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Join Synetic Theater as the souls escape from Dante's Inferno to dance the night away! Included in your purchase are tickets to that evening's performance of Dante's Inferno and an after party with snacks, games, costume contest and an open bar!
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.
Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner's Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning juggernaut. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Don't miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.
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.
The Second City renews its long-running, hugely-successful partnership with Woolly Mammoth by shining the light of satire on a nation eclipsed by its own divisiveness. In Black Side of the Moon, a cast of Chicago's funniest and most audacious African American sketch and stand-up artists—the first of its kind ever assembled by the troupe—deconstructs and reconstructs Blackness through comedy, illuminating the challenges of the past and the promises of the future. Where are we headed as a country? We'll see you on the In Black Side of the Moon!
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.
When Chester's (a cat) and Harold's (a dog) owners return home, they bring surprise: they've found a bunny named Bunnicula in the movie theater. When the family's produce starts losing its juice, Chester thinks that Bunnicula is a vampire! Or maybe Chester's imagination is getting the better of him. Singing and dancing their way through this hilarious mystery, the furry friends find room in their hearts, and in their home, for one very unique bunny. Saturdays and Sundays at 1:30 pm
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.
Dazzling lights, swinging songs and a bad boy to melt your heart—see why Carousel was named the best musical of the 20th century by Time magazine. When Billy Bigelow and Julie Jordan fall in love, little do they realize that his rebellious ways will lead to tragedy. Given a chance to make good, will a lucky star save Billy and those he loves? Director Molly Smith reunites with both Nicholas Rodriguez and E. Faye Butler for the first time since 2011's Oklahoma! in this epic production bursting with classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out all Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone."
The McLean Symphony 45th Season Opening Concert!
Ludwig van Beethoven, Symphony No. 6 in F major, Op.68 ("Pastoral"); and compositions by two local composers -- Fritz Velke, Suite for String Orchestra; Brian Scarbrough, Symphony No. 1 in E minor.
Religion can draw us together, or it can pull us apart. Twenty years ago, Pastor Paul's church was a modest storefront. Now it houses thousands, with a coffee shop in the lobby and a baptismal font as big as a swimming pool. Today should be a day of celebration, but Pastor Paul is about to preach a sermon that will shake the foundation of his congregation's beliefs. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both an epic and unexpectedly intimate drama. This provocative new play offers an unflinching look at faith of any denomination—and its power to unite or divide.
A holiday tradition for 35 years! Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens's Yuletide classic. Acclaimed Washington stage actor Edward Gero returns to play Scrooge.
A young orphan girl being raised by a warm but eccentric aunt is spending a tender first Christmas without her parents. While searching the attic for ornaments to decorate her aunt's tree, she discovers a theatrical trunk once used by her puppeteer grandfather. When the extended family gathers on Christmas Eve, the contents in the trunk reawaken memories and spur the renewal of a long forgotten family tradition—the re-enactment of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. A production that breathes fresh new life into a timeless holiday classic.
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.
Abandon all hope ye who enter here!" A lost traveler must navigate a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music, and powerful physicality. This production is recommended for ages 16 and up for violence and partial nudity.
This profoundly relevant theatrical narrative fuses movement, music, art, and cinema to explore violence and race relations with honesty and poignancy. Written, directed, choreographed, and with a special appearance by Kennedy Center favorite Debbie Allen, FREEZE FRAME… Stop the Madness features acclaimed Broadway performers, young Hip Hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy's finest along with original music by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval, Rickey Minor, and more. Don't miss this captivating new production, which has the power to stun, inspire, awaken, and ultimately create change. Recommended for age 13 and up.
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.
RJ goes home for the holidays, hoping to have a nice, relaxing time with his family and best friend. Things don't turn out as he expects when he arrives to find; his sister newly single, his Nana on a health kick, his mother dashing in and out and his father nervous about all of the strange behavior. Secrets are revealed and RJ is stuck in the middle of this fast-paced holiday farce for modern times.
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.
The 2015 Helen Hayes Award winner for Outstanding Emerging Theatre Company, Flying V, presents this theatrical exploration of the music of cult singer-songwriter Jonathan Coulton. Coulton is known for his clever, engaging and humorous songs that capture slice-of-life moments in high-concept situations — from zombie co-workers to lonely sea monsters. Using dance, movement/physical theatre and new arrangements with a live band, Flying V is staging a collection of Coulton's songs and exploring what it means to be human in an oversized world of possibility.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom's big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience first-hand each other's lives, if only for a day.
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.
In The Goldfish by Shuping Yang, follow the journey of a Chinese son as his scandalous cousin pays him a sudden visit before his wedding night. Witness the golden son's dilemma unfold as he faces clashes between traditional Confucian values and Western notions of individuality. B.W.A. (Black Woman's Anonymous) by Whitney Geohagan and April Monu explores what it means to be an African American woman in America, addressing the deep-seated issues these women face.
Dive into a funny and fierce world premiere comedy that transforms the ARK Theatre into a steamy southern waterway.
Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta. Suddenly, their lazy afternoon turns to chaos when the motor breaks, stranding the two, and their tumultuous relationship, in the Gulf.
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
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 and she must 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!
The icon. His traitor. The most famous story ever told. Experience Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice's stunning Tony Award-winning rock opera in a sleek, modern, environmental production.
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.
A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden their hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? An intense, furtive video chat with what might be an exiled author, living on the run while escaping persecution, slowly upends both their world and ours. Can we recover what's been lost in translation? This U.S. premiere by "Chile's most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades" (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Politically charged and emotionally urgent, it dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures…because just when we think we get Kiss, it gets us instead.
Join the Kreators of the Kreativity Diversity Troupe for their end-of-semester performance.
There are people who eat and there are those that get eaten. First in line to be served is Regina Hubbard, clawing her way to wealth with her equally calculating brothers. When their plan to control the local cotton mill is thwarted, they'll turn to ever more devious schemes, even as it further divides their family. Starring Emmy Award winner Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Lillian Hellman's classic tale of greed, betrayal and all the sordid ties that bind takes sibling rivalry to unimaginable heights and reveals how far a ruthless family can bend the rules before they break each other. Part of the Lillian Hellman Festival.
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.
Celebrate the holidays with your family at one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is advertising for a stern nanny for his two wayward children… but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all – especially Mr. Banks – some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the delightful "Supercallifragalisticexpealidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two delightful (if a little crazy) children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.
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. Stina's wild and twisted imagination drives her to create more and more bizarre diversions that suddenly take a perverse turn toward a surprising end.
Set two years after the iconic Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet follows your favorite characters as they gather at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. But this holiday, all eyes are on Mary Bennet, who has come into her own as a confident woman with curiosity, wit, and talent…and perhaps even a love story. Miss Bennet is a Christmas story of family, young love, and bright futures you won't want to miss!
Set sail on the holiday season's biggest adventure! Melville's classic tale of man's obsessive battle against nature comes to life in "a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring" (Chicago Sun-Times). Innovative staging fused with bold trapeze and acrobatic work turn this seafaring classic into a death-defying experiment in aerial storytelling. Climb aboard with Captain Ahab and the crew of the good ship Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating quest for the great white whale.
Mrs. Miller can't sing—but don't tell her that. Based on the real life story of Elva Miller, this touching and funny portrait offers Monk the role of a lifetime as the devoted, warbling songstress whose operatic, off-key singing became an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. Take a delectable romp through hits like "Downtown," "Monday Monday," "A Hard Day's Night" and more. Simply irresistible, when Mrs. Miller does her thing, it's so bad—it's good
When a great African king desires a wife, only the most perfect maidens in the land are invited to meet him. Mufaro's pride and joy, his two daughters of very different dispositions, embark on the long journey to be presented to the king. Along the way, they encounter a number of mysterious situations that unknowingly test their courage, kindness and strength of spirit. Combining authentic African drumming, powerful choreography and thrilling original music, the splendor of Zimbabwe and the African continent comes to life in this musical adaptation of the award-winning, "Cinderella" tale! Ages 5+
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."
Natural Causes is a dark comedy featuring British dry humor. Vincent, a suicide merchant, suspects he is being used to commit a murder. Despite multiple attempts, the only thing poisoned is a rubber plant. Will anyone actually drink the potion?
An evening of original dances, created and produced by UMD student members of the Delta Chi Xi Honorary Dance Fraternity.
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.
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."
Ages 4+. Grammy Award-winning Folk & Roots Music for Families. Justin Lansing and Joe Mailander have been exploring the outdoors together since they were kids, and have translated these adventures into song. Their extended canoe trip down the Mississippi River inspired their Grammy Award-Winning album "Can You Canoe?" and their trek along the Appalachian Trail was the subject of their follow-up release, "Through the Woods." Their latest album, "Saddle Up," is a joyous adventure through the American West. With songs written by campfire and harmonies born on the water, the natural world is at the heart of their Americana folk music.
Born into a life of poverty and a bleak future in the workhouse, young orphan Oliver journeys to London seeking a better life, but unwittingly falls in with the city's criminal element. Told through the lens of a contemporary graphic novel, the Learning Theater Ensemble revisits our 2012 original adaptation of this classic Dickens tale, shedding new light on a story that has captured the imaginations and pierced the hearts of audiences for over two centuries.
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.
They're back! America's Favorite Dragapella Beautyshop Quartet, The Kinsey Sicks, make their long-awaited return to DC, following their 2011 hit! In Oy Vey in a Manger, we find these chicks with schticks (Rachel, Winnie, Trixie and Trampolina) trying to sell off their manger—yes, that manger—before it's foreclosed. Secrets are revealed, Jewish-Gentile tensions surface, and a raunchy good time is had by all.
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.
The "play that changed American theater forever" (New York Times) finally comes to Arena Stage. Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking masterpiece follows the Younger family yearning for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but family ties are strained when they realize they have differing definitions of the American dream—but which dreams get realized and which deferred? A Raisin in the Sun paints the African-American experience in brilliant and powerful strokes, as vibrant and vital today as it was in 1959.
This sexy cult classic will make you shiver with antici…pation. It's time to break out your fishnets and join MET for some campy humorous fun! Squeaky clean couple Brad and Janet have some car trouble and are forced to seek refuge in the gothic castle of the transvestite mad scientist Dr. Frank-N-Furter. Upon their arrival, Frank-N-Furter and his kooky staff of Transylvanians open up the couple's minds in ways they never imagined. The musical's rock'n'roll score includes hits such as "Time Warp," "Sweet Transvestite," "Dammit Janet," and "Toucha Toucha Toucha Touch Me."
The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman who argued Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. After the landmark 1973 case that legalized abortion, it's their divergent journeys after the victory that best reflect the subsequent polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.
The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare's early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare's immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.
After helming the highly-lauded productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Man of La Mancha, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare production at STC—what is sure to be a spectacular, contemporary and heart-rending vision.
Outer Critics Circle and Drama desk winner, Ruthless! the musical, is a campy cult favorite. The beautiful and talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark will do anything to play the lead in the school play.... anything! Ruthless! famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films like Bad Seed and All About Eve. Ruthless! is a hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition.
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.
An evening of original plays by Jonelle Walker and Leticia Ridley that focus on women as victims and perpetrators of both systematic and physical violence, in the present as well as in the past.
This magical retelling of the Nativity story combines beautiful music and a moving story for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of this engaging mystery play adapted by Mary Hall Surface (LIFT: Icarus and Me and Goodnight Moon). Set in the English countryside, The Second Shepherds' Play beautifully weaves together the stories of the shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and the miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.
When 10-year-old Mary Lennox loses her parents to a cholera epidemic in the British Raj of India, she travels to England to stay with Archibald Craven, her remote and morose uncle, still grieving the death of his wife ten years ago. Terrified of every nook and cranny of the haunted Craven Manor on the Yorkshire Moors, Mary seeks refuge in her late aunt's mysterious walled garden, where she discovers amazing secrets.
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.
Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen's beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Eric Tucker, this all-new production of the critically acclaimed play is produced in conjunction with the Folger Shakespeare Library exhibition Will & Jane: Shakespeare, Austen, and the Cult of Celebrity.
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 which highlights and supports the work of DMV playwrights. Each play will receive a one-day mini-developmental workshop with professional actors the day of the reading. This series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. Each reading will be followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists.
Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly - October 3
Dogwood Cross by Michael Trottier - November 14
The Homecoming by Dani Stoller - February 6
The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue by Mardee Bennett - April 27
Swimming with Whales by Bob Bartlett - June 5
When Oralene, the longtime director of small town Sylva Ridge's Christmas Pageant, suddenly passes away, the Silver Belles must come to the rescue! With the spirit of Oralene looking on, the sterling-hued vixens band together, discover their talents and pull out all the stops to keep the beloved pageant alive.
Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one of the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers of all ages! This production is recommended for ages 7+ for moments that younger viewers may find frightening.
Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hard-wired 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.
Three brothers and their father gather for Christmas to drink eggnog, play video games, and wrestle. But when one brother seems to buckle under the pressures of achievement, it becomes clear that these men are wrestling with something larger than each other. From one of the most daring writers in America comes a razor-sharp comedy that confronts the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege.
Elizabeth Streb's SEA (Singular Extreme Actions) is a thrilling and death-defying work in which daredevil performers interact with mechanics and hardware specifically created for the show. The edge-of-your-seat motion is a spectacle of adrenaline as STREB's action heroes redefine physics with unique "PopAction" choreography that intertwines dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus, and stunt work. The result is pure daring combined with the strictest precision. The SEA experience includes an interactive soundtrack where audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the resident DJ/Producer's playlist to make each show audibly unique.
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 you into the middle of the glamour, chaos, heroism and, ultimately, in the 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 will be the theatrical event of the 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.
This production of A View From the Bridge is produced by Center Theatre Group, and will tour exclusively to the Kennedy Center following the Los Angeles engagement. Direct from its hit run on Broadway, this dark and passionate tale of family, love, and duplicity explores 1950s America in a small Italian-American Brooklyn neighborhood. Longshoreman Eddie Carbone is obsessed with his 17-year-old niece Catherine. When she falls in love with a newly arrived immigrant, Eddie spirals into a jealous rage that consumes him, his family, and his world.
Golden Globe Award 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 D.C. suburbs with her German husband, a man deeply involved in anti-fascist movements. But with an Eastern European guest with ulterior motives also living in their midst, tensions rise as it becomes clear that no one's safety can be guaranteed—at home or abroad. Part of the Lillian Hellman Festival.
An evening of short plays written and produced by The Weekday Players, a student-run theatre company dedicated to creating art and providing practical experience for students.
After a five-year hiatus, Open Circle bursts back onto the scene with this challenging piece based on the beloved rock opera of the 70's. Tommy uses driving rock rhythms (and a live band) to explore the story of a young boy traumatized by a violent act as he struggles through different stages of his recovery. With the show's most recognizable song, Pinball Wizard stating, "This deaf, dumb and blind kid sure plays a mean Pinball,"
Fifty-five years since its New York premiere, Ford's Theatre presents Edward Albee's classic Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf. 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 tempestuous verbal sparring fueled by alcohol and 20 years of marital dysfunction. Filled with acerbic wit, Albee's play is both wildly funny and heart-wrenching, exposing the fears and secrets of both couples as the lines between reality and illusion blur. Aaron Posner directs and Holly Twyford stars as Martha in the masterpiece that The New York Times asserts "set a brave new standard for truth-telling."
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.
Queenie and Burrs set out to throw the party to end all parties. Each intent on driving the other wild with jealousy, the night escalates into a deadly game of oneupmanship. With a jazz-steeped score by the Tony and Grammy Award-nominated Andrew Lippa (The Addams Family, Big Fish), this firecracker of a musical holds nothing back.
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.
There is no way to avoid tragedy, loss or their aftermath. Yet we still hope that when faced with inescapable grief, something miraculous can emerge to ease our pain and guide us back to the joy of life. Few writers have experienced loss so suddenly and profoundly—or chronicled it as beautifully—as Joan Didion. Based on her award-winning memoir, The Year of Magical Thinking follows the iconic American author, portrayed by Academy Award and Tony Award nominee Kathleen Turner (Arena's Mother Courage and Her Children), as she learns to reconcile the natural instincts that drive us to bargain with the universal forces that giveth and taketh away.
What's a high school prom without the undead? As part of its seventh season, Unexpected Stage Company presents the campy, rollicking musical Zombie Prom, celebrating 20 years since its off-Broadway debut.
It's not all bobby socks and Clearasil for Jonny Warner when he drops the "H" from his name, dives head-long into the town's nuclear reactor, and returns to 1950s high school life as a zombie. Zombie Prom follows the angst-ridden teen love of Jonny and Toffee as they try to navigate the waters of high school during the atomic age. Not only must they face the injustices generally placed on zombies, they must also face the tyrannical Principal Delilah Strict, as well as the probing eye of sensationalist reporter Eddie Flagrante who exploits the lovers in his cause celebre of zombie civil rights.