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The Bridges of Madison County Jun 28 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Bridges of Madison County
Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love. Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this dazzling production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at the The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC.
UniverSoul Circus Jun 29 - Jul 31, 2016  
National Harbor UniverSoul Circus
UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry from around the world. A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch UniverSoul Circus when it raises its Big Top in National Harbor.
Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story Jul 1 - Aug 28, 2016  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story
Part of the Winans family gospel music dynasty, sibling duo BeBe & CeCe Winans broke down racial barriers in the genre while bringing the music to the top of the charts. Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, created by BeBe and Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical), brings the Grammy-winning duo's story to the stage, packed with their most loved hits as well as stellar new songs. Before they became household names with songs like "I.O.U. Me," "Heaven," "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There," the Winans got their start on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network television show. Suddenly these teens were thrust into the spotlight while also having to lead the charge in integrating TV evangelism. Keeping the family dynasty going, Grammy nominee Juan Winans and actress-singer Deborah Joy Winans (Oprah Winfrey Network's Greenleaf) star in this world premiere show. With this special pre-sale offer, you'll be sure to score great seats at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Blood, Sweat and Fears Jul 7 - Jul 31, 2016  
DC Arts Center Blood, Sweat and Fears
Get ready for some scary, campy, sexy fun from the turn of the 19th century, courtesy of the warped minds of D.C.'s Molotov Theatre Group. Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret features English translations of three nearly-forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, the influential style of French horror theater that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. Stitched together by bawdy mistress of ceremonies Bella Donna, the production uses music, laughs and scares to take you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre. Check out the event description below for more gleefully gory details on the one-act plays that'll be performed at the DC Arts Center.
Blood, Sweat and Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret Jul 7 - Jul 31, 2016  
Molotov Theatre Group at DC Arts Center Blood, Sweat and Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret
“Blood, Sweat & Fears” features three nearly forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, a French school of horror theatre that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. (President Eisenhower was a patron of the original Paris theatre!) And uses music, laughs and scares to takes you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre. This show will be featured as a case study in an upcoming textbook on the Grand Guignol genre, to be published by the University of Exeter Press. The show starts promptly at 7:30 PM, with no readmissions.
Hand to God Jul 7 - Aug 7, 2016  
Studio Theatre Hand to God
In a church basement in a small Texas town, the teens of Christian puppetry Ministry gather to bring the Word to the Flock. But one puppet takes on a foul-mouthed, demonic life of its own—unleashing the community’s barely repressed lust and rage. Like nothing you've seen before, this blasphemous Broadway hit is a ruthless comedy about sex, sinners, and sock puppets.
Redder Blood Jul 8 - Jul 31, 2016  
John Swayze Theatre Redder Blood
God has always seemed to have a lot to say to Sadie over the years, but Sadie wishes she'd take a breather once in awhile. She hasn't ever directly responded, even when she's got something to talk about, now that her family's imploding and her love life is finally seeing some action. The new comedy-drama Redder Blood explores our relationship with God, the challenges of interfaith marriage, and the ancient question of how, exactly, we measure our worth. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Plays Project, this world premiere by Helen Pafumi is a co-production of The Hub Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
Rent Jul 8 - Jul 24, 2016  
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre Rent
Follow a group of penniless young artists and musicians as they struggle to survive and create under the shadow of HIV/AIDS on New York City's Lower East Side. Based on Puccini's La Bohème, Rent's heart-wrenching stories, lovable characters and wildly catchy songs have stunned critics and made Broadway believers out of young audiences since its debut in the mid-'90s. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, this timeless and stirring rock opera includes favorites like "La Vie Bohème," "Tango: Maureen" and "Seasons of Love." Don't miss this exciting production of the pop cultural phenomenon when it comes to the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
Yellowman and Riches Jul 9 - Aug 14, 2016  
Anacostia Playhouse Yellowman and Riches
Yellowman depicts an African American woman who dreams of a life beyond the confines of her small town Southern upbringing, whose fate tragically entwines with that of a light-skinned man. The play explores the negative associations surrounding male blackness and the effect of these racial stereotypes on black women and the African-American community. Riches tells the story of David and Carolyn Rich who seem to have it all, until on their anniversary getaway, Carolyn unexpectedly announces that she wants a divorce. Featuring sharp humor and well-timed, weighted dialogue, the tale twists and turns its way to a chilling end. The two emotional, hard-hitting works come to the Anacostia Playhouse in D.C.
Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play! Jul 9 - Aug 6, 2016  
Infinity Theatre Company at CTA Theatre Complex Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!
Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!", Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure perfect for young audiences. Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!" is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.
The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Presents: We Know How You Die! Jul 12 - Jul 31, 2016  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre Presents: We Know How You Die!
Have you met The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre? It’s the buzzed-about troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, and Bobby Moynihan… and when they get to DC this summer, they’re going to do what they do best: get on stage and kill. For their first-ever multi-performance run outside of New York City, the world’s most audacious innovators in improv comedy are creating a completely new long-form show every single night just for Woolly audiences. In a whirlwind of interconnected scenes performed by a hand-picked cast of brilliant improvisers, they’re going to tell you a story about your own life. Quick heads up, though: it doesn’t end well.
The Phantom of the Opera Jul 13 - Aug 20, 2016  
The Kennedy Center The Phantom of the Opera
Bigger and better than ever before! This fresh and dazzling production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's perennial classic comes to D.C. as part of a brand-new North American tour. Recommended for age 6+
Twelfth Night Jul 13 - Aug 7, 2016  
Synetic Theater Twelfth Night
After garnering 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Synetic’s 2014 hit is back by popular demand! Set in the Roaring ’20s and inspired by the silent comedy of Keaton and Chaplin, Twelfth Night tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. This production will not have dialogue.
8 Stops Jul 14 - Jul 31, 2016  
Randolph Road Theatre 8 Stops
Death, breasts and the private lives of animals are just some of the topics covered in Deb Margolin's funny, provocative solo show 8 Stops. Structured around the subway ride of a motherless child who Margolin realizes she has but eight stops to raise, this soul-searching work also contemplates the suburbs, the spiritual exurbs, desire, and the grief of endless compassion. Ultimately, 8 Stops presents an examination of life and death through the eyes of Margolin's son, carried along by her outsized wit and charm at Silver Spring's Randolph Road Theatre.
A Tomb With a View Jul 15 - Jul 31, 2016  
Bowie Playhouse A Tomb With a View
The reading of a will has never been so hilariously sinister as the Tomb family vies for the millions left to unlikely heirs. As they gather in a dusty library presided over by the portrait of a grim-faced old man, wild schemes and plots bubble to the surface while the family lawyer reads the document. You'll encounter a family member with werewolf tendencies, one dressed as Julius Caesar, despising sisters, an aunt with a dark gardening secret, a sympathetic nurse and a romance novelist. See who gets the money and who gets a body bag at the Bowie Playhouse.
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios Jul 21 - Aug 21, 2016  
Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This exclusive pre-sale lets you experience the magic this fall in the Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II.
Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus Jul 22 - Jul 23, 2016  
Howard Theatre Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus
Adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the all-time best-selling relationship guide. Fusing theater and stand-up comedy, the show zooms in on the age-old battle of the sexes and will have couples elbowing each other as they see themselves and their inexplicable-to-the-other behavior onstage. The hilarious show now comes to the Howard Theatre and explores how men and women communicate -- or miscommunicate -- through a series of vignettes covering everything from dating and marriage to the goings-on in the bedroom.

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