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Zombie: The American May 25 - Jun 21, 2015  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Zombie: The American
The year is 2063 and Thom Valentine, the first openly gay President of the United States, faces a host of problems -- from an imminent civil war to the threat of an African invasion to an adulterous First Gentleman. To make matters worse, there are zombies in the basement of the White House! From the warped imagination of playwright-in-residence Robert O' Hara comes Zombie: The American, a classically-inspired sci-fi thriller about a young Commander-in-Chief searching for the strength to hold our union together. With his power, his marriage, and the nation's well-being at stake, Valentine must decide what he cares most about saving...and at what cost. O'Hara describes his gory political satire as "a cross between Jacobean tragedy and Dr. Strangelove. The world premiere of this dystopian cautionary tale hits the stage at D.C.'s Wooly Mammoth Theatre.
happiness (and other reasons to die) May 27 - Jun 13, 2015  
The Welders at Atlas Performing Arts Center happiness (and other reasons to die)
Ella wrecks a perfectly good suicide pact by jumping the gun, leaving her three pact-mates to deal with a lifetime of hoarded belongings, Bob Dylan memorabilia, and an immortal dog. An unlikely comedy about living, dying, and trying to find really good reasons for both.
NSFW May 27 - Jun 21, 2015  
Round House Theatre NSFW
NSFW (Not Safe for Work) is a hilarious, biting comedy about power games and privacy in the media and how magazines objectify women. When Aiden, editor of “Doghouse” men’s magazine, charges his team of journalists with finding an amateur model for a racy photo spread, he can’t foresee the trouble it brings. In the aftermath, feature writer and prime casualty, Sam, seeks a lifeline at “Electra,” a stylish women’s magazine that surely can’t be anywhere as bad as his last job...or can it? Meredith McDonough (from Actor’s Theatre of Louisville) directs the American premiere of a funny, timely new play by Lucy Kirkwood, one of Britain's most exciting playwrights. “Provocative… outrageous humor” – Evening Standard
Blithe Spirit May 27 - Jun 28, 2015  
Everyman Theatre Blithe Spirit
Filled with the sparkling wit and the undeniable charm of Noel Coward, Blithe Spirit is a clever comedy gem from well beyond the grave! As inspiration for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the wonderfully eccentric medium Madame Arcati to perform a seance in his house. When things go terribly awry, Charles suddenly finds himself caught in an improbable love triangle between his naive living wife and his decidedly "spirited" former wife.
Our Town May 28 - Jun 21, 2015  
Faction of Fools Theatre Company at Gallaudet University Our Town
Capping an exciting sixth season, the Fools take a trip to Grover's Corners and raise Thornton Wilder's Our Town to acrobatic new heights. After great success workshopping the production as part of Arena Stage's Kogod Cradle Series last year, Faction of Fools presents a fully-staged, extended run of Wilder's original text at Gallaudet University in May-June of 2015. With sensitivity to Wilder's use of pantomime, direct address, and metatheatrical commentary, the production applies a Commedia sensibility to re-discover the classical archetypes still familiar in Our Town today. As one audience member said at last year's sneak peek, "I always cry at Our Town. At this I laughed and cried."
Jarry Inside Out May 28 - Jun 21, 2015  
Spooky Action Theater Jarry Inside Out
19th century French writer Alfred Jarry became known as a pioneer in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy. His monstrous anti-hero character Père Ubu launched the modern era of Dada, Surrealism and Theater of the Absurd. With Jarry Inside Out, you can get a glimpse inside the life of this quizzical literary figure. Catherine Tripp directs the D.C. staging of this production, which is freely adapted from Jarry's life and works. Mixing biography with the unbridled inner-imagination of Spooky Action Theater artistic director Richard Henrich, Jarry Inside Out shines a light on the outré artist's legacy and chronicles his rabble-rousing, convention-shattering journey.
A Man for All Seasons May 28 - Jun 21, 2015  
Industrial Strength Theatre A Man for All Seasons
British playwright Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons was a critical and commercial hit on the Broadway stage in the 1960s, eventually spawning an Oscar-winning feature film that's considered a classic of the silver screen. The story centers around the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England, who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and who later resigned rather than take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Bolt's brilliant drama about conscience and belief portrays More as a tragic hero, motivated by his devout Roman Catholic faith and envied by his rivals, deeply loved by his family and respected by the common people.
Kiss Me, Kate May 29 - Jun 27, 2015  
Bowie Playhouse Kiss Me, Kate
Before Ricky and Lucy or Ross and Rachel there was Fred and Villi, the hilarious bickering couple at the heart of Cole Porter's jazzy musical comedy Kiss Me, Kate. As the former husband-and-wife acting team attempts to stage a touring production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew, life begins imitating art and the sparks really start to fly. Kiss Me, Kate's original 1948 production won five Tonys, including the first-ever award for Best Musical, and features classic Cole Porter numbers like "Too Darn Hot," "Wunderbar " and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Now you can take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood with 2nd Star Productions' version at the Bowie Playhouse.
Good People May 29 - Jun 21, 2015  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Good People
Welcome to Southie, a Boston neighborhood where a night on the town means a few rounds of bingo, where this month’s paycheck covers last month’s bills, and where Margie Walsh has just been let go from yet another job. Facing eviction and scrambling to catch a break, Margie thinks an old fling who’s made it out of Southie might be her ticket to a fresh new start. But is this apparently self-made man secure enough to face his humble beginnings? Margie is about to risk what little she has left to find out. With his signature humorous glow, Lindsay-Abaire explores the struggles, shifting loyalties and unshakeable hopes that come with having next to nothing in America.
On the Razzle May 29 - Jun 20, 2015  
Silver Spring Stage On the Razzle
In England, to go "on the razzle" means to indulge in a night of drinking, celebration and -- more likely than not -- a bit of misbehavior. In Tom Stoppard's On the Razzle, two irrepressibly irresponsible young men are left to run an upscale grocery store together, but decide to set out into the big city instead. What ensues is a series of slapstick shenanigans, mistaken identities, misdirected orders, pun-tastic wordplay, double entendres and romantic complications -- all told with the linguistic gymnastics for which Stoppard (Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead, Shakespeare in Love) is known. Don't miss this hilarious and joyous farce at Silver Spring Stage.
Potted Potter May 30 - Jun 21, 2015  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Lansburgh Theatre Potted Potter
Playing to sold out houses all over the world, Potted Potter takes on the ultimate challenge of condensing all seven Harry Potter books (and a real life game of Quidditch) into seventy hilarious minutes. This fantastically funny show features all your favorite characters, a special appearance from a fire-breathing dragon, endless costumes, brilliant songs, ridiculous props and a generous helping of Hogwarts magic!
L'Epreuve Villageoise May 30  
Opera Lafayette at The Kennedy Center L'Epreuve Villageoise
An opera set in rural Louisiana doesn't come along too often, but you'll get to see one at Opera Lafayette's production of L'Épreuve Villageoise ("The Village Trial") at the Kennedy Center. Re-envisioning this delightful 18th-century French work as a touring production from New Orleans' earliest opera house, the company sets its tale of two women out to settle the score with two amorous suitors in a Cajun village. There, the mischievous antics of a country belle and her mother come to vivid life as the stage explodes with on-stage musicians, delightful period costumes, folk-inspired dances and the opera's charming music by the great French composer André Grétry.
Tartuffe Jun 2 - Jul 5, 2015  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall Tartuffe
Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright destructive in this beloved comic masterpiece. Banned in Paris in 1664, Tartuffe is one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. This production stars Steven Epp, recent winner of a Helen Hayes Award for his work in The Servant of Two Masters.
Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love Jun 3 - Jun 21, 2015  
The Studio Theatre Mary-Kate Olsen is in Love
Grace is 27, married to her high-school sweetheart, makes good money, and should be way happier than she is. But her husband lost his job and now all he does is play Xbox and smoke pot and Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen might be her best friends but maybe they only like her because she’s their new target demographic. Or maybe…they’re actually going to save her. A funny play about sad people.
The Tale of the Allergist's Wife Jun 3 - Jul 5, 2015  
Theater J The Tale of the Allergist's Wife
Playwright Charles Busch developed an underground following with his campy send-ups of the movie stars of yesteryear in shows like Psycho Beach Party and Die, Mommie, Die! But when he turned to writing about contemporary "Upper West Side matrons," the result was a Tony-nominated smash hit The Tale of the Allergist's Wife. Meet Marjorie Taub, a typical resident of one of Manhattan's priciest neighborhoods. Despite a wealthy, compassionate husband and all the free time in the world, she's headed straight for the nuthouse. After a meltdown in the Disney Store, Marjorie promptly dives into a midlife crisis. But when an enigmatic old friend turns up and decides to stay a while, the world of this "Allergist's Wife" is shaken in ways that surprise everyone.
The Madwoman of Chaillot Jun 4 - Jun 28, 2015  
WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center The Madwoman of Chaillot
Before Occupy Wall Street had occupied so much as a park bench, Countess Aurelia was giving the One Percent the what for, with the kind of relish and wit you just can't capture with a hashtag. The Countess is the titular crazy lady in The Madwoman of Chaillot, a delightfully satirical stage fable from Jean Giraudoux, one of France's most stylish and beloved playwrights. In this 1943 comedy, Aurelia happens upon a plot to uproot Paris to search for oil beneath its boulevards. She rallies several other oddballs, outcasts and madwomen in a bid to defeat the greedy developers, resulting in comic commentary that grows more relevant by the day. Now WSC Avant Bard stages a brand new translation of this timeless classic by Laurence Senelick.
Dreamtime: An Australian Adventure with Barefoot Puppets Jun 4 - Jun 5, 2015  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Dreamtime: An Australian Adventure with Barefoot Puppets
Emus, crocodiles, and frogs—oh my! Experience the magic of the Land Down Under as a mother platypus tries to lull her young one to sleep by sharing three stories inspired by Aboriginal folktales. In these how-and-why tales, learn how the emu became a flightless bird, why the platypus looks so strange, and meet a giant, bloated, ocean-swallowing frog. Perhaps you’ll even be invited onstage to help.

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