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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.
   
Blithe Spirit  
Everyman Theatre Blithe Spirit
 
Filled with the sparkling wit and the undeniable charm of Noel Coward, Blithe Spirit is a clever comedy gem from well beyond the grave! As inspiration for his new novel, Charles Condomine invites the wonderfully eccentric medium Madame Arcati to perform a seance in his house. When things go terribly awry, Charles suddenly finds himself caught in an improbable love triangle between his naive living wife and his decidedly "spirited" former wife.
   
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?
   
Cabaret  
Signature Theatre Cabaret
 
Step out of the modern world and back in time to the divinely decadent Kit Kat Klub of prewar Germany, where the music is tantalizing and the drinks are plentiful. Within the club, lives intertwine as a cabaret singer, an expat American writer and other misfits and outcasts of Weimar-era Berlin come together to escape a changing society where their kind is less than welcome and dark forces threaten to end the party forever. Led by the enigmatic Emcee and charismatic singer Sally Bowles, the colorful characters of this Kander and Ebb masterpiece are eager to entertain you with beloved musical numbers, including "Don't Tell Mama," "Willkommen" and "Cabaret."
   
The Call  
Theater J at Atlas Performing Arts Center The Call
 
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa. But as reality sinks in and reactions from African-American friends take hold, it sparks an uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Acutely funny and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
   
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!
   
Cinderella  
The Puppet Co. Cinderella
 
The elegance of 17th-century France, combining elaborate costumes of the Comedie Francais and Offenbach's "Gaiety Parisian" to adorn the tale of the cinder girl who captures the heart of the handsome prince. The production was acclaimed at the 1997 National Puppet Festival, and performed by invitation at the Center for Puppetry Arts, in Atlanta.
   
Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea  
Theater Alliance at Anacostia Playhouse Dontrell, Who Kissed the Sea
 
This is Dontrell. Young, smart, talented, motivated. He has his whole life ahead of him, but there’s one small catch. Dontrell is on a quest to swim out into the Atlantic to discover his family’s past before he can move forward and begin the next phase of his life. With the help of Erika, a young lifeguard, Dontrell will begin his journey.
   
Dry Bones Rising  
Venus Theatre Play Shack Dry Bones Rising
 
In the wake of the world-shattering catastrophe, two children from very different sides of the Wall emerge from the rubble, alone except for each other. With nothing familiar left, they AGREE on only one point: they gotta find help. But he wants to embark on a journey to a safer place, and she wants to stay, calling upon an ancient POWER to kiss a protective golem to life. When creating a Mud Man doesn't turn out the way she'd hoped, will the two human survivors be able to make a new world together, or will they reap the dire consequences of playing pretend God?
   
happiness (and other reasons to die)  
The Welders at Atlas Performing Arts Center happiness (and other reasons to die)
 
Ella wrecks a perfectly good suicide pact by jumping the gun, leaving her three pact-mates to deal with a lifetime of hoarded belongings, Bob Dylan memorabilia, and an immortal dog. An unlikely comedy about living, dying, and trying to find really good reasons for both.
   
Jarry Inside Out  
Spooky Action Theater Jarry Inside Out
 
19th century French writer Alfred Jarry became known as a pioneer in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy. His monstrous anti-hero character Père Ubu launched the modern era of Dada, Surrealism and Theater of the Absurd. With Jarry Inside Out, you can get a glimpse inside the life of this quizzical literary figure. Catherine Tripp directs the D.C. staging of this production, which is freely adapted from Jarry's life and works. Mixing biography with the unbridled inner-imagination of Spooky Action Theater artistic director Richard Henrich, Jarry Inside Out shines a light on the outré artist's legacy and chronicles his rabble-rousing, convention-shattering journey.
   
Jumpers for Goalposts  
The Studio Theatre Jumpers for Goalposts
 
Hope springs eternal in the postgame locker room of Barely Athletic, the aptly named amateur soccer team competing in a five-a-side pub league in the tiny Yorkshire town of Hull. The fishing town has seen better days -- as have Barely Athletic's players, a ragtag group of gay and lesbian footballers (along with the "token straight guy," Joe) who nurse their wounds after matches, sharing funny anecdotes and personal stories along the way. A hilarious and heartbreaking play about romance, resilience, taking chances and moving on by rising U.K. playwright Tom Wells (winner of Britain's 2012 George Devine Award for Most Promising Playwright), Jumpers for Goalposts now makes the leap across the pond for its U.S. premiere at D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
   
The Letters  
MetroStage The Letters
 
The Letters by John W. Lowell, and directed by John Vreeke, takes place in an office in 1930’s Soviet Union. The Director calls Anna, a bureaucratic functionary, into his office, and a tense verbal and psychological cat and mouse game ensues. It represents a vivid slice of paranoid life under Stalin and the effort to edit/suppress/censor the writings of prominent artists. Based on the real life Soviet efforts to edit the sexually frank letters of Tchaikovsky. An intense psychological drama: still timely, still universal, perfect for our intimate theatre setting. Featuring two of MetroStage’s favorite actors: Susan Lynskey seen at MetroStage in The Girl in the Goldfish Bowl and Ghost-Writer (Helen Hayes nomination), and Michael Russotto seen here in Rough Crossing and Lonely Planet.
   
A Man for All Seasons  
Industrial Strength Theatre A Man for All Seasons
 
British playwright Robert Bolt's A Man for All Seasons was a critical and commercial hit on the Broadway stage in the 1960s, eventually spawning an Oscar-winning feature film that's considered a classic of the silver screen. The story centers around the true story of Sir Thomas More, the 16th-century Lord Chancellor of England, who refused to sign a letter asking Pope Clement VII to annul King Henry VIII's marriage to Catherine of Aragon, and who later resigned rather than take an Oath of Supremacy declaring Henry VIII the Supreme Head of the Church of England. Bolt's brilliant drama about conscience and belief portrays More as a tragic hero, motivated by his devout Roman Catholic faith and envied by his rivals, deeply loved by his family and respected by the common people.
   
Marley  
Centerstage Marley
 
From Center Stage Artistic Director Kwame Kwei-Armah, comes a world premiere musical based on the life and music of Bob Marley. After surviving an assassination attempt in 1976, Marley left Jamaica for London, where he spent nearly two years in self-imposed exile. Chronicling the events surrounding this earth-shaking moment, Marley tells the story of a man transformed into one of the 20th Century's most important cultural figures. Set in the soundscape of an era, this new musical weaves together the life and music of a man who, to heal himself, first healed his homeland.
   
Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament  
Medieval Times - Baltimore Castle Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament
 
Medieval Times is an exciting, family-friendly dinner attraction inspired by an 11th century feast and tournament. Guests are served a four-course banquet and cheer for one of six knights as they compete in the joust and other tests of skill. At Medieval Times expect lots of jousting, swordsmanship, thrilling hand-to-hand combat, and displays of extraordinary horsemanship as part of an exciting story set in Medieval Spain.
   
Murder Ballad  
The Studio Theatre Murder Ballad
 
Sara’s life is perfect—Upper West Side husband, daughter, and life. But her irresistible past blows back into her life in the form of an old flame, a dangerous passion, and a love triangle headed for ignition. Staged cabaret-style in Stage 4, this sexy twist on an old form puts the audience in the middle of its action. An explosive rock musical from Jonathan Larson award winner Julia Jordan and indie rock singer/songwriter Juliana Nash (Talking to Animals).
   

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