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Becoming Dr. Ruth Feb 21 - Mar 18, 2018  
Theater J Becoming Dr. Ruth
Everyone knows Dr. Ruth Westheimer from her career as a pioneering and straight-talking radio and TV sex therapist. But few know the truly incredible journey that preceded it, which included a desperate escape from the Nazis as a child, wartime service as an Israeli sniper and struggles as a single mother in America. In Becoming Dr. Ruth: An Unexpected Journey, Naomi Jacobsen tells Dr. Ruth Westheimer's story with warmth and humor, charting the unlikely path that led her to become America's favorite sex therapist. This revealing one-woman performance comes to Theater J at the Edlavitch DCJCC in Washington, D.C.
Sons of Freedom Feb 23  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Sons of Freedom
Sons of Freedom: A Portrait of Me follows the tales of black boys whose lives and stories have been silenced because of injustice. This show discusses issues of police brutality, societal stigmas placed on boys, and their hopes for a better tomorrow. Be inspired and encouraged by powerful stories of struggle, love, hope and peace when this drama comes to Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
All in the Timing Feb 23 - Mar 17, 2018  
Silver Spring Stage All in the Timing
From the award-winning author of Venus in Fur, this critically acclaimed, award-winning evening of six one-act comedies by David Ives combines wit, intellect, satire and just plain fun in its portrayal of relationships, language, music, a revolutionary and a Philadelphia twilight zone experience. Enjoy this entertaining show at the Silver Spring Stage.
Speech and Debate Feb 23 - Mar 18, 2018  
Theater On The Run Speech and Debate
Rebellious drama queen Diwata, "out and proud" Howie and nerdy but intense Solomon are outcasts in their puritanical town of Salem, Oregon. Linked by a local sex scandal, the unlikely trio join forces to expose the truth. Secrets become currency, blogs are belted and "bathing suit areas" exposed in this dark comedy by Pulitzer Prize winner Stephen Karam (The Humans) at Theatre on the Run in Arlington.
Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic Feb 25  
EagleBank Arena Disney Live! Mickey and Minnie's Doorway to Magic
Join Mickey, Minnie and the comical duo Donald and Goofy as they lead you on an enchanted journey revealing glimpses of unforgettable Disney moments and grand illusions in Disney Live! Mickey & Minnie's Doorway to Magic. Twenty-five of your favorite characters surprise and captivate at every turn of the doorknob. See the Fairy Godmother transform Cinderella's rags into a beautiful ball gown in a split second, watch the Toy Story gang set themselves free from the constraints of Andy's toybox with the help of the green army men and thrill to the spectacular stage debut of Rapunzel and Flynn Rider as they rise into the sky amidst gorgeous floating lanterns. Snow White, Tinker Bell, Aladdin's Genie -- you never know what to expect or who might join in the fun in this grand show where you hold the ultimate key to unlocking your imagination. Don't miss the Disney magic unfolding at the EagleBank Arena in Fairfax.
Every Brilliant Thing Feb 28 - Mar 25, 2018  
Olney Theatre Center Every Brilliant Thing
From ice cream to kung fu movies to laughing so hard you shoot milk out of your nose, in Every Brilliant Thing, a young boy attempts to ease his mother's depression by creating a list of all the best things in the world. Through adulthood, as the list of things worth living for grows, he learns the deep significance it has on his own life. This interactive one-man show, created by acclaimed playwright Duncan MacMillan (1984) and comedian Jonny Donahoe, has become a worldwide hit for its poignant but funny celebration of the little things that matter in life. You might just be inspired to start your own list after seeing it at the Olney Theatre Center.
Godspell Mar 1 - Apr 1, 2018  
NextStop Theatre Godspell
Witness the most righteous story ever told -- as you've never seen it told before. In this beloved classic at NextStop Theatre in Herndon, Oscar-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Schwartz (Wicked) uses the Gospel of Matthew and a score featuring every genre from ragtime to rock to retell the story of Jesus and his disciples. A timeless tale of friendship, loyalty and love, Godspell will touch your heart and raise your spirits with its Tony-nominated score, which features "Day by Day," "Light of the World" and "Turn Back, O Man." NextStop will bring exceptional talent and creativity to this uplifting musical in their intimate space.
The Intruders Mar 3 - Mar 4, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Intruders
When gentrification hits an urban area a battle begins -- the powerful against disempowered, rich against poor. But a tragic incident brings both sides together in The Intruders at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
The Wiz Mar 9 - May 12, 2018  
Ford's Theatre The Wiz
Ease on down the road with Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and the Lion as they try to figure out how to get Dorothy back to Harlem. The funky Tony Award-winning musical The Wiz is based on L. Frank Baum's The Wizard of Oz with a score by Charlie Smalls. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Musical and Best Original Score, The Wiz includes such numbers as "Slide Some Oil to Me," "He's the Wizard," "No Bad News" and "Mean Ole Lion." This Tony-winning musical is coming to Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Swan Lake Mar 9 - Mar 11, 2018  
Hylton Performing Arts Center Swan Lake
Manassas Ballet Theatre starts 2018 with a superstar of classical ballets, Swan Lake. Join the international cast of dancers as they weave the tale of the Swan Queen Odette, her love Prince Siegried, and the terrible curse cast by the evil sorcerer Von Rothbart. For the ballet aficionado and newcomer alike, Swan Lake is an absolute must-see on the ballet bucket list. The Manassas Ballet Theatre Orchestra sets the mood with Tchaikovsky's lush score, while the custom costumes and scenery, including a new lake backdrop painted by the company's own scenic designer, help the story unfold on stage at the Hylton Performing Arts Center.
Breathe Mar 11 - Mar 24, 2018  
THEARC Breathe
When two teenagers -- one black, one white -- are involved in separate acts of violence, the consequences they face are not only based on evidence, but also on the color of their skin. Using a combination of poetry, hip-hop and dramatic action, poet-writer Javon Johnson's drama Breathe explores tensions, decisions and conditions that lead the boys to prison and the effect imprisonment has on their families. Experience this gripping, socially relevant musical at Washington DC's Town Hall Education Arts Recreation Campus.
The Winter's Tale Mar 13 - Apr 22, 2018  
Folger Theatre The Winter's Tale
Transporting you from Sicilia to Bohemia and safely home once more, Shakespeare's The Winter's Tale is a spellbinding tale of jealousy, prophecy and redemption that celebrates the magic of story-telling and the power of forgiveness. Lose yourself in this fantastical play filled with love and loss at Folger Theatre in D.C.
That Part is True Mar 16 - Mar 18, 2018  
Logan Fringe Arts Space That Part is True
As a blizzard approaches, members of a D.C. activists' collective are planning something big. Once snowed in together, they discover that one of their dearest friends/lovers/accomplices isn't who they thought, and a great unraveling begins. That Part is True explores the ways that marginalized people -- specifically men and women of color and queer folks -- are betrayed and endangered by the institution of policing and other authoritarian political institutions against which they are organizing. D.C.'s Logan Fringe Arts Space hosts this thought-provoking play by Madeline Farrington.
Translations Mar 21 - Apr 22, 2018  
Studio Theatre Translations
It's 1833, and change is coming to rural County Donegal. While a hodgepodge group gathers at an Irish-language hedge school to study classics of Greek and Latin literature, British army engineers arrive to map the country, draw new borders and translate local place names into the King's English. Languages and histories collide, kindling romance and inciting violence. A modern classic from an Irish master, directed by Studio Theatre's Belfast-born Associate Artistic Director, Translations reminds us how personal the political can be. Watch it all unfold at Studio Theatre's Metheny Theatre in Washington, DC.
Paper Dolls Mar 29 - Apr 22, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Paper Dolls
In Paper Dolls, a group of five Filipino guest workers living in Tel Aviv spend their days caring for elderly Orthodox men and their nights performing in nightclubs as drag queens -- and the craziest part is, this karaoke musical is based on a true story! First profiled in an acclaimed 2006 documentary, the workers must contend with an immigration system that denies them citizenship and will deport them if they lose their jobs, while still enjoying the socially accepting atmosphere of Tel Aviv compared to the Philippines. See the American premiere of this vibrant, thought-provoking musical at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C.
Roz and Ray Apr 3 - Apr 29, 2018  
Theater J Roz and Ray
It's 1976, and Ray, a newly single parent, has only one goal: Keep his twin boys alive. Both of Ray's sons are hemophiliacs, which means that in addition to the regular stresses of single parenthood Ray must also contend with endless hospital trips, rigorous testing and frequent blood transfusions. When Ray meets Roz -- an optimistic and caring doctor with a miracle treatment for his sons' condition -- he thinks that he's found his savior. But miracles aren't always what they appear to be, and life on the cutting edge of biomedicine means moral ambiguity and impossible choices. Powerful, urgent and beautiful, Roz and Ray charts the untold story of a devastating chapter of medical and queer history. See why the Chicago Tribune deemed this a "very powerful play," when it comes to the stage of Theater J in Washington, DC.
Underground Railroad Game Apr 4 - Apr 29, 2018  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Underground Railroad Game
Welcome to Hanover Middle School, where a pair of teachers are getting down and dirty with today's lesson. The nimble duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history, tackling race, sex and power in this kaleidoscopic and fearless comedy for mature audiences. Ars Nova, a company committed to developing outside-the-box thinking and supporting innovative, genre-bending work, was dubbed a "fertile incubator of offbeat theater" by The New York Times. Ars Nova presents Jennifer Kidwell and Scott Sheppard's Underground Railroad Game at Washington, DC's Woolly Mammoth Theatre. Are you ready to play?
Master Harold... and the boys Apr 11 - May 6, 2018  
Round House Theatre Master Harold... and the boys
Here's a picture you wouldn't imagine in 1950 South Africa: Two black men and a white boy joking and dancing together. Defying the harsh realities of apartheid, Harold's black workers are more than just his employees -- They're his friends. Faced with the return of his alcoholic father, Harold must weigh his father's racist outlook against the respect he has for his companions. Winner of the Tony Award for Best Play in 1982, and initially banned in South Africa, "Master Harold" ... and the boys remains one of the most powerful coming-of-age plays ever written. Come see it at the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
Vietgone Apr 25 - May 20, 2018  
Studio Theatre Vietgone
In a Vietnamese refugee camp in Arkansas circa 1975, two bereaved Saigon natives find love in a strange new land. So goes Vietgone, a bold new romantic comedy by "geek theater" impresario Qui Nguyen, an artist famous in New York for productions packed full of martial arts, sword fights and puppetry. Based on the lives of his own parents, Vietgone is a slightly more subtle affair, but still reflect Nguyen's irreverent humor and hip-hop-influenced aesthetic as it criss-crosses between the traumatic evacuation of Saigon and a turbulent yet passionate tale of love in the rural United States. See this wildly imaginative new work at Studio Theatre in D.C.
Waitress May 15 - Jun 3, 2018  
The National Theatre Waitress
Inspired by the beloved film from Adrienne Shelly and brought to life by a groundbreaking all-female creative team, the Broadway hit Waitress starts serving up treats at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. With original music and lyrics by Grammy nominee Sara Bareilles ("Brave") and direction from Tony winner Diane Paulus, this is a vibrant tale of a waitress and pie maker who dreams of leaving her small town and loveless marriage. When a baking contest and a new doctor offer a chance at a fresh start, she must summon the strength to build her new life in a play EW calls "a little slice of heaven."
The Remains May 16 - Jun 17, 2018  
Studio Theatre The Remains
It's been ten years since Kevin and Theo's wedding -- one of the first legal same-sex marriages in the country. In celebration of their ten year anniversary, the couple hosts a dinner party for their families, inviting loved ones over to their gorgeously renovated condo for an evening of philosophical conversations and overcooked lasagna. But when Kevin and Theo reveal the secret behind their seemingly perfect relationship, their guests gain a whole new perspective on the couple's historic marriage. Star Trek: Discovery's Maulik Pancholy stars in Ken Urban's The Remains at the Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Botticelli in the Fire May 24 - Jun 24, 2018  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Botticelli in the Fire
This ambitious ancient-modern mashup shows the spark of the culture war between Italian Renaissance artist and smoldering sensualist Sandro Botticelli, who's in the midst of painting his famed Venus on a half-shell, and the conservative priest who's challenging the relaxed morality of Lorenzo de Medici's Florence. That real-life historical conflict led to the "bonfire of the vanities" -- the burning of "sinful" items like art and books. Inspired by these actual events, Canadian playwright Jordan Tannahill gives Botticelli an apprentice/lover (none other that Leonardo da Vinci), and then traps him between the church and the powerful Medicis, forcing him to make an impossible choice. This American premiere of Botticelli in the Fire closes out the Woolly Mammoth Theatre's 38th season.
The Legend of Georgia McBride Jun 6 - Jul 1, 2018  
Round House Theatre The Legend of Georgia McBride
What do you do when your Elvis act gets the axe? With a pregnant wife, a woefully empty bank account and an eviction notice coming his way any minute, Casey is left with no choice but to trade in his signature jumpsuit for sequins and start strutting his stuff around the Florida panhandle as the area's newest drag queen. A music-filled comedy about finding your true voice, this production of The Legend of Georgia McBride at Bethesda's Round House Theatre will have you laughing and rooting for the underdog inside of us all.
Dave Jul 13 - Aug 19, 2018  
Arena Stage Dave
From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize award-winning creative team, comes the world-premiere musical comedy Dave, adapted from the Oscar-nominated film. Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than "presidential" circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal, and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people...and the First Lady.