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Hailed by The New York Times as "the best musical of this century" and the winner of nine Tony Awards, The Book of Mormon is the blockbuster Broadway smash from South Park creators Trey Parker and Matt Stone, and the Oscar-winning composer of Disney's Frozen and Avenue Q, Bobby Lopez. This outrageous musical comedy follows the misadventures of a mismatched pair of missionaries, sent halfway across the world to spread the Good Word. Now, with standing-room only productions in London, on Broadway and across North America, The Book of Mormon has truly become an international sensation.
Cirque du Soleil's Varekai whisks you away to an extraordinary world where anything is possible. A solitary young man parachutes into a magic forest, where he meets fantastic creatures and embarks on an adventure full of extraordinary and whimsical experiences. In the Romany language -- the language of the Gypsies -- "varekai" means "wherever," and this fantastic journey pays tribute to the wandering spirits who began the circus tradition, roaming entertainers whose travels might take them anywhere. As the show's hero explores the forest, you'll travel with him to witness high-flying aerial acts, astounding acrobatics, hilarious clowns and the Icarian games: an ancient circus art that presents a thrilling display of human juggling as the performers catapult through the air and make unbelievable landings on their partners. This fantastical adventure spectacle takes place at the Patriot Center.
This epic musical features the words of Abraham Lincoln and music inspired by the letters of those who lived through the Civil War. With rousing music, stirring speeches and rich, historic costumes, Freedom’s Song evokes the soaring hopes and tragic losses of the real people of Civil War America. Through a series of highly theatrical vignettes, we see everyday Americans courageously confront the gritty realities of a tattered nation and a war that pitted brother against brother. Lincoln’s inspirational words intermix with these stories, imagining a bloody nation once again unified and the return of a truly United States. Jeff Calhoun (Broadway’s Newsies) returns to direct this lively historical opus.
Old friends Regan, Gena and Katie reunite in the bridal suite of their former high school chum Becky on the night before her wedding. Still simmering with feelings of jealousy and resentment, the girls go on a night of debauchery that starts out playful and becomes destructive. Labeled a "sensational new comedy" by The New York Times, Bachelorette is a play about reconciling who you are with the person you planned to be. See what happens when champagne, cocaine and catty behavior combine -- disastrously and hilariously -- at Theatre on the Run in Arlington.
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."
When Annie and Peter decide to adopt, they set their sights on a child from Africa. But as reality sinks in and reactions from African-American friends take hold, it sparks an uncertainty that speaks to their very identity as White Americans. Acutely funny and tack-sharp, The Call is a startling portrait of cultural divide, casting global issues into the heart of an American home.
After a bank robbery gone wrong, carousel barker Billy Bigelow is given a second chance to make things right for the love-of-his-life Julie Jordan and the child he never got to meet. Featuring some of the form’s best-loved songs: “You’ll Never Walk Alone,” “June Is Bustin’ Out All Over,” and “If I Loved You.” Time Magazine calls this Rodgers and Hammerstein classic tale of love and redemption the “greatest musical of the twentieth century.”
A perfect springtime treat, Washington National Opera's Cinderella pops up with a few unexpected twists to the beloved fairy tale and several debuts on the Kennedy Center Opera House stage. Rossini's popular retelling of Cinderella transforms the glass slippers into bracelets and the fairy godmother into a philosophical tutor, yet it's the same enchanting tale blossoming with rainbow-bright costumes and a rags-to-riches ending that celebrates the power of love and forgiveness. And rotating in the lead role of Angelina is American mezzo-soprano and 2013 Richard Tucker Award winner Isabel Leonard and celebrated Irish mezzo-soprano Tara Erraught in her U.S. debut. Gifted conductor Speranza Scappucci also makes her WNO debut.
In an unnamed country, at an unknown time, a man claiming to be a government agent relentlessly interrogates a young woman, insisting that her children’s books contain hidden messages against the state. As his methods grow more ruthless, she is forced to decide if resistance is her only weapon…
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.
Best known for his role as underdog Benji Applebaum in the two Pitch Perfect movies, Ben Platt takes a break from filming to tackle the title role in Dear Evan Hansen, the world-premiere musical coming to D.C.'s Arena Stage this summer. Set to an original score by Tony nominees Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (A Christmas Story, Dogfight), a book by Steven Levenson (Showtime's Masters of Sex) and directed by three-time Tony Award nominee Michael Greif (Rent, Next to Normal, If/Then), Dear Evan Hansen is a contemporary, intimate story of hope, heartache and the things in life we all need -- friends, family and a place to call home.
The Elephant Man is based on the life of John Merrick, who lived in London during the latter part of the nineteenth century. A horribly deformed young man, victim of rare skin and bone diseases, he has become the star freak attraction in traveling side shows. Found abandoned and helpless, he is admitted to London’s prestigious Whitechapel hospital. Under the care of celebrated young physician Frederick Treves, Merrick is introduced to London society and slowly evolves from an object of pity to an urbane and witty favorite of the aristocracy and literati only to be denied his ultimate dream, to become a man like any other.
The creative team that brought D.C. audiences The Ramayana brings to life a dynamic family drama drawn from the Indian epic The Mahabharata. Girish Karnad's The Fire and the Rain follows pious Paravasu and his isolated, lonely wife, as well as Paravasu's passionate brother, who dares to pursue a forbidden marriage. In this mystical exploration of humanity, you'll encounter a mask that possesses its owner, a tortured demon-soul on a mission and a supernatural act of compassion. The Fire and the Rain embraces spectacle and spirituality to spark an explosive story of ritual and rebellion. This inspiring work by one of India's most celebrated contemporary playwrights has its North American premiere at The Source. Constellation Theatre Company's Allison Arkell Stockman directs and global-minded percussionist Tom Teasley provides live music throughout the performance.
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.
When Tony-nominated playwright Ken Ludwig (Lend Me a Tenor, Moon Over Buffalo) was looking for the setting of his next comedy, he had an epiphany while playing golf. Everything about the game seemed perfect for roasting: the silly outfits, the stuffy country club rules, and the temper tantrums that erupt when a tiny ball doesn't roll into a tiny hole. Ludwig's ensuing effort, The Fox on the Fairway, follows the heads of two competing country clubs as they engage in a huge personal wager prior to an upcoming tournament. Marx Brothers-esque madcappery quickly ensues, replete with rapid-fire dialogue, mistaken identities, slamming doors and over-the-top shenanigans in this fun, fast-paced production on Reston Community Center's CenterStage.
The Island devised by Athol Fugard and actors John Kani and Winston Ntshona, and directed by Thomas W. Jones II. Originally seen at MetroStage in 1991, The Island will also return in honor of our 30th anniversary. It depicts the psychological and physical abuse suffered by black political prisoners in South Africa, using the prisoners anticipated performance of the Greek drama Antigone as a symbolic means of political protest. Depicting the conflict of the individual versus the state, whether it be classic Greek, South African apartheid, or certain contemporary situations-clearly a timeless theme. Doug Brown returns to reprise his role of Winston, and has also appeared in Mooi Street Moves, another South African play that MetroStage produced in 1993.
19th century French writer Alfred Jarry became known as a pioneer in the fields of absurdist literature and postmodern philosophy. His monstrous anti-hero character Père Ubu launched the modern era of Dada, Surrealism and Theater of the Absurd. With Jarry Inside Out, you can get a glimpse inside the life of this quizzical literary figure. Catherine Tripp directs the D.C. staging of this production, which is freely adapted from Jarry's life and works. Mixing biography with the unbridled inner-imagination of Spooky Action Theater artistic director Richard Henrich, Jarry Inside Out shines a light on the outré artist's legacy and chronicles his rabble-rousing, convention-shattering journey.
Love gets lost in translation in The Language Archive, an inventive comedy about communication, relationships and Esperanto written by award-winning playwright and screenwriter Julia Cho (Big Love, The Piano Teacher). In it, a brilliant linguist consumed with preserving the dying languages of far-flung cultures faces the potential end of his marriage -- unless he can find the words to stop his wife from leaving. Meanwhile, his archival assistant is mute with adoration for him, and his newest subjects, an elderly couple who are the last speakers of an obscure language, refuse to utter a single word to one another.
Lettice Douffet, an expert on Elizabethan cuisine and medieval weaponry, is an indefatigable but daffy enthusiast of history and the theatre. As a tour guide at Fustian House, one of the least stately of London's stately homes, she theatrically embellishes its historical past, ultimately coming up on the radar of Lotte Schoen, an inspector from the Preservation Trust. Neither impressed or entertained by Lettice's freewheeling history lessons, Schoen fires her. Not one however, to go without a fight, Lettice engages the stoic, conventional Lotte in battle to the death of all that is sacred to the Empire and the crown. This hit by the author of Equus and Amadeus featured a triumphant award-winning performance by Dame Maggie in London and on Broadway.
In an inner-city high school, the daughter of Chinese immigrants falls for the son of a combative African-American family. But when he’s suddenly swallowed up by the system, their desires go in desperate new directions. Re-united six years later, can the lovers build a life together now that their innocence is gone?
Lights Rise on Grace—named Outstanding Play for its workshop at the New York Fringe—is a hot-blooded stage event that has been exposed to its theatrical bones: an examination of race, sexuality, and family as unconventional as the relationships it depicts.
Products of months of hard work, this pair of one-act plays at Gunston Arts Center stars a talented cast of adult actors with intellectual disabilities. First, dive into the toy chest with Annie, Cordelia and their scardey-cat brother Alex as the trio finds itself lost in a magical land run by abandoned dolls and action figures in The Lost Toys. Then it's off to the Big Apple in Broadway Story, an original musical about a young girl who hits the Broadway stage with big dreams -- until a shady "family business" threatens to derail her ambitions. Directed by theater professionals, ArtStream's Inclusive Theatre Companies produce original musicals based on members' own ideas, characters and improvisations.
How much do you know about Ecuador? Teatro de La Luna puts a spotlight on the country in the most entertaining way with its "Magical Ecuador" series of plays. Presented in Spanish, with live English dubbing, this theatrical series brings Ecuador to life on stage with comedy, magic, romantic music and more. La Escoba (The Broom) is a hilarious portrait of Ecuadoran idiosyncracies at detailed in the stories of a long-running newspaper. La Escoba offers a lighthearted look at an era that many Ecuadorans will remember and others will discover anew. It's a comic parade of the history that defines Ecuador, but you don't have to be Ecuadoran to enjoy it!
Teatro de la Luna's Magical Ecuador Festival brings you plays from the middle of the world. This one, Mary Magdalene, the Woman Erased, tells the story of the relationship between the biblical figure and the man known to the world as Jesus Christ. Thought by many of today's historians to have been the companion and wife of Christ, religious doctrine has nevertheless portrayed her as playing a much smaller role, erasing and hiding the possible truth. Performed in Spanish with live English dubbing, Mary Magdalene is a reflection on life and death, and on a relationship that profoundly affected humanity.
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."
Prepare to be scared out of your wits. Loosely based on the true story of The Philip Experiment in 1970s Toronto, David Skeele's The Margins tracks five paranormal investigators and one skeptical reporter as they visit a haunted manor. The team sets out to create and raise a spirit as a psychic experiment, one which ultimately spirals horribly out of control. Fresh from its sold-out, Helen Hayes Award-nominated production of Nightfall With Edgar Allan Poe comes Molotov Theatre Group's chilling production of this horror, which promises to fill DC Arts Center with realistic frights that are certainly not for the faint-hearted.
Through the stories of Rachel, we experience the dreams, losses, and struggles of thousands of Polish-Jewish girls and women who were lured into prostitution in Argentina by an international slave trading organization in the early 1900s. This original musical is a tribute to their spiritual strength and their impact on Buenos Aires’ society and culture.
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.
MEMPHIS takes place in the smoky halls and underground clubs of the segregated 50's, where a young white DJ named Huey Calhoun fell in love with everything he shouldn't: rock and roll and an electrifying black singer. MEMPHIS is an original story about the cultural revolution that erupted when his vision met her voice, and the music changed forever. Come along on their incredible journey to the ends of the airwaves -- filled with laughter, vibrant choreography and roof-raising rock 'n' roll.
Hoping to reconnect with his music and shatter the artistic block that’s plagued his career, Stephen Hoffman, an arrogant young American piano prodigy, ventures to Vienna and finds himself in the hands of a passionate master-teacher. It seems impossible that they will ever get along, much less work together. One is European, one American; one old-fashioned, the other modern; one passionate, the other technically precise; and finally, one a seeming anti-Semite, and the other a Jew. Only music—their one common bond—releases the burning emotions of the teacher and melts the frigidity of the student.
A comedy of (bad) manners from the 1920s, in which two wealthy women who want to get married have chosen their prospective husbands, but insist on trying the merchandise on before making the deal. Lonsdale’s biting wit sparkles as his characters match and mismatch in this once-hugely popular play, not seen in DC for decades.
Putting her own spin on the national motto of France, "Liberte, Egalite, Sororite," Helen Hayes-nominated playwright Lauren Gunderson has written yet another stellar tale of women in history. The Revolutionists follows four real women who lived very boldly in Paris during the French Revolution: a playwright, an assassin, a free woman of color and a former French Queen. It's a period piece with some modern kick-ass female sensibilities thrown in, as these heroines try not to lose their minds, or their heads, during the insanity of the Reign of Terror. The Revolutionists can't stay in D.C. for long, so catch them while you can at Hartke Theatre Complex at Catholic University.
Mistaken identities, fractured relationships and dramatic reunions are par for the course in Carlo Goldoni's comic masterpiece The Servant of Two Masters, playing at The Robert E. Parilla Performing Arts Center. The mayhem erupts when the chronically hungry, wily servant Truffaldino embarks on a scheme to double his wages (and meals) by serving two masters at the same time. But can he pull off this feat without letting either master know that he owes allegiance to the other? And how will he balance his jobs with his pursuit of lady love Smeraldina? Comic fun and complications abound in this Montgomery College production of a classic commedia dell'arte romantic farce where young love is hindered by mistaken identity in a clash between young and old.
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.
Even the Martha's Vineyard mansion of the LeVay family can barely house all the drama of Stick Fly. Bringing your new girlfriend home to meet Mom and Dad is always stressful. But brothers Kent and Flip must navigate issues of parental expectations (which are stratospheric), sibling rivalry (intense), issues of class and race (fraught and many) and life-altering surprises. For in this richly painted portrait of an affluent African-American family, secrets are always lurking just outside the gilded frame. Now Port City Playhouse stages this powder keg drama from acclaimed playwright Lydia R. Diamond (The Bluest Eye). Family vacations have never been as intense or as enthralling as this exciting new production directed by Kevin Sockwell.
Quacking like a duck, crawling on all fours, bouncing on an exercise ball while humming the theme from The Land Before Time -- adults have been known to go to ridiculous extremes to soothe a crying baby. But in the long and high-strung history of baby pacification, no one has gone out on a farther limb than Jerry in A Tale of Two Cities. A drag queen getting ready for a big gig, Jerry discovers an abandoned baby bawling on his front step. Desperate to calm him down, the natural performer decides to do the obvious thing: Act the entirety of Charles Dickens' sweeping novel of the French Revolution ... playing all the characters himself. An off-Broadway sensation, A Tale of Two Cities now comes to Synetic Theater in an all-new production starring Alex Mills.
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.
Although excitement and controversy surround the upcoming release of Harper Lee's new book -- recently discovered after six decades -- one thing is certain: It will never replace To Kill a Mockingbird. For few perspectives on American society have been as insightful or as poignant as that of young Scout Finch, the heroine of Lee's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel. Adapted for the stage by Christopher Sergel (Winesburg, Ohio), this moving play follows Scout's journey as her father Atticus defends a black man framed for a crime he did not commit. As the trial progresses, Scout and her brother Jem see their community divided over issues of justice and racism. Now Rockville Little Theatre presents this stirring portrayal of both racial and family relations at the F. Scott Fitzgerald.
Three professionals -- a geographer, a stenographer and a typographer -- grapple with the significance of their professions and the impact of work on their lives in The Typographer's Dream. The show's three characters undertake a humorous and meaningful exploration of art and business, boundaries and (auto)biography. Called "funny, provocative, psychologically revealing, intellectually stimulating and thoroughly enjoyable" by the San Francisco Chronicle, The Hub Theatre's Dream was written by Obie Award-winning playwright Adam Bock (Swimming in the Shallows, Medea Eats, The Thugs, The Receptionist). The play asks: If you are what you do, what happens when you hate your job? Find out at the John Swayze Theatre in Fairfax.
This new version of Chekhov's classic by Pulitzer Prize-winner Annie Baker (Circle Mirror Transformation, The Aliens, The Flick) is a revelation, bringing modern language to this timeless story of relationships and yearning. Written to create “a version that sounds to our contemporary American ears the way the play sounded to Russian ears during the play’s first productions,” Baker’s award-winning Uncle Vanya reintroduces audiences to Chekhov's enduring wit, insight, and emotional depth. It was hailed as one of the top 10 shows of 2012 by both The New York Times and New York Magazine. John Vreeke (The Lyons) directs an all-star cast of DC actors in an inventive production that re-envisions our performance space.