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Absolutely Dead  
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  
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.
Arena Stage Ann
Punchline-packed speeches reveal the feisty and unadulterated life of legendary Texas Governor Ann Richards. Written by Emmy Award-winning actress and writer Holland Taylor (The Practice, Two and a Half Men), Ann is a comical and inspiring production based on the colorful and complex woman whose sense of humor was bigger than the state which she represented. Jayne Atkinson (House of Cards, Criminal Minds) reprises her well-received performance in this intimate, no-holds-barred comedy chronicling Richards' legacy and how she was determined to make her mark on the world. "Frank, funny and warm" (New York Times), Ann is a captivating tribute to Richards' life as an activist, politician and feminist champion.
The Ballad of Mu Lan  
Imagination Stage The Ballad of Mu Lan
When China is forced to war with the invading Xia Xia, each family must send one man into battle. In her quest to protect her baba, our young heroine proves girls can do anything- including saving a nation. Inspired by Peking Opera, this partnership production with the Honolulu Theatre for Youth is full of music, pageantry, and humor.
The Band's Visit  
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  
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 Cat in the Hat  
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.
Freestyle Love Supreme  
The Kennedy Center Freestyle Love Supreme
The improv brainchild of Anthony Veneziale, Lin-Manuel Miranda, and Thomas Kail, Freestyle Love Supreme is a stage show like no other. MCs, musicians, and beatboxers take the audience on a completely improvised musical ride all based off audience suggestions.
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia Grease
One of the world's favorite musicals hits the stage in a high-octane production featuring all the hit songs you love, including: "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "Hopelessly Devoted To You" and "Greased Lightning." Danny, Sandy and the coolest gang of students from Rydell High take you back to the 1950's when drive-in movies, sock-hops and tough talkin' Pink Ladies defined a generation. Grease and Toby's go together like a wop bam boom!
The Hippodrome Hamilton
With book, music and lyrics by Lin-Manuel Miranda, direction by Thomas Kail, choreography by Andy Blankenbuehler and musical supervision and orchestrations by Alex Lacamoire, Hamilton is based on Ron Chernow's biography of Founding Father Alexander Hamilton. Hamilton is the story of America's Founding Father Alexander Hamilton, an immigrant from the West Indies who became George Washington's right-hand man during the Revolutionary War and was the new nation's first Treasury Secretary. Featuring a score that blends hip-hop, jazz, blues, rap, R&B, and Broadway, Hamilton is the story of America then, as told by America now.
Intimate Apparel  
Silver Spring Stage Intimate Apparel
Pulitzer Prize winning Lynn Nottage weaves a lyrical and powerful story in Intimate Apparel of a talented African-American seamstress in New York City at the turn of the previous century, who sews for rich white and poor black clients alike, and saves her earnings so she can someday open her own beauty parlor. She also longs for a loving husband and has a long-distance pen-pal romance with a Barbadian laborer. When he shows up in person, however, he is not the articulate or charming man he seemed to be in his letters. Although deeply wounded, she chooses to move forward with her life, unbroken by a string of betrayals and abandonment. Audiences will be captivated by this poignant and pulls no punches portrait of passion and loneliness.
Olney Theatre Center Matilda
From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes another unlikely hero: Matilda Wormwood. Born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning and any information they can't get from television, Matilda somehow manages to emerge ... a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull. Matilda embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like "Miracle," "Naughty" and "Revolting Children" will ring true to adults and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through pre-adolescence and beyond. Book by Dennis Kelly. Music & Lyrics by Tim Minchin. Based on the book Matilda by Roald Dahl. Music Directed by Christopher Youstra. Choreography by Byron Easley. Directed by Peter Flynn. Age Guidance: If this were a film it would be rated PG.
The Mollusc  
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.
A People's History  
Arena Stage A People's History
Mike Daisey, recognized as "the master storyteller" by the New York Times, presents his most epic work-eighteen different full-length monologues that stretch over thirty hours, weaving together two very different histories: Howard Zinn's A People's History of the United States, and his US History textbook he was taught from in rural Maine 25 years ago. Daisey confronts the legacy of our nation, our complicity, our responsibility, and the future in a unique theatrical event.
The Second City: America; It's Complicated!  
The Kennedy Center The Second City: America; It's Complicated!
Comedy legends The Second City return to the Kennedy Center with an all-new, all-hilarious show that reaches way, way across the aisle for non-stop equal opportunity laughs. From searing social satire to poking fun at pop culture, you won't want to miss Second City's hallmark mashup of sketch comedy, world famous improv, and original music. No two shows are ever the same!
Tiger Style  
Olney Theatre Center Tiger Style
In this outrageous satire about stereotypes, political correctness flies out the window as two Chinese-American siblings search for their authentic selves. Albert Chen is a computer programmer so modest he lets others take credit for his work. His sister Jennifer, a doctor, is so professionally driven she can't sustain a relationship (even if she could find someone worthy of her work ethic). Despite their Ivy League educations, musical virtuosity and impeccable manners, the siblings mount a delayed adolescent rebellion against their disappointed Tiger Mother (and equally demanding Tiger Father). They embark on an "Asian Freedom Tour" that takes them to the People's Republic of China, where the tour goes - no spoilers - terribly wrong.
Treasure Island  
Synetic Theater Treasure Island
This classic coming-of-age tale follows Jane Hawkins, an orphan who longs for adventure, as she is swept up on a wild hunt for buried treasure with a ruthless band of buccaneers. Along the way, Jane's bravery, morality, and sense of self are put to the test as she learns about her past and the path she wants to follow.
Twisted Melodies  
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.
Vivian's Music 1969  
Anacostia Playhouse Vivian's Music 1969
An international hit, this Washington, D.C. premiere is inspired by real life events. In 1969, in a segregated city in the American Midwest, a 14 year-old black girl named Vivian was shot by a white cop, igniting one of the worst race riots in American history. No one knew anything about her, just her name, her age and how she died. This fantasia for two actors gives Vivian a life, a family, a love of music.