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Join your favorite Disney characters at Verizon Center as Disney on Ice transports you to Worlds of Fantasy. This action-packed ice show brings four magical Disney stories to the rink. From Disney's Cars, you'll see racing hero Lightning McQueen and his tow-truck pal, Mater; from The Little Mermaid, Ariel and her under-the-sea friends; from Toy Story, space ranger Buzz Lightyear and his Wild West friends, Woody and Jessie; and from Tinker Bell, Peter Pan's magical pixie and the Disney Fairies. From wheels to waves, Sunnyside Daycare to pixie dust, the Disney magic comes to life in this skating spectacular.
Mistaken identity, misplaced ardor and a fight for true love ensues in David Ives’ adaptation of Piron’s classic 1738 French farce. Add to the chaos some scheming servants, pseudonyms and disguises and there is much to untangle before love-plots are resolved and a happy ending found.
Continuing the successful partnership between Artistic Director Michael Kahn and David Ives, STC presents the third play in Ives’ series of rediscovered French comedy masterpieces, following The Heir Apparent (2011) and The Liar (2010). A world-premiere translation and adaptation, Ives’ presentation of Alexis Piron's The Metromaniacs once again applies his brilliant sense of comedic timing to a lost classic.
In a comedy hailed by The New York Times as “intensely smart and immensely funny,” playwright Gina Gionfriddo (Becky Shaw) takes a sharp, unflinching look at 21st century gender politics. After grad school, Catherine built a career as a rock-star academic while Gwen built a home with a husband and children. Decades later, unfulfilled in opposite ways, each woman covets the other’s life, and a dangerous game begins as each tries to claim the other’s territory. With searing insight and trademark wit, this 2013 Pulitzer Prize finalist, directed by Shirley Serotsky (Associate Artistic Director of Theater J), looks at family, career, romance, middle-aged meltdowns, and the decisions that define a life.
The kinky best-seller Fifty Shades of Grey has titillated readers across the country and become a pop culture phenomenon. The next logical step is, of course, a musical parody. 50 Shades! The Musical Parody is a hilarious send-up of the book, featuring dance numbers, songs and a live band ready to bring the steamy scenes to life. A hit in its previous run at the Warner Theatre, 50 Shades! is a gleefully bawdy roller-coaster ride through the book, featuring original songs like "They Get Nasty" and "There's a Hole Inside of Me." You won't want to miss this laugh-out-loud night of music, comedy and sexual shenanigans when it returns to D.C.
It's high-jinks on the high seas when Cole Porter's hilarious, toe-tapping musical comedy Anything Goes sails in to Warner Theatre. Packed with memorable tunes, Anything Goes got a Tony-winning Broadway revival in 2011. The timeless tale of boy-meets-girl -- and the roller coaster ride that follows -- showcases Porter's signature wit and masterful composition with songs like "I Get a Kick Out of You" and "You're the Top." The show centers on Billy Crocker, who's hopelessly in love with a wealthy heiress. When he sees her boarding a boat to London, he throws caution to the wind and becomes a stowaway. Mayhem ensues when his fellow passengers, including sexy evangelist-turned-nightclub-singer Reno Sweeney and second-rate gangster Moonface Martin decide to help Billy win his true love.
It's a battle royale of the family kind -- the Jewish family kind. The night after their Holocaust survivor grandfather's funeral, three cousins battle it out over an heirloom -- a necklace of a chai, the Hebrew word and symbol for life -- that saw Poppy through a concentration camp and into his new life in America. In one corner is Daphna: volatile, self-assured, unbending. In the other, Liam: secular, entitled and just as stubborn (toting a goyishe girlfriend to boot). And in the middle, Liam's brother Jonah, who tries futilely to stay out of the fray. This savage comedy about identity, family and legacy was the hottest show in New York City last year. Jewish or not, you're sure to see your own family in the midst of all the comic mayhem.
The legacy of the blues comes alive through the story of Bessie Smith, "Empress of the Blues," in this 20th anniversary production of the six-time Helen Hayes Award-winning Bessie's Blues. Reprising the role she originated, Helen Hayes winner Bernardine Mitchell returns as Bessie Smith, with writer Thomas W. Jones II also directing and choreographing the production. Winner of a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and a member of the Blues, Jazz, and Rock and Roll Halls of Fame, Bessie Smith is one of the most influential musicians of the twentieth century. With songs like "Nobody Knows You When You're Down and Out," "The St. Louis Blues" "Careless Love Blues" and many more, Smith helped define the blues in the '20s and '30s. Now this iconic figure once again comes to life as this acclaimed show returns.
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."
Tarell Alvin McCraney's latest acclaimed play tracks the coming-of-age of a group of talented young African-American prep-school singers whose choral prowess is woven seamlessly into the story. Pharus, the undisputed superstar of the choir, is searching for the courage to let his true self shine through, in this work by MacArthur Fellowship winner McCraney (The Brother/Sister Plays), who's been called "without question, the hottest young playwright in America" (Chicago Tribune). After moving audiences with its stirring spirituals in New York and L.A., Choir Boy soars into D.C.
Newlyweds Ruth and Brad's seemingly happy new life together is disrupted by the arrival of a mysterious stranger from the bride's past. With the help of Ruth's sister, the strained couple endeavor to find a way to save their marriage and each other before it's too late. Conversations I've Never Had was penned by Catholic University of America student Kathleen Burke, an MFA Playwriting Candidate, and is directed by Mary Resing. The production is staged as part of CUAdrama's MFA Playwriting Repertory.
The volatile mix of racial tensions, inequality and crime come to a head in this evening of timely one-act dramas from The American Century Theater. David Mamet conceived the story of Cops, which was brought to life by acclaimed playwright Terry Curtis Fox, and is one of the most intense shows TACT has produced. Cops is an intense, real-time portrayal of a bloody hostage showdown between police and a fugitive in a gritty diner. Then, Pulitzer Prize winner William Saroyan's Hello Out There brings you the story of a down-on-his-luck gambler and an unhappy cook who meet and fall in love at the jail where he is locked up. In the hands of one of America's finest writers, the unlikely romance manages to be both hopeful and tragic. In the role of the Young Man, James Orleans Brown nabbed TACT's first Helen Hayes nomination.
Dame Edna is one of the greatest stars of the last 50 years - the "housewife superstar" has played the West End and Broadway on numerous occasions, performing to packed theaters, including the Royal Albert Hall at the "Last Night of the Poms." She has made countless appearances for the Royal Family; has many television credits including the legendary UK special A Night on Mt. Edna, as well as her own innovative chat show The Dame Edna Experience; and has played to sold-out audiences around the world. In this show, surrounded by spectacular sets and dancers, Dame Edna promises to "empower" audiences as she meditates on the big issues of loss, gender, climate change, gay marriage, and ethnicity.
In this Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning drama set in the Bronx in 1964, Sister Aloysius, the principal of a Catholic school in the borough, takes matters into her own hands when she suspects that young newcomer Father Flynn has sexually abused the school's only black student. As she wrestles with her doubts, she questions an idealistic young nun and the mother of the alleged victim, perhaps changing them forever. The 2008 film adaptation, starring Meryl Streep, Amy Adams, Viola Davis and Philip Seymour Hoffman, earned Oscar nominations for all four actors.
Celebrate the intersection of theater and poetry with acclaimed British poet Simon Armitage and playwright Peter Oswald as they mount this live (and lively) reading at Folger Theatre. Simon Armitage is the author of numerous collections of poetry including Seeing Stars and The Shout: Selected Poems, which was shortlisted for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Peter Oswald is a poet, playwright and actor whose celebrated translation of Friedrich Schiller's Mary Stuart transferred to Broadway in 2009 for an award-winning run. Join Folger Theatre for an unforgettable exploration of the shared power of language -- how it is read, performed and experienced.
The National Theatre of Scotland returns to the Shakespeare Theatre Company with David Greig's Dunsinane. Written by a Scot and set after Malcolm defeats Macbeth in the Battle of Dunsinane, the play examines the struggle of an invader to grasp local customs and politics while trying to restore order. While the commanding officer Siward tries to install a new ruler, the English army is beset by a brutal guerrilla uprising and growing discontent amongst the troops. Greig's work provides an analogy to the nation-building attempts in Afghanistan and Iraq, giving dramatic perspective to contemporary events.
Flyin' West is Atlanta playwright Pearl Cleage's critically praised true story of four female former slaves who travel from the South to the West after the Civil War in search of a better life. This incredible, lesser-known slice of American history, presented by Bowie Community Theatre at the Bowie Playhouse, examines this small group of black women who settled the first all-black town of Nicodemus, Kansas in the late 1800s. Overcoming tremendous odds, they brave the untamed frontier, brutal winters and other challenges to build this town that's a historic national landmark today.
A serial killer, the mother of one of his victims and the killer's psychologist are drawn together in Bryony Lavery's critically acclaimed Broadway drama Frozen. Known for her psychologically and spiritually probing work, Lavery (Illyria) plumbs the depths of the human spirit for a "big, brave, compassionate play about grief, revenge, forgiveness and bearing the unbearable" (The Guardian). Nominated for a Tony Award for Best Play during its initial Broadway run, Frozen tells three parallel stories that slowly become intertwined on a dark journey that somehow manages to reveal a glimmer of hope.
In this beloved Broadway favorite, Grammy and Oscar-winning composer Stephen Schwartz (Wicked, Pippin, Children of Eden) adapts the Gospel of Matthew and adds an eclectic pop-rock score to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples through a series of charming and hilarious vignettes. A timeless tale of love, loyalty and the triumph of faith over fear, Godspell has spread joy to countless theatergoers all over the world with a Tony-nominated score that features songs like "Day by Day," "Light of the World," "Learn Your Lessons Well" and "'Prepare Ye the Way."
There have been a lot of cool zombie scenarios in recent years, but Half-Life (a zombie letter for no one) at Mead Theatre Lab may be the first to place the walking dead in a rite-of-passage tale of a car accident survivor transitioning from girlhood to adulthood. Rachel Hynes, a veteran of Washington D.C. experimental theater, devised this darkly comic meditation on loss, which finds zombified protagonist Regina struggling to re-integrate into her community following the crash that killed her. A surreal blend of surrealism and pathos, this two-person physical theater piece will shake you up and get you thinking.
Theater Alliance's third annual Hothouse New Play Reading Series gives you an inside look at the vibrant new works coming from four strong D.C.-based playwrights who are currently collaborating with the theater on upcoming productions. With the help of a cast, a director and a dramaturg, each playwright will have the opportunity to present their new work to an audience for the first time. The Hothouse series kicks off with Bob Bartlett's American Cop, which examines life and personal responsibility through the eyes of a young police officer. Kathleen Akerley's Night Falls on the Blue Planet explores the compassion with which we should treat ourselves and the many worlds around us. Tearrance Chisholm next offers us his disturbing view of what life in Washington, D.C. will be like just a few short years from now in Anacostia Street Lions. And the series culminates with Katherine Clair's Gimme, in which a family finds themselves struggling between what they desperately want and what is possible -- if only someone could give a little help. Come join in the process by hearing this exciting new play, then stick around to engage in a dialogue with the playwright.
When Andy, a Hollywood star whose career is currently booming, accepts the role of Hamlet at New York's Shakespeare in the Park, his agent thinks he's lost his marbles. How else could Andy possibly explain trading in a TV role that guarantees big bucks for a tired turn in a dusty old Shakespeare production? And maybe he is, in fact, losing it ... considering that he now finds himself haunted by the ghost of John Barrymore -- an actor regarded as the greatest Hamlet of his time. Praised by The New York Times for its "unapologetically silly and at times hilarious" tale, playwright Paul Rudnick's I Hate Hamlet was a hit on Broadway, earning a Tony Award nomination and a slew of devoted fans.
A comedy of misunderstanding that transforms into something much deeper, acclaimed British playwright Terrence Rattigan's In Praise of Love explores those times when unkindness is the kindest thing. Based on the real-life relationship between actors Rex Harrison and Kay Kendall, the work dives into a seemingly fractured family whose ties to each other are deeper than any of them realize. Since its debut in London more than 40 years ago, the play has been performed thousands of times, including a Broadway run in which Harrison played the role that was based on him.
Andrew Lloyd Webber's Jesus Christ Superstar changed the face of musical theater when it debuted on Broadway in 1971. A rock 'n' roll retelling of the last seven days in the life of Jesus of Nazareth -- told through the eyes of his betrayer, Judas Iscariot -- Jesus Christ Superstar's chart-topping songs such as "Everything's Alright," "I Don't Know How to Love Him" and the high-octane title song dramatically highlight the struggles of Jesus's final days. See the ground-breaking rock opera that reinvented musical theater when you delve into one of the greatest stories of all time in this production by the Prince William Little Theatre, which will bring Jesus Christ right into the modern day, and will include the resurrection.
Two of theatre's top talents -- legendary composer John Kander (Chicago) and acclaimed playwright Greg Pierce (Slowgirl) -- bring this chilling new musical to the Signature Theatre stage. The highly anticipated show centers around 17-year-old Luke, who returns home after mysteriously vanishing one year previous. Profoundly changed, Luke and his parents struggle to adjust to life following his disappearance. Luke only finds solace with Emily, the quirky proprietor of an offbeat garden shop, as he grapples with a past undone and a coming of age that came too late to a boy who just wants to fade away. Kander and Pierce previously collaborated on the well-reviewed off-Broadway musical The Landing.
The Whyos gang ruled the streets of New York at the end of the 19th century. Named after their war cry -- which sound like a bird calling, "Why-oh!" -- the Whyos were pickpockets and murderers who victimized anyone who got in their way. In the play Last of the Whyos, a gang leader by the name of Eddie Farrell travels in time 100 years to confront his future self. What will he find when he gets there? And just what will the older Farrell think of the young tough?
Grand and uplifting, Les Misérables is a powerful affirmation of the human spirit and one of the most popular musicals of all time and features accompaniment from the Symphony Orchestra of Northern Virginia. This tale of passion and revolution in 19th-century France has won seven Tony Awards on Broadway and was adapted into an Oscar-winning film. You'll be immersed in the tale of ex-convict Jean Valjean's struggle for redemption while trying to outrun determined police inspector Javert, and the innocent love of his adopted daughter Cosette for the revolutionary student Marius. It's a celebration of the struggle for justice and happiness in the face of hardship, carried forward on a gorgeous score, including the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "Do You Hear the People Sing?" and more. The one-night engagement opens with a silent auction fundraiser before a full musical performance of the legendary story.
A one-man terrorist cell wages war ... all because somebody killed his cat. Oscar-nominated writer Martin McDonagh is famous for mixing his dark Irish humor with a Tarantino-esque flair for violence in movies like In Bruges and Seven Psychopaths. But he's at his best in this hilarious stage drama of revenge, cats and blind justice. Mad Padraic, a terrorist too fanatical even for the IRA, is enraged and grief-stricken when Wee Thomas, his beloved kitty, has "taken poorly" back home -- i.e. been found flattened on a local roadside. So Padraic returns to the wind-swept Aran Islands for a night of revenge, bloodshed and (yes) wicked-funny comedy. Matthew R. Wilson directs for Constellation Theatre Company.
Award-winning local writer-director Aaron Posner (Stupid, F**king Bird, The Chosen) debuts his latest, loosely inspired by Chekhov's Uncle Vanya. As in that Russian melancholic masterpiece, no one is satisfied with their lives -- not the gorgeous, desirable woman who considers herself deeply misunderstood, nor the middle-aged man who's all too aware of his own shortcomings. And then there's the not-so-pretty girl whose beauty shines from within. Billed as both poignant and hilarious, Life Sucks (Or the Present Ridiculous) receives its world premiere at Theater J.
With alumni like Pulitzer winners Paula Vogel (How I Learned to Drive) and Jason Miller (The Championship Season), Catholic University of America is one of the nation's top "talent factories" for playwrights and actors. Now, Amanda Zeitler, a candidate in the school's graduate playwriting program, presents a stirring new stage work: The Mage Knights of Eternal Light. After the premature death of her father, young Dawn's grief gives life to fantasy characters -- both heroes and villains -- from her dad's favorite book. Dawn's emotional struggle and crumbling relationships are pushed to the limits when these make-believe characters invade her "real" world. Kate Bryer directs this moving coming-of-age story aimed at theater-lovers of all ages at the University's Hartke Theatre Complex.
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."
Mary Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I: These two dangerous and powerful women fight for the throne in Mary Stuart, an adaptation by Peter Oswald of Friedrich Schiller's 1800 play. Mary is stuck in prison and must rely on a band of rebellious conspirators. Elizabeth hesitates to sign Mary's death sentence but knows she must do something to keep her claim to the throne. This lively thriller features scheming politicians, a double agent and an imagined meeting between Mary and Elizabeth. History buffs may know how the rivalry ends, but that doesn't make the journey any less riveting.
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.
This international hit is an inspiring musical parody that showcases the funny sides of a woman's "change of life." As four ladies with little in common but a black lace bra meet by chance at a lingerie sale in a department store, they poke fun at their woeful hot flashes, forgetfulness, mood swings, wrinkles, night sweats and chocolate binges. With classic tunes from the '60s, '70s and '80s moving the action along, these diverse women create a sisterhood as they realize that menopause is a shared experience that doesn't have to be experienced alone.
Adapted by Julie Jensen from the 2010 award-winning book by Kathryn Erskine, this vibrant and moving world premiere play, commissioned by the Kennedy Center and VSA, tells the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum who changes a community. Age 10+
The genius of Shakespeare comes across loud and clear -- without a single spoken line -- in a new wordless production of Much Ado About Nothing. Equally obvious is the talent and vigor of the production's staging company, Synetic Theater, which first arrived on the scene with the widely praised wordless Hamlet (Hamlet ... the rest is silence) in 2002. Now the company once again tells one of Shakespeare's finest tales completely through movement, setting their version of Much Ado amid the glitz and glamour of 1950s Las Vegas. Confirmed bachelor Benedick and the unwed Beatrice will spar, court and conspire in this lively interpretation directed by Synetic's founding artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili.
Get ready for this 1920s-era feel-good musical, complete with extravagant dance numbers, glittering costumes and an unlikely love story between a wealthy playboy and a rough and tumble lady bootlegger. This lighthearted crowd pleaser is set against the backdrop of classic Gershwin hits like “Let’s Call the Whole Thing Off,” “Someone to Watch Over Me” and “Fascinating Rhythm.” NICE WORK IF YOU CAN GET IT harkens back to the golden age of American musical comedy. This sparkling, madcap tale combines laughter, romance and high-stepping Broadway magic for an evening bursting with girls, glamour and the glorious songs of Gershwin!
Orson Welles directing Laurence Olivier in an absurdist drama sounds like a genius SNL sketch, but the production really did occur in London in 1960. Orson's Shadow is a sharp-witted but tender-hearted re-imagining of that fateful production, one involving not only "England's Finest Actor" and "America's Greatest Director" but Vivien Leigh, Joan Plowright and the great critic Kenneth Tynan. Egos rampage during this backstage drama that captures the English-speaking world's greatest talents struggling to master not only the play, but their art and their own enormous personalities. Seth Ghitelman directs Orson's Shadow, a witty and incisive depiction of the drama of theater and life itself, at Silver Spring Stage.
Shakespeare's Othello comes to Arlington's intimate Theatre on the Run for a thrilling contemporary production set against the backdrop of war in the Middle East. The acclaimed company Avant Bard finds a devastatingly timely theme in the story of the general Othello's uncontrollable jealousy and deception at the hands of the villainous Iago: the struggles of returning veterans to cope with the traumas of battle. Along the way, members of Othello's elite military unit must confront evil in their midst, as a trusted aide is implicated in multiple deaths, and the entire community launches a highly unofficial inquest into what wrong and why.
recipice Improv Theater creates an entire comic play from two suggestions given at the start of the show, without any prearranged structure, plot or characters, and using nothing but the troupe's skills, talent and imagination. No further suggestions are taken once the play begins and the actors work in real time, without a safety net, discovering their characters and the play itself at the same time as the audience. Featuring amazing chemistry between its performers, this latest incarnation of the show comes to Silver Spring Black Box Theatre.
In the nail-biting mystery Rehearsal for Murder, a group of actors, a producer and a director assemble to rehearse the new play by Alex Dennison. But the group soon discovers that the playwright has an ulterior motive for the meeting. Each of them was part of Dennison's last production, which was marred by the apparent suicide of its star, Dennison's fiancée. Now, tension grows as a series of surprising revelations come to light about what really happened that fateful night. Audiences will be kept guessing until the final, unexpected climax. D. D. Brooke adapted the Edgar Award-winning 1982 teleplay for the stage.
It's the hottest summer in human history and, in just a few short months, all water on earth will evaporate -- and humankind with it. In response, twenty-something Charlie has taken to her couch with her beloved possessions: peanut butter, Wolf Blitzer and Herschel, her pet fish. Her mother, roommate and sometimes-boyfriend all attempt to persuade her to leave the apartment and enjoy life. But as Charlie's memories take over, more complicated reasons for her self-inflicted hibernation emerge, as she confronts her deferred dreams and considers the possibility of life and love just outside her door. Filled with playwright Nick Blaemire's (Glory Days) trademark quirky, witty style, Soon's youthful humor delivers a searing and sardonic commentary on what to do with the time you have left.
Few scoundrels are as roguish, charming or hilarious as Tartuffe, an impostor who insinuates himself into the home of Orgon and his family, quickly throwing the entire household into chaos. As Orgon's infatuation with his guest and his phony piety grows, Tartuffe's deception threatens to turn downright destructive in this beloved comic masterpiece. Banned in Paris in 1664, Tartuffe is one of Moliere's best loved -- and most clever -- comedies. This production stars Steven Epp, recent winner of a Helen Hayes Award for his work in The Servant of Two Masters.
Emmy and NAACP Image Award-winner Debbi Morgan (All My Children, Eve's Bayou) leads an ensemble cast in this inspirational true-life drama about a teenager in an emotional tug-of-war with his birth father and the man who raised him. CJ always thought Chase was his real dad, but after 16 years, long-buried secrets about his true parentage begin to surface, leading to a dramatic struggle for hope and forgiveness. Coming to the stage at DC's Warner Theatre, Torn Between 2 Fathers also stars American Film Festival award-winner Clifton Powell, platinum-selling recording artist Angela Winbush, and the play's writer-director Priest Tyaire (Mrs. Independent).
In a forlorn country estate, a young governess battles to defend the two children under her care from possession by evil spirits in a lonely manor house. But are the ghosts real ... or just a product of her own fevered imagination? This world premiere musical adaptation of the classic Henry James novella comes to the stage by way of the creative team of Stephen Gregory Smith and Matt Conner. A fresh take on one of literature's most gripping ghost stories, The Turn of the Screw is a psychological journey populated with thrilling twists.
Ford's Theatre presents the world premiere of The Widow Lincoln, a drama that portrays Mary Todd Lincoln during the weeks following the assassination of her husband -- 16th president of the United States, Abraham Lincoln -- at Ford's Theatre. A woman who was often an object of ridicule due to her perceived sense of entitlement, Mary was perhaps the most controversial First Lady our nation has ever known. But this emotionally wrought portrait portrays a woman mourning the post-war life she and her heroic husband will never be able to share.