Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story.


Gimme a Banana, Gimme a Band, follows the story of iconic 1940’s Brazilian Bombshell, Carmen Miranda, through the sounds of samba and experimental multi-disciplinary theatre. This era of Hollywood glam and cultural commodification is examined through Carmen’s experiences as one of the first Latina performers to immigrate to the United States and become a household name.  This samba puppet spectacle is narrated through Carmen’s songs, which introduced Brazilian culture to the rest of the world, consecrating the actress as a Hollywood’s legendary “Lady in the Tutti Frutti Hat.” Gimme a Band, Gimme a Banana combines Pointless’ unique use of puppetry, live music, and dance.

Presented by Pointless Theatre

Show Type
Running Time
70 minutes
(0 Intermissions)
Appropriate For 16+ Price Ranges
$15 - $25

Discount Tickets Available Students and Seniors 65+ with valid I.D

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Schedule Open/Close Dates: 10/15/2015 - 11/14/2015
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Tuesday 8:00pm--
Wednesday 8:00pm--
Thursday 8:00pm--
Friday 8:00pm--
Saturday 3:00pm8:00pm-
Important Dates

Special Performances

  • 10/15/2015 - 8:00pm Pay What you Will Preview
  • 10/16/2015 - 8:00pm Preview # 2
  • 10/17/2015 - 8:00pm Preview # 3
  • 10/18/2015 - 8:00pm Opening Night/Press Opening
Performer Role
Rebecca Ballinger Night Club Performer/Ensemble
Belen Oyola-Rebaza Aurora/Ensemble
Sharalys Silva Carmen Miranda
Scott Whalen Shubert/Jerry Lewis/Ensemble
Philip da Costa Aloysio/Ensemble
Angeleaza Anderson Ensemble
Brendan O'Connoll Sebastian/Ensemble
Daniel Smeriglio Dean Martin/Ensemble
Amanda Leigh Corbert Baiana/Ensemble
Production Personnel
Mel Bieler
Patti Kalil
Roberta Alves
Matt Reckeweg
Costume Designer
Frank Labovitz
Set Designers
Mel Bieler
Patti Kalil
Sound Designer
Michael Winch
Musical Director
Patricia Vergara
Lighting Designer
Max Doolittle
Puppet Designer: Patti Kalil
Puppet Designer: Mel Bieler


Trinidad Theatre - Logan Fringe Arts Space
1358-1360 Florida Ave, NE, Washington, DC 20002
About the Venue:
One of the newest venues in Capital Fringe's new home in the Trinidad neighborhood of Washington, DC.

Getting There

  • New York Ave-Florida Ave-Gallaudet U (Red Line)
  • BE A GREEN AUDIENCE: USE PUBLIC TRANSIT or RIDE A BIKE METRO: Mt. Vernon Sq. 7th St. (Green/Yellow); Gallery Place/Chinatown (Red,Green/Yellow); BUS: 42,70,71,79,80,G8,P6, X2; CIRCULATOR: Convention Center/Waterfront; Georgetown/Union Station; BIKE SHARE: Convention Center/7th & M St NW and 5th St & K St NW


  • Street parking


  • This venue is wheelchair accessible.
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