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Dame Edna and Barry Humphries' The Final Farewell Tour Apr 21 - Apr 26, 2015  
The National Theatre Dame Edna and Barry Humphries' The Final Farewell Tour
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years - the "housewife superstar" has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theaters, including the Royal Albert Hall at the "Last Night of the Poms." She has made countless appearances for the Royal Family; has many television credits including the legendary UK special A Night on Mt. Edna, as well as her own innovative chat show The Dame Edna Experience; and has played to sold-out audiences around the world. In this show, surrounded by spectacular sets and dancers, Dame Edna promises to "empower" audiences as she meditates on the big issues of loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage, and ethnicity.
Garbage to Gardens: An Earth Week Exploration Apr 21 - Apr 23, 2015  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Garbage to Gardens: An Earth Week Exploration
Mother Nature loves garbage, and uses ours to make new earth. Meet Smithsonian naturalists from the Green Team in the beautiful Haupt Garden of the Castle for an Earth Week welcome. Then get the inside scoop on how compost becomes dirt and find out how throwing a “seed bomb” can make a bare patch of ground bloom. Plenty of great hands-on activities make this the perfect way to celebrate our planet.
The Servant of Two Masters Apr 22 - Apr 26, 2015  
Montgomery College (PAC) at Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center The Servant of Two Masters
Mistaken identities, fractured relationships and dramatic reunions are par for the course in Carlo Goldoni's comic masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters, playing at The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. The mayhem erupts when the chronically hungry, wily servant Truffaldino embarks on a scheme to double his wages (and meals) by serving two masters at the same time. But can he pull off this feat without letting either master know that he owes allegiance to the other? And how will he balance his jobs with his pursuit of lady love Smeraldina? Comic fun and complications abound in this Montgomery College production of a classic commedia dell'arte romantic farce where young love is hindered by mistaken identity in a clash between young and old.
The Fire and the Rain Apr 23 - May 24, 2015  
Constellation Theatre Company at Source The Fire and the Rain
The creative team that brought D.C. audiences The Ramayana brings to life a dynamic family drama drawn from the Indian epic The Mahabharata. Girish Karnad's The Fire and the Rain follows pious Paravasu and his isolated, lonely wife, as well as Paravasu's passionate brother, who dares to pursue a forbidden marriage. In this mystical exploration of humanity, you'll encounter a mask that possesses its owner, a tortured demon-soul on a mission and a supernatural act of compassion. The Fire and the Rain embraces spectacle and spirituality to spark an explosive story of ritual and rebellion. This inspiring work by one of India's most celebrated contemporary playwrights has its North American premiere at The Source. Constellation Theatre Company's Allison Arkell Stockman directs and global-minded percussionist Tom Teasley provides live music throughout the performance.
On Approval Apr 23 - May 17, 2015  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre On Approval
A comedy of (bad) manners from the 1920s, in which two wealthy women who want to get married have chosen their prospective husbands, but insist on trying the merchandise on before making the deal. Lonsdale’s biting wit sparkles as his characters match and mismatch in this once-hugely popular play, not seen in DC for decades.
The Revolutionists Apr 23 - Apr 26, 2015  
Catholic University Drama Complex The Revolutionists
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has written yet another stellar tale of women in history. The Revolutionists follows four real women who lived very boldly in Paris during the French Revolution: a playwright, an assassin, a free woman of color and a former French Queen. It's a period piece with some modern kick-ass female sensibilities thrown in, as these heroines try not to lose their minds, or their heads, during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists can't stay in D.C. for long, so catch them while you can at Hartke Theatre Complex at Catholic University.
1776, The Musical Apr 24 - Jul 5, 2015  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia 1776, The Musical
The groundbreaking event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
The Blood Quilt Apr 24 - Jun 7, 2015  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Blood Quilt
Inaugural resident playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) is once again “fearlessly redefining theater” (Washington Post) with this funny and fierce world premiere. Welcome to the Jernigan Gals’ Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?
To Kill a Mockingbird Apr 24 - May 3, 2015  
City of Rockville at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre To Kill a Mockingbird
Although excitement and controversy surround the upcoming release of Harper Lee's new book -- recently discovered after six decades -- one thing is certain: It will never replace To Kill a Mockingbird. For few perspectives on American society have been as insightful or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (Winesburg, Ohio), this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father Atticus defends a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem see their community divided over issues of justice and racism. Now Rockville Little Theatre presents this stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations at the F. Scott Fitzgerald.
TETRISplus Apr 25 - Apr 26, 2015  
The Kennedy Center TETRISplus
Balance. Communication. Cooperation. This is what dance is all about, and no one shows it off quite like the Arch8 company from the Netherlands! Audiences of all ages will enjoy this thrilling combination of two of Artistic Director Erik Kaiel's most impressive, gravity-defying works. First up is No Man Is an Island, which pushes the limits of possibility as one dancer climbs, stretches, and shifts his weight atop another without ever touching the ground. Then it's Tetris, an extremely physical piece for four dancers who flip, slide, undulate, leapfrog, and tumble over each other--arms and legs high in the air and twisted around each other to create single unified forms out of their individual bodies. For age 7 and up.
Sunset Baby Apr 29 - May 17, 2015  
Rep Stage - Horowitz Center Sunset Baby
When a young woman’s father, a former black revolutionary, reappears to obtain a piece of her deceased mother’s legacy, he discovers that fatherhood might be the most challenging revolution of all. The Huffington Post names Morisseau as a “direct heir to the magical wordsmiths named Lorraine Hansberry, Tennessee Williams, and August Wilson” for her vibrant exploration of the point where the personal and political collide. Morriseau is a 2014 recipient of the Kennedy Prize for Drama.
Flight to Capistrano / Vuelo a Capistrano Apr 30 - May 24, 2015  
Teatro de la Luna at Gunston Arts Center Flight to Capistrano / Vuelo a Capistrano
~~This piece brings together and confronts the idealism of a painter, the pragmatic nature of his current partner and the egotism of his ex-wife. An intimate comedy where the flow of humor, irony and reflection carries us over into the next day.
Memphis May 1 - May 2, 2015  
Warner Theatre Memphis
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
Hamlet, The First Quarto May 1 - May 23, 2015  
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop Hamlet, The First Quarto
The so-called “bad quarto,” or first printing of Hamlet has mystified scholars for hundreds of years. It's half as long and far less poetic than the “normal” Hamlet, with garbled-seeming text and a different plot sequence. It may be a touring script or an early draft that was never meant for printing. One theory maintains that it is a pirated version of Hamlet. The brevity and—admittedly—peculiar language of this version jar both actors and audience from the comfort of the play they know so well, which means it's the perfect opportunity to reconsider what Hamlet is.
Magical Ecuador: Mary Magdalene, the Woman Erased May 1 - May 23, 2015  
Gunston Arts Center Magical Ecuador: Mary Magdalene, the Woman Erased
Teatro de la Luna's Magical Ecuador Festival brings you plays from the middle of the world. This one, Mary Magdalene, the Woman Erased, tells the story of the relationship between the biblical figure and the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. Thought by many of today's historians to have been the companion and wife of Christ, religious doctrine has nevertheless portrayed her as playing a much smaller role, erasing and hiding the possible truth. Performed in Spanish with live English dubbing, Mary Magdalene is a reflection on life and death, and on a relationship that profoundly affected humanity.
Magical Ecuador: La Escoba (The Broom) May 1 - May 3, 2015  
Gunston Arts Center Magical Ecuador: La Escoba (The Broom)
How much do you know about Ecuador? Teatro de La Luna puts a spotlight on the country in the most entertaining way with its "Magical Ecuador" series of plays. Presented in Spanish, with live English dubbing, this theatrical series brings Ecuador to life on stage with comedy, magic, romantic music and more. La Escoba (The Broom) is a hilarious portrait of Ecuadoran idiosyncracies at detailed in the stories of a long-running newspaper. La Escoba offers a lighthearted look at an era that many Ecuadorans will remember and others will discover anew. It's a comic parade of the history that defines Ecuador, but you don't have to be Ecuadoran to enjoy it!
Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise 'Tails' May 5 - May 15, 2015  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Tigers, Dragons and Other Wise 'Tails'
Last year’s hit is back! Folktales are fun when they include dancing dragon puppets, a crazy tiger, and moles that get movin’ to J-pop. Kids can try out Asian languages as they help tell Asian tales both ancient and new in this Discovery Theater original. Folktales include: The Tiger, the Thief, and the Dried Persimmon (Korea), which puts a new spin on mistaken identity with a very silly tiger, a babysitting grandma, and dried fruit; The Boy and the Fly (Vietnam), a sweetly silly slapstick romp with a little lesson thrown in; The Wise Mole (Japan), which updates an ancient story of young love (complete with cell phones and iPods) and the mythic Four Dragon Rivers of China, which features beautiful flying dragon puppets.

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