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A Chorus Line

A Chorus Line

"One Singular Sensation" and a true celebration of musical theatre, A CHORUS LINE is one of the longest running shows in Broadway history! Featuring one powerhouse musical number after another including: "One," "I Can Do That," "At The Ballet," and "What I Did For Love," this groundbreaking, Pulitzer Prize winning musical set a new standard for Broadway, winning 9 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale

Cinderella: A Salsa Fairy Tale

What will happen to Cinderella at the ball ... game? That's the surprising question in this contemporary Latin-American Cinderella musical that weaves subtle lessons on empathy, sportsmanship, and respect into an exciting, high-stakes story. An Imagination Stage original that broke new ground in bilingual children's theatre.

Coriolanus

Coriolanus

Avant Bard Theatre at

Gunston Arts Center

An Avant Bard and Longacre Lea co-production, this adaptation of Shakespeare's Coriolanus is directed by Longacre Lea Managing Director Seamus Miller and is inspired by video games, virtual reality, and our cultural embrace of ultra-violence. The audience will be directly involved and implicated in the conditioning of a man who is bred into, even celebrated for, antisocial brutality-and then punished for his learned inability to "play nice." Longacre Lea brings its signature video presence to the co-production.

Desperate Measures

Desperate Measures

In the Wild West, a gun-slinging nun must team up with a shrewd sheriff and a salty saloon dancer to save her bad boy brother from certain death.

Drunk Shakespeare

Drunk Shakespeare

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.

How I Learned To Drive

How I Learned To Drive

A wildly funny, surprising and devastating tale of survival in which Li’l Bit, now a woman in her 30’s, comes to terms with the complex childhood relationship she had with her Uncle Peck. Vogel’s Pulitzer Prize-winning thunderbolt of a play brings theatre back to its roots in storytelling and personal and social history.

Inside Out and Backwards

Inside Out and Backwards

It's bedtime, and two children use their imaginations to turn their room inside out, into a wonderland of mess! While playing dress-up, a glove becomes a dancing fish, a shirt becomes a fantastical creature, and a sock dance rocks the closet.

Intimate Apparel

Intimate Apparel

In 1905, Esther, a proud but shy black seamstress, sews intimates for her clientele. She’s saved quite a bit making beautiful undergarments for both posh Fifth Avenue boudoirs and upscale bordellos, all while daydreaming of romance and new beginnings.

Junie B. Jones, The Musical

Junie B. Jones, The Musical

It is Junie B.’s first day of first grade, and a lot of things have changed for her: Junie’s friend, Lucille, does not want to be her best pal anymore and, on the bus, Junie B. makes friends with Herb, the new kid at school. Also, Junie has trouble reading the blackboard and her teacher, Mr. Scary, thinks she may need glasses. Throw in a friendly cafeteria lady, a kickball tournament and a “Top-Secret Personal Beeswax Journal,” and first grade has never been more exciting. Featuring a tremendously loveable character and fun-filled songs, Junie B. Jones will capture your audience members’ hearts just as the books captivated an entire generation of students.

The Lehman Trilogy

The Lehman Trilogy

Meet the Lehman brothers-immigrants building an American dream that crumbles into a chaotic nightmare for future generations. With a cast of three actors covering 160 years of family struggles, achievements, and missteps, this winner of the 2022 Tony Award for Best Play is a powerhouse cautionary narrative for our times. A captivating feat of storytelling, The Lehman Trilogy examines the double-edged sword of capitalism and personal choices that created the largest financial crisis in U.S. history so far.

Lend Me A Soprano

Lend Me A Soprano

Master of comedy and farce, Ken Ludwig, has adapted his Tony Award-winning Broadway hit Lend Me A Tenor for a new generation, with the genders swapped. The hilarious result is Lend Me A Soprano! It's 1934, and world-famous Italian soprano Elena Firenzi, the biggest star of her era, is in town for a one-night-only concert with the Cleveland Grand Opera Company. The gala performance is the apex of general manager Lucille Wylie's career, and she's given her assistant Jo one job - keep Elena away from men and liquor until the curtain rises. But when events spiral out of Jo's control, she's got one chance to set everything right.

Love, Love, Love

Love, Love, Love

It's London, 1967, and the sixties are in full swing when we meet Ken and Sandra, two carefree spirits in a world that belongs to the young. Love, Love, Love drops in with them over the next 44 years, from free love to middle-class comfort to well-compensated retirement-when their adult daughter accuses them of squandering the world they inherited. Mike Bartlett turns his sharp eye and biting humor on the Baby Boomers and the generation they spawned.

Magic Mirror

Magic Mirror

Magic Mirror is back after its special 40th Anniversary run and Broadway World nomination in 2023! This production was the first show founders Christopher Piper and Allan Stevens worked on as the Puppet Co. Meet Toad, a young person destined for greatness in this mash-up story with many familiar fairy tales! Join us on this journey of dragons, monsters, and spirits of the woods. Recommended for ages 5+. Run time approximately 50 minutes.

Mahalia

Mahalia

Featuring music by various gospel composers, as well as hymns and spirituals made famous by Mahalia Jackson. MAHALIA is a joyous celebration of the life and music of the world's greatest gospel singer. This humble, deeply religious woman whose expressive, full-throated voice carried her from a three-room shanty in New Orleans to appearances before presidents and royalty. The Joy and inspiration of Mahalia's heartfelt songs provide a counterpoint to the urgent messages delivered by her friend, Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. Mahalia Jackson became the musical voice of the civil rights movement.

Merrily We Roll Along

Merrily We Roll Along

The authors of the landmark musical COMPANY reunite to turn the traditional showbiz musical on its head in this thrilling and compelling Broadway fable about friendship, compromise, and the high price of success. Stephen Sondheim and George Furth expertly blend the excitement and energy of a backstage musical with a poignant and emotional contemporary story about the importance of staying true to one's ideals.

Mindplay

Mindplay

Mindplay, the surprise addition to Arena Stage's current season, is a love letter to the imperfect mind. Drama Desk Award-nominated theatermaker and mentalist Vinny DePonto guides audiences on an entirely new theatrical event in which their thoughts play a leading role. Hailed as a "warmly inviting, nostalgia-ridden, gem of a performance" (BroadwayWorld), Mindplay investigates the expansive beauty of imagination and the ephemeral and surprising nature of memory.

The Oresteia

The Oresteia

A riveting adaptation of the classic Greek tragedy that focuses on the complex cycle of vengeance within the family of Clytemnestra and Agamemnon. In a world where political power and the ancient forces of destiny collide, The Oresteia asks if justice is even possible. A play about the beginning of democracy from the beginning of democracy.

Private Jones

Private Jones

Hiding his profound hearing loss, young Gomer Jones fakes his way through enlistment in the army. He becomes a celebrated sniper, but the horrors of the front threaten to expose his secret and destroy his very humanity unless he learns to trust his fellow soldiers to accept who he really is.

Romeo & Juliet

Romeo & Juliet

Set amidst the whirring gears of a giant clock, Shakespeare's timeless tale of star-crossed lovers unfolds as a bitter family feud sends the pair on a race against an ill-fated destiny. With masterful physicality and choreography, Synetic Theater's Romeo & Juliet presents a unique and stunningly visual interpretation of a classic story, capturing emotion with every movement.

The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes

The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes

The Sensational Sea Mink-ettes are days away from their Homecoming half-time dance performance and the pressure is on. The student body, the administration, the alumni, their families - everyone is expecting perfection. As the big day creeps closer, the women must contend with flaring tempers, bodies pushed to their limits, and what it means to be a team in Vivian J.O. Barnes' funny and surprising world premiere play.

Shear Madness

Shear Madness

"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.

Tempestuous Elements

Tempestuous Elements

Born into slavery in North Carolina, Anna Julia Cooper was a visionary Black feminist and educator in the late 19th/early 20th centuries, and only the fourth African American woman to earn a doctoral degree. Tempestuous Elements-the 11th in Arena Stage's Power Play cycle-shines a light on Cooper's tumultuous tenure as Principal of Washington, D.C.'s historic M Street School where she fought to keep Black education alive, despite the racism, gossip and sexism that threatened to consign her efforts to obscurity.

Through the Sunken Lands

Through the Sunken Lands

Six months ago, a massive flood wiped away most of Arcady. Unable to contact her family and trapped in the library, Artemis, a wheelchair user, has built the place into her sanctuary. Trying to find a way back to Aunt Maggie's house, Artemis soon learns of a new danger-a committee determined to claim the town for themselves.

The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company

The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company

Theater Alliance at

Anacostia Playhouse

Three freedwomen travel through the American south in the 1860s with a medicine show, but unlike other snake oil salesmen of the day, these mysterious women give away their healing potions in an attempt to cure a dangerous disease that threatens to destroy future generations. A devised work of dance theater, The Trans-Atlantic Time Traveling Company combines vaudeville, sampling culture, dance, and time travel to engage the audience in a conversation about what it means to be free and ways we can move towards an equitable and just society.

Where We Belong

Where We Belong

In this stirring solo piece, Madeline echoes a journey to England braved by her Native ancestors in the 1700s following treaty betrayals-and forces us to consider what it means to belong in an increasingly globalized world.

Working

Working

Creative Cauldron at

ArtSpace Falls Church

Based on Studs Terkel's best-selling book of interviews with American workers, Working paints a vivid portrait of the workers that the world so often takes for granted: the school teacher, the phone operator, the waitress, the millworker, the mason and the housewife, just to name a few. Nominated for six Tony Awards, this classic has been updated for a modern age, featuring new songs by Tony Award-winning Lin-Manuel Miranda, as well as favorites by Stephen Schwartz, Craig Carnelia, James Taylor, Micki Grant, and more.