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17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater - ECUADOR "Loca la Juana/That crazy Joan"  
Gunston Arts Center 17th International Festival of Hispanic Theater - ECUADOR
 
~~It was always thought - and still is - that there is no greater madness than to talk to oneself. In theater, this madness is called a "monologue." Today we have before us history’s three best-known and/or most famous Joans: Joan of Arc, Joanna the Mad of Castile and Pope Joan. These three important historical figures will be portrayed in a serious and praiseworthy piece of work by our own present-day Joan - "Star Joan" (Juana Estrella) – who with her immense and wild sense of humor will demonstrate for us in true comedic fashion that she’s not Joanna the Mad, but "THAT CRAZY JOAN."
   
The 3 Billy Goats Gruff  
The Puppet Co. The 3 Billy Goats Gruff
 
“The 3 Billy Goats Gruff” is a marionette romp in which three brothers get the goat of a hen-pecked troll, in their attempts to trip-trap-tromp to where the grass is greener. Three variety numbers precede the performance, demonstrating the making of a simple hand puppet, and manipulation of rod puppets and marionettes, as an introduction to the Art of Puppetry.
   
ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps)  
Constellation Theatre Company at Source ABSOLUTELY! (perhaps)
 
A wildfire of gossip and speculation breaks out when Signor Ponza and his wife move to town and shockingly take up residence in a separate house from his mother-in-law. With no regard for privacy, the community of this Italian village decides they absolutely must get the inside scoop. What these snoops discover sends them spinning - tales of love-induced trips to the madhouse, secret letters delivered by a bucket on a rope and pulley, and a case of mistaken identity that has been maintained for years.
   
Awake and Sing!  
Olney Theatre Center Awake and Sing!
 
Odets’ 1935 play follows the Bergers, a Jewish family from the Bronx trying to make ends meet during the Depression. The family’s matriarch Bessie – one of the most spectacular roles in the American canon – will stop at nothing to keep her family together… even if it means ripping her children’s dreams apart.
   
Carousel  
The Benjamin T. Rome School of Music at Catholic University Drama Complex Carousel
 
The students of Catholic University's Musical Theatre program perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
   
Chocolate Covered Ants  
Restoration Stage at Bowie Playhouse Chocolate Covered Ants
 
Just imagine For Colored Girls told from a male perspective and you begin to sense the ambition and scope of Chocolate Covered Ants, a dramatic exploration of what it means to be a black man today. As he did with "down low" culture in The Truth and the cost of celebrity in All That Glitters, playwright Steven A. Butler Jr. takes an important contemporary issue and strips away the caricatures and stereotypes to reveal the complicated and fiercely beautiful truth underneath. Told from the perspective of researcher Dr. Adrienne Taylor, Chocolate Covered Ants journeys into the mind of the African-American male and uncovers the joys, pains, truths and lies that define -- and unite -- us all. Courtney Baker-Oliver directs this important production from Restoration Stage.
   
Danny Boy  
Unexpected Stage Company at Randolph Road Theatre Danny Boy
 
Playwright Marc Goldsmith explores our world from the vantage point of Danny, a typical, career-oriented New Yorker who just happens to be a little person. Danny must navigate his love life, a career and his family and friends -- all while confronting his own insecurities about measuring up. Unexpected Stage co-founder Christopher Goodrich, who directed the award-winning NYC Fringe production of Danny Boy, reteams with Goldsmith for the D.C.-area premiere of this clever, heartfelt comedy.
   
DC Dead  
Fort Fringe DC Dead
 
Zombies have invaded Washington and it's up to you and your team to find the cure. Gear up with neurotoxin darts, steel yourself and enter a building overrun with the walking dead, picking off the bloodthirsty ghouls at every turn as you navigate the maze in search of humanity's last hope. DC Dead takes the classic haunted house attraction and ups the ante with a fully immersive and interactive experience. You and five of your friends will explore the hidden hallways of Fort Fringe as you scavenge for supplies and dodge the fatal swipes of the infected. Do you have what it takes to survive?
   
Disney on Ice: Frozen  
Patriot Center and Royal Farms Arena (Formerly Baltimore Arena) Disney on Ice: Frozen
 
What better way to experience the wintry world of Disney's Frozen than in a live Disney on Ice show? Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa as you're magically whisked away to the ice kingdom of Arendelle. An uplifting, Oscar-winning tale of true love, Frozen comes to life with graceful skating and amazing special effects. Sing along to beloved songs like "Let It Go," as the hilarious snowman Olaf; Kristoff; his loyal reindeer, Sven; and the mystical trolls set out on an inspiring journey. Also skating into the rink will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus your favorite Disney Princesses and characters from beloved Disney/Pixar films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.

At Patriot Center Oct 22 - Oct 27
At Royal Farms Arena (Formerly Baltimore Arena) Oct 29 - Nov 2
   
Driving Miss Daisy  
Ford's Theatre Driving Miss Daisy
 
Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace return to Ford’s to perform in this beloved classic. When Daisy Werthan causes a car wreck, her son hires hard-working chauffeur Hoke Colburn to look after her. What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship.
   
Elmer Gantry  
Signature Theatre Elmer Gantry
 
Fiery and passionate, with a rich blues, folk and gospel-infused score, Elmer Gantry brings the evangelical charlatan of Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel to life in an adventurous new reimagining. The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Falling for Falconer, Gantry joins the troupe as a preacher and, with a little showmanship and theatrics, transforms the revival into the hottest ticket in town. However, inspired by Falconer's earnestness and his reawakened spirit, Gantry inserts one spectacle too many and risks blowing up the entire operation.
   
Fetch Clay, Make Man  
Round House Theatre - Bethesda Fetch Clay, Make Man
 
In the days before one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history, heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali forms an unlikely friendship with controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. This true story explores the improbable bond that forms between these drastically different, influential cultural icons - one a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful, almost forgotten relic - as they fight to shape their legacies amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Derrick Sanders (The Raisin Cycle at CenterStage) directs Will Power’s absorbing, poetic, and humorous exploration of the true meaning of strength, resilience, and pride. Delivers “a potent and satisfying wallop” – New York Daily News
   
Grounded  
Everyman Theatre Grounded
 
A sold-out hit in London, "Grounded" tells the story of a hot-rod F16 fighter pilot whose unexpected pregnancy ends her career in the skies over the Middle East. She finds herself instead flying remote-controlled drones half a world away while in a comfortable trailer just outside of Vegas. Her 12-hour shift now consists of staring at a grey-screen monitor targeting terrorists by day and playing dutiful wife and mother by night. Soon finding herself struggling to play her new dual roles, this intense and thought-provoking blend of the personal and political is a one-woman tour-de-force-performance.
   
Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen  
Quotidian Theatre Company at Writer's Center Hedda Gabler by Henrik Ibsen
 
The magnetic and mysterious Hedda Gabler, stifled by society's coventions, has captivated audiences since she sprang from Ibsen's imagination in 1890. Her perplexing machinations find the perfect home in Washington, D.C.'s politically-charged Georgetown of 1963 in this new adaptation by Michael Avolio.
   
HOWL  
Washington Improv Theater at DC Arts Center HOWL
 
In HOWL, there’s no telling what dangers will pop out of the dark - none of the performers on stage have a script. Every weekend in October, WIT presents a thrilling set of improv from our company ensembles and guest troupes. Acts include: Die! Die! Die! - In WIT’s long-running horror franchise anyone could be the killer. Who will survive? Commonwealth Presents: The Scarold - WIT's company ensemble delivers a show based on your true life horror stories. Ugh Presents: Witch, Please! - The gentlemen of Ugh don their oh-so-chic witch hats and brew up mischief.
   
I Love Lucy: Live on Stage  
Broadway Across America - Baltimore at France-Merrick Performing Arts Center- Hippodrome I Love Lucy: Live on Stage
 
Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are up to their hilarious antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she's the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role).
   
The Island of Dr. Moreau  
Synetic Theater The Island of Dr. Moreau
 
Stack up all the mad scientists who have ever conducted abominable experiments in a secret laboratory -- from Victor Frankenstein up through Dr. Evil -- and all of them together are not half as brilliant, deranged and flat-out horrifying as Dr. Moreau. More terrifying than any of H.G. Well's other creations (and that's counting the aliens of The War of the Worlds and the Invisible Man), Dr. Moreau and his private zoo/nursery of half-man, half-animal "children" have thrilled and repulsed audiences since first appearing in print in 1896. Now Synetic artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili will direct and appear in a fresh adaptation of Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. Set to original music and charged with riveting dialogue, this highly physical tale creates a horrifying world you will long remember.
   

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