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Adventures with Mr. Bear (VA)  
Convergence Adventures with Mr. Bear (VA)
The wonder and magic of a child’s imagination are brought to life in this charming world premiere. One cozy winter afternoon, a young girl and her favorite stuffed animal, Mr. Bear, play a game of hide and seek which evolves into a series of exciting adventures. Together, they embark on a journey of endless possibilities – all from the comfort of her playroom! Cuddle up with your favorite stuffed animal friend and join us for a delightful holiday production.
Black Nativity  
Anacostia Playhouse Black Nativity
In what's become a popular Christmas tradition in the D.C. region, Theater Alliance once again performs their joyous, crowd-pleasing production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. First performed in 1961, Hughes' song-play is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, created to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. The production is infused with rich, moving music, dance and griot-style storytelling. Using the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story makes for a holiday show that people of all races and backgrounds can enjoy.
Broadway Bound  
1st Stage Theatre Broadway Bound
Part three of Neil Simon's acclaimed autobiographical trilogy finds Eugene and his older brother Stanley trying to break into the world of show business as professional comedy writers while coping with their parents’ break-up and eventual divorce. When their material is broadcast on the radio for the first time, the family is upset to hear a thinly-veiled portrait of themselves played for laughs. A finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, Time Magazine called this tender, humorous play, “the best play of the decade.”
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Carousel
Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at DC's Arena Stage. In Carousel, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates the naive millworker Julie and they marry. Just as they learn that Julie is pregnant, Billy loses his job. Desperate to provide a decent life for his family, he allows himself to be coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry, but fifteen years later Billy gets the chance to see his wife and the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both his child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. With classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," it's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created together, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
The Christians  
Theater J The Christians
Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, the founding pastor of a mega-church who suddenly suffers a crisis of faith. He's now compelled to lead his thousands-strong flock in a new and unexpected direction on its 20th anniversary -- one that directly conflicts with the former tenets of his ministry. When his motivations are questioned, both his professional and personal relationships are put to the test as well. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate. This provocative play comes to Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC, offering an unflinching look at faith -- of any denomination -- and its power to unite or divide.
A Christmas Carol Memory  
ArtSpace Falls Church A Christmas Carol Memory
With this fresh new take on a timeless holiday classic, Creative Cauldron breathes new life into holiday traditions. Their creative spin on A Christmas Carol is a heartwarming addition to your holiday entertainment schedule. In this tender tale, a young orphan is facing her first Christmas without her parents. When she stumbles across an old theatrical trunk in the attic, it awakens old holiday memories in her extended family. Together, they renew a long-forgotten family tradition--the re-enactment of Dickens' A Christmas Carol.
A Christmas Carol  
Ford's Theatre A Christmas Carol
Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace plays Ebenezer Scrooge. This annual production has been a Washington tradition for 35 years.
A Christmas Carol, Baltimore-style  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol, Baltimore-style
The Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come visit Ebenezer Scrooge to thaw his frozen heart with a timeless message. CSC has set the delightful redemption tale in Baltimore, inspired by the landmark Victorian bank building that they have transformed into a theater for the classics.
A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas  
Olney Theatre Center A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
Olney Theatre Center favorite Paul Morella returns to bring this unique and memorable version of A Christmas Carol to life this holiday season. Using only the words from Charles Dickens’ novella, Morella’s solo version will transport you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. This Christmas narrative has never been more compassionate, intimate or heartwarming. Many performances sold out last season, so reserve early!
A Christmas Carol: The Musical  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia A Christmas Carol: The Musical
This is the same fabulous show that was presented at New York's Madison Square Garden for 10 years. This traditional heart-warming story of Scrooge is told with a score filled with beautiful melodies and emotional lyrics featuring the holiday standard, "A Place Called Home."
Trinidad Theatre-Logan Fringe Arts Space Copenhagen
In Copenhagen, playwright Michael Frayn reimagines the famous 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? These questions and more will be explored in this production of Copenhagen at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC.
Disney's Beauty and the Beast  
Imagination Stage Disney's Beauty and the Beast
Packed with memorable tunes like “Be Our Guest”, “Human Again”, and “Beauty and the Beast”, this holiday musical has something for the entire family! Once upon a time, in a French provincial town, Belle is the bookish daughter of a hapless inventor. She narrowly avoids the amorous advances of the bully Gaston only to find herself imprisoned in the castle of a terrible Beast. While the servants Cogsworth, Lumiere, Mrs. Potts and Chip conspire to make Belle fall in love with their bewitched master, she gradually wins over his heart by virtue of her kindness and patience. Excitement builds as Gaston gathers a mob to rid the community of the ugly Beast and to claim Belle for himself alone. Needless to say, after much high drama, silly laughter, exuberant singing and dancing, love wins the day!
Family Holiday  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Family Holiday
Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick hosts a staged reading of Family Holiday, a humorous study of family dysfunction penned by prolific local actor, director and playwright DC Cathro. The play focuses on R.J., who goes home for the holidays to have a nice, relaxing time with his family and best friend. His loved ones, however, have other plans. Secrets are revealed and R.J. is stuck in the middle of this fast-paced holiday farce for modern times. See a bit of your own family's foibles mirrored before your eyes as you take advantage of this unique opportunity to see a theatrical work in progress.
Fully Committed  
MetroStage Fully Committed
When it comes to the hottest new restaurant in Manhattan, some diners will do anything to get a seat. In Becky Mode's Fully Committed, desperate diners -- all played by Tom Story -- resort to threats, bribes, name-dropping and downright begging to nab that all-important reservation. Restaurant-speak for "no tables available," Fully Committed is a true showcase for Story as the high-strung maître d' and 39 other characters in a play that The Washington Post says, "gives the versatile, hardworking Story the opportunity to cross 'tour de force' off his bucket list." Cross "seeing Fully Committed" off your own bucket list when it comes to Alexandria's MetroStage.
The In Series at GALA Hispanic Theatre Goyescas
A cloak-and-dagger story of mistaken betrayals spins with the fury of Spanish dance. Paintings come to life in this new English adaptation for the centennial. The rarely seen opera-ballet, originally inspired by Francisco de Goya's paintings is coupled with Manuel de Falla’s Seven Spanish Popular Songs and directed/choreographed by Jaime Coronado with pianist: Carlos César Rodríguez.
Harold Night  
Washington Improv Theater at Source Harold Night
Harold Night is WIT's weekly homage to the world-famous longform improv format: the Harold. It all starts with an audience suggestion. From there, WIT’s five Harold teams create unique worlds full of vibrant characters right before your eyes.
Into the Woods  
The Kennedy Center Into the Woods
Venture back Into the Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously lauded by critics and extended twice at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, you can now catch the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before, coming to the stage in Washington, D.C. Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.
It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Undercroft Theatre It's A Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
One of the most beloved films ever to come from Hollywood was also broadcast in the 40s as a radio program. In this delightfully theatrical re-creation of that event, a small group of voice actors team up in a studio with the ever-inventive sound effects man to tell the heartwarming story for a nationwide audience— complete with period ads!
It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play  
Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 111 It's a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play
It's a Wonderful Life, one of the all-time great Christmas stories, comes to life in a live 1940s-style radio broadcast at Annapolis Shakespeare Company's Studio 11. With the help of a seasoned ensemble that brings a few dozen characters to the stage, the story of idealistic George Bailey unfolds with a lot of heart and captivating live sound effects. Bailey is a down-on-his-luck family man who's hit bottom and is about to end it all, when his guardian angel shows him what life in his town would have been like without him. Sure, you could catch the movie on TV, but this live Helen Hayes Recommended show is filled with a warmth that television can't match. You'll find yourself tearing up at all the same places you do in the movie, even as you marvel over the period details of the show.
King Ubu  
Pointless Theatre at Flashpoint King Ubu
Pointless Theatre presents a take on one of the iconic works of the early avant-garde. King Ubu is a new translation of Alfred Jarry's seminal Ubu Roi, which has been sticking its tongue out at politics, war, and theatre orthodoxy since its premiere in 1896. Hilarious, violent, and absurd, King Ubu promises audiences lowbrow humor, ludicrous language, and full-bore puppet carnage all wrapped up into a funhouse take on classical tragedy.
Les Liaisons Dangereuses  
Centerstage Les Liaisons Dangereuses
Two French aristocrats, Marquise de Merteuil and her ex-lover, the Vicomte de Valmont, challenge each other to seduce unsuspecting innocents in this story of revenge, debauchery, and hidden motives. Set just before the French Revolution, Les Liaisons Dangereuses (Dangerous Liaisons) is a glimpse into the lives of beautiful people poised to denigrate and control everyone around them, including each other. But when one of them actually falls in love, the real betrayals unfold.
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe  
Adventure Theatre MTC The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe
Based on the story by C.S. Lewis. Join us for this snowy, holiday classic featuring just a two-person cast! Peter, Susan, Edmund, and Lucy are sent to live in the countryside home of professor Digory Kirke. As Lucy explores the house, she discovers a secret portal to a magical world called Narnia. With an evil White Witch ruling the kingdom, can Lucy, her new friend Mr. Tumnus, and her family band together to save Narnia?
The Magi  
John Swayze Theatre The Magi
Nix and Jude have been touring their band The Magi for 8 years. They have been in love for 7 years and 11 months of that tour. It may be the holidays, but the band and the couple are on the verge of breaking up. The Magi explores the sacrifices we make for those we cherish. Part concert, part love story, and part awkward to be sure.
Mary Poppins  
Olney Theatre Center Mary Poppins
Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the iconic "Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.
The Merchant of Venice  
Gallaudet University The Merchant of Venice
Picture this: Venice! A rich, bustling city where young lovers steal away in the night, old enemies battle back and forth, and braggart Captains vie for the hand of a wealthy heiress, whose luck is running out! Faction of Fools has a long history of re-examining Shakespeare’s plays — finding comedic roots in the most famous of his tragedies, from the acclaimed A Commedia Romeo & Juliet to Hamlecchino: Clown Prince of Denmark. In 2014, Titus Andronicus was lauded as "sanguineous bliss" by the Washington Post, and DC Theater Scene said "it will be difficult to imagine Titus being played straight ever again." Don't miss this full production of one of Shakespeare's most rich and intricate plays that explores a burgeoning merchant class and what happens when things get personal.
Kensington Town Hall Merlin
The British holiday tradition of pantomime theater, otherwise known as "panto," might be the best Yuletide import from England since plum pudding. With its usual over-the-top collection of bad jokes, silly songs, slapstick and familiar storybook characters, this year's offering from The British Players at Kensington Town Hall is a magical mash-up of Merlin and Harry Potter, which finds the madcap wizard and his young apprentice embarking on an Arthurian-influenced adventure.
Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley  
Round House Theatre Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley
Set two years after the iconic Pride and Prejudice, Miss Bennet follows your favorite characters as they gather at Pemberley, the home of Mr. and Mrs. Darcy. But this holiday, all eyes are on Mary Bennet, who has come into her own as a confident woman with curiosity, wit, and talent…and perhaps even a love story. Miss Bennet is a Christmas story of family, young love, and bright futures you won’t want to miss!
Moby Dick  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Moby Dick
Set sail on the holiday season's biggest adventure! Melville's classic tale of man's obsessive battle against nature comes to life in "a triumph of grand theatrical imagination, deep thought, superb acting and eye-popping, ingeniously deployed physical daring" (Chicago Sun-Times). Innovative staging fused with bold trapeze and acrobatic work turn this seafaring classic into a death-defying experiment in aerial storytelling. Climb aboard with Captain Ahab and the crew of the good ship Pequod in this harrowing and intoxicating quest for the great white whale.
The Nutcracker  
Warner Theatre The Nutcracker
This holiday season a holiday favorite returns to D.C. with The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic D.C. of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old.
The Nutcracker  
The Puppet Co. The Nutcracker
A Washington tradition for 28 years, "The Nutcracker" is the story of Clara-Marie’s favorite toy, and their adventures together in the Land of the Sugerplum Fairy. Music from Tchaikovsky’s famous ballet blends with marionettes and costume characters to create this unique production.
Seasons of Light  
Discovery Theater at the Ripley Center Seasons of Light
Joy, warmth, and community illuminate seasonal holiday celebrations the world over. Back for its 17th season, this signature Discovery Theater show celebrates the history and customs of Diwali (Devali), Chanukah, Las Posadas, Ramadan, Sankta Lucia Day, Kwanzaa, Christmas, and the First Nations’ tradition of the Winter Solstice in an interactive event that bridges communities and cultures. This show sells out early, so get your tickets now! Recommended ages 5-10.
The Second City's Black Side Of The Moon  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre The Second City's Black Side Of The Moon
An all-African American cast of The Second City's smartest and most audacious sketch and stand-up artists breaks down and deconstructs the present American moment through comedy. They're exactly what we need, exactly when we need it. So if you suddenly feel like you're living on an entirely different planet, come join us on the Black Side of the Moon.
The Second Shepherds' Play  
Folger Theatre The Second Shepherds' Play
A rich blend of music and theater, the earthly and the divine, The Second Shepherds' Play is a magical, musical retelling of the Nativity story that's a perfect treat for the holiday season. Folger Consort, the award-winning early music ensemble in residence at the Folger Shakespeare Library, performs festive medieval English tunes against the backdrop of an engaging mystery play in the medieval English drama tradition, adapted by Mary Hall Surface (LIFT: Icarus and Me, Goodnight Moon). Presented at Folger Theatre in D.C., The Second Shepherds' Play beautifully weaves together the stories of shepherds, a sheep thief and his cunning wife, and a certain well-known miracle in a humble manger in Bethlehem.
The Secret Garden  
Sidney Harman Hall The Secret Garden
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Silver Belles  
Signature Theatre Silver Belles
DC’s finest leading ladies—Donna Migliaccio, Nova Y. Payton, Ilona Dulaski, Naomi Jacobson and Sandy Bainum—star in this hilarious world premiere musical for the holiday season. When Oralene, the longtime director of small town Sylva Ridge’s Christmas Pageant, suddenly passes away, the Silver Belles must come to the rescue! With the spirit of Oralene looking on, the sterling-hued vixens band together, discover their talents and pull out all the stops to keep the beloved pageant alive. It’s Golden Girls meets Designing Women with a heaping helping of well-known Christmas tunes and clever new ditties. Christmas without the Silver Belles… just wouldn’t be Christmas!
Sleeping Beauty  
Synetic Theater Sleeping Beauty
Synetic's award-winning ensemble takes on the classic tale of a princess, an evil sorceress, and a centuries-long sleeping curse in this darkly elegant adaptation of one the Grimm Brothers' most beloved stories. This magical wordless production will enchant viewers of all ages!
Straight White Men  
Studio Theatre Straight White Men
Three adult brothers come together to celebrate Christmas with their widowed father and are surprised to find the reunion taking a more serious turn in Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. What starts off as a playful guys' night full of trash talk, pranks and Chinese take-out soon takes a detour as the men find themselves questioning how they define themselves and their places in the world. This razor-sharp comedy riffs on the classic father-son drama, confronting the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege. Find out why The New York Times called Lee "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation" when Straight White Men comes to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
Gunston Arts Center Tame
Avant Bard presents a world premiere by one of DC’s most provocative young playwrights—an explosive domestic drama set in Texas in the 1960s. A wildly creative and spirited young poet named Cat returns to her hometown grieving the suicide of her lesbian lover. Her religious parents are dead-set on forcing her to submit and conform. They hire a firebrand youth minister named Patrick try to tame her—but Cat fights back. A rejoinder to The Taming of the Shrew from a woman's point of view, TAME. is every bit as epic, comic, and darkly erotic as the Shakespeare play that provoked it.
A Tuna Christmas  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater A Tuna Christmas
Everything's bigger in Texas, and that includes Christmas. In fact, the overheated holiday spirit of one tiny Texas town is enough to melt the North Pole in A Tuna Christmas. Radio station news personalities Thurston Wheelis and Arles Struvie report live on the holiday craziness that has gripped Tuna, Texas (population: 24), including an imperiled A Christmas Carol staging and a sabotaged yard-decorating contest. With two gifted actors playing a dozen characters each, this lively sequel to Greater Tuna is a holiday tradition in its own right, first staged on Broadway (where it snagged a Tony nom) and then adapted into an acclaimed TV movie. Enjoy this hilarious holiday play at the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown, along with a buffet supper of seasonal favorites.