Gimme A Band, Gimme A Banana! The Carmen Miranda Story

by Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil

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About the Play

Written by company members and Brazilian-American artists, Mel Bieler and Patti Kalil, Pointless Theatre’s new original piece explores a tense yet revolutionary period for Brazilian music and political relations between Latin America and the United States. 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, reinforcing the company’s style which, “feels completely, exuberantly its own” (The Washington Post).


$5.00 off all General Admission tickets for Tuesday evening performances with Festival code: WVFEST.


Mel Bieler (Playwright)

Mel is a Brazilian native, residing in Washington D.C. She is a founding company member and the Production Manager of Pointless Theatre Company. Mel holds a B.A. in Theatre from the University of Maryland, College Park, with a concentration on Stage Management and Directing, and has worked professionally as a Stage Manager in the DC area for a variety of theatres, including Ford’s Theatre, Woolly Mammoth, Theatre J and GALA Hispanic Theatre and Adventure Theatre. 


Patti Kalil (Playwright)

Patti is a Brazilian native, residing in Washington D.C. She is Co-Artistic Director of the 2014 John Aniello Helen Hayes Award Recipient for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, Pointless Theatre. Patti holds an M.F.A in Studio Art from MICA, and a B.A. in Theatre concentrating in Set Design & Stage Management from the University of Maryland - College Park. She is also a graduate of The Juilliard School Professional Internship Program in Stage Properties, and a Forum Ensemble Member.




Pointless Theatre

Performing at
Trinidad Theatre at Capital Fringe
1358 Florida Ave, NE
Washington, DC 20002