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8 Stops  
Randolph Road Theatre 8 Stops
 
Death, breasts and the private lives of animals are just some of the topics covered in Deb Margolin's funny, provocative solo show 8 Stops. Structured around the subway ride of a motherless child who Margolin realizes she has but eight stops to raise, this soul-searching work also contemplates the suburbs, the spiritual exurbs, desire, and the grief of endless compassion. Ultimately, 8 Stops presents an examination of life and death through the eyes of Margolin's son, carried along by her outsized wit and charm at Silver Spring's Randolph Road Theatre.
   
Blood, Sweat and Fears  
DC Arts Center Blood, Sweat and Fears
 
Get ready for some scary, campy, sexy fun from the turn of the 19th century, courtesy of the warped minds of D.C.'s Molotov Theatre Group. Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret features English translations of three nearly-forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, the influential style of French horror theater that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. Stitched together by bawdy mistress of ceremonies Bella Donna, the production uses music, laughs and scares to take you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre. Check out the event description below for more gleefully gory details on the one-act plays that'll be performed at the DC Arts Center.
   
Blood, Sweat and Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret  
Molotov Theatre Group at DC Arts Center Blood, Sweat and Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret
 
“Blood, Sweat & Fears” features three nearly forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, a French school of horror theatre that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. (President Eisenhower was a patron of the original Paris theatre!) And uses music, laughs and scares to takes you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre. This show will be featured as a case study in an upcoming textbook on the Grand Guignol genre, to be published by the University of Exeter Press. The show starts promptly at 7:30 PM, with no readmissions.
   
Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story
 
Part of the Winans family gospel music dynasty, sibling duo BeBe & CeCe Winans broke down racial barriers in the genre while bringing the music to the top of the charts. Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, created by BeBe and Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical), brings the Grammy-winning duo's story to the stage, packed with their most loved hits as well as stellar new songs. Before they became household names with songs like "I.O.U. Me," "Heaven," "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There," the Winans got their start on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network television show. Suddenly these teens were thrust into the spotlight while also having to lead the charge in integrating TV evangelism. Keeping the family dynasty going, Grammy nominee Juan Winans and actress-singer Deborah Joy Winans (Oprah Winfrey Network's Greenleaf) star in this world premiere show. With this special pre-sale offer, you'll be sure to score great seats at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
   
Cirque du Soleil - Kurios  
Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II Cirque du Soleil - Kurios
 
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This exclusive pre-sale lets you experience the magic this fall in the Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II.
   
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)  
Reynolds Tavern The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged)
 
Life is short. The complete works of Shakespeare are long. To the rescue: The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (Abridged) performed by three of Annapolis Shakespeare Company's brightest and funniest. They wrap up the Bard's outsized oeuvre in 90 roller-coaster, rib-tickling minutes. After warming up with a nothing-is-sacred send-up of Romeo and Juliet, they're off, dispensing with the comedies in one fell swoop (because the tragedies are funnier). You decide after you see Othello as a rap song, Titus Andronicus as a cooking program, and the show's unforgettable finale - Hamlet - told with the help of audience members and lascivious sock puppets.
   
The Dixie Swim Club  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater The Dixie Swim Club
 
This heartwarming comedy co-written by Jamie Wooten (The Golden Girls) is the story of five vibrant women, members of a college swim team who reunite over the course of 33 years at a North Carolina beach cottage to catch up and provide colorful commentary on each others' lives. But when one of the friends faces an unexpected challenge, the ladies must rediscover their love and strength as a team to triumph. This Southern summer comedy comes to The Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown, complete with a buffet meal.
   
Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!  
Infinity Theatre Company at CTA Theatre Complex Elephant and Piggie's We Are in a Play!
 
Get ready for a musical experience ripped from the pages of Mo Willems's beloved, award-winning, best-selling children's books that will leave audiences doing the "Flippy Floppy Floory" dance all night long! In ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!", Gerald and Piggie take to the stage in a rollicking adventure perfect for young audiences. Filled with beloved characters and lively songs, ELEPHANT & PIGGIE'S "WE ARE IN A PLAY!" is a perfect way to introduce young people to theatre.
   
Evita  
Olney Theatre Center Evita
 
Heralded for its rich score and explosive love triangle, the legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita tells the story of Argentina’s passionate political figure Eva Perón, whose love for her country’s descamisados (‘the shirtless ones’) was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem, “Don’t Cry for Me Argentina,” Evita will stun and delight in this intimate version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat. Helmed by the director and choreographer of last year’s hit and Helen Hayes Award winner, Colossal.
   
The Grapes of Wrath  
Olney Theatre Center The Grapes of Wrath
 
A heart-wrenching and moving tribute to the indomitable spirit of an American family, The Grapes of Wrath is adapted from John Steinbeck's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. The timeless story of the Joad family finds them reduced to poverty during the Great Depression, abandoning their Oklahoma farm for the promise of a better life in California. From the turbulent Tom Joad to the stalwart matriarch of the family, Ma Joad, this powerful drama is filled with some of the most memorable characters in all of fiction -- characters tested by the brutal realities of life on the road during one of our nation's toughest times. A soaring affirmation of strength and solidarity, this unforgettable story comes to life on the Historic Stage of the Olney Theatre Center.
   
Hairspray  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Hairspray
 
It's 1962, and pleasantly plump Baltimore teen Tracy Turnblad has only one desire- to dance on the popular Corny Collins Show. When her dream comes true, Tracy is transformed from social outcast to sudden star, but she must use her newfound power to vanquish the reigning Teen Queen, win the affections of hearthrob Link Larkin and integrate a TV network- all without denting her "do!
   
Hand to God  
Studio Theatre Hand to God
 
In a church basement in a small Texas town, the teens of Christian puppetry Ministry gather to bring the Word to the Flock. But one puppet takes on a foul-mouthed, demonic life of its own—unleashing the community’s barely repressed lust and rage. Like nothing you've seen before, this blasphemous Broadway hit is a ruthless comedy about sex, sinners, and sock puppets.
   
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.
   
Jumanji  
Adventure Theatre MTC Jumanji
 
The story of Jumanji comes to life in a brand new way with this exciting stage production. Based on the original story written by Chris Van Allsburg (Zathura), this family-friendly adventure follows siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd as they play a mysterious game called Jumanji, which brings to life a number of thrilling and potentially dangerous scenarios, like a vicious lion, an erupting volcano and a dozen destructive monkeys that terrorize their family's home. The only way to stop the madness is to see the game all the way through -- will they make it? Robin Williams made the movie famous, but this original version of Jumanji has its own special appeal, complete with detailed production design and imaginative sets and costumes.
   
The Lady With the Little Dog  
Quotidian Theatre Company at Writer's Center The Lady With the Little Dog
 
Quotidian Theatre Company presents Anton Chekhov's short story The Lady With the Little Dog, adapted for the stage and directed by Stephanie Mumford. Two strangers meet in 1901 Yalta. One is seeking an escape from his boring Moscow routine; the other is searching for a more meaningful life beyond Saratov. They both discover what they've been searching for in each other, but can they hold onto it? This classic story was Chekhov's quotidian take on Tolstoy's Anna Karenina, and receives an imaginative staging at Writer's Center, with live classical Russian music and video projections of Armenian painter Aivazovsky's seascapes.
   
The Little Mermaid  
Imagination Stage The Little Mermaid
 
In this faithful re-telling of the Hans Christian Andersen original, the Little Mermaid falls in love with a human Prince, and longs to join him in his world above the waves. Despite the warnings of her Mer-family, the Little Mermaid seeks out the Enchantress who trades her pair of legs for the mermaid’s beautiful singing voice. A follow-up to the highly acclaimed The Lion, The Witch & the Wardrobe (2012), this collaboration between Imagination Stage and The Washington Ballet features dance, puppets, music, and singing in a highly theatrical and epic style of performance.
   
The Merchant of Venice  
The Kennedy Center The Merchant of Venice
 
Portia, a wealthy heiress of Belmont, sets her suitors a challenge. The winner will win her hand in marriage, the losers will lose her hand and much more. In Venice, the epicenter of consumption, speculation, and debt, Bassanio borrows money from his friend Antonio to finance his attempt. Antonio, in turn, takes out a loan from the moneylender Shylock. The loan will be repaid when Antonio's ships return to the city. But if they should fail and the money cannot be repaid, Antonio shall give to Shylock a pound of his own flesh. And they do fail. And Shylock will have his "bond."
   
The Mikado  
Olney Theatre Center The Mikado
 
There's too much ?irting going on in the town of Titipu- and it's against the law! So the Mikado, the emperor of all, decrees that heads must roll. But what can you do when love is in the air? Come find out in this fun-filled, family-friendly 70-minute re-imagination of The Mikado by Chicago-based company The Hypocrites. Expect zany fun as 10 actors (playing the instruments, too!) sing Gilbert & Sullivan's lovely, lilting songs with a folk/pop edge. (For the best experience, ask for 'promenade seats': share the stage with the actors, and find yourself part of the action!)
   
Million Dollar Quartet  
CTA Theatre Complex Million Dollar Quartet
 
The Tony Award Winning musical MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET is set on December 4, 1956, when an extraordinary twist of fate brought Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, Carl Perkins and Elvis Presley together at Sun Records in Memphis for what would be one of the greatest jam sessions ever. Showcased hit songs include: “Blue Suede Shoes,” “Fever,” “Who Do You Love?,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Folsom Prison Blues,” and more. This thrilling musical brings you inside the recording studio with four major talents who came together as a red-hot rock 'n' roll band for one unforgettable night. Don't miss your chance to be a fly on the wall of fame...at MILLION DOLLAR QUARTET!
   
Peter And The Wolf  
The Puppet Co. Peter And The Wolf
 
Staged with half life-size marionettes, Peter and the Wolf is one of the Puppet Co.'s best-loved stories. Over a million children and adults have seen this one-man show, based on Prokofiev's popular tale of good versus evil, performed by Puppet Master Christopher Piper. An introduction to the instruments in the orchestra precedes this story of Peter and his animal friends, and their attempts to capture wily "Old Lupus."
   
The Phantom of the Opera  
The Kennedy Center The Phantom of the Opera
 
Cameron Mackintosh's exciting new tour of The Phantom of the Opera brings the dramatic doomed love triangle to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts' Opera House. Described by critics as "bigger and better than ever before," the latest edition of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical masterpiece offers bold new staging with original costumes, fresh choreography and exciting special effects (including the legendary chandelier) -- plus a soaring score filled with memorable songs like "Masquerade," "The Music of the Night" and "All I Ask of You." Mackintosh is known for producing sensational musical hits like Miss Saigon, Cats, Mary Poppins and Les Miserables (both the live show and the 2012 Oscar-nominated film), but Phantom might just be his best work yet. It's certainly the biggest -- with a cast and orchestra of 52, this Phantom is one of the largest musical productions currently on tour.
   
The Pirates of Penzance  
Olney Theatre Center The Pirates of Penzance
 
Gilbert & Sullivan’s beloved operetta gets a hilarious 21st-century update with this fun-filled, family-friendly 70-minute reimagination by Chicago-based company The Hypocrites. For delightful summertime fun, lounge in a beach-ball mosh pit while ten actors sing about sappy pirates, dewy-eyed damsels, and of course, a very stuffy Modern Major General.
   
Point Break Live!  
Howard Theatre Point Break Live!
 
Starring Keanu Reeves and Patrick Swayze, Point Break is history's greatest surf movie about sky-diving bank robbers. Full of goofy lines and fast action, the flick became a cult classic and even spawned Point Break Live!, a live-action comedy adaptation that has become its own cult classic. Each performance features an audience member in the lead role, reading lines from cue cards to simulate Keanu Reeves' unique... um... acting style. Point Break Live! has sold out venues across the nation, and now it's coming to the Howard Theatre in Washington, D.C.
   
Redder Blood  
John Swayze Theatre Redder Blood
 
God has always seemed to have a lot to say to Sadie over the years, but Sadie wishes she'd take a breather once in awhile. She hasn't ever directly responded, even when she's got something to talk about, now that her family's imploding and her love life is finally seeing some action. The new comedy-drama Redder Blood explores our relationship with God, the challenges of interfaith marriage, and the ancient question of how, exactly, we measure our worth. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Plays Project, this world premiere by Helen Pafumi is a co-production of The Hub Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
   
The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America  
The Kennedy Center The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America
 
Ever wondered what would happen if the history of America was written by comedians? Of course you have, and now you get to find out as The Second City - a historic comedic institution in its own right - brings its Almost Accurate Guide to America to Kennedy Center's Theater Lab. Through sharp satirical sketches, including a musical number or two, Second City celebrates, spoofs and skewers the Founding Fathers, the Industrial Revolution, and other great movements and individuals that have shaped our topsy-turvy nation.
   
A Tomb With a View  
Bowie Playhouse A Tomb With a View
 
The reading of a will has never been so hilariously sinister as the Tomb family vies for the millions left to unlikely heirs. As they gather in a dusty library presided over by the portrait of a grim-faced old man, wild schemes and plots bubble to the surface while the family lawyer reads the document. You'll encounter a family member with werewolf tendencies, one dressed as Julius Caesar, despising sisters, an aunt with a dark gardening secret, a sympathetic nurse and a romance novelist. See who gets the money and who gets a body bag at the Bowie Playhouse.
   
Twelfth Night  
Synetic Theater Twelfth Night
 
After garnering 11 Helen Hayes Award nominations, Synetic’s 2014 hit is back by popular demand! Set in the Roaring ’20s and inspired by the silent comedy of Keaton and Chaplin, Twelfth Night tells the tale of fraternal twins, Viola and Sebastian, separated in a strange new land. Having survived a shipwreck and believing her brother Sebastian has been lost, Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his services. This production will not have dialogue.
   
UniverSoul Circus  
National Harbor UniverSoul Circus
 
UniverSoul Circus is a tour de force of circus artistry from around the world. A big-top spectacle of global proportions, the 2016 production of UniverSoul Circus takes fans of all ages on an unforgettable journey of light, sound and soul. Get ready for electrifying, edge-of-your-seat performances, including extreme motorsports, mind-bending acrobatics, back-flipping canines, disco-dancing pachyderms, free-flying aerial acts and much, much more. It's hailed as the most interactive circus in the world, and now you can catch UniverSoul Circus when it raises its Big Top in National Harbor.
   
We Know How You Die!  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre We Know How You Die!
 
Have you met The Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre? It’s the buzzed-about troupe that launched the careers of Amy Poehler, Kate McKinnon, Ellie Kemper, and Bobby Moynihan… and when they get to DC this summer, they’re going to do what they do best: get on stage and kill. For their first-ever multi-performance run outside of New York City, the world’s most audacious innovators in improv comedy are creating a completely new long-form show every single night just for Woolly audiences. In a whirlwind of interconnected scenes performed by a hand-picked cast of brilliant improvisers, they’re going to tell you a story about your own life. Quick heads up, though: it doesn’t end well.
   
Yellowman and Riches  
Anacostia Playhouse Yellowman and Riches
 
Yellowman depicts an African American woman who dreams of a life beyond the confines of her small town Southern upbringing, whose fate tragically entwines with that of a light-skinned man. The play explores the negative associations surrounding male blackness and the effect of these racial stereotypes on black women and the African-American community. Riches tells the story of David and Carolyn Rich who seem to have it all, until on their anniversary getaway, Carolyn unexpectedly announces that she wants a divorce. Featuring sharp humor and well-timed, weighted dialogue, the tale twists and turns its way to a chilling end. The two emotional, hard-hitting works come to the Anacostia Playhouse in D.C.