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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.
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.
This engrossing and provocative play tells the true story of the extraordinary friendship between playwright Dan O'Brien and war reporter Paul Watson, whose Pulitzer Prize-winning photograph of a dead American soldier being dragged through the streets of Mogadishu reshaped the course of global events. In a journey spanning Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic, and with powerful, theatrical language, O'Brien explores mental health, war, friendship and the ethical consequences of personal actions. Don't miss the winner of the 2014 Horton Foote Prize for Outstanding New American Play in its regional premiere.
Once the "brave new voice" of the NY literary scene, writer turned professor Ruth Steiner has resigned into a rather insulated life in her cozy Greenwich Village apartment. That comfortable but lonely life is upended when Ruth engages Lisa Morrison, a promising but insecure young writer as her assistant. Over six years, told in six scenes, Lisa evolves from fawning admirer to protégé and colleague and the women develop a deep friendship. Ultimately, the personal and the professional collide as Lisa's career ambitions take her down a path that leads to devastating consequences. As always, Pulitzer Prize-winner Donald Margulies tells this provocative story in his literate yet grounded and witty style, making us think yes, but more importantly, drawing us into the world of these engaging characters and making us feel even more.
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.
Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon to the brutal banality of domestic life: an antagonizingly bland husband; a living room full of dying flowers; and a house that is too large, too cluttered, too bourgeois for the once unstoppable Hedda Gabler. Both tormented and merciless, she is caught between her appetite for sensation and acute awareness of public perception. Mark O'Rowe's stunning contemporary adaptation is a mesmerizing study of power, control, and self-deception and a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama.
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.
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.
In this follow-up to The Three Musketeers, our hero D'Artagnan finds himself alone in the service of King Louis XIV after his comrades have retired. Unbeknownst to D'Artagnan, his old friends plan to remove the corrupt King, and replace him with his good twin, held captive in the Bastille! The Man in the Iron Mask promises more swashbuckling blockbuster adventure, rich in bombast and pageantry. This production will have dialogue.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar brings his unique, interactive style to D.C. with a provocative new approach to The Taming of the Shrew. This all-male, gender-blurred production explores the complex machinations of Kate and Petruchio's relationship. Known for his epic and immersive works, Iskandar examines identity, authenticity, and gender roles within one of Shakespeare's most notorious texts.
Ed Iskandar's projects include collaborating with 50 playwrights on the unique theatre experience The Mysteries at the Flea Theater, a nearly six-hour retelling of The Bible in a single night, and winner of the 2014 Drama Desk Award. His other work includes two seasons with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival, Off-Broadway productions, and extensive international work. The Founding Artistic Director of Exit, Pursued by a Bear, Iskandar creates socially immersive theatre through performance labs and salons, and plans to extend the world of The Taming of Shrew from the stage into the lobbies of Sidney Harman Hall.
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.
After garnering 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Synetic's 2014 hit is back by popular demand! Set in the Roaring '20s and inspired by the silent comedy of Keaton and Chaplin, Twelfth Night tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. This production will not have dialogue.
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.
Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.
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."
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.