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1776, The Musical  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia 1776, The Musical
 
The groundbreaking event in American history blazes to vivid life in this most unconventional of Broadway hits. 1776 puts a human face on the pages of history as we see the men behind the national icons: proud, frightened, uncertain, irritable, charming, often petty and ultimately noble figures determined to do the right thing for a fledgling nation. It's the summer of 1776, and the nation is ready to declare independence...if only our founding fathers can agree to do it! 1776 follows John Adams of Massachusetts, Benjamin Franklin of Pennsylvania, and Richard Henry Lee and Thomas Jefferson of Virginia as they attempt to convince the members of the second Continental Congress to vote for independence from the shackles of the British monarchy by signing the Declaration of Independence.
   
4000 Miles  
Centerstage 4000 Miles
 
Set 10 years after After the Revolution, 91-year-old grandmother Vera Joseph takes center stage when, after a tragic loss on a cross-country bike trip, her 21-year-old grandson Leo shows up at her apartment. As a one-night stopover turns into an extended stay, these unlikely roommates frustrate, bewilder, and—eventually—connect with each other. In ways funny, raw, and heart-wrenching, grandmother and grandson find the common identity each needs.
   
After the Revolution  
Centerstage After the Revolution
 
Emma Joseph is young, ambitious, talented, and about to put the ideals of her politically leftist, New York family into action. But a long-buried secret about her much-loved blacklisted grandfather threatens her work and throws her principles-and loyalties-into question. As the family, including grandmother Vera, wrestle with their legacy, Emma must chart her own course forward.
   
The Blood Quilt  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater The Blood Quilt
 
Inaugural resident playwright Katori Hall (The Mountaintop) is once again “fearlessly redefining theater” (Washington Post) with this funny and fierce world premiere. Welcome to the Jernigan Gals’ Quilting Corner. Gathering at their childhood island home off the coast of Georgia, four disconnected sisters meet to create a family quilt to honor their recently deceased mother. When their reunion turns into a reading of their mother’s will, everyone must grapple with a troubling inheritance. Stitched with history and ritual, laughter and tears, will their “blood quilt” bind the family together or tear them apart forever?
   
Capitol Steps  
The Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center Capitol Steps
 
The Capitol Steps put the MOCK in Democracy every Friday and Saturday night in Washington, DC at their home at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center (1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW). With their unique blend of musical and political comedy, no person in power is safe as the Capitol Steps skewer everyone whom you voted for!
   
Carousel  
Olney Theatre Center Carousel
 
After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. Featuring some of the form’s best-loved songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “If I Loved You.” Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the “greatest musical of the twentieth century.”
   
Closet Land  
Anacostia Arts Center Closet Land
 
In an unnamed country, at an unknown time, a man claiming to be a government agent relentlessly interrogates a young woman, insisting that her children’s books contain hidden messages against the state. As his methods grow more ruthless, she is forced to decide if resistance is her only weapon…
   
The Elephant Man  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) The Elephant Man
 
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found 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 Fire and the Rain  
Constellation Theatre Company at Source The Fire and the Rain
 
The creative team that brought D.C. audiences The Ramayana brings to life a dynamic family drama drawn from the Indian epic The Mahabharata. Girish Karnad's The Fire and the Rain follows pious Paravasu and his isolated, lonely wife, as well as Paravasu's passionate brother, who dares to pursue a forbidden marriage. In this mystical exploration of humanity, you'll encounter a mask that possesses its owner, a tortured demon-soul on a mission and a supernatural act of compassion. The Fire and the Rain embraces spectacle and spirituality to spark an explosive story of ritual and rebellion. This inspiring work by one of India's most celebrated contemporary playwrights has its North American premiere at The Source. Constellation Theatre Company's Allison Arkell Stockman directs and global-minded percussionist Tom Teasley provides live music throughout the performance.
   
The Fox on the Fairway  
Reston Community Players at CenterStage Theater The Fox on the Fairway
 
When Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) was looking for the setting of his next comedy, he had an epiphany while playing golf. Everything about the game seemed perfect for roasting: the silly outfits, the stuffy country club rules, and the temper tantrums that erupt when a tiny ball doesn't roll into a tiny hole. Ludwig's ensuing effort, The Fox on the Fairway, follows the heads of two competing country clubs as they engage in a huge personal wager prior to an upcoming tournament. Marx Brothers-esque madcappery quickly ensues, replete with rapid-fire dialogue, mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top shenanigans in this fun, fast-paced production on Reston Community Center's CenterStage.
   
Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War  
Ford's Theatre Freedom's Song: Abraham Lincoln and the Civil War
 
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and rich, historic costumes, Freedom’s Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln’s inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies) returns to direct this lively historical opus.
   
Ghosts  
Everyman Theatre Ghosts
 
One of the greatest stories in modern drama. Mrs. Alving has kept the sins of her late husband a secret for her entire life. But soon the ghosts of the past catch up to her when her only son arrives back home with a deadly illness, looking for answers. Trapped within the walls of Victorian society, this gripping and haunting tale tells the story of a woman trying to break through the lies and deceit from her past to save her estranged son.
   
Greater Tuna  
Compass Rose Studio Theater Greater Tuna
 
A howlingly funny play about the folks of the fictitious town of Tuna, Texas. Two actors play twenty different colorful characters of the town. An irreverent satire on politics and family in middle America.
   
Jack and the Beanstalk  
The Puppet Co. Jack and the Beanstalk
 
Fe-fi-fo-fum. A timely version of the classic children’s tale about the young lad that doesn’t know beans about trading, but still manages to climb his way to the top. Jack finds that happiness lies in helping others rather than mere personal gain. Told with rod puppets and some surprising twists, Jack has long been a favorite of our audiences.
   
The Language Archive  
Silver Spring Stage The Language Archive
 
Love gets lost in translation in The Language Archive, an inventive comedy about communication, relationships and Esperanto written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Julia Cho (Big Love, The Piano Teacher). In it, a brilliant linguist consumed with preserving the dying languages of far-flung cultures faces the potential end of his marriage -- unless he can find the words to stop his wife from leaving. Meanwhile, his archival assistant is mute with adoration for him, and his newest subjects, an elderly couple who are the last speakers of an obscure language, refuse to utter a single word to one another.
   
Lettice and Lovage  
Quotidian Theatre Company at Writer's Center Lettice and Lovage
 
Lettice Douffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schoen fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie in London and on Broadway.
   
Man of La Mancha  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall Man of La Mancha
 
Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Musical, Man of La Mancha retells the timeless tale of Miguel Cervantes' Don Quixote as a play within a play. Cervantes re-enacts his story of the mad knight, a dying old man who lives in a world of his imagination as he awaits his hearing in the Spanish Inquisition. The show features a treasure trove of some of the greatest songs to come out of Broadway, including "Dulcinea," "I'm Only Thinking of Him," "I Really Like Him" and the anthemic "The Impossible Dream."
   

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