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Twist Your Dickens Dec 9 - Dec 31, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Twist Your Dickens
After successful runs in L.A., Portland and Chicago, The Second City brings their irreverent and interactive seasonal satire to The Kennedy Center in D.C. A madcap sendup of the holiday classic, Twist Your Dickens finds Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with an ever-changing roster of drop-in local celebrity guests. Second City alums and veteran Comedy Central writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort dreamed up this new take on A Christmas Carol that's infused with hilariously unpredictable improv sketches and parodies of your favorite holiday specials.
The Nutcracker Dec 9 - Dec 24, 2016  
Olney Theatre Center The Nutcracker
Starring student ballerinas, along with professional guest dancers, the Olney Ballet Theatre's Nutcracker has been a holiday tradition in the Washington area for decades. You'll be transported to a magical place filled with Christmas spirits, dancing children, toy soldiers that come alive, a glowing Christmas tree, magical creatures, the Land of Sweets and exquisite dancing. Whether a family tradition or a once-in-a-lifetime event, this beloved classic is bound to create lasting memories for audiences young and old.
Goyesquitas Dec 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
The In Series at GALA Hispanic Theatre Goyesquitas
TTake your family to Spain for the holidays! This family opera invites music lovers of all ages to the culture, sights and sounds of Spain, on the wings of traditional song and dance in this special family edition of Goyescas! The perfect children's introduction to opera and theatre.
Shrek The Musical Dec 10 - Dec 17, 2016  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Shrek The Musical
Everyone's favorite ogre is coming to the stage at the Washington County Playhouse in this musical adaptation of the beloved animated film. Throw just about every fairy tale ever told into a blender, and you end up with Shrek The Musical, a hip and funny mashup in which a very unlikely hero teams up with a wisecracking donkey and a feisty princess who's anything but a damsel in distress. Together, the trio takes on the short-tempered bad guy, Lord Farquaad, to save their fairy-tale kingdom. Don't miss the merry musical mayhem that promises to be great fun for kids ages 5 and up and their families. Before the show starts, chow down on your choice of hot dog and chips or cheese pizza. Then settle in to enjoy the entertainment unfolding onstage.
The DOMA Diaries Dec 11 - Dec 12, 2016  
Source The DOMA Diaries
In The DOMA Diaries, a heartwarming tale of love over fear, three brave LGBT couples take up the fight against "The Defense of Marriage Act" and eventually triumph. A powerful and moving look at recent American history, this play is based on real-life stories of ordinary gay Americans. Relive the monumental victory when this play, brought to you by the Rainbow Theatre Project, comes to Source in Washington, D.C.
Titanic: The Musical Dec 13 - Jan 29, 2017  
Signature Theatre Titanic: The Musical
Titanic: The Musical, winner of five Tony Awards, brings the harrowing tale of one of the world's most famous ill-fated voyages to life on stage at Arlington's Signature Theatre. This acclaimed musical examines the lives of the passengers aboard the doomed luxury liner -- taking you from first class to second class to steerage down below. It's a sweeping story that captures the look and feel of the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg at sea, when a total of 1,517 men, women and children tragically lost their lives. Based on the disaster itself rather than the Hollywood film, this production of Titanic: The Musical is a 360-degree staged spectacular that features music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a crew of more than 50 artists.
Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical Dec 13 - Dec 31, 2016  
The National Theatre Dr. Seuss' How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical
Dr. Seuss' beloved tale about the true meaning of Christmas jumps from the page to the stage with the record-setting Broadway sensation How The Grinch Stole Christmas! The Musical. In this live-action performance -- inspired by both the book and the animated TV classic -- Max the Dog narrates the Grinch's plot to steal Christmas away from the lovable Whos of Whoville. The green villain will transform before your very eyes as the holiday spirit makes his small heart grow three sizes. Featuring spectacularly Seussian sets as well as hit songs such as "You're a Mean One, Mr. Grinch" and "Welcome Christmas," this whimsical holiday hit rolls into The National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Wicked Dec 14 - Jan 8, 2017  
The Kennedy Center Wicked
Long before that girl from Kansas arrives in Munchkinland, two girls meet in the land of Oz. One--born with emerald green skin--is smart, fiery and misunderstood. The other is beautiful, ambitious and very popular. How these two grow to become the Wicked Witch of the West and Glinda the Good makes for "the most complete and completely satisfying new musical in a long time" (USA Today).
Magical Musical Holiday Step Show Dec 15 - Dec 30, 2016  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Magical Musical Holiday Step Show
Step Afrika!, the first professional company devoted to stepping, brings their annual holiday show back to D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center. Come make merry with the internationally-known percussive dance company, as well as DJ Frosty the Snowman and their furry friends from the animal kingdom in this special seasonal performance. Equally inspired by African and modern dance, stepping combines kicks, stomps, claps and chants into an overwhelming, high-energy experience of movement and sound. The company has achieved worldwide renown for its mastery of the art and its electrifying live shows, and this festive celebration promises to be no exception.
Tot Rock: Holiday Sing Along with Rocknoceros Dec 15 - Dec 16, 2016  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Tot Rock: Holiday Sing Along with Rocknoceros
Who’s having a holiday party? Coach, Williebob, and Boogie Bennie, that’s who! The area’s favorite kid-rock band has a great big musical present for you. Join them as they lead audiences in seasonal songs and Rockno classics. It’s a bash you just can’t miss! Recommended ages 2-6.
An Irish Carol Dec 16 - Dec 31, 2016  
Keegan Theatre An Irish Carol
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic has played to sold-out audiences for five straight years now, becoming its own DC tradition.
Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker Dec 19 - Dec 20, 2016  
George Mason University's Center for the Arts Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical Snow Forest complete with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax.
Oy Vey in a Manger Dec 20 - Dec 28, 2016  
Theater J at Theater J Oy Vey in a Manger
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.
Charm Jan 4 - Jan 29, 2017  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Charm
Charm offers a peek into the colorful inner-workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman working at an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with an eclectic youth group that counts a Latina transwoman, a cisgendered straight black couple and a gay suburban teen among its ranks. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over. Inspired by a true story, Charm carries a message of peace and dignity, as Mama and her students must ultimately find a new way to respect each other and redefine what "having charm" means. Now, the Atlas Performing Arts Center brings Philip Dawkins' fresh-faced take on sexuality, race and gender identity to Washington, DC.
Copenhagen Jan 5 - Jan 29, 2017  
Theater J Copenhagen
In his Tony-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn re-imagines the 1941 meeting of famed physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, an event that has been subject to much historical speculation. No one knows exactly what these two men -- one a Nobel Prize-winner, the other his esteemed mentor -- discussed. What did Heisenberg believe should be done about atomic bombs? What did he want from Bohr? The spirits of the two men and Bohr's wife, Margrethe, meet after death to attempt to answer the original question: Why did Heisenberg come to Copenhagen? This modern drama is a meditation on friendship and moral responsibility that's intellectually dazzling and deeply moving. Take a journey through the realm of science and beyond, embarking from Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC.
The Hard Problem Jan 11 - Feb 19, 2017  
Studio Theatre The Hard Problem
Critics have gone crazy for The Hard Problem, the latest from Tom Stoppard, writer of Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love. Hailed by the The Daily Mail as "100 minutes of brilliant brainache," Stoppard's searing drama centers on Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute who is haunted by a single theory: If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? As Hilary attempts to break down the components of this "hard problem," she finds herself up against her lover (and academic mentor) in a fight to defend the soul, altruism and even religion from modern science. Watch psychology and biology collide in this provocative drama at the Metheny Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Mack, Beth Jan 21 - Feb 11, 2017  
Keegan Theatre Mack, Beth
Shakespeare's Macbeth is all the more shocking because the murderous protagonist isn't a robot from outer space or someone altogether unrelatable -- he's an ordinary person with an extraordinary desire for power. Now the Bard's greatest tragedy hits even closer to home in Mack, Beth, a thoroughly modern retelling of the classic tale of temptation, ambition and betrayal. A world premiere from two-time Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Chris Stezin, Mack, Beth takes the phrase "power couple" to a whole new level. Experience all the intrigue of the original while reveling in updates for the digital age when Mack, Beth comes to the Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Producers Jan 21 - Mar 4, 2017  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater The Producers
Mel Brooks' outrageous, Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilariously tasteless show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Catch this Broadway hit that scored a record 12 Tony Awards when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater.
Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? Jan 21 - Feb 19, 2017  
Ford's Theatre Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?
A biting dark comedy and gut-wrenching psychological portrait of the breakdown of a marriage, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sees one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples draw a younger pair into their bitter, twisted games. As cocktails flow on the campus of a small New England college, the younger couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war. Featuring razor-sharp dialogue, Edward Albee's equally hilarious and harrowing masterpiece won the 1963 Tony Award and went on to become a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Now this devastating tale comes to Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre starring multiple Helen Hayes Award winner Holly Twyford and directed by the acclaimed Aaron Posner.
As You Like It Jan 24 - Mar 5, 2017  
Folger Theatre As You Like It
Escape with Rosalind into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and "love is merely a madness." As You Like It boasts one of Shakespeare's most vibrant heroines in Rosalind, the beautiful daughter of an exiled duke who falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest. Along the way, she, Orlando and a host of other motley characters fill the forest of Arden with music, dancing and pure romance. Enchantment abounds in this new production from Folger Theatre in D.C., presented in association with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies Jan 25 - Feb 19, 2017  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies
As it riffs on life in Baltimore and growing up black in America, this dark comedy sets its sights on the Trayvon Martin case, mistaken identity, incarceration and more. With its multi-ethnic cast made up of five young people and four adults, Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies is filled with arresting stylistic turns and outrageous comedy. This world premiere marks the first major production of its award-winning playwright, Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm. Catch Hooded: Or Being Black for Dummies on the stage of the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.
Hamlette Jan 28 - Feb 11, 2017  
Keegan Theatre Hamlette
While something might be rotten in the state of Denmark, Hamlet is a classic masterpiece that stays fresh -- especially when the main character is reimagined as a teenage girl. Hamlette takes the classic Shakespeare play and mixes it all up into a side-splitting concoction that's recommended for ages 10 and older. Hamlette is already having enough trouble being a teenager, but she might just go mad when her mother marries her uncle and her father's ghost starts visiting her. Follow her adventures at Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Nicholas Rodriguez Jan 31 - Feb 4, 2017  
Signature Theatre Nicholas Rodriguez
One Life to Live and Broadway star Nicholas Rodriguez fuses his love of The Great White Way with the music of jazz, blues, folk and pop in a unique and intimate evening filled with his charming personality and soulful voice.
The Gin Game Feb 2 - Mar 12, 2017  
MetroStage The Gin Game
In D.L. Coburn's sharp-witted dramedy, a game of cards between two lonely nursing-home residents turns into a battle royale with serious personal stakes. Weller and Fonsia strike up a friendly acquaintance as he teaches her to play gin rummy, revealing intimate details of their lives along the way. But as Fonsia wins hand after hand, Weller becomes frustrated and their simple pastime becomes an all-out war, with shared secrets as weapons of mass emotional destruction. This Pulitzer Prize winner was revived on Broadway in 2016 with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. Washington's gifted actors Roz White and Doug Brown bring the tale to life, so grab a seat and get dealt in at MetroStage in Alexandria.
King Charles III: See the Gripping, Olivier-Winning New Drama Feb 7 - Mar 12, 2017  
Sidney Harman Hall King Charles III: See the Gripping, Olivier-Winning New Drama
The Queen is dead. Long live the King! Hailed as 2015's best new Broadway play by Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New Times, and winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Mike Bartlett's King Charles III explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family. This modern-day riff on Shakespearean political drama, which was a sold-out hit both on Broadway and in London's West End, has been hailed as "fresh, thrilling and fearlessly comic" (Entertainment Weekly) and "flat-out brilliant!" (The New York Times). Set shortly after the death of the Queen, the story centers on Prince Charles, who after a lifetime of waiting is finally made king -- only to face an ethical dilemma over a bill limiting the freedom of the press. See this buzz-worthy new production at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Peter and the Starcatcher Feb 9 - Mar 12, 2017  
Source Peter and the Starcatcher
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this Constellation Theatre production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Source in Washington, D.C., weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
The Select (The Sun Also Rises) Feb 18 - Apr 2, 2017  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre The Select (The Sun Also Rises)
A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs transforms from a Parisian bistro to the banks of the Irati River in Spain. A bar table roars to life and charges a matador. Championed by The New York Times as "a lively riff on Hemingway's first and greatest novel," The Select (The Sun Also Rises)'s innovative staging reimagines the 1926 roman à clef via a fusion of artistic forms. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in the heart of the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he desires -- a woman whose romantic escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism. Don't miss this genre-defying work by acclaimed theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service when it takes over D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing Feb 28 - Mar 26, 2017  
Signature Theatre Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing
From Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George) comes a new comedy starring Emmy and Tony Award-winning actress Debra Monk (Mozart in the Jungle, Grey's Anatomy). Mrs. Miller may be capable of a lot, but one thing she can not do is sing -- but don't tell her that. Based on the true story of Elva Miller, this engaging play sheds amusing light on the life of the devoted, off-key songstress who became a most unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. Warbling her way through songs like "Downtown," "Monday Monday," "A Hard Day's Night" and more, Monk truly shines in the role of a lifetime in Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing. Catch this irresistible show at Arlington's Signature Theatre.
Graeme of Thrones Mar 26  
Howard Theatre Graeme of Thrones
In this critically-acclaimed comedy fresh from London's West End, we meet Graeme -- a die-hard Game of Thrones fan who simply wants to recreate the epic fantasy saga as a live puppet show. To realize his dream, he enlists the help of his best friend Paul and former childhood crush Bryony to play multiple roles as both actors and puppeteers. The three of them haven't got the massive budget or cast of award-winning actors that the TV show does, but when Graeme hears that an influential theater producer is in the audience, he and his friends pull out all the stops to bring the battle for the Seven Kingdoms to life. Laughter is coming to Washington, D.C.'s Howard Theatre in Graeme of Thrones.
The Displaced Apr 7  
Folger Theatre The Displaced
The Displaced brings together authors Laila Lalami (Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits), Luis Urrea (Into the Beautiful North) and Shobha Rao (An Unrestored Woman) to tell three stories of displaced people trying to find a place in our volatile world. From the tale of four Moroccans trying to sail to Spain in an inflatable dinghy, to a Mexican village where all the men have left to find work in the United States, to a new mother trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border, this performance at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. is a powerful portrait of lives in transit.
Fun Home Apr 18 - May 13, 2017  
The National Theatre Fun Home
Fun Home -- winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical -- has been praised as "the best of what Broadway can do" (Associated Press) and "something of a miracle" (New York Magazine). Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Get your pre-sale tickets to the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" at The National Theatre.
Macbeth: Toil and Trouble Abound in Shakespeare's Bloody Masterpiece Apr 25 - May 28, 2017  
Sidney Harman Hall Macbeth: Toil and Trouble Abound in Shakespeare's Bloody Masterpiece
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now cutting-edge director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Ruined) stages this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
The Arabian Nights May 4 - Jun 4, 2017  
Source The Arabian Nights
Ali Baba, Sinbad, Aladdin -- the list of classic characters and tales spun in The Arabian Nights is unrivaled in all of literature. Also known as One Thousand and One Nights, this timeless work of imagination has been captivating audiences for hundreds of years. Now, Constellation Theatre reprises its acclaimed production of Tony winner Mary Zimmerman's stage adaptation, bringing all of the original's magic to life. The young Scheherazade, desperate to stave off her own execution, spins tale after tale for her new husband, the king. Each night, she weaves a spellbinding story, hoping that her vivid imagination will buy her the time she needs to win both the king's heart and her own freedom. Experience this testament to the power of storytelling when The Arabian Nights comes to Source in Washington, D.C.
The School For Lies May 30 - Jul 2, 2017  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre The School For Lies
Contemporary slang meets 17th-century farce in The School for Lies. Adapted from Moliere's The Misanthrope, playwright David Ives (Venus in Fur, All in the Timing) transforms Moliere's classic into a modern satire told entirely through verse. The result is a delightfully incongruous comedy of manners that lets you peer inside the Parisian salon of Celimene, a young widow with a sharp tongue and plenty of eager suitors. Tony Award-nominee David Ives and STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn, the team that created the award-winning French trilogy of The Liar, The Heir Apparent and The Metromaniacs, return to old stomping grounds in this uproarious update of one of the greatest masterpieces of French comedy. Outrageous gags and vicious couplets strike a hilarious balance of class and crass in this classic collision of Moliere's biting satire and Ives's modern wit. See it at Lansburgh Theatre in D.C.