It's the final boarding call for African American Airlines' Flight 1619 to Africa, and every Black person in the United States gets a free ticket. In a kaleidoscope of scenes capturing the moments surrounding this outrageous departure, Jordan E. Cooper's vibrant, no-holds-barred comedy examines the lives of Black Americans in the aftermath of the election of a Black president - and hurtling toward the point of no return.
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An eclectic group of people come together for an Adult Creative Drama class at a local community center in small-town Vermont. Through the artificial intimacy of their theater exercises, they form increasingly intense connections in ways that are both heartbreaking and humorous. We watch as they try to figure out their lives together in unvarnished ways that lead to small and sometimes disarming moments of discovery. At the end of the play, audiences are left with the desire to compare notes about what happened and what the future has in store for them all.
A teenage Celie is torn from her beloved sister and forced into an abusive marriage. Over the next forty years, while Celie encounters repression, despair and heartbreak, she also discovers hope in a group of friends who inspire her to find her voice, discover her beauty and change her life.
Mỹlinh has the chance to boost her career and make important connections in her new home in Washington DC - all she has to do is translate a simple dinner meeting between her friends' parents - American and Vietnamese in-laws. When the two couples clash over the course of the evening, Mỹlinh must navigate and defuse the awkward and complicated cultural, national, and social politics between the two countries that make up her own unique identity.
You are cordially invited to a meeting of The Drunk Shakespeare Society. In a hidden speakeasy, five classically-trained actors assemble for their sacred ritual. One actor takes five shots of whiskey and then attempts to perform a major role in a Shakespeare play. Hilarity and mayhem ensue as the remaining sober actors attempt to keep the play on track. Every night is different depending on who's drinking ... and what they're drinking! Drunk Shakespeare is a New York Times' Critics Pick and "the best thing to ever happen to the theater" according to Slate Magazine. Craft cocktails are served throughout the show.
Einstein's theory of relativity revolutionized modern science and his name became synonymous with genius. Lesser known is the story of Mileva Marić, the physicist, mathematician, and fellow student at Zurich Polytechnic who was Einstein's first wife. As recently discovered personal correspondence suggests, Mileva contributed substantially to his scientific success yet received no professional credit. In this gripping production, Serbian playwright Snezena Gnjidic and English translator Milena Trobozic Garfield present a thoughtful portrait of the couple's tumultuous relationship and her role in developing his ground-breaking ideas. What started as a scientific team eventually was derailed by motherhood and a world not prepared for women's professional achievements. Einstein's Wife explores the life of a gifted woman living in the shadow of a brilliant man.
Adapted from the hit film starring Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg by its Academy Award-winning screenwriter, Bruce Joel Rubin, GHOST THE MUSICAL follows Sam and Molly, a young couple whose connection takes a shocking turn after Sam's untimely death. The bond of love transcends the boundaries of life itself to grow stronger and more fully realized. Trapped between two worlds, Sam refuses to leave Molly when he learns she is in grave danger. Desperate to communicate with her, he turns to a storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, who helps him protect Molly and avenge his death. GHOST THE MUSICAL is a poignant romance that builds comedy, suspense, and deeply felt emotion to an ethereal climax that audiences will never forget.
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.
On the edge of the Wyoming wilderness, the last guests linger late into the night at a celebration for the new president of their conservative Catholic college. Reunited after seven years, the friends toss back whiskey and name-check Thomas Aquinas, Hannah Arendt, Steve Bannon, even "Bojack Horseman," tracking their distance from each other and the people they thought they'd be by now. Will Arbery's portrait of conservatives trying to make sense of where they - and their country - stand is an incisive yet personal look at the intelligence and despair of the Catholic right.
Visionary Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings this Synetic classic back to the stage. Based on a Georgian epic poem, Host & Guest tells the ancient story of a family who takes in a lost stranger to discover he is from an enemy clan, and their valiant attempt to save him when their village wreaks vengeance. Performed around the world, Host & Guest is a timely and relevant tale of war, strife, the beliefs that tear us apart, and the humanity that brings us together.
A Pulitzer Prize and Macarthur Genius Grant winner, Nottage gives us the story of Mlima, an elderly “big tusker” elephant from a protected reserve in Kenya. When Mlima is poached for his glorious ivory tusks, those tusks begin a journey across the world, introducing us to a string of characters, each with their own goals and struggles surrounding the ivory trade. In every scene, Mlima’s magnificent presence hovers in the background, lending the weight of his history to this beautiful story.
In the madcap comedy tradition of Lend Me a Tenor, the hilarious Moon Over Buffalo centers on George and Charlotte Hay, fading stars of the 1950s. At the moment, they're performing "Private Lives" and "Cyrano de Bergerac" in rep in Buffalo, New York with five actors. On the brink of a disastrous split-up caused by George's dalliance with a young ingenue, they receive word that they might just have one last shot at stardom: Frank Capra is coming to town to see their matinee, and if he likes what he sees, he might cast them in his movie remake of "The Scarlet Pimpernel". Unfortunately for George and Charlotte, everything that could go wrong does go wrong, abetted by a visit from their daughter's clueless fiance and hilarious uncertainty about which play they're actually performing, caused by Charlotte's deaf, old stage-manager mother who hates every bone in George's body.
"A Night With Jackie "Moms" Mabley," is an honorific evening of zingers about everything from sexuality to racism. Delivered with political correctness, Loretta Mary Aiken, better known as Jackie "Moms" Mabley endured sexual, racial and political oppression while paving the way for many of the women actors we enjoy today. A Night With Jackie Moms Mabley was a 1996 Helen Hayes Award nominated play for the Charles MacArthur Award for Outstanding New Play.
The death of Gloria, the family matriarch, brings the family together for the traditional Jamaican Nine Night celebration. This multi-day event is full of food, revelry, and a constant stream of mourners. Natasha Gordon's debut play explores the tensions of living in two cultures, the unbreakable bonds of family, and the many layers of grief in an "exuberantly funny" (The Guardian) and relatable story of the ties that bind. Michael Billington of The Guardian praised the playwrighting debut, saying "Playwrighting debuts don't come much better than this."
A dedicated corporate "information refiner" has learned that his company is moving to a cheaper, but very (very) remote, location and taking the jobs with it. Backed by a jazz band, this permanent part-timer must decide whether to go and uproot his family's life or embark on an unknown venture.
The Bubonic Plague strikes and it's the end of the world as we know it. As society is turned on its head during the mother of all pandemics, two village women take a chance on love. One takes on the mantle of alewife, and the other takes a job at the castle where the local (self-quarantining) nobleman is blindsided by his attraction to a peasant. All the while, their neighbor - a novice spellcaster - tries to capture her heart's desire. Wills clash in this fight for love under the ever-present threat of Death's scythe.
"Shear Madness" is one of the most popular entertainments in the world, delighting audiences night after night with its unique blend of madcap improvisation and spine-tickling mystery. This unique comedy-whodunit takes place today in the "Shear Madness" hairstyling salon and is chock full of up-to-the-minute spontaneous humor. During the course of the action, a murder is committed and the audience gets to spot the clues, question the suspects, and solve the funniest mystery in the annals of crime.The outcome is never the same, which is why many audience members return again and again to the scene of the mayhem.
Don't miss Sly's Magic, a full show of comedy and magic featuring our headliner Sly and a troupe of professional magicians! Be prepared to be amazed by the magic and entertained by the jokes, one-liners, and physical comedy throughout the evening. Sly's Magic was voted one of the "Top 10 Things to Do in Northern Virginia" by Northern Virginia Magazine.
This chilling mystery thriller by the author of Rosemary's Baby explores the thin line between fantasy and reality, madness and murder. Students Susan and Larry find themselves as guests enticed to the Brabissant mansion by it's dissolute caretakers the lonely Mackeys. The Mackeys are struck by Susan's strong resemblance to Veronica Brabissant, the long- dead daughter of the family for whom they work.