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Dante's Inferno Sep 28 - Oct 30, 2016  
Synetic Theater Dante's Inferno
 
Sometimes words are not needed. One need only watch as a lost traveler navigates a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music and powerful physicality. Famed for their productions that rely solely on physical expression, Synetic has garnered both praise and awards for their extensive Wordless Shakespeare repertoire. See this newest adaptation of Dante's classic Inferno at Synetic Theater.
 
   
Love's LaBEERS Lost Sep 28 - Oct 22, 2016  
LiveArtDC at DC Reynolds Love's LaBEERS Lost
 
In this immersive production of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, the audience joins the court of Navarre while their "no women allowed" party is in full swing. Drink along as the King and his bros fail miserably at their vow to abstain from women, booze and fun. Watch as the Princess of France and her entourage show up to entice, outwit and out drink the boys.
 
   
An Iliad Oct 1 - Oct 22, 2016  
Taffety Punk Theatre Company at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop An Iliad
 
The Iliad comes to life in this visceral modern-day retelling. Honoring the great tradition of epic poetry, the urgency of Homer's classic bursts forth from a single narrator — Taffety Punk company member Esther Williamson. Live music composed and performed by Hand Grenade Job, an ethereal punk band devoted to "hymns of undoing". The story of Achilles' rage and Hector's passion lives on as a warning to us all of the perils of war and wrath. Wars end, but is there an end to war?
 
   
POE Oct 4 - Nov 23, 2016  
Reynolds Tavern POE
 
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company debuts a brand-new show just in time for Halloween, based on the life and stories of the grand master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe. In addition to enjoying a three-course prix fixe dinner, you'll witness Poe brought to life in the intimate space of the Reynolds Tavern, courtesy of Broadway actor Brian Keith MacDonald. He'll take you on a haunting journey through the life of this tormented genius, exploring Poe's heart and mind through his work.
 
   
A Matter of Perspective Oct 4 - Oct 16, 2016  
Live Garra Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater A Matter of Perspective
 
Sit inside the jury room - Eight people come together to deliberate the guilt or innocence of a young black man arrested by two white police officers. Their divergent perspectives uncover deeply-rooted prejudices, exposing a broken American justice system that stares hatred right in the face. Is Justice Blind? Race and racism is a compelling subject and the human experience is shared from all different points of view. Race, gender, cultural and religious beliefs examined through the art of storytelling is social commentary - political 'grit', cathartic and transformative.
 
   
Freaky Friday Oct 4 - Nov 20, 2016  
Signature Theatre Freaky Friday
 
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience first-hand each other’s lives, if only for a day. With a score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normaland If/Then and a book by Parenthood’s Bridget Carpenter, Freaky Fridayis a delightfully entertaining world premiere musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.
 
   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time Oct 5 - Oct 23, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time
 
Winner of five 2015 Tony Awards including Best Play, the acclaimed National Theatre production of The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time is now on national tour. This Broadway phenomenon, directed by two-time Tony Award winner Marianne Elliott (War Horse), in an adaptation by Tony and Olivier Award winner Simon Stephen, brings Mark Haddon's internationally bestselling novel to thrilling life. When the curtain rises at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Opera House, you'll meet 15-year-old Christopher Boone. Christopher has an extraordinary brain -- exceptionally intelligent but ill-equipped to interpret everyday life. When he falls under suspicion for killing his neighbor's dog, Christopher sets out to identify the true culprit, which leads to an earth-shattering discovery and a journey that will change his life forever.
 
   
Ruthless! The Musical Oct 6 - Oct 30, 2016  
ArtSpace Falls Church Ruthless! The Musical
 
Outer Critics Circle and Drama desk winner, Ruthless! is a campy cult favorite. The beautiful and talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark will do ANYTHING to play the lead in the school play.... ANYTHING! Ruthless!famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films like The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Ruthless! is a hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition.
 
   
Zombie Prom Oct 6 - Oct 30, 2016  
Randolph Road Theatre Zombie Prom
 
What’s a high school prom without the undead? As part of its seventh season, Unexpected Stage Company presents the campy, rollicking musical Zombie Prom, celebrating 20 years since its off-Broadway debut. It’s not all bobby socks and Clearasil for Jonny Warner when he drops the "H" from his name, dives head-long into the town's nuclear reactor, and returns to 1950s high school life as a zombie. Zombie Prom follows the angst-ridden teen love of Jonny and Toffee as they try to navigate the waters of high school during the atomic age.
 
   
Fringe Pop Oct 6 - Oct 9, 2016  
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space Fringe Pop
 
Capital Fringe's Pop, which stands for "Performance Over Projection," combines a staging of short plays with a screening of short films to explore the notion of privacy and the differences -- or the growing lack thereof -- between public and private spaces. This innovative series even adds digital projections of local places as a panoramic backdrop for the various 10-minute plays, which are thematically paired with the short films that follow. This sure-to-be-entertaining series unfolds at the Logan Fringe Art Space in DC, featuring two different programs, Public and Private.
 
   
Net Worth Oct 6 - Oct 23, 2016  
Strand Theater Net Worth
 
Net Worth takes the audience on a journey of humor, money management and self-reflection as they attend a workshop on personal finances sponsored by the Lions Club of Cleveland, OH. Moving quickly back and forth between teaching in the present and reliving the memories that each subject evokes, our character finds the strength to declare independence from her "Liabilities" and understand the values of her "Assets." Based on the life experiences and struggles of balancing finances with living an artistic life, Bari has created a one-person show that brings laughter (and fear!) to the audience.
 
   
Comic Potential Oct 7 - Oct 22, 2016  
The Alden Comic Potential
 
Comic Potential transports you to the near future, where soap opera actors have been replaced by "actoids" and the art of comedy has been lost. In this romantic and comic foray into science-fiction, two things separate humans and androids: a sense of humor and the ability to love -- until an apparent glitch in one of the actoids causes it to show signs of creativity. Now, the android and an idealistic young writer will redefine what it means to be human, as they begin to explore the worlds of physical comedy and ... real love? Written by Tony Award-winning British playwright Alan Ayckbourn (Private Fears in Public Places), Comic Potential was nominated for an Outer Critics Circle Award, a Drama Desk Award and a Laurence Olivier Award. Challenge your perceptions of humanity and love with this McLean Community Players' production of Comic Potential.
 
   
The Year of Magical Thinking Oct 7 - Nov 20, 2016  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Year of Magical Thinking
 
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 Kathleen Turner (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.
 
   
Evil Dead Oct 7 - Oct 29, 2016  
Red Branch Theatre Evil Dead
 
Follow five college friends on a weekend getaway as they accidentally unleash an evil, flesh-eating force. Campy, bloody, hilariously fun and based on the cult classic film series by Sam Raimi.
 
   
The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane Oct 8 - Oct 30, 2016  
Imagination Stage The Miraculous Journey of Edward Tulane
 
Have you ever loved a special doll or stuffed toy? If you have, this is the story for you! Abilene adores her china rabbit doll, Edward Tulane. But, Edward is spoiled and ungrateful until fate takes him on an emotional roller-coaster of an adventure through the 20th century. He is lost overboard on an ocean liner, fished up by a kindly villager, dumped in a heap of garbage, rescued by a hobo and his dog, turned into a scarecrow, and adopted by a little boy who gives him as a gift to his sickly sister. Little by little, Edward discovers goodness and humility. Inspired by the constellations, he learns to keep an open heart. Kate DiCamillo’s award-winning book translates beautifully to the stage. And, as in all good stories, even our reluctant hero finds a happy ending!
 
   
Volcanes: Cuentos de El Salvador (Volcanoes: Tales of El Salvador) Oct 8 - Oct 22, 2016  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Volcanes: Cuentos de El Salvador (Volcanoes: Tales of El Salvador)
 
In Mayan volcano is ixcanul (fire mountain). A volcano’s fire is hot, alive, and beautiful, like the stories and folktales from El Salvador. A fun-filled musical spectacle for children 5 to 10, Volcanoes combines past and present, myth and stories of everyday life.
 
   
Kiss Oct 10 - Nov 6, 2016  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Kiss
 
A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden theirs hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? An intense, furtive video chat with what might be an exiled author, living on the run while escaping persecution, slowly upends both their world and ours. Can we recover what’s been lost in translation? This U.S. premiere by “Chile’s most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades” (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Politically charge and emotionally urgent, it dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures…because just when we think we get Kiss, it gets us instead.
 
   
Hansel and Gretel Oct 13 - Nov 18, 2016  
The Puppet Co. Hansel and Gretel
 
Adapted from Humperdink's children's opera, full of magic, music and dazzling special effects. The puppets, lights, music and effects, are all operated by Christopher Piper, who also performs all the live vocal characterizations. The production has long been a favorite of children and their parents, and is an excellent introduction to musical story for children.
 
   
Twelfth Night Oct 14 - Nov 13, 2016  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 111 Twelfth Night
 
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man so she can enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this lively take on the Bard's comic masterpiece at Studio 111.
 
   
Moonlight Tangos Oct 15  
Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre Moonlight Tangos
 
The Olympics may be over, but that doesn't mean you have to leave the vibrant spirit of South America behind. What the samba and bossa nova are to Brazil, the tango is to Argentina. Passion, grace, nerve -- no dance demands as much from dancers (or gives as much pleasure to audiences) as tango. Now you can experience tango performed to perfection during Moonlight Tangos at the Rosslyn Spectrum Theatre. Watch local talents truly put "poetry in motion," blending music and movement with sublime skill. Singers, musicians and dancers combine to create a magical and romantic night during this performance in Arlington.
 
   
Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart Oct 19 - Oct 23, 2016  
EagleBank Arena Disney On Ice - Follow Your Heart
 
Swim with Dory and new pal Hank from Disney/Pixar's Finding Dory as they set out to find her parents and discover the devotion of family. Cheer with Joy, Sadness and the rest of the Emotions from Disney/Pixar's Inside Out as they work together to boost Riley's spirit and win the big hockey game. Venture to wintery Arendelle where Olaf and Kristoff help reunite royal sisters Anna and Elsa from Frozen and learn love is the most powerful magic of all. See Cinderella, Rapunzel, Ariel and the Disney Princesses make their dreams possible through virtues of bravery, kindness and perseverance. And celebrate true friendship with Buzz Lightyear, Woody and the Toy Story gang. Make unforgettable memories with Mickey, Minnie and all your Disney friends when Disney On Ice presents Follow Your Heart skates into Eaglebank Arena in Fairfax!
 
   
Chocolate Covered Ants Oct 19 - Nov 13, 2016  
Anacostia Playhouse Chocolate Covered Ants
 
Featuring stories and themes seemingly ripped straight from today's most controversial headlines, the intense play Chocolate Covered Ants explores the complex psyche of the modern American black man. Emerging playwright Steven A. Butler Jr.'s fascinating story centers on Dr. Adrienne Taylor, a psychologist and social worker who offers therapy sessions to four very different black men. Her in-depth research reveals the complex makeup of each patient's mental state and their focus on social and physical survival. But it also begins to shape a dramatic conflict that promises to affect both herself and her patients. Equal parts gripping and provocative, Chocolate Covered Ants brings an important discussion and a moving story to D.C.'s Anacostia Playhouse.
 
   
43 and 1/2 Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space 43 and 1/2
 
400 years after William Shakespeare's death, Nu Sass Productions offers up 43 and 1/2, a revamped version of a Capital Fringe Festival original. This comedy ticks its way through the 43 (and ½) best tragic deaths depicted in Shakespeare's work. It's a morbid, yet hilarious ode to all the guts, glory and stabby bits the Bard ever committed to paper. The remount -- coming to D.C.'s Logan Fringe Arts Space -- features goofily grim spoofs of the great theatrical murders and suicides, with new scenes, fights and even drinking games.
 
   
43 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare's Tragedies Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space 43 1/2: The Greatest Deaths of Shakespeare's Tragedies
 
In honor of 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death and just in time for Halloween, Nu Sass Productions is bringing a revamped remount of this Capital Fringe Festival original. New scenes, fights, and drinking games. Same murder, suicide, and pie. Join us for the guts, glory, and stabby bits of Shakespeare’s 43 (and 1/2) best tragic deaths.
 
   
Rameau's Nephew Oct 20 - Nov 13, 2016  
Spooky Action Theater Rameau's Nephew
 
 
   
Hamlet Oct 21 - Nov 20, 2016  
Compass Rose Theater Hamlet
 
The keystone of Shakespeare’s works, this most famous play of all plays has a thousand times more words written about it than the play itself contains. Compass Rose Theater celebrates the 400th anniversary of William Shakespeare by sharing a live production of his most celebrated play. To portray this work, and bring it to life on our stage is an honor and a privilege. Hamlet, aggrieved son and nephew to the new king, seeks to avenge his father’s most certain murder. He must be sure of the crime before he acts; and it is in the struggle of whether to act or to wait that the drama of the play finds its core. Language so beautiful it is heart stopping, a story so compelling that it demands that we witness it live create an unforgettable theatrical experience not to be missed.
 
   
Cinderella Oct 26 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Cinderella
 
The world-renowned San Francisco Ballet company performs acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella, a visually imaginative production inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales. This magical take on the beloved children's story is a co-production with the Dutch National Ballet and features Prokofiev's dramatic music, ingenious puppetry by Obie winner Basil Twist and spectacular sets and costumes. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that "all Cinderellas should look and dance as well as this one." Now's your chance to see the lavish spectacle for yourself when it leaps into the Opera House at D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
 
   
Freeze Frame Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Freeze Frame
 
The exciting new dance-theater work Freeze Frame from writer-director-choreographer Debbie Allen delves into issues of race and violence through an entertaining yet thoughtful mix of movement, music, film and storytelling. With original songs by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval and others, this high-energy show had a successful L.A. run earlier this year, and is set to feature Tony-winning Broadway performers, young hip hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy performers when it comes to the stage at The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in DC.
 
   
The ThreePenny Opera Oct 27 - Oct 30, 2016  
George Mason University's Center for the Arts The ThreePenny Opera
 
Who can get ahead? Those with money do in Brecht and Weill's landmark twentieth century musical, The ThreePenny Opera. Echoing with the spirits of the German Music Hall style, this perennial Broadway favorite offers so much more than the popular "Mack the Knife". Set in gritty 1920's New York City, where prohibition is in effect but speakeasies are open and corruption abounds, the story follows the charismatic anti-hero Macheath and his exploits for power and wealth. The Fall Mason Musical presented by the George Mason University School of Theater and School of Music is a social and political satire that will feature a dynamic ensemble performing multiple roles including inanimate objects.
 
   
Carousel Oct 28 - Dec 24, 2016  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Carousel
 
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at DC's Arena Stage. In Carousel, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates the naive millworker Julie and they marry. Just as they learn that Julie is pregnant, Billy loses his job. Desperate to provide a decent life for his family, he allows himself to be coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry, but fifteen years later Billy gets the chance to see his wife and the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both his child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. With classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," it's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created together, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
 
   
Cabaret Oct 28 - Nov 19, 2016  
Kensington Town Hall Cabaret
 
Step out of the modern world and into the glittering underworld of post-World War I Berlin to join the fun of the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the music is always tantalizing and the drinks flow endlessly. Cabaret, the Tony-winning masterpiece of musical theater, comes to you from Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago). Lose yourself in a story of lives intertwining as a cabaret singer, an ex-pat American writer and other misfits and outcasts come together to escape the sinister shadow of World War I behind them and another major war looming. Featuring memorable songs like "Cabaret," "Wilkommen" and "Maybe This Time," Cabaret promises to transform Kensington Town Hall into another time and another era.
 
   
Shrek the Musical Oct 28 - Nov 13, 2016  
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Shrek the Musical
 
Based on the Oscar-winning animated movie, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of the lovable green ogre to the D.C Metro area. Shrek just wants to be left alone in his beautiful swamp, but exiled fairy-tale characters keep showing up on his doorstep. Finally, he agrees to help them by confronting the ruthless Lord Farquaad. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, Shrek embarks on a life-changing adventure as an unlikely hero who not only saves the day for the fairy-tale characters, but also fights a fearsome dragon and rescues the cursed Princess Fiona. Along the way, he discovers the value of friendship and realizes that true love is more than skin deep, and beauty is in the eye of the ogre. You won't want to miss this amazing show for the whole family at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.
 
   
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.