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Beautiful: The Carole King Musical Oct 6 - Oct 25, 2015  
The Kennedy Center Beautiful: The Carole King Musical
Follow the inspiring true story of Carole King's remarkable rise to stardom--from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil--including "I Feel the Earth Move," "One Fine Day," "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman," "You've Got a Friend," and the title song--Beautiful took home two 2014 Tony Awards as well as a 2015 Grammy for Best Musical Theater Album. Recommended for age 10 and up.
Lady Lay Oct 6 - Oct 10, 2015  
Scena Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center Lady Lay
Part of the 2015 Women's Voices Theatre Festival, "Lady Lay" is a bold new play with music that will transport you to Berlin, 1989. It follows MariAnne, a frustrated, career clerk in the Berlin Employment Office. Then, one day, she hears Bob Dylan for the first time on the radio, and the Berlin Wall collapses. She takes a journey, both joyful and terrifying, into Dylan’s rebellious realm. MariAnne sets off on a personal revolution through cold war fatigue, learning a new language, and falling in love with “that” song. Lady Lay asks: what is freedom? And can Dylan take us there? November 9, 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Come celebrate our freedoms—and rock on.
Salome Oct 6 - Nov 8, 2015  
Lansburgh Theatre Salome
Internationally acclaimed adaptor/director Yaël Farber infuses this raw New Testament tale with evocative sound and physicality, drawing on ancient biblical and pagan texts, as well as Oscar Wilde’s landmark mystery play, to spin a tale as provocative as the Dance of the Seven Veils. Salomé marks STC’s entry in the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival with a world premiere adaptation by Farber, returning to STC after her Helen Hayes Award nominated Mies Julie.
Trish Tinkler Gets Saved Oct 8 - Oct 18, 2015  
Unexpected Stage Company at Randolph Road Theatre Trish Tinkler Gets Saved
There are bad days and there are days where you literally get kicked off a bus, get thrown out of AA and then find yourself standing in a mini-mart aisle with nothing but two dollars in your pocket. For a day like this, it's safe to say that Trish Tinkler hasn't just experienced a horrible couple of hours -- she's hit the linoleum-bottom of a terrible year. However, things are about to look up when Jesus appears at the Eat 'N' Save promising to take the wheel and give Trish a better life. But first, he must take a call from his mom and Trish must spend her 40th birthday waiting all night in aisle seven. As part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, Jacqueline Goldfinger's hilarious comedy makes its world premiere at Silver Springs' Randolph Road Theatre.
Bug Oct 8 - Nov 1, 2015  
SeeNoSun OnStage at Anacostia Arts Center Bug
Paranoia is contagious. In this tale of love, loss and government conspiracy a lonely bartender haunted by the disappearance of her young son falls for a disturbed drifter. The awkward romance takes a dysfunctional turn when their trashy roadside motel room and its occupants become infested with bugs that only they can see. Shared delusions unravel into insanity as this psychological pressure cooker builds to an explosive climax.
DC Dead: MUTATION Oct 8 - Nov 1, 2015  
Anacostia Playhouse DC Dead: MUTATION
Teams of 6 are equipped with "neurotoxin" darts and sent through a zombie infested building to find the weapon that could end the undead onslaught. One part haunted house, and two parts interactive theatre, DC DEAD is a must this Halloween season. Explore the hidden hallways of the Anacostia Playhouse in SE Washington, DC. Salvage supplies and maybe save humanity...but watch out, the undead are lurking just around the corner. DC DEAD is an immersive game - you will be chasing Zombies and Zombies will be chasing you! Please come prepared to stand, climb stairs, scavenge for supplies and dodge that fatal swipe from the infected undead! Recommended for ages 14 and up.
Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End Oct 9 - Nov 8, 2015  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Erma Bombeck: At Wit's End
From the writers of the smash hit Red Hot Patriot: The Kick-Ass Wit of Molly Ivins comes a look at one of our country’s most beloved voices, who captured the frustrations of her generation by asking, “If life is a bowl of cherries, what am I doing in the pits?” Discover the story behind the award-winning humorist who championed women’s lives with wit that sprang from the most unexpected place of all — the truth. Part of the Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Point A to Point B (Virginia) Oct 9 - Oct 18, 2015  
Arts on the Horizon at Workhouse Arts Center Point A to Point B (Virginia)
It’s just another day at the Lab, but today’s particular assignment has the two employees scratching their heads: a ball keeps appearing from a spot labeled “Point A” and needs to travel to “Point B.” The catch is that the ball can never travel the same way twice! As the two co-workers – one a careful scientist, the other an athletic risk-taker – begin to solve the puzzle together, they explore different modes of transportation in new, wonderful, and exciting ways. This world premiere, nonverbal production is inspired by the America on the Move exhibit at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.
The Long Way Around Oct 9 - Oct 25, 2015  
Highwood Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater The Long Way Around
When free-spirited Addie makes the radical decision to leave their small town in Illinois to live openly as a lesbian in Chicago, Luce finds herself at a crossroads: does she accept the nostalgic and familiar love she and Addie once shared as teen-aged girls, riding around in a Subaru with the windows down, or does she continue on her current trajectory, living in the same zip-code as her parents with her fiancé-turned-husband Nathan? Exploring the fuzzy line between friendship and romance in female relationships, The Long Way Around is a pondering on the oft-forgotten “Q” in the “LGBTQ” acronym — questioning.
The Magic Tree Oct 10 - Nov 13, 2015  
Keegan Theatre The Magic Tree
Which comes first, loneliness or violence? THE MAGIC TREE is the story of love born in a very dark place between a man who wants to belong and a woman who wants to be forgotten. On a stormy night, they shelter in an abandoned summer home and tentatively discover what it is they have in common. But just when it seems something beautiful might emerge, the opposite appears. THE MAGIC TREE is an exploration into human behavior at a time when humanity seems determined to endlessly repeat the mistakes of the past. It looks at why good people are capable of doing bad things and asks if love alone can save us.
The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes Oct 10  
Hylton Performing Arts Center The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
Sir Arthur Conan Doyle's legendary literary sleuth takes audiences on an exhilarating tale of mystery, suspense, and intrigue. The acclaimed British-American touring troupe, Aquila Theatre, brings well-known characters to life including: the trusty Dr. Watson, the redheaded pawnbroker Jabez Wilson and Irene Adler, the woman who got away.
Good Kids Oct 12  
The Kennedy Center Good Kids
Naomi Iizuka's new play, Good Kids, is directed by Alan McVey from the University of Iowa and is presented in association with the University of Maryland celebrating the Big Ten Theatre Consortium's Women Playwrights Commissioning Project, which will commission one female playwright a year for the next ten years to write a relevant piece of theater for university students. The project also addresses the lack of strong female characters available despite the fact that the majority of people working in theater are women. After a high school party, Chloe is raped by a group of football players, and eventually the whole school finds out about it through social media. What leads a group of "good kids" to collectively assault a peer or not intervene when they see it happening? Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Girlstar Oct 13 - Nov 15, 2015  
Signature Theatre Girlstar
How far would you go to become a pop star? When legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for the next big thing, she finds an eager protégé in her long-lost niece, Tina. But they ignore warning signs and take shortcuts to success, and that's when things take a strange turn in Girlstar, the new musical premiering at Arlington's Signature Theatre. One part Maleficent and one part The Voice, this story of one girl's brilliant journey to fame features a pop-laden score that will delight and a touching message that will enlighten.
LOVECRAFT: Nightmare Suite Oct 15 - Nov 8, 2015  
Molotov Theatre Group at DC Arts Center LOVECRAFT: Nightmare Suite
In its creepiest cocktail yet, the Molotov Theatre Group presents an intoxicating flight of short stage works based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft -- the man whom Stephen King (and just about everyone else) calls "the greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite includes works from the 1910s-1930s, including the writer's famed The Cats of Ulthar, about a boy whose missing kitten stirs supernatural revenge, and The Statement of Randolph Carter, which explores an archaeologist's frightening discovery, among other hair-raising stories. Please see the full event description for a list of included works.
Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Terri White Oct 16  
The Kennedy Center Barbara Cook's Spotlight: Terri White
Rosalind, the daughter of an unjustly exiled duke, falls in love with the wronged Orlando, a courtier deprived of his birthright by his brother – but her usurping uncle, jealous of her popularity, banishes her from court. Disguised as a boy and accompanied by her cousin Celia, she seeks out her father and his friends in the Forest of Arden. There she meets Orlando again and, under the guise of a young man, counsels him in the art of love. Following her show-stopping appearance in the Kennedy Center's Follies and acclaimed Spotlight concert in 2013, Terri White returns to deliver another "vocally sure and beautifully tough" (The Washington Post) performance. Barbara Cook’s Spotlight series presents cabaret style performances with preeminent Broadway talent to the Kennedy Center’s intimate Terrace Theater. Since its inception in 2007, more than 40 artists have performed as part of this series. This season features Terri White on October 16, 2015; Randy Graff on October 30, 2015; Michele Lee on November 6, 2015; John Lloyd Young on November 20, 2015; and Frances Ruffelle on March 25, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. in the Terrace Theater.
Aaron Copland's The Tender Land Oct 17 - Oct 25, 2015  
The In Series at GALA Hispanic Theatre Aaron Copland's The Tender Land
Aaron Copland's hauntingly beautiful and rarely performed opera tells a moving, coming-of-age story of a young girl from the midwest. A stellar cast and live chamber orchestra highlight this moving and dramatic piece of “Opera Americana”, originally commissioned by Rodgers & Hammerstein.
The Dealer of Ballynafeigh Oct 17 - Nov 14, 2015  
Keegan Theatre The Dealer of Ballynafeigh
Revenge is a dish best served cold -- and even better prepared without your mother having to be there. After the boss' daughter falls into a coma, Billy is tasked with one simple job: find and scare the dealer who sold her the bad drugs. However, Billy's ultimate torture mission gets derailed when he has to bring his mom along for the ride (after all, it is her night for the car). Suddenly Billy's standard revenge plot takes an unexpected turn and the boss is after him, his mom has all the drugs and all the money has shrunk in the wash. Directed by Rosemary Jenkinson, The Dealer of Ballynafeigh brings sharp wit and incisive commentary to D.C.'s Keegan Theatre in this offbeat dark comedy.

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