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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.
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.
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.
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."
Get ready for some scary, campy, sexy fun from the turn of the 19th century, courtesy of the warped minds of D.C.'s Molotov Theatre Group. Blood, Sweat & Fears: A Grand Guignol Sick Cabaret features English translations of three nearly-forgotten one-act plays from the Theatre du Grand Guignol, the influential style of French horror theater that was popular from the 1890s to the 1960s. Stitched together by bawdy mistress of ceremonies Bella Donna, the production uses music, laughs and scares to take you back to a simpler time for the horror and suspense genre. Check out the event description below for more gleefully gory details on the one-act plays that'll be performed at the DC Arts Center.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Celebrate gay pride month in Washington, D.C. by attending this Rainbow Theatre Project production of Get Used To It! at FlashPoint Theatre. This musical revue by Tom Wilson Weinberg tackles love, sex, relationships, politics, religion and AIDS in an often funny, sometimes serious and always thought-provoking manner. Written in 1992 during a low point for the gay rights movement, Get Used To It! remains a joyous statement for all generations of LGBT culture -- one that Bob Harrington of the New York Post called "a very humorous look at very serious gay issues."
When a Commedia Dell'Arte troupe is bedeviled by a royal decree forbidding them from speaking onstage, the rambunctious actors stage an ingenious revolt. Taking a flying leap off historical fact, The Good Devil is a hilarious spoof on art and censorship.
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.
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.
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.
Sure to have you seeing pink, the bright and bubbly Legally Blonde Jr. brings all the fun and excitement of the Tony Award-nominated musical Legally Blonde (and the smash-hit film starring Reese Witherspoon) to the stage -- but with the younger set in mind. Author-approved and custom-tailored for younger actors and family audiences, this sensational musical from Lopez Studios features a cast of young performers. Follow the adventures of Elle Woods, a sweet and seemingly not-so-bright student, as she tries to win back her boyfriend in this upbeat story of self-discovery filled with family-friendly comedy, romance and catchy tunes. Get ready to sing along when this heart-warming musical about a lovable law school underdog comes to Manassas' Hylton Performing Arts Center.
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.
Adapted from John Gray's iconic book, this one-man show version of Men Are From Mars, Women Are From Venus builds on the success of the all-time best-selling relationship guide. Fusing theater and stand-up comedy, the show zooms in on the age-old battle of the sexes and will have couples elbowing each other as they see themselves and their inexplicable-to-the-other behavior onstage. The hilarious show now comes to the Howard Theatre and explores how men and women communicate -- or miscommunicate -- through a series of vignettes covering everything from dating and marriage to the goings-on in the bedroom.
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.
With boxes stacked to the ceiling, physical theatre artist Geoff Sobelle transforms Stage 4 into a storage facility of epic proportions. Breaking, buying, finding, fixing, trading, selling, stealing, storing, and becoming buried under…a world of things. Hilarious and heartbreaking, this immersive performance-installation unpacks our relationship to the stuff we cling to and the crap we leave behind.
Famous characters, head-turning costumes and a rich score propel Ragtime through a spectacular re-creation of turn-of-the-century New York. Based on E.L. Doctorow's acclaimed novel, this 13-time Tony-nominated musical paints a nostalgic and powerful portrait of three ethnically diverse families whose fates become unexpectedly intertwined. With music and lyrics by the Tony Award-winning team of Stephen Flaherty and Lynn Ahrens, the show boasts a Tony Award-winning book by Terrence McNally and such memorable songs as "Getting Ready Rag," "Wheels of a Dream," "Till We Reach That Day" and "Make Them Hear You." Filene Center at Wolf Trap hosts this sure-to-be-stellar production.
God has always seemed to have a lot to say to Sadie over the years, but Sadie wishes she'd take a breather once in awhile. She hasn't ever directly responded, even when she's got something to talk about, now that her family's imploding and her love life is finally seeing some action. The new comedy-drama Redder Blood explores our relationship with God, the challenges of interfaith marriage, and the ancient question of how, exactly, we measure our worth. Winner of the 2016 Jewish Plays Project, this world premiere by Helen Pafumi is a co-production of The Hub Theatre and the Jewish Community Center of Northern Virginia.
"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.
Award-winning writer-director Aaron Posner's irreverent, contemporary and very funny remix of Anton Chekhov's The Seagull flies into Alexandria. Stupid F**king Bird follows a famous actress whose son, an aspiring theater director, wants to make a name for himself on his own. But when his muse, the lovely Nina, falls for his mother's lover, all kinds of romantic and artistic disappointments ensue. Posner turns the original play's famous subtext into scenes and songs, calling Stupid F**king Bird "a rough-and-tumble meta-theatrical mash-up" or a "sort of" adaptation. Witness this heady and hilarious mix of ambition, booze and sex at Port City Playhouse at Convergence.
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.
The reading of a will has never been so hilariously sinister as the Tomb family vies for the millions left to unlikely heirs. As they gather in a dusty library presided over by the portrait of a grim-faced old man, wild schemes and plots bubble to the surface while the family lawyer reads the document. You'll encounter a family member with werewolf tendencies, one dressed as Julius Caesar, despising sisters, an aunt with a dark gardening secret, a sympathetic nurse and a romance novelist. See who gets the money and who gets a body bag at the Bowie Playhouse.
Tortured by inner demons (some called it madness), crushing poverty, the inability to sell his work and a frustrated love life, Vincent Van Gogh was nonetheless capable of a remarkable output, with some 800 paintings and 800 drawings. He left behind 500 letters to his devoted brother Theo, detailing his struggle for his art. Playwright Michael Gordon said of the story "I found it hard to believe that anyone could tell another person, even his brother, the raw emotions that Van Gogh experienced." The great artist's journey culminates in the opera Van Gogh, given texture, color and fervor by the Great Noise Ensemble at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C.
It's been over 70 years since Orson Welles terrified audiences on the night before Halloween with his radio drama adaptation of H.G. Wells' classic The War of the Worlds. Since then, this trailblazing tale of alien invasion has become a perennial favorite. Now Scena Theatre's imaginative stage version of War of the Worlds returns to D.C. to Atlas Performing Arts Center with an all-new cast -- before it flies off to the renowned Prague Fringe Festival in the Czech Republic. Try not to panic at director Robert McNamara's exciting, rapid-fire take on this historic American classic.
From the director of Bad Jews and The Apple Family Plays comes this romantic urban comedy about an unlikely pair of teenagers working at two different Burger Kings who become unexpected heroes, while an immigrant accountant struggles with visibility and sexual reassignment preparation, and two stifled romantics begin to stumble toward each other during one strangely warm winter. Transported to Anacostia and H Street, this Off-Broadway hit follows five colliding lives as change hums in the air and the many flavors of desire saturate the streets, convenience stores and Metro stations of the city.
Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.
LEARNING THEATER ENSEMBLE PRODUCTION. Generations of children have roamed the English countryside in the company of Rat, Mole, Toad and Badger, the immortal animal friends of The Wind in the Willows. Creative Cauldron brings these timeless tales of friendship to life in a magical adaptation filled with adventure and mirth.