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It's not personal, it's politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama. President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him. He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other, but brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite. With the country still reeling from President Kennedy's assassination and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it will take more than politicking to hold America together-it will take red, white and blue-blooded leadership. Go all the way with LBJ, MLK, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this "beautifully built dramatic piece" (Variety) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.
What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS -- Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it. This exclusive pre-sale lets you experience the magic this fall in the Grand Chapiteau at Lerner Town Square at Tysons II.
Head down the yellow brick road with the Scarecrow, Tin Man, Cowardly Lion, Dorothy and her little dog, Toto, too, in this fresh and enchanting adaptation of The Wizard of Oz, featuring new tunes by Tim Rice (Jesus Christ Superstar, Evita) and Andrew Lloyd Webber (The Phantom of the Opera, Cats). Based on the classic screenplay and featuring music from the Oscar-winning movie, this is the beloved story of the girl who wakes up in a strange land filled with witches and wizards, munchkins and monkeys -- and befriends a lion, a tin man and a scarecrow in her quest to find her way back home. The unforgettable score includes all-time favorites like "Over the Rainbow," "We're Off to See the Wizard" and "If I Only Had a Brain." See this wonderful show at The National Theatre in Washington, DC.
Set in Washington, D.C., Wendy Wasserstein's political drama An American Daughter focuses on Dr. Lyssa Dent Hughes, a health care expert and forty-something daughter of a long-time Senator. When the President nominates Lyssa to a Cabinet post, an indiscretion from her past comes to light. The media turns it into a scandal that imperils her confirmation and divides her loved ones. Lyssa is forced to make a decision: continue to pursue the post and face an ugly Senate hearing; or decline the nomination, becoming a sacrificial lamb for the President. Partisan politics in our nation's capital, however, are nothing compared to the personal politics in Lyssa's living room, where complicated relationships unravel with her father, husband and best girlfriend--not to mention the awkward encounters she has with an exuberant neo-feminist author and a relentless TV journalist. Get caught up in the conflict when An American Daughter comes to the Keegan Theatre.
Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job... even her best friend refused the thrift store painting she bought for her birthday. But that painting might just be... a lost Jackson Pollock! Her fate lies in the hands of world-famous curator Lionel Percy, who shows up at Maude's trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the 'average Joe' might finally throw it in the face of those 'east coast elites'. Starting Artistic Associates Donna Migliaccio and Michael Russotto. "It's exhilarating in the extreme when a world premiere play strikes rich on every conceivable level - a perfect marriage of emotion and ideas." - Los Angeles Times.
Set in Depression-era Texas, Black Pearl Sings! follows Susannah, an ambitious "song collector" searching for lost African-American folk music. Her journey leads to Pearl, a prisoner with a soulful voice, steely spirit and an incredible history. Susannah wants the song that will put her in the spotlight, while Pearl wants a chance for freedom. As the two trace the roots of beloved American songs, the legacy of the past clashes with their hopes for the future. It's a powerful and moving story about a woman of color's struggle in a white man's world. Inspired by the musical partnership of folklorist John Lomax and legendary folk singer-guitarist Huddie "Lead Belly" Ledbetter, Black Pearl Sings! will fill Alexandria's Metrostage with the soul-stirring sounds of over 20 American folk and spiritual songs.
A NATIONAL NEW PLAY NETWORK Rolling World Premiere starring Holly Twyford. Years of success, meticulous planning, and an eye for detail have in no way prepared Vivienne Avery for her mother's slide into the grip of dementia. Initially hiding behind insomnia-fueled baking and a polite smile, stories about her mother leave Vivienne's inner turmoil quietly laid bare in a juxtaposition of stories, theatrical gestures, and a childlike Alzheimer's "creation myth."
In the wake of the disastrous Black Hawk Down incident in Somalia in 1993, war reporter Paul Watson photographed a mob of Somalis dragging a dead American soldier through the streets of Mogadishu. The picture, which went on to win the Pulitzer Prize, soon led to the withdrawal of all U.S. troops from the country. This engrossing and provocative play tells the true story of the friendship between Watson and playwright Dan O'Brien, which played out over the course of a lengthy email correspondence as Watson's reporting took him from Rwanda to Afghanistan to the Canadian Arctic. In The Body of an American at Goldman Theater in Washington, D.C., two men on opposite sides of the globe explore issues of war, friendship, mental health and the ethical consequences of personal actions.
Part of the Winans family gospel music dynasty, sibling duo BeBe & CeCe Winans broke down racial barriers in the genre while bringing the music to the top of the charts. Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, created by BeBe and Broadway director Charles Randolph-Wright (Motown: The Musical), brings the Grammy-winning duo's story to the stage, packed with their most loved hits as well as stellar new songs. Before they became household names with songs like "I.O.U. Me," "Heaven," "Addictive Love" and "I'll Take You There," the Winans got their start on Jim and Tammy Faye Bakker's Praise the Lord network television show. Suddenly these teens were thrust into the spotlight while also having to lead the charge in integrating TV evangelism. Keeping the family dynasty going, Grammy nominee Juan Winans and actress-singer Deborah Joy Winans (Oprah Winfrey Network's Greenleaf) star in this world premiere show. With this special pre-sale offer, you'll be sure to score great seats at Arena Stage in Washington, D.C.
Inspired by the best-selling novel and critically acclaimed film, the theatrical adaptation of The Bridges of Madison County continues its legacy as one of the most romantic stories ever told. Set in a sleepy Iowa town, the musical follows a bored housewife who finds her life forever changed when she meets a traveling National Geographic photographer. What begins as a chance encounter evolves into an exhilarating whirlwind of passion, desire and everlasting love. Featuring a stunning soundtrack from Tony Award-winning composer Jason Robert Brown, this dazzling production of Pulitzer Prize winner Marsha Norman's The Bridges of Madison County will sweep you off your feet at the The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, DC.
Max McLean has adapted, starred in and directed several theatrical productions of C.S. Lewis' most popular works, including The Screwtape Letters and The Great Divorce. Here, for the first time, he plays Lewis himself in the original debut solo production of C.S. Lewis Onstage: The Most Reluctant Convert. Pipe in hand, McLean completely inhabits Lewis as he guides the audience from the death of his mother to his estranged relationship with his father and on through the experiences that led him from vigorous debunker to the most eloquent Christian intellectual of the 20th century. Brimming with wit and insight, C.S. Lewis Onstage brings to life one of the past century's most engaging personalities onstage at D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
Set against the dramatic backdrop of political and social upheaval in 1963 Louisiana, Caroline, or Change is a Tony-nominated musical that features one of the most powerful female leads in the history of musical theater. Blending gospel, blues, Motown and Jewish folk music to tell a riveting story about the fragility of the human spirit, the play follows the Gellman family and their hard-working African-American maid, Caroline, a single mother of four young children. Despite spending most of her time cooped up doing laundry in the Gellman's basement, Caroline develops a strong emotional bond with their 8-year-old son, the curious and sympathetic Noah. As the two grow closer, their social, economic and age differences reach an impasse, resulting in a cataclysmic event that changes their lives and relationship forever.
After marrying against her will, Angela is returned to her mother when the angry new husband discovers she is not a virgin. Forced to name the man who deflowered her, Angela’s brothers undertake a murderous mission of revenge. A tightly woven tale of a small town in Colombia where false accusations, a conspiracy of silence, and antiquated moral codes lead to tragedy.
Set in Los Angeles in the late 1940s, City of Angels tells the story of a novelist struggling to turn his hard-boiled detective novel into a movie. Weaving together the novelist's actual life with the story of his fictional P.I. hero, NextStop Theatre Company's production is a show within a show that's a stylish nod to film noir. With the help of some exciting visual effects, Herndon will be transformed into vintage Hollywood. Watch as the colorful real world collides with the black-and-white "reel" world. The winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical, this show was co-written by Broadway legend Cy Coleman and M*A*S*H creator Larry Gelbart.
Once the brave new voice of the NY literary scene, writer turned professor Ruth Steiner has resigned into a rather insulated life in her cozy Greenwich Village apartment. That comfortable but lonely life is upended when Ruth engages Lisa Morrison, a promising but insecure young writer as her assistant. Over six years, told in six scenes, Ruths wall of isolation is broken and the women develop a deep friendship revealing intimate details of their personal histories as their bond strengthens. Lisa evolves from fawning admirer to protege and colleague. Ultimately, the personal and the professional collide as Lisas career ambitions take her down a path that violates the womens bond of emotional trust and leads to devastating consequences. As always, Pulitzer Prize-winner Margulies tells this provocative story in his literate yet grounded and witty style. Issues of personal loyalty versus professional ambition are explored in tense and poignant fashion, making us think yes, but more importantly, drawing us into the world of these engaging people and making us feel even more.
From Ayad Akhtar comes the "breathtaking, raw and blistering" (AP), Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths. The son of south Asian immigrants, Amir has worked hard to achieve the American Dream - complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts. But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he's worked so hard to achieve? Hailed as "terrific, turbulent, with fresh currents of dramatic electricity" (New York Times), this incendiary examination of one's self and one's beliefs will leave you breathless.
The acclaimed playwright behind Stupid F**king Bird and My Name is Asher Lev sets his sights on Shakespeare with District Merchants, a play set in an imagined time that straddles post-Civil War Washington, D.C., the Elizabethan era and today. A story of money, merchandise and mercy, District Merchants is a tense comedy that examines the contradictions of life in America. The creative adaptation of The Merchant of Venice was written by four-time Helen Hayes Award-winner Aaron Posner and commissioned by the Folger Theatre. Directed by Michael John Garces (Lights Rise on Grace, The Convert), the play stars Matthew Boston as Shylock and Craig Wallace as Antoine.
Steeped in folklore, magic and myth, this modern drama finds a group of fractured souls coming together after the tragic death of a young man in a car accident to look after a magical, glowing baby. The multiaward-winning Rorschach Theatre Company produces Stefanie Zadravec's thoughtful, moving show of sad endings and strange beginnings at Atlas Performing Arts Center. As the New Jersey Star Ledger says, this "rich, lyrical play is far from a dirge. Inflected with humor and folklore, it expounds on the stories, memories and relationships that become a refuge when staying up nights with a sick baby or lying in a hospital bed."
In the sweltering 1950s Southwest, headstrong and eternally single Lizzie Curry dreams of a life beyond her small town. When a charming stranger named Starbuck swaggers into town, he brings the promise to end the region's drought and awakens Lizzie to the promise she holds within. Ford's Theatre presents this classic American musical about cowboys, confidence and courtship, based on The Rainmaker and featuring a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks. Local favorite Tracy Lynn Olivera stars as Lizzie.
The sweet song of a Nightingale saves an Empire. This brand new adaptation set in eighteenth century China, brings to light the younger days of Emperor Qianlong, who would become one of the greatest rulers of the Middle Kingdom. It takes a magical bird to help the headstrong and aimless Prince to become a King.
Italian composer Guiseppe Verdi's comic masterpiece, Falstaff, is an unabashed celebration of Merrie Olde England's lusty days and bawdy nights. The story revolves around the portly knight of Windsor, who hatches a plot to improve his love life by courting two different married women. Instead, he launches a flood of comic chaos and romantic misadventure over the course of three hilarious acts. This production from the Shakespeare Opera Theatre features a full orchestra and the English translation of Verdi's work.
A live video game performance (where the audience controls the action) created by German theater company machina eX. Presented in partnership with the Goethe-Institut Washington.
In this live-action twist on the familiar "escape the room" video game, two audience teams must help their human avatars escape from the clutches of an evil mastermind, using only the materials at hand to find the keys, unlock the doors, and beat the clock.
Hedda Tesman returns from her honeymoon to the brutal banality of domestic life: an antagonizingly bland husband; a living room full of dying flowers; and a house that is too large, too cluttered, too bourgeois for the once unstoppable Hedda Gabler. Both tormented and merciless, she is caught between her appetite for sensation and acute awareness of public perception. Mark O'Rowe's stunning contemporary adaptation is a mesmerizing study of power, control, and self-deception and a nuanced portrait of one of the most fascinating figures in modern drama.
Enter the ancient, mystical dreamscape of Journey to the West, an epic stage adaptation of the Chinese legend of a Buddhist monk who must travel from China to India in search of sacred scriptures. The intrepid hero Tripitaka is joined on his quest by a rambunctious monkey, an insatiable pig and a fearsome river monster, brought to life through Constellation Theatre's dynamic interplay of movement, live music and passionate acting. Full of grand spectacle, thrilling action sequences and even vaudeville comedy, Journey to the West brings epic adventure to DC's Source black box.
The story of Jumanji comes to life in a brand new way with this exciting stage production. Based on the original story written by Chris Van Allsburg (Zathura), this family-friendly adventure follows siblings Judy and Peter Shepherd as they play a mysterious game called Jumanji, which brings to life a number of thrilling and potentially dangerous scenarios, like a vicious lion, an erupting volcano and a dozen destructive monkeys that terrorize their family's home. The only way to stop the madness is to see the game all the way through -- will they make it? Robin Williams made the movie famous, but this original version of Jumanji has its own special appeal, complete with detailed production design and imaginative sets and costumes.
Broadway's high-heeled hit, Kinky Boots, is the winner of six Tony Awards, including Best Musical. '80s pop icon Cyndi Lauper made history as the first solo woman ever to receive the Tony for Best Score thanks to her contributions to this feel-good sensation. Based on true events, Kinky Boots tells the story of Charlie Price, a man who has reluctantly inherited his father's nearly bankrupt shoe factory. Trying to live up to his father's legacy and save his family business, Charlie finds inspiration in the form of Lola, a fabulous entertainer in need of some sturdy stilettos. As they work to turn the factory around, this unlikely pair finds that they have more in common than they ever dreamed possible ... and Lola turns out to be the one person who can help Charlie become the man he's meant to be. Together they discover that when you change your mind about someone, you can change your whole world. Featuring direction and Tony-winning choreography by Jerry Mitchell (Legally Blonde, Hairspray) and a spectacularly uplifting book by four-time Tony winner Harvey Fierstein (La Cage aux Folles), this red-hot musical smash has audiences dancing -- and strutting -- in the aisles. Now it's your turn to join the celebration when Kinky Boots heads to the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington D.C.
A boisterous and vibrant portrait of love in a nontraditional family, La Cage aux Folles has been one of Broadway's biggest hits for more than 30 years, earning six Tony Awards along the way, including Best Musical and Best Revival. This heart-warming musical comedy invites you into the lives of Georges and his partner Albin, who plays female impersonator Zaza at the couple's popular St. Tropez drag nightclub. Problems arise when Georges' 25-year-old son comes home with his fiancée and her conservative parents -- and the couple's family dynamic gets turned hilariously upside down. Written by Harvey Fierstein (Newsies, Kinky Boots), this musical smash features Jerry Herman's beloved score, which includes "The Best of Times is Now" and "I Am What I Am." Get in on the fun as La Cage aux Folles closes out the Signature Theatre season with a bang.
Set in 1963 in a white district of Port Elizabeth, South Africa, this moving play provides a compelling portrait of a police state. A liberal Afrikaner involved in anti-apartheid activity, his wife recovering from a nervous brealdown, and their Black friend just released from prison, must all considerer the few alternatives that society offers them.
Indian cultural arts troupe Nootana returns to Joe's Movement Emporium in Mt. Rainier with Looking Glass, an original dance drama that's steeped in tradition, history and fantasy. The performance tells the captivating tale of a beautiful queen who transforms her kingdom from an environment of love, beauty, friendship and compassion into the embodiment of vengeance, mystery, drama and disintegration. As with their previous cultural showcase Journey, Nootana continues to present the D.C. Metropolitan area with innovative renditions and perspectives of Indian classical music and dance, incorporating styles from all over the world.
Although it's been nearly 500 years since Martin Luther fanned the flames of Protestant revolt against the medieval Catholic Church, his ideologies still continue to spark intense debate. In Martin Luther on Trial, the original play imagines a provocative courtroom drama where the German professor of theology must take the stand in defense of his religious and political controversies. Aided by his beloved wife Katrina, Luther is up against a wicked prosecutor -- who happens to be the Devil himself -- and a witness stand that consists of Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Martin Luther King Jr. and Pope Francis. Catch the verdict when Martin Luther On Trial brings its witty and incisive examination to D.C.'s Lansburgh Theatre.
One of Shakespeare's most beloved characters, the rotund, comical knight Sir John Falstaff is at the center of The Merry Wives of Windsor, brought to vibrant life in this Shakespeare Opera Theatre production. All the ladies of Windsor are in love with the vain Sir John ... or so he thinks! The cowardly knight attempts to court two wealthy married women in an attempt to get his greedy hands on their money. But when the women discover the scheme, they team up and turn the tables on Falstaff. Don't miss this operatic love-'em-and-leave-'em tale gone wrong at Hylton Performing Arts Center in Manassas.
From the charmingly off-center mind of Christopher Durang comes Miss Witherspoon, a comedy that plays off our greatest unknown -- the afterlife. When a piece of an orbiting space station falls on Veronica, she embarks on a hilarious odyssey through the great beyond, aided by her spirit guide Maryamma. Duran is one of the most popular comic playwrights in America, winner of the Tony for Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and the Obie for Sister Mary Ignatius Explains It All For You. This new production comes to us courtesy of the Silver Spring Stage.
For best friends Charlotte and Jonny, their long years of childhood friendship have always been enough for them. Now as college students on the verge of graduating, the two begin to contemplate the idea of evolving their platonic relationship into something more. Meanwhile, Charlotte's parents (an unlikely couple themselves) pressure the two toward romance despite the crumbling of their own marriage. Premiering at Arlington's Signature Theatre, The Mystery of Love & Sex uses humor and insight to unravel the complexities of intimacy and identity.
An Octoroon is Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th century antebellum melodrama. The story focuses on a plantation on the brink of foreclosure, a young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate's owner and an evil swindler who's plotting to buy the girl for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are all trying to keep things drama-free as everyone around them goes crazy. While Dion Boucicault's original play helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery, the New York Post has called this incendiary adaptation "entertainingly demented." Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it's a provocative challenge to America's lasting legacy of slavery and the racial pigeonholing of 1859 -- and today. See what The New York Times calls "this decade's most eloquent theatrical statement on race," when An Octoroon comes to D.C.'s Woolly Mammoth Theatre.
Called by playwright Edward Albee "the greatest American play ever written," this dramatization of small-town life has been adored by audiences ever since its debut. It's the story of young lovers George and Emily -- as well as their families, friends and neighbors -- as they grow up, fall in love and discover the inevitable darker sides of life in Grover's Corners. Narrated by the nameless Stage Manager and performed with minimal props or set, the groundbreaking play won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama in 1938. Don't miss this fresh interpretation of an American theater classic, as you ponder what Our Town is today, at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville.
Winner of the 2001 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Proof tells the story of Catherine, a troubled young woman, on the eve of her 25th birthday. Catherine has spent years caring for her brilliant but unstable father, a famous mathematician. Now, following his death, she must uncomfortably confront various non-mathematical problems including her own volatile emotions; the arrival of her estranged sister, Claire; and the attentions of Hal, her father's former student who hopes to discern meaning from the 103 chaotic notebooks that her father left behind. Over the long weekend that follows, a burgeoning romance and the discovery of a mysterious new notebook draw Catherine into the most difficult problem of all: how much of her father's madness-or genius-will she inherit?
"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.
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.
Surf's up in this beachy adaptation of Shakespeare's gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief, Twelfth Night. Taking its cues from '60s-era surf movies, twins Viola and Sebastian are separated after a fierce storm and devastating surfboard accident. They wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria and are quickly caught up in a maze of mistaken identity and mismatched passions. Viola falls hopelessly in love with Duke Orsino and disguises herself as a man to enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. See the timeless romantic comedy in a whole new, groovy light at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center.
The Reduced Shakespeare Company is back! This inventive three-man comedy troupe is the brains behind The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) and The Bible: The Complete Word of God (abridged), both of which ran in London for over nine years. Now enjoy the group in their latest show, the world premiere of William Shakespeare's Long Lost First Play. Written and directed by Reed Martin and Austin Tichenor, creators of Reduced Shakespeare Company, this rollicking show centers around the discovery, in a parking lot, of an ancient manuscript of young Will's very first play. The three then hurl themselves headfirst into a frenzy of pithy comedy, plentiful punning and wit galore. Experience the irreverent hilarity at Washington DC's Folger Theatre.