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"Love is merely a madness" in this romantic comedy featuring thwarted lovers, a clown and women disguised as men. The duke's daughter and her cousin flee a dangerous situation at the royal court and end up in the mysterious Forest of Arden. There they encounter comical twists and turns on their merry romp toward an eventual happy ending, where true love wins out. Through mischievous misunderstandings, pleasing poetry and hilarious happenstance, As You Like It shows that the forces of romance and justice can make an out-of-kilter world right again. Internationally acclaimed Shakespearean director Michael Attenborough, whose only previous U.S. work has been in New York, selected As You Like It for his much-anticipated American regional debut, as he regards the play as "very personal and warm spirited."
The students of Catholic University's Musical Theatre program perform Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the best musical of the century. Swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy captivates and marries naive millworker Julie. Losing his job just as he learns that Julie is pregnant, Billy, desperate to provide a decent life for his family, is coerced into being an accomplice to a robbery. Caught in the act and facing prison, he takes his own life and is sent "up there." Returning to earth for one day 15 years later, Billy encounters the daughter he never knew. A lonely, friendless teenager, her father's reputation as a thief and a bully has haunted her throughout her young life. How Billy instills in both the child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. It's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
What better way to experience the wintry world of Disney's Frozen than in a live Disney on Ice show? Join royal sisters Anna and Elsa as you're magically whisked away to the ice kingdom of Arendelle. An uplifting, Oscar-winning tale of true love, Frozen comes to life with graceful skating and amazing special effects. Sing along to beloved songs like "Let It Go," as the hilarious snowman Olaf; Kristoff; his loyal reindeer, Sven; and the mystical trolls set out on an inspiring journey. Also skating into the rink will be Mickey and Minnie Mouse, plus your favorite Disney Princesses and characters from beloved Disney/Pixar films like Toy Story, Finding Nemo and The Lion King.
At Patriot Center Oct 22 - Oct 27
At Royal Farms Arena (Formerly Baltimore Arena) Oct 29 - Nov 2
Celebrate the 50th anniversary of an American classic as Tony nominee Jonathan Hadary (Gypsy, Spamalot) makes his Arena Stage debut as Tevye, a humble Jewish dairyman who's tested daily by his five tradition-defying daughters. But when dangerous forces threaten the village's way of life, Teyve's faith and love for his family give him strength to fight for his home and the traditions of his people. Winner of nine Tony Awards, this celebration of family, community and life's unexpected miracles is filled with unforgettable songs, including "If I Were a Rich Man," "Matchmaker, Matchmaker" and "Sunrise, Sunset."
This ingenious comic stage adaptation of Alfred Hitchcock's thriller The 39 Steps turns a cast of four into over 100 zany characters (in 100 minutes) with a mix of Hitchcockian panache, spy novel thrills and a touch of Monty Python absurdity. The winner of two Tony and Drama Desk Awards, The 39 Steps is a fast-paced and funny whodunit that's brimming with action and romance. Accused of a murder he didn't commit, Richard Hannay flees from the authorities and encounters a string of hair-raising adventures -- as well as an unlikely love connection. Gasp and guffaw as four talented actors reenact the entire film, including every train chase, plane crash and murder, and gleefully portray every spy, villain and intriguing character.
A wildfire of gossip and speculation breaks out when Signor Ponza and his wife move to town and shockingly take up residence in a separate house from his mother-in-law. With no regard for privacy, the community of this Italian village decides they absolutely must get the inside scoop. What these snoops discover sends them spinning - tales of love-induced trips to the madhouse, secret letters delivered by a bucket on a rope and pulley, and a case of mistaken identity that has been maintained for years.
Odets’ 1935 play follows the Bergers, a Jewish family from the Bronx trying to make ends meet during the Depression. The family’s matriarch Bessie – one of the most spectacular roles in the American canon – will stop at nothing to keep her family together… even if it means ripping her children’s dreams apart.
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 U.S. Marines who fought in America's longest war in Afghanistan faced unbelievable physical and emotional challenges, unlike any warriors before them, both on the battlefield and on the homefront. Part performance piece and part social-history project, this powerful live theatrical event puts you directly in their boots of these soldiers, weaving original music, film clips, images and dramatic readings of real blog posts and letters to evoke the devastating toll the war's taken on these Marines and their families. Currently on tour across the country, Basetrack Live is a collaboration between award-winning theater company En Garde Arts and corpsmen from the 1st Battalion/8th Marines.
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."
Just imagine For Colored Girls told from a male perspective and you begin to sense the ambition and scope of Chocolate Covered Ants, a dramatic exploration of what it means to be a black man today. As he did with "down low" culture in The Truth and the cost of celebrity in All That Glitters, playwright Steven A. Butler Jr. takes an important contemporary issue and strips away the caricatures and stereotypes to reveal the complicated and fiercely beautiful truth underneath. Told from the perspective of researcher Dr. Adrienne Taylor, Chocolate Covered Ants journeys into the mind of the African-American male and uncovers the joys, pains, truths and lies that define -- and unite -- us all. Courtney Baker-Oliver directs this important production from Restoration Stage.
Inspired by Stephan Wolfert's experience as a soldier, writer and performer, Cry "Havoc!" is a unique, interactive exploration of the soldiers found in the plays of William Shakespeare. Using the famous playwright's timeless words, plus a few of his own, Wolfert brings to life the voices of iconic figures like Richard III, Othello and Henry V, among others. Following this one-night-only performance, Wolfert is joined in an audience discussion with Dr. Niobe Way, Promundo-US, and Michael Witmore, director of the Folger Shakespeare Library, to further explore the themes of violence, recovery and community both through and outside of Shakespeare.
Playwright Marc Goldsmith explores our world from the vantage point of Danny, a typical, career-oriented New Yorker who just happens to be a little person. Danny must navigate his love life, a career and his family and friends -- all while confronting his own insecurities about measuring up. Unexpected Stage co-founder Christopher Goodrich, who directed the award-winning NYC Fringe production of Danny Boy, reteams with Goldsmith for the D.C.-area premiere of this clever, heartfelt comedy.
Zombies have invaded Washington and it's up to you and your team to find the cure. Gear up with neurotoxin darts, steel yourself and enter a building overrun with the walking dead, picking off the bloodthirsty ghouls at every turn as you navigate the maze in search of humanity's last hope. DC Dead takes the classic haunted house attraction and ups the ante with a fully immersive and interactive experience. You and five of your friends will explore the hidden hallways of Fort Fringe as you scavenge for supplies and dodge the fatal swipes of the infected. Do you have what it takes to survive?
Nine-time Grammy Award winner Sheryl Crow and Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Levinson (The Natural, Rain Man) make their highly anticipated theatrical debut with this world premiere musical adaptation of Levinson's landmark movie Diner. Tony-winning director and choreographer Kathleen Marshall joins Crow and Levinson to transform Diner's groundbreaking exploration of burgeoning adulthood and friendship for the modern stage. Set during Christmas of '59 in Baltimore, and infused with a swinging 1950s rock 'n' roll sound, the show centers around a circle of childhood friends who reunite in an all-night diner. The men, now in their early 20s, confront the realities of adulthood: marriage, careers, money -- and the ever-mysterious opposite sex.
Acclaimed Washington stage actors Nancy Robinette and Craig Wallace return to Ford’s to perform in this beloved classic. When Daisy Werthan causes a car wreck, her son hires hard-working chauffeur Hoke Colburn to look after her. What begins as a hostile clashing of wills between a stubborn Jewish matriarch and a proud black man evolves into a decades-long friendship as the two navigate Civil Rights-era Atlanta. With humor and heartfelt emotion, Alfred Uhry’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play poignantly explores the transformative power of true friendship.
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.
Fiery and passionate, with a rich blues, folk and gospel-infused score, Elmer Gantry brings the evangelical charlatan of Sinclair Lewis' satirical novel to life in an adventurous new reimagining. The charismatic, but completely broke, salesman Elmer Gantry stumbles upon a struggling religious tour, led by pious evangelist Sister Sharon Falconer. Falling for Falconer, Gantry joins the troupe as a preacher and, with a little showmanship and theatrics, transforms the revival into the hottest ticket in town. However, inspired by Falconer's earnestness and his reawakened spirit, Gantry inserts one spectacle too many and risks blowing up the entire operation.
In the days before one of the most anticipated fights in boxing history, heavyweight champ Muhammad Ali forms an unlikely friendship with controversial Hollywood star Stepin Fetchit. This true story explores the improbable bond that forms between these drastically different, influential cultural icons - one a vibrant and audacious youth, the other a resentful, almost forgotten relic - as they fight to shape their legacies amidst the Civil Rights Movement of the 1960s. Derrick Sanders (The Raisin Cycle at CenterStage) directs Will Power’s absorbing, poetic, and humorous exploration of the true meaning of strength, resilience, and pride. Delivers “a potent and satisfying wallop” – New York Daily News
The holiday season is near and the family comes together. But when life throws the unexpected at you -- betrayals, misunderstandings, painful past secrets revealed -- how would you handle it? These interpersonal struggles and more are at the core of Forgiving BUT NOT Forgetting. Lead actress Tia Leslie goes through hell and back in this original production as she tries to love her way through troubled relationships with her fiancé and her family. Her faith falters and she wonders whether she should forgive, or live in misery trying to forget.
An all-American favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny Zuko as they enter their senior year at Rydell High. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "Beauty School Dropout," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning," and this live version remains a perennial favorite. Join Sandy, Danny, Rizzo, Kenickie and the rest of the gang, and discover why Grease is most definitely the word.
The magnetic and mysterious Hedda Gabler, stifled by society's coventions, has captivated audiences since she sprang from Ibsen's imagination in 1890. Her perplexing machinations find the perfect home in Washington, D.C.'s politically-charged Georgetown of 1963 in this new adaptation by Michael Avolio.
Forum Theatre brings in the beat with the regional premiere of acclaimed spoken-word poet and playwright Idris Goodwin's new hip-hop drama. Set in 1988, How We Got On mixes the true history of hip-hop with a coming-of-age tale about a trio of suburban Midwestern kids who discover rap as a means to escape their cultural isolation, family turmoil and other issues. It all plays out with the help of a live onstage DJ who re-mixes their lives as they use music to discover and express themselves in places words fail. Goodwin's imaginative work premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival of New American Plays in 2012.
Witness all the antics of America's favorite dizzy redhead and her Cuban crooner hubby as beloved '50s sitcom I Love Lucy is transformed into a live musical. Step back in time onto the Desilu soundstage where a charming host will give you a behind-the-scenes look at the latest hi-fi technology that makes this new thing called "television" possible. Then, the show starts, and Lucy, Ricky, Fred and Ethel are up to their hilarious antics in the familiar cozy surroundings of their New York apartment building and at the famed Tropicana Nightclub, where The Ricky Ricardo Orchestra delights with "Babalu" and other Cuban dance numbers. In between scenes, the Crystaltone Singers perform live advertising jingles from the show's newest sponsors (Brylcreem, anyone?) in perfect '50s-style harmony. This is your chance to be a member of the studio audience at the taping of two classic I Love Lucy episodes -- "The Benefit" (Lucy agrees to get Ricky to perform in a benefit for her women's club, as long as she's the star of the show) and "Lucy Has Her Eyes Examined" (drops from the eye doctor make Lucy's vision blurry just as she's about to have a jitterbug audition for a movie role).
Tony, Obie, Emmy and Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Tony Kushner (Angels in America) tackles family and personal dramas in the D.C. premiere of the newly updated The Intelligent Homosexual's Guide to Capitalism and Socialism With a Key to the Scriptures. Directed by John Vreeke (2013's Race at Theater J), this Brooklyn-set piece centers around a retired longshoreman and lifelong Communist, his grown children and his frank, open discussion of possibly committing suicide -- which doesn't go exactly as planned. Instead, he's caught in a deeply emotional battle over what makes life worth living.
Stack up all the mad scientists who have ever conducted abominable experiments in a secret laboratory -- from Victor Frankenstein up through Dr. Evil -- and all of them together are not half as brilliant, deranged and flat-out horrifying as Dr. Moreau. More terrifying than any of H.G. Well's other creations (and that's counting the aliens of The War of the Worlds and the Invisible Man), Dr. Moreau and his private zoo/nursery of half-man, half-animal "children" have thrilled and repulsed audiences since first appearing in print in 1896. Now Synetic artistic director Paata Tsikurishvili will direct and appear in a fresh adaptation of Wells' The Island of Dr. Moreau. Set to original music and charged with riveting dialogue, this highly physical tale creates a horrifying world you will long remember.
In 1968, this musical revue made its triumphant off-Broadway theatrical premiere, introducing audiences to the poignant, passionate and profound work of Belgian singer/songwriter Jacques Brel. Brimming with humor and sophistication and mining poetic themes of love, romance, war, death, being young and growing old, Brel’s songs tell the story of what it means to be truly alive. A powerful, intimate, bold and emotional evening of theater that has been putting audiences under its spell for more than five decades.
Beware the Ides of March, Caesar. Julius Caesar returns home victorious, securing both unparalleled power and popularity. Fearful for the Republic and driven by their own ambition, several senators conspire to assassinate the Roman dictator in the Capitol. However, their brash move plunges Rome into chaos and threatens the very democracy they swore to uphold.
In the shadow of the nearby Capitol building, Shakespeare’s searing commentary on power, ambition, and democratic responsibility smolders just in time for midterm elections.
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.
Washington National Opera's La Boheme is Puccini's timeless tale of young bohemians in Paris struggling to fulfill their dreams and find love returns in a brand-new production filled with moonlit duets, snowy streets, rowdy celebrations, and heartrending tears.
Despite her grandmother’s fateful warnings and her own forebodings, the young gypsy Salud lives waiting for Paco, her fickle lover. Sun-drenched Andalusia and the mysterious, ritualistic soul of its people are the core of this passionate gypsy opera (1904-1905) and its universally famous Spanish dances.
Even at a time when charismatic anti-heroes rule supreme -- especially on cable TV -- Macbeth stands apart. More under-handed than Frank Underwood, more cunning than Michael Corleone and more desperate than Walter White, the Scottish general-turned-king remains the most enthralling example of ambition run amok, of authentic talent corrupted one compromise at time. Now the Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents a bold new production of Shakespeare's dark masterpiece. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's bloody cycle of corruption and betrayal is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by Macbeth, his trusted friend. Egged on by his wife, Macbeth goes on to claim his "destiny" ... but at a terrible price.
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."
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.
If Monty Python were tasked with rewriting an Agatha Christie murder mystery, the results wouldn't be half as funny as The Murder Room, where "murder most foul" becomes "mayhem most farcical." Mavis Templeton Hollister returns to Brynwood Cottage in northern England only to find her husband, Edgar, waiting to greet her ... which is slightly distressing, considering she was 99% sure she had killed him earlier. She quickly "finishes the job" but Edgar's disappearance kick-starts a remarkable zany chain of events. Plodding police inspectors, mysterious hidden compartments, dull-witted relations and noisy servants all make The Murder Room an utterly charming place to be. Now Bowie Playhouse stages a fresh production of this "killer" comedy from prolific playwright Jack Sharkey.
The enchanting My Fair Lady has ascended as high as a Broadway production can since its debut in 1956, winning Tony Awards as well as the Best Picture Oscar for its film adaptation. Now, Damascus Theatre Company presents its rendition of this show-stopping musical wherein Cockney flower girl Eliza Doolittle transforms into a well-bred lady under the tutelage of Professor Henry Higgins. With an unforgettable score that includes such favorites as "With a Little Bit of Luck," "The Rain in Spain," "I Could Have Danced All Night," "On the Street Where You Live" and "Get Me to the Church on Time," this beloved musical aims to woo even the hardest-hearted of viewers.
History's greatest horror writer stands alone in the growing darkness of his own mind, trying to convince himself -- and the audience -- that's he still sane as his best stories come to life in Nightfall with Edgar Allan Poe. Before Poe died of "brain congestion" shortly after being found on the streets of Baltimore, dressed in a stranger's suit and muttering mysterious phrases, he wrote the spookiest stories ever put to paper. Now four of his favorites -- "The Raven," "The Fall of the House of Usher," "The Pit and the Pendulum" and "The Tell-Tale Heart"-- are brought to the stage in this production from the Molotov Theatre Group. Adapted by Eric Coble (The Velocity of Autumn), Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe captures both the poetry and the terror of Poe's originals, where the border between sanity and madness is often very thin. Come, if you dare!
US Premiere. In this tense, one-act, Canadian play, an unstable high-school student confronts a pacifistic guidence councelor in her claustrophobic office at the school. During their increasingly heated conversation a gun is produced, and their encounter becomes a battle of wills. Will "justifiable" violence or passive resistance win the day? Who will survive?
Olivia is an attractive 39-year-old author whose career has just about reached the end of its shelf life. Ethan, a young internet phenom, is making a huge online splash with his sex-fueled blog. Their meeting in a secluded cabin results in an instant physical connection, which turns into something more as their adventures online and off raise a whole host of modern moral questions. Holly Twyford (The Little Dog Laughed) stars in this sexy, provocative exposé that playfully explores what happens when private lives become public domain. The Chicago Tribune called Sex With Strangers "smart and riveting" in its 2009 Steppenwolf premiere.
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.
Widely considered one of Shakespeare's greatest works, The Tempest is a lyrical play that tells the story of Prospero, an exiled duke who lives as the master of an enchanted isle where fantastical creatures, mystery, music and romance abound. A shipwreck delivers Prospero's enemies to the island, and the plot thickens when his beloved daughter falls for the enemy's son. It's a magical tale about the transformative power of forgiveness and the bond between parent and child. This great story has inspired all kinds of adaptations, from poetry and paintings to operas and films like Forbidden Planet.
An elegant intimate musical by Thomas W. Jones II, which exposes the souls of three strong women, Olive, Marsha and Irene, when they gather at the family home and reflect on the promise of the future, while revealing the pain of the present and their regrets of the past. A rich musical tapestry. An evening of gospel, rhythm & blues, and funk: all original music by William Hubbard. Inspired by Chekhov.
Right here in Washington, DC, in the volatile 1890s, two powerful and egotistical men clashed over how the Deaf should be taught to communicate–a contest that was to impact every Deaf person thereafter. This brilliant new bilingual musical tells that momentous story through the real people who lived it, including Alexander Graham Bell, Edward Miner Gallaudet, First Lady Carrie Harrison–and a young girl named Helen Keller, just beginning to learn what it means to be a woman in an era of progress.
Lewis invites his estranged sister Dana on a trip to Rome to reconnect. But when he befriends a beautiful stranger, old wounds fester and intimate secrets are revealed. A dark, contemplative world premiere from the Studio Theatre commissioned playwright Rachel Bonds.
Teatro de la Luna brings together top troupes from Argentina, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, Honduras, Uruguay and even Spain for its 17th annual International Festival of Hispanic Theater. This year's six-weekend event offers up several intriguing comedic solo shows, including Loca la Juana (That Crazy Joan) from Ecuador, which depicts a trio of history's most famous Joans, and Argentina's Vegetal (Vegetable), Claudio Pazos' look at our relationship with time. All performances are in Spanish with live English dubbing. Please see the full event description for more on the lineup.
Reston Community Players opens its 48th season with their production of Tony Award-winning musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown. Your favorite members of the Peanuts gang will take the stage for this endearing salute to Charles M. Schulz's iconic comic strip. It's a look at an average day in the life of Charlie Brown and there's ton of musical, comical goodness in his grief. RCP's performance will bring back your childhood memories of Linus, Lucy and Snoopy and help you share those beloved characters with a younger generation.