Bill and Sherri are the white, progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admissions at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they've worked to diversify the school's mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son Charlie's Ivy League dreams are jeopardized, the family's reaction blasts open a deep rift between their public values and private decisions. A no-holds-barred look at privilege, power and the perils of whiteness from the author of Bad Jews, Admissions comes to the Studio Theatre's Mead Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Playwright-performer Keith Hamilton Cobb, directed by Drama Desk nominee Kim Weild, uses his love of language and 30 years of experience in the American theatre to explore Shakespeare, race and America, not necessarily in that order. His 85-minute award-winning play, American Moor, that considers the dilemma of a seasoned African-American thespian auditioning for a role fraught with racial animus, Othello, is an unapologetic peer into a hindering industry irony that stands as metaphor for our most pressing societal condition: a white culture dictating rules of conduct to a non-white one from an often inadvertent place of privilege. Cobb, with a facility for poetry entertains, and with the pathos of a veteran tragedian engages while asking questions that demand answers, and answering questions that too seldom get asked.
Best known to theater audiences for her Pulitzer Prize-winning play How I Learned to Drive, Paula Vogel's The Baltimore Waltz centers on Anna, an unmarried schoolteacher diagnosed with ATD, Acquired Toilet Disease, a fatal new malady with a high risk factor for elementary school teachers. She and her brother, Carl, fly off to Europe to find a cure... and an adventure. Anna decides she wants to drown herself in the sensuality of food and sex, while Carl becomes involved in a wild espionage scheme to find a cure for his sister. But it becomes clear something's not quite right when Anna shows slides of their trip to Europe where each frame looks exactly like Baltimore. Experience the comedy-drama The Baltimore Waltz at Washington, DC's Keegan Theatre.
What if Shakespeare hadn't written Macbeth in 1605 and instead wrote about the foiled Gunpowder Plot, where conspirators attempted to blow up the King and Parliament? Bill Cain's playful and witty comedy poses the question and explores the moral obligation of artists to resist the manipulations of those in power. The sovereign has commissioned a play on the plot, but as Shakespeare and the King's Men acting troupe investigate the story they discover that the King's version might, in fact, be a cover-up. Do they speak truth to power -- and perhaps lose their heads? Or take the money and lie? Or a third option -- equivocation? Find out at the Silver Spring Stage.
Welcome to the Bechdel family. But just what family is it? Through the searching eyes of daughter Alison-aged 9, 17, and then 42-we meet her ever-shifting and sometimes unreliable memories of brothers, mother, and above all her repressed father, along with recollections from the family funeral home to Alison's coming out. Based on Bechdel's own best-selling illustrated memoir, this poignant tale harnesses every facet of music and theater to explore and unravel the mysteries of childhood and the surprising secrets that shape a life. Winner of the 2015 Tony Award for Best Musical, from the composer of Caroline, or Change and the writer of 2.5 Minute Ride.
Grease is the word and the musical you've gotta see when it comes to the Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater in Hagerstown. Always a crowd-pleasing favorite, Grease follows the '50s romance of innocent ingenue Sandy and bad-boy greaser Danny as they enter their senior year of high school. Danny believes their hot summer fling is over ... until Sandy unexpectedly enrolls at Rydell High. The hit 1978 movie starring John Travolta and Olivia Newton-John quickly became a musical phenomenon with catchy sing-along tunes like "Summer Nights," "You're the One That I Want," "We Go Together" and "Greased Lightning." Join the Pink Ladies, the Burger Palace Boys and the rest of the gang and experience all the fun of this all-American classic on stage, preceded by a delicious buffet dinner.
Raleigh and May have been married for years, and his success as a writer has allowed them to move away from Kentucky. But Kentucky, in the form of their families, follows them to Florida, as both mothers have moved in with them. Social changes offer the couple a surprising challenge ... and opportunity. Returning in their roles as May and Raleigh in this, the final installment in the Washington Stage Guild's popular romantic trilogy by Arlene Hutton, are Lexi Langs and Wood Van Meter. Escape to Gulf View Drive at the Undercroft Theatre in Washington, DC.
Regarded by many theatre professionals as the greatest musical ever created, GYPSY is the ultimate tale of an ambitious stage mother fighting for her daughters' success while secretly yearning for her own. Set in the 1920's, when vaudeville was dying and burlesque was born, GYPSY explores the world of show business with brass, humor and heart featuring the hits "Everything's Coming up Roses" and "Let Me Entertain You."
Judy Garland's career spanned nearly four decades from child celebrity to adult icon. A cast of Signature favorites sings some of her most famous songs including "Over the Rainbow," "Get Happy" and "The Man That Got Away" along with lesser known gems in a tribute to one of Hollywood's brightest stars.
It is one of the most pivotal moments in history-the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he's confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power.
Still head-banging on Broadway, School of Rock is ready to raise the roof at The National Theatre in DC. This New York Times Critics' Pick was adapted from the 2003 film that launched Jack Black as a full-blown star, and just happens to feature 14 new songs from the King of the Musical, none other than Sir Andrew Lloyd Webber. All the original tunes from the film are included too, and Entertainment Weekly called this stage version "an inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz." The show follows Dewey Finn, who was kicked out of his band and is struggling to make ends meet when he finds himself in the most unlikely of jobs -- teaching at a prestigious prep school. When he discovers his students' talent for classical music, he decides to steer them over to rock 'n' roll, turning this class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, mind-blowing, kick-ass band. Awesomeness ensues.
The acclaimed [title of show] is a musical about four friends writing a musical ... about four friends writing a musical. Jeff and Hunter, two struggling writers, hear about a new musical theatre festival, but the deadline for submissions is a mere three weeks away. With nothing to lose, the pair decides to try to create something new with the help of their friends Susan and Heidi. Follow four friends on their hilarious journey through the gauntlet of creative self-expression when NextStop Theatre Company brings [title of show] to the D.C. area.
Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases.