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All The Way  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater All The Way
 
It's not personal, it's politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy's assassination and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it will take more than politicking to hold America together-it will take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, MLK, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this "beautifully built dramatic piece" (Variety) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
   
Black Pearl Sings!  
MetroStage Black Pearl Sings!
 
Set in Depression-era Texas, Black Pearl Sings! follows Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" searching for lost African-American folk music. Her journey leads to Pearl, a prisoner with a soulful voice, steely spirit and an incredible history. Susannah wants the song that will put her in the spotlight, while Pearl wants a chance for freedom. As the two trace the roots of beloved American songs, the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future. It's a powerful and moving story about a woman of color's struggle in a white man's world. Inspired by the musical partnership of folklorist John Lomax and legendary folk singer-guitarist Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Black Pearl Sings! will fill Alexandria's Metrostage with the soul-stirring sounds of over 20 American folk and spiritual songs.
   
The Body of an American  
Theater J The Body of an American
 
In the wake of the disastrous Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993, war reporter Paul Watson photographed a mob of Somalis dragging a dead American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. The picture, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, soon led to the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country. This engrossing and provocative play tells the true story of the friendship between Watson and playwright Dan O'Brien, which played out over the course of a lengthy email correspondence as Watson's reporting took him from Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic. In The Body of an American at Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C., two men on opposite sides of the globe explore issues of war, friendship, mental health and the ethical consequences of personal actions.
   
C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert  
Fellowship for Performing Arts at Lansburgh Theatre C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert
 
Max McLean has adapted, starred in and directed several theatrical productions of C.S. Lewis' most popular works, including The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Here, for the first time, he plays Lewis himself in the original debut solo production of C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Pipe in hand, McLean completely inhabits Lewis as he guides the audience from the death of his mother to his estranged relationship with his father and on through the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Brimming with wit and insight, C.S. Lewis Onstage brings to life one of the past century's most engaging personalities onstage at D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
   
Chronicle of a Death Foretold  
GALA Hispanic Theatre Chronicle of a Death Foretold
 
After marrying against her will, Angela is returned to her mother when the angry new husband discovers she is not a virgin. Forced to name the man who deflowered her, Angela’s brothers undertake a murderous mission of revenge. A tightly woven tale of a small town in Colombia where false accusations, a conspiracy of silence, and antiquated moral codes lead to tragedy.
   
Cosi Fan Tutte Goes Hollywood  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Cosi Fan Tutte Goes Hollywood
 
Two sisters from Sandusky, Ohio, come to Hollywood seeking movie stardom with their fiances, a vaudeville duo. Madcap hijinks ensue when a producer and a scheming starlet trap the boys into a bet testing their sweethearts' fidelity.
   
Death of a Salesman  
Everyman Theatre Death of a Salesman
 
Winner of the Tony Award and Pulitzer Prize, Arthur Miller's profound and powerful tragedy of an American dreamer is a dramatic masterpiece. Willy Loman is the ultimate everyman. His life of hard work has not translated into the wealth and respect he dreamt of. As retirement draws near, his eldest son refuses to follow the path Willy has planned for him. Buried secrets from the past come to light and Willy's pursuit of the American dream begins to fade. Since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of American theatre and continues to strike a chord with audiences around the world.
   
Detroit '67  
Centerstage Detroit '67
 
After the death of their parents, siblings Chelle and Lank (named for poet Langston Hughes) make ends meet by hosting late-night parties in the basement of their childhood home. In 1967 Detroit the latest sounds of Motown echo from the record player, but the risk of their unofficial nightclub is high, given the intensifying police presence in the all black neighborhood. The danger increases when Lank rescues a battered white woman, and relationships between black and white, brother and sister, friend and stranger begin to shift. The music and politics of the Motown era sizzle in the background of this sharp-eyed drama that explores one family's survival.
   
Dial 'M' for Murder  
Olney Theatre Center Dial 'M' for Murder
 
Alfred Hitchcock based his much-loved thriller on Knott’s deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard (Olney Theatre stage veteran Alan Wade) – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment.
   
Disgraced  
Arena Stage at the Mead Center for American Theater Disgraced
 
From Ayad Akhtar comes the "breathtaking, raw and blistering" (AP), Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of south Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream - complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as "terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity" (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs will leave you breathless.
   
The Electric Baby  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Electric Baby
 
Steeped in folklore, magic and myth, this modern drama finds a group of fractured souls coming together after the tragic death of a young man in a car accident to look after a magical, glowing baby. The multiaward-winning Rorschach Theatre Company produces Stefanie Zadravec's thoughtful, moving show of sad endings and strange beginnings at Atlas Performing Arts Center. As the New Jersey Star Ledger says, this "rich, lyrical play is far from a dirge. Inflected with humor and folklore, it expounds on the stories, memories and relationships that become a refuge when staying up nights with a sick baby or lying in a hospital bed."
   
110 in the Shade  
Ford's Theatre 110 in the Shade
 
In the sweltering 1950s Southwest, headstrong and eternally single Lizzie Curry dreams of a life beyond her small town. When a charming stranger named Starbuck swaggers into town, he brings the promise to end the region's drought and awakens Lizzie to the promise she holds within. Ford's Theatre presents this classic American musical about cowboys, confidence and courtship, based on The Rainmaker and featuring a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks. Local favorite Tracy Lynn Olivera stars as Lizzie.
   
Emperor's Nightingale  
Adventure Theatre MTC Emperor's Nightingale
 
The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King.
   
The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord  
Undercroft Theatre The Gospel According To Thomas Jefferson, Charles Dickens and Count Leo Tolstoy: Discord
 
Three of the world's greatest writers, Jefferson, Dickens, and Tolstoy all edited or adapted The Bible to suit their own views, and they just might have to pay for that! The dialogue and the ideas soar, as you might expect from these three, in this sizzlingly clever comedy.
   
Journey to the West  
Source Journey to the West
 
Enter the ancient, mystical dreamscape of Journey to the West, an epic stage adaptation of the Chinese legend of a Buddhist monk who must travel from China to India in search of sacred scriptures. The intrepid hero Tripitaka is joined on his quest by a rambunctious monkey, an insatiable pig and a fearsome river monster, brought to life through Constellation Theatre's dynamic interplay of movement, live music and passionate acting. Full of grand spectacle, thrilling action sequences and even vaudeville comedy, Journey to the West brings epic adventure to DC's Source black box.
   
A Lesson from Aloes  
Writer's Center A Lesson from Aloes
 
Set in 1963 in a white district of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, this moving play provides a compelling portrait of a police state. A liberal Afrikaner involved in anti-apartheid activity, his wife recovering from a nervous brealdown, and their Black friend just released from prison, must all considerer the few alternatives that society offers them.
   
Looking for Roberto Clemente  
Imagination Stage Looking for Roberto Clemente
 
Sam and Charlie are best friends and baseball fanatics in Pittsburgh, PA, in the year 1972. Puerto Rican superstar Roberto Clemente is the hero of the Pittsburgh Pirates, having led the team to victory after years of losing. When a mysterious fly ball transforms Sam into a Little League Superstar pitcher, he is invited onto the most prestigious Little League team in town, while Charlie is rejected for being a girl. Charlie forms her own team with the less athletic kids and her new friend Tommy, a boy with a disability. Sam and Charlie ultimately discover what it truly means to be a “hero” when their final game coincides with Clemente’s fateful decision to deliver supplies to earthquake victims in Nicaragua.
   

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