Frederick Douglass ignited the flame of a freedom movement that still burns today. Charles Randolph-Wright (Arena's Born for This: The BeBe Winans Story, Broadway's Motown the Musical) returns to Arena Stage with a groundbreaking musical powered by Douglass' own speeches and writings. Coupled with soaring new melodies and an original script from Grammy Award-winning songwriter Marcus Hummon and Randolph-Wright, Douglass rises as a fierce abolitionist and distinguished orator. Filled with electrifying new songs including "What Does Freedom Look Like," "We Need a Fire" and "A More Perfect Union," this world premiere celebrates the revolutionary legacy of one of history's first freedom fighters, whose fire is needed now more than ever.
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What if, by engaging your imagination and opening your mind, you could alter reality and unlock the door to a world of wonders? Welcome to the realm of KURIOS - Cabinet of Curiosities from Cirque du Soleil. Step into the Grand Chapiteau at Atlantic Station and find yourself in the curio cabinet of an ambitious inventor who defies the laws of time, space and dimension in order to reinvent everything around him. Suddenly, the visible becomes invisible, perspectives are transformed, and the world is literally turned upside down in a place that's as beautiful as it is mysterious. Stunning acrobatics blend with unusual curiosity acts, and otherworldly characters spring to life before your eyes. Is this magical, mechanical land real, or just a figment of your imagination? You have to see it to disbelieve it.
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.
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.
Fantastagirl, a second-grade superhero who uses words to save the day, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: the Math Monster! When confronted with problems too big for words alone to solve, Fantastagirl must accept help from her friendly, furry, fraction-loving foe. While Fantastagirl and Math Monster use words and numbers to help her friends and scientist moms, something far more sinister than Math brews on the horizon.
Hollywood, 1930: thirty-five years after their first run-in with Count Dracula, Lucy Westenra and R.M. Renfield are rising talents in the nascent film industry. When a series of murders in Los Angeles suggest a connection to their past, they look up their old friend Elizabeth Frankenstein, now a researcher at Miskatonic University. What eldritch horrors might be rising from the depths to the silver screen? In this new twist on the works of Mary Shelley, Bram Stoker, and H.P. Lovecraft, the distressed damsels and tragic victims of gothic horror literature become the heroes of their own stories. Make movies and fight crime with the misbegotten monsters of great gothic horror in Forgotten Monsters of Filmland, a new play from the Coil Project.
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.
Based on the novel, The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo by Michael Butterworth, Lucky Stiff is an offbeat, hilarious murder mystery, musical, farce, complete with mistaken identities, six million bucks in diamonds and a corpse in a wheelchair. Tony Award-winning writing team, Lynn Ahrens and Stephen Flaherty's, first produced show, Lucky Stiff, premiered Off-Broadway at Playwrights Horizons.
Mischievous fairies, aspiring actors, and young lovers meet with hilarious results during one enchanting night in the woods. Enjoy this fun-filled, beloved comedy, perfect for summer, in the Folger Shakespeare Playhouse erected within the exhilarating atrium of the National Building Museum. In association with the National Building Museum and the University of South Carolina.
Lovingly ripped off from the classic film, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, MONTY PYTHON'S SPAMALOT retells the legend of King Arthur featuring beautiful show girls, killer rabbits, and French taunters. This outrageous, uproarious, and gloriously entertaining story of King Arthur and the Lady of the Lake on a quest for the Holy Grail will have you in stitches while reminding you to, "always look on the bright side of life."
This Hilarious & Poignant story is universal in its message: The Journey to follow one's DREAM, and the parents who SUFFER through it! Actor/comedian Brad Zimmerman's moving, hilarious story about the grit required to "make it" as an artist, and the sweet rewards that come from never giving up. After graduating college with a degree in theater, Brad moved to New York and 'temporarily' worked as a waiter... for 29 Years, while pursuing his career as an actor. Finally, he achieved success with a role on the Sopranos and as opening act for Joan Rivers (for 8 years), Brad Garrett, and George Carlin. He now has a hit Off Broadway comedy that is as profound & touching as it is entertaining.
This hilarious play tells the story of a hungry servant who, realizing that working for two masters could ensure him more food, tries to do the job of two men while working desperately to conceal that fact from both employers. With a zany plot featuring lost love, mistaken identity, ravenous servants, and lots of letter mix-ups, Goldoniís classic comedy is rollicking fun. Presented weekly on Tuesdays in the outdoor courtyard at Reynolds Tavern.
"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.
In SIX, the queens of Henry VIII take the mic to reclaim their identities out of the shadow of their infamous spouse-remixing five hundred years of historical heartbreak into an exuberant celebration of twenty-first-century girl power. The all-woman cast, backed by an all-woman band known as the "Ladies in Waiting," traverses the spectrum of modern-day pop with a soundtrack that has stormed up the UK charts.
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.