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Contos em Viagem -- Cabo Verde Mar 4  
The Kennedy Center Contos em Viagem -- Cabo Verde
Teatro Meridional, an award-winning Portuguese theater company, presents the United States premiere of Contos em Viagem -- Cabo Verde at the IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix festival. This compelling production is all about Cape Verde, an island country that spans an archipelago of 10 volcanic islands in the Atlantic Ocean. Based on texts with regional context but universal emotion, this one-woman show (though technically she's not alone onstage, as she's joined by an accompanying musician) is performed in Portuguese and native Creole languages, with projected English translations.
Circle Mirror Transformation Mar 4 - Mar 22, 2015  
Rep Stage at Rep Stage - Horowitz Center Circle Mirror Transformation
When a group of small town residents enrolled in a community-center drama class begin to experiment with seemingly harmless theatre games, hearts are quietly torn apart, and tiny wars of epic proportions are waged and won. Love triangles, family troubles, and personal triumphs abound in Baker's critically acclaimed play haled by the New York Times as "absorbing, unblinking and sharply funny".
Dr. Caligari Mar 5 - Apr 4, 2015  
Pointless Theatre at Flashpoint Dr. Caligari
In 1920, The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari changed the world of cinema forever, introducing expressionism, unreliable narrators, framing stories, and much more to the new art form. 94 years later, Pointless Theatre is proud to pay tribute to this pioneering work of art with a new theatrical interpretation of the groundbreaking film. Using Pointless' signature puppetry to explore the dark corners of an expressionist fever dream, Artistic Directors Matt Reckeweg and Patti Kalil will take audiences on a journey through madness. Featuring a stunning German Expressionist design as well as a score by local composer Michael Winch, Pointless' adaptation of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari re-imagines one of the cornerstones of world cinema in a way it's never been seen before.
Doctor Caligari Mar 5 - Apr 4, 2015  
Mead Theatre Lab Doctor Caligari
Like seeing Tim Burton's nightmares come to life, Pointless Theatre's production of Doctor Caligari brings one of the first horror films to the stage in a visually stunning adaptation. The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari, with its distorted, Gothic visual design and creepy carnival plot, was one of the key films of the German Expressionist movement in silent cinema. Pointless Theatre draws on its unique puppetry style, using life-size puppets operated by masked puppeteers, plus stylized set design and a live string trio to capture the distinctive look and feel of the original. Journey into madness as Doctor Caligari takes over Washington, D.C.'s Mead Theatre Lab.
Jesus Christ Superstar Mar 6 - Mar 22, 2015  
Hylton Performing Arts Center Jesus Christ Superstar
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar changed the face of musical theater when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. A rock 'n' roll retelling of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth -- told through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot -- Jesus Christ Superstar's chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title song dramatically highlight the struggles of Jesus's final days. See the ground-breaking rock opera that reinvented musical theater when you delve into one of the greatest stories of all time in this production by the Prince William Little Theatre, which will bring Jesus Christ right into the modern day, and will include the resurrection.
The Jungle Book Mar 6 - Mar 29, 2015  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church The Jungle Book
Our Learning Theater turns to one of the most well loved books in the English language, presenting an original musical adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s The Jungle Book. Danger lurks everywhere for the lost little boy Mowgli. He learns the “laws of the jungle” from his good friends Akela, the wolf, Baloo, the bear, and Bagheera, the panther, who warn him that Shere Khan, the tiger, wants to eat him. But when Mowgli is forced to leave his friends and return to the village from which he came, he soon learns that man is the most dangerous creature of all. With sensitive themes about loyalty, honor, courage, and persistence, the Jungle Book stories have irresistible appeal for audiences of every generation.
The Originalist Mar 6 - Apr 26, 2015  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Originalist
Four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero (Red) returns to Arena Stage as one of America’s most brilliant and polarizing figures: Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. When a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation’s highest court? From Charles MacArthur Award winner John Strand (Lovers and Executioners) comes this daring new work about passionate people risking heart and soul to defend their version of the truth.
The Mad: A Fracking Fairytale Mar 6 - Mar 21, 2015  
DC Arts Center The Mad: A Fracking Fairytale
It’s a tragedy for the future of humankind when big business and oil prospectors team up with a devious scheme to swindle Miss Amelia, the spinster proprietress of the Café Se Si Bon, out of her beloved café to get to the oil they believe is right under their feet. A believer in the beauty of life and the goodness of people, she is caught unaware of the very real possibility of oil derricks all around her. As her friends attempt to explain diagonal drilling and hydraulic fracturing to her she devises a plan to stop the culprits and punish them for their greed. But does she have the right to do it? Only a conference of her eccentric spinster friends can settle the matter for sure. Absurdity and hilarity ensue as this motley crew sets their sights to save humanity and punish the wicked.
By Heart and Three fingers below the knee Mar 7 - Mar 8, 2015  
The Kennedy Center By Heart and Three fingers below the knee
The Portuguese theater company Mundo Perfeito marks its United States debut at the IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix festival with a double bill: By Heart and Three fingers below the knee. In the interactive By Heart, several audience members will be invited to memorize a poem written in English ... and the show won't end until they're able to recite all of its lines by memory. The historically inspired Three fingers below the knee is drawn from reports written by theater inspectors during the nearly 50 years that Portugal was ruled under a fascist regime, and is performed in Portuguese with projected English translations.
The Flying Dutchman Mar 7 - Mar 21, 2015  
The Kennedy Center The Flying Dutchman
Misfortune, greed and fidelity collide in this storm-battered tale of one man's quest for lifesaving love. This Washington National Opera revival comes to the stage of The Kennedy Center Opera House to retell the nautical legend of the fearsome Flying Dutchman, cursed to sail the seas until he finds a woman who will love him until death. With its dramatic music and soaring arias, as well as an accessible story and a running time of two and a half hours (the same length as many movies), this is a perfect introduction to the world of opera and one of its great composers, Wagner. It's also a must-see for aficionados, as this production features formidable bass-baritone and two-time Grammy winner Eric Owens making his staged role debut as the show's condemned captain. Director Stephen Lawless brings this thrilling tale to the stage with striking imagery, telling the story "with clarity and theatrical flair while adding a few powerful images along the way" (New York Magazine). The Flying Dutchman is presented in German, with projected English translations.
Soon Mar 10 - Apr 26, 2015  
Signature Theatre Soon
It's the hottest summer in human history and, in just a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate -- and humankind with it. In response, twenty-something Charlie has taken to her couch with her beloved possessions: peanut butter, Wolf Blitzer and Herschel, her pet fish. Her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all attempt to persuade her to leave the apartment and enjoy life. But as Charlie's memories take over, more complicated reasons for her self-inflicted hibernation emerge, as she confronts her deferred dreams and considers the possibility of life and love just outside her door. Filled with playwright Nick Blaemire's (Glory Days) trademark quirky, witty style, Soon's youthful humor delivers a searing and sardonic commentary on what to do with the time you have left.
Laugh Mar 11 - Apr 19, 2015  
The Studio Theatre Laugh
The West. The 1920s. Mabel’s had a hard few weeks: A dynamite accident at a gold mine has left her wealthy but orphaned, and she’s shipped off to a calculating aunt whose nephew is charged with seducing her to control Mabel’s fortune. This hapless courtship reveals a shared love of silent movies and a plan for greater things. A story of mishaps and moxie, the romance of Hollywood and ultimately a Hollywood-caliber romance. A world-premiere slapstick comedy from the Pulitzer-Prize winning playwright of Crimes of the Heart.
Blue Mar 11 - Apr 12, 2015  
Imagination Stage Blue
Imagine a world where the only color is blue. Blue flowers, blue grass, even blue cereal! Inky and Pale live in such a world until they discover something RED! In this interactive show, two friends find fun in every color of the rainbow!
What I Heard About the World Mar 13 - Mar 14, 2015  
The Kennedy Center What I Heard About the World
Two theater companies -- Portugal's Mala Voadora and the UK's Third Angel -- have combined forces to deliver their United States debut with What I Heard About the World. A series of comedic, thought-provoking and entertaining vignettes (with themes covering everything from renting strangers to cry at your own funeral to places where cures for loneliness can be bought on CD), this show is kept up-to-the-minute in its topicality by finalizing its text only days before the performance. This amusing examination of the world today comes to the stage of The Kennedy Center as part of the IBERIAN SUITE: global arts remix festival.
Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War Mar 13 - May 20, 2015  
Ford's Theatre Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and rich, historic costumes, Freedom’s Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln’s inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies) returns to direct this lively historical opus.
Don Giovanni Mar 14 - Mar 23, 2015  
The In Series at GALA Hispanic Theatre Don Giovanni
God is love. Greatest pick-up line ever. Mozart and DaPonte's dramma giocoso (funny tragedy) Don Giovanni, one of the most perfect operas in the entire repertory. The artistic team that created last year's blockbuster, runaway hit, Wild West version of Mozart's Abduction from the Seraglio is the same team creating this production of Don Giovanni. The new English adaptation by DC writer Bari Biern explores the themes of seduction, honor, obsession, and retribution in a 1920s American religious revival environment.
The Norwegians Mar 14 - Apr 19, 2015  
SCENA Theatre at Anacostia Playhouse The Norwegians
DC-area Premiere! In this contemporary comedy, two women meet in a Minnesota bar and lament the struggle "to find a lover before the first freeze" as well as curse the not-so-nice men who have recently dumped them. It turns out there are really, really nice hit men for hire who will take out your miserable ex and text you when it is over. However, just as the path of love does not run smooth, hilarious twists and complications arise with all involved in this business of revenge.

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