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Miss You Like Hell Jan 29 - Mar 1, 2020  
Olney Theatre Center Miss You Like Hell
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning co-creator of In the Heights comes a new musical as big as America and as intimate as love between a mother and her daughter. Beatriz arrives in Philadelphia to convince her estranged 16 year-old daughter Olivia to join her on a road trip to California. Along the way, they encounter a mosaic of characters as diverse and weird as America itself, but the hard truth of Beatriz's undocumented status and pending deportation to Mexico threatens to build a wall between them. With sharp comedy and a winning acoustic score by folk-rock star Erin McKeown, Miss You Like Hell is an American story for our time. Age Guidance: If this were a film it would be rated R.
Next to Normal Jan 29 - Feb 3, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Next to Normal
The original Broadway director of Next to Normal, Michael Greif helms a star studded cast featuring Tony Award winner Rachel Bay Jones (Dear Evan Hansen, Pippin) and Tony Award nominee Brandon Victor Dixon (Jesus Christ Superstar Live in Concert, Shuffle Along) in the latest installment of our hit series Broadway Center Stage. Winner of three 2009 Tony Awards - including Best Original Score - and the 2010 Pulitzer Prize for Drama, Next to Normal takes an unflinching look at a suburban family struggling with the effects of mental illness.
The Simon and Garfunkel Story Jan 31 - Feb 1, 2020  
The National Theatre The Simon and Garfunkel Story
Since its sell out in London's West End, The Simon & Garfunkel Story is now the world's leading theatre show concerning Simon & Garfunkel featuring a full live band and state-of-the-art video projection and lighting. The show includes all of their hits, including "Mrs. Robinson," "Cecilia," "Bridge Over Troubled Water," "Homeward Bound" and many more. With more than 100 million album sales since 1965, Simon & Garfunkel's perfect harmonies and songs that poignantly captured the times made them one of the most successful folk-rock duos of all time. Over the years, they won 10 Grammy Awards and were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990. In 1977, their Bridge Over Troubled Water album was nominated at the 1977 Brit Awards for Best International Album. In 2003, Simon and Garfunkel were awarded a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award and the following year saw their "The Sound of Silence" awarded a Grammy Hall of Fame Award.
The Toxic Avenger: The Musical Jan 31 - Mar 1, 2020  
Rorschach Theatre at Silver Spring Black Box Theater The Toxic Avenger: The Musical
Rorschach Theatre's first musical follows Melvin Ferd the Third, who is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, a superhero hell-bent on cleaning up America. A seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, he's out to end global warming, woo the blind librarian in town, and save the world. Based on the cult classic Troma film, The Toxic Avenger, and directed by Helen Hayes Award winner Tracy Lynn Olivera, this show takes Rorschach's one-of-a-kind aesthetic and spins it in a whole new direction. Classic B-movie tropes of monsters-run-amok, star-crossed lovers and comically evil politicians collide with an 80's Hair Band Rock aesthetic to tell a tale that's both gruesome and glorious.
The 39 Steps Feb 6 - Mar 8, 2020  
Source The 39 Steps
A cast of four actors embodies over 150 characters in this fast-paced and riotously funny remix of Alfred Hitchcock's 1935 spy thriller film. In 1930s London, the dashing Richard Hannay starts his evening at the theatre and ends it mistakenly accused of murder. Caught in a maze of espionage, near-death escapes, and flirtatious entanglements, our hero careens across Britain in search of a plausible alibi and the true identity of the killer. This two-time Tony- and Drama Desk Award-winning whodunit is both utterly ridiculous and ridiculously entertaining as it lovingly spoofs the iconic cinematic tropes of film noir.
Boy Feb 7 - Mar 7, 2020  
Keegan Theatre Boy
Inspired by a true story, Boy explores the complicated terrain of trying to find love in a new body, and the inextricable bonds between doctor and patient. In the 1960s, a well-intentioned doctor convinces the parents of a male infant to raise their son as a girl after a terrible accident. Two decades later, the repercussions of that choice continue to unfold.
Susan Feb 7 - Feb 8, 2020  
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Susan
After moving audiences at The Clarice in 2017, trumpeter, composer and comedian Ahamefule J. Oluo returns with Susan, a memoir delivered through wry comedic monologue and live, grand-scale big-band and jazz. This vulnerable theatrical work about his childhood tells the story of how his Midwestern mother was left to raise two bi-racial babies after the sudden departure of her husband, a Nigerian doctoral student. There's obvious chemistry between Oluo's singular voice and the grand creation of the music; at times, when the story is too painful for him, the ensemble carries the show. Susan is a category-defying reflection on how race, class, and appearance impact everyone-and how we play the hand that we're dealt. In 2002, after being selected as Town Hall Seattle's first-ever artist-in-residence, Oluo realized he wanted to do something different. After years of performing and recording with prominent musicians like John Zorn, Hey Marseilles, Wayne Horvitz and Macklemore, Oluo knew he had his own story to tell-and the diverse set of skills to do it. During his time in residency, he began experimenting with blending big-band, jazz, stand-up and memoir to formulate a new musical and theatrical identity.
The Hobbit Feb 7 - Feb 16, 2020  
Children's Theatre of Annapolis The Hobbit
Tolkien's "ring" stories, which began with The Hobbit, stir the imagination and intellect of everyone they touch. Bilbo, one of the most conservative of all Hobbits, is asked to leave his large, roomy and very dry home in the ground in order to set off as chief robber in an attempt to recover an important treasure. It's the last thing that any sensitive Hobbit would want to do, but great benefit eventually results - not only for Bilbo but for all of the Hobbits who inhabit Middle Earth - and the hearts of those children and adults who continue to enjoy this kind of magic.
A Doll House Feb 7 - Feb 15, 2020  
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center A Doll House
Performed by an all-female cast, this production of Henrik Ibsen's classic A Doll House questions the roles that society assigns to men and women. Set in late nineteenth-century Norway, the play follows Nora, a woman who seeks self-fulfillment and slams the door on the dollhouse that is her marriage. This fresh perspective on the classic play encourages audiences to question what has changed since 19th-century Europe through the interpretations of six women actors playing male and female characters. Note: This production uses an alternative translation of the title, A Doll House, rather than the more commonly known title, A Doll's House.
Country-Ella Feb 8 - Mar 7, 2020  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Country-Ella
Country-Ella re-envisions the classic Cinderella rags-to-riches fairy tale with a clever fish-out-of-water twist. Cinderella is an über-perky city girl who comes to visit her distant country relatives, Uncle Johnny and his wicked wife, Aunt Zilla. When her bratty twin cousins, Hilly and Billie, make her life a chore, an unexpected visit from her Country Godmother allows her to attend the Hoe-Down, where she meets the town’s most eligible deer hunter, Bubba. At midnight, naturally, she departs in haste, dropping her cellphone as she leaves. Bubba desperately searches for her, knowing that only the right person will know the passcode for the phone
The King's Speech Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2020  
The National Theatre The King's Speech
In this inspiring true story from Oscar Award-winning writer David Seidler, Great Britain's reluctant monarch finds a surprising ally in an unexpected place. A generation before the royal family we know today, Queen Elizabeth's father George VI would ascend the throne, a most unlikely king thrust into the spotlight after his brother David gives up the crown to marry American divorcee Wallis Simpson. Struggling with a chronic stammer, Bertie (as his family knew him) must speak to his nation as it stands on the brink of World War II. Enter an unconventional speech therapist named Lionel Logue, whose methods are anything but common. With Logue's help Bertie finds his voice, and forever changes the course of history. Portraying these two extraordinary men are Harry Hadden-Paton (Broadway's My Fair Lady, Downton Abbey, The Crown) and James Frain (The Tudors, True Blood, The White Queen), who lead a stellar cast that brings Seidler's drama to life on stage - as he first imagined it - in this not-to-be missed North American premiere.
Giselle Feb 11 - Feb 16, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Giselle
An exciting new generation of ABT's international stars comes to D.C. for one of the world's most cherished ballets; the company last performed it in our Opera House nearly 15 years ago. Considered a quintessential tale of unrequited love, heartbreaking loss, and triumphant forgiveness, Giselle remains a timeless favorite.
Love Letters Feb 15 - Feb 16, 2020  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Love Letters
Love Letters is a play by A. R. Gurney that was a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play centers on two characters, Melissa Gardner and Andrew Makepeace Ladd III. Using the epistolary form sometimes found in novels, they sit side by side at tables and read the notes, letters and cards - in which over nearly 50 years, they discuss their hopes and ambitions, dreams and disappointments, victories and defeats - that have passed between them throughout their separated lives.
Noises Off Feb 21 - Feb 29, 2020  
Clarice Smith Performing Arts Center Noises Off
What else could go wrong? Tensions run high as Lloyd Dallas, the director of this play's play-within-a-play, struggles to prepare his accident-prone cast for the opening of British bedroom comedy Nothing On. Missed cues, jealous lovers, a lost contact lens and a troublesome plate of sardines all conspire to ruin the performance. Michael Frayn's award-winning farce details the hilarity that ensues behind the scenes of a theatrical production as characters attempt to untangle the chaos and salvage the play. "The most dexterously realized comedy ever about putting on a comedy. A spectacularly funny, peerless backstage farce. This dizzy, well-known romp is festival of delirium," The New York Times.
Suddenly Last Summer Feb 27 - Apr 5, 2020  
Gunston Arts Center Suddenly Last Summer
Set in the hothouse of New Orleans' Garden District, Suddenly Last Summer has all the hallmarks of a Tennessee Williams masterpiece: exotic locales, tortured psyches, glorious, lyrical language, and Williams' gift for creating vivid, unforgettable characters. An elderly socialite mourns the death of her poet son, who died under mysterious circumstances. Eager to protect her son's image, she hires a doctor to silence the only witness to the tragic event - but the shattering truth fights its way to the surface, as it always does in Williams' world.
Don Giovanni Feb 29 - Mar 22, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Don Giovanni
Charming but predatory and manipulative, Don Giovanni is a lover so notorious that his reputation precedes him. He's eager to add to the rambling list of women he has already enticed. But when Don Giovanni forces himself on Donna Anna, his devious antics dig him deeper and deeper into trouble. As the discarded women of his past unite to speak out against their offender, Don Giovanni seems destined to meet his ultimate fiery fate. How should a society punish a man who functions under his own malevolent moral code? Often considered the greatest opera ever composed, Mozart's masterpiece combines comedy, drama, and supernatural elements to capture the downfall of a serial womanizer. From its thrilling overture to its breathtaking final scene, Don Giovanni at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. explores issues of amorality, power, and justice that are just as relevant to today as to Mozart's time.
Bandstand Mar 3 - Mar 8, 2020  
The National Theatre Bandstand
In 1945, as America's soldiers come home to ticker-tape parades and overjoyed families, Private First Class Donny Novitski, singer and songwriter, returns to rebuild his life with only the shirt on his back and a dream in his heart. When NBC announces a national competition to find the nation's next great musical superstars, Donny joins forces with a motley group of fellow veterans, each an astonishing musician. Together, they form a band unlike any the nation has ever seen. Along the way, they discover the power of music to face the impossible, find their voice and finally feel like they have a place to call home. The Broadway production of Bandstand won a 2017 Tony Award for Best Choreography.
The Amateurs Mar 4 - Apr 5, 2020  
Olney Theatre Center The Amateurs
It's the 14th Century, the Black Death is ravaging Europe, and a traveling troupe of actors is performing the story of Noah. Everything is going about as well as can be expected until the actress playing Noah's Wife stops to ask why her character would get on the boat with all those smelly animals. And by the way, doesn't she deserve a name other than "Noah's Wife"? Jordan Harrison, the theatrical mastermind behind Marjorie Prime, takes us on another mind-bending journey from the 14th Century to the present day, as he creates a meta-theatrical hall of mirrors about storytelling, illness and loss, as well as a love letter to the stories that help us persevere.
Before Black Lives Matter Mar 6  
Silver Spring Black Box Theater Before Black Lives Matter
In a world where, to some, Black Lives Matter is a movement and to others Black Lives Matter is nothing more than a simple hashtag, Daniel is a senior in high school whose friend was recently killed by a police officer. To keep Daniel safe, his mother sends him to live with his aunt in the suburbs. Daniel quickly finds out that no matter where he lives, he is still a black male and there are certain things that he cannot do. This moving and informative drama is appropriate for all ages and races.
Ada and the Engine Mar 8 - Apr 5, 2020  
Gunston Arts Center Ada and the Engine
From prolific playwright Lauren Gunderson, Ada and the Engine is a whimsical scientific history that once again proves the future is, and has always been, female. Ada Lovelace, the only legitimate child of the amorous poet Lord Byron, had a love of her own: mathematics. Well, that ... plus a certain polymath-inventor, Charles Babbage, famous as "the father of the computer." It's true that Babbage invented the hardware - the Analytic Engine - but the language, the song, the soul of the thing, the programming: that was all Ada.
Inherit The Windbag Mar 11 - Mar 29, 2020  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Inherit The Windbag
A world premiere. In the summer of 1968, liberal Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley met for a series of debates that rocked America and defined the genre of punditry. Now, for one evening only, Vidal and Buckley meet in the Dismal Beyond (also known as the Richard Nixon Library in Yorba Linda, CA) to reprise their infamous debate. What ensues is a battle for history itself, in a no-holds-barred sesquipedalian brawl and satirical battle of wits, assisted by an ever-revolving cast of characters from Aaron Burr to Ayn Rand.
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.
The Last Ship Mar 27 - Apr 5, 2020  
The National Theatre The Last Ship
The Last Ship is the heartfelt and empowering musical by multiple Grammy Award winner Sting. Featuring original music and lyrics by Sting as well as a few of his best-loved songs - "Island of Souls," "All This Time," and "When We Dance" - The Last Ship is coming to D.C. after a critically acclaimed Canadian, UK, and Irish tour. Set in the shipbuilding community in Tyne and Wear, UK, The Last Ship tells the story of a young man who returns home after 17 years at sea. Tensions between past and future flare in both his family and his town. He finds that the local shipyard, around which the community has always revolved, is closing, and no one knows what will come next, only that a half-built ship towers over the terraces of working-class homes. With the engine fired and pistons in motion, picket lines are drawn as the foreman and his wife fight to hold their community together in the face of the gathering storm. Don't miss this rare opportunity to see Sting star in this "thrilling and stirring musical" (The Guardian).
Cost of Living Apr 1 - Apr 19, 2020  
Round House Theatre Cost of Living
After thrilling Round House audiences with the premiere of her Helen Hayes Award-winning Ironbound in 2015, Martyna Majok returns with another prize in tow - the Pulitzer! Two parallel narratives intersect as a wealthy graduate student with cerebral palsy and his newest caretaker build an uneasy trust, while a truck driver struggles to reconnect with his estranged wife, recently left paralyzed by a car crash. Though each is wounded, the four continue to fight for the tantalizing possibility of human connection, even in the face of physical, mental and emotional defeat. Both humorous and heartbreaking, Cost of Living illustrates the redemptive possibilities of reaching out to others despite the sometimes-devastating costs.
The Till Trilogy: The Ballad of Emmett Till Apr 1 - Jun 21, 2020  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Till Trilogy: The Ballad of Emmett Till
Bayeza's Edgar Award-winning drama recounts the last two weeks of young Emmett Till's life. His journey from Chicago to Money, Mississippi reveals his boisterous, stuttering character and his fateful encounter with Caroline Bryant, the young white woman whose accusations led to his murder.
Ghosts Apr 3 - Apr 26, 2020  
Writer's Center Ghosts
Helene Alving has spent her life suspended in an emotional void after the death of her cruel but outwardly charming husband. She is determined to escape the ghosts of her past by telling her son, Oswald, the truth about his father. But on his return from his life as a painter in France, Oswald reveals how he has already inherited the legacy of Alving's dissolute life. While the play's focus on religion, venereal disease, incest, and euthanasia shocked and repelled Ibsen's contemporaries, Ghosts is now considered of "immense historical importance." Maurice Valency found it groundbreaking, asserting that until Ghosts, "regular tragedy dealt mainly with the unhappy consequences of breaking the moral code. Ghosts, on the contrary, deals with the consequences of not breaking it."
Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Apr 7 - Apr 26, 2020  
The National Theatre Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
Roald Dahl's treasured tale is now Broadway's Golden Ticket! It's the perfect recipe for a delectable treat: songs from the original film, including "Pure Imagination," "The Candy Man" and "I've Got a Golden Ticket," alongside a toe-tapping and ear-tickling new score from the songwriters of Hairspray. Willy Wonka is opening his marvelous and mysterious chocolate factory ... to a lucky few. That includes Charlie Bucket, whose bland life is about to sweeten with color and confection beyond his wildest dreams. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing joyride through a world of pure imagination. Now's your chance to experience the wonders of Wonka like never before-get ready for Oompa-Loompas, incredible inventions, the great glass elevator and more, more, more at this everlasting showstopper when it comes to Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre.
Jesus Christ Superstar Apr 14 - Apr 26, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Jesus Christ Superstar
Jesus Christ Superstar is an iconic musical phenomenon with a worldwide fan base. In celebration of its 50th anniversary, a new mesmerizing production comes to North America. Originally staged by London's Regent's Park Open Air Theatre and helmed by acclaimed director Timothy Sheader (Crazy for You, Into the Woods) and award-winning choreographer Drew McOnie (King Kong, Strictly Ballroom), this production won the 2017 Olivier Award for Best Musical Revival garnering unprecedented reviews and accolades. With music and lyrics by Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony winners Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice, Jesus Christ Superstar is set against the backdrop of an extraordinary series of events during the final weeks in the life of Jesus Christ as seen through the eyes of Judas. Reflecting the rock roots that defined a generation, the legendary score includes "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Gethsemane," and "Superstar."
The Till Trilogy: That Summer in Sumner Apr 30 - Jun 21, 2020  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Till Trilogy: That Summer in Sumner
This world premiere staging recreates the 1955 trial, "The State of Mississippi vs. Roy Bryant and J.W. Milam for the Murder of Emmett Till." Drawn from extant courtroom transcript, contemporaneous news accounts, government records and interviews, this new installment condenses the five-day trial into a compact drama, with scenes beyond the courtroom involving civil rights activist Medgar Evers and the investigative black press uncovering crucial facts in the landmark case.
Eurydice May 8 - May 31, 2020  
Source Eurydice
From the acclaimed playwright of last season's Helen Hayes-nominated Melancholy Play: A Contemporary Farce comes a fresh reimagining of the classic Orpheus myth, told through the eyes of its heroine. On her wedding day, Eurydice falls victim to a tragic accident that sends her hurtling into the Underworld, erasing her memory and reuniting her with her long-dead father. Orpheus journeys to retrieve his bride, but Eurydice is torn between her desire to rejoin him in the real world and the tender relationship she has rediscovered with her father in the afterlife. Brimming with lyrical beauty, original music, and Ruhl's trademark wit, Eurydice is a visceral and surrealist meditation on love worth grieving for.
Big Love May 20 - Jun 21, 2020  
Round House Theatre Big Love
Based on one of the world's oldest known Greek dramas, our first play in the LOVE/HATE REP truly is a tale as old as time. Fifty Greek maidens flee across the sea to Italy and claim refugee status to escape 50 arranged marriages; 50 Grecian men follow in pursuit. In spectacular, theatrical fashion, it all comes to a head at a wedding ceremony that would make even the drunkest uncle run for the seven hills. Full of music and mirth, Charles Mee's famed adaptation pits independence against expectation, and frames the seemingly never-ending battle of the sexes as both a wild romp and an all-out war.
The Till Trilogy: Benevolence May 22 - Jun 21, 2020  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Till Trilogy: Benevolence
Examines broader events surrounding Till's murder on a more intimate scale. We meet Caroline Bryant, her husband Roy, and his twin brother Ray on the days before and after Emmett's abduction, leaping forward to the summer of 2006 and the recantation of much of Caroline Bryant's testimony. Act II is set in the neighboring town of Glendora and follows the relationship of a local black couple, Clinton and Beulah Melton, with a concluding epilogue bringing the trilogy to its moving resolution.
Tiny Beautiful Things Jun 2 - Jun 28, 2020  
The Kennedy Center Tiny Beautiful Things
Based on the best-selling book by Cheryl Strayed (Wild) and adapted for the stage by Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding), this "incredibly moving" (Time Out) play is about reaching when you're stuck, healing when you're broken, and finding the courage to take on the questions that have The kennno answers.
Hatef*ck Jun 10 - Jul 3, 2020  
Round House Theatre Hatef*ck
Layla and Imran are both Muslim-American ... and that's pretty much where the similarities end. The two authors - one a literature professor, the other a novelist - have wildly differing opinions on everything, from faith and politics, to relationships and cultural cliches. After some fiery verbal sparring they manage to find common ground in the bedroom; but are these lovers coupling because of their mutual loathing, or in spite of it? Rehana Lew Mirza's highly anticipated off-Broadway debut finishes off our LOVE/HATE REP with smoldering sexual tension as it tests the limits of just how far we're willing to go to keep the fire burning.
The Day Emily Married Jul 10 - Aug 2, 2020  
Writer's Center The Day Emily Married
Pulitzer-prize winning playwright Horton Foote's play is set in 1950's Harrison, Texas. Emily Davis is about to be married and is determined not to let her parents talk her and her new husband, the strappingly handsome and ambitious Richard Murray, into living with them. But Emily's mother, Lyd, an expert in emotional blackmail, will not be deterred from getting her own way. Per New York Times' Ben Brantley's 2004 review, "If Harrison's stories of wrecked marriages, closet vices and family feuds give it a surface resemblance to Peyton Place, it also has a fair amount in common with the blasted heath of King Lear and the arid fields of Samuel Beckett's tramps.