When you're a well-known TV star looking to increase your theatrical street cred, what do you do? Sign on to play a role in a small Texas repertory theater's production of Chekhov's Three Sisters. Go behind the scenes with three actresses -- a jaded stage veteran, an eager Southern belle and Holly, the wildly popular TV star -- in Anton in Show Business. Pulitzer Prize-nominated playwright Jane Martin won the American Theater Critics Association New Play Award for this satirical comedy. Now Silver Spring Stage produces their own version.
Escape with Rosalind into the Forest of Arden, a world where desire is turned upside-down, women disguise themselves as men and "love is merely a madness." As You Like It boasts one of Shakespeare's most vibrant heroines in Rosalind, the beautiful daughter of an exiled duke who falls madly in love with the dashing Orlando. When she's banished from the duke's court, Rosalind disguises herself as a boy and flees to the forest. Along the way, she, Orlando and a host of other motley characters fill the forest of Arden with music, dancing and pure romance. Enchantment abounds in this new production from Folger Theatre in D.C., presented in association with the Hudson Valley Shakespeare Festival.
A small house in besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety.
Obie Award-winner Clare Barron’s new play is “a genuinely fragile, complex piece of work” (Time Out New York): a Rorschach test for the faithful and the faithless alike. You’ve never seen anyone pray quite like this. You’ve never met a family like this. But if you enter the eye of the storm with them, you might find an imperfect, harrowing miracle.
Blues in the Night, a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong, it will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail! The interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.
Join us as we present the largest musical in Round House’s history! Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated Caroline, Or Change follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner’s provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score from Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home) that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.
Set in the year 3000, we meet Snow Whyte—a graffiti-artist locked in competition with her arch rival, Kanye East, over which of them makes the “freshest” images in the universe. Both depend on a Simon Cowell-type celebrity called Mira to decide which of them is the best. After her exile to a distant planet, Snow Whyte is sheltered by two rapping alien twins (reminiscent of the Seven Dwarves), and survives two visits from the vengeful Kanye, dressed in crazy disguises. She then uncovers the true secret to talent: that it is shared equally among all people, and not the exclusive property of anyone. Witty raps, cool moves, and a beat that just won’t quit, this show will have you bouncin’ in your seat and shouting “Oh, yeah!”
In D.L. Coburn's sharp-witted dramedy, a game of cards between two lonely nursing-home residents turns into a battle royale with serious personal stakes. Weller and Fonsia strike up a friendly acquaintance as he teaches her to play gin rummy, revealing intimate details of their lives along the way. But as Fonsia wins hand after hand, Weller becomes frustrated and their simple pastime becomes an all-out war, with shared secrets as weapons of mass emotional destruction. This Pulitzer Prize winner was revived on Broadway in 2016 with James Earl Jones and Cicely Tyson. Washington's gifted actors Roz White and Doug Brown bring the tale to life, so grab a seat and get dealt in at MetroStage in Alexandria.
God of Carnage by Yasmina Reza
In today’s world, civilized behavior, courtesy, and political correctness have evolved to keep raw emotion and impulses in check. When two children from upper middle class families get into a playground fight, both sets of parents get together over cocktails to resolve the dispute. The result is a dissolution of every rule of etiquette, courtesy, and correctness. Primal impulses come to the fore and we see the animal, who lives inside all of us. Darkly funny, with a wicked punch, this show is wildly entertaining, and illuminates the dark side of being human.
Pentecostal passion meets Sophoclean savagery in this timely retelling of the Greek tragedy of Oedipus, set to a stirring gospel score. Blind, destitute and racked with guilt, the ill-fated Oedipus encounters more obstacles as he seeks redemption and a final resting place at the sanctuary city of Colonus. Nominated for the Pulitzer Prize and filmed for TV with Morgan Freeman, The Gospel at Colonus returns to the stage in an intimate production by Avant Bard at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center.
Emotion and evolution collide in Sarah Treem’s thought-provoking play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crackles between the eminent professor and the maverick graduate student, whose theories might just change the way we regard sex itself. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play, by the writer of hit TV shows In Treatment and The Affair, grapples with difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
The Queen is dead. Long live the King! Hailed as 2015's best new Broadway play by Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New Times, and winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Mike Bartlett's King Charles III explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family. This modern-day riff on Shakespearean political drama, which was a sold-out hit both on Broadway and in London's West End, has been hailed as "fresh, thrilling and fearlessly comic" (Entertainment Weekly) and "flat-out brilliant!" (The New York Times). Set shortly after the death of the Queen, the story centers on Prince Charles, who after a lifetime of waiting is finally made king -- only to face an ethical dilemma over a bill limiting the freedom of the press. See this buzz-worthy new production at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Dreamworks' hit animated movie comes to wild life in the fun new family musical, Madagascar - A Musical Adventure. This original stage spectacular follows everybody's favorite zoo refugees Alex the Lion, Marty the Zebra, Melman the Giraffe and Gloria the Hippo, along with their intrepid pals the penguins, from the concrete jungle of New York to the wilds of Africa, and features singing, dancing and plenty of onstage adventure for the entire family. Join the crack-a-lackin' friends at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater in Hagerstown.
Thornton Wilder's OUR TOWN - Winner of the 1938 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and described by Edward Albee as "...the greatest American play ever written," the story follows the small town of Grover's Corners through three acts: "Daily Life," "Love and Marriage," and "Death and Eternity." Narrated by a stage manager and performed with minimal props and sets, audiences follow the Webb and Gibbs families as their children fall in love, marry, and eventually-in one of the most famous scenes in American theatre-die. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this classic masterpiece through a fresh lens.
The five-time Tony-winning show that The New York Times called "the most exhilarating storytelling on Broadway in decades," Peter and the Starcatcher is the swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan. Inventive stagecraft and an imaginative story come together to reveal the origins of "the boy who wouldn't grow up" in this madcap music-filled adventure. The play is an action-packed journey through Neverland that brings pirates, mermaids, orphans and secret agents of the Queen together on the high seas. Based on the bestselling novel by Dave Barry and Ridley Pearson, and written by Rick Elice (Jersey Boys), this Constellation Theatre production of Peter and the Starcatcher at the Source in Washington, D.C., weaves an enchanting coming-of-age tale that's bound to appeal to your entire crew.
Mel Brooks' outrageous, Tony-winning musical comedy The Producers tells the story of broke Broadway producer Max Bialystock and his accountant, Leo Bloom. Desperate for cash, these two schemers hatch a plan to produce a musical that's sure to be a failure so they can cut and run with the unspent production money. But when their "big flop" turns out to be a huge hit, they're in trouble. Based on the classic 1968 film, and featuring the hilariously tasteless show-within-a-show Springtime for Hitler, The Producers skewers the over-the-top absurdities of musical theater while delivering a heartfelt tale of the true friendship that develops between two would-be con artists. Catch this Broadway hit that scored a record 12 Tony Awards when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater.
A man brings a woman to his secluded fishing cabin. Under the new moon, their pursuit is sea trout -- and an instant of perfect love and primal desire, elusive as the one that got away. This woman, this moment, is the one: mythical and mysterious as The River itself. This tense modern drama "is finely calibrated. The acting is also impeccable," writes The Guardian. The enigmatic tale by English playwright Jez Butterworth, and directed by Rebecca Holderness, comes to Spooky Action Theater in Washington, D.C.
A stage littered with liquor bottles and cafe chairs transforms from a Parisian bistro to the banks of the Irati River in Spain. A bar table roars to life and charges a matador. Championed by The New York Times as "a lively riff on Hemingway's first and greatest novel," The Select (The Sun Also Rises)'s innovative staging reimagines the 1926 roman à clef via a fusion of artistic forms. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in the heart of the Festival of San Fermín in Pamplona, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he desires -- a woman whose romantic escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism. Don't miss this genre-defying work by acclaimed theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service when it takes over D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
This American classic is one of the most influential musicals of the 20th century! Show Boat follows the lives of the people aboard The Cotton Blossom, a Mississippi River show boat. Set against the backdrop of America's Deep South, this timeless musical spans three generations telling a powerful story of hope, freedom and above all, love. Show Boat celebrates the music of jazz, vaudeville and gospel with some of the most beautiful music ever written, including "Ol' Man River", "Can't Help Lovin' Dat Man" and "Only Make Believe."
DC Legend E. Faye Bulter (Arena Stage's Oklahoma! among many others) joins Phantom of the Opera alum David Benoit for the murder musical of the century! After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett - a restaurateur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies - Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many year ago. The award-winning artistic team behind Carousel and How To Succeed... brings this Tony® Award-winning "musical thriller" to life with an exceptional cast and Broadway production values.
Starring Synetic’s award-winning Resident Choreographer and Co-Founder Irina Tsikurishvili, the 2012 Hollywood-set adaptation of one of the Bard's best known romantic comedies returns! See the original “Battle of the Sexes” enacted with all the fiery and acrobatic motion you've come to expect from Synetic! This production will not have dialogue.
Inspired by true events, Trevor is a subversive comedy about fame, success, and the lies we tell ourselves in order to keep people from taking away an erratic, 200-pound chimpanzee. At the center of this hilarious and heart-wrenching play are two individuals fighting against a world unable to understand their love: Trevor, a chimpanzee who once performed in commercials with the likes of Morgan Fairchild, and his owner Sandra, who swears he would never hurt a fly...at least not on purpose. A moving exploration of family, flawed communication, and humanity; Trevor has been hailed by the Chicago Sun Times as a "hugely entertaining tragicomedy."
Playwright Steven A. Butler, Jr., author of acclaimed play Chocolate Covered Ants, returns to the Anacostia Playhouse in Washington, D.C. with a new story of love, loss and family. The Very Last Days of the First Colored Circus is set in rural Maryland in 1927, focusing on a group of black circus performers who struggle to be respected both as artists and as human beings. Featuring authentic vaudeville-inspired performances from the 1920s, this new musical pays tribute to a group of brave actors seeking the freedom to pursue their craft.
With America on the brink of entering World War II, Fanny's daughter escapes to the D.C. suburbs with her German husband, a man deeply involved in anti-fascist movements. But with an Eastern European guest with ulterior motives also living in their midst, tensions rise as it becomes clear that no one's safety can be guaranteed — at home or abroad.
Set in Mexico City in the 1960s, teenagers Toña and Polo accidentally derail a train while playing hooky from school. The details of what happened and the punishment they should face are as different as the spectators who follow the event. This searing look at poverty and society’s response to it is a masterpiece of modern Mexican theatre.