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The Wizard of Oz May 3 - May 15, 2016  
The National Theatre The Wizard of Oz
Head down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, too, in this fresh and enchanting adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new tunes by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats). Based on the classic screenplay and featuring music from the Oscar-winning movie, this is the beloved story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys -- and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow in her quest to find her way back home. The unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain." See this wonderful show at The National Theatre in Washington, DC.
Caroline, or Change May 5 - May 29, 2016  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church Caroline, or Change
Set against the dramatic backdrop of political and social upheaval in 1963 Louisiana, Caroline, or Change is a Tony-nominated musical that features one of the most powerful female leads in the history of musical theater. Blending gospel, blues, Motown and Jewish folk music to tell a riveting story about the fragility of the human spirit, the play follows the Gellman family and their hard-working African-American maid, Caroline, a single mother of four young children. Despite spending most of her time cooped up doing laundry in the Gellman's basement, Caroline develops a strong emotional bond with their 8-year-old son, the curious and sympathetic Noah. As the two grow closer, their social, economic and age differences reach an impasse, resulting in a cataclysmic event that changes their lives and relationship forever.
Collected Stories May 6 - May 29, 2016  
Theater On The Run Collected Stories
Once the brave new voice of the NY literary scene, writer turned professor Ruth Steiner has resigned into a rather insulated life in her cozy Greenwich Village apartment. That comfortable but lonely life is upended when Ruth engages Lisa Morrison, a promising but insecure young writer as her assistant. Over six years, told in six scenes, Ruths wall of isolation is broken and the women develop a deep friendship revealing intimate details of their personal histories as their bond strengthens. Lisa evolves from fawning admirer to protege and colleague. Ultimately, the personal and the professional collide as Lisas career ambitions take her down a path that violates the womens bond of emotional trust and leads to devastating consequences. As always, Pulitzer Prize-winner Margulies tells this provocative story in his literate yet grounded and witty style. Issues of personal loyalty versus professional ambition are explored in tense and poignant fashion, making us think yes, but more importantly, drawing us into the world of these engaging people and making us feel even more.
Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd May 6 - Jun 5, 2016  
Compass Rose Theater Roar of the Greasepaint, Smell of the Crowd
An upper class gent and a lower class commoner compete for the top of the heap in this play contest of wills. Add a band of rowdy urchins and this un-story dances into our hearts. Running on Broadway in the late nineteen sixties, this play is less a story than an allegory. Featuring such hit songs as "Who Can I Turn to" and "Feeling Good" this play is a circus romp of good and bad, up and down. Let us entertain you, and enjoy the ride.
An American Daughter May 7 - May 28, 2016  
Keegan Theatre An American Daughter
Set in Washington, D.C., Wendy Wasserstein's political drama An American Daughter focuses on Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, a health care expert and forty-something daughter of a long-time Senator. When the President nominates Lyssa to a Cabinet post, an indiscretion from her past comes to light. The media turns it into a scandal that imperils her confirmation and divides her loved ones. Lyssa is forced to make a decision: continue to pursue the post and face an ugly Senate hearing; or decline the nomination, becoming a sacrificial lamb for the President. Partisan politics in our nation's capital, however, are nothing compared to the personal politics in Lyssa's living room, where complicated relationships unravel with her father, husband and best girlfriend--not to mention the awkward encounters she has with an exuberant neo-feminist author and a relentless TV journalist. Get caught up in the conflict when An American Daughter comes to the Keegan Theatre.
The Man in the Iron Mask May 11 - Jun 19, 2016  
Synetic Theater The Man in the Iron Mask
In this follow-up to The Three Musketeers, our hero D’Artagnan finds himself alone in the service of King Louis XIV after his comrades have retired. Unbeknownst to D’Artagnan, his old friends plan to remove the corrupt King, and replace him with his good twin, held captive in the Bastille! The Man in the Iron Maskpromises more swashbuckling blockbuster adventure, rich in bombast and pageantry. This production will have dialogue.
Hedda Gabler May 11 - Jun 19, 2016  
Studio Theatre Hedda Gabler
Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon to the brutal banality of domestic life: an antagonizingly bland husband; a living room full of dying flowers; and a house that is too large, too cluttered, too bourgeois for the once unstoppable Hedda Gabler. Both tormented and merciless, she is caught between her appetite for sensation and acute awareness of public perception. Mark O'Rowe's stunning contemporary adaptation is a mesmerizing study of power, control, and self-deception and a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama.
City of Angels May 12 - Jun 5, 2016  
NextStop Theatre City of Angels
Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, City of Angels tells the story of a novelist struggling to turn his hard-boiled detective novel into a movie. Weaving together the novelist's actual life with the story of his fictional P.I. hero, NextStop Theatre Company's production is a show within a show that's a stylish nod to film noir. With the help of some exciting visual effects, Herndon will be transformed into vintage Hollywood. Watch as the colorful real world collides with the black-and-white "reel" world. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this show was co-written by Broadway legend Cy Coleman and M*A*S*H creator Larry Gelbart.
Martin Luther on Trial May 12 - May 22, 2016  
Fellowship for Performing Arts at Lansburgh Theatre Martin Luther on Trial
Although it's been nearly 500 years since Martin Luther fanned the flames of Protestant revolt against the medieval Catholic Church, his ideologies still continue to spark intense debate. In Martin Luther on Trial, the original play imagines a provocative courtroom drama where the German professor of theology must take the stand in defense of his religious and political controversies. Aided by his beloved wife Katrina, Luther is up against a wicked prosecutor -- who happens to be the Devil himself -- and a witness stand that consists of Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis. Catch the verdict when Martin Luther On Trial brings its witty and incisive examination to D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
Bakersfield Mist May 12 - Jun 12, 2016  
Olney Theatre Center Bakersfield Mist
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job... even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be... a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world-famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude's trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the 'average Joe' might finally throw it in the face of those 'east coast elites'. Starting Artistic Associates Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto. "It's exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level - a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas." - Los Angeles Times.
Happy Hour May 12 - Jun 5, 2016  
Spooky Action Theater Happy Hour
A live video game performance (where the audience controls the action) created by German theater company machina eX. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington. In this live-action twist on the familiar "escape the room" video game, two audience teams must help their human avatars escape from the clutches of an evil mastermind, using only the materials at hand to find the keys, unlock the doors, and beat the clock.
Miss Witherspoon May 13 - Jun 4, 2016  
Silver Spring Stage Miss Witherspoon
From the charmingly off-center mind of Christopher Durang comes Miss Witherspoon, a comedy that plays off our greatest unknown -- the afterlife. When a piece of an orbiting space station falls on Veronica, she embarks on a hilarious odyssey through the great beyond, aided by her spirit guide Maryamma. Duran is one of the most popular comic playwrights in America, winner of the Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the Obie for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. This new production comes to us courtesy of the Silver Spring Stage.
The Taming of the Shrew May 17 - Jun 26, 2016  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall The Taming of the Shrew
One of the hot tickets of this upcoming theater season is sure to be Shakespeare Theatre Company's lively production of the classic battle of the sexes The Taming of the Shrew. Sparks will fly at Sidney Harman Hall when the "shrewish" Katherine locks horns with the opportunistic Petruchio, the only man in Padua willing to woo her. (Of course, Petruchio is working an angle: Kate's father has promised him a sizable dowry if he weds his daughter.) This fiery romantic comedy set the standards for centuries to come, and it remains one of the true classics of the genre.
The Object Lesson May 18 - Jun 5, 2016  
Studio Theatre The Object Lesson
With boxes stacked to the ceiling, physical theatre artist Geoff Sobelle transforms Stage 4 into a storage facility of epic proportions. Breaking, buying, finding, fixing, trading, selling, stealing, storing, and becoming buried under…a world of things. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this immersive performance-installation unpacks our relationship to the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.
Blackberry Winter May 19 - Jun 11, 2016  
Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater Blackberry Winter
A NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK Rolling World Premiere starring Holly Twyford. Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, stories about her mother leave Vivienne's inner turmoil quietly laid bare in a juxtaposition of stories, theatrical gestures, and a childlike Alzheimer's "creation myth."
When January Feels Like Summer May 19 - Jun 12, 2016  
Mosaic Theater Company of DC at Atlas Performing Arts Center When January Feels Like Summer
From the director of Bad Jews and The Apple Family Plays comes this romantic urban comedy about an unlikely pair of teenagers working at two different Burger Kings who become unexpected heroes, while an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and sexual reassignment preparation, and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter. Transported to Anacostia and H Street, this Off-Broadway hit follows five colliding lives as change hums in the air and the many flavors of desire saturate the streets, convenience stores and Metro stations of the city.
The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly May 20 - May 22, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly
Part of IRELAND 100: Celebrating a Century of Irish Arts & Culture The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly is presented by Theatre Lovett from Ireland Written by Finegan Kruckemeyer / Originally produced by The Ark in association with Theatre Lovett A brave Irish lass crosses snow-capped mountains and treacherous seas to unleash her true voice in this one-man show from storyteller Louis Lovett, who unfolds his mysterious crate of delights to lead audiences on an epic adventure. Age 7+

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