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Based on the beloved film, Akeelah and the Bee tells the story of an independent 11-year-old from the Chicago projects whose razor-sharp mind keeps her one step ahead of the game in the neighborhood … but is it enough to get her to the top? Akeelah must turn to family, friends and a few unlikely mentors if she's going to survive the final round of the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Playwright Cheryl L. West (Pullman Porter Blues) and director Charles Randolph-Wright (Ruined) bring this spirited adaptation to life this holiday season.
April 1-May 8, 2016 It's not personal, it's politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy's assassination and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it'll take more than politicking to hold America together—it'll take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this "sure-fire, action-packed hit" (Huffington Post) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
Academy Award winning actress Juliette Binoche stars in the title role of Antigone, a Barbican and Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg production, in association with Toneelgroep Amsterdam. The production is directed by internationally renowned Belgian theater director Ivo van Hove, with a new translation by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson.
When her dead brother is decreed a traitor and his body is left unburied beyond the city walls, Antigone refuses to accept this severe punishment. Defying her uncle who governs, she dares to say "no." Forging ahead with a funeral on her own, she places personal allegiance before politics, a tenacious act that will trigger a cycle of destruction.
After ten years clean and sober, Molly Drexler falls off the wagon and drives her Prius through her living room wall. With a hole in the house as big as the hole in their hearts, Molly's two sisters, mother, father, and wicked stepmother descend on the house for an "intervention" that doesn't play out the way anyone thought it would in this deliciously dark comedy.
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused to accept the ugly painting she bought at a thrift store for her birthday. But today might be Maude's lucky day: turns out that five-dollar painting might just be a lost Jackson Pollock. Her fate lies in the hands of Lionel Percy, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shows up at Maude's trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the "average Joe" might finally have a chance to throw it in the face of those snooty "coastal elites". Sachs based his play on true events, but the comedy is of his own making.
For all who are in love, have been in love or want nothing to do with love, "Balls Deeper" offers something to laugh about. A follow-up to last summer's hit Maryland Ensemble Theater production "Balls Deep", this sketch comedy show finds the duo of Lisa Burl and James McGarvey riffing on relationships via a roller coaster ride of mature-themed scenes, songs and monologues. Their on-again/off-again comedic chemistry will have you on stitches as they journey through the good, the bad and the ugly of romance and its aftermath. A MET-X production in association with Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Mature audiences only.
Beautiful: The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King's remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation.
Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including "I Feel The Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got A Friend" and the title song, Beautiful has a book by Tony Award® nominee and Academy Award nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony Awards and a 2015 Grammy Award.
Bligh Voth is a DC actor, born and raised, who has since migrated to New York City where she writes a popular blog (soon-to-be turned podcast) called "Avocados Are For Rich People." Recent credits include a workshop of a new musical The Searchers at Atlantic Theatre Company, Steel Magnolias at Totem Pole Playhouse, and Big River at Lyric Theater of Oklahoma. Locally she has performed at Ford's Theatre, Signature Theatre, the Mansion at Strathmore, the Kennedy Center, Washington Stage Guild, and No Rules. She's created two other cabaret shows, but this will be her first solo show.
'The greatest time of a Mormon kid's life is his mission,' sings Elder Kevin Price before finding out where and who with, his journey starts. But things are not as the handsome and pious Elder Price predicted, when he's paired up with the hapless Elder Cunningham and sent to...UGANDA! The adventure unfolds as Elder Price and Elder Cunningham try to preach The Book Of Mormon to a community blighted by disease and ruled by an evil War Lord, they learn about themselves, the true meaning of friendship and what religion ultimately means to them.
The Bridges of Madison County, one of the most romantic stories ever written, is now a two-time Tony Award winning Broadway musical. Based on the best-selling novel by Robert James Waller, The Bridges of Madison County tells the story of Iowa housewife Francesca Johnson and her life-changing, four-day whirlwind romance with traveling photographer Robert Kincaid. It's an unforgettable story of two people caught between decision and desire, as a chance encounter becomes a second chance at so much more.
Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives.
With music and book by Steve Martin and music and lyrics by Edie Brickell, Bright Star features direction by Walter Bobbie, choreography by Josh Rhodes, scenic design by Eugene Lee, costume design by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Japhy Weideman, and sound design by Nevin Steinberg.
A hilarious world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner's riotous battle-of-the-baking-sexes play starring Sherri L. Edelen.
It's the 48th Annual Twillsbury Bake-Off. The legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl – and only one can remain standing when the timer dings.
Ferociously funny, there's nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Capital Fringe creates inventive presenting opportunities for exploratory artists and adventurous audiences at its year-round headquarters at 1358 Florida Ave in NE DC. Complete with an onsite art bar, Capital Fringe is a destination for conversation, art and community.
Capital Fringe's mission is to present the work of innovative performing artists; energize and expand audiences through dynamic accessible programming; serve DC-area artists by providing career-building opportunities; and create sustaining year-round outlets for experimental performance in the Nations Capital.
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.
Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle, Gross Indecency, 33 Variations) and two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O'Farrill (Song for Chico, The Offense of the Drum) turn Bizet's passion-fueled opera Carmen into an Afro-Cuban Jazz musical, moving the action from 1820s Spain to Batista's Cuba in 1958, on the verge of the revolution. One of the greatest heroines in drama, Kaufman reimagines Carmen as a gun-runner for the rebels, who falls fiercely in love with Jose, a Batista loyalist. When the nation's great boxing legend Escamillo returns to Havana, Carmen and Jose's love falls tragically apart. With choreography by Sergio Trujillo (Memphis, Next to Normal), this stunning new version of Carmen is sure to be one of the most talked-about productions of the year.
Meet Benjamin Peale, a botanist who claims to be a time traveler from the year 2041. He needs your help to stop a critical discovery from happening in the U.S. Botanic Garden--one that will bring catastrophe and destruction to the world as we know it! Help him find the mythic "Cerulean Time Capsule" before it's too late. Be alert. Be vigilant. Time is of the essence if you want to change the course of the space-time continuum in the name of botanical security. Don't miss this immersive, interactive, and site-specific theatrical event that whisks small groups all around the Conservatory on a botanical adventure of a lifetime. Your future self is depending on you!
Due to its small-group nature, this performance can accommodate up to 12 audience members at one time. Reservations are available by clicking the ticketing link above.
Politics and family make for polarizing bedfellows in this juicy new play and recent Off-Broadway triumph. Georgetown hostess, Hester Ferris, runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass. When her son's formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of D.C.'s past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family. Follow the Ferris clan from the end of Carter's presidency through the Reagan era and into Obama's game-changing inauguration in this "smart, literate and funny" (New York Times) inside look at the theater of politics and the politics of conversation.
The hit musical revue Closer Than Ever is a heartwarming, tear-jerking exploration of timeless everyday struggles. Each song is a unique story told by a new character, with topics ranging from the agony of unrequited love to the secret life of office workers. Closer Than Ever promises a clever juxtaposition of humor and sincerity that takes audiences not only into the songbook of Richard Maltby Jr. and David Shire, but into the minds of a complex mix of very real characters.
The Comedy Pigs will return to celebrate 22 years of laughter with the Comedy Pigs 3rd Annual 20th Anniversary Weekend. The Pigs have written hundreds of sketches and songs, played over 500 performances, and have had over 40 people call themselves "Pigs." This anniversary brings back many familiar faces and sketches.
The Comedy Pigs are hosting a weekend of comedy at MET being performed by groups from across the Maryland/Virginia/DC area. Both nights will feature a completely different line-up of talent, with different forms of comedy, including improv games, long-form improv, stand-up comedians, sketches, and everything in between.
After living in virtual obscurity, Evan Hansen is about to go viral. Not on purpose, but because of a private letter becoming much too public. From Tony Award nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), with an original book by Steven Levenson (Masters of Sex), comes a new musical about connections lost and found, as two families seek answers to some of the hardest questions life could ever ask them. Three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal) directs this contemporary story of hope, heartache and the things in life we can't live without—friends, family and a sense of belonging.
On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. "A writer of comedic skill" (Variety), Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuses the Mexican telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Alfred Hitchcock based his classic thriller on Knott's deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment.
From Ayad Akhtar comes the "breathtaking, raw and blistering" (AP), Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of South-Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream—complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as "terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity" (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs will leave you breathless.
Dogfight transports audiences to the life of three Marines in 1963 on the eve of their deployment to a rising conflict in Southeast Asia. This masterful musical by up-and-coming talents Pasek and Paul tells a story of redemption and kind-hearted compassion with hauntingly beautiful songs that won them the Lucille Lortel Award for Best Musical.
From the Engel twins, who created the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins, comes a new look at one of our country's most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, "If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?" Erma Bombeck dispensed wit and wisdom for more than 30 years as the most widely syndicated humor columnist in America. Discover the story behind the award-winning humorist who championed women's lives with charm and humor that sprang from the most unexpected place of all—the truth. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
The legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita comes to Olney Theatre Center just in time for Presidential Election season! Heralded for its rich and eclectic score and explosive love triangle, Evita tells the story of Argentina's passionate political figure Eva Peron, whose love and advocacy for her country's descamisados ("the shirtless ones") was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem "Don't Cry For Me, Argentina", Evita will stun and delight in this chamber-sized version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat.
When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress's arms, his ambitious wife, Violet, immediately declares that if she can't be the wife of the president, then she'll be the mother of the president – and thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight in Dempsey and Rowe's outrageous musical comedy The Fix. With the help of her strategic brother-in-law, Violet transforms her son into the perfect citizen and ideal politician. Together, they create one of the most dysfunctional, yet brutally entertaining, almost-first families.
With a rock-laced, eclectic score and scandalous lyrics, the team behind The Witches of Eastwick and Brother Russia skewers the American bureaucratic machine. It's The Manchurian Candidate meets Caligula, with a voice uniquely its own; The Fix is a darkly brilliant, over-the-top, audaciously fun ride through the shenanigans of political elections.
Set in the popcorn-strewn, empty aisles of a crumbling Massachusetts movie theater, this 2014 Pulitzer Prize winner exposes the surprising tenderness and comedy in the everyday.
Spilled soda on the floor. Leftover food wrappers stashed in the seats. Three minimum wage employees perform the humdrum labor necessary to keep one of the last 35 millimeter projectors running. Through seemingly small conversations about movie actors, broom techniques and weekend plans, the characters divulge heartbreak, hopes and a compelling story all their own.
With her finely-tuned comic eye, Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens) brings a rich humanity to three people who desperately strive to connect, help each other move on and accept their place in the world.
A world premiere Kennedy Center musical co-commissioned with the U.S. Botanic Garden.
When you live in a big city, a.k.a. "the concrete jungle," sometimes it's hard to appreciate the great outdoors. That's definitely the case with one middle school girl, who's struggling with writing a nature-themed poem for school. Giving up, she tweets: "#poetryisstupid #natureisborings #flowersstink." Suddenly, two zany and lovable plants magically come to life in her room, encouraging her to open her eyes, ears, and mind to the beauty all around her. Pointing to her own family history, the girl's newfound friends transport her imagination to the flora of a desert, a volcano, and a rain forest to help unleash her creativity. Mixing plenty of singing and dancing with folk, bluegrass, blues, and gospel, this colorful world premiere musical – by the Helen Hayes Award-winning creators of Dizzy Miss Lizzie's Roadside Revue – shows that, if you look closely enough, you can find the best of nature in the most unlikely places.
Words and music by Debra Buonaccorsi and Stephen McWilliams. Gregg Henry directs.
Performed outdoors on the Amphitheatre stage at the U.S. Botanic Garden.
Open seating available on a first-come, first-served basis. In case of inclement weather, please check the USBG website for performance updates on the day of the performance.
Frankenstein gets reanimated and reimagined in this ensemble devised version of the classic horror story. Inspired by Mary Shelly's gothic novel, this visually and viscerally stunning exploration of science, creation, isolation and ego will be a thrilling experience in storytelling. A complex play on the idea of monster and victim will make you question humanity and wonder what responsibility does the creator have to the creation.
Theatre camp for ages 7-16, including theater, musical theatre, and improv.
A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder features Tony Award winning book and lyrics by Robert L. Freedman, music and lyrics by Steven Lutvak, and direction by Darko Tresnjak. Direct from New York, Gentleman's Guide tells the story of Monty Navarro, a distant heir to a family fortune who sets out to jump the line of succession by—you guessed it—eliminating the eight pesky relatives (all played by one fearless man) who stand in his way. All the while, he's got to juggle his mistress (she's after more than just love), his fiancée (she's his cousin but who's keeping track?), and the constant threat of landing behind bars! Of course, it will all be worth it if he can slay his way to his inheritance… and be done in time for tea.
It is Christmas in New York, but for two young lovers, Jim and Della, the prospects are bleak, as both are out of work and penniless. Based on O. Henry's famous story, this heart-warming holiday musical follows the couple as they struggle to afford gifts for each other. What they find, however, is the true meaning of the holiday and that sacrifice may just be the most meaningful gift of all.
Signature favorite Donna Migliaccio stars in this fantastical world premiere musical fairytale, brimming with magic, darkness and blinding ambition.
Legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for her next international sensation. She discovers it in her long-lost niece, Tina, who dreams of being a world-famous pop star. Despite warning signs that all may not be as it seems, the two eagerly forge a mother/daughter bond and Daniella transforms Tina's image, voice and talent into star quality – but not by the usual means.
With an electrifying pop-laden score, Girlstar invites audiences of all ages to follow one girl's breathtaking journey and asks, how far is too far to go to become a star?
Considered by many to be the perfect musical comedy and featuring great musical theatre classics like "Luck Be A Lady," "A Bushel and a Peck," and "Sit Down, You're Rockin' the Boat," Guys and Dolls weaves a tale of old-time gangsters, hot-box girls, and gambling that charms and delights. This musical has received nearly unanimous positive reviews from critics and has won a bevy of awards including Tonys, Drama Desks, and Oliviers.
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a "retired" actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A house full of drama waits to be ignited as misunderstandings occur and tempers flare. With Judith's new flame and David's latest literary 'inspiration' keeping company with the children's unsuspecting guests, the Bliss family hardly lives up to its name as the 'quiet weekend' comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of Feydeau.
Jack & Algy have it all thanks to carefully-crafted double lives—till love and marriage enter the equation. When true identities are revealed, will they live happily ever after? This wild farce features cross-gender casting and is reset in the roaring '20s. Escape DC's summer swelter with this classic comedy of errors.
Iyona has performed in Creative Cauldron's productions as Asaka in Once on This Island, as the Green Girl in Shout! The Mod Musical and as Good Sister in the Helen Hayes Awards © Recommended production of Thunder Knocking on the Door. Iyona has also been seen as on the Kennedy Center's Terrace Theater stage in the Washington, DC Premier of Soul on Fire the Musical, as well as its Off Broadway productions, in the Christmas Gift, Breast in Show, a breast cancer musical, Fats Waller's Ain't Misbehavin', and Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. In 2014, Iyona toured China and Korea, Asia with the New York Harlem Singers performing solo and ensemble music.
Will takes us on a journey from being the kid who didn't fit in, finding his theatrical feet, moving to the US, falling in love and becoming a father. This is all done through musical theatre favorites, cabaret standards and a touch of country (well he is a U.S. Citizen now).
In Kinky Boots, Charlie Price has reluctantly inherited his father's shoe factory, which is on the verge of bankruptcy. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola. A fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos, Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible… and discovers that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world.
The twenty year relationship between Georges, a club-owner, and Albin, the head drag performer, faces a test when their son announces his engagement to the daughter of ultra-conservative political parents. To please their son, Georges and Albin agree to hide their lifestyle and play it straight for a dinner with the potential in-laws. However, Albin's different definition of "normal" threatens to upend the entire supper with hilarious results.
Some stories have to be sung. Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar—actually, six guitars—in this wholly original musical experience that tells a coming-of-age story that "lifts the spirit" (Time Out New York). The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock 'n' roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music. Don't miss the show the New York Daily News calls "an irresistible winner." Much like its hero, The Lion roars.
Experience Puccini's heartbreaking masterpiece of passion, honor, and sacrifice with Wolf Trap Opera and the National Symphony Orchestra in this new staged and costumed production with custom video projections.
Experience this modern day musical about home, family and finding where you belong that will get you on your feet with salsa, hip hop and soul.
Have a taste for nostalgia, even if it's not quite true? From one of the country's most adventurous young writers (Maple and Vine, Act A Lady, Netflix's Orange Is the New Black) comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who's reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime – a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. The New York Times hailed the world premiere in Los Angeles as a "thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption, and our insistence that technology can help us outwit death."
One of the most popular Disney movies of all time is capturing hearts in a whole new way: as a practically perfect musical! Based on the books by P.L. Travers and the classic Walt Disney film, Disney and Cameron Mackintosh's Mary Poppins delighted Broadway audiences for over 2,500 performances and received nominations for nine Olivier and seven TONY Awards, including Best Musical.
The jack-of-all trades, Bert, introduces us to England in 1910 and the troubled Banks family. Young Jane and Michael have sent many a nanny packing before Mary Poppins arrives on their doorstep. Using a combination of magic and common sense, she must teach the family how to value each other again. Mary Poppins takes the children on many magical and memorable adventures, but Jane and Michael aren't the only ones she has a profound effect upon. Even grown-ups can learn a lesson or two from the nanny who advises that "Anything can happen if you let it."
What masks do you wear? Do you feel at home in your skin or do others affect how you feel about yourself? Materialize is an original piece presented as a collection of scenes told through puppetry. Inspired by and created from real-life stories, Materialize explores how we grapple with identity, invisibility, objectification, dehumanization, and realization. Let your mask slide... you might see your true self appear.
Matilda the Musical is based on the beloved novel by best-selling author Roald Dahl (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Fantastic Mr. Fox). It is the story of an extraordinary girl who dreams of a better life. Armed with a vivid imagination and a sharp mind, Matilda dares to take a stand and change her destiny. Matilda the Musical is directed by Tony Award winner Matthew Warchus (God of Carnage), who helms this production with a book by Tony Award winning playwright Dennis Kelly and music and lyrics by Australian comedian, musician, and composer Tim Minchin.
Midsummer returns mid-Summer!
Spearheaded by Director Paata Tsikurishvili, Synetic masterfully brings back their highly lauded rendition of the classic play, utilizing dance, acrobatics, and mime to create a fun and relatable adaptation of Shakespeare's timeless comedy.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Spamalot is a hilarious musical retelling of the legend of King Arthur and his Knights of the Round Table. Featuring a cavalcade of cows, killer rabbits, French people, acts of brave (and not so brave) chivalry, beautiful show girls and one very special shrubbery, Spamalot will have you rolling in the aisles and humming a merry tune (we'll even let you sing along at the end of the show!). After all, as the Monty Python boys say: Always look on the bright side of life!
From the writer of HBO's Boardwalk Empire and Showtime's Masters of Sex comes an unexpected story of evolving friendship, finding your own path and the value of family.
Complete opposites, Charlotte and Jonny have been best friends since they were children. Now, as college students on the eve of graduation, they toy around with taking their friendship romantic. Or not. Why decide? After all, neither is sure they are even attracted to the other (or to anyone of the opposite sex). Meanwhile, Charlotte's parents, an unlikely couple themselves, push the kids for a definition even while their own relationship founders. Gradually, secrets and truths emerge as playing grown-up turns into actually growing up.
Funny, insightful, with an intense and complex core, Bathsheba Doran's (Nest) newest play brilliantly examines intimacy, identity and, of course, the many mysteries of love and sex.
Nora Palka is overjoyed to be making her Creative Cauldron debut as part of the summer cabaret series! A proud DC artist, Nora has been seen singing, acting, gleefully playing songs on her ukulele and doing other theatrical things in the like at numerous venues around the area.
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."
Oedipus Rox is more than just the tragic story of a famous King. This edgy rock musical goes beneath the surface and explores Oedipus the man and the decisions he makes that lead to his demise. MET's own Sarah Shulman and Thom Huenger bring you a heartwarming, raunchy, yet hilarious adapatation of the story you thought you knew. Oedipus will do everything he can to save the two things he loves the most; his family and his city. However, in saving one he will destroy the other.
Consider yourself invited to the theatrical event of the holiday season. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this classic Tony Award-winning musical about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and conmen of 19th-century London. Bursting with jubilant songs, including "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and the scrumptious "Food, Glorious Food," director Molly Smith (<i.Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!) will serve up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that will have every theater-lover calling out for "More!"
ATMTC's inaugural two-act production, Oliver!, the musical by Lionel Bart. The steampunk family event of the summer!
A young orphan arrives on the streets of London with no friends, no money and nowhere to live. He meets a cheeky pickpocket who shows him a whole new way of life. But as chance would have it, Oliver stumbles upon a gentleman who might just hold the key to his mysterious past. Packed full of joyful songs, including "Consider Yourself," "You've Got To Pick a Pocket or Two," "Oom-Pah-Pah!" and the exuberant "Food Glorious Food," this will be the theatrical highlight of your year.
A passive busker named Guy is playing guitar when he meets Girl, with whom he shares a connection through a mutual love of music. The shy kindred spirits start to make music together, mixing their complementary style to create a melancholic folk-rock sound that explores the themes of love and loss.
Over the course of a week their lives change forever, there is poignancy and where there is a joyous celebration of love, there is also a bitter-sweet feeling that will stick with you long after you've left the theatre. This will not disappoint fans of the original movie and new theatre.
Four of our amazing cast members from our Helen Hayes Awards © Recommended production of Once on This Island return for two nights to present a cabaret of their favorite musical numbers, especially those from the production. Performing will be Ian Anthony Coleman who played Daniel, Jade Jones who played Mama Euralie, Harrison Lee who played Tonton Julian, and Carl Williams who played Papa Ge the god of death!
It's the Swingin' '60s in England and Francis Henshall is hungry, jobless, and in need of some luck. When he becomes employed by two different criminals, he must keep the two from learning of each other at all costs. Backed by live musicians, this adaptation of Carlo Goldoni's The Servant of Two Masters serves up satire, songs and slapstick humor in this deliciously funny mash-up of splendid comedy, British pantomime, and music-hall revues.
Only Imagine is a combination of music that has defined Chris as a performer and man. Songs from his recent album Only Imagine, past shows, fan favorites as well as some of his personal favs. And as always singing his face off!
Peter Rabbit has hometown roots as it makes its world premiere on the Red Branch stage. With a book and score written by Howard County native and Red Branch Company Member Dustin Merrell, this original musical adaptation brings many of Beatrix Potter's classic characters to dazzling new life. In Peter Rabbit, an adventure between friends, both old and new, teaches young audiences about the opportunities that come your way when you look at life with just "a little more hope."
Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney's "outrageously enjoyable" (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan's best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you'll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney's band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for music theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs of the G&S Rep at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre.
The third collaboration between Weidman and Sondheim (Assassins, Pacific Overtures), Road Show is a freewheeling musical travelogue of the optimism and opportunism of the early twentieth century through the eyes of two ambitious, eccentric, yet playfully charming brothers.
Based on the real-life Mizner siblings, Road Show follows the dreamer and the schemer's quest for the ever elusive, shape-shifting American dream. From the Klondike gold rush to India, Hawaii, Guatemala, New York and finally the real-estate boon of Florida's Boca Raton, the dazzling pace scours not only the map, but also forty years of boom-and-bust and brotherly love (or hate).
Seasonal Disorder is Washington Improv Theater's gift to you: four weeks of madcap improv as unpredictable as the holiday season. WIT's company ensembles deliver sharp, energetic improv alongside some of the best independent troupes in the city.
Be sure to catch our headlining show Improv Actually, a holiday-themed romantic comedy that draws inspiration from the film Love Actually. The show creates a new cast of characters that you can get to see fall in love, maybe fall out of love, and probably fall in love again.
Bring a date, bring your mom, bring your office party (because Lord knows you don't want to have to make chit-chat and sip virgin eggnog in the conference room).
How far would you go for love? What would you be willing to do to make yourself or your partner happier? Are you dominant or submissive? Seriously: What is love? Neil Labute's The Shape of Things is a bitterly funny, controversial restatement of the biblical story of Adam and Eve, exploring morality and gender roles in '90s America. A MET-X production in association with Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
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.
This season the Tony Award®-winning Signature Theatre continues its commitment to new work by launching the SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings, a new initiative to highlight and support the work of DMV and regional playwrights. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment.
The Monday Night New Play Reading Series will be hosted at Ali's Bar in Signature Theatre's Mead Lobby on the first Monday of every other month beginning.
Clarice, Hannibal, Buffalo Bill—all singing, all dancing, and more outrageous than ever. This spoof of the 1991 Oscar-winning film features gleefully vulgar songs, non-stop zingers, and a singing chorus of tap-dancing lambs.
The Summer Hummer has become the Washington area's hottest, sweatiest, most provocative summer tradition. A racy benefit to support actors in time of need, the top talent from the DC Theater Community unites for an evening of bawdy show tunes, saucy surprises and baring it all. Directed by Signature's Artistic Director Eric Schaeffer, this evening is sure to be sweaty, sultry and a whole lot of fun!
In a historic uptown Chicago neighborhood, cantankerous ex-hippie Arthur Przybyszewsk comes to work to find that his donut shop has been vandalized. Shortly thereafter Arthur hires an African-American college student, Franco Wicks, a young entrepreneur with plans to modernize Arthur's 30-year family business. This provocative comedy by Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize-winning Tracy Letts (author of Killer Joe) explores the challenges of embracing the past, facing the future and the redemptive power of friendship.
Susan Derry was recently seen in Creative Cauldron's Bold New Work for Intimate Stages, The Turn of the Screw this past January. Now she returns for her very own cabaret!
A group of close friends shares everything: drinks, secrets and laughs. But when rumors of layoffs shake up the local steel mill, the fragile bonds of their community begin to fray and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations. This gripping world premiere by acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) explores America's industrial decline at the turn of the millennium by examining the inhabitants of one Pennsylvania town who still struggle to reclaim what's lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in a new century. Co-commissioned with Oregon Shakespeare Festival.
Billy was born deaf into a raucous, politically incorrect hearing family that has never bothered to learn sign language. Billy has adapted brilliantly to the hearing world, but then meets Sylvia, a young woman from a deaf family and on the brink of deafness who introduces bim to a larger deaf community. Billy finds himself struggling with his self-identity, while becoming acquainted with a "tribe" to which he feels a sense of belonging. Tribes is the winner of the 2012 Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Play.
Shakespeare's classic comedy of twins lost at sea and found in Illyria features some of his most memorable characters: Sir Toby Belch, the yellow-cross-gartered Malvolio, and a supreme quartet of lovers: Duke Orsino, Countess Olivia, and the twins Viola and Sebastian. Picnic beneath the stars with an ensemble drawn from 67 tours of the National Players. Orsino says it in the very first line of the play: "If music be the food of love, play on!"
In the late 1950s two rival gangs struggle for control of their West Side New York City neighborhood. Amidst the chaos, star-crossed lovers find themselves wrenched between their worlds. Beautiful, passionate, with shades of violence and heartache, this innovative adaptation of Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet still dazzles after more than fifty years.
Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."
This brilliantly constructed retrospective of prolific musical theatre collaborators, John Kander and Fred Ebb, is a thrilling celebration of life filled with humor, romance, drama, and nonstop melody. From Cabaret to Chicago the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including "And All That Jazz," "Cabaret," and "New York, New York", seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theater.