The Tour de Theaters bike ride combines exercise with a love of theater

Halfway through the 2018 Helen Hayes Awards ceremony, a bicycle whistled onto the stage, catching the attention of the audience. On the bike was Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr, dressed in bike shorts and a helmet. The ensuing witty banter between Immerwahr and Helen Hayes President Amy Austin gave viewers an idea of ​​the fun the duo had planned for this year’s Theater Week, when some of DC’s top theaters offer live entertainment. $15 and $35 tickets for their shows.

J Theater Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr. Photo courtesy of Théâtre J.

While watching theater is usually a sedentary sport, Immerwahr has found a way to merge his love of theater and exercise: the DC Theaters Bike Ride.

JThe Tour de Théâtres (a pun on the famous cycling Tour de France) is a free community bike tour through the nation’s capital, punctuated with stops at the Signature Theatre, Synetic Theater and Arena Stage where riders can chat with the artists and directors who make these theaters tick. And no worries if you’re more used to sitting on a balcony than speeding down a country road, Immerwahr promises the ride will be flat and relaxed and will include beautiful trails as well as a pit stop for a cold drink. at Shirlington’s Busboys and Poets.

Cyclists will find Immerwahr an enthusiastic supporter of cycling. “I bike to the movies all the time, and I especially like going to Signature because the trails there and back are so nice. I thought it might be fun to combine my love of theater and my love of cycling, and so the DC Theaters Tower was born!

Immerwahr hopes the ride will inspire people to cycle more often. “The ride not only celebrates the wonderful theaters we visit, but also how easy and enjoyable it can be to get from one to the next. More than that, it’s a great opportunity to meet and share the road with a group of like-minded theatergoers, in a relaxed and beautiful setting.And if you haven’t cycled to Signature, you’ll be shocked at how easy it is!

Last year, the DC Theaters Tour took riders to the Anacostia Playhouse, Woolly Mammoth Theater Company, Keegan Theatre, Studio Theater and Arena Stage. Photo by Adam Immerwahr.

The DC Theaters Tour takes place this Saturday, September 22 from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Participation is free but cyclists must register in advance. Participants must meet at Arena Stage. Runners have the option of staying at the Signature Theater for the 2 p.m. performance of Passion. Tickets for Passion must be purchased separately.

The 2018 DC Theaters Theater Week Tour includes:

  • an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of Arena Stage
  • a chance to visit one of the most innovative theaters in our region, Synetic Theater
  • a stop at the Tony Award-winning Signature Theater
  • a break at Busboys and Poets in Shirlington, VA
  • A relaxed ride along the beautiful (and flat) Mount Vernon Bike Path, led by J Theater Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr

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