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Join the party as more than 50 beloved Disney characters take to the ice in Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic Presented by Stonyfield YoKids Organic Yogurt. Mouse-ter of Ceremonies Mickey Mouse, sweetheart Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy and a few Disney princesses will delight kids and adults alike. Sing along to over 30 unforgettable songs, including "Let It Go," "You've Got a Friend in Me" and "Hakuna Matata." Disney on Ice: 100 Years of Magic is a spectacular show filled with Disney magic that you and your little ones won't soon forget. Plus, show off your moves before the show at EagleBank Arena at the Disney Magic of Healthy Living dance-along.
At Patriot Center: Oct 21 - Oct 25
At Royal Farms Arena: Oct 28 - Nov 1
Motown the Musical thrilled audiences on Broadway, and now the show's national tour is coming to The National Theatre in D.C. -- and you can snag early tickets with this special Goldstar pre-sale offer. Featuring classic songs from Motown's heyday, the musical tells the story of Berry Gordy's journey from a featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Smokey Robinson, Michael Jackson and other musical icons. The timeless Motown sound broke through barriers and helped get everyone moving to the same beat. Experience the story behind the music in this smash hit featuring songs like "My Girl," "Ain't No Mountain High Enough," "Stop! In the Name of Love," "Baby I Need Your Lovin'" and many more.
"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.
"I'm odd, but thankfully so is he," replied David Arquette when asked about adding his name to the long list of distinguished actors who've played the world's greatest detective. In this exciting new stage adaptation, the game is afoot when Sherlock Holmes is enlisted by the newly formed Scotland Yard to investigate the sudden appearance of a drowned body and the disappearance of a member of the House of Lords. It's elementary that Holmes' nemesis Professor James Moriarty may be involved, as the adventure tale unfolds through the backstreets of turn-of-the-century London. This Sherlock Holmes at D.C.'s Warner Theatre was the winner of five prestigious Montreal Theatre Awards, including Outstanding Production and Outstanding Director. Andrew Shaver (Stratford Festival) will remount the show for the North American tour which also features designs by Cirque du Soleil's James Lavoie.
West Side Story takes the most famous romantic drama of all time, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, and sets it loose on the streets of 1950s New York. This Signature Theatre production finds the ill-fated courtship of teen lovers Tony and Maria playing out against the fierce racial rivalry between street gangs the Sharks and the Jets, in a truly timeless story of passion and prejudice. The famed film adaptation won 10 Academy Awards, including Best Picture, and it has enjoyed many Broadway revivals, as recently as 2009. Written by the dream creative team of Leonard Bernstein, Arthur Laurents and Stephen Sondheim, West Side Story's legendary jazz, Latin and classical-inspired score features the treasured songs "Something's Coming," "Tonight," "I Feel Pretty" and "America."
Although the year 1984 has long passed, George Orwell's chilling prophecy of the future is timelier than ever in today's contemporary society. Based on the classic dystopian novel, 1984 breathes new life on stage at the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C. Within the superstate Oceania, the omniscient Big Brother holds its citizens in constant surveillance while perpetual war rages. Meanwhile, protagonists Winston and Julia must attempt to resist the oppressive Party that utilizes psychological manipulation and physical discipline to brainwash society.
If you strip off the Disney gloss, Alice in Wonderland is a story as weird as it is wonderful, the product of a mind both utterly brilliant and deeply troubled. Now Synetic Theater engages the darker side of Lewis Carroll's tale in this daring, more Gothic adaptation of perhaps the most famous children's story in the world. Watch as classic characters such as the Cheshire Cat, the Mad Hatter and the murderous Queen of Hearts are brought to life in Synetic's signature style. Directed by Paata Tsikurishvili, choreographed by Irina Tsikurishvili and adapted by Lloyd Rose for the Women's Voices Theater Festival of Washington, D.C., this production will feature dialogue as well as the Synetic's famed dance and visual elements.
Rachel has it all: marriage, house, career. So why does she suddenly have this creeping feeling? Did she leave something behind? Or is there something in the walls…? Her husband thinks she needs time; her psychiatrist suggests positive thinking. But then the visions start. Apparitions of doubts, past decisions, future mistakes. Is it time for Xanax? Prozac? Or perhaps she just needs to forget it all, follow her instinct, and kiss a stranger. A darkly comic play about the underside of domesticity, the complexity of the brain in chaos, and the thin line between sinking and survival.
Imagine an R-rated Sesame Street for Millenials: puppets with filthy mouths and online porn habits sing songs like "Everyone's a Little Bit Racist," "I Wish I Could Go Back to College" and "What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?" Hilarious and irreverent, Avenue Q is a coming-of-age parable that satirizes the anxieties of entering the "real world." Winner of the Tony Awards for Best Musical, Best Score and Best Book, Avenue Q suggests that while being a grown-up isn't as simple as we'd hoped, its ups and downs make it all more colorful and exciting. Catch this Broadway smash when Constellation Theatre Company brings it to Washington, D.C.'s Source.
Inspired by a true event, the wholly original new musical Bright Star tells a sweeping tale of love and redemption set against the rich backdrop of the American South in the 1920s and '40s. When successful literary editor Alice Murphy meets an ambitious young soldier just home from World War II, their connection inspires Alice to confront her past. Together they discover a stunning secret with the power to transform their lives. From Grammy and Emmy-winner Steve Martin and Grammy-winning singer-songwriter Edie Brickell comes this hopeful and heart-swelling celebration of the stories that define us. Directed by Tony-winner Walter Bobbie, Bright Star is a powerful reminder that even in the darkest sky, there's always one bright star.
Arlington's Signature Theatre raises its curtain on the world premiere musical adaptation of Sheri Wilner's riotous "battle-of-the-baking-sexes" play. It's the 48th Annual Millberry Bake-Off and contestants are eagerly vying for the legendary jackpot: one million dollars for the best homemade sugary delight. After a chilly pre-heating, hardy contestants Paul and Rita don their aprons, strap on their oven mitts and square off. Armed with whisks, bowls, knives and eggs, the two engage in an increasingly ludicrous all-out brawl -- and only one can remain standing when the timer dings. Ferociously funny, there's nothing sweet about this wild musical satire, presented as part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Three generations of women come together in the rich and complicated personal tapestry of Can't Complain. In Can't Complain, Rita finds herself restlessly confined in a hospital for "a few tests," which her daughter has arranged. Rita begins to plot her escape with the help of her elderly Irish roommate Iris, her granddaughter Jansis, and her cat's new best friend, the Devil. Rita battles her present situation – until a riotous party night with Iris and the Devil collapses her escape plan and brings her face to face with her past.
In 1989, Joe, a young American journalist, photographs a protester facing down four tanks in Tiananmen Square. In 2012, with election season bringing US-China relations into the spotlight, Joe decides to seek out the subject of his most famous image—just as an old friend from China reaches out with an agenda of his own. A sensation in its London run, Chimerica covers two decades in the history of two superpowers as it considers political change, personal responsibility, and the stories that exist beyond the margins of a frame.
A madcap night of theater comes to Washington's Lansburgh Theatre courtesy of the Shakespeare Theatre Company with plays by greats Tom Stoppard and Richard Brinsley Sheridan. This double bill of The Critic and The Real Inspector Hound showcases two of the theater world's best-loved behind-the-scenes comedies. First up is playwright Jeffrey Hatcher's (The Government Inspector) fresh take on Sheridan's 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theater, worse playwrights -- and, worst of all, the critics. Then you'll enjoy Stoppard's whodunit spoof The Real Inspector Hound, a farce that hilariously dissects Agatha Christie-style locked-room mysteries.
"Teenager" is a language so difficult that only a few adults know how to speak it -- and even then their accent is terrible. But author Walter Dean Myer was flawlessly fluent his entire life. His novels -- among them Monster, Fallen Angels and Bad Boy -- inspired fierce devotion among young adult readers who discovered characters that sound (and feel and look) like them. Now one of Myer's last masterworks, Darius & Twig, comes to the stage in a world premiere production at the Kennedy Center. Experience the travails of these two teenage best friends -- one a writer, the other an athlete -- who use their unique gifts to rise about inner-city struggles. Eleanor Holdridge directs an adaptation that showcases Myer's "unerring eye for what's real and meaningful in life."
Revenge is a dish best served cold -- and even better prepared without your mother having to be there. After the boss' daughter falls into a coma, Billy is tasked with one simple job: find and scare the dealer who sold her the bad drugs. However, Billy's ultimate torture mission gets derailed when he has to bring his mom along for the ride (after all, it is her night for the car). Suddenly Billy's standard revenge plot takes an unexpected turn and the boss is after him, his mom has all the drugs and all the money has shrunk in the wash. Directed by Rosemary Jenkinson, The Dealer of Ballynafeigh brings sharp wit and incisive commentary to D.C.'s Keegan Theatre in this offbeat dark comedy.
Sally and her brother Dick are stuck in the house and can't find a thing to do ... until the frisky cat in the red-and-white-striped hat appears around the corner. The children quickly realize that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they have ever met. With the trickiest of tricks and craziest of ideas, he sure is fun to play with, and he sure does turn a rainy afternoon into an amazing adventure. But what will mum find when she gets home? The beloved Dr. Seuss tale is brought to life in a family-friendly show at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre.
Frank: "What can I teach you?”
Peter’s Alley Theatre Productions Presents the DC Area Premiere of Educating Rita by Willy Russell.
Rarely produced in the states, this thoughtful comedy follows Rita, a bright Liverpool hairdresser in her quest to achieve the freedom that only an education can provide: the freedom of choice. Many remember the popular film version, starring Michael Caine, which received 3 Oscar Nominations including Best Picture.
Get ready to kick off your Sunday shoes as the pop musical Footloose dances onto the stage of Rockville's F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. Based on the hit 1984 movie featuring Kevin Bacon, Sarah Jessica Parker and John Lithgow, Footloose was a huge success on Broadway and London's West End. It's the story of Ren McCormack, a big-city teen who finds himself out of place in a rural town where dancing has been outlawed. As he tries to carve out a place for himself, he sets off a revolution in the town as the younger generation rebels against the strict rules of the local preacher. You'll hear all the chart-topping songs from the film, including "Almost Paradise," "Holding Out for a Hero" and "Let's Hear It for the Boy," plus new material written for the stage.
Back by popular demand, the stirring holiday melodrama Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting returns to D.C.'s Anacostia Playhouse. It's that time of the year when the family comes together, but when life throws the unexpected at you -- betrayals, misunderstandings, painful past secrets revealed -- how would you handle it? Attempting to find it in her heart to love, Tia Leslie, a successful news anchor, struggles with an emotional connection when it comes to her relationship with her mother and fiance. Enjoy her powerful story of faith and love even more with a VIP Package, which includes drinks, concessions and priority seating.
Frankenstein is the world's most iconic Gothic nightmare. It started on a cold, wet night in 1816, when Mary Shelley first dreamed of a "hideous phantasm," a man patched together from the parts of other men. And for 200 years, that same Creature has continued to lurch and lumber through countless more night-terrors, not to mention books, plays and movies -- his bone-chilling step never halting in two centuries. Now that "phantasm," and the monster who created him, mounts the stage in a reimagining from the Maryland Ensemble Theatre. If you're looking for some theatrical chills this Halloween season, this visually, viscerally and emotionally stunning experience in storytelling may be just the ghoulish delight you seek.
Friendship Betrayed is a 17th-century comic gem by Spanish playwright María de Zayas y Sotomayor, a forerunner of modern feminism. This rarely produced masterpiece is about what happens to women’s friendships in the pursuit of men—and it sounds a lot like “Sex and the City”! Director Kari Ginsburg will set the play in the Roaring Twenties—a time when women had just won the vote and were testing the limits of their new-found sexual freedom. Avant Bard will present Friendship Betrayedconcurrently with the Women’s Voices Theatre Festival as a blast from the past, by a playwright who was way ahead of her time.
How far would you go to become a pop star? When legendary record producer Daniella Espere is searching for the next big thing, she finds an eager protégé in her long-lost niece, Tina. But they ignore warning signs and take shortcuts to success, and that's when things take a strange turn in Girlstar, the new musical premiering at Arlington's Signature Theatre. One part Maleficent and one part The Voice, this story of one girl's brilliant journey to fame features a pop-laden score that will delight and a touching message that will enlighten.
See the glitz, glamour and decadence of the Roaring '20s come to life in this theatrical version of F. Scott Fitzgerald's quintessential American novel. As seen through the eyes of Nick Carraway, Jay Gatsby has everything -- wealth, great parties and an overwhelming amount of regret. When Gatsby pursues the love of old flame Daisy Buchanan, Carraway finds himself pulled into their world of obsession, greed and danger. As the characters relentlessly chase their ideals, they find that all that glitters isn't gold. The City of Rockville presents Simon Levy's adaptation of The Great Gatsby at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
When a museum guard decides to get "in touch with art" literally, a remarkable journey across the ages ensues in The Guard. In this new comedic drama, playwright Jessica Dickey (The Amish Project) paints shimmering portraits of Rembrandt, Homer and those who protect the art we cherish. Starting in a present-day art museum, The Guard spans centuries of human experience, exploring the power of creativity and the sacrifices we make in the pursuit of love and beauty. Sharon Ott directs the world premiere of this stirring reflection on the permanence of art and the impermanence of life at the historic Ford's Theatre.
Hoping for a quiet weekend in the country with some guests, David Bliss, a novelist, and his wife Judith, a “retired” actress, find that an impossible dream when their high-spirited children Simon and Sorel appear with guests of their own. A house full of comedy waits to be ignited as misunderstandings mount and tempers flare. With Judith’s new flame and David’s newest literary “inspiration” keeping company as the children follow suit, the Bliss family lives up to its name as the ‘quiet weekend’ comes to an exhausting and hilarious finale worthy of the best classic farce.
Polish immigrant Darja gives her cheating boyfriend a long-deserved tongue-lashing. She’s done talking about feelings; it’s time to talk money. Over the course of three relationships spanning 22 years, Darja negotiates for her future with men who can offer her love or security, but never both. From rising star Martyna Majok comes a new tale of strength and discovery.
Two of the living legends of comedy perform together again on stage at last (for the very first time). John Cleese and Eric Idle have been beloved by generations of comedy fans for their groundbreaking work with Monty Python. Don't miss this rare chance to see two certified comedy geniuses when they take the stage at Baltimore's Hippodrome Theatre. The British icons will perform hilarious sit-down comedy, combing scripted and improvised bits with storytelling, musical numbers, exclusive footage, aquatic juggling and an extended audience Q&A. No two shows will be quite the same, thus ensuring that every audience feels like they're seeing Together Again At Last ... For The Very First Time, for the very first time.
Put up your jazz hands for Cole Porter's witty musical comedy about a former husband-and-wife acting team waging war against each other while trying to stage a production of Shakespeare's The Taming of the Shrew. Actor/director Fred Graham and his ex-wife, actress Lili Vanessi, are the quintessential "can't-live-with-'em, can't-live-without-'em" couple, and a brilliantly funny rendering of egotistical artistic types. In its original 1948 production, Kiss Me, Kate won five Tony awards, including the first-ever award for Best Musical. It features classic Cole Porter numbers like "Too Darn Hot," "I Hate Men" and "Brush Up Your Shakespeare." Now you can take a trip back to the golden age of Hollywood when the show The New York Times called at "milestone musical" comes to Sidney Harman Hall in DC.
Part of the 2015 Women's Voices Theatre Festival, "Lady Lay" is a bold new play with music that will transport you to Berlin, 1989. It follows MariAnne, a frustrated, career clerk in the Berlin Employment Office. Then, one day, she hears Bob Dylan for the first time on the radio, and the Berlin Wall collapses. She takes a journey, both joyful and terrifying, into Dylan’s rebellious realm. MariAnne sets off on a personal revolution through cold war fatigue, learning a new language, and falling in love with “that” song. Lady Lay asks: what is freedom? And can Dylan take us there? November 9, 2014 marked the 25th Anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Come celebrate our freedoms—and rock on.
In its creepiest cocktail yet, the Molotov Theatre Group presents an intoxicating flight of short stage works based on the writings of H.P. Lovecraft -- the man whom Stephen King (and just about everyone else) calls "the greatest practitioner of the classic horror tale." Lovecraft: Nightmare Suite includes works from the 1910s-1930s, including the writer's famed The Cats of Ulthar, about a boy whose missing kitten stirs supernatural revenge, and The Statement of Randolph Carter, which explores an archaeologist's frightening discovery, among other hair-raising stories. Please see the full event description for a list of included works.
Which comes first, loneliness or violence? THE MAGIC TREE is the story of love born in a very dark place between a man who wants to belong and a woman who wants to be forgotten. On a stormy night, they shelter in an abandoned summer home and tentatively discover what it is they have in common. But just when it seems something beautiful might emerge, the opposite appears. THE MAGIC TREE is an exploration into human behavior at a time when humanity seems determined to endlessly repeat the mistakes of the past. It looks at why good people are capable of doing bad things and asks if love alone can save us.
Set in the small fictional town of Lenoraville, Alabama, Maytag Virgin tells the story of recently widowed Elizabeth Nash and her new next door neighbor, Jack Key. Lizzy grieves outwardly over the recent death of her husband, but her inner world is filled with deep regret and secret longing. Jack’s life, with its own tragic underpinnings, is one of loneliness and solitary contemplation. He is an observer… and he sees something in Lizzy that he cannot ignore, something at once achingly alive and profoundly unmovable. Maytag Virgin attempts to explore the bridge between loss and redemption, between enlightened self‐awareness and reckless apathy.
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.
American journalist Michael Après has been released after being held hostage for eighteen months in Iraq. However, Michael’s close colleague and friend begins to suspect that he isn’t free yet. An explosive television interview puts their friendship to the test as secrets, lies, and betrayals haunt both men. Unable to resist the adrenaline that their traumas impose on their minds, when one last opportunity to be a hero presents itself; they are determined to take it. But at what cost? This world premiere production by award-winning playwright E. M. Lewis is 1st Stage’s exciting contribution to the 2015 Women’s Voices Theater Festival.
Principal Pops Conductor Luke Frazier is leading Fairfax Symphony Orchestra's new production of The Nutcracker to the top of everybody's list of favorite family holiday traditions. Fairfax Ballet Company joins FSO and Frazier to stage the classic musical tale, complete with beautiful fairies, handsome princes, dancing snowflakes and a lovely young girl making her way to the Land of Sweets. A rapidly rising star in the Pops world, Frazier has worked with Liza Minnelli, Chita Rivera and Michael Feinstein, among others, and now this dynamic force is helping to usher in The Nutcracker as a new holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts.
Consider yourself invited to Oliver!, Lionel Bart's three-time Tony Award-winning musical that's set to steal your heart the minute it hits D.C.'s Fichandler Stage. Charles Dickens' unforgettable characters burst to life in this lively, heel-kicking classic about an innocent orphan thrown into the dark world of double-dealing thieves and conmen of 19th-century London. Overflowing with jubilant songs, including "You've Got to Pick a Pocket or Two," "Consider Yourself," "Where is Love?" and the scrumptious "Food, Glorious Food," director Molly Smith (Fiddler on the Roof, Oklahoma!) serves up a musical feast for the eyes and ears that'll have you calling out for "More!"
It's the Swinging '60s in Brighton, England and One Man, Two Guvnors protagonist Francis Henshall is hungry, jobless and in need of some luck. When he becomes employed by two different criminals, the blundering Henshall must keep the two gangsters from learning of each other at all costs. Playwright Richard Bean's adaptation of the 18th century Commedia dell'arte classic The Servant of Two Masters serves up plenty of satire, slapstick humor and songs performed by live musicians. Get in on the shenanigans when this deliciously funny mash-up of comedy, British pantomime and music-hall revues comes to the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.
Don't miss your chance to see Shakespeare Theatre Company's new production of Othello . Even among the classics, Shakespeare's Othello stands apart for its passion, its sense of danger, and its continued relevance amidst the evils of the modern world. Othello, a Moorish general in the Venetian army, and his new wife, Desdemona, seemingly have it all -- true love, success and happiness. But can anyone protect them from "honest" Iago, a master magician of deceit? The inspiration for villains as varied as Milton's Satan and Breaking Bad's Walter White, Iago is one of the most hypnotically evil characters ever created, and the driving force behind Shakespeare's profound tragedy of love and jealousy. This production at Sidney Harman Hall will be directed by Ron Daniels, an honorary associate director at the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Precipice 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. D.C.-based musical improv troupe Door #3 will kick off the show with an improvised Broadway musical, with each song and line of dialogue created on the spot.
From the mind of playwright Steven Dietz comes Private Eyes, a quirky romantic comedy about jealousy, revenge and other fun aspects of coupledom. Two married actors find their relationship tested when the wife becomes involved in an affair with the director of the play they're both starring in. Is the affair real, or is it part of the play-within-a-play being rehearsed? Or might the entire affair really just be a figment of one of the actors' imaginations? Stay on your toes, because you and your fellow audience members will step into the role of detective as art imitates life in this fun "relationship thriller" that explores love, lust and the power of deception.
It’s summer 1962 in Queens, New York. The sounds of doo-wop music fill the night and 12-year-old Jacqueline Marie Butler is on the verge of adulthood. When Jacqueline’s parents abruptly transfer her to a progressive, predominantly Jewish school in Greenwich Village, she is thrust out of her comfort zone. As one of only four black students, Jacqueline discovers a new city and a whole new world. A world premiere by Caleen Sinnette Jennings.
Set during the height of the British slave trade, Sancho: An Act of Remembrance tells the unusual and gripping tale of Charles Ignatius Sancho, a man born on a slave ship who eventually became an actor, musician and the first person of African origin to vote in Great Britain. This new one-man play was conceived, written, as well as performed by renowned British actor Paterson Joseph (Royal Shakespeare Company, HBO's The Leftovers). Though born on a slave ship, Sancho fights to take his place in British society, eventually becoming a fellow actor and friend of the English stage's famed thespian David Garrick. Set on the day that Thomas Gainsborough paints his famous 1768 portrait of Sancho, Joseph's play offers moving, surprising, and often funny insight into the forgotten but true story of a man who dared to act, write, sing, dance, and voice his political opinion with wit and charm. See Sancho's trials, travails and achievements come to life onstage at the Terrace Theater. This compelling historical gem comes to D.C. as part of the Kennedy Center's World Stages series.
One of the hot tickets of this upcoming theater season is sure to be Shakespeare Theatre Company's lively production of the classic battle of the sexes The Taming of the Shrew. Sparks will fly at Sidney Harman Hall when the "shrewish" Katherine locks horns with the opportunistic Petruchio, the only man in Padua willing to woo her. (Of course, Petruchio is working an angle: Kate's father has promised him a sizable dowry if he weds his daughter.) This fiery romantic comedy set the standards for centuries to come, and it remains one of the true classics of the genre.
texts&beheadings/ElizabethR is a new American play that explores the life and language of England’s greatest queen. Created and directed by Karin Coonrod and drawing on the Folger collection of Elizabeth I’s letters, the play uses Elizabeth’s own words to reveal her wit, courage, and extraordinary love of her people. Multi-lingual and insatiably curious, Elizabeth survived disinheritance, excommunication, and imprisonment to emerge triumphant. Four actresses portray the resilient queen and allow us to marvel at her theatrical brilliance. Through poems, prayers, and private letters, the woman who swore that she would not make windows into men’s souls reveals her own.
It's the early 80s, and a pair of sisters struggle over the fate of the family's movie theatre, as video stores encroach and cable TV looms. Memories come to vivid life as they face some truths they've avoided all their lives. Michael Hollinger, author of previous Stage Guild hits INCORRUPTIBLE, OPUS, and RED HERRING, weaves past and present together seamlessly with his signature clever dialogue and rich characters.
There are bad days and there are days where you literally get kicked off a bus, get thrown out of AA and then find yourself standing in a mini-mart aisle with nothing but two dollars in your pocket. For a day like this, it's safe to say that Trish Tinkler hasn't just experienced a horrible couple of hours -- she's hit the linoleum-bottom of a terrible year. However, things are about to look up when Jesus appears at the Eat 'N' Save promising to take the wheel and give Trish a better life. But first, he must take a call from his mom and Trish must spend her 40th birthday waiting all night in aisle seven. As part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival, Jacqueline Goldfinger's hilarious comedy makes its world premiere at Silver Springs' Randolph Road Theatre.
Somewhere, not far from here, there’s a place where we can touch the clouds and all the monsters are real. Based on Emily Horne and Joey Comeau’s web comic, this softer world explodes with brutal honesty and dark wit.
Set in the aftermath of John Brown’s Raid on Harper’s Ferry, UPRISING explores self-determination and sacrifice through the lens of a free black community during secession-era America. When Sal discovers Ossie, a hypnotic revolutionary hiding in the field, her life is turned upside down by her strong attraction to him and his revolutionary mission and its impact on her commitment to the well-being of her young son. All underscored by the rhythm of the blues.
Inspired by the true story of Osborne Perry Anderson, the only African American participant in John Brown’s Raid to survive, and the tales of the playwright’s cotton-picking great-grandmother, UPRISING explores notions of freedom and sacrifice, family and community. Part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Combining puppetry with striking imagery and theatrical magic, When She Had Wings brings to life a tale about the power of imagination, and the ability to make the impossible possible. After a young girl named B -- imagining herself flying through the sky within a makeshift cockpit she's built in a treetop -- awakens following a storm, she discovers a woman named A sharing the plane with her. Though this woman is only able to squawk rather than talk, B is convinced that A must in fact be her heroine, Amelia Earhart. In exchange for aiding her in her famous last flight, A promises B that she can and will fly. Catch this soaring story of limitless possibility at the aptly named Imagination Stage.
Is Kanye West a winner or a loser? What about something a bit more abstract ... say, the Berlin Wall? Or goat cheese? Winners or losers? Well, in what The New York Times describes as a "frisky theatrical symposium," old friends Marcus Youssef and James Long will engage in what equates to a semi-scripted drinking game separating champs from chumps. But don't get too comfortable too quickly -- because what starts as a seemingly harmless exercise will slowly expose itself as a dangerous unpacking of privilege, status symbols and class divisions. Ruthlessly funny and wildly fun, Winners and Losers can be seen at Washington, D.C.'s Wolly Mammoth Theatre.
What’s on the menu for Meredith, Tori, and Sandy: the three women in Guy’s life?
Healthy lifestyles, upward mobility, meaningful sex? Or self-loathing and distorted priorities?
Award-winning playwright Sheila Callaghan, writer of the 2009 Woolly hit Fever/Dream, serves up a world premiere on a bed of bawdy language in a gender-bending comedy vinaigrette, inviting everyone—men and women, mothers and sons—to savor this complex recipe of desire and shame.
Featuring a delectable cast including Company Member Kimberly Gilbert, Women Laughing Alone with Salad dishes out our image-obsessed culture with abrasive imagery, biting social critique, and devastating humor.
This brilliantly constructed retrospective of prolific musical theatre collaborators, John Kander and Fred Ebb, is a thrilling celebration of life filled with humor, romance, drama, and nonstop melody. From Cabaret to Chicago the non-stop hit-parade features unforgettable gems including "All That Jazz," "Cabaret," and "New York, New York", seamlessly interwoven into a passionate, harmonious, up-tempo evening of musical theatre.
Garcia Lorca’s poetic language soars in this contemporary take on a classic tale about a childless Spanish peasant and her rage against the oppression of a loveless marriage and repressive society. Here the violence that erupts is a universal outcry by “modern” women who continue to suppress their innermost desires. The powerful Spanish guest actress Mabel del Pozo will grace our stage commanding the leading role, under the guidance of innovative theatre director from Madrid, José Luis Arellano.