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A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas Nov 24 - Dec 31, 2017  
Olney Theatre Center A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas
 
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) presents a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Charles Dickens originally intended -- in his own words -- and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
 
   
A Child's Christmas in Wales Nov 24 - Dec 17, 2017  
Washington Stage Guild at Undercroft Theatre A Child's Christmas in Wales
 
Holiday memories are treasured, but not always reliably reported. That's the theme of A Child's Christmas in Wales & Other Stories, an evening of works adapted from Dylan Thomas, Charles Dickens, AA Milne, Louisa May Alcott and others, now receiving its world premiere in a warm and nostalgic production courtesy of the Washington Stage Guild at the Undercroft Theatre in DC.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Nov 25  
F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Witness the Dickens classic as you've never seen it: an original ballet interpretation bursting with holiday charm. Join Scrooge, Marley, Bob Cratchit, Tiny Tim and a variety of colorful characters as they help misguided miser Ebenezer Scrooge discover love, joy and the true meaning of Christmas. Three spirits usher Scrooge through the lessons of his past, present and possible future in this charming and heartfelt adaptation showcasing the talented young dancers of Hope Garden Children's Ballet Theatre at Rockville's F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre.
 
   
The Birds and the Bees Nov 27  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Birds and the Bees
 
A rousing comic exploration of the interwoven lives of eight women confronting their own sexuality. Through dialogue, movement, media and song, The Birds and the Bees: Unabridged tackles themes sexual health, street harassment, hook-up culture, the de-sexualization of aging women, virginity, partner communication, consent and more. Presented at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, this D.C. debut of Honest Accomplice marks the arrival of an inter-generational ensemble devising new work that surfaces the nuanced, non-binary experiences of women and trans people.
 
   
The Book of Will Nov 29 - Dec 24, 2017  
Round House Theatre The Book of Will
 
It's hard to imagine a world without Hamlet, Falstaff, Romeo, Juliet or any of the indelible characters and stories created by William Shakespeare -- but were it not for the diligent work of a few of The Bard's friends and contemporaries, we'd be living in that world today. Set just after Shakespeare's death in the early 17th century, The Book of Will is the story of two of his actors rushing to gather and publish all of his works before they're lost to time. But with the original scripts scattered all over London, collecting them all is going to be a caper that's Shakespearean in scope. This heartfelt and hilarious play, inspired by the true story behind Shakespeare's First Folio, comes to the Round House Theatre in Bethesda.
 
   
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Nov 29 - Dec 31, 2017  
Theater J The Last Night of Ballyhoo
 
Playwright Alfred Uhry brilliantly mined his Atlanta Jewish upbringing for his Pulitzer and Oscar-winning Driving Miss Daisy, and he digs into it again for The Last Night of Ballyhoo, resulting in the same successful mix of thought-provoking drama and laughter, with a touch of romance. Now coming to the Edlavitch DCJCC's Theater J, the Tony-winning play takes you back to December 1939, as Atlanta hosts the Gone With the Wind premiere and Hitler invades Poland. But the biggest concern of the Freitag family is Ballyhoo, a lavish ball for the southern Jewish elite. When Uncle Adolph brings Joe -- his new, very eligible assistant -- home for dinner, sparks fly between his niece and the Brooklyn native, whose presence lights a fuse on a family dispute over long-held beliefs and prejudices.
 
   
The State Nov 29 - Dec 3, 2017  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre The State
 
The State tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria. The text consists of fictionalized letters that share intimate moments of the character's last minutes on Earth and also open space for discussion about our basic rules, principles and values. This is an innovative theatrical event based on Alexander Manuiloff's text, engaging the audience in a unique way -- as you take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, changing the piece each time it's presented. Be a part of the US premiere of The State at Woolly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.
 
   
Curve of Departure Nov 29 - Jan 7, 2018  
Studio Theatre Curve of Departure
 
The night before a funeral, family members gather in a single hotel room in New Mexico, shuffling sleeping arrangements, dealing with absent family members and preparing for their uncertain futures. Billed as a warm and funny family drama, Curve of Departure hones in on the moments when you decide how much you're willing to give of yourself. Straight from its world premiere production at South Coast Rep, Curve of Departure returns playwright Rachel Bonds and director Mike Donahue to D.C.'s Studio Theatre.
 
   
The Nutcracker Nov 30 - Dec 24, 2017  
Warner Theatre The Nutcracker
 
This holiday season a holiday favorite returns to D.C. with The Washington Ballet's ingenious take on The Nutcracker at the Warner Theatre. Septime Webre's version of the timeless ballet is set in the wintry, historic D.C. of old, where snowflakes swirl through the air, King George III is cast as the menacing Rat King and none other than George Washington becomes the heroic nutcracker. Set to Tchaikovsky's enchanting score and staged with magnificent sets and costumes, there are waltzing cherry blossoms, dancing sugar plums and other clever adaptations to enchant young and old.
 
   
A Christmas Story Dec 1 - Dec 23, 2017  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) A Christmas Story
 
A funny and heartfelt Christmas play based on the classic 1983 movie - which itself was based on stories by legendary radio humorist Jean Shepherd. Ralphie Parker wants only one thing for Christmas: an official Red Ryder Carbin-Actions 200 shot Range Model Air Rifle!
 
   
Draw the Circle Dec 1 - Dec 24, 2017  
Mosaic Theater at Atlas Performing Arts Center Draw the Circle
 
Revealing an alternate gender identity to your loved ones is tough enough, but when your family is conservative Muslim, the level of difficulty shoots sky high. In this solo show based on his own experiences, award-winning performer-playwright Mashuq Mushtaq Deen tells his story of going from female-to-male from the point of view of his friends and family, resulting in a heartfelt and humorous production at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC. Draw the Circle comes to the stage as part of the series Transformational Journeys: Inspired Singular Explorations.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 1 - Jan 7, 2018  
Fells Point Corner Theatre A Christmas Carol
 
Behold the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future in this timeless classic, adapted for the stage by one of Baltimore's very own. Performed by six talented actors playing all of the familiar roles (just like our smash-hit production of The 39 Steps) our A Christmas Carol will be a truly entertaining and inspiring celebration for the holiday season.
 
   
A Christmas Carol Dec 4 - Dec 23, 2017  
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company A Christmas Carol
 
Catch the holiday spirit with Ebenezer Scrooge, Tiny Tim, and the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Yet to Come. Our delightfully original adaptation of the Christmas classic is a celebration of Chesapeake culture and history, and a Baltimore tradition. Miserly Scrooge and the Cratchit family live in Victorian-era Baltimore.
 
   
Holiday Follies Dec 5 - Dec 16, 2017  
Signature Theatre Holiday Follies
 
Holiday Follies makes its triumphant return for the yuletide season! Come out of the cold, grab a hot toddy from Ali's Bar and slip in for a fun evening of favorite seasonal tunes blended with humor and a generous helping of holiday cheer.
 
   
Twist Your Dickens Dec 5 - Dec 31, 2017  
The Kennedy Center Twist Your Dickens
 
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 Best Christmas Pageant Ever Dec 7 - Dec 23, 2017  
Anacostia Playhouse The Best Christmas Pageant Ever
 
Beth Bradley's church's Christmas pageant is predictable every year: the angel choir wears too much lipstick, the shepherds are all in their father's bathrobes, the minister's son is permanently cast in the role of Joseph. But when authoritative pageant director Mrs. Armstrong breaks her leg, it is up to Beth's inexperienced mother Grace to step in.
 
   
An Irish Carol Dec 14 - Dec 31, 2017  
Keegan Theatre An Irish Carol
 
Dubbed both "sweet and cheerfully profane" by The Washington Post, An Irish Carol returns to the Keegan Theatre for its much-anticipated annual holiday visit. Written by Emerald Isle native and Keegan company member Matthew J. Keenan, the play follows one evening in the life of David, a wealthy Dublin pub owner who's lost touch with his own humanity in the interest of self-protection and material success. But this Christmas Eve, David's life may change forever when he's challenged by a voice from the past, provoked by those in the present and faced with the reality of a lonely future. A modern fable told with all the biting humor and incisive candor of its Irish playwright, this gritty twist on Dickens' classic has played to sold-out audiences for five straight years now, becoming its own DC tradition.
 
   
Les Miserables Dec 20 - Jan 7, 2018  
The National Theatre Les Miserables
 
Cameron Mackintosh presents the all-new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schonberg's Tony Award-winning Les Miserables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Miserables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed A Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More" and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theatrical history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking new production is leaving audiences and critics alike awestruck. Be sure to see it when it comes to the stage at The National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
 
   
The Nutcracker Dec 23  
Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric The Nutcracker
 
With stunning costumes, stirring choreography and live music from the Mid-Atlantic Symphony Orchestra, the Ballet Theatre of Maryland's annual production of The Nutcracker always brings the magic. This holiday favorite tells the story of a young girl named Clara who receives an enchanted nutcracker doll one Christmas Eve and sets out on a wondrous journey to the Land of the Snow and the Kingdom of Sweets. With sets that take advantage of its vast proscenium, the Lyric is the perfect place to experience this much-beloved ballet that always dazzles with its battling mice, dancing snowflakes, waltzing flowers and the delightful Sugar Plum Fairy. See it just two days before Christmas.
 
   
The Way of the World Jan 9 - Feb 11, 2018  
Folger Theatre The Way of the World
 
Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage -- a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much for her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal -- but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back. In the lush and opulent land inhabited by the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted by Theresa Rebeck (co-creator of the hit TV show Smash and Broadway's Seminar and Mauritius) from William Congreve's classic comedy of manners, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class. See on the stage of Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C.
 
   
Jefferson's Garden Jan 19 - Feb 11, 2018  
Ford's Theatre Jefferson's Garden
 
What did our founding fathers mean when they wrote all those high-minded words about freedom? In playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker's Jefferson's Garden, two characters straddle the line between the founders' good intentions and reality. During the tumultuous founding of the United States, Christian, a Quaker, is desperate to join the revolution and fight for freedom despite his pacifist beliefs. Susannah, a slave, is tempted to fight for the British, who have promised to set her free after the war. When the two cross paths, the contradictions inherent in "a nation conceived in liberty" are brought into harsh light. As Christian and Susannah meet figures like Thomas Jefferson, George Mason and Sally Hemings, they uncover the compromises our founders made, compromises that still echo today. Jefferson's Garden is a timely meditation on the realities of freedom of America at Ford's Theatre in Washington, D.C.
 
   
Handbagged Jan 31 - Feb 25, 2018  
Round House Theatre Handbagged
 
If Margaret Thatcher and Queen Elizabeth II were pitted against each other in a boxing match, who do you think would win? Or is it too hard to picture these primp and proper women in a physical fight? In which case, Handbagged may be one way to envision how two of the most powerful women in the world duke it out at the Round House Theatre. Behind closed palace doors, this comedy gives you a little idea of who'd have the upper hand if the gloves came off and the stiff upper lip softened. Don't miss the American premiere of this Olivier Award-winning UK play in Bethesda.
 
   
Q, the Witch and the Magical Orb Feb 3 - Feb 25, 2018  
Maryland Ensemble Theatre (MET) Q, the Witch and the Magical Orb
 
Once upon a time there was an evil witch. And like most evil witches she did evil things. This witch took away wonderfully creative things in the world like music, dance, and art. She hides them away in her Magical Orb so nobody can find them. One day Q finds himself very bored in this world without art and decides to explore the dark blue cave. Guess what is in the dark blue cave? You guessed it... the Witch and her Magical Orb.
 
   
Something Rotten! Feb 6 - Feb 18, 2018  
The National Theatre Something Rotten!
 
You're sure to have a good time when you see Broadway's Something Rotten! This "big, fat hit" (New York Post) is set in the '90s -- the 1590s, that is -- and tells the hilarious story of Nick and Nigel Bottom (Tony nominee Rob McClure and Broadway's Josh Grisetti), two brothers desperate to write their own hit play while the "rock star" Shakespeare (Tony nominee Adam Pascal) keeps getting all the hits. When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical. With its heart on its ruffled sleeve and sequins in its soul, Something Rotten! is "The Producers plus Spamalot plus The Book of Mormon. Squared!" (New York Magazine). Don't miss this dazzling show when it makes its way to The National Theatre in Washington, D.C.
 
   
Aubergine Feb 7 - Mar 4, 2018  
Olney Theatre Center Aubergine
 
Classically trained French chef Ray leaves his job behind to care for his dying father, a Korean immigrant. Ray's father never appreciated his son's culinary accomplishments, and therefore food painfully divides the two, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. As much as the language of food perplexes his father, the Korean language vexes Ray even more. He finds himself asking his estranged girlfriend for translation assistance when his non-English-speaking uncle arrives with a bag full of strange ingredients. This perceptive drama from award-winning writer Julia Cho (Big Love, Fringe) distills the flavors of rich characters and complicated yet intense relationships, serving up a life-affirming soup that soothes. Tony Nam stars as Ray in this Olney Theatre Center production of Aubergine.
 
   
Steel Magnolias Feb 9 - Feb 24, 2018  
Kensington Town Hall Steel Magnolias
 
The bittersweet Southern comedy Steel Magnolias takes place in Truvy Jones' beauty salon, where three generations of outspoken Southern women regularly gather to laugh, cry and celebrate the events of their lives. But their world is rocked when M'Lynn's diabetic daughter gets pregnant, which could prove fatal -- and the ladies' inner strength and love for one another is put to the ultimate test. Based on the playwright's own upbringing, the touching and funny play was adapted into a popular film starring Sally Field, Dolly Parton, Shirley MacLaine and Julia Roberts. Now, get ready to laugh and cry when all the camaraderie, humor and poignancy of Steel Magnolias comes to Kensington Town Hall.
 
   
The Lathe of Heaven Feb 15 - Mar 11, 2018  
Spooky Action Theater The Lathe of Heaven
 
Blessed -- or cursed -- with dreams that actually alter reality, The Lathe of Heaven finds George Orr under the hand of a doctor eager to exploit this amazing phenomenon. Together, Doctor Haber decides, they will remake the world. But it turns out that dreams won't be trained or coerced. As the good doctor uses his patient to tinker with reality, unintended con-sequences cascade and increase until the world itself begins to dissolve. Enjoy this classic tale of speculative fiction courtesy of Spooky Action Theater in Washington, DC.
 
   
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.
 
   
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."