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1 Henry IV  
Folger Theatre 1 Henry IV
 
Watch as loyalties are tested and rivals are vanquished when Shakespeare's history play of power, honor and redemption hits the stage. This production even features acclaimed actor Edward Gero as the irrepressible Falstaff, making all the riotous comedy, political intrigue and battlefield action of this epic saga even more unforgettable!
   
Assassins  
Signature Theatre Assassins
 
From John Wilkes Booth to Lee Harvey Oswald, nine would-be and successful presidential assassins inspire each other to pull the trigger and change their worlds in a perverse, wry and thrillingly entertaining vaudeville.
   
Beehive  
NextStop Theatre Beehive
 
A tribute to the women of 1960's rock, pop and soul music-from the Shirelles to the Supremes, from Diana Ross to Aretha Franklin, from Tina Turner to Janis Joplin-this musical celebrates the talent, soul and power of the women who characterized a decade and whose legacies are still celebrated around the world. Join us for this incredible tribute musical and reminisce with hit songs like "Where the Boys Are," "Natural Woman," "Proud Mary," "Cry Baby," "Chain of Fools," and more!
   
The Bodyguard  
Toby's Dinner Theatre - Columbia The Bodyguard
 
Based on the Warner Brothers film starring Whitney Houston and Kevin Costner, The Bodyguard features a score filled with Ms. Houston's greatest hits including: "I Will Always Love You," "I'm Every Woman," "Saving All My Love," "How Will I Know," "I Wanna Dance With Somebody," "So Emotional," "One Moment in Time"...the list of hit songs goes on and on! Former Secret Service agent Frank Farmer is hired to protect superstar Rachel Marron from an unknown stalker. Each expects to be in charge - what they don't expect is to fall in love.
   
Butterfly  
Source Butterfly
 
"INtimately" experienced, the classic story of love, hope and loss is given new force in a theatre experience that reveals the raw humanity behind this beloved music. This profoundly arresting new version, stripped to its intense emotional core, returns to the structure of the source play that inspired overwhelming music. Performed by two brilliant international young casts, one in English and one Italian, you choose how to witness an unforgettable experience of breath-taking opera as dynamic theater.
   
Cabaret  
Olney Theatre Center Cabaret
 
"Willkommen! And bienvenue!" to Kander and Ebb's Tony-winning Cabaret, where the world burns brightly with desire and debauchery. In 1929 Berlin, Cliff arrives to work on his novel but finds himself swept up in the life of the cabaret with its bawdy Emcee, and swept away by the performer and provocateur Sally Bowles. Bunked together at Fräulein Schneider's boarding house, their impossible affair bumps up against the threatened love between their landlord and a Jewish fruit seller. From the opening notes of "Willkommen" through the title song and such classics as "Don't Tell Mama" and "Money," Cabaret delivers a raw theatrical experience on a knife's edge between unbridled sexuality and looming disaster. Shakespeare Theatre Company's Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Camelot, Kiss Me Kate) makes his OTC debut.
   
Doubt  
Studio Theatre Doubt
 
The Bronx, 1964. Suspicions surface at a parochial school about a charismatic young priest's interest in a Catholic school's first and only Black student. Absent hard proof, Sister Aloysius, the school's starched and self-assured principal, tries to protect the innocent - but is she doing God's work or is her certitude actually pride? Anchored by Studio mainstay Sarah Marshall, Doubt is John Patrick Shanley's masterpiece about faith, ambiguity, and the price of moral conviction.
   
Fabulation  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Fabulation
 
Two-time Pulitzer Prize and MacArthur Genius Award recipient Lynn Nottage's satirical tale follows successful African-American publicist Undine, as she stumbles down the social ladder after her husband steals her hard-earned fortune. Broke and now pregnant, Undine is forced to return to her childhood home in the projects, where she must face the realities of the life she left behind. Penned with "the firecracker snap of unexpected humor" (The New York Times), Fabulation reveals the folly of outrunning where we come from, and the challenge of returning home.
   
Fairview  
Woolly Mammoth Theatre Fairview
 
Beverly insists the celebration for Grandma's birthday be perfect. But her husband is useless, her sister is into the wine, and her daughter's secrets are threatening to derail the day. Meanwhile a group of spectators has put them all under surveillance. Soon the voyeurs launch an invasion on the festivities, forcing the family to battle for their very identities. Jackie Sibblies Drury (We Are Proud to Present...) returns to Woolly to boldly confront our perceptions of racism in America by ripping the conventional family drama to shreds.
   
The Gulf  
Writer's Center The Gulf
 
Two Women. A Boat. The Gulf. Kendra and Betty. They want what we all want. To find peace. Two lost and lonely people, six years into a volatile, troubled love affair, and then one night, it breaks. On a quiet summer evening, somewhere down in the Alabama Delta, Kendra and Betty troll the flats looking for red fish. They banter, they bicker, as any long time couple. As the skies darken, the ordinary fishing trip becomes an intense journey through the twists and turns brought on by the runaway mine train that is their dying relationship. Peter's Alley is proud to present The Lammy and Edgarton Award-winning, The Gulf, by local star playwright Audrey Cefaly, as our Inaugural production at our new home in Bethesda!
   
Jitney  
Arena Stage Jitney
 
The dramatic story of a Pittsburgh jitney station, a symbol of stability, struggling against an oppressive lack of opportunity and unnerving neighborhood gentrification that threatens the way they live and work. The drivers resist powerful forces while coming to grips with their pasts to fulfill their own hopes and dreams for the future. Arena Stage's presentation kicks off the National Tour of one of this great master's masterpieces.
   
Love Sick  
Theater J Love Sick
 
From an extraordinary collaboration of international artists comes Love Sick, the critically-acclaimed new musical that fuses a thrilling original score, Middle-Eastern harmonics, dazzling choreography, and an inspired story of passion and awakening. Based on the "Song of Songs," Love Sick tells the story of a young wife in a lifeless marriage who discovers she has a secret admirer. Intrigued, she begins a mysterious and dizzying journey of sexual and personal empowerment. The creative team includes Tony Award nominee Christopher Renshaw, internationally-acclaimed Israeli actress/writer Ofra Daniel, and celebrated Palestinian musician Ali Paris. The San Francisco Chronicle called it "extraordinary...lush...full of surprises."
   
Miss You Like Hell  
Centerstage Miss You Like Hell
 
Everyone has baggage in this timely mother-daughter musical about escaping and belonging from the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright who wrote the book for the Tony Award-winning In the Heights.
   
A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn  
Anacostia Playhouse A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn
 
Let the good times roll as you experience a raunchy, raucous night of song filled with laughter, high jinks, and tears of joy. This fun-filled musical journey will take you on a ride of those unforgettable moments of that first date, first kiss, the one that got away, or maybe the one you kicked to the curb! A Nite at the Dew Drop Inn is a musical celebration and tribute to the juke joint, to those iconic nightspots that were known for good food, music and maybe a little trouble (if you weren't careful). This cabaret-style presentation at Anacostia Playhouse highlights themes of love found, love lost and love renewed. It features songs made famous by Big Mama Thorton, Fats Waller, Etta James, and Dinah Washington, just to name a few.
   
Proof  
Everyman Theatre Proof
 
Catherine has inherited her late father's house, hundreds of his notebooks, and his mathematical genius. Terrified she has also inherited his psychosis, she allows one of his devout students to comb through the writings. When he discovers a revolutionary proof in one of the notebooks, Catherine must face new questions from her past and risk, for the first time, revealing who she truly is to the world and herself. After her breakout role as Catherine in 2003, Everyman Resident Company member Megan Anderson returns to play Catherine's older sister Claire in this "wonderfully funny... ambitiously constructed" (Variety) Pulitzer and Tony Award-winning modern classic.
   
Souvenir  
Rep Stage - Horowitz Center Souvenir
 
Florence Foster Jenkins, one of the world's most famous society eccentrics, suffered under the delusion that she was a great coloratura soprano when she was in fact incapable of producing two consecutive notes in tune. Nevertheless, her annual recitals in the ballroom of the Ritz Carlton hotel, where she resided, brought her extraordinary fame. As news of her terrible singing spread, so did her celebrity. The climax of her career was a single concert at Carnegie Hall in 1944. Famously, it sold out in two hours. "Souvenir," by turn hilarious and poignant, tells her story through the eyes of her accompanist, Cosme McMoon. A talented musician, he regards her at first as little more than an easy way to pay the rent, but, as he gets to know her, his initial contempt gives way to reluctant admiration, then friendship and affection.
   
Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness  
Atlas Performing Arts Center Surfacing: An Inventory of Helplessness
 
In this play by Russian/Austrian writer Julya Rabinowich, three characters live in captivity, invisible to the world: a female refugee hiding underground, fearing deportation, and traumatized by her journey across cultures; a kidnap victim locked in a basement at the mercy of her perpetrator, and a young man imprisoned in his own home due to the threat of blood-revenge against his family. Each is trapped, isolated, and unable to surface or take part in everyday life. The play explores their mental states, survival strategies, and the way their minds work through cycles of hope, fear, anger, and desperation. In a world where millions of people are fleeing oppression and dealing with hopelessness, this thought-provoking production opens our eyes to the plight of the marginalized, dispossessed, and downtrodden.
   
Sweeney Todd  
The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater Sweeney Todd
 
Sweeney Todd has become a bloody, worldwide success since being awarded eight Tonys, (including Best Musical), for its Broadway premiere. Stephen Sondheim's and Hugh Wheeler's (A Little Night Music, Pacific Overtures) tasty, thrilling, theatrical treat has simultaneously shocked, awed and delighted audiences across the world. An infamous tale, Sweeney Todd, an unjustly exiled barber, returns to 19th-century London, seeking vengeance against the lecherous judge who framed him and ravaged his young wife. The road to revenge leads Todd to Mrs. Lovett, a resourceful proprietress of a failing pie shop, above which, he opens a new barber practice. Mrs. Lovett's luck sharply shifts when Todd's thirst for blood inspires the integration of an ingredient into her meat pies that has the people of London lining up ... and the carnage has only just begun!