George Bernard Shaw's magnum opus, Back to Methuselah is a comedic look at the history of humanity, from the Garden of Eden to 30,000 years into the future. One of the first works of science fiction ever put on stage, this monumental cycle of plays is rarely performed due to its size. In anticipation of the Washington Stage Guild's 30th anniversary, the company is mounting a multi-year cycle of each of the plays. This first production stages two chapters, In the Beginning, which takes place in the Garden, where Adam and Eve lament their immortality, and The Gospel of the Brothers Barnabas, a present day tale in which two brothers discuss the need to increase the human lifespan if civilizations are to function. Sparkling with Shaw's trademark wit and satirical touch, this fantastical examination of humanity's failings is as vital as ever.
You may know Beaches best as a classic big-screen tear-jerker, or you may know it as the bestselling novel upon which the movie was based. Either way, there's exciting news about this tale of two extraordinary women and their long friendship: It's now a live musical co-written by the novel's author, Iris Rainer Dart. Catch the world premiere at Signature Theatre and relive the laughter, adventure and sorrow of outlandish Cee Cee and beautiful, privileged Bertie. Despite their differences, they become childhood friends, and embark on a tumultuous 30-year journey in which they go from pen-pals to roommates to romantic rivals to emotional supporters during life's most meaningful moments.
Two sisters, Hamiere and Boomer, creep silently towards their sleeping father, one armed with a bat the other with a frying pan. At the sound of a bell we are swept into a highpressured speeddating scenario. Ding or Bye Bye Dad centers on the father/daughter relationship and what happens when that relationship is ill-formed. In the end, Hamiere and Boomer edge silently towards their father's deathbed, kitchen utensils in hand, ready to kill their monster.
Both hilarious and heartbreaking, The Dresser is a backstage tale of life upon the wicked stage and the power that theatre has to life the human spirit in times of great strife. As Britain is under attack from German aircraft, a group of traveling, ragtag Shakespearean players tours the English countryside performing the Bard's tragic masterpiece - King Lear. Sir is the last of the great actors of a generation that has since passed. As he prepares to play his 227th performance as Lear, he suddenly realizes he cannot recall his first line. It is only his dedicated and loyal dresser, Norman, who would do anything to help lift his master, that can bring the once-great actor to the stage for a final curtain call.
Fall in love with the magic and soul of Ella Fitzgerald all over again with this musical celebration of one of the most beloved jazz vocalists of all time. Ella, her cousin and traveling companion Georgiana, and her manager Norman Granz tell the story of her life both backstage and onstage, from her humble beginnings to worldwide superstardom. Featuring some of Fitzgerald's most famous hits including "They Can't Take That Away From Me," "How High the Moon" and "That Old Black Magic," this thrilling new musical weaves myth, memory and music to tell a poignant, yet ultimately uplifting, story. This production is conceived, directed and choreographed by the great Maurice Hines.
Anthony turns up in Caroline's bedroom one night bearing waffle fries, a beat-up book, and a homework assignment they're supposed to do together: explore Walt Whitman's poem "Song of Myself". Chronically sick, Caroline hasn't been to school in a while... and can't ever remember meeting some kid named Anthony, which dials up both her suspicions and her "snark-o-meter." But as the two get to know each other through Whitman's powerful verse, they finally learn of the deeper mystery which brought them together. I AND YOU is a valentine to youth, love, and the strange beauty of human connectedness.
Oscar Wilde's most perfect of plays is a comedy of class, courtship, and avoiding burdensome social conventions. Director of many STC hits, Keith Baxter (An Ideal Husband, Mrs. Warren's Profession, The Imaginary Invalid) returns to direct this trivial farce for serious people.
Tony-Award winning musical and regional premiere! Lovingly ripped off from the classic film comedy Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this outrageous, uproarious and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and his quest for the Holy Grail will have you in stitches. Hailed as a "no-holds-barred smash hit" - you'd be foolish to miss it!
The play, by one of the leading lights of England's "In Yer Face" movement, is a controversial, unflinching and morbidly funny look into the mind of Peter Kurten, the notorious Dusseldorf Ripper, on trial for multiple macabre murders. Kurten's story was the basis for the Fritz Lang movie "M," and the play itself was adapted into the 2009 film "Angels Gone," released in the Czech Republic.
Based on Virginia Woolf's masterpiece, Sarah Ruhl's Orlando is a compelling look at love, gender and how relationships affect our lives. Ruhl brings her trademark blend of feminism and fantasy to Woolf's gender-bending tale that follows the young nobleman Orlando, who decides never to grow old. He falls asleep one day and wakes to find himself a woman. Orlando's swashbuckling adventure spans 300 years during which time Orlando ages only 36 years before landing in the 20th century where, she must come to terms with not only her past, but a present that challenges her.
Co-produced with NextStop Theatre Company, this new adaptation for young audiences follows a marionette's wild adventures in becoming a real boy. Five actors bring Carlo Collodi's classic tale to life is a flurry of masks, music and merriment! Orginally penned as a serial in 1881, "Le avventure di Pinocchio" (The Adventures of Pinocchio) was the birth of a rascally wooden character who would grow to be a time-honored favorite. Written in the tradition of the wily servants of Commedia dell'Arte, our hero is always getting himself in and out of scrapes, running into colorful characters, and trying his best even at his worst. This production will marry Commedia's bold theatricality to this fantastical story of foxes, fairies, high-strung puppet-masters and underwater beasts. Wooden you like to join us??
In the wake of a violent tragedy at a local community college, a single mother attempts to reconnect with her withdrawn son. But strange forces keep interfering: the new family dog has three heads, an angry mob has gathered outside, and a chilling figure has occupied the refrigerator...
"This is a story that's old as old, of how a girl turned straw into gold." When a poor miller brags that his daughter has a talent for spinning straw into gold, a greedy and zany King commands her to make gold for his coffers. Unable to perform this feat, the miller's daughter enlists the help of a rotten riddling fairy named Rumpelstiltskin...but his price for helping is high. Will she be able to solve Rumpelstiltskin's mystery in time to save her family?
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery.
This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
"Sleeping Beauty" combines romance and adventure in a tale of fairies, frogs, kings and queens, and of course, a sleeping princess and the prince destined to find her. Told with rod puppets and wonderful special effects.
Billy was born deaf into a garrulous academic family who raised him to lip read and integrate into the hearing world. When he meets Sylvia-who's going deaf herself-Billy decides it's time to speak on his own terms, sending shock waves through the family. Playing out in sign language, argument, music, and mesmerizing silence, this sophisticated drama examines family, belonging, and the limitations of language. A moving and surprising play from a rising star of the British theatre, presented in cooperation with Gallaudet University Theatre Department.