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.
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!
Charm offers a peek into the colorful inner-workings of an etiquette class taught by Mama Darleena Andrews, an African-American transgender woman working at an LGBTQ organization known as The Center. Mama attempts to share her rules of proper behavior with an eclectic youth group that counts a Latina transwoman, a cisgendered straight black couple and a gay suburban teen among its ranks. Though her students initially struggle to see how etiquette relates to their daily battles with identity, poverty and prejudice, Mama's powerful love and unapologetic attitude eventually win them over. Inspired by a true story, Charm carries a message of peace and dignity, as Mama and her students must ultimately find a new way to respect each other and redefine what "having charm" means. Now, the Atlas Performing Arts Center brings Philip Dawkins' fresh-faced take on sexuality, race and gender identity to Washington, DC.
In his Tony-winning play Copenhagen, Michael Frayn re-imagines the 1941 meeting of famed physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, an event that has been subject to much historical speculation. No one knows exactly what these two men -- one a Nobel Prize-winner, the other his esteemed mentor -- discussed. What did Heisenberg believe should be done about atomic bombs? What did he want from Bohr? The spirits of the two men and Bohr's wife, Margrethe, meet after death to attempt to answer the original question: Why did Heisenberg come to Copenhagen? This modern drama is a meditation on friendship and moral responsibility that's intellectually dazzling and deeply moving. Take a journey through the realm of science and beyond, embarking from Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC.
George and Martha invite Nick and Honey to their home after a faculty party. What awaits their late-night guests is not a welcoming nightcap but tempestuous verbal sparring fueled by alcohol and 20 years of marital dysfunction. Filled with acerbic wit, Albee’s play is both wildly funny and heart-wrenching, exposing the fears and secrets of both couples as the lines between reality and illusion blur. Aaron Posner directs and Holly Twyford stars as Martha.
There are two sides to every story! Goldilocks is being un-bear-able, and her housebreaking could result in “grizzly” consequences. This tongue-in-cheek retelling of the old tale tells the Bear Family’s side of the story, as well as Goldilocks’s, then lets the audience judge where the truth lies. A musical introduction leads to an agreement to hear both sides of the incident, and a subtle introduction to conflict resolution.
Critics have gone crazy for The Hard Problem, the latest from Tom Stoppard, writer of Arcadia and Shakespeare in Love. Hailed by the The Daily Mail as "100 minutes of brilliant brainache," Stoppard's searing drama centers on Hilary, a young psychology researcher at a brain science institute who is haunted by a single theory: If there is nothing but matter, what is consciousness? As Hilary attempts to break down the components of this "hard problem," she finds herself up against her lover (and academic mentor) in a fight to defend the soul, altruism and even religion from modern science. Watch psychology and biology collide in this provocative drama at the Metheny Theatre in Washington, D.C.
On a sweltering summer morning in 1892, in a small New England city, a prominent businessman and his wife were brutally axed to death in their home. Their daughter Lizzie Borden was the prime suspect. Lizzie’s trial was a coast-to-coast media sensation, and her story has become an American legend.
LIZZIE is four women fronting a six-piece rock band. LIZZIE is rage, sex, betrayal, and bloody murder. LIZZIE is American mythology set to a blistering rock score. LIZZIE is a new American musical with a sound owing less to Sondheim and Andrew Lloyd Webber than to Bikini Kill, the Runaways, and Heart.
Shakespeare's Macbeth is all the more shocking because the murderous protagonist isn't a robot from outer space or someone altogether unrelatable -- he's an ordinary person with an extraordinary desire for power. Now the Bard's greatest tragedy hits even closer to home in Mack, Beth, a thoroughly modern retelling of the classic tale of temptation, ambition and betrayal. A world premiere from two-time Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Chris Stezin, Mack, Beth takes the phrase "power couple" to a whole new level. Experience all the intrigue of the original while reveling in updates for the digital age when Mack, Beth comes to the Keegan Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Beatrice and Benedick are locked in a constant battle of wits and share a mutual disdain for love. Their friends undertake a scheme to trick them into falling for one another during the preparations for Claudio and Hero’s wedding. But as that plan starts working, so does another scheme…
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.
The lawyer: a young, brilliant, courageous woman arguing Roe v. Wade before the Supreme Court. The plaintiff: a complex, single woman seeking to end an unwanted pregnancy. The landmark 1973 case legalized abortion, but also began their separate journeys that would come to mirror the polarization in American culture. With shocking turns and surprising humor, Roe illuminates the difficult choices women make and the passion each side has for its cause.
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."
Silent Sky is the true story of how a group of extraordinary women banded together to find a way to measure the universe while overcoming adversity. Set in the early 1900s, Silent Sky follows Henrietta Leavitt, an aspiring scientist who joins the Harvard Observatory's all-female "human computer" team. Once there, however, she finds the women are kept behind the scenes and told to keep their ideas and theories to themselves. As Henrietta navigates these impossible waters, she tries to keep her personal life and family obligations in focus. This powerful production from Silver Spring Stage examines a woman's place in professional society during a time of both historic discovery and endless oppression.
“There’s No Business Like Show Business,” and no songs like Irving’s songs. Come on and hear the romance, irony and charming wisdom of your favorite hits of stage and screen. Always, Blue Skies, Easter Parade, Heat Wave, Alexander’s Ragtime Band, Cheek to Cheek, Puttin’ On the Ritz, and more. Writer Bari Biern joins directors Abel Lopez and Reenie Codelka to create an unforgettable evening of Berlin’s soaring melodies.
A couple moves into an isolated, run-down house to be alone. Yet, they grow increasingly anxious that "someone is going to come." Don't miss the DC premiere of this poetic play about passion, paranoia and jealousy.
Titanic: The Musical, winner of five Tony Awards, brings the harrowing tale of one of the world's most famous ill-fated voyages to life on stage at Arlington's Signature Theatre. This acclaimed musical examines the lives of the passengers aboard the doomed luxury liner -- taking you from first class to second class to steerage down below. It's a sweeping story that captures the look and feel of the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg at sea, when a total of 1,517 men, women and children tragically lost their lives. Based on the disaster itself rather than the Hollywood film, this production of Titanic: The Musical is a 360-degree staged spectacular that features music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a crew of more than 50 artists.
A biting dark comedy and gut-wrenching psychological portrait of the breakdown of a marriage, Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? sees one of theater's most notoriously dysfunctional couples draw a younger pair into their bitter, twisted games. As cocktails flow on the campus of a small New England college, the younger couple find themselves caught in the crossfire of a savage marital war. Featuring razor-sharp dialogue, Edward Albee's equally hilarious and harrowing masterpiece won the 1963 Tony Award and went on to become a classic film starring Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton. Now this devastating tale comes to Washington, D.C.'s Ford's Theatre starring multiple Helen Hayes Award winner Holly Twyford and directed by the acclaimed Aaron Posner.