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Romeo and Juliet Aug 21 - Sep 2, 2018  
Shakespeare Theatre Company at Sidney Harman Hall Romeo and Juliet
 
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.
 
   
Marie and Rosetta Aug 22 - Sep 30, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Marie and Rosetta
 
Bringing fierce guitar playing and swing to gospel music that would become a rhythmic precursor to rock and roll, Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a pioneer of mid-20th-century music with a huge influence on Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jimi Hendrix and Ray Charles. Set in the showroom of a funeral home, in 1946 Mississippi, Marie and Rosetta chronicles the unlikely first rehearsal between Rosetta and the prim young, Marie Knight. In this musical celebration of two extraordinary black women, they put their heads together to see if the potential protegee could summon the stuff to allow for a professional partnership that might topple the male stranglehold suppressing Rosetta's career. Delve into the roots of rock at D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center.
 
   
The Last Cruise of The S.S. Minnow Aug 24 - Aug 25, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater The Last Cruise of The S.S. Minnow
 
Just sit right back and you'll hear a tale ... a tale of The Last Cruise of The S.S. Minnow. It's an interactive playhouse murder-mystery based on beloved kitschy sitcom Gilligan's Island. Play armchair detective as a cast of crazy castaways serves up dinner with a side of murder, mayhem and belly laughs. As the clues pile up (like so many coconuts), you'll enjoy a salad, plated dinner and dessert. This fateful trip gets underway at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown.
 
   
Small Mouth Sounds Aug 29 - Sep 23, 2018  
Round House Theatre Small Mouth Sounds
 
Have you ever wanted to just escape the noise? Six people fleeing from city life meet in the overwhelming quiet of the woods to embark on a silent retreat in the new play Small Mouth Sounds. As these strangers confront their demons, both large and small, their vows of silence collide with the human need to connect with one another. An Off-Broadway hit, the play comes from Drama Desk Award winner Bess Wohl and is directed by Ryan Rilette. Using awkward and insightful humor, this compassionate and funny work at Round House Theatre in Bethesda asks how we address life's biggest questions when there's no way to ask them.
 
   
The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek Aug 30 - Sep 30, 2018  
MetroStage The Painted Rocks at Revolver Creek
 
Inspired by the life of outsider artist Nukian Mabuza, Athol Fugard's most recent play depicts both the brutality of apartheid in the 1980's and the violence and engrained patterns that have impacted the post-apartheid in South Africa. The painted flowers and images of the rocks dotting the fields represent an abstract vision of this painter's life. And the interaction with the wife of the farm owner clearly depicts South Africa yesterday and today as it struggles to reconcile its past and its future.
 
   
South Pacific Aug 31 - Oct 7, 2018  
Olney Theatre Center South Pacific
 
With its hothouse of emotions, lush melodies and ever-timely commentary on racial tolerance, South Pacific steams up the stage as both a romantic musical and a deeply felt drama. As Americans stationed on an island paradise during World War II, a nurse and a GI both fall in love with island residents, but a culture clash threatens their relationships. Ultimately love wins out, but the dangers of war threaten their happy endings. The unforgettable Rodgers & Hammerstein score is filled with all-time favorites like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outta My Hair," "There is Nothing Like a Dame" and "Bali Ha'i." Both a Pulitzer Prize and a Tony winner, this Broadway classic comes to the Olney Theatre Center.
 
   
Macbeth Sep 4 - Sep 23, 2018  
Folger Theatre Macbeth
 
A bloodthirsty cycle of corruption and betrayal begins when the much-loved king of Scotland is murdered by his trusted ally Macbeth. Shakespeare's murderous tragedy is seen anew in Davenant's Restoration-era adaptation, now set in London's notorious Bedlam asylum. In this violent, tragic thriller, Macbeth achieves the power he thinks he deserves, but the price is high. His conscience is nagging him, as is his ambitious wife. Not to mention the grim prophecy that doesn't exactly spell out a happy ending for Macbeth. It turns out that power achieved by bloodshed can only be maintained by more bloodshed and Macbeth hurtles towards a violent confrontation that could be his doom. This unique production of Macbeth at Washington DC's Folger Theatre, with music performed by Folger Consort, features Helen Hayes Award-winners Ian Merrill Peakes and Kate Eastwood Norris as the tragically ambitious Macbeth and Lady Macbeth.
 
   
Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street Sep 6 - Sep 23, 2018  
Rep Stage - Horowitz Center Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
 
The road to revenge leads Sweeney Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up for more. "Sweeney Todd" sparkles with brilliant wit, diabolical humor, and extraordinary music. Sondheim's score features such memorable song as "The Worst Pies in London," "Pretty Women," "Not While I'm Around," and "Johanna."
 
   
Turn Me Loose Sep 6 - Oct 14, 2018  
Arena Stage Turn Me Loose
 
This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory's rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. "Scorchingly funny and brilliant" (The New York Times), Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory's life as a civil rights activist, comic genius and unapologetic provocateur.
 
   
Celebrating Patsy Cline Sep 7 - Sep 8, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Celebrating Patsy Cline
 
Pay tribute to the life of country music legend Patsy Cline at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown. Kip sings all of her top hits and fan favorites as Dale shares Cline's history. Celebrating Patsy Cline packs the songbird's unforgettable songs into one reverent revue -- from "Sweet Dreams" to "I Fall to Pieces," "Walkin' After Midnight" to "Crazy" and "She's Got You" to "Back In Baby's Arms." Plus, before you settle in for a night of country classics, you can tuck into a salad bar, hot buffet and dessert.
 
   
Hand To God Sep 7 - Sep 30, 2018  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Hand To God
 
After his father's death, Jason seeks solace at the Christian Puppet Ministry. His quiet life is thrown into upheaval when his puppet, Tyrone, takes on a shocking and irreverent personality of his own. Darkly delightful, the Tony-nominated Hand to God explores the startlingly fragile nature of faith, morality and the ties that bind. Catch it at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.
 
   
Lincolnesque Sep 22 - Oct 14, 2018  
Keegan Theatre Lincolnesque
 
Lincolnesque is the story of two brothers. Leo, a Capitol Hill speechwriter struggling to stay employed, and Francis, a psychiatric outpatient convinced that he is the reincarnation of Abraham Lincoln. Leo's employer, a mediocre congressman, looks headed for defeat in his re-election bid. But when Francis secretly takes over the speechwriting, the congressman starts sounding heroic, even inspiring. A seriously comic look at language and strategy, Lincolnesque quickly became an audience favorite when it first premiered in 2009. Now you can see this razor-sharp political comedy when it returns to the Keegan Theatre stage in Washington, D.C.
 
   
The Last American Hammer Sep 22 - Sep 29, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Last American Hammer
 
Holed up in the basement of a Toby Jug Museum on a deserted American Main Street, a conspiracy-theorist YouTuber awaits a visit from the FBI. Hell-bent on explaining his theory about the original 13th Amendment and bringing about justice, Milcolm Negley presents his prized possession into evidence -- and when you're holding the last American hammer, everything looks like a nail. Elizabeth Futral, Timothy Mix and Briana Elyse Hunter will star in this new short opera, the topical UrbanArias season opener, at DC's Atlas Performing Arts Center.
 
   
Summerland Sep 27 - Oct 21, 2018  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre Summerland
 
Summerland by Arlitia Jones tells the mysterious tale of William H. Mumler, a spirit photographer with a talent for capturing haunting images from the world beyond the veil. The Civil War has ended, and a grieving nation turns to spiritualism to contact the dead. Mumler sees his business boom as mourners, including a very famous one, flock to his studio. A city official makes it his mission to prove it's a fraud, but finds that harder than he hoped. Based on a true story, this area premiere of Summerland can be enjoyed at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, DC.
 
   
Disney on Ice - Mickey's Search Party Oct 3 - Oct 7, 2018  
EagleBank Arena Disney on Ice - Mickey's Search Party
 
Join Mickey Mouse and his friends as Disney On Ice presents Mickey's Search Party, a brand-new adventure filled with world-class skating, high-flying acrobatics, and unexpected stunts! Help them follow Captain Hook's treasure map and look for clues in immersive, fantastic worlds as they the search for Tinker Bell. Explore the colorful spirit realm of Coco in Miguel's Disney On Ice debut, sail away with Moana as she bravely saves her island, see Belle in the sky above you as the enchanted chandelier comes to life and sing-along with Elsa in the icy world of Frozen. Make memories with your whole family as the search party becomes an all-out magical celebration on the ice, in the air, and all around.
 
   
How I Learned to Drive Oct 10 - Nov 4, 2018  
Round House Theatre How I Learned to Drive
 
Winner of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Paula Vogel's How I Learned To Drive explores the complex relationship between a young woman and an older man as a series of driving lessons progresses from innocence to something much more dark and troubling. Told with surprising wit, this acclaimed play is an often-funny, surprising and ultimately devastating tale of survival that's all too relevant in this pivotal #MeToo era. Through wildly absurd, unexpected and disturbing turns of events, Li'l Bit comes to terms with her past and her relationships as these events shape her womanhood and her understanding of the world. Don't miss this powerful play, which features Amber Paige McGinnis in her Round House Theatre directorial debut, when it takes the stage.
 
   
Beetlejuice Oct 14 - Nov 18, 2018  
The National Theatre Beetlejuice
 
Catch the world premiere of the musical comedy Beetlejuice at DC's National Theatre before it bugs out to Broadway with this special Goldstar pre-sale offer. Based on the classic Tim Burton comedy and directed by Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher), this all-new show ratchets up the raunchiness way past PG-level as it follows the undead adventures of Betelgeuse, aka Beetlejuice, aka the afterlife's leading freelance bio-exorcist. The ghost with the most's been summoned (by calling his name three times) to scare away the insufferable parents of Lydia, a goth girl who happens to dig death. New tunes by Australian comic singer-songwriter Eddie Perfect and the edgy antics of everyone's favorite demented demon make this screen-to-stage transplant a must-see.
 
   
Let the Right One In Oct 19 - Nov 11, 2018  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Let the Right One In
 
A bullied schoolboy. A mysterious new neighbor. An unlikely bond formed between two young people ... one of which has been young for a very long time. Based on the novel of the same name by John Ajvide Lindqvist, Let the Right One In is a supernatural coming-of-age love story that touches the heart and makes it race, too. See it at the Maryland Ensemble Theatre in Frederick.
 
   
The Agitators Oct 24 - Nov 25, 2018  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Agitators
 
The Agitators reveals the 45-year friendship and occasional rivalry between two great, rebellious, and flawed American icons: Susan B. Anthony and Frederick Douglass. Great allies? Yes. But also, at times, great adversaries. The famous abolitionists met as idealistic youngsters in the 1840s, when they were full of hopes, dreams, and a common purpose. As they grew to become the cultural icons we know today, their movements collided, and their friendship was severely tested. This is the story of that 45-year friendship -- from its beginnings in Rochester, through a Civil War, and to the highest halls of government. These two great souls agitated the nation, agitated each other and helped shape the Constitution and the course of American history. Experience the history at Atlas Performing Arts Center through this loving and faithful portrait of two historical figures that also brims with modern urgency and relevance.
 
   
A Piece of My Heart Nov 2 - Nov 18, 2018  
Bowie Playhouse A Piece of My Heart
 
A Piece of My Heart provides an absorbing and moving experience about a tumultuous period in American history -- the Vietnam War. It is a powerful, true drama about six women who went to Vietnam: five nurses and a country western singer booked by an unscrupulous agent to entertain the troops. The play portrays the courageous story of each young woman as she struggles through the experiences that leave scars yet triumphs as a result of their tour through the war-torn nation. With the backdrop of the memorial wall in Washington, A Piece of My Heart is a salute to the men and women who represented our country during a divisive era. This production at the Bowie Playhouse comes courtesy of Bowie Community Theatre.
 
   
Dashing Through the Snow Nov 16 - Dec 22, 2018  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Dashing Through the Snow
 
It's four days before Christmas in the tiny town of Tinsel, Texas, and a colorful parade of eccentric guests arrive at the Snowflake Inn and deck the halls with holiday hilarity in Dashing Through the Snow. You'll swear this family-friendly Jones/Hope/Wooten Christmas comedy at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater is more fun than a joyride in a one-horse open sleigh!