Politics, comedy combine in DC to raise money for charity

Debra Feinstein and Bruce Alan appear during a 2016 “Hexagon” performance. (Courtesy Hexagon/Gary Snyder)
At the March 26, 2016 Hexagon performance - WTOP’s Kristi King with former WTOP colleague Chas Henry who now is a news anchor with Westwood One News. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)
At the March 26, 2016 “Hexagon” performance, WTOP’s Kristi King sits with former colleague Chas Henry, who is now a news anchor with Westwood One News. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)
Donations and ticket sales determine the size of the check HEXAGON will donate to charity at the end of its Spring run on April, 1. WTOP's Megan Cloherty and Jamie Forzato volunteered with Hexagon in 2016. That check ended up being filled out for $60,000. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)
Donations and ticket sales determine the size of the check “Hexagon” will donate to a charity at the end of its spring run on April 1. WTOP’s Megan Cloherty and Jamie Forzato volunteered with “Hexagon” in 2016. The check that year was for $60,000. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)
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At the March 26, 2016 Hexagon performance - WTOP’s Kristi King with former WTOP colleague Chas Henry who now is a news anchor with Westwood One News. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)
Donations and ticket sales determine the size of the check HEXAGON will donate to charity at the end of its Spring run on April, 1. WTOP's Megan Cloherty and Jamie Forzato volunteered with Hexagon in 2016. That check ended up being filled out for $60,000. (Courtesy Gene Tighe)

WASHINGTON — “Hexagon,” the satirical, comedy revue that’s been laughing at politics for 62 years, launches its spring run Friday.

“We take political spoofs, original material and we adapt it to what’s going on in the present world,” said Gene Tighe of “Hexagon.”

“We laugh at everything and everybody.”

“Hexagon” features vignettes of shtick, tap dancing, songs, dances, performances and newsbreak anchor desk jokes that Tighe emphasized as apolitical.

“It’s spoofery across the board [targeting] all parties,” Tighe said.

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“Hexagon” proceeds this year will be donated to the Silver Spring, Maryland, nonprofit ArtStream that helps people with intellectual and developmental disabilities have creative and performance opportunities.

The 2017 “Let Freedom Zing!” performances will raise money for the Silver Spring nonprofit ArtStream, which provides creative and performance opportunities for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

Performances will be at Woodrow Wilson High School at 3950 Chesapeake St. NW in Washington, D.C., on the following dates:

  • Friday, March 10 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 11 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 12 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 at 2:30 p.m. (with audio described performance by Metro Washington Ear)
  • Friday, March 24 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 25 at 8 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 26 at 2:30 p.m.
  • Friday, March 31 at 8 p.m.
  • Saturday, April 1 at 8 p.m.

You can buy tickets ahead of time online.

The 2016 event helped the group donate $60,000 to the Lisner-Louise-Dickson Hurt Home for modest-income D.C. seniors.

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