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American Hero Nov 2 - Nov 20, 2016  
Rep Stage - Horowitz Center American Hero
At a toasted subs franchise in the local mall, three up-and-coming “sandwich artists”—a teenager, a single mom, and a downsized refugee from corporate banking—are perfecting the mustard-to-cheese ratio, according to the company manual. When their shot at the American dream is interrupted by a series of strange events, they become unlikely allies in a post-recession world. “American Hero” is a supersized dark comedy about life, liberty, and the pursuit of sandwiches. “[Bess Wohl’s] darkly funny comedy… takes a wry, compassionate attitude toward American workers barely clinging to the bottom rungs of the economic ladder.” - The New York Times
Mary Poppins Nov 2 - Jan 1, 2017  
Olney Theatre Center Mary Poppins
Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the iconic "Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.
Milk Like Sugar Nov 2 - Nov 27, 2016  
Mosaic Theater Company of DC at Atlas Performing Arts Center Milk Like Sugar
For sixteen year-old Annie Desmond, growing up in a small city is all Galaxy phones and texts from boys. But when one of her friends proudly boasts that she’s expecting, the allure of Coach diaper bags and an infant’s constant company propels the group into a life-altering “pregnancy pact.” Torn between her allegiance to the pack, her ambitions for college, and the promise of a future with a boy named Malik, Annie must make a choice for the future she wants, even if it’s not the future she’s being pushed to pursue. Mosaic Theater Resident Director Jennifer L. Nelson directs a riotous tale by Kirsten Greenidge about powerful young women on the brink of maturity that “balances street with sweet, to entertaining and illuminating effect” (Los Angeles Times).
Girl In The Red Corner Nov 3 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Welders at Atlas Performing Arts Center Girl In The Red Corner
When Halo signs up for mixed martial arts lessons, she thinks it might make a good hobby. Her trainer thinks she’s a light-weight. Her mother and sister think it’s just plain weird. Very quickly the lessons she learns in the ring bleed into the rest of her life and Halo finds herself battling against everyone around her–leaving her jobless and threatening to alienate her family. Now as she prepares for her first match, Halo realizes that life inside the cage and outside the cage are disturbingly similar. And that the only way to survive either is to fight.
TAME Nov 3 - Dec 11, 2016  
Gunston Arts Center TAME
Avant Bard presents a world premiere by one of DC’s most provocative young playwrights—an explosive domestic drama set in Texas in the 1960s. A wildly creative and spirited young poet named Cat returns to her hometown grieving the suicide of her lesbian lover. Her religious parents are dead-set on forcing her to submit and conform. They hire a firebrand youth minister named Patrick try to tame her—but Cat fights back. A rejoinder to The Taming of the Shrew from a woman's point of view, TAME. is every bit as epic, comic, and darkly erotic as the Shakespeare play that provoked it.
Sea Nov 4 - Nov 5, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Sea
STREB's daredevil performers combine virtuosic dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus and stunt work into astonishing displays of what can only be called "Extreme Action." Interacting with mechanics and hardware custom-designed for their jaw-dropping stunts, these mesmerizing aerial performers will have you on the edge of your seat as they explore the limits of force and gravity. Making its Kennedy Center debut, the New York company presents a thrilling new show at Eisenhower Theater: SEA (Singular Extreme Actions), in which audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the resident DJ/producer's playlist to make each show audibly unique.
Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, Salvador (Savior) Nov 4 - Nov 6, 2016  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Flamenco Aparicio Dance Company, Salvador (Savior)
Edwin Aparicio, curator of GALA’s Fuego Flamenco Festival since its inception, will lead his spirited troupe of dancers, singers, and guitarists in this autobiographical piece. Edwin Aparicio explores his personal salvation through flamenco, transmitting a riveting story of survival and achievement-from his childhood in war-torn El Salvador, to his migration to the US, to his discovery of dance. Aparicio is the recipient of the Cross of the Order of Civil Merit, bestowed by the King of Spain.
Oliver Twist Nov 4 - Nov 20, 2016  
ArtSpace Falls Church Oliver Twist
Born into a life of poverty and a bleak future in the workhouse, young orphan Oliver journeys to London seeking a better life, but unwittingly falls in with the city’s criminal element. Told through the lens of a contemporary graphic novel, the Learning Theater Ensemble revisits our 2012 original adaptation of this classic Dickens tale, shedding new light on a story that has captured the imaginations and pierced the hearts of audiences for over two centuries.
tick, tick... BOOM! Nov 4 - Nov 13, 2016  
The Highwood Theatre tick, tick... BOOM!
From the mind and pen of Pulitzer-winning Jonathan Larson (Rent) comes another thoughtful musical masterwork, performed by a talented high school cast at the Highwood Theatre. This autographical story is set in '90s SoHo where young composer Jon is on the brink of turning 30. As he sees his dreams of writing the great American musical tick away, his girlfriend wants to get married and move to suburbia and his best friend wants to cash in on Madison Avenue. Containing the kind of powerhouse musical numbers that helped make Rent a smash hit, tick, tick... BOOM! is an endearing, engaging look at what it takes to really, truly follow your dreams.
Where Words Once Were Nov 5 - Nov 27, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Where Words Once Were
Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only one thousand words can exist, new ones are forbidden and anything newly invented takes the place of an existing word, which is then illegal to say. Such is the fantastical backdrop of Where Words Once Were from renowned Irish-Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set in a city where language is rationed and a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising and Orhan learns that a single word can change the world. Kruckemeyer's The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly thrilled young audiences and now kids ages 9 and up can dig into his latest adventure when the world premiere of Where Words Once Were comes to the Family Theater at D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
Six Degrees of Separation Nov 5 - Dec 3, 2016  
Keegan Theatre Six Degrees of Separation
One of the greatest American plays of our time, Guare’s script examines the threads of chance that link one person to another. A splendidly funny, often disquieting, exploration of the way human beings define themselves and classify each other. Winner of the 1993 Olivier Award for Best Play and the New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Flamenco en Familia Nov 5  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Flamenco en Familia
Members of the Spanish Dance Society: mini performances and interactive demonstrations in the arts of flamenco‐‐Including fans, castanets, and zapateo—children of all ages.
Straight White Men Nov 9 - Dec 18, 2016  
Studio Theatre Straight White Men
Three adult brothers come together to celebrate Christmas with their widowed father and are surprised to find the reunion taking a more serious turn in Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. What starts off as a playful guys' night full of trash talk, pranks and Chinese take-out soon takes a detour as the men find themselves questioning how they define themselves and their places in the world. This razor-sharp comedy riffs on the classic father-son drama, confronting the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege. Find out why The New York Times called Lee "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation" when Straight White Men comes to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
Broadway Bound Nov 10 - Dec 18, 2016  
1st Stage Theatre Broadway Bound
Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Time Magazine called this tender, humorous play, “the best play of the decade.”
Little Thing, Big Thing Nov 10 - Nov 27, 2016  
Flashpoint Little Thing, Big Thing
A darkly comic crime thriller from award winning playwright Donal O'Kelly, Little Thing, Big Thing makes its DC PREMIERE with this Solas Nua production.
Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Francisco Hidalgo & Company, Los silencios del baile (The Silences of the Dance) Nov 10 - Nov 13, 2016  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Fuego Flamenco Festival XII: Francisco Hidalgo & Company, Los silencios del baile (The Silences of the Dance)
This new piece by Francisco Hidalgo explores the beats of silence, the dance of three bodies merging to join the musical notes and the broken voices that resonate in the space and reveal their innermost selves. In collaboration with Fundación Conservatorio Flamenco Casa Patas, Madrid.
Children of Eden Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2016  
Olney Theatre Center Children of Eden
Best known for creating such enduring musicals as Wicked, Pippin and the New Testament-inspired Godspell, Stephen Schwartz also wrote the score and lyrics for this joyous play based on the Bible's book of Genesis. An entertaining and inspirational experience for the whole family, Children of Eden touches on themes of faith and generational conflict with humor and heart as it recounts the parental dramas faced by Adam, Eve and Noah. The show ultimately delivers the bittersweet message that sometimes "the hardest part of love ... is letting go." This Damascus Theatre Company production fills the Olney Theatre Center's Historic Stage with Children of Eden's beautiful story, music, dance, humor and imagery.
Seussical Nov 11 - Nov 20, 2016  
Children's Theatre of Annapolis Seussical
The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie La Bird, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of Seussical. Now one of the most-performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that links together some of literature's most beloved children's creations. Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss' trademark sense of fun and wonder comes through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. Bring the whole family and join the fun when the show comes to the Children's Theatre of Annapolis.
The Daughter of the Regiment Nov 12 - Nov 20, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Daughter of the Regiment
Delightfully effervescent, Donizetti's comic opera Daughter of the Regiment is a rollicking combination of esprit de corps, comic antics, sweet romance and beautiful music. The story centers on young Marie, who was orphaned as child, then adopted and raised by a squadron of French soldiers who love her like she's their daughter. She and a peasant fall in love, but their marriage plans go awry when Marie is whisked away by a rich relative determined to have her marry into nobility. Impressive vocal acrobatics abound, including the famous "Ah, mes amis," which requires a tenor to sing nine high Cs. This Washington National Opera production is presented in French with English supertitles. See this comic gem, rife with hummable melodies and stirring anthems, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Secret Garden Nov 15 - Dec 31, 2016  
Sidney Harman Hall The Secret Garden
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Love Jones the Musical Nov 15 - Nov 20, 2016  
The National Theatre Love Jones the Musical
When it hit the big screen in 1997, Love Jones left filmgoers swooning over the courtship of two young star-crossed lovers set to the soulful sounds of Maxwell, Cassandra Wilson and more. Two decades later, the Larenz Tate-Nia Long romantic drama has inspired a new stage adaptation in Brooklyn, featuring musical collaboration from MC Lyte, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister. Love Jones the Musical once again traces the complicated relationship between poet Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosley whose paths initially cross at a boho nightclub in Chicago. Helmed by the film's original director Theodore Witcher, this stirring musical is coming to the stage at the National Theatre in Washington DC.
The Christians Nov 16 - Dec 11, 2016  
Theater J The Christians
Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, the founding pastor of a mega-church who suddenly suffers a crisis of faith. He's now compelled to lead his thousands-strong flock in a new and unexpected direction on its 20th anniversary -- one that directly conflicts with the former tenets of his ministry. When his motivations are questioned, both his professional and personal relationships are put to the test as well. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate. This provocative play comes to Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC, offering an unflinching look at faith -- of any denomination -- and its power to unite or divide.
Metropolis Nov 16 - Nov 19, 2016  
Source Metropolis
Tom Teasley, an award-winning composer and multi-instrumentalist, will give you a fresh new perspective on this cult classic. One of the most iconic silent films of all time, Metropolis is the original 1927 sci-fi epic that influenced future movies such as Star Wars and Blade Runner. Fritz Lang's dazzling visual imagery of a sinister utopia will be enhanced by Tom’s electrifying live music.
A Christmas Carol Nov 17 - Dec 31, 2016  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace plays Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for 35 years.
A View from the Bridge Nov 18 - Dec 3, 2016  
The Kennedy Center A View from the Bridge
The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge was the theatrical event of the Broadway season -- in fact, it won two Tony Awards this year for Best Revival of a Play and Best Director. Now you can see this illustrious revival of A View from the Bridge, directed by Ivo van Hove, when it comes to The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. The story follows Eddie, a Brooklyn longshoreman with a deep love for his 17-year-old niece, who he's raised as his own daughter. Eddie becomes jealous and enraged when his immigrant cousin falls in love with the girl. The New York Times said that this View leaves audiences feeling "ridiculously blessed to have been a witness to the events you just saw."
Moby Dick Nov 18 - Dec 24, 2016  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Moby Dick
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.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast Nov 19 - Jan 15, 2017  
Imagination Stage Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Packed with memorable tunes like “Be Our Guest”, “Human Again”, and “Beauty and the Beast”, this holiday musical has something for the entire family! Once upon a time, in a French provincial town, Belle is the bookish daughter of a hapless inventor. She narrowly avoids the amorous advances of the bully Gaston only to find herself imprisoned in the castle of a terrible Beast. While the servants Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip conspire to make Belle fall in love with their bewitched master, she gradually wins over his heart by virtue of her kindness and patience. Excitement builds as Gaston gathers a mob to rid the community of the ugly Beast and to claim Belle for himself alone. Needless to say, after much high drama, silly laughter, exuberant singing and dancing, love wins the day!
The Nutcracker Nov 23 - Nov 27, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Nutcracker
No matter how hard your heart has grown, The Nutcracker can crack it wide open. Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to this timeless ballet, which now makes its way to Washington, D.C. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has captured the hearts of generations of children and adults. Cincinnati Ballet stages this glittering production of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, featuring visually-striking costumes and sets, amazing acrobatics, and stunning choreography from Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. Prepare to experience the magic of the holidays when The Nutcracker graces the stage of The Kennedy Center Opera House.
Black Nativity Nov 23 - Dec 31, 2016  
Anacostia Playhouse Black Nativity
In what's become a popular Christmas tradition in the D.C. region, Theater Alliance once again performs their joyous, crowd-pleasing production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. First performed in 1961, Hughes' song-play is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, created to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. The production is infused with rich, moving music, dance and griot-style storytelling. Using the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story makes for a holiday show that people of all races and backgrounds can enjoy.
Once Nov 25 - Nov 27, 2016  
The National Theatre Once
Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
The Second Shepherds' Play Nov 27 - Dec 21, 2016  
Folger Theatre The Second Shepherds' Play
A rich blend of music and theater, the earthly and the divine, The Second Shepherds' Play is a magical, musical retelling of the Nativity story that's a perfect treat 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 an engaging mystery play in the medieval English drama tradition, adapted by Mary Hall Surface (LIFT: Icarus and Me, Goodnight Moon). Presented at Folger Theatre in D.C., The Second Shepherds' Play beautifully weaves together the stories of shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and a certain well-known miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.
Copenhagen Nov 30 - Dec 12, 2016  
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, playwright Michael Frayn reimagines the famous 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? These questions and more will be explored in this production of Copenhagen at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC.
A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol Dec 2 - Dec 4, 2016  
Gunston Arts Center A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol
Little stage stars make big holiday magic in Encore Stage & Studio's A Fairy Tale Christmas Carol. The young cast will gather onstage at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center to remake the traditional Dickensian fable A Christmas Carol with your favorite fairytale characters. Your family will delight at the sight of Mother Goose's gang -- the Three Little Pigs, Old King Cole and the rest -- giving Ebenezer Scrooge's story a makeover, with the Big Bad Wolf taking on the humbugging lead role.
Into the Woods Dec 6 - Jan 8, 2017  
The Kennedy Center Into the Woods
Venture back Into the Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously lauded by critics and extended twice at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, you can now catch the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before, coming to the stage in Washington, D.C. Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.