Summoned to a convent, Dr. Martha Livingstone, a court-appointed psychiatrist, is charged with assessing the sanity of Agnes, a novice nun accused of murdering her newborn. During her investigation of the death, which
inevitably leads to questions of the child's conception, Dr. Livingstone contends with objections from the convent's calculating Mother Superior, the church itself, and even Agnes, who professes total ignorance of both the process of procreation and of her own pregnancy. As questions are asked and secrets revealed, the three women are forced to re-examine the meaning of faith, the power of love and the existence of modern day miracles.
Prepare to have your face melted by the likes of Shreddy Eddy, Golden Thunder and the reigning champ, D Vicious. In this joyful comedy, which premiered at the prestigious Humana Festival in 2017, professional Air Guitar competitions provide the backdrop for a marvelous cast of characters. When Nina, a real guitar player, wanders into a bar to compete, she soon discovers that there's more to this art form than playing pretend.
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. Hailed by USA Today as "Pure Genie-Us," Aladdin on Broadway features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
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.
Signature continues our tradition of big musicals in intimate spaces with one of the most iconic musicals ever written. Up close in the audition room, feel every heartbeat and heartbreak as hopeful dancers pour out their dreams, memories, loves, and why they dance in a breathtaking display of the tremendous talent it takes to be in a chorus line.
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.
Home. When do you leave home? Have you ever been forced to leave home? What reminds you of home? As war, violence, and the climate crisis continue to force people around the world to migrate and leave their homes behind, Dhana and the Rosebuds explores these themes through a poetic lens. Dance, movement, and sound reveal the intimate history of Dhana - a young Syrian woman, now a career scientist living in New York - who forgot about her past. When she thinks she sees her estranged grandmother on television among the refugees crossing the border in the Balkans, she decides to go and find her. Join Ally this November for a spiritual journey into place and time as Dhana makes her way to the heart of the migration emergency - through refugee camps, airports and train stations - to find her grandmother, her roots and ultimately herself. Devised and created by Federica Cellini based on a screenplay by Federica Cellini and Giulia Corda
Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.
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.
A new show about postcards and hair pins and a certificate from Harry Ramsden's in Blackpool. About how long it takes to stop noticing where you are. About the compromise of a full life and the burden of a full heart and how it's impossible to know where looking back will lead. About the task of being who we are without denying who we've been. About the importance of regret and the possibility of hope and the delusional idea of starting again. About all the books I've never read and all the jam I've ever eaten and the bags of torn tickets and the drawers of empty pens and the inevitable sadness of ever holding on to anything. Written and performed by Daniel Kitson.
Last Summer at Bluefish Cove is a landmark piece in Lesbian dramatic literature as the first mainstream play of its kind when it premiered in New York City in 1980. It is the story of a dissatisfied straight woman who leaves her husband to spend some quiet time by herself and who unwittingly and naively wanders into the midst of a group of seven lesbians at the beginning of their annual beachside vacation. She falls in love with the charming leading character who, unknown to her, is dying of cancer. The friendships, the laughter, the love, the fears of being outed, the difficulties of being gay and how it affects relationships with family, children, parents and careers, the demonstrations of what the painful price could be for a gay life 30 years ago in everyday America. Jane Chambers' comedic dialogue, sensitivity to human nature and tender treatment of her characters help the play transcend preconceptions and show the universality of these women's journeys, whether straight or gay.
Endless critical and audience acclaim direct from Broadway. A sold-out run at The Public Theater. A record-breaking engagement at Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Latin History for Morons, the most totally unique show of the season, reveals America's unsung heroes, throughout past and present-all unforgettably told by Tony- and Emmy-award winner John Leguizamo, one of the most incisive, insightful and entertaining personalities on stage today. Latin History for Morons is inspired by the near-total absence of Latinos from his son's American history books. John Leguizamo embarks on an outrageously funny, frenzied search to find a Latin hero for his son's school history project. From a mad recap of the Aztec empire to stories of unknown Latino patriots of the Revolutionary War and beyond, Leguizamo breaks down the 3,000 years between the Mayans and Pitbull into 110 irreverent and uncensored minutes above and beyond his unique style.
Discover a surprisingly timely play from a classical female playwright. Lovers' Vows is Elizabeth Inchbald's hilarious and thoughtful story of love, class and doing the right thing. Incredibly popular and controversial when it was written in 1798, Lovers' Vows is rarely staged now. It is perhaps most famous for its appearance in Jane Austen's Mansfield Park, but Lovers' Vows is a funny and moving play in its own right and has earned its place in the spotlight. Elizabeth Inchbald urges us to throw convention aside and step outside the confines of class and social norms to choose between the right choice or the popular choice. Featuring original music from D.C.-area band The North Country
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.
Matilda is a little girl with mesmerizing wit, intelligence and psychokinetic powers. But she faces real challenges from her unloving parents and her school's horrible headmistress, Miss Trunchbull. Based on the beloved Roald Dahl novel, Matilda is the story of a courageous little girl with an unbounded imagination who proves that despite the odds, you can do anything you put your mind to - and change your destiny.
Step inside the genius of sculptor Louise Nevelson. Facts are in dispute and words are in question in this late-career masterpiece by multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance). A little Jewish girl from Russia immigrated to the US and became the renowned sculptor, Louise Nevelson. In Albee's Occupant, she's been invited to participate in an interview - from beyond the grave. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, we witness the deep inner turmoil and intrepid triumphs of one of the 20th century's greatest artistic minds. Starring audience-favorite Susan Rome, this surprising, touching, and delicious play is an unabashed exploration of how a pioneer for free-thinking women everywhere found her voice.
Join the voyage of a shipmaster who guides a bizarre band of travelers through a modern-day Hades. Six unassuming travelers face riveting challenges on the quest for ultimate salvation. Sea is an episodic tale of lost love in the otherworld that unfolds as past relationships meet present realities. This powerful play is written by Norway's preeminent writer Jon Fosse, the most performed living writer in Europe and 2010 winner of the International Ibsen Award.
The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the Mainstage and for once, rain during the holidays is guaranteed to make you smile. Comden and Green's ingenious tale of Hollywood's transition from the silent era is buoyed by the thrill of live singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs in the American canon, including "Good Mornin'," "Make 'em Laugh," and "Moses Supposes." Our biggest production of the year is certain to impress Broadway regulars and enchant kids meeting this musical for the first time.
Splatter is a family-friendly performance of spoken word, movement, and music inspired by the book The Color Monster by Anna Llenas. Is a "splatter" an unlikely accident or a careless gesture that ruins the day? Mixed-up emotions are sorted and compared to colors and the feelings associated with color. Adventure through sadness blue, bright and shiny happiness, angry red, gray shadows, calm green.
Lynn Nottage's Pulitzer Prize winner is a nuanced and powerful drama filled with warm humor and heart that exposes the American dream is still out of reach for many Americans. Set in Reading, PA, a group of friends and factory co-workers have to defend their way of life when layoffs and picket lines threaten them. The crashing economy pits friends against each other in a heart-wrenching fight to stay afloat. The eloquence of Sweat resonates in today's challenging times.
Clearday is a cosmetics company on the rise: Based in Singapore, launching a global skincare line, and bringing a start-up mentality to the big leagues. But a draft ad for their latest skin whitening cream surfaces on YouTube, gathering views and outrage. As morning nears in the U.S. market-19,643 views. 467,327. 654,398.-Clearday's all-female team hustles to contain the damage before Buzzfeed weighs in. Someone's definitely getting fired. A comedy from rising Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King about toxic corporate culture, selling whiteness, and shame as both a cultural commodity and canny marketing strategy.
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.