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Madama Butterfly Aug 7  
Filene Center - Wolf Trap Madama Butterfly
 
One of the most heart-breaking love stories of all time is produced by Wolf Trap Opera in a one-night-only performance with the National Symphony Orchestra, conducted by LA Opera’s Grant Gershon. Stage director Tara Faircloth, video and projections designer S. Katy Tucker, and costume designer Rooth Varland return to the Filene Center after their memorable 2014 Carmen. The new scenic design is by Zane Pihlstrom. Puccini’s lush romantic music is infused with the exoticism of early 20th-century Japan as the young geisha Cio-Cio San gives up everything for the dashing American Lieutenant Pinkerton. Butterfly at the Filene Center is a perfect evening for new opera-goers.
 
   
One in the Chamber Aug 8 - Sep 6, 2015  
Forum Theatre at Flashpoint One in the Chamber
 
Six years ago, a 10-year old boy accidentally shot and killed his 9-year old brother after his mom left a loaded gun in the couch cushion. Now, six years later, the court appointed social worker has come over for a home visit to determine if the now 16-year old boy should be let off of parole early. The social worker, Jennifer interviews the family's children Kaylee, Adam, Ruthie and the parents Charles and Helen. The play echoes themes of Ordinary People and Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf.
 
   
The Fix Aug 11 - Sep 20, 2015  
Signature Theatre The Fix
 
When a popular presidential candidate dies in his mistress’s arms, his ambitious wife, Violet, immediately declares that if she can’t be the wife of the president, then she’ll be the mother of the president – and thrusts their lackluster son Cal into the spotlight in Dempsey and Rowe’s outrageous musical comedy The Fix. With a rock-laced, eclectic score and scandalous lyrics, the team behind The Witches of Eastwick and Brother Russia skewers the American bureaucratic machine. It’s The Manchurian Candidate meets Caligula, with a voice uniquely its own; The Fix is a darkly brilliant, over-the-top, audaciously fun ride through the shenanigans of political elections.
 
   
Materialize Aug 13 - Aug 23, 2015  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Materialize
 
Through puppetry and an intriguing perspective on the human condition, Materialize points a figurative mirror at the members of its audience and asks: what masks do you wear? Are you at home in your own skin, comfortable with the decisions you make, or do the thoughts and opinions of others have a drastic effect on your self-worth? Through a collection of original scenes inspired by real-life stories, this unique Maryland Ensemble Theatre production explores themes of identity, objectification, dehumanization and realization.
 
   
Dinosaur Desperados Aug 13 - Aug 30, 2015  
The Puppet Co. Dinosaur Desperados
 
Return with us now to those thrilling days of prehistoric yesteryear, where the Old West meets the old, old, old West at the Dew Drop Inn, in Fossil Junction. DinoRock Productions’ dinosaur wranglers Ingrid Crepeau, Michele Valeri and Steve Little unmask eight little-known denizens of the Mesozoic Era from all over the world.
 
   
Into the Woods Jr. Aug 15  
Lopez Studios, Inc. at Hylton Performing Arts Center Into the Woods Jr.
 
An adaptation of Tony Award-winners Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd) and James Lapine's (Passion) Broadway hit, Into the Woods Jr. has been redesigned specifically with young performers in mind. A whimsical, adventurous musical, the story centers around a baker and his wife who wish for a child and, unable to conceive, set off to break a witch's curse. Along their journey, they encounter quite a few favorites -- including Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and, of course, his beanstalk. Delivering a fresh spin on several of the timeless fairy tales penned by the Brothers Grimm, this show at Reston's Hylton Performing Arts Center features catchy songs, funny plot twists, just a bit of dancing, and a cast of talented young actors and singers.
 
   
The Importance of Being Earnest Aug 15 - Sep 12, 2015  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Importance of Being Earnest
 
bachelors each attempt to come across as very earnest -- while masquerading as guys named Ernest -- as they set out to win their well-dowried ladies' hearts. Naturally, their misguided plan goes hilariously awry. Oscar Wilde's enduring 1895 satire is a comically sly romp through Victorian society, filled with one-liners and double entendres that continue to pack a mighty punch to this day. Revived numerous times on Broadway -- most recently in 2011 -- The Importance of Being Earnest was also adapted into a 2002 film starring Oscar winners Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth. Go Wilde with this Scena production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, DC.
 
   
Kiss Me, Kate Aug 20 - Sep 13, 2015  
NextStop Theatre Company at Industrial Strength Theatre Kiss Me, Kate
 
Witness the backstage antics of a production of Cole Porter’s jazzy musical comedy about a divorced couple staging an outlandish musical version of “Taming of the Shrew”. Porter classics “I Hate Men”, “Always True To You”, “Too Darn Hot”, and the insidious earworm “Wunderbar” may cause humming and jubilation. WARNING: Beware of notorious musical theatre gangsters in Shakespearean garb.
 
   
Dogfight Aug 22 - Sep 19, 2015  
Keegan Theatre Dogfight
 
It’s November 21, 1963. On the eve of their deployment to a small but growing conflict in Southeast Asia, three young Marines set out for one final boys’ night of debauchery, partying and maybe a little trouble. But when Corporal Eddie Birdlace meets Rose, an awkward and idealistic waitress he enlists to win a cruel bet with his fellow recruits, she rewrites the rules of the game and teaches him the power of love and compassion.
 
   
The Shape of Things Aug 28 - Sep 5, 2015  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) The Shape of Things
 
Adam and Eve make their way out of the Garden of Eden and into an American college campus in the '90s. The Shape of Things comes to life on Frederick's Maryland Ensemble Theatre with a modern retelling of the biblical story of Adam's seduction by Eve. When Adam meets Evelyn, his world is literally changed forever. As the two engage in an intense love affair, Adam goes to extraordinary and unimaginable lengths to change his appearance and character. However, Evelyn harbors an ulterior motive concerning Adam's drive to shape himself into the image of perfection. The Shape of Things explores the complexities of manipulation, love and art within human relationships in this edgy comedy-drama.
 
   
Destiny of Desire Sep 11 - Oct 18, 2015  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Destiny of Desire
 
On a stormy night in Bellarica, Mexico, two baby girls are born—one into a life of privilege and one into a life of poverty. When the newborns are swapped by a former beauty queen with an insatiable lust for power, the stage is set for two outrageous misfortunes to grow into one remarkable destiny. “A writer of comedic skill” (Variety), Helen Hayes Award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías (The Book Club Play) infuses the Latin American telenovela genre with music, high drama and burning passion to make for a fast-paced modern comedy.
 
   
Cake Off Sep 29 - Nov 22, 2015  
Signature Theatre Cake Off
 
Arlington's Signature Theatre raises its curtain on the world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner's riotous "battle-of-the-baking-sexes" play. It's the 48th Annual Millberry Bake-Off and contestants are eagerly vying for the legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl -- and only one can remain standing when the timer dings. Ferociously funny, there's nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as 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.
 
   
Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic Oct 21 - Oct 25, 2015  
Patriot Center Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic
 
Join the party as more than 50 beloved Disney characters take to the ice in Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and a few Disney princesses will delight kids and adults alike. Sing along to over 30 unforgettable songs, including "Let It Go," "You've Got a Friend in Me" and "Hakuna Matata." Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic is a spectacular show filled with Disney magic that you and your little ones won't soon forget. Plus, show off your moves before the show at EagleBank Arena at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along.
 
   
West Side Story Dec 8 - Jan 24, 2016  
Signature Theatre West Side Story
 
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose on the streets of 1950s New York. This Signature Theatre production finds the ill-fated courtship of teen lovers Tony and Maria playing out against the fierce racial rivalry between street gangs the Sharks and the Jets, in a truly timeless story of passion and prejudice. The famed film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, as recently as 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."
 
   

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