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The Choreographers' Showcase is one of the longest-running showcases of new and established choreographers in the country. Presented in partnership with the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the showcase has been inspiring dance audiences and building the regional dance community since 1983.
The showcase features voting for the Audience Choice Award. The winner is eligible to participate in NextLOOK, a community incubator program in partnership with Joe's Movement Emporium to support the development of new work by regional artists.
From the bittersweet nostalgia of World War II and the musical majesty of Barbra Streisand, to the family fun of Cinderella and the jubilant dance party from the 80s, this year of unique programming truly offers something for everyone.
Shots are fired in a school house, and the world seems to stop. A stunned community — teachers, parents, friends, families of the victims and the perpetrators — must find a way to keep living their lives. This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Rosalind is banished to the Forest of Arden and discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility in one of Shakespeare's most cherished romantic comedies. When she disguises herself as a rustic shepherd, enchantment abounds and blossoms into an exploration of the beauty and complexities of young love.
A small house is besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety.
Blues in the Night, a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong, it will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail! The interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.
Coming of age is never easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in Brooklyn, and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls, of course. But he's more likely to become a short story writer than a short stop. Eugene's witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother, and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through puberty both poignant and joyful.
A riveting psychological drama from one of America's master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can't figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play about being American, being married, and coming to terms with one's own identity.
The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the Congress, Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and other centers of power, taking a humorous look at serious issues and providing laughs for millions. Since they began over 20 years ago, Capitol Steps has become a Washington, DC institution for providing a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy.
The award-winning production returns, wordlessly re-imagined to sizzling effect! As the irresistible and fiery Carmen draws the soldier Jose into a forbidden romance, a deadly love triangle emerges - with tragic consequences. Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili reprises the title role in this newly adapted Synetic classic. Recommended for ages 13+ for violence and adult themes.
Join us as we present the largest musical in Round House's history! Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated Caroline, Or Change follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner's provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score from Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home) that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.
This fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance showcases the beauty of the body as it is manipulated and consumed. A couple on and off stage, Sébastien Ramirez is a Frenchman of Spanish descent who grew up steeped in hip-hop culture; Honji Wang is a classically trained German ballerina of Korean descent. In Monchichi, their contrasting backgrounds and aesthetics explosively meet in a performance that confronts identity, love and the enigma of culture.
In 1941, the German physicist Werner Heisenberg traveled to Copenhagen to meet his Danish counterpart, Niels Bohr. Old friends and colleagues, now they find themselves on opposite sides in a world war and embroiled in a race to create the atom bomb. Why Heisenberg went to Copenhagen, and what he wanted to say to Bohr, are questions that have intrigued and divided historians and scientists ever since. Michael Frayn's Tony Award-winning play about this historic meeting is a classic of modern drama—a meditation on friendship and moral responsibility, intellectually dazzling, and deeply moving that journeys through the realm of science and beyond.
Don Pasquale follows the misadventures of a young couple as they plot to marry and snatch their inheritance from a pompous old uncle before he gets married! Donizetti's score has it all: side splitting wit, melodic splendor, vocal fireworks, comic opera at its very best. Elizabeth Pringle directs our new English adaptation by Bari Biern, with conductor Stanley Thurston at the musical helm.
The TDPS New Play Workshop is an opportunity for student playwrights at UMD to develop a short play in a supportive environment. Each selected playwright will be assigned a mentor—a professional dramatist living and working in the Baltimore-DC corridor. Mentors will serve as guides through the process of rehearsing with a director and actors, filtering and implementing feedback, and revising.
Grab your royal attire and join the parade — the fashion conscious Emperor himself is spending his fortune on the most fabulous robe ever seen! However, some crafty weavers claim that their beautiful fabric is invisible to the hopelessly witless. Will you be able to see his new robe? Will the Emperor himself even see it? Will the swindling weavers be caught?! Our Learning Theater production puts a fresh, musical spin on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, hilariously illuminating how pride and vanity can make a leader a glorious buffoon.
André is 80 and a man of his own mind. He's quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His trusted watch goes missing, reappears, and is lost again. His daughter's stories don't quite add up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. The incomparable Ted van Griethuysen stars in Florian Zeller's internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear.
What happens to poor Harlequin when he finds himself kidnapped by an all-powerful Prince with designs on his fiancée, the faint-hearted peasant Silvia? Will Harlequin speak truth to power and tell the Prince to go hang? Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one surprising marriage.
You'll forget all about the winter weather outside when Flamenco Vivo/Carlota Santana heats up The Alden. Flamenco Vivo brings an exciting evening of flamenco to the stage featuring accomplished artists from the U.S. and Spain.
In Fred's American Diner on a busy English motorway, people dream of better lives. Chloe wants to emigrate, Melissa dreams of university, Heather wants to rebuild her life, Sunny wants Heather. And someone is going to kill Fred. You'll find friendly staff and get service with a smile, but not far beneath lies a deadly secret in this dark comedy.
This three-play series shines an important, probing spotlight on the 2016 political season and is aptly timed to lead up to Inauguration Day 2017. The Gabriels will be performed in repertory, with several chances for audiences to see all three plays in one daylong marathon performance.
The first play in the cycle, Hungry, introduces the Gabriel family of Rhinebeck, New York. Family members discuss their lives, disappointments, and the world at large and nearby as they struggle against the fear of being left behind.
The second play, What Did You Expect?, brings the audience to the kitchen of the Gabriel family with the country now in the midst of the general election for president. In the course of one evening in the house they grew up in, history (both theirs and the country's), money, politics, family, art, and culture are chopped up and mixed together while a meal is made around the kitchen table.
In the moving finale, the Gabriel family awaits the results of the presidential election on November 8, 2016. Women of a Certain Age takes place in the course of a single night, eight months after the audience first meets the Gabriels. Patricia, the family monarch, joins her children and daughters-in-law as they prepare a meal from the past and consider the future of their country, town, and home. Paying tribute to the difficult year behind them, the Gabriels compare notes on the search for empathy and authenticity at a time when the game seems rigged and the rules are changing.
Tony Award winner Richard Nelson wrote and directs this three-play cycle. His production, arriving in Washington, D.C., after a world premiere in New York City, retains its core acting company.
Master dramatist Tom Stoppard's newest play follows Hilary, a young psychology researcher at the prestigious Krohl Institute for Brain Science. As she and her colleagues grapple with the 'hard problem' of defining consciousness, a thorny decision from Hilary's past fuels her controversial stances—and a few suspect choices. Bristling with intellectual energy and searing wit, The Hard Problem explores the difference between our brains and our minds, the nature of belief, and how to reconcile hard science with lived experience.
Isaac, a veteran, returns to his childhood home and discovers that his family's been transformed. His timid mother, freed from the constraints of her marriage, has begun a crusade to subvert the patriarchy, and his sister has become a trans male anarchist who uses the pronouns ze and hir. Meanwhile, his abusive father now wears clown makeup and downs estrogen pills…against his will.
Obie Award-winner Taylor Mac's black comedy flips the script on gender power dynamics and asks a key question: does destroying the past really free you from it? It's a sly kitchen-sink drama covered in glitter, and you'll laugh your way through to an answer.
Emotion and evolution collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crackles between the eminent professor and the maverick graduate student, whose theories might just change the way we regard sex itself. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play, by the writer of hit TV shows In Treatment and The Affair, grapples with difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
In this solo show, late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson explores his days as a struggling young writer in Pittsburgh's Hill District and how the neighborhood inspired his cycle of plays about the African-American experience. At times shockingly provocative and often hilariously funny, this theatrical memoir follows one man's journey of self-discovery and what it means to be a black artist in America.
Synetic's visionary Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings his mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor Hugo's gothic, heartbreaking epic of inner beauty and undying loyalty. When the beguiling dancer Esmerelda captures the heart of the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo, his adoptive father, the priest Frollo, decides he wants her for himself - plunging all of Paris into a spiral of riots, revolution, and murder. This production will not have dialogue. Recommended for ages 13+ for violence.
Samantha and Leo are a team—best friends and roommates, fat girl and gay guy against the world—until a new friend upends their cozy co-dependent diet of mutual self-loathing and Grey's Anatomy marathons. An ode to the complications of friendship in its many fucked-up forms, with a special nod to a kind of love that sometimes looks a lot like rage. Produced as a part of Studio R&D, Studio Theatre's new works initiative
Cecily and Gwendolyn know that the only really safe name for a suitable suitor is Earnest. But Algy and Jack, the two blundering bachelors who set out to woo them, don't let a little detail like that stand in their way. The main thing standing in their way is the formidable Lady Bracknell, who is intent on ensuring everything is properly buttoned up. Alas, the game of Victorian-era courting goes hilariously awry in this beloved classic comedy of manners.
Covert operative Valerie Plame is racing to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when the unthinkable happens. With the country at war, her cover is blown. She must now navigate a media frenzy, the CIA's search for answers, and her diplomat husband's dogged pursuit of the truth. Inspired by true events, Intelligence is a political thriller that explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power.
A world-renowned illusionist and entertainer, Ivan Amodei delights in creating one of a kind stage experiences using a blend of magnificent magic, music, drama and comedy that transport you, the audience into a fantastic new world! Utterly enthralling, Amodei's myriad talents range from daring telekinesis to dazzling telepathy, and much more, including inspiring and dazzling world-class illusions!
Currently on a 7 year run at his residency at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ivan Amodei's 90 minute show will included the incredible illusion that fooled Penn & Teller, as well as, other stunning coincidences, psychological illusions and spectacular brain games. All wrapped around spellbinding story-telling and masterful showmanship.
And don't forget the musical score by Celine Dion's main star cellist Irina Chirkova that accompanies the show. Set in elegant, candlelit space, and filled with audience participation, you'll witness Amodei manipulate time, alter someone's fate and even discover a spectator's destiny – might it be you?
The icon. His traitor. The most famous story ever told. An almost-as-famous score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Joe Calarco (Gypsy) directs a sleek, modern, environmental production of the Tony Award-winning rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. This fiery epic of celebrity, passion, guilt, and salvation includes such classic songs as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Everything's Alright," and, above all, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
From the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed The Turn of the Screw and Monsters of the Villa Diodati! During the run of a legendary Broadway performer's comeback one-woman show, the performances take unexpected turns as she tries to tell the story of her star-studded life in the theater. She frequently forgets anecdotes that she was supposed to tell, or makes up entirely new ones. Her stage manager and director try to come to her aid, but the insidious signs of Alzheimer's disease are becoming apparent. Brimming with humor and pathos, this heart-warming Bold New Work twists and turns its way through the shadows of memory.A "Bold New Works" World Premiere Musical
The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how to rule? Written primarily in Shakespearean blank verse, this modern history play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.
Arena Stage's Lillian Hellman Festival features staged readings, panel discussions, and film screenings. The festival celebrates the iconic playwright, author, and political activist. Its programming includes the following:
- Film screening of Julia
- Taffety Punk Theatre Company's reading of Toys in the Attic
- Howard University's Department of Theatre Arts' reading of The Children's Hour
- Panel discussion — Beyond Gender: Inspiring Generations of Female Writers
- Reading of Another Part of the Forest
- Community-wide reading of Pentimento
- Panel discussion — Hellman: The Radical
Note: Festival events are free, but reservations are required.
The legendary Mariinsky Ballet brings to life Alexei Ratmansky's charming contemporary take on this classic Russian fairy tale. The Little Humpbacked Horse showcases plenty of personality, humor, and creativity with a score by Rodion Shchedrin.
The members of The Bridges of Madison County company are excited to host their final fundraising event, Love is Always Better – An Evening of Music by Jason Robert Brown and More, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Provocative director Liesl Tommy brings Broadway savvy, storytelling flair and a revolutionary sensibility to "The Scottish Play," Shakespeare's exploration of murderous ambition, fiendish equivocation and a love of terrifying intimacy. In a world beset by civil war and invasion, Macbeth and his artful lady begin a series of murders, plunging us into the darkest night of the soul. Storms rage, fires burn and night blankets the earth in this tale of sound and fury, accompanied by Shakespeare's richest poetry.
Playwright Andrew Hinderaker weaves a thrilling and theatrical story about a talented magician who has risen to the top of his profession by maintaining absolute control over his performances – as well as his love life. But when his lover forces him to confront his fears, along with his washed up magician father, his act might never be the same. Watch card houses fall apart and reassemble, and be prepared to be amazed again as Hinderaker and actor Brett Schneider weave a magical spell that ends in a secret and powerful testament to the profundity of performance and hope.
Set in a frozen little town in the middle of continental nowhere, Midwestern Gothic paints a vivid portrait of a young woman, Stina, who is desperate to escape her everyday surroundings. Her wild and twisted imagination drives her to create increasingly bizarre diversions that suddenly take a perverse turn toward a surprising end. This innovative musical thriller by Royce Vavrek and Josh Schmidt combines rock music, country, and pure fantasy.
Note: Midwestern Gothic, which contains profanity and graphic imagery, is intended for adults.
Mrs. Miller can't sing — but don't tell her that. Based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing is a portrait of a devoted, warbling songstress whose operatic, off-key singing became an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. This play by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George) romps through golden oldies like "A Hard Day's Night," "Monday, Monday," and "Downtown." Leading the way is Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk (Mozart in the Jungle).
One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Street Where You Live", takes on new life in an intimate reimagining of the Tony-winning classic My Fair Lady. Flower-seller Eliza Doolittle wages a romantic battle with uppercrust Henry Higgins, with surprising results in this production by Alan Souza, whose Camelot the Chicago Tribune called "genuinely revisionist… fascinating and fresh."
Using spatial dynamics, movement and physical theatre, text, live sound, theatrical clown and improvisational play, Threshold explores moments of transition, from the simplicity of entering and exiting a space, to the profound transition from innocence to experience.
Happenstance Theater engages the audience by bringing curiosity and delight to the idea of crossing over into unknown spaces: the moving, meeting, leaping, partnering, parting, aging and dying that require us to cross the threshold.
Our human imprint and the memory of our movement linger in spaces well after we have migrated through them. The One-Mile Radius Project explores these imprints and the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe's Movement Emporium. In collaboration with Joe's, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Brentwood Arts Exchange and their workshop participants, Orange Grove Dance will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe's.
Aaron Posner has crafted his latest re-imagined Chekhov to radically intersect with its Russian progenitor. While Three Sisters plays out in one theatre, half the cast is also performing upstairs in another: Same building, different theatre... No Sisters! While Olga, Masha, and Irina yearn for Moscow, the rest of the household and its hangers-on grapple with their own heartache and longing, bit players in a world whose focus is elsewhere. No Sisters explores the screwed up, endlessly fascinating psyches of Chekhov's lovelorn, world-weary misfits and broken dreamers in a wildly funny play about wildly unhappy people. Commissioned as a part of Studio R&D, Studio Theatre's new works initiative.
As the star of his own musical autobiography, comedian/musician/storyteller Ahamefule J. Oluo is electrifying. Part experimental pop opera for 17-piece orchestra and part comedic storytelling piece, Now I'm Fine is compellingly energetic, blending original music with darkly comic personal monologues about illness, despair and regeneration. A virtuosic performance by vocalist okanomodé further illuminates this deeply relatable story that ranges from epic to intimate. Oluo's storytelling was recently featured on This American Life. He is the founder of the hard-jazz quartet Industrial Revelation and has collaborated with Macklemore, Das Racist, Hey Marseilles and many others.
Miramar brings nostalgic love songs to a new generation. They revive the bolero, a traditional Latin American song form, by following in the footsteps of the great Puerto Rican troubadours of the 1950's and 60's. They perform a mix of original and classic tunes drawing upon such great artist as Sylvia Rexach, Felipe 'La Voz' Rodriguez and duo Irizarry de Cordova. A portion of Miramar's repertoire also includes Portuguese and Greek pieces that emerged from similar international song movements that paralleled the Latin American bolero revolution.
Yeni Nostalji is a music group based in Richmond, Virginia. Their mission is to share timeless music and performances inspired by Turkish pop of the 1960's and 70's. Founded by singer Christina Marie, who initially joined forces with Turkish American guitarist Evrim Doğu and keyboardist Jeff London. "I believe that we were brought together for a reason," Christina says. "This is my calling. To help preserve the spirit of the music coming from Turkey during these decades."
Carl Maria von Weber's stunning music for Oberon brings you a true midsummer night's dream, beginning with the famous overture. Shakespeare's gods are a-quarreling, and true love must be conjured by a host of fairies, kings, elves, medieval knights and the mischievous Puck. Writer and director Nick Olcott unveils a new English adaptation of this classic opera, conducted by music director Stanley Thurston.
Desperate to get out of a career in espionage, up-and-coming playwright Aphra Behn just landed her first commission for a professional company—if she can deliver her play by dawn. But in a world of sex and spies, can Aphra save the life of King Charles II and launch her budding writing career all in one night? With echoes of Restoration comedy, this playful farce is a rush of madcap antics and rollicking intrigue.
The Maryland Opera Studio pairs two radically different tellings of the Orpheus myth: Gluck's glorious tragedy and Offenbach's infectious farce. A full orchestra and large cast of singers and dancers bring this double spectacle to life with beautiful lighting, costumes and sets, an annual collaboration between the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
A moving look at life in the small town of Grover's Corners, "Our Town" examines what it means to grow up. Through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage" and "Death and Eternity," Thornton Wilder studies the deeply personal yet remarkably universal lives of the Webb and Gibbs families. This poignant American tale explores friendship, love and death, but most importantly, what it truly means to live.
Join us at a café-teatro where Diana Sáez & Friends explore Latin-America's nueva canción or trova, and its musical ancestry. Love songs or protest songs? Cuban Silvio Rodriguez, Chilean Victor Jara, many others, share poetic lyrics, indigenous rhythms, and a rich heritage with their romantic-pop songwriter predecessors: enjoy the ride! Abel Lopez and Diana Sáez direct this café-teatro.
Get hooked by an hilarious evening of madcap fun! An apprentice starcatcher and a young orphan boy find themselves on a life-changing adventure when they are charged with protecting magical starstuff from fearsome pirates. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is rich in humor, magic, and touching sincerity. Enjoy the clever wit of Dave Barry along with mysterious mermaids, angry islanders, and of course, a giant crocodile.
From the one-woman dynamo who brought the Obie Award-winning No Child… to Woolly in 2008 comes a rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life. If you've ever seen Nilaja Sun's virtuosic performance style, you'll want to experience it again…and if you haven't, you must not miss the chance to be transported to Pike St.
On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter's respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters—a decorated war veteran, her ne'er-do-well father, her octogenarian downstairs neighbor—bring new meaning to the phrase "it takes a village."
Based on E.L. Doctorow's celebrated novel, this epic Tony-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect—and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed. With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy and a who's who of 20th-century historical characters, Ragtime confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (1776, The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) directs an all-star D.C. cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton and Jonathan Atkinson.
Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking masterpiece follows the Younger family, who yearn for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but relationships are strained when family members realize they have different definitions of the American dream. Whose dreams will be realized and whose deferred? A Raisin in the Sun paints the African-American experience in brilliant and powerful strokes. This portrait of life remains as vibrant and vital today as it was at the play's premiere in 1959.
This drama focuses on the two women at the heart of the landmark Roe v. Wade case: plaintiff Norma McCorvey and her attorney Sarah Weddington. McCorvey, a wild-tempered bartender, became "Roe" after seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. Weddington argued McCorvey's case before the U.S. Supreme Court at the age of 26. Roe documents their shockingly divergent journeys afterward — journeys that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture.
Following an acclaimed run at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Lisa Loomer's play is making its Washington, D.C., debut. Directed by Bill Rauch, Roe is a coproduction with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival and Berkeley Repertory Theatre.
With its ravishing language and uproarious comedy, Romeo and Juliet celebrates love's triumph and its trivialities. Verona's walls embrace the volatility of youth as well as the wisdom and restraint that often escape young and old alike. Thumb-biting, dance and swordplay share the stage with sonnets, bawdy wit and soul-searching speeches in this profoundly human and always surprising treasure.
From the comic imagination of STC favorite David Ives comes a Baroque buffet. Alceste, Molière's ruthless French truth-teller, becomes Frank, an aristocrat who despises hypocrisy—and, frankly, doesn't mind telling you so. His chief delight a well-aimed barb, Frank wreaks havoc in a world of pompous suitors and extravagant ladies, hurling abuse and affection with equal gusto as he vies with admirers for his beloved Celimene.
Love and lust are the ultimate Hallmark emotions, right? According to Bento Bonchev, they're saccharine marketing gimmicks designed to sell flowers and candy to those gullible enough to believe. But Bento's world is turned upside down when an astounding discovery forces him to rethink his dogma. Set in the not-so-distant future where love is thought to be a myth, this Russian absurdist satire offers a truly novel take on an age-old question of the heart.
Flint by LaTefia Bradley: Flint is a dance work that addresses the Flint Water Crises. This liberating and thought-provoking choreography combines visual art and dance, and shows images of the people of Flint, Michigan in order to draw attention to a problem that is not only happening in Flint, but all around the United States.
Another Side of You by Allen Chunhui Xing : Another Side of You explores the inner struggles that many face conforming to society expectations.
Akwantuo: The Journey by Mustapha Braimah
Featuring provocative choreography by Master of Fine Arts students in dance, serving as an unguarded exploration of these young artists' talents and interests.
This concert focuses on new works in development. As the first opportunity for them to put material onstage and see what develops, it often contains the seeds of movement ideas that will be featured in their MFA Thesis programs.
A stage littered with liquor bottles and café chairs seamlessly transforms itself from the bistros of Paris to the banks of the Irati River; a long bar table roars to life and charges a champion matador; an out-of-control dance party takes off during a night of nonstop revelry. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he loves; a woman whose amorous escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism.
Created by acclaimed theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) is the third in a trilogy of literary adaptations along with Gatz (The Great Gatsby) and The Sound and the Fury.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali's Bar is an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) playwrights. This (free!) reading series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. On the day of a play's reading, the play first receives a mini-developmental workshop with professional actors. The reading follows and is in turn followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists. Here's the 2016-17 lineup:
Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly - October 3
Dogwood Cross by Michael Trottier - November 14
Fortune Cookies for Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes by Dani Stoller - February 6
The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue by Mardee Bennett - April 27
Swimming With Whales by Bob Bartlett - June 5
Silencio Blanco explores voice through the power of silence in a world where corporate greed feeds corruption. A young man is thrown out of the coal pit where he works, and in a precarious attempt to protect his livelihood and support his family, takes on a new job in the infamously sinister mine El Chiflón del Diablo. Meanwhile, a community copes with this danger in its midst and the uncertainty it sparks in their every day lives. Performing in complete silence using minimalistic marionettes, puppetry ensemble Silencio Blanco spins a universal story of humanity in the face of hardship, highlighting those who are often forgotten behind sensational headlines.
"There's No Business Like Show Business," and no songs like Irving's songs. Come on and experience the romance, irony and wisdom of so many favorite hits of stage and screen in our cabaret of Irving Berlin favorites. Always, Blue Skies, Easter Parade, Heat Wave, Alexander's Ragtime Band, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin' On the Ritz… Writer Bari Biern and directors Abel Lopez and Reenie Codelka create an unforgettable evening cabaret of Berlin for all of us.
Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hardwired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of racism and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, acceptance, and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.
After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett – a restauranteur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies – Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many years ago.
Starring Synetic's award-winning Founding Choreographer and Associate Artistic Director Irina Tsikurishvili, the Hollywood-set adaptation of one of the Bard's best known romantic comedies returns! See the original "Battle of the Sexes" enacted with all the fiery and acrobatic motion you've come to expect from Synetic! This production will not have dialogue. This production is recommended for ages 14+ for nudity and sexual situations.
Stuck in a backwater town, three sisters and their brother search for meaning amidst missed opportunities and misplaced dreams in the everyday clutter of lackluster birthday presents, pushy in-laws, and underwhelming suitors. Three Sisters pitches the sublime against the ridiculous, the romanticized past against an idealized future, and the individual against the unknowability of life itself in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about life's heartbreak and absurdity.
"You do what you think is right and let the law catch up." So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who – long before Antonin Scalia – changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the "separate but equal" mandate in Maryland law schools. Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show, and consider just how far we've come… or have we?
Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship. Robert Richmond directs Shakespeare's tragic satire about the fickleness of prosperity, with Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role.
In this stunning 360-degree production, artistic director Eric Schaeffer plunges audiences into the middle of the glamour, chaos, heroism, and spirit of the most infamous ship of all time. With a lush, unforgettable score and a cast, orchestra, and crew of more than 50 artists, Titanic is making a splash this season!
The story of a successful career-driven superwoman in the early years of the 1980s in Margaret Thatcher's England. Marlene has just earned a big promotion over a male co-worker. She and a restaurant full of history's most famous women celebrate the virtue and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. In the episodes that follow, we meet many of the women (and girls) in Marlene's world and learn the steep costs that often followed success of women in the 80s. It's been 35 years yet Top Girls remains surprisingly relevant filled with questions we still are trying to answer.
Suzan-Lori Parks won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for Topdog/Underdog, a thrilling and intimate drama about two African-American brothers – Lincoln and Booth – who, in their struggle to gain a foothold in 21st century America end up turning on each other as they fight for scraps from the table of joy. For this 15th anniversary production, Suzan-Lori has given us permission to cast the show, for the first time, with two actresses of extraordinary talent: Obie™ Award-winner Jessica Frances Dukes and Helen Hayes Award-winner Dawn Ursula.
When long-distance love tangles the heartstrings of the play's title characters, it takes two clever women, a pair of devoted servants and a dog to make things right. Shakespeare tries out some of his most popular ideas for the first time in this early comedy. Jealous lovers, a cross-dressing heroine and a daring escape into the forest make The Two Gentlemen of Verona simultaneously a familiar and completely refreshing trip.
Undergraduate TDPS Dance students present a concert of original choreography. The program includes new works created and/or performed by undergraduate students as they explore their choreographic voice and vision, plus pieces developed throughout the year by guest choreographers.
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl) leads an ensemble cast as Fanny Farrelly in Lillian Hellman's suspenseful masterpiece Watch on the Rhine. With America on the brink of entering World War II, Fanny's daughter escapes to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with her German husband, a man deeply involved in anti-fascist movements. But with an Eastern European guest harboring ulterior motives living in their midst, tensions rise. No one's safety — at home or abroad — can be guaranteed.
My Life Has Been Like Water by Mark Costello
This multimedia project uses a live video loop that explores time as an architectural object; something to be controlled, built, expanded and repeated. Time as if it is poured like water: endless, flowing, emotional, momentous, pure.
untitled homage to my twenties in new york city by Kelly Colburn
A wild and nostalgic investigation of what it means to give up the thing you love most, this performance seeks to uncover what makes New York City exciting and enticing to the natives and the dreamers. Part documentary, part mockumentary, part dance, part theater, part film — this love letter explores the exhilaration, freedom, fear and regret of actively witnessing the death of your youth.
Ford's Theatre presents Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? 55 years after its New York premiere. The premise? Married couple George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to their home after a faculty party. What awaits their late-night guests is not a welcoming nightcap but verbal sparring fueled by alcohol and 20 years of marital dysfunction. Bristling with wit, Albee's play is funny and heart-wrenching as it exposes the fears and secrets of both couples while blurring the line between reality and illusion. Aaron Posner directs and Holly Twyford stars as Martha in this modern masterpiece.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 17 and older.
When Eric falls for the handsome Wilson on the subway, he doesn't know what he's in for. Because Wilson is also Nina, a rising drag star in The House of Light, and when a competing house calls a ball for midnight, Eric is drawn into battle. Part turf war, part pageant, all conquest, Wig Out! is a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture by way of Ovid, Jay-Z, and Destiny's Child. From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a dazzling spectacle about the timeless desires to be desired, find your home, and dominate anyone who throws you shade.
Bring your imagination and get swept away to the wonderful Land of Oz as Creative Cauldron tackles one of the most iconic musicals of all time. All your favorite characters, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, will be brought to life by talented local professionals. They will be joined by an ensemble cast drawn from our new Professional Musical Theater Workshop. Enjoy all of those memorable songs from the MGM classic (Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain/A Heart/The Nerve and We're Off to See The Wizard) that have made this show an American treasure.
An innocent boy, son to a family of goat herders, is found to be heir to the kingdom. Riches and luxury are laid at his feet, but at what cost to others?
This world premiere musical adaptation of Oscar Wilde's The Young King, by Martin Hennessy with libretto by Tom Rowan, addresses human rights and social justice issues directly relevant to contemporary wealth and income inequality struggles. Performed by Maryland Opera Studio (MOS) artists.
Hennessy is the winner of the inaugural Opera Composition Contest, a joint effort between MOS and the Artist Partner Program to support the cultivation and performance of new work.