shows. MBB&CO has performed in more than sixty cities throughout the United States, been commissioned and presented by The American Dance Festival, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and Jacob’s Pillow Dance Festival, and performed all over New York City in venues ranging from Upright Citizen’s Brigade to The BAM Opera House. Barnes has been an invited guest artist at many universities and has choreographed for various theater productions. 

Anna Bass
 began working with MBB&CO in 2003 and now serves as Associate Artistic Director. She has performed Barnes’ work all over the country, on stages ranging from public fountains and city parks to New York City Center and Carnegie Hall. Anna often assists Monica with commissions, workshops and theater projects. She served as the Assistant Choreographer for productions at The Atlantic Theater, The Public Theater and Yale Repertory Theater. Anna has also performed in radio host Ira Glass's two most recent This American Life Live! events - catching boxes while dancing as a part of TAL’s cinema event, and appearing as a roller-skating mouse alongside Mike Birbiglia in The Radio Drama Episode at the BAM opera house. She is currently touring the country with Monica and Ira in their show Three Acts, Two Dancers, One Radio Host. Anna grew up in a small town in Virginia where she studied almost every dance style, from classical ballet to country line dancing. She lives in Brooklyn, NY.