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Experience Rodgers and Hammerstein's Carousel, which Time magazine called the greatest musical of the 20th century, at DC's Arena Stage. In Carousel, swaggering, carefree carnival barker Billy Bigelow captivates the naive millworker Julie and they marry. Just as they learn that Julie is pregnant, Billy loses his job. Desperate to provide a decent life for his family, he allows himself to be coerced into taking part in a bank robbery. Things go horribly awry, but fifteen years later Billy gets the chance to see his wife and the daughter he never knew. How Billy instills in both his child and her mother a sense of hope and dignity is a dramatic testimony to the power of love. With classic songs like "June Is Bustin' Out All Over" and "You'll Never Walk Alone," it's easy to understand why, of all the shows they created together, Carousel was Rodgers and Hammerstein's personal favorite.
Theatrically breathtaking, the eight-time 2012 Tony Award–winning musical tells the enchanting tale of a Dublin street musician who's about to give up on his dream when a beautiful young woman takes a sudden interest in his haunting love songs.
400 years after William Shakespeare's death, Nu Sass Productions offers up 43 and 1/2, a revamped version of a Capital Fringe Festival original. This comedy ticks its way through the 43 (and ½) best tragic deaths depicted in Shakespeare's work. It's a morbid, yet hilarious ode to all the guts, glory and stabby bits the Bard ever committed to paper. The remount -- coming to D.C.'s Logan Fringe Arts Space -- features goofily grim spoofs of the great theatrical murders and suicides, with new scenes, fights and even drinking games.
Just in time for election season, Round House Theatre and Olney Theatre Center present the 25th Anniversary production of Tony Kushner’s Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning masterpiece. Sexuality, religion, and politics collide at the beginning of the AIDS crisis in one of the most celebrated plays of the 20th century. Don’t miss Part I: Millennium Approaches & Part II: Perestroika, presented in rotating repertory.
Based on the infamous headline in the Weekly World News tabloid -- and hailed as a "giggling cult hit" by The New Yorker -- this hilarious modern musical tells the story of a half-human/half-bat boy by the name of Edgar. Discovered in a West Virginia cave, the local sheriff brings Bat Boy to the home of the local veterinarian, where he's accepted as a member of the family and taught how to act like a "normal" boy. But as the town's cows begin to fall victim to a mysterious plague, mayhem ensues. With its clever production numbers, infectious pop-rock score, surprising twists and a message about acceptance, this frightfully funny spoof is a classic love story with a wicked bite that's part comic book, part horror flick -- and all fun. Catch this Prince William Little Theatre production of Bat Boy: The Musical at the Hylton Performing Arts Center in Washington D.C. area.
In this adaptation of James Howe's spine-tinglingly fun children's story Bunnicula, the Monroe family brings home a new bunny for a pet. Bunnicula is cute, fluffy and ... fanged? The existing household pets, Harold the dog and Chester the cat, are not pleased with the new addition -- especially when vegetables begin to turn up drained of their color, and they notice that this strange baby rabbit sleeps all day and prowls around his cage all night. Chester thinks his new rival's a vampire, and he'll stop at nothing as he tries to protect the family. Both laughter and suspense ensue as the valiant pets sniff (and sing and dance) their way through the mystery at Maryland Ensemble Theatre. Ultimately, everyone learns that even the unique among us deserve love.
Step out of the modern world and into the glittering underworld of post-World War I Berlin to join the fun of the infamous Kit Kat Klub, where the music is always tantalizing and the drinks flow endlessly. Cabaret, the Tony-winning masterpiece of musical theater, comes to you from Sam Mendes (Skyfall, American Beauty) and Rob Marshall (Into the Woods, Chicago). Lose yourself in a story of lives intertwining as a cabaret singer, an ex-pat American writer and other misfits and outcasts come together to escape the sinister shadow of World War I behind them and another major war looming. Featuring memorable songs like "Cabaret," "Wilkommen" and "Maybe This Time," Cabaret promises to transform Kensington Town Hall into another time and another era.
Best known for creating such enduring musicals as Wicked, Pippin and the New Testament-inspired Godspell, Stephen Schwartz also wrote the score and lyrics for this joyous play based on the Bible's book of Genesis. An entertaining and inspirational experience for the whole family, Children of Eden touches on themes of faith and generational conflict with humor and heart as it recounts the parental dramas faced by Adam, Eve and Noah. The show ultimately delivers the bittersweet message that sometimes "the hardest part of love ... is letting go." This Damascus Theatre Company production fills the Olney Theatre Center's Historic Stage with Children of Eden's beautiful story, music, dance, humor and imagery.
Featuring stories and themes seemingly ripped straight from today's most controversial headlines, the intense play Chocolate Covered Ants explores the complex psyche of the modern American black man. Emerging playwright Steven A. Butler Jr.'s fascinating story centers on Dr. Adrienne Taylor, a psychologist and social worker who offers therapy sessions to four very different black men. Her in-depth research reveals the complex makeup of each patient's mental state and their focus on social and physical survival. But it also begins to shape a dramatic conflict that promises to affect both herself and her patients. Equal parts gripping and provocative, Chocolate Covered Ants brings an important discussion and a moving story to D.C.'s Anacostia Playhouse.
Lucas Hnath's drama The Christians centers around Pastor Paul, the founding pastor of a mega-church who suddenly suffers a crisis of faith. He's now compelled to lead his thousands-strong flock in a new and unexpected direction on its 20th anniversary -- one that directly conflicts with the former tenets of his ministry. When his motivations are questioned, both his professional and personal relationships are put to the test as well. Backed by a live choir, The Christians is both epic and unexpectedly intimate. This provocative play comes to Theater J at Edlavitch DCJCC, offering an unflinching look at faith -- of any denomination -- and its power to unite or divide.
The world-renowned San Francisco Ballet company performs acclaimed choreographer Christopher Wheeldon's Cinderella, a visually imaginative production inspired by the Brothers Grimm and Perrault fairy tales. This magical take on the beloved children's story is a co-production with the Dutch National Ballet and features Prokofiev's dramatic music, ingenious puppetry by Obie winner Basil Twist and spectacular sets and costumes. The San Francisco Chronicle noted that "all Cinderellas should look and dance as well as this one." Now's your chance to see the lavish spectacle for yourself when it leaps into the Opera House at D.C.'s John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
In Copenhagen, playwright Michael Frayn reimagines the famous 1941 meeting of famed physicists Niels Bohr and Werner Heisenberg, an event that has been subject to much historical speculation. No one knows exactly what these two men -- one a Nobel Prize-winner, the other his esteemed mentor -- discussed. What did Heisenberg believe should be done about atomic bombs? What did he want from Bohr? The spirits of the two men and Bohr's wife, Margrethe, meet after death to attempt to answer the original question: Why did Heisenberg come to Copenhagen? These questions and more will be explored in this production of Copenhagen at the Logan Fringe Arts Space in Washington, DC.
Sometimes words are not needed. One need only watch as a lost traveler navigates a treacherous journey through the nine circles of hell in search of spiritual redemption and his lost love. This revitalized, wordless version of Synetic's emotionally-charged production promises to be a wicked whirlwind of stunning visuals, hauntingly vivid original music and powerful physicality. Famed for their productions that rely solely on physical expression, Synetic has garnered both praise and awards for their extensive Wordless Shakespeare repertoire. See this newest adaptation of Dante's classic Inferno at Synetic Theater.
Delightfully effervescent, Donizetti's comic opera Daughter of the Regiment is a rollicking combination of esprit de corps, comic antics, sweet romance and beautiful music. The story centers on young Marie, who was orphaned as child, then adopted and raised by a squadron of French soldiers who love her like she's their daughter. She and a peasant fall in love, but their marriage plans go awry when Marie is whisked away by a rich relative determined to have her marry into nobility. Impressive vocal acrobatics abound, including the famous "Ah, mes amis," which requires a tenor to sing nine high Cs. This Washington National Opera production is presented in French with English supertitles. See this comic gem, rife with hummable melodies and stirring anthems, at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts.
The Displaced brings together authors Laila Lalami (Hope and Other Dangerous Pursuits), Luis Urrea (Into the Beautiful North) and Shobha Rao (An Unrestored Woman) to tell three stories of displaced people trying to find a place in our volatile world. From the tale of four Moroccans trying to sail to Spain in an inflatable dinghy, to a Mexican village where all the men have left to find work in the United States, to a new mother trapped on the wrong side of the India-Pakistan border, this performance at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C. is a powerful portrait of lives in transit.
Call it a "nightmare come true," A Dream Within A Dream: Madness is a stunning and surreal theatrical production that invites you into the twisted mind of legendary author and Master of the Macabre, Edgar Allan Poe. Step inside Alexandria's Torpedo Factory Art Center and journey back in time to the year 1849, where you'll find an increasingly disturbed Poe mourning the recent death of his beloved wife Virginia. Teetering on the edge of insanity, the brilliant writer wanders the building, deliriously reciting passages from his most notable works; meanwhile his words come to life all around you, summoning some of his darkest and most unforgettable stories and characters. Full of suspense at every turn, this interactive experience will forever change the way you look at Poe and his eerie tales.
When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. Freaky Friday, a new musical comedy based on the celebrated novel by Mary Rodgers and hit Disney films, is a hilarious, contemporary update of an American classic in which a mother and daughter really see what it is to be a family and experience first-hand each other’s lives, if only for a day.
With a score by the Pulitzer Prize-winning composers of Next to Normaland If/Then and a book by Parenthood’s Bridget Carpenter, Freaky Fridayis a delightfully entertaining world premiere musical for anyone with a perfectly imperfect family.
The exciting new dance-theater work Freeze Frame from writer-director-choreographer Debbie Allen delves into issues of race and violence through an entertaining yet thoughtful mix of movement, music, film and storytelling. With original songs by Stevie Wonder, James Ingram, Arturo Sandoval and others, this high-energy show had a successful L.A. run earlier this year, and is set to feature Tony-winning Broadway performers, young hip hop artists, and Debbie Allen Dance Academy performers when it comes to the stage at The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in DC.
Fun Home -- winner of five 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Musical -- has been praised as "the best of what Broadway can do" (Associated Press) and "something of a miracle" (New York Magazine). Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home tells the story of Alison at three different ages, alongside her uniquely dysfunctional family -- her mother, brothers and brilliant, volatile father. Intimate, emotional and refreshingly honest, Fun Home captures the experience of seeing your parents through grown-up eyes. Get your pre-sale tickets to the show Newsday calls "a blazingly original heartbreaker and a nonstop treasure of invention" at The National Theatre.
Dive into a funny and fierce world premiere comedy that transforms theARK Theatre into a steamy southern waterway.
Betty and Kendra waste away a languid summer day fishing on the Alabama Delta. Suddenly, their lazy afternoon turns to chaos when the motor breaks, stranding the two, and their tumultuous relationship, in the Gulf.
Director of New Works Joe Calarco (The Flick) helms this provocative contemporary comedy, starring Rachel Zampelli and Maria Rizzo, by the exciting DC playwright Audrey Cefaly (Maytag Virgin).
There's a reason why iconic actresses like Ethel Merman, Patti Lupone and Bette Midler have all wanted to play the mother of all musical roles. Gypsy is that good. Even The New York Times said it "may be the greatest of all American musicals." Only an epic this grand could capture the real-life Gypsy Rose Lee, the ultimate stage mother, who groomed her two daughters to be vaudeville stars ... only to watch one of them leave it all behind to become a burlesque star. With a book by Arthur Laurents (West Side Story), music by Jule Styne (Funny Girl) and lyrics by Stephen Sondheim (Sweeney Todd, Into the Woods), this timeless favorite features crowd-pleasing songs like "Everything's Coming Up Roses," "Let Me Entertain You," "Together Wherever We Go," "Some People," "You Gotta Have a Gimmick" and the show-stopping "Rose's Turn." Catch Washington County Playhouse's production of this classic along with a full buffet dinner and dessert for the ultimate dinner-theater experience.
Venture back Into the Woods with the acclaimed Fiasco Theater production that became New York's surprise hit of this season. Unanimously lauded by critics and extended twice at the Roundabout's Laura Pels Theater, you can now catch the Tony Award-winning musical by Stephen Sondheim and James Lapine at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. This witty and wildly theatrical re-invention is Into the Woods like you've never seen it before, coming to the stage in Washington, D.C. Including dazzling songs like "Children Will Listen" and "No One Is Alone," this thrillingly clever version made Ben Brantley of The New York Times fall "head over heels." Mind the wolf, heed the witch and honor the giant in the sky at this extraordinary musical about the power of wishes and what really happens after they come true.
The Queen is dead. Long live the King! Hailed as 2015's best new Broadway play by Time, Entertainment Weekly and The New Times, and winner of the 2015 Olivier Award for Best New Play, Mike Bartlett's King Charles III explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family. This modern-day riff on Shakespearean political drama, which was a sold-out hit both on Broadway and in London's West End, has been hailed as "fresh, thrilling and fearlessly comic" (Entertainment Weekly) and "flat-out brilliant!" (The New York Times). Set shortly after the death of the Queen, the story centers on Prince Charles, who after a lifetime of waiting is finally made king -- only to face an ethical dilemma over a bill limiting the freedom of the press. See this buzz-worthy new production at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
A standing double-date quickly becomes a hilarious farce as four friends unburden theirs hearts and reveal their secret passions. But is anything really what it seems to be? An intense, furtive video chat with what might be an exiled author, living on the run while escaping persecution, slowly upends both their world and ours. Can we recover what’s been lost in translation?
This U.S. premiere by “Chile’s most acclaimed playwright-director of the last two decades” (LA Times) is a disquieting exploration of the limitations of art in grappling with the suffocating effects of an oppressive regime. Politically charge and emotionally urgent, it dares us to question whether we can truly understand other cultures…because just when we think we get Kiss, it gets us instead.
When it hit the big screen in 1997, Love Jones left filmgoers swooning over the courtship of two young star-crossed lovers set to the soulful sounds of Maxwell, Cassandra Wilson and more. Two decades later, the Larenz Tate-Nia Long romantic drama has inspired a new stage adaptation in Brooklyn, featuring musical collaboration from MC Lyte, Musiq Soulchild, Marsha Ambrosius, Chrisette Michele, Raheem DeVaughn and Dave Hollister. Love Jones the Musical once again traces the complicated relationship between poet Darius Lovehall and photographer Nina Mosley whose paths initially cross at a boho nightclub in Chicago. Helmed by the film's original director Theodore Witcher, this stirring musical is coming to the stage at the National Theatre in Washington DC.
Nastier than Scorsese at his bleakest, more violent than Tarantino at his bloodiest, Shakespeare's Macbeth still shocks like no other tale on the page, stage or screen. Now cutting-edge director Liesl Tommy (Eclipsed, Ruined) stages this chilling portrait of temptation, ambition and betrayal at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall. Set in a gloomy world of ghosts and witches, the tragedy's cycle of corruption is thrown into motion when the popular King Duncan of Scotland is murdered by his trusted friend and general Macbeth. Driven by a supernatural prophesy and his wife's deadly ambition, Macbeth goes on to claim his destiny. But just as he grasps the crown, it starts to slip through his bloody fingers.
Celebrate the holidays with one of the most beloved tales of all time! It's 1910 and Mr. Banks is looking for a stern nanny for his two wayward children... but fortunately for the family, Mary Poppins comes along, and teaches them all - especially Mr. Banks - some valuable lessons in what family really means. From the magical "Chim Chim Cher-ee" to the iconic "Supercalifragalisticexpialidocious", you'll delight to the story of a wizardly, wise nanny, two precious children, and the family she teaches how to love each other.
The most famous holiday ballet has its roots in Russia, premiering there in 1892 with a majestic score by Tchaikovsky and choreography by Petipa, the father of Russian dance. It's fitting, then, that the Moscow Ballet's Great Russian Nutcracker is one of the most acclaimed versions ever to grace the stage. Almost 40 renowned, award-winning principal Russian dancers and corps de ballet will take the stage to dance the timeless story of young Masha (Clara), who receives the gift of a nutcracker one Christmas and dreams that night of a grand adventure with her Nutcracker Prince. With breathtaking leaps, hundreds of hand-sewn costumes, a magical Snow Forest complete with falling snow, a giant Christmas tree and a cannon that shoots roses, children and adults alike will be swept up in the spirit of the season. Enjoy the ultimate holiday tradition at George Mason University's Center for the Arts in Fairfax.
As a teenager in Jamaica, Staceyann Chin lived in fear of an unwanted pregnancy. As a lesbian performance poet in Brooklyn in her ever-later 30s, she craves nothing more than a child...only to face twists of love, biology, and health insurance.
"Something bright and beautiful pulses in the shadows of The Night Alive,” wrote New York Times reviewer Ben Brantley about McPherson's most recent play, winner of the New York Drama Critics Circle Award. Brantley praised McPherson's "singular gift for making the ordinary glow with an extra dimension, like a gentle phosphorescence waiting to be coaxed into radiance." The often dark, at times violent, drama about the relationship among five highly imperfect people is also infused with black comedy as these sad souls fumble in the darkness toward the light. Directed by Jack Sbarbori and featuring Grant Cloyd, David Dubov, Chelsea Mayo, Joe Palka, and Matthew Vaky.
In the living room of an isolated country house, Jessie asks for her father's revolver and announces her intent to kill herself. She's divorced, her father is dead, her son is a thief, she's unemployed and lives with her mother. While Jessie sets about organizing the house and making lists of things to be looked after, her mother slowly realizes that Jessie is deadly serious. Her desperate helplessness only builds as she watches her child move toward the brink of oblivion. The powerful and staggering Pulitzer-winning drama comes to Theatre on the Run in the Washington, D.C. area.
No matter how hard your heart has grown, The Nutcracker can crack it wide open. Lovers of ballet, lovers of the holidays or simply lovers of pure, thrilling spectacle flock each year to this timeless ballet, which now makes its way to Washington, D.C. Filled with enchanted toys, mischievous mice and sugar plum fairies, the tale of Clara and her magical Nutcracker Prince has captured the hearts of generations of children and adults. Cincinnati Ballet stages this glittering production of Tchaikovsky's beloved classic, featuring visually-striking costumes and sets, amazing acrobatics, and stunning choreography from Artistic Director Victoria Morgan. Prepare to experience the magic of the holidays when The Nutcracker graces the stage of The Kennedy Center Opera House.
The Annapolis Shakespeare Company debuts a brand-new show just in time for Halloween, based on the life and stories of the grand master of the macabre, Edgar Allen Poe. In addition to enjoying a three-course prix fixe dinner, you'll witness Poe brought to life in the intimate space of the Reynolds Tavern, courtesy of Broadway actor Brian Keith MacDonald. He'll take you on a haunting journey through the life of this tormented genius, exploring Poe's heart and mind through his work.
The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.
After helming the highly-lauded productions of Kiss Me, Kate and Man of La Mancha, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul directs his first Shakespeare production at STC—what is sure to be a spectacular, contemporary and heart-rending vision.
Outer Critics Circle and Drama desk winner, Ruthless! is a campy cult favorite. The beautiful and talented 8-year-old Tina Denmark will do ANYTHING to play the lead in the school play.... ANYTHING! Ruthless!famously spoofs Broadway musicals such as Gypsy and Mame, as well as classic films like The Bad Seed and All About Eve. Ruthless! is a hilarious romp through the world of Broadway, child acting, parenthood, and unbridled ambition.
STREB's daredevil performers combine virtuosic dance, athletics, boxing, rodeo, circus and stunt work into astonishing displays of what can only be called "Extreme Action." Interacting with mechanics and hardware custom-designed for their jaw-dropping stunts, these mesmerizing aerial performers will have you on the edge of your seat as they explore the limits of force and gravity. Making its Kennedy Center debut, the New York company presents a thrilling new show at Eisenhower Theater: SEA (Singular Extreme Actions), in which audience members will have the opportunity to contribute to the resident DJ/producer's playlist to make each show audibly unique.
On a windswept moor in an old haunted house in England, a lonely widower still grieves the death of his wife 10 years ago. Enter Mary, a sour young orphan who's come to live with her uncle. She discovers a locked garden that's been left to grow wild and uncared for -- much like Mary herself. With the help of her friend and cousin, the little girl brings new life to both the garden and her uncle in the enchanting musical The Secret Garden, a story of hardship turned into hope, of beauty discovered in unlikely places, the power of a child's imagination and the wisdom that accompanies growing up. Written by Pulitzer winner Marsha Norman (The Color Purple) with music by Lucy Simon (Doctor Zhivago), this lush musical delivers a magical theatrical experience at D.C.'s Sidney Harman Hall.
Reason and passion collide in Jane Austen’s beloved tale of sisterhood and romance. When sudden financial straits force the Dashwood family to move to a distant cottage, sisters Elinor and Marianne become ensnared in heart-wrenching romances. Directed by Bedlam Theater's Eric Tucker (The Wall Street Journal’s 2014 'Director of the Year'), this all-new production of the critically acclaimed play stars Caroline Sefanie Clay, Jacob Fishel, Maggie McDowell, Jamie Smithson, and Erin Weaver.
The mischievous Cat in the Hat joins a cast of everyone's favorite Dr. Seuss characters, including Gertrude McFuzz, Lazy Mayzie La Bird, the Whos of Whoville and the grouchy Grinch in this whimsical production of Seussical. Now one of the most-performed shows in America, Seussical is a fantastical, magical, musical extravaganza that links together some of literature's most beloved children's creations. Each charming story is backed by a myriad of musical styles, from Latin to pop, swing to gospel, and R&B to funk. Dr. Seuss' trademark sense of fun and wonder comes through loud and clear, making this a musical that appeals to all ages. Bring the whole family and join the fun when the show comes to the Children's Theatre of Annapolis.
Based on the Oscar-winning animated movie, Shrek The Musical brings the hilarious story of the lovable green ogre to the D.C Metro area. Shrek just wants to be left alone in his beautiful swamp, but exiled fairy-tale characters keep showing up on his doorstep. Finally, he agrees to help them by confronting the ruthless Lord Farquaad. Joined by a wise-cracking donkey, Shrek embarks on a life-changing adventure as an unlikely hero who not only saves the day for the fairy-tale characters, but also fights a fearsome dragon and rescues the cursed Princess Fiona. Along the way, he discovers the value of friendship and realizes that true love is more than skin deep, and beauty is in the eye of the ogre. You won't want to miss this amazing show for the whole family at the F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre in Rockville.
Three adult brothers come together to celebrate Christmas with their widowed father and are surprised to find the reunion taking a more serious turn in Obie Award-winning playwright Young Jean Lee's Straight White Men. What starts off as a playful guys' night full of trash talk, pranks and Chinese take-out soon takes a detour as the men find themselves questioning how they define themselves and their places in the world. This razor-sharp comedy riffs on the classic father-son drama, confronting the complexities of identity and hypocrisies of privilege. Find out why The New York Times called Lee "the most adventurous downtown playwright of her generation" when Straight White Men comes to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
From the mind and pen of Pulitzer-winning Jonathan Larson (Rent) comes another thoughtful musical masterwork, performed by a talented high school cast at the Highwood Theatre. This autographical story is set in '90s SoHo where young composer Jon is on the brink of turning 30. As he sees his dreams of writing the great American musical tick away, his girlfriend wants to get married and move to suburbia and his best friend wants to cash in on Madison Avenue. Containing the kind of powerhouse musical numbers that helped make Rent a smash hit, tick, tick... BOOM! is an endearing, engaging look at what it takes to really, truly follow your dreams.
Titanic: The Musical, winner of five Tony Awards, brings the harrowing tale of one of the world's most famous ill-fated voyages to life on stage at Arlington's Signature Theatre. This acclaimed musical examines the lives of the passengers aboard the doomed luxury liner -- taking you from first class to second class to steerage down below. It's a sweeping story that captures the look and feel of the nights leading up to the ship's fatal encounter with an iceberg at sea, when a total of 1,517 men, women and children tragically lost their lives. Based on the disaster itself rather than the Hollywood film, this production of Titanic: The Musical is a 360-degree staged spectacular that features music and lyrics by Maury Yeston and a crew of more than 50 artists.
Returning for a one-week engagement following a sold-out preview, this show breaks down exactly what makes that self-mythologizing, short-fingered vulgarian known as Donald Trump tick. From his earliest days, starting his way in the world with a very small loan of a measly million dollars, to his reign as that most American of archetypes -- a rich man famous purely for being rich -- this show weaves Trump's story alongside the evolution of the American oligarchy and the rise of dark money. More than just a simple dismissal of the professional con artist, this sharp show skewers the entire American Dream, and the many ways in which we've sold it out to worship at a 24-carat altar of "class." Be there for this special limited run of The Trump Card at Wooly Mammoth Theatre.
Music, merriment and adventure abound in Twelfth Night, Shakespeare's zany, gender-bending comedy of unrequited love and romantic mischief. When twins Viola and Sebastian are separated in a shipwreck and wash ashore in the beautiful but mysterious land of Illyria, they're 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 so she can enter his world. Filled with juicy comedic characters and beloved scoundrels, Twelfth Night features some of Shakespeare's wittiest wordplay. Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents this lively take on the Bard's comic masterpiece at Studio 111.
After successful runs in L.A., Portland and Chicago, The Second City brings their irreverent and interactive seasonal satire to The Kennedy Center in D.C. A madcap sendup of the holiday classic, Twist Your Dickens finds Scrooge, Tiny Tim and those know-it-all ghosts hopelessly mixed up in zany holiday sketches with an ever-changing roster of drop-in local celebrity guests. Second City alums and veteran Comedy Central writers Peter Gwinn and Bobby Mort dreamed up this new take on A Christmas Carol that's infused with hilariously unpredictable improv sketches and parodies of your favorite holiday specials.
The Young Vic production of Arthur Miller's A View from the Bridge was the theatrical event of the Broadway season -- in fact, it won two Tony Awards this year for Best Revival of a Play and Best Director. Now you can see this illustrious revival of A View from the Bridge, directed by Ivo van Hove, when it comes to The Kennedy Center's Eisenhower Theater in Washington, D.C. The story follows Eddie, a Brooklyn longshoreman with a deep love for his 17-year-old niece, who he's raised as his own daughter. Eddie becomes jealous and enraged when his immigrant cousin falls in love with the girl. The New York Times said that this View leaves audiences feeling "ridiculously blessed to have been a witness to the events you just saw."
A scathing, ferocious comedy about sexism in the workplace by one of today’s most acclaimed and provocative playwrights. Set in a highly competitive architecture firm, WHAT WE’RE UP AGAINST takes an explosive look at the complicated battle of the sexes and one woman’s response when she tires of slamming into the glass ceiling.
Young Orhan lives in a world where words are both very precious and very dangerous. Only one thousand words can exist, new ones are forbidden and anything newly invented takes the place of an existing word, which is then illegal to say. Such is the fantastical backdrop of Where Words Once Were from renowned Irish-Australian playwright Finegan Kruckemeyer. Set in a city where language is rationed and a sentence can get you sentenced, the silent are rising and Orhan learns that a single word can change the world. Kruckemeyer's The Girl Who Forgot to Sing Badly thrilled young audiences and now kids ages 9 and up can dig into his latest adventure when the world premiere of Where Words Once Were comes to the Family Theater at D.C.'s Kennedy Center.
known Jacobean tragedy, The Witch of Edmonton, which tells the story of the real persecution of an outsider. Using body and sound as the basis for performance language, Witch summons the damned in our midst, unleashing the demon within each of us.
What’s a high school prom without the undead? As part of its seventh season, Unexpected Stage Company presents the campy, rollicking musical Zombie Prom, celebrating 20 years since its off-Broadway debut.
It’s not all bobby socks and Clearasil for Jonny Warner when he drops the "H" from his name, dives head-long into the town's nuclear reactor, and returns to 1950s high school life as a zombie. Zombie Prom follows the angst-ridden teen love of Jonny and Toffee as they try to navigate the waters of high school during the atomic age.