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Shakespeare's Globe Hamlet Jul 25 - Jul 26, 2014  
Folger Theatre Shakespeare's Globe Hamlet
Widely considered to be Shakespeare’s masterpiece, Hamlet encompasses political intrigue and sexual obsession, philosophical reflection and violent action, tragic depth and wild humor. Hamlet—after learning of the death of his father, the king of Denmark—comes home to find his uncle married to his mother and installed on the throne. At night, the ghost of the former king demands that Hamlet avenge his “foul and most unnatural murder.”
Stupid F***ing Bird Jul 31 - Aug 17, 2014  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Stupid F***ing Bird
Helen Hayes and Barrymore Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner (The Chosen) mounts an encore performance of his latest play at the always-innovative Woolly Mammoth Theatre after its runaway success last summer. Helmed by the company's artistic director Howard Shalwitz, this admittedly loose and frequently irreverent adaptation of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointment ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F***ing Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up."
Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride Jul 31 - Aug 9, 2014  
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride
The New York Times recently remarked that "Gilbert's pen was rarely sharper" than when he first sketched the characters of Patience, or Bunthorne's Bride. Lampooning England's 19th century aesthetic movement, Patience is a comic opera that marked the sixth operatic collaboration between Gilbert and composer Sullivan when it debuted way back in 1881. Poking fun at the self-indulgent artistic output of England's poets circa the 1870s and '80s, this satire finds a gaggle of lovesick maidens falling for a smarmy poet, Bunthorne, who in turn finds himself smitten with a milkmaid by the name of Patience. But Patience is far more taken with cows than she is couplets, and the platoon of soldiers who have just returned home are none too happy to find their ladies -- the aforementioned lovesick maidens -- smitten with an artsy-fartsy fake.
The Tempest Aug 1 - Aug 17, 2014  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company at Bowie Playhouse The Tempest
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest is a lyrical play that tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. A shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, and the plot thickens when his beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about the transformative power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet.
Sunday in the Park with George Aug 5 - Sep 21, 2014  
Signature Theatre Sunday in the Park with George
Signature Theatre kicks off its 25th anniversary season with Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine's Pulitzer Prize-winning musical Sunday in the Park with George. Inspired by the life of painter George Seurat, the production recreates the world of Seurat's painting "A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte." Through the course of the story, you get to know the painter whose unique vision altered the direction of modern art in France, as his masterpiece depicts members of different social classes enjoying a day out in the park. Through story and brilliant song, Sunday in the Park with George brings the figures in the painting to life, and you learn their stories along with that of the artist who immortalized them.
Pol Pot and Associates, LLP Aug 6 - Aug 31, 2014  
Longacre Lea at Callan Theatre Pol Pot and Associates, LLP
A dazzling and inventive new play by Artistic Director Kathleen Akerley
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Aug 7 - Aug 31, 2014  
Landless Theatre Company at Warehouse Theater Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
Landless presents the exclusive premiere of The Prog Metal Version of Stephen Sondheim and Hugh Wheeler's SWEENEY TODD - THE DEMON BARBER OF FLEET STREET.
The Fall of the House of Usher : A New Musical Aug 8 - Aug 24, 2014  
Pallas Theatre Collective at Anacostia Arts Center The Fall of the House of Usher : A New Musical
USHER is a haunting musical adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s short story “The Fall of the House of Usher.” James Cleary, a struggling painter, receives a summons to the Usher mansion to paint a portrait of his childhood friend, Roderick, before he succumbs to the inherited illness that overtakes each member of the Usher line. Amidst the decay of the house, James is haunted by the songs of Roderick’s twin sister, Madeline, who is also falling victim to the mysterious Usher illness. Determined to rescue Madeline and rekindle their childhood romance, James discovers a sinister vein running through the Ushers that rocks the house to its foundation. Directed by Pallas Managing Artistic Director, Tracey Elaine Chessum, USHER asks us to grapple with a single question: how far would you go to keep those you loved from leaving?
She Kills Monsters Aug 15 - Sep 14, 2014  
Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center She Kills Monsters
It’s the 1990s in suburban Ohio and Tilly lives among the most fearsome creatures known to man: American high school students. She copes with the stress by creating an elaborate Dungeons & Dragon’s module where she plays out her fears and fantasies in a world she controls. When Tilly dies unexpectedly, her older sister Agnes has no choice but to run the gauntlet of this mysterious world, battling and befriending the strange and fantastic monsters her sister has created.
High School Musical Jr. Aug 16  
Lopez Studios, Inc. at Hylton Performing Arts Center High School Musical Jr.
Featuring a cast of youth actors, High School Musical Jr. comes to life on stage. Full of singing and dancing, the Disney Channel's fun movie musical is an adaptation of the timeless love story Romeo and Juliet. Troy, Gabriella and the students of East High must deal with issues of first love, friends and family while balancing their classes and extracurricular activities. Although basketball star Troy and intellectual Gabriella come from different cliques at school, they join together to audition for the school musical. Will the couple's alliance open doors for others to shine as well?
Shining City, by Conor McPherson Aug 16 - Sep 21, 2014  
SCENA Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center Shining City, by Conor McPherson
Dubliner John is convinced he sees his dead wife. He visits a fledgling therapist who has his own troubles. Shining City examines the impulsive choices we make and their haunting effects on our lives. Don’t miss our suspenseful drama written by Ireland’s masterful modern playwright, McPherson. Featuring: Lee Ordeman, Ron Litman, and Ellie Nicoll.
Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage Aug 26 - Sep 14, 2014  
The National Theatre Dirty Dancing - The Classic Story On Stage
The classic film is now a record-breaking live theatrical sensation. Baby and Johnny, two fiercely independent young spirits from different worlds, come together in what will be the most challenging and triumphant summer of their lives. Dirty Dancing features hit songs such as "Hungry Eyes," "Hey Baby," "Do You Love Me?," and the heart-stopping "(I've Had) The Time Of My Life."
Elmer Gantry Oct 7 - Nov 9, 2014  
Signature Theatre Elmer Gantry
Fiery and passionate, with a rich blues, folk and gospel-infused score, Elmer Gantry brings the evangelical charlatan of Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel to life in an adventurous new reimagining. The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Falling for Falconer, Gantry joins the troupe as a preacher and, with a little showmanship and theatrics, transforms the revival into the hottest ticket in town. However, inspired by Falconer's earnestness and his reawakened spirit, Gantry inserts one spectacle too many and risks blowing up the entire operation.
Sex with Strangers Oct 14 - Dec 7, 2014  
Signature Theatre Sex with Strangers
Olivia is an attractive 39-year-old author whose career has just about reached the end of its shelf life. Ethan, a young internet phenom, is making a huge online splash with his sex-fueled blog. Their meeting in a secluded cabin results in an instant physical connection, which turns into something more as their adventures online and off raise a whole host of modern moral questions. Holly Twyford (The Little Dog Laughed) stars in this sexy, provocative exposé that playfully explores what happens when private lives become public domain. The Chicago Tribune called Sex With Strangers "smart and riveting" in its 2009 Steppenwolf premiere.
Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National Dec 2 - Dec 7, 2014  
The National Theatre Donny and Marie: Christmas at the National
In the holiday tradition of the "Osmond Family Christmas" television specials, the legendary Donny and Marie invite families to celebrate the spirit of the season with them in true Osmond fashion. With a dash of Christmas spirit and their trademark show-stopping production numbers, Donny & Marie: Christmas at the National features Christmas songs and cheer plus hits from their illustrious careers all mixed with their irresistible chemistry that made them international stars. This wildly popular Christmas blockbuster has been seen by more than 125,000 fans across the country and on Broadway, where Entertainment Weekly raved: "INSANELY ENTERTAINING. A song and dance spectacular."
Diner Dec 9 - Jan 25, 2015  
Signature Theatre Diner
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man) make their highly anticipated theatrical debut with this world premiere musical adaptation of Levinson's landmark movie Diner. Tony-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform Diner's groundbreaking exploration of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the modern stage. Set during Christmas of '59 in Baltimore, and infused with a swinging 1950s rock 'n' roll sound, the show centers around a circle of childhood friends who reunite in an all-night diner. The men, now in their early 20s, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money -- and the ever-mysterious opposite sex.
Pippin Dec 16 - Jan 4, 2015  
The National Theatre Pippin
Winner of four Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical, Pippin tells the story of a young prince on a death-defying journey to find meaning in his existence. Will he choose a happy but simple life? Or will he risk everything for a singular flash of glory? This captivating new production is directed by Tony winner Diane Paulus (Hair, The Gershwins' Porgy and Bess), with a beloved score by Tony nominee Steven Schwartz (Godspell, Wicked).

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