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Signature Theatre kicks off the Heidi Thomas Writers' Initiative with a complex and intriguing look at an American worldview created in the wake of September 11.
For the last 12 years — or 4,380 days — Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposé of the most dangerous prison of all: fear.
With a graceful poetry and a fluidity that spans time and place, Washington, D.C., playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity, and what it means to be American.
Written by multi-Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), this exceptionally witty comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase "divine intervention."
God is back. And he's got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved actor Tom Story (Round House Theatre's Angels in America) and flanked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven.
An American in Paris is a Tony Award-winning musical about an American soldier, a mysterious French girl, and an indomitable European city, each yearning for a new beginning in the aftermath of war. Acclaimed director-choreographer and 2015 Tony winner Christopher Wheeldon brings the magic and romance of Paris into perfect harmony with unforgettable songs from George and Ira Gershwin in the show that earned more awards than any other musical in the 2015 season.
Winner of 4 Tony Awards!
An American in Paris transforms the timeless story of love in a city rebuilding from the heartbreak of World War II into a new Broadway musical of romance, redemption and hope.
Julius Caesar is no more, and Mark Antony, at the peak of his political power, is lustily ensconced in Egypt at the side of the irresistible Cleopatra. What with his military duties to Rome and his passionate affair with the Egyptian queen, Antony finds himself caught between love and war when he is summoned home to Rome. This production of Shakespeare's epic saga of politics, passion, jealousy, and war is staged in the round.
The world may be starting to burn, but Biedermann has it all under control. He's a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he's even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests…but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will he end up starting the fire himself?
Written as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism, The Arsonists has uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe.
Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. If the language of food lets Ray down, he's even more vexed by the Korean language. Ray calls upon his estranged girlfriend, Cornelia, for translation services when his non-English-speaking uncle arrives with a sackful of strange ingredients intended for a soup to nurse Ray's father back to health. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships.
Winner of nine Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now with standing room-only productions in London, on Broadway, and across North America, The Book of Mormon has become an international sensation.
Note: This show contains explicit language.
What if Shakespeare's works were lost forever? After the death of their friend and mentor, two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They'll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Lauren Gunderson, playwright of the runaway hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story inspired by the true story of Shakespeare's First Folio.
Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality, and pleasure. While painting "The Birth of Venus," however, the limits of his dedication are put to the test by the arrival of a conservative priest leading a populist revolution in Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence. When his full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work...or the life of his young apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci?
Botticelli in the Fire is an ambitious modern story that sets the present political moment ablaze. Woolly Mammoth Theatre's production marks the American premiere of this new work by Canadian Jordan Tannahill.
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 Color Purple was the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. This joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new production, directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South.
Free activities for all ages, including live music from local artists, dance performances, storytelling, poetry, great food from restaurants on The Wharf, and more. There will also be a costume sale featuring items from historic Arena productions including Guys and Dolls, Sophisticated Ladies, Damn Yankees, Carousel, The Music Man, and others, with items starting at $2.
Beloved songs meet sensational dance in this feel-good Tony Award-winning musical comedy for the holiday season.
A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theater decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy, and a whole lot of charm. With mistaken identities, a classic love story, and 1930s glamour, Crazy for You radiates playful humor and high-energy showstoppers. A wealth of Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Nice Work if You Can Get It" fuse with exhilarating tap numbers in this triumphant musical celebration.
It is with deepest pride and greatest pleasure that September Song Musical Theatre announces its 2017 show, Disney's Beauty and the Beast! We will be presenting the original Broadway version, which includes all your favorite songs from the movie, including "Be Our Guest" and "Beauty and the Beast," in addition to songs specially written for the stage, including "Home" and "If I Can't Love Her."
Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A seven-year-old child confronted by his mother's attempted suicide makes a list of things to live for that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. From "ice cream" (No. 1 on the list) to "the alphabet" (No. 999,997), Every Brilliant Thing elicits as much laughter as it does tears in creating its catalogue of gratitude with a unique theatrical style. In this remarkable one-person show, those watching become custodians of the list, co-conspirators in the child's plot to hold back the darkness, and members of an ensemble that creates the evening's story.
It's winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing roora, a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation among the members of one devoted family. Which will prove stronger: the customs they keep…or the secrets they've kept buried?
Familiar — the third Woolly Mammoth Theatre production of playwright Danai Gurira's (Eclipsed) work — is the company's entry in the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
Girlfriend is a vibrant and tender coming-of-age musical duet from when flannel was the height of fashion and mix tapes were the language of love.
It's 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion, and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet's alternative rock album Girlfriend.
Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson's sudden ascent to the White House. In its Washington, D.C., premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan's epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., keep his political opponents in check, and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. This political thrill ride explodes the America of our past to better understand the America of today.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could be — his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne, and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide between submission and resistance...acceptance and vengeance...and life and death.
Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) stars as Hamlet under the direction of Michael Kahn. Together they give life to one of the greatest characters of Western literature as he walks the line between madness and inspiration.
Handbagged is an Oliver Award-winning comedy now making its American premiere. Round House is thrilled to present the American premiere of this West End hit comedy!
The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Helmed by Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the original Tricycle Theatre and West End productions in London, Handbagged is the wickedly funny new comedy that imagines what the world's most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors. Handbagged is presented in arrangement with Tricycle Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions.
There is a Japanese proverb that says, "The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit." In 1941, one American, the son of Japanese immigrants, was the nail threatened by the hammer of the United States government. Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi's unflinching defiance will leave audiences cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Chloe is a struggling standup comedian — until she decides to sit in for her dead father as the bassist for his seminal psychedelic rock band. While the band plays on and old tensions rise, Chloe must navigate memory, history, and lessons learned from the 1960s. Written by Sarah Gancher and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), I'll Get You Back Again is a high-energy rock 'n' roll comedy with live music!
Direct from Broadway, the world's best-selling magic show returns to the Kennedy Center after sold-out performances in 2015. This spectacular showcases the jaw-dropping talents of the most incredible illusionists on earth. The Illusionists has shattered box office records across the globe and dazzles audiences of all ages with a powerful mix of the most outrageous and astonishing acts ever to be seen onstage. This nonstop show is packed with thrilling and sophisticated magic of unprecedented proportions.
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights heralded the arrival of a major talent in American theater when it captured four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Now Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre unite to transport Miranda's beloved Washington Heights from the top of Manhattan to the Olney Mainstage.
Usnavi, the local proprietor of the corner bodega is the audience's guide through a vibrant neighborhood of striving immigrants and young lovers, where hip-hop meets salsa and soul. He tells the story of Nina, a first-generation immigrant who returns to the old neighborhood after flunking out of Stanford, ashamed to tell her parents that she lost the American Dream sweepstakes. But as Abuela Claudia says, with "paciencia y fe" ("patience and faith") fortunes can shift, romance can bloom, and a sense of home can be preserved in a shifting world. This production stars multi-Tony nominee Robin De Jesús.
Award-winning singer, songwriter, and recording artist Jim Van Slyke sings the songs of pop music icon Neil Sedaka! Neil Sedaka himself exclaims "I've seen many singers over the years do my songs, but nobody has moved me more than Jim." Come enjoy the classics sounds of Sedaka and such treasured hits as "Laughter in the Rain," "Calendar Girl," "Breaking Up is Hard to Do," "The Hungry Years," and some truly wonderful surprises!
Regis Philbin hailed Jim's Sedaka tribute as "the most remarkable hour and a half of show I have ever seen!" and featured Jim on Regis and Kelly. Join Jim this summer and celebrate the music of Neil Sedaka!
In the midst of the holiday bustle, young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a much needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship.
With her trademark rough-edged humanity, observant humor, and lyrical beauty, playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) blends the hyper-real with flickers of the supernatural in a quietly suspenseful and transfixing work.
He's young, he's broke, and his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself. Featuring a fierce and fabulous cast of queens, The Legend of Georgia McBride celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
Life: As I Sing It is a funny and touching evening where Clifton shares with his audience his unique view of life and the lessons he's learned thus far. He does all of this with songs from the Broadway, pop, and jazz worlds. Life is so much better with a song and a dance!
Acclaimed indie-folk-rock band Eddie From Ohio's Robbie Schaefer has crafted a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait featuring Bobby Smith.
A master storyteller, Robbie journeys from his childhood in India to the joys and struggles of growing up, pursuing his passion, and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father — and his father's haunted past. Enriched with beautiful folk-rock music, inventive lyrics, and Robbie's disarming humor, Light Years is a deeply personal tale of immigration, musical gifts, and the steadfast bond between father and son.
Winner of four Tony Awards, this delightful, charming, and at times heartbreaking musical by Stephen Sondheim returns to the Signature stage in a brand-new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith.
In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student, and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.
With lush, gorgeous music, including "A Weekend in the Country," "Liaisons," and the seminal "Send in the Clowns," A Little Night Music is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour de force.
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.
Travel from ancient Greece to present-day Athens University in this updated retelling of the classic Greek play. Featuring a new, infectious score, Lysistrata Jones follows "Lyssie J," a spunky transfer student. She and her brigade of sisters keep their physical affections under lock and key until their basketball player boyfriends start winning games, learning an important life lesson: absence might make the heart grow fonder, but abstinence makes the heart grow fondest. See what happens when women take fate into their own hands when the men around them refuse in this musical reboot of Aristophanes' bawdy ancient comedy.
Tired of the usual routine of shows, concerts, and movies? Audiences say The Magic Duel is "a perfect birthday night out, date night, girls night out or anything!" First-rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of Washington, D.C.'s best with audience involvement from start to finish. This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you. Badly. Who will win? The audience decides. The Magic Duel earned 2016 and 2017 TripAdvisor Certificates of Excellence, and holds a five-star rating on Yelp. Suggested dress code is cocktail attire; let the glamour and luxury of the Mayflower Hotel inspire you. Not recommended for anyone younger than 15.
In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold"…and the Boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of the Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships — and human nature — through a ferociously funny lens. Be the first to see this world premiere musical, produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.
Stephen Gregory Smith looks back at 30 years on the stage. Humble beginnings as a child actor in Pennsylvania led to writing musical theatre in our nation's capitol and beyond. This intimate cabaret features highlights of his time in the spotlight, and his writing that put others there.
Good fences make good neighbors…right? From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías (Destiny of Desire) comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege, and where to draw the line on good taste.
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama, rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls killed in that tragedy came "Four Women" — along with Simone's other activist anthems like "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black." Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice — and how the "High Priestess of Soul" defined the sound of the civil rights movement.
He's a thought-provoking standup comic, a TV personality, and an all-around good father and man…but he used to be a drug dealer, a convict, and a danger. Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) tells the hilarious and harrowing story of how one black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious Monk and a cast of Chicago's sharpest comedians, this show combines sketch, standup, and music to remind audiences that true freedom comes only from within.
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."
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
This seminal American classic gets a new look from the acclaimed director and adapter Aaron Posner (The Chosen). In this new production, faithful to the script and sanctioned by the Wilder family estate, seven actors portray the key characters in this intergenerational story of two young lovers, George and Emily, and their quintessential American neighborhood of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire...where the townspeople are animated by traditional Japanese Bunraku-style puppets. Helen Hayes Award winner Jon Hudson Odom (Angels in America) plays the Stage Manager, who guides audiences through this beloved and stirring story.
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tip-top model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent, has fallen for Babe Williams, the troublemaking head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers such as "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," the best way to ensure a good night's rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!
Hailing from Utah, the Piano Guys are four dads who became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 50 since early 2011, including an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. It's the Guys' highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an internet phenomenon and has led to over 500 million YouTube views. It's their endearing personalities along with their obvious will to inspire the young and old that keeps fans coming back for more.
Performing in rotating repertory!
They're back! Chicago's most innovative theater company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically acclaimed, immersive and streamlined version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit onstage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget.
Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father's estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture, he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to wringing a profit from Victor's past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor's memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices. One of the most personal plays by an American theater giant, Arthur Miller's The Price is a fascinating study of the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Michael Jons' Psychic Cabaret is a mind-boggling and hysterical new show by mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jons. During his lightning-paced performance, Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like power to persuade, and of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the private thoughts of total strangers. But the show's highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky members of the audience.
After grad school, roommates Catherine and Gwen took divergent paths in life. Catherine became a rock star academic. Gwen opted for marriage and stay-at-home motherhood. Reunited in their 40s, both face a kind of "buyer's remorse" about their life choices and wonder if it's possible to start anew. Figuring it's now or never, the pair engage in a reckless game of romantic "musical chairs" the consequences of which are both tantalizing and deeply poignant. With scorching insight and Gina Gionfriddo's distinctive wit, Rapture, Blister, Burn weaves an intimate tale of contemporary gender politics that illuminates our common struggle to achieve that ever-elusive goal called Happiness.
The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake — all by the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's compelling play, Joan of Arc is instead an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam's riveting, stripped-down production.
Signature Theatre's tradition of celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb continues with their final musical collaboration. In the vein of their iconic Chicago and Cabaret, the Tony Award-winning masterminds deliver a breathtaking musical critique of a stunning true story of racism and injustice in the American South.
On March 25, 1931, nine African-American teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried, and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With exhilarating dancing and songs written in a style reflecting the period, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for 12 Tony Awards.
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.
Faye has spent her career at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit. Shanita is pregnant, Dez has a whole future to plan, and their manager Reggie owes a nearly unpayable debt to his work family. As rumors spread of a plant shutdown, these tight-knit workers face what they're willing to sacrifice to survive. A timely and searing portrait of livelihoods under siege from Detroit native Morisseau.
Eowyn Ivey's debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical with a bluegrass-infused score. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Welcome to the '90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "the Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical! But amid the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.
Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle's daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage's Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths as well as historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation's jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson's Oval Office to today's Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.
"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?
Twist Your Dickens returns to the Kennedy Center following its hugely popular 2016 engagement. In this wicked parody of Charles Dickens' A Christmas Carol, Scrooge, Tiny Tim, three ridiculous ghosts, and a cast of Second City's funniest members take the Theater Lab by storm. Holiday hilarity ensues as a timeless tale is told through the legendary troupe's trademark improvisation and sketch performance.
It's 1969, and the civil rights movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.
At Hanover Middle School, two teachers get shockingly down and dirty with a lesson about race, sex, and power. The quick-witted duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history in an R-rated, far-reaching, and absolutely unflinching comedy. Underground Railroad Game is a fourth-wall-breaking, audience-implicating experience. Viewers will never forget which side of history they were on.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna. A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage — a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much with her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back.
In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted from William Congreve's classic play, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class.
Will Mark Stevenson returns with a brand new cabaret! Joined by Amy Alvino and a few surprise guests from Creative Cauldron's Learning Theater program, this new cabaret proves to be a hilarious evening of song and stories any parent knows all too well. With accompanist Warren Freeman and guitarist Rick Peralta, Will shares the joys and frustrations of parenthood through cabaret standards, musical theater favorites, and more!
Convinced of his queen's unfaithfulness, King Leontes of Sicilia imprisons her, exiles his newborn daughter, and schemes to have his closest friend, King Polixenes, murdered. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation, and redemption — as well as a growing romance between the children of both kings. Incorporating a variety of inspired theatrical techniques, this production of The Winter's Tale presents a rich and emotional story of human folly, hope, and resurrection filled with unexpected surprises.
Twenty-eight professional theater companies of all sizes from the Washington, D.C., area join together to produce new works by female and female-identifying artists. In addition to presenting world-premiere productions, this festival will expand in 2018 to include second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide festival-related activities, and a variety of events for theater makers and theater lovers from across the country.