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Hay Fever Sep 2 - Sep 27, 2015  
Olney Theatre Center Hay Fever
 
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a “retired” actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A house full of comedy waits to be ignited as misunderstandings mount and tempers flare. With Judith’s new flame and David’s newest literary “inspiration” keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of the best classic farce.
 
   
Night Falls on the Blue Planet Sep 3 - Sep 27, 2015  
Theater Alliance at Anacostia Playhouse Night Falls on the Blue Planet
 
Renee has had a rough couple of years. Screw that: a rough life, shaped by alcoholism and estrangement. All that changes when she gets a massage and discovers that her body is a world unto itself. With help from her younger sister she starts to map and explore a lifetime of trauma: but is she healing, or is she vanishing into her own world? Will her exploration heal her relationship with her older sister, or widen their divide? Developed as part of Theater Alliance’s Hothouse New Play Reading Series, and presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, this wholly original work presents a woman’s complex and unexpected journey to herself.
 
   
The Oregon Trail Sep 3 - Sep 20, 2015  
Flying V at Writer's Center The Oregon Trail
 
The Oregon Trail is about two girls named Jane. One is a Middle Schooler sitting in a familiar 90s computer lab, experiencing boys and body odor for the first time, playing the seminal computer game of our childhood: The Oregon Trail. The other actually lives inside the game, living life on the trail, moving across the country after the death of her mother towards a new life in Oregon. Both dealing with an ineffable sadness, a feeling like their choices are not their own. The game itself pushes them inexorably through time, like a digital god - Present Jane deals with apathy, unemployment, and daytime television. Past Jane deals with dysentary, dead oxen, and whether or not to ford the river. Can either claim a life worth living before the game is over? A wry millenial look at nostalgia, growing older, and a sadness that carries across generations.
 
   
Truth and Beauty Bombs: A Softer World Sep 4 - Oct 4, 2015  
Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center Truth and Beauty Bombs: A Softer World
 
Somewhere, not far from here, there’s a place where we can touch the clouds and all the monsters are real. Based on Emily Horne and Joey Comeau’s web comic, this softer world explodes with brutal honesty and dark wit.
 
   
Calming the Man Sep 5 - Sep 7, 2015  
The Essential Theatre at The Kennedy Center Calming the Man
 
Anger, goes the bumpersticker, is one letter short of danger. And Calming the Man is a play about anger -- how it animates, how it deadens, how it cripples forever. Thus, this new work from Anthony Lamarr never, not for a second, feels safe; explosions always seem imminent, the air is thick with unspoken threats. Daddyo has lived his entire life bleeding on the inside, cut deep by racism and unrequited love. His dreams crushed, his adult sons are his life now. Michael is his reason for living ... while he blames Tracey for inflicting his deepest wound. S. Robert Morgan directs this workshop reading as a part of the Kennedy Center's prestigious Annual Page-to-Stage Festival.
 
   
Women Laughing Alone With Salad Sep 7 - Oct 4, 2015  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Women Laughing Alone With Salad
 
What’s on the menu for Meredith, Tori, and Sandy: the three women in Guy’s life? Healthy lifestyles, upward mobility, meaningful sex? Or self-loathing and distorted priorities? Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan, writer of the 2009 Woolly hit Fever/Dream, serves up a world premiere on a bed of bawdy language in a gender-bending comedy vinaigrette, inviting everyone—men and women, mothers and sons—to savor this complex recipe of desire and shame. Featuring a delectable cast including Company Member Kimberly Gilbert, Women Laughing Alone with Salad dishes out our image-obsessed culture with abrasive imagery, biting social critique, and devastating humor.
 
   
Chimerica Sep 9 - Oct 18, 2015  
The Studio Theatre Chimerica
 
In 1989, Joe, a young American journalist, photographs a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square. In 2012, with election season bringing US-China relations into the spotlight, Joe decides to seek out the subject of his most famous image—just as an old friend from China reaches out with an agenda of his own. A sensation in its London run, Chimerica covers two decades in the history of two superpowers as it considers political change, personal responsibility, and the stories that exist beyond the margins of a frame.
 
   
Ironbound Sep 9 - Oct 4, 2015  
Round House Theatre Ironbound
 
Polish immigrant Darja gives her cheating boyfriend a long-deserved tongue-lashing. She’s done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of three relationships spanning 22 years, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a new tale of strength and discovery.
 
   
Friendship Betrayed Sep 10 - Oct 11, 2015  
WSC Avant Bard at Gunston Arts Center Friendship Betrayed
 
Friendship Betrayed is a 17th-century comic gem by Spanish playwright María de Zayas y Sotomayor, a forerunner of modern feminism. This rarely produced masterpiece is about what happens to women’s friendships in the pursuit of men—and it sounds a lot like “Sex and the City”! Director Kari Ginsburg will set the play in the Roaring Twenties—a time when women had just won the vote and were testing the limits of their new-found sexual freedom. Avant Bard will present Friendship Betrayedconcurrently with the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival as a blast from the past, by a playwright who was way ahead of her time.
 
   
Yerma Sep 10 - Oct 4, 2015  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Yerma
 
Garcia Lorca’s poetic language soars in this contemporary take on a classic tale about a childless Spanish peasant and her rage against the oppression of a loveless marriage and repressive society. Here the violence that erupts is a universal outcry by “modern” women who continue to suppress their innermost desires. The powerful Spanish guest actress Mabel del Pozo will grace our stage commanding the leading role, under the guidance of innovative theatre director from Madrid, José Luis Arellano.
 
   
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.
 
   
Caps For Sale Sep 11 - Sep 27, 2015  
Adventure Theatre MTC Caps For Sale
 
"Caps! Caps for sale! Fifty cents a cap!" The cap peddler wears a huge stack of caps, balanced carefully on top of his head. Brown caps, blue caps, gray caps, and red caps. When no one buys a cap, he takes a nap under a shady tree. But, when he wakes up, the caps are gone! Was it bears, pirates, one thousand thieves or a band of merry mischievous monkeys?
 
   
Ragtime, The Musical Sep 11 - Nov 15, 2015  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Ragtime, The Musical
 
At the dawn of a new century, everything is changing… and anything is possible. Set in the volatile melting pot of turn-of-the-century New York, three distinctly American tales are woven together -- that of a stifled upper-class wife, a determined Jewish immigrant and a daring young Harlem musician -- united by their courage, compassion and belief in the promise of the future. Together they confront history's timeless contradictions of wealth and poverty, freedom and prejudice, hope and despair, and what it means to live in America.
 
   
The Gypsy Baron Sep 11 - Sep 13, 2015  
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre The Gypsy Baron
 
Waltz King Johann Strauss II is also famed for his jaunty polkas, and both forms make appearances as part of the sweeping romantic score for the operetta The Gypsy Baron (Der Zigeunerbaron), sung in English by the talented members of the Victorian Lyric Opera Company. A live orchestra accompanies this semi-staged concert version of the Hungarian-themed romantic comedy, which finds two pairs of couples kept apart by complications including gypsy fortunes, a missing treasure, mistaken identities, and even an impending war with Spain.
 
   
The Hero of Everything Sep 12 - Sep 27, 2015  
InterAct Story Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater The Hero of Everything
 
Who needs a sidekick or a team when you can do everything yourself, and do it just the way it should be? Captain Everything, everyone’s favorite superhero, loves saving the day and doesn’t need anyone’s help to do it. She has an Alliance of superheroes, but no one minds if she just handles everything herself. Or do they? What happens when everyone else gets tired of being left out and quits? And what happens when Captain Everything faces something she can’t do? This action-packed play is performed by four actors with the entire audience, whoo gets into the act right from where they’re sitting, becoming part of a new alliance of superheroes who need to work together to save the day.
 
   
Queens Girl in the World Sep 16 - Oct 11, 2015  
Theater J Queens Girl in the World
 
It’s summer 1962 in Queens, New York. The sounds of doo-wop music fill the night and 12-year-old Jacqueline Marie Butler is on the verge of adulthood. When Jacqueline’s parents abruptly transfer her to a progressive, predominantly Jewish school in Greenwich Village, she is thrust out of her comfort zone. As one of only four black students, Jacqueline discovers a new city and a whole new world. A world premiere by Caleen Sinnette Jennings.
 
   
The October Issue Sep 17 - Oct 10, 2015  
Washington Improv Theater at Source The October Issue
 
The all-female cast of The October Issue creates an improvised show inspired by the traditional format of a women’s magazine. In each one-of-a-kind show, the cast delivers an unvarnished look at life from a woman’s perspective by way of articles, interviews, quizzes, photoshoots, horoscopes, advice columns, and a lot of unnecessary tips.
 
   

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