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An Octoroon May 30 - Jun 26, 2016  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre An Octoroon
An Octoroon is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th century antebellum melodrama. The story focuses on a plantation on the brink of foreclosure, a young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate's owner and an evil swindler who's plotting to buy the girl for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are all trying to keep things drama-free as everyone around them goes crazy. While Dion Boucicault's original play helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery, the New York Post has called this incendiary adaptation "entertainingly demented." Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it's a provocative challenge to America's lasting legacy of slavery and the racial pigeonholing of 1859 -- and today. See what The New York Times calls "this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race," when An Octoroon comes to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
La Cage aux Folles May 31 - Jul 10, 2016  
Signature Theatre La Cage aux Folles
A boisterous and vibrant portrait of love in a nontraditional family, La Cage aux Folles has been one of Broadway's biggest hits for more than 30 years, earning six Tony Awards along the way, including Best Musical and Best Revival. This heart-warming musical comedy invites you into the lives of Georges and his partner Albin, who plays female impersonator Zaza at the couple's popular St. Tropez drag nightclub. Problems arise when Georges' 25-year-old son comes home with his fiancée and her conservative parents -- and the couple's family dynamic gets turned hilariously upside down. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Kinky Boots), this musical smash features Jerry Herman's beloved score, which includes "The Best of Times is Now" and "I Am What I Am." Get in on the fun as La Cage aux Folles closes out the Signature Theatre season with a bang.
District Merchants May 31 - Jul 3, 2016  
Folger Theatre District Merchants
The acclaimed playwright behind Stupid F**king Bird and My Name is Asher Lev sets his sights on Shakespeare with District Merchants, a play set in an imagined time that straddles post-Civil War Washington, D.C., the Elizabethan era and today. A story of money, merchandise and mercy, District Merchants is a tense comedy that examines the contradictions of life in America. The creative adaptation of The Merchant of Venice was written by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner and commissioned by the Folger Theatre. Directed by Michael John Garces (Lights Rise on Grace, The Convert), the play stars Matthew Boston as Shylock and Craig Wallace as Antoine.
Royal Swedish Ballet: Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo Jun 1 - Jun 4, 2016  
The Kennedy Center Royal Swedish Ballet: Mats Ek's Juliet and Romeo
One of the world's oldest ballet companies returns with the North American premiere of Mats Ek's visionary take on Shakespeare's immortal tragedy-a work brimming with modern twists, and winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Dance Production.
El Paso Blue Jun 2 - Jun 26, 2016  
GALA Hispanic Theatre El Paso Blue
Solís’ riff on the Oedipus Rex classic is a wild and comic tale of lust, revenge, identity and the Blues. Al leaves his wife Sylvie in the care of his father before serving a prison sentence. Upon release, he discovers that his beloved and the old man have fallen in love and run away. The epic chase that ensues across El Paso pits together the funniest cast of characters ever assembled on a sprawling manhunt. “a dash of Oedipus Rex with a seamy tale of passion gone awry.” — LOS ANGELES TIMES
Floyd Collins Jun 2 - Jun 26, 2016  
1st Stage Theatre Floyd Collins
In 1925, while chasing a dream of fame and fortune and turning a Kentucky cave into a tourist attraction, Floyd Collins himself became the attraction when a mishap trapped him 200 feet underground. Alone but for sporadic contact with the outside world, Floyd fought for his sanity and ultimately his life as the rescue effort above exploded into this country’s first genuine media circus. Reporters and gawkers from across the country descended on the site, fueling the hysteria and manipulating the nation into holding its collective breath. This haunting musical - one of the most acclaimed in recent years - tells the transcendent tale of a true American dreamer.
Going to a Place where you Already Are Jun 2 - Jun 26, 2016  
Anacostia Playhouse Going to a Place where you Already Are
Roberta has always agreed with her husband Joe that there is no heaven, no afterlife, just life. Their granddaughter Ellie has never even stopped to think about it. But as the years have passed and the idea of mortality becomes more real, Roberta has started to wonder. And when she claims to have gone to heaven and back, Roberta knows where she will spend eternity. With humor, humanity, and the guidance of an Angel, Brunstetter’s hopeful new play explores life, family, and moving on. Directed by Producing Artistic Director Colin Hovde, this will be the East Coast Premiere. Commissioned by South Coast Repertory in Costa Mesa, CA, Going to a Place where you Already Are had its World Premiere at the theatre in March 2016.
Little red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs Jun 2 - Jul 17, 2016  
The Puppet Co. Little red Riding Hood and the 3 Little Pigs
What’s so bad about the Big Bad Wolf? At last B.B. (Big Bad) Wolfe tells his side of the story, in rap, no less. Has the notorious pork poacher and grandma impersonator gotten a bum rap, or is he truly deserving of his moniker? You be the judge! This is one of our funniest productions and includes lots of audience participation.
The Miser Jun 2 - Jun 26, 2016  
Gallaudet University The Miser
One of Molière's most popular comedies, The Miser also shows his deep indebtedness to Commedia dell'Arte, his playful, lightning–fast dialogue perfectly complementing the Fools' signature high–energy physical style. Five daring actors bring a cast of sharp–witted characters to life in this rollicking tale of one man's love for his cash box.
The Wind in the Willows Jun 3 - Jun 19, 2016  
Creative Cauldron at ArtSpace Falls Church The Wind in the Willows
LEARNING THEATER ENSEMBLE PRODUCTION. Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad and Badger, the immortal animal friends of The Wind in the Willows. Creative Cauldron brings these timeless tales of friendship to life in a magical adaptation filled with adventure and mirth.
Lost in Wonderland Jun 3 - Jun 19, 2016  
CAOS on F Gallery Lost in Wonderland
Lost in Wonderland takes the audience back to the literary universe of Alice's Adventures in Wonderland and Through The Looking Glass, this time through Lewis Carroll's eyes. As Carroll follows his beloved Alice through his own magical world, he discovers that Wonderland is not as pleasant as he imagined. Creators Ingrid DeSanctis and Andrew Morrissey have crafted a dazzling new musical that will show you a brand new side of Wonderland.
Entanglement Jun 8 - Jun 26, 2016  
Source Festival at Source Entanglement
Nine artists from different creative disciplines collaborate over four months to create three original works. Each team of Artistic Blind Date artists was given one of our full-length plays to read and respond to as a jumping off point for the creation of their pieces. You'll find the thematic grouping color-coded throughout the Festival calendar and website.
Buried Cities Jun 8 - Jul 1, 2016  
Source Festival at Source Buried Cities
One night, Maya and Louis are held up at gunpoint in their home. Even though they are supposedly unharmed, their marriage begins to fall apart as each tries to find safety in the world again. Brandon, their nephew, is mourning a father who was lost to war and feels more real in the imaginary world of violent video games than in the world where he is trying to learn how to be a man. Leah, who has spent her life hiding the two small horns on her forehead, begins to gain power as she learns about her mysterious conception in a labyrinth in Crete. A play about getting lost in hiding spaces, Buried Cities explores having the courage to be found.
Ragtime Jun 9 - Jun 11, 2016  
Filene Center - Wolf Trap Ragtime
Famous characters, head-turning costumes and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, this 13-time Tony-nominated musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three ethnically diverse families whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day" and "Make Them Hear You." Filene Center at Wolf Trap hosts this sure-to-be-stellar production.
Matt and Ben Jun 9 - Jun 26, 2016  
Flying V at Writer's Center Matt and Ben
Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. Before they were stars, they were just struggling actors and best friends looking for a break, when suddenly a script to a movie named Good Will Hunting magically appeared in Ben’s apartment with both their names on it. A gift from god? A deal with the devil? This hilarious look at friendship and the lure of success is co-written by Mindy Kaling (star of The Office and creator of The Mindy Project). Check out the script that launched her to super-stardom!
Romeo and Juliet Jun 9 - Jun 19, 2016  
PFI Historic Park Romeo and Juliet
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company will open the summer season with its signature theater experience, beloved by our audiences. As the tale unfolds, the audience will travel with the action to multiple sets in the ruins at the PFI Historic Park. Come along as we present Shakespeare's unforgettable tale of passionate young love with fresh vision.
Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver Jun 10 - Jul 28, 2016  
CTA Theatre Complex Almost Heaven: Songs of John Denver
ALMOST HEAVEN weaves together the songs of John Denver to create a uniquely theatrical narrative that reflects upon the country during a time of massive change. Many of Denver's songs - including "Rocky Mountain High," "Sunshine on My Shoulders," "Annie's Song," "Leaving on a Jet Plane," and more - are rediscovered and reinvented, performed against a backdrop of America in the late '60s and early '70s, a time of social unrest and political protest.

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