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Flying V’s staging of The Oregon Trail. Photo by Bryan Maxwell

Flying V

Do you like wrestling, comic books or indie music? You may be a Flying V fan and not even know it. The Bethesda theater company, which was co-founded in 2011 by Bethesda resident Jason Schlafstein, is gaining recognition for innovative, energetic performances built on pop-culture references and intimate stories.

Winner of the 2015 Helen Hayes Award for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, Flying V offers shows that stretch typical theatrical genres and formats.

For example, last year’s Flying V Fights: Heroes & Monsters featured an ensemble cast performing an “album” of vignettes tied together by a common theme: Who do we admire and why? It used vampires and iconic characters such as Superman and Little Red Riding Hood. Most shows are performed at The Writer’s Center in Bethesda.

Flying V, www.flyingvtheatre.com

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