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"Undeniably funny"--The New York Times
Known to area audiences for the provocative play Imagining Madoff, OBIE Award-winner Deb Margolins thought-provoking new solo work 8 STOPS is a comedy concerning the grief of endless compassion. The New York Times calls it undeniably funny. Looking at life and death through the eyes of her son, Margolins comic investigation reaches many of the most profound registers as she contemplates the suburbs, the spiritual exurbs, illness, desire, and a subway ride with a motherless child who Margolin realizes she has to raise in the time it takes to travel eight stops. This rousing work will leave theater-goers with questions about the nature of compassion and the limits, and the limitlessness, of human endurance.
99 is an original rock opera presented as a musical by award-winning director Jonathan Zuck. It is the story of two former soulmates who find each other years later while dealing with political and social upheaval.
Pete, a bureaucrat from the Cleveland Department of the Environment, is tasked with managing a group of protestors (the "99-ers") who have taken over a downtown park. The leader of the 99-ers turns out to be Sarah, his college flame, and while he is thrilled to see Sarah again she crushes him with a rebuke that he is a sell-out. Pete's reaction to the 99-ers featured speaker, "The Gardner" makes Pete wonder if Sarah's right. Meanwhile Henry, who was living in the park, is now made homeless by the very protesters who purport to defend him from the bureaucracy. Opposition Leader, media savvy Captain America, sees an opportunity in Henry's plight and a square off ensues.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Join Anne Frank, her family, the Van Daans and more for a vivid, dynamic exploration of the "banality of evil" and the ever-present flame of hope in the story of a Jewish girl in Amsterdam during World War II, and their desperate attempt to preserve humanity in an inhumane world. Directed by Derek Goldman (Grounded), an artist with a national reputation for bringing the lessons of the Holocaust to life.
Gabe and Karen, Beth and Tom. Two couples. Friends from way back. Countless meals. Shared vacations. A family. They thought they were in this together. For life. Things Change.
Full of life, warmth, laughs and wisdom, Dinner with Friends examines the lives of two couples and the repercussions of divorce on their friendships. With wit, compassion and consummate skill, playwright Donald Margulies weighs the cost of breaking up and of staying together.
Peter's Alley Theatre Productions opens its 5th Season with this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy-drama that is quickly becoming a modern classic.
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.
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.
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.
Nothing is funnier than family dysfunction. The Schwartz family has been on their last legs since Papa died a year ago. Norma's husband isn't speaking to her, Herb and Bonnie are having baby troubles, and Simon wants to be an astronaut. Throw a sexy wanna-be Hollywood starlet into the mix, and you've got the recipe for a yahrzeit gone perfectly wrong. Can Judaism hold this family together? Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr makes his DC directorial debut in this rollicking, absurd, and thoughtful comedy with a whole lot of heart.
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.
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.
Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage, the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicenter of consumption, speculation, and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio's ships return to the city. But if they should fail and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his "bond."
In some of the most highly charged scenes William Shakespeare ever wrote, The Merchant of Venice dramatizes competing claims of tolerance and intolerance, religious law and civil society, justice and mercy--while in the character of Shylock, the Bard created one of the most memorable outsiders in all of theater.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
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.
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.