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Angels in America: Millennium Approaches  
Round House Theatre Angels in America: Millennium Approaches
 
Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Don’t miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.
   
Antony and Cleopatra  
Convergence Antony and Cleopatra
 
Brave Spirits Theatre brings Alexandria, Egypt, to Alexandria, VA, with Shakespeare's Antony and Cleopatra. The epic story of two lovers torn between their passions for each other and their duties to their countries is BST's offering in celebration of the 400th anniversary of Shakespeare's death.
   
Bad Jews  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Bad Jews
 
A fierce, biting comedy about family, faith and what you choose to believe when you're chosen. The night after their grandfather's funeral, three cousins engage in an explosive battle that shows there is nothing like a death in the family to bring out the worst in people.
   
Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s  
Flying V at Writer's Center Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s
 
"Be Awesome: A Theatrical Mixtape of the 90s" is an original, devised show out of the brain of Flying V’s Producing Artistic Director, Jason Schlafstein; this theatrical mix-tape is an exploration of Memory, Nostalgia, and Transition through a night of live action music videos set to the soundtrack of that totally Awesome decade – the 90’s. Featuring puppetry, dance, live music, and astounding feats of physicality, this devised show takes us back to a time of flannel, slap bracelets, and Saturday morning cartoons, while asking the question of who we are now. What if you were dying? What is the mixtape you would leave behind to create a connection with someone you love but will never know? How do you encapsulate your life into 12 songs?
   
A Bid to Save the World  
Rorschach Theatre at Atlas Performing Arts Center A Bid to Save the World
 
Raised in a world without death, best friends Adam and Evelyn study dying obsessively. In the recent past, a young woman barters for her beloved brother while Death peels oranges. Elsewhere, a rich man seeks to buy world peace, and a song of great sorrow and beauty is sung and sung again. When being immortal is normal, what is the meaning of life without death?
   
Blackberry Daze  
MetroStage Blackberry Daze
 
It is the end of “The Great War”, and a small Virginia town is rocked by secrets and seduction as Herman Camm, a provocative gambler, weaves his magic on the lives of three unsuspecting women, Mae Lou and her daughter Carrie, and Pearl, a blues singer at the local juke joint. TC Carson (Living Single) and Roz White (Black Pearl Sings!) lead an exciting ensemble of Washington’s most eclectic and exciting talent. This musical adaptation of Ruth P. Watson’s romantic mystery thriller (Blackberry Days of Summer) is a world premiere with Thomas W. Jones II (Three Sistahs, Bessie’s Blues) direction and William Knowles’ dazzling period score.
   
brownsville song (b-side for tray)  
Theater Alliance at Anacostia Playhouse brownsville song (b-side for tray)
 
Life in the Brownsville neighborhood of Brooklyn can feel predictable, and inevitable, but Tray has a way out. Then, when a senseless act of violence cuts his life short, his family must confront their grief and find a way to move forward. Kimber Lee’s hopeful drama shifts between memory and reality, and bids that we examine the personal pain beyond the headlines.
   
Catch Me If You Can  
NextStop Theatre Catch Me If You Can
 
This true story inspired a hit film starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hanks, and was brought to the stage by the composers of Hairspray. Seeking fame and fortune, precocious teenager Frank Abagnale, Jr. successfully poses as a pilot, a doctor and a lawyer – living the high life and winning the girl of his dreams. But when Frank’s lies catch the attention of FBI agent Carl Hanratty, Carl pursues Frank across the country to make him pay for his crimes.
   
Cervantes: El último Quijote (The Last Quixote)  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Cervantes: El último Quijote (The Last Quixote)
 
Cervantes has died in the street and a drunk insists that the man who killed him is the renowned poet Lope de Vega. This same man recounts the secrets Cervantes shared with him, revealing the most tempestuous periods in the great writer’s life and the unbridled creativity of his final years.
   
Charming the Destroyer  
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint Charming the Destroyer
 
Charming the Destroyer (Questionable Choices in the Search for the Sublime) explores our needs, desires, and occasional stumbles in pursuit of the divine. Humorous storytelling and audiovisual episodes take the audience around the world and through many traditions as Ritija discusses how her interactions with the faithful have brought her closer to grace
   
Cloud 9  
Studio Theatre Cloud 9
 
This gender-bending farce gets creative with gender and race in its casting to draw parallels between British colonialism and sexual oppression. The characters form a tangled web of relationships and intrigue as they wrestle with the many roles society imposes on them. With 25 years passing in between acts, society morphs, but not as much as one might think. Caryl Churchill's Cloud 9 explores the fluidity of gender, sexuality and identity at D.C.'s Studio Theatre - Metheny Theatre.
   
Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Collective Rage: A Play in Five Boops
 
Betty is rich. Betty is lonely. Betty’s a dutiful wife, but Betty’s busy working on her truck. Betty wants to talk about love, and Betty wants Betty, but Betty needs to hit something. And Betty keeps using a hand mirror to stare into parts of herself she’s never examined. Meanwhile, Betty decides to stage a production of that play-within-a-play from…what’s it called? Summer’s Midnight Dream? In Collective Rage, 5 different women named Betty collide at the intersection of anger, sex, and the “thea-tah.” Award-winning playwright Jen Silverman’s absurdist romantic comedy is at once hysterical, inspired, and boldly uncompromising.
   
Come From Away  
Ford's Theatre Society at Ford's Theatre Come From Away
 
“A superb new show! A moving, thoroughly entertaining tribute to the indomitable human spirit.” -Variety Fresh off sold-out runs in Seattle and San Diego, the new musical Come From Away tells the heart-warming true story of how a small Canadian town cared for 6,579 airline passengers stranded there on 9/11. When 38 planes were diverted to its doorstep, the town of Gander doubled in size, playing host to an international community of strangers and offering food, shelter and friendship. Featuring a rousing score of folk and rock, Come From Away honors the better angels of our nature, revealing hope and humanity in a time of darkness. The production marks the Ford’s debut of Tony Award-nominated director Christopher Ashley. See this hit musical prior to its Broadway engagement!
   
Dante's Inferno  
Synetic Theater Dante's Inferno
 
Sometimes words are not needed. One need only watch as a lost traveler navigates a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music and powerful physicality. Famed for their productions that rely solely on physical expression, Synetic has garnered both praise and awards for their extensive Wordless Shakespeare repertoire. See this newest adaptation of Dante's classic Inferno at Synetic Theater.
   
The Diary of Anne Frank  
Olney Theatre Center The Diary of Anne Frank
 
In this powerful adaptation of Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett's The Diary of Anne Frank by Wendy Kesselman, the young title character emerges from history as a living, lyrical, intensely gifted girl who confronts her rapidly changing life and the increasing horror of her time with astonishing honesty, wit and determination. Directed by Derek Goldman (Grounded), this impassioned drama peeks in on Frank, her family and their friends as they hide from the Nazis in Occupied Amsterdam in a concealed storage attic. The work captures the claustrophobic realities of their daily existence. Each day for two dark years, Frank's voice shines through: "When I write I shake off all my cares. But I want to achieve more than that. I want to be useful and bring enjoyment to all people, even those I've never met. I want to go on living even after my death!" Kesselman's adaptation of the original play received raves when published and when first performed on Broadway in 1997, with Natalie Portman as Anne. See it now at the cozy Olney Theatre Center - Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab.
   
Dinner With Friends  
Theater On The Run Dinner With Friends
 
Full of life, warmth, laughs and wisdom, Dinner with Friends examines the lives of two couples and the repercussions of divorce on their friendships. With wit, compassion and consummate skill, playwright Donald Margulies weighs the cost of breaking up and of staying together. Peter's Alley Theatre Productions opens its 5th Season with this Pulitzer Prize winning comedy-drama that is quickly becoming a modern classic.
   
A Dream Within A Dream: Madness  
Torpedo Factory Art Center A Dream Within A Dream: Madness
 
Call it a "nightmare come true," A Dream Within A Dream: Madness is a stunning and surreal theatrical production that invites you into the twisted mind of legendary author and Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Step inside Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center and journey back in time to the year 1849, where you'll find an increasingly disturbed Poe mourning the recent death of his beloved wife Virginia. Teetering on the edge of insanity, the brilliant writer wanders the building, deliriously reciting passages from his most notable works; meanwhile his words come to life all around you, summoning some of his darkest and most unforgettable stories and characters. Full of suspense at every turn, this interactive experience will forever change the way you look at Poe and his eerie tales.
   
Eleanor: Her Secrect Journey  
Compass Rose Theater Eleanor: Her Secrect Journey
 
Eleanor: Her Secret Journey by Rhoda Lerman, is a one-woman show, in which Eleanor Roosevelt recalls the years between 1918 and 1922. During that time she searches for meaning in her life and embarks on a voyage that takes her from self doubt to confidence.. The four years were a character building time for the future First Lady, and the play provides a very personal, intimate portrait of her life following her experiences during and after World War I.
   
The Elephant Man  
The Collaborative Theatre Co. at Fells Point Corner Theatre The Elephant Man
 
The Elephant Man is based on the life of Englishman John Merrick. A horribly deformed young man living in 19th Century London, Merrick becomes the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. After being discovered abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London's prestigious Whitechapel Hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream: to become a man like any other.
   
The Emperor of North America  
Silver Spring Stage The Emperor of North America
 
Travel back in time 160 years ago and meet Joshua Norton of San Francisco, who's just declared himself the first Emperor of North America. Instead of ostracizing him as a madman, his city is charmed and even plays along. In this touching comedy by Thomas Hischak, Norton's story has captivated Leo, a writer. But Leo struggles with competing pressures from his aging father, his girlfriend, his daughter and his agent -- as well as with his own internal conflict -- as he weighs his passion for his work against the draw of commercial success. Get caught up in the real-life historical whimsy of it all when The Emperor of North America opens at Silver Spring Stage.
   
The Gulf  
Signature Theatre The Gulf
 
Dive into a funny and fierce world premiere comedy that transforms theARK Theatre into a steamy southern waterway. Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta. Suddenly, their lazy afternoon turns to chaos when the motor breaks, stranding the two, and their tumultuous relationship, in the Gulf. Director of New Works Joe Calarco (The Flick) helms this provocative contemporary comedy, starring Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo, by the exciting DC playwright Audrey Cefaly (Maytag Virgin).
   
Gypsy  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Gypsy
 
There's a reason why iconic actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have all wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times said it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch Washington County Playhouse's production of this classic along with a full buffet dinner and dessert for the ultimate dinner-theater experience.
   
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.
   
I Call My Brothers  
Forum Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater I Call My Brothers
 
A car has exploded. A city has been crippled by fear. Amor wanders the city, doing his best to blend in. His best to become invisible and not attract any suspicious glances. But what is normal behaviour? And who is a potential perpetrator? Over twenty-four hours, internationally-renowned and award-winning playwright Jonas Hassen Khemiri’s fierce, funny, and explosive play explores where the lines between criminal and victim, and fantasy and reality, blur. Written in response to the Stockholm terrorist attacks of 2010, I Call My Brothers began as a New York Times column Khemiri published just one week after the suicide bombing and is being adapted for this DC production.
   
An Iliad  
Taffety Punk Theatre Company at Capitol Hill Arts Workshop An Iliad
 
The Iliad comes to life in this visceral modern-day retelling. Honoring the great tradition of epic poetry, the urgency of Homer's classic bursts forth from a single narrator — Taffety Punk company member Esther Williamson. Live music composed and performed by Hand Grenade Job, an ethereal punk band devoted to "hymns of undoing". The story of Achilles' rage and Hector's passion lives on as a warning to us all of the perils of war and wrath. Wars end, but is there an end to war?
   
Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical  
Adventure Theatre MTC Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical
 
Trixie and her father bustle through the streets of New York City down the block, across the park, past the school, to the Laundromat. But returning home, Knuffle Bunny is gone, and Trixie can’t tell her father what’s wrong.
   
The Last Schwartz  
Theater J The Last Schwartz
 
Nothing is funnier than family dysfunction. The Schwartz family has been on their last legs since Papa died a year ago. Norma’s husband isn’t speaking to her, Herb and Bonnie are having baby troubles, and Simon wants to be an astronaut. Throw a sexy wanna-be Hollywood starlet into the mix, and you’ve got the recipe for a yahrzeit gone perfectly wrong. Can Judaism hold this family together? Theater J Artistic Director Adam Immerwahr makes his DC directorial debut in this rollicking, absurd, and thoughtful comedy with a whole lot of heart.
   
The Little Foxes  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Little Foxes
 
There are people who eat and there are those who get eaten. First in line to be served is Regina Giddens, clawing her way to wealth with her equally calculating brothers. When their plan to control the local cotton mill is thwarted, they'll turn to ever more devious schemes, even as it further divides their family. Starring Emmy winner Marg Helgenberger (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Lillian Hellman's classic tale of greed, betrayal and all the sordid ties that bind takes sibling rivalry to unimaginable heights and reveals how far a ruthless family can bend the rules before they break each other.
   
Lobby Hero  
1st Stage Theatre Lobby Hero
 
When Jeff, a luckless young security guard, is drawn into a local murder investigation, loyalties are strained to the breaking point. As Jeff's tightly wound supervisor is called to bear witness against his troubled brother, and an attractive rookie cop finds she must stand up to her seasoned partner, truth becomes elusive and justice proves costly.
   
Love's LaBEERS Lost  
LiveArtDC at DC Reynolds Love's LaBEERS Lost
 
In this immersive production of Shakespeare's Love's Labour's Lost, the audience joins the court of Navarre while their "no women allowed" party is in full swing. Drink along as the King and his bros fail miserably at their vow to abstain from women, booze and fun. Watch as the Princess of France and her entourage show up to entice, outwit and out drink the boys.
   
The Marriage of Figaro  
The Kennedy Center The Marriage of Figaro
 
A comic opera wouldn't be complete without the usual hilarity of mistaken identities and unexpected surprises -- and The Marriage of Figaro is no exception. Widely regarded as Mozart's best and funniest work, the opera continues where The Barber of Seville left off, telling the story of a "single day of madness" at the palace of Count Almaviva. In the aftermath of his marriage to Rosina, the count's palace becomes a tangled web of love affairs -- the pageboy Cherubino courts the countess while the count pursues the maidservant Susanna, who is betrothed to the wily Figaro. As the count conspires to steal Susanna, Figaro, his fiancée and the countess maneuver to embarrass and expose the scheming count. Experience one of the craziest days seen on the operatic stage when The Marriage of Figaro heads to The Kennedy Center in Washington D.C. for a performance in Italian with projected English titles.
   
Motherstruck  
Studio Theatre Motherstruck
 
As a teenager in Jamaica, Staceyann Chin lived in fear of an unwanted pregnancy. As a lesbian performance poet in Brooklyn in her ever-later 30s, she craves nothing more than a child...only to face twists of love, biology, and health insurance.
   
Night, Mother  
The Highwood Theatre Night, Mother
 
Marsha Norman's explosive 1983 drama 'Night, Mother was awarded the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and nominated for four Tony Awards, including Best Play. Now presented at The Highwood Theatre in Silver Spring, this two-person play centers around Jessie, a middle-aged, down-on-her-luck woman who moves back in with her mom. As mother and daughter spend a high-stakes evening together, the ensuing debate -- sometimes quiet, sometimes tempestuous -- ultimately gives rise to some of our deepest, most personal questions about how and why we value life. Because, you see, Jessie has decided that life is no longer worth living. And as she calmly prepares for her own death, her mother will try anything she can to stop her.
   
Othello  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company Othello
 
Othello is a monumental and searing tragedy, with a plot driven by the destructive forces of power, pride, revenge, and prejudice. Written in about 1603, Shakespeare's tale follows the rise to prominence and society marriage of Venice's army general, a Moor lauded for his military prowess and service to the city. Desdemona's father disapproves. Tensions mount when Othello's trusted ensign, Iago, is passed over for a promotion and responds with calculated wrath.
   
Rapunzel  
The Puppet Co. Rapunzel
 
Witch Wartsmith wants a baby. After bargaining for little Rapunzel, she must go to great lengths to keep her out of the hands of a handsome prince. The Puppet Co. uses “coloring-book” charm and the simplicity of hand puppets in a production designed to delight its younger audiences.
   
Romeo and Juliet  
Lansburgh Theatre Romeo and Juliet
 
The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate. After helming the highly-lauded productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Man of La Mancha, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare production at STC—what is sure to be a spectacular, contemporary and heart-rending vision.
   
Satchmo at the Waldorf  
Mosaic Theater Company of DC at Atlas Performing Arts Center Satchmo at the Waldorf
 
It’s March 1971 at the Waldorf Astoria, and Louis Armstrong has just played one of the final performances of his extraordinary career. Unwinding backstage, the legendary ‘Satchmo’ recounts the events—and regrets—that led him to a place of stature in danger of being stripped away. Helmed byEleanor Holdridge and starring DC-favorite Craig Wallace, this one-man, three-character powerhouse play with music dives into the complicated relationships between Armstrong, his embattled Jewish manager Joe Glaser, and his fiercest competitor and critic, trumpeter Miles Davis.
   
Sense and Sensibility  
Folger Theatre Sense and Sensibility
 
Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Bedlam Theater's Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 'Director of the Year'), this all-new production of the critically acclaimed play stars Caroline Sefanie Clay, Jacob Fishel, Maggie McDowell, Jamie Smithson, and Erin Weaver.
   
Shear Madness  
The Kennedy Center Shear Madness
 
A comedy whodunit that lets the audience solve the crime! Set in present-day Georgetown, Shear Madness engages locals and visitors alike as armchair detectives to help solve the scissor-stabbing murder of a famed concert pianist who lives above the Shear Madness unisex hairstyling salon. The show combines up-to-the-minute improvisational humor and a mixture of audience sleuthing to deliver a unique performance each night. Running at the Kennedy Center for 25 years, giving more than 11,000 performances, it is the second longest play in the history of American Theater (its sister production in Boston is #1).Shear Madness performances are ongoing. If you don't see your date listed, please contact group sales to hold your preferred date or check back for future performances.
   
Sister Act  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Sister Act
 
A woman hiding in a convent helps her fellow sisters find their voices as she rediscovers her own. Sister Act is the feel-amazing musical comedy based on the smash hit 1992 film that had audiences jumping to their feet! Featuring original music by TONY and 8-time Oscar winner Alan Menken (Newsies, Beauty and the Beast, Little Shop of Horrors), this uplifting musical was nominated for 5 TONY Awards including Best Musical. A sparkling tribute to the universal power of friendship, Sister Act is reason to REJOICE!
   
Urinetown: The Musical  
Source Urinetown: The Musical
 
Urinetown: The Musical is a satirical tale of corruption, love and revolution in a time when water is worth its weight in gold. When a terrible water shortage leads to a government ban on private toilets, a greedy company profits by charging admission for one of humanity's most basic needs ... until a hero decides he's had enough and rises up against the system. The show's tuneful and irreverent score gives a nod to musicals from Broadway to Brecht and Weill, and parodies musicals such as The Cradle Will Rock and Les Misérables. The winner of multiple Tony Awards during its original Broadway run, now you can catch this Constellation Theatre Company production of Urinetown: The Musical on the stage of Source in Washington, D.C.
   
What We're Up Against  
Keegan Theatre What We're Up Against
 
A scathing, ferocious comedy about sexism in the workplace by one of today’s most acclaimed and provocative playwrights. Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST takes an explosive look at the complicated battle of the sexes and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.
   
You Have Made a Story on My Skin  
Mead Theatre Lab at Flashpoint You Have Made a Story on My Skin
 
A sensual, interactive experience which questions, mourns, and appreciates the way we are/were. This multi-disciplinary, audience integrated experience is part theatre, part performance art lecture and part visual instillation. Personal stories are interwoven with poems, songs, dermatological products, biological processes, and ritualistic practices about scarring as we tear apart and sew back together our relationship to scars and the stories we wear upon our skin.