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Famous Congratulations: Peter Cherukuri

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Here’s looking at you, Peter Cherukuri. The Executive Vice President of Audience Solutions at Politico is showing off his acting chops in an upcoming production of Casablanca

He’s putting his suit aside to perform in the Picnic Theatre Company’s one-hour interpretation of the film, and anyone interested in classic movies (and drinking wine outside), should head to Dumbarton House this week for a great show. He’ll be playing the role of Sam the Piano Player, a nightclub performer most known for his ballad “As Time Goes By,” the love song of main characters Rick and Ilsa.

The Picnic Theatre Company, founded in 2010, is entirely volunteer-run and puts on “site-specific party theatre” around the District. They are known for shortening classic movies like The 39 Steps and Arsenic & Old Lace into short, one-act plays. All of their performances are hosted picnic-style, and they invite viewers to bring a blanket and relax on the grass.

Cherukuri will perform on June 15, 16, and 17 at the Dumbarton House at 7 p.m. and on June 23 at the Phillips Collection at 6:30 p.m. Tickets cost $12, and all proceeds will go to preservation and education efforts at the Dumbarton House and Courage for Kids.

Break a leg, Peter! Hypothetically, at least.