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Kennedy Center Announces New Partnership With Chicago's Second City

The Washington, D.C., theater will team up with the famous sketch comedy troupe.

The cast of the Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America at the Kennedy Center.
(© Scott Suchman)

The Kennedy Center has announced a new partnership with Chicago's Second City to develop new works for the Washington, D.C.-based theater's season.

The partnership draws on the respective strengths of each organization to extend the creative capacity, reach, and impact of both brands, and will result in new, original productions at the Kennedy Center and beyond. The terms include producing six original sketch-style shows, which will be slated for multi-week runs through at least 2020; co-commissioning and developing new sketch and full-length touring works; and enhancing offerings within the Kennedy Center's education program for young and adult audiences.

The first products of the new Kennedy Center-Second City partnership will debut in summer 2018. Details of a new summer sketch show, plus dates and registration information for improvisation and stand-up workshops, will be announced as part of the District of Comedy Festival on March 20. Details of the new holiday-themed show will be announced as part of the 2018-19 theater season on April 10.