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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.
Caroline, or Change Jan 25 - Feb 26, 2017  
Round House Theatre Caroline, or Change
Join us as we present the largest musical in Round House’s history! Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated Caroline, Or Change follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner’s provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score from Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home) that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.
Last Train to Nibroc Jan 26 - Feb 19, 2017  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre Last Train to Nibroc
On the train carrying F. Scott Fitzgerald’s coffin across the country, a young couple, each returning home from unexpected disappointment, begin a journey to life together that takes several detours, in this charming WWII-era romantic comedy.
Our Town Jan 27 - Feb 26, 2017  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 111 Our Town
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.
Baby Screams Miracle Jan 30 - Feb 26, 2017  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Baby Screams Miracle
A small house in besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety. Obie Award-winner Clare Barron’s new play is “a genuinely fragile, complex piece of work” (Time Out New York): a Rorschach test for the faithful and the faithless alike. You’ve never seen anyone pray quite like this. You’ve never met a family like this. But if you enter the eye of the storm with them, you might find an imperfect, harrowing miracle.
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.
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Feb 1 - Mar 5, 2017  
Olney Theatre Center Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
DC Legend E. Faye Bulter (Arena Stage's Oklahoma! among many others) joins Phantom of the Opera alum David Benoit for the murder musical of the century! After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett - a restaurateur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies - Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many year ago. The award-winning artistic team behind Carousel and How To Succeed... brings this Tony® Award-winning "musical thriller" to life with an exceptional cast and Broadway production values.
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.
The River Feb 2 - Feb 26, 2017  
Spooky Action Theater The River
A man brings a woman to his secluded fishing cabin. Under the new moon, their pursuit is sea trout -- and an instant of perfect love and primal desire, elusive as the one that got away. This woman, this moment, is the one: mythical and mysterious as The River itself. This tense modern drama "is finely calibrated. The acting is also impeccable," writes The Guardian. The enigmatic tale by English playwright Jez Butterworth, and directed by Rebecca Holderness, comes to Spooky Action Theater in Washington, D.C.
Trevor Feb 2 - Feb 26, 2017  
1st Stage Theatre Trevor
Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity; Trevor has been hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a "hugely entertaining tragicomedy."
Yo tambien hablo de la rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose) Feb 2 - Feb 26, 2017  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Yo tambien hablo de la rosa (I Too Speak of the Rose)
Set in Mexico City in the 1960s, teenagers Toña and Polo accidentally derail a train while playing hooky from school. The details of what happened and the punishment they should face are as different as the spectators who follow the event. This searing look at poverty and society’s response to it is a masterpiece of modern Mexican theatre.
Watch on the Rhine Feb 3 - Mar 5, 2017  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater 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.
Ism: A Tragicomedy Feb 6 - Feb 7, 2017  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Ism: A Tragicomedy
A series of dramatic and comedic sketches about identity, racism, sexism, economic crisis, body hair, and other light topics. Featuring perspectives of some women of the global majority (also known as women of 'color'). Warning: this show may cause discomfort and nausea to those with undiagnosed white male entitlement (among other chronic conditions). It also does not represent the views of all brown women who ever lived. Led by Director Paige Hernandez, Ism: A Tragicomedy will appear as part of Mosaic Theater's 2016/2017 Workshop Series.
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.
Kofi's Drums: The Beat of Life Feb 8 - Feb 9, 2017  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Kofi's Drums: The Beat of Life
Drummer Kofi Dennis brings the vibrant rhythms of a West African village to life though music, storytelling, and dance. Using authentic instruments, the Ghanaian native leads lively call-and-response songs, games, and movement that gets audiences on their feet in a high-energy exploration of African cultural traditions. Recommended ages 4-8.
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.
Blues in The Night Feb 9 - Mar 5, 2017  
ArtSpace Falls Church Blues in The Night
Blues in the Night, a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong, it will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail! The interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.
The Freshest Snow Whyte Feb 11 - Mar 18, 2017  
Imagination Stage The Freshest Snow Whyte
Set in the year 3000, we meet Snow Whyte—a graffiti-artist locked in competition with her arch rival, Kanye East, over which of them makes the “freshest” images in the universe. Both depend on a Simon Cowell-type celebrity called Mira to decide which of them is the best. After her exile to a distant planet, Snow Whyte is sheltered by two rapping alien twins (reminiscent of the Seven Dwarves), and survives two visits from the vengeful Kanye, dressed in crazy disguises. She then uncovers the true secret to talent: that it is shared equally among all people, and not the exclusive property of anyone. Witty raps, cool moves, and a beat that just won’t quit, this show will have you bouncin’ in your seat and shouting “Oh, yeah!”
Signal Songs of the Underground Railroad with Phyllis Wade Feb 14 - Feb 15, 2017  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Signal Songs of the Underground Railroad with Phyllis Wade
With the aid of her powerful voice, Phyllis Wade combines acapella spirituals, slave narratives, and stories passed down through generations to pay tribute to one of the move controversial periods of our nation’s history. The music we have come to know as “signal songs” was used by slaves to communicate with one another and to share directions to the Promised Land via the Underground Railroad. These powerful songs and stories will move you to stand up, clap, sing and rejoice for freedom. Recommended ages 7-14.
The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus Feb 15 - Mar 5, 2017  
Anacostia Playhouse The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
The How and The Why Feb 15 - Mar 12, 2017  
Theater J The How and The Why
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.
The Taming of the Shrew Feb 15 - Mar 19, 2017  
Synetic Theater The Taming of the Shrew
Starring Synetic’s award-winning Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili, the 2012 Hollywood-set adaptation of one of the Bard's best known romantic comedies returns! See the original “Battle of the Sexes” enacted with all the fiery and acrobatic motion you've come to expect from Synetic! This production will not have dialogue.
God of Carnage Feb 17 - Mar 26, 2017  
Compass Rose Theater God of Carnage
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy, and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy, and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal, who lives inside all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly entertaining, and illuminates the dark side of being human.
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.
Night Watch Mar 10 - Mar 26, 2017  
Bowie Playhouse Night Watch
This suspenseful thriller was hailed as "a first-class example of its genre" by The New York Times during its acclaimed Broadway run in the early-'70s. The story centers on Elaine Wheeler, an insomniac heiress who thinks she witnesses a murder being committed in the apartment building next door. But when the police investigate, they find nothing but an empty chair. By the time Elaine sees a second body, even her husband and best friend begin to doubt her. Is she having a breakdown, or are her visions real? This fast-moving and gripping tale from Louise Fletcher -- in the tradition of suspenseful tales like Rear Window and Wait Until Dark -- will keep you guessing right up until its chilling climax. Don't miss this production at the Bowie Playhouse.
Midwestern Gothic Mar 14 - Apr 30, 2017  
Signature Theatre Midwestern Gothic
In a frozen little town in the middle of nowhere lives Stina, a young woman filled with a desperate hope to escape her humdrum surroundings. Following her mind's twisted flights of fancy, it isn't long before Stina's imagination is driving her to create more and more bizarre diversions, leading to a sudden and shocking twist of events. This wildly original world premiere of Midwestern Gothic features a book by Royce Vavrek and a contemporary score from Josh Schmidt, the award-winning composer of Adding Machine, that weaves together rock, country and pure fantasy. Catch this provocative and innovative musical thriller at Arlington's Signature Theatre.
Shrek The Musical Jr. Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2017  
NextStop Theatre Shrek The Musical Jr.
Join everyone's favorite green, swamp-dwelling ogre as he sets off on a life-changing adventure in Shrek The Musical Jr. presented by Lopez Studios. Accompanied by a wise-cracking donkey, the reluctant hero sets off on a quest to reclaim the deed to his stolen land. Watch along as a cast of young performers act out his journey, complete with a fearsome dragon, a feisty princess and a who's-who of classic children's book characters. Part romance and part twisted fairy tale, this irreverently funny stage adaptation of the Oscar-winning DreamWorks film champions the importance of real friendship and true love. Don't miss out on all the fun when Shrek The Musical Jr. comes to the NextStop Theatre in Herndon.
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.