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Cats Sep 17 - Oct 6, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Cats
 
CATS, the record-breaking musical spectacular by Andrew Lloyd Webber, sweeps across the country on its North American tour. The show has captivated audiences in over 30 countries and 15 languages, with breathtaking dance and music, including one of the most treasured songs in musical theater: "Memory." Winner of seven Tony Awards including "Best Musical," CATS tells the story of one magical night when an extraordinary tribe of cats gathers for its annual ball to rejoice and decide which cat will be reborn. Experience the original score by Andrew Lloyd Webber (Phantom, School of Rock, Sunset Boulevard), original scenic and costume design by John Napier (Les Miserables), all-new lighting design by Natasha Katz (Aladdin), new choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler (Hamilton) and direction by Trevor Nunn (Les Miserables) at The Kennedy Center Opera House.
 
   
School Girls Sep 18 - Oct 13, 2019  
Round House Theatre School Girls
 
"Here she is, Miss Ghana..." Pretty, popular Paulina longs to hear those words, and she'll do whatever it takes to seize the crown. But the queen bee of the Aburi Girls Boarding School didn't count on her reign being threatened. Ericka arrives from America and immediately challenges the ruling class with Western sensibilities and imported beauty products. With hilarity and insight, Jocelyn Bioh's award-winning comedy dissects how "mean girls" are created - and cured. Fresh off two sold-out, extended Off-Broadway runs, this "ferociously entertaining morality tale" (Hollywood Reporter) is sure to strike a chord with anyone, anywhere, who has ever been a teenage girl, raised a teenage girl, or met a teenage girl.
 
   
The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice Sep 19 - Oct 12, 2019  
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop The Tragedy of Othello, the Moor of Venice
 
Surrounded by triumphs, in love and war, Othello faces his greatest foe in the duplicity of his most trusted ally. Jealousy gnaws at all that is good like an infection, destroying everything in its path.
 
   
Elephant and Piggie's We Are In A Play! Sep 20 - Oct 20, 2019  
Adventure Theatre MTC Elephant and Piggie's  We Are In A Play!
 
Gerald and Piggie are "bestus" friends, with Gerald taking care of all the worrying and Piggie living her best life. Piggie's even happier and more excited than usual. They're going to a party hosted by the Squirrelles! And so begins a day when anything is possible.
 
   
The Book Club Play Sep 20 - Oct 12, 2019  
Silver Spring Stage The Book Club Play
 
An uproarious comedy about books - yes, you read that right! - and a group of friends who love them. Silver Spring Stage delights in presenting The Book Club Play by award-winning playwright Karen Zacarías. The leader of the book club has agreed to participate in a documentary by a "famous Danish filmmaker" who wishes to film them - unbeknownst to the friends. The intimate discussions that arise as they connect to different types of books, sharing their own opinions, secrets, and feelings in front of the ever-present camera lens. The result is touching moments and hilarious arguments, especially when an unexpected new member joins the group and these friends start to read between the lines. This play is smart AND fun, and everyone will feel like they are invited to join the club.
 
   
Escaped Alone Sep 24 - Nov 3, 2019  
Signature Theatre Escaped Alone
 
In a serene British garden, three old friends are joined by a neighbor to engage in amiable chitchat-with a side of apocalyptic horror. The women's talk of grandchildren and tv shows breezily intersperses with tales of terror in a quietly teetering world where all is not what it seems.
 
   
The New One Sep 24 - Sep 29, 2019  
The National Theatre The New One
 
Mike Birbiglia has a new one. It's called The New One. He's made you laugh in Sleepwalk With Me (it was a play presented by Nathan Lane, then a movie, THEN a book), My Girlfriend's Boyfriend, and Thank God for Jokes. (He was also really funny in that one season of Orange Is the New Black. And in Billions. And Broad City.) Now he's at The National Theatre in D.C. telling a new story in a new way with the same heart and humor we've come to expect. Lin-Manuel Miranda called The New One "as perfect a night as you're gonna get." Do not miss The New One. Some people say it's his best one. (It was John Mulaney. Also Vogue.)
 
   
The Royale Sep 25 - Oct 27, 2019  
Olney Theatre Center The Royale
 
In 1905, Jay "The Sport" Jackson dreams of becoming the first African American boxer to fight for the heavyweight championship. Despite racking up a string of vicious knockouts, racial segregation and his white manager's own reservations stand in the way. Inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson, The Royale breaks new ground by taking us inside the fighter's mind where the disciplined brutality of boxing reveals itself in theatrically-unforgettable bouts. At stake is more than wins or losses, but equality and survival.
 
   
The Tempest Sep 25 - Oct 20, 2019  
Synetic Theater The Tempest
 
Synetic's legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest returns - with the famed water-filled stage and visual poetry that made the original production an unforgettable sensation when it premiered in 2013, plus a new twist as Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili steps into the role of Prospero. When the magical and powerful Prospero creates a sea storm, he gets more than he bargained for as romantic drama, deception, and quests for vengeance emerge from the depths. Spirits, monsters, witches, drunken fools, and lithe lovers contort and cavort with passion and bravado in one of Shakespeare's most high-stakes and irreverent comedies.
 
   
Candida Sep 26 - Oct 20, 2019  
Undercroft Theatre Candida
 
A preacher and a poet are both in love with the same woman. The former is her husband, the latter wants to woo her away and both are shocked by her ultimate choice and the reasons for it. A very "Pleasant Play" indeed by WSG's favorite playwright, GB Shaw!
 
   
West By God Sep 27 - Oct 20, 2019  
Keegan Theatre West By God
 
WEST BY GOD is a story about home. In a small town in the Appalachia region of West Virginia, two different families grapple with issues of grief and love, memory and identity, and with the distance and time that both unite and divide generations. A new play by West Virginia native Brandon McCoy, WEST BY GOD is a funny, heartwarming, and gut-wrenchingly honest examination of the divide between urban and rural America, and the kinds of prejudice and intolerance too often left unchallenged in our society
 
   
Fences Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019  
Ford's Theatre Fences
 
Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives. Part of August Wilson's 10-play Century Cycle, Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family's struggles in a racist society.
 
   
The Very Hungry Caterpillar Sep 28 - Oct 27, 2019  
Imagination Stage The Very Hungry Caterpillar
 
Beloved by children for generations, Eric Carle's children's books come off the page and onto the stage in an unforgettable theatrical experience. With more than seventy larger-than-life puppets and original music, this special event follows all your favorite characters from Brown Bear, Brown Bear, The Very Lonely Firefly, 10 Little Rubber Ducks, and -of course - The Very Hungry Caterpillar.
 
   
Disney on Ice - Road Trip Adventures Oct 2 - Oct 6, 2019  
EagleBank Arena Disney on Ice - Road Trip Adventures
 
Hit the road with Mickey Mouse and his pals for a high-octane ride in Disney On Ice presents Road Trip Adventures. Exciting twists and turns await as Mickey, Minnie, Goofy - and you - embark on a wild ride to your favorite Disney destinations. Travel with Moana to the sun-soaked Motunui, set off on a safari to the Pride Lands with Simba. Discover a whole new world as you're swept up in Aladdin's princely parade. Play at a larger-than-life carnival with Woody and Forky. Join us for a fun-filled getaway jam-packed with unexpected hijinks and up-close character interactions - right in your hometown!
 
   
Footloose Oct 9 - Oct 13, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Footloose
 
Everybody cut Footloose! Don't miss this new Broadway Center Stage production, based on the iconic film starring Kevin Bacon. Featuring an Oscar- and Tony-nominated top 40 score, this new version explodes onto the stage. When rebellious teenager Ren McCormack moves to a small town where dance and rock music is forbidden, he leads his classmates around the law, and Reverend Shaw Moore, to break free and have a rock'n'roll senior prom. A new Broadway Stage adaptation based on the original screenplay by Dean Pitchford. Featuring pulse-raising hit songs, such as "Holding Out for a Hero," "Let's Hear it for the Boy," and the exhilarating title track "Footloose."
 
   
The Last Night of Ballyhoo Oct 11 - Oct 27, 2019  
Bowie Playhouse The Last Night of Ballyhoo
 
It's December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Frietag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
 
   
Port Authority Oct 25 - Nov 17, 2019  
Writer's Center Port Authority
 
Conor McPherson's Port Authority premiered in the DC area when QTC produced it in 2009. It has not been staged locally in the 10 years since ... Don't miss this rare chance to see this masterpiece by one of Ireland's greatest playwrights, whose works include The Weir, The Seafarer and The Girl from the North Country. Port Authority is a tale of the lost loves and missed opportunities of three generations of Dublin men. Per New York Times' Ben Brantley, the play "is a haunting fugue on passive lives and loves that might have been... As in Mr. McPherson's best work, this play is steeped in deeper symmetry, rooted in the ineffable within the everyday." DC Theatre Scene's Ben Demers praised QTC's 2009 production of Port Authority as "well worth a trip to The Writer's Center in Bethesda for its stellar writing and three strong, complex performances... This story of love, loss, and the life unlived is theater at its most captivating." QTC's 2019 production of Port Authority will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori and feature Chris Stinson (Kevin), Matthew Vaky (Dermot), and Joseph Palka (Jo).
 
   
Otello Oct 26 - Nov 16, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Otello
 
As a raging storm breaks on Cyprus, the governor Otello returns victorious from battle. But there is another storm brewing. Iago, Otello's ensign, launches a malicious scheme to lead his chief to believe his wife Desdemona is unfaithful. As Iago's manipulations decay Otello's trust in those he loves, the great hero will confront his most fatal enemy: his own jealousy. The Washington National Opera launches its new season with Verdi's monumental retelling of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Otello, last staged by WNO nearly 20 years ago. A powerhouse cast assembles at The Kennedy Center to perform some of opera's most demanding vocals, including Otello's vigorous role often dubbed the "Mount Everest" of the tenor repertory. Verdi's sweeping music offers a psychological medium to explore good and evil, from Desdemona's tender "Ave Maria" to Iago's villainous "I believe in a cruel God" manifesto. Behold the downward spiral of a celebrated leader - and see who tragically falls with him.
 
   
The Magic Flute Nov 2 - Nov 23, 2019  
The Kennedy Center The Magic Flute
 
This great adventure starts with an unexpected pair: Tamino, a handsome young prince, and Papageno, his silly bird-catcher sidekick. When the mysterious Queen of the Night enlists the duo to rescue her kidnapped daughter Pamina, a fantastic journey follows. Armed with a magic flute and bells, they're prepared for whatever trials they may face. However, not all is as it seems, and not everyone can be trusted. Friends will become foes and enemies will become allies in Mozart's final and beloved opera. A whimsical production designed by children's author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, the Washington National Opera presents The Magic Flute at The Kennedy Center.
 
   
Amadeus Nov 5 - Dec 22, 2019  
Folger Theatre Amadeus
 
Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna. When an impulsive and eccentric prodigy outshines an envious, God-fearing composer consumed by bitterness, theatrical fireworks emerge. The mediocre Salieri will do everything in his power to destroy his musical rival. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play.
 
   
Hard Times Nov 14 - Dec 8, 2019  
Undercroft Theatre Hard Times
 
Charles Dickens's tale of love, loss, and circus folk is set against the backdrop of Industrial Revolution England. This clever version of Hard Times, in which four actors play dozens of characters, has not been seen in Washington for over two decades. Now's your chance to experience it at Undercroft Theatre.
 
   
The Wizard of Oz Nov 15 - Dec 22, 2019  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater The Wizard of Oz
 
Follow the yellow brick road again! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage. All the excitement of the 1939 film comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Preceded by a holiday buffet dinner. Cash bar.
 
   
The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time Nov 20 - Dec 22, 2019  
Round House Theatre The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time
 
Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor's dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. A self-described "mathematician with some behavioral problems," our narrator sees things differently than those around him and, like fractals in a kaleidoscope, each revelation exposes another puzzle for him to solve. As the audience follows Christopher's brilliant yet dizzying mind, the full story unravels in a visually dazzling sequence of events onstage. Simon Stephen's beloved Tony- and Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel challenges us to seek out the silver linings in ourselves - and others - as we make our way through the world.
 
   
A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail Nov 23 - Dec 21, 2019  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater A Winnie-the-Pooh Christmas Tail
 
A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Preceded by a kid-friendly lunch. Choice of an all beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven baked cheese pizza and chips. Beverages and gratuity not included.
 
   
Come From Away Dec 10 - Jan 5, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Come From Away
 
On September 12, 2001, people of every nation woke up to a different world. Seven thousand airline passengers discovered just how different when their flights were diverted to a small town in Newfoundland, doubling its population and leaving them stranded. And yet, despite clashing cultures and high tensions, the locals welcomed the travelers into their homes. This heartwarming true story is the basis for the Tony-winning musical Come From Away, which now comes to the Kennedy Center, directed by Christopher Ashley, who took home the Best Director Tony for the show's Broadway run. Don't miss these pre-sale offers for the show the New York Daily News called "a singing reminder that when things are at their worst, people can be at their best."
 
   
My Fair Lady Dec 17 - Jan 19, 2020  
The Kennedy Center My Fair Lady
 
From Lincoln Center Theater comes "a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time" (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher's glowing production is "thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was" (The New York Times). Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? Secure your tickets with this Goldstar pre-sale offer.
 
   
The Merry Wives of Windsor Jan 14 - Mar 1, 2020  
Folger Theatre The Merry Wives of Windsor
 
Some appetites never go out of style. The pursuit of money is bound to backfire when the targets are smarter than their gold-digging schemer. Falstaff's dubious plan to woo Windsor's wealthy housewives is met with hilarious retaliation, when the ladies devise a plot to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget. The comedic comeuppance is an absolute treat as Aaron Posner directs The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's delightful comedy on love, money, deception and the power of women.
 
   
Spring Awakening Jan 22 - Feb 23, 2020  
Round House Theatre Spring Awakening
 
For a repressed group of teenagers, the road to adulthood is fraught with suffocating confusion in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony-winning adaptation of Frank Wedekind's prescient 19th-century drama. As the adults in their lives exert control but withhold guidance, Melchior, Wendla, Moritz, Ilse, and their friends navigate blindly through the enigma of their burgeoning sexuality. Both haunting and high-octane, the score bristles with anthems to adolescence like "Mama Who Bore Me" and "The Bitch of Living," and is infused with a blend of folk, pop, and rock that gives this tale unexpected soul. With generational gaps growing wider than ever, the angst and defiance at the heart of this boundary-pushing musical act as a bridge between our deeply personal yet wholly universal experiences.
 
   
Fences Mar 13 - Mar 29, 2020  
Bowie Playhouse Fences
 
August Wilson's sensational drama centers around Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. See Fences at the Bowie Playhouse.