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Describe the Night May 27 - Jun 23, 2019  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Describe the Night
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies and blood. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj and Gruesome Playground Injuries. This new piece has been described as a "work of major ambition" (The New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.
Twelfth Night May 29 - Jun 2, 2019  
Olney Theatre Center Twelfth Night
Shakespeare's Twelfth Night is a story of unrequited love - a tale both hilarious and heartbreaking. Shipwrecked and alone, Viola disguises herself as a boy and enters into Duke Orsino's service. Lovesick Orsino sends her to court the Lady Olivia, but Olivia is much more interested in this cute young newcomer. When, unbeknownst to her, Viola's identical twin Sebastian also washes ashore, a merry brand of chaos ensues. Is it possible for this all to end well? Well, it is a comedy. One of Shakespeare's most delightful plays, Twelfth Night is a classic tale of reckless revenge, mistaken identity and mismatched lovers. Enjoy the National Players' fresh take on this spirited story on the stage of the Olney Theatre Center.
A Misanthrope May 30 - Jun 30, 2019  
Gunston Arts Center A Misanthrope
A brisk, biting comedy about a cynic who thinks insincerity is a sin. But the joke's on him when he falls for an ingenue who's more than his match. Matt Minnicino's A Misanthrope distills Moliere's best-known farce into quippy rhyming couplets. And it pokes social flattery with a hot take on the absurdity of modern hot airs. Hypocrisy has never been more hilarious. If we got snarky tweets from 17th-century France, they would sound something like this.
The Talented Clementine May 31 - Jun 9, 2019  
Gunston Arts Center The Talented Clementine
Encore Stage & Studio and Kid Pan Alley present the world premiere of The Talented Clementine. Third grader Clementine gets nervous when her teacher announces that her class will be putting on a talent show. She can't sing or dance or play an instrument like her talented friend Margaret, and what talents she does have would not work on a stage. Clementine must find an act to perform before the night of the big show. With only a few days to do so, can she put it together in time? This musical show at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center is recommend for ages 6 and older.
The Tale of Serse Jun 1 - Jun 9, 2019  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Tale of Serse
The In Series takes this most vibrant of Handel's works - complete with its famous "largo" Ombra Mai Fu - and transforms it to captivate contemporary audiences. From the legends of ancient Persia and steeped in Sufi culture, the pains and pleasures of learning to love are experienced through the magic of this music and a new narration crafted from the poetry of Rumi, one of the most popular poets of all time. The In Series performs this magnetic and visionary score on period instruments under the direction of conductor and adapter Timothy Nelson at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in DC.
Hello, Dolly! Jun 4 - Jul 7, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Hello, Dolly!
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! at Washington DC's Kennedy Center -- the universally acclaimed smash hit that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" and the Chicago Tribune says is "one of the great all-American musical spectacles in all of its ebullient glory." Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). See the show that broke box office records and received unanimous raves on Broadway. This Hello, Dolly! revival pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion -- hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
A Doll's House, Part 2 Jun 5 - Jun 30, 2019  
Lansburgh Theatre A Doll's House, Part 2
Well ahead of its time for its depiction of Nora, a wife and mother whose search for self-worth leads her to leave her unhappy marriage, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House signaled a move toward realism and feminism in theater. Now in Part 2, we'll witness what happens 15 years later when Nora shows up on that same doorstep, courtesy of up-and-coming playwright Lucas Hnath (Obie-winning The Christians, Red Speedo). Called "explosively funny" by the Hollywood Reporter, the play earned eight 2017 Tony nominations, along with raves from The New York Times as "the best play of the year." See the hit Broadway sequel to Ibsen's groundbreaking 19th-century drama, presented by Round House Theatre, directed by Nicole A. Watson, when it comes to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies Jun 6 - Jun 30, 2019  
Spooky Action Theater The Oldest Boy: A Play in Three Ceremonies
An American mother and a Tibetan father must make a life-altering choice that will test their strength, their marriage and their hearts. Two Tibetan monks seek their three-year-old son. The boy is the reincarnation of a revered Buddhist lama, and the monks propose to take the child away for a life of spiritual training in India.
Byhalia, Mississippi Jun 7 - Jul 7, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Byhalia, Mississippi
How to Get Away With Murder's Jack Falahee stars in this new Kennedy Center production of playwright Evan Linder's uncompromising exploration of race, family and betrayal in the American South, which won Chicago's prestigious Jefferson Award in 2016 for Best New Work. Jim and Laurel Parker are about to become new parents. They're broke. They're loud. They're proud Southerners. When Laurel gives birth to their long overdue child, she and Jim are faced with the biggest challenge of their lives. Byhalia, Mississippi explores a couple in the midst of turmoil - and a town with a racially charged past that finds its way into the present. Find out for yourself why the Chicago Tribune says "we need this story of interracial friendship even more now." This incredible production is directed by Kimberly Senior, director of the Pulitzer Prize-winning Disgraced on Broadway.
The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui Jun 7 - Jul 14, 2019  
Atlas Performing Arts Center The Resistible Rise of Arturo Ui
Arturo Ui is a tale of the meteoric rise of a small-time Brooklyn hoodlum who takes over the cauliflower racket in 1930s Chicago. Ui ruthlessly disposes of his competitors to enrich himself and gain power. Both entertaining and provocative, this play is a powerful parable to Adolf Hitler's rise to power in Germany. It also elicits comparisons to members of our government who aim to seize more power and control over us. Don't miss this spellbinding play, which depicts evil fascism on the march while portraying the dark sides of human nature. This story reminds us how those who lust for power and expand the grips of government often lead us to tyranny. Arturo Ui at D.C.'s Atlas Performing Arts Center is fourth play by Bertolt Brecht that Scena Theatre has produced in its 32-year history. It contains some scenes depicting violence. It's suitable for patrons ages 14 and older and parental discretion is advised.
Falsettos Jun 11 - Jun 23, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Falsettos
Fresh off its Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Falsettos arrives at the Kennedy Center in DC as "an exceptional production of a perfect musical" (The New York Times). The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. At times both hilarious and achingly poignant, Falsettos shines an ahead-of-its-time spotlight on the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family ... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1992, this ever-relevant show won Tony Awards for its book by James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and its score, also by Finn.
Pride and Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical Jun 13  
Modell Performing Arts Center at the Lyric Pride and Joy: The Marvin Gaye Musical
From the secret diary of Anna Gordy Gaye comes the greatest Motown love story never told: Pride & Joy. The tumultuous and passionate journey of one of music's most intriguing power couples, iconic R&B singer Marvin Gaye and Anna Gordy - who just happened to be a songwriter/producer and the sister of Motown founder Berry Gordy - comes to the Modell Performing Arts Center at The Lyric in Baltimore. This new musical features 28 songs from the legendary Motown catalog, including major hits from the "Prince of Soul" himself.
HERstory: Love Forever Jun 14 - Jun 15, 2019  
The Kennedy Center HERstory: Love Forever
This riveting, inspiring hip-hop tinged play is a 90-minute roller coaster down memory lane and an astute testimony to the role of women in rap. The genre, personified as a woman known as H.E.R. (taken from Common's 1994 hit "I Used to Love H.E.R."), is rushed to the hospital with life-threatening injuries and on her deathbed. The world seems to care little about the threat of losing her until five women of unlikely, diverse, and often opposing views show up unexpectedly at the hospital. Each with her own agenda, the women represent all elements and eras of hip hop, both the good and traumatic. Don't miss this unique exploration of hip hop from the female perspective at The Kennedy Center's Family Theater in Washington, D.C.
Twisted Melodies Jun 19 - Jul 21, 2019  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Twisted Melodies
Donny Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel artist whose Grammy-winning work made him a major force on the music scene. But Hathaway was a troubled genius - a man who often refused to take the prescribed medication that was meant to help control the debilitating symptoms of his paranoid schizophrenia. Now, Mosaic Theater Company's production of Twisted Melodies offers a fictionalized journey through that tortured and brilliant mind, giving you a glimpse into the life of a man lost in space and time as he battles a truly insidious mental illness. A theatrical experience that aims to captivate with its penetrating exploration of the psychology of a musical legend, Twisted Melodies at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. is also designed to open up conversation about the ways mental illness is treated in our society.
Every Brilliant Thing Jun 19 - Jul 7, 2019  
Studio Theatre 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 Studio Theatre in Washington, D.C.
The Cat in the Hat Jun 21 - Aug 18, 2019  
Adventure Theatre MTC The Cat in the Hat
From the moment his tall, red-and-white-striped hat appears around the door, Sally and her brother know that The Cat in the Hat is the funniest, most mischievous cat they've ever met. But what will mom find when she gets home...? Find out in this fun, family friendly stage adaptation of Dr. Seuss' beloved The Cat in the Hat at Adventure Theatre MTC at Glen Echo Park.
The Band's Visit Jul 9 - Aug 4, 2019  
The Kennedy Center The Band's Visit
Winner of 10 Tony Awards including Best Musical, The Band's Visit celebrates the deeply human ways music, longing and laughter can connect us all. When an Egyptian band winds up stranded in a remote Israeli village, their lives become intertwined with the people of the village in the most unexpected ways. With a Tony- and Grammy-winning score, the musical rejoices in the powerful way song unites us. Tony Award winners David Yazbek, Itamar Moses and director David Cromer bring The Band's Visit to the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C. The musical proves that even the briefest visit can stay with you forever.
Bright Colors And Bold Patterns Jul 9 - Jul 28, 2019  
Studio Theatre Bright Colors And Bold Patterns
Who knew a wedding dress code could spark so much drama? Written by comic and YouTube sensation Drew Droege and directed by Michael Urie (Ugly Betty), this raucous one-man show follows Gerry, the disenchanted friend of an about-to-be-married gay couple, whose request to "refrain from wearing Bright Colors and Bold Patterns" at their Palm Springs nuptials leaves him with plenty to say about the state of stereotypes, relationships and same-sex marriage - all while he drunkenly soaks in a pool with his ex and his ex's younger boyfriend. Don't sleep on this "uproarious, bittersweet exploration of the gay soul" (The New Yorker) when it comes to Washington D.C.'s Studio Theatre - Milton Theatre.
The Juliet Letters Jul 11 - Jul 14, 2019  
Signature Theatre The Juliet Letters
Part song cycle, part rock opera, Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters is a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare's Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time. UrbanArias will present this groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet in an immersive cabaret setting at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
The Mollusc Jul 12 - Aug 4, 2019  
Writer's Center The Mollusc
Perfect for your summer entertainment! "You are guaranteed to leave The Mollusc with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart," raved DC Theatre Scene about QTC's "spot-on" 2008 production of Davies' Edwardian comedy of ill manners. A decade later, QTC restages one of its most popular productions about Dulcie Baxter, the "mollusc," who has an unusual, yet hilarious affliction. Jack Sbarbori, who directed and designed the set for the acclaimed 2008 production, returns for the remount.
Absolutely Dead Jul 12 - Jul 28, 2019  
Bowie Playhouse Absolutely Dead
The causeway's flooded and (of course) the local sheriff is stranded on the mainland. Naturally, on a turbulent night like this, the phones are down and who would ever expect cell phones to work in this remote part of the state? Does it sound like a good night for a roaring fire and a dinner party with a lot of laughs from a boisterous, tipsy actress? Does it sound like a good night for a murder - or two? People are dying and the party really isn't funny anymore. Find out more when Absolutely Dead, written by Michael Walker, comes to the Bowie Playhouse.
American Spies Jul 12 - Aug 4, 2019  
NextStop Theatre American Spies
The Hub Theatre (in 2019 residency at NextStop Theatre) presents American Spies and Other Homegrown Fables by Sam Hamashima, directed by Kathryn Chase Bryer.‚Äč News travels across the Pacific on Dec. 7 resulting in foolhardy claims of Japanese sympathizers. As calls for war perpetrate a nation, The Ishii Family undertakes radical assimilation to calm the local police and fearful neighbors. Mixing family testimony and cartoon charm, the Japanese Americans' response to national disaster develops into a sparkling fable on what it means to be family.
Aladdin Jul 18 - Sep 7, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Aladdin
Discover a whole new world at Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical flying into the Opera House at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite.
Earthrise Jul 18 - Aug 4, 2019  
The Kennedy Center Earthrise
Fifty years ago this summer, the human race did the seemingly impossible and set foot on the moon. This immersive new play commemorates the 50th anniversary of the lunar landing, capturing this breathtaking feat using projections, original songs and actual NASA footage. The year is 1969, and while the world waits for the launch of Apollo 11, three children of key NASA employees - a mathematician's daughter, an astronaut's son and an engineer's daughter - watch the historic launch from different perspectives. By dreaming a collective dream of landing on the moon together, the kids learn to understand the historic mission, not fear it. Experience the moon landing like never before when Earthrise comes to The Kennedy Center.
Love Sex and Marriage Aug 2  
Silver Spring Black Box Theater Love Sex and Marriage
Love Sex and Marriage gives an entertaining encounter of a superstar, Darrin! The ladies love him and the guys want to be him. Little does everyone know, Darrin is a closeted gay man, signed to a homophobic music label. Now that his manager knows Darrin is gay, his manager paired him with a female artist on the label so the media wouldn't suspect anything. The plan is working fine until Darrin meets a guy at one of his concerts. Catch Love Sex and Marriage at Silver Springs Black Box.
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.
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.