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Set in segregated Pittsburgh in the 1950s, Fences depicts the life of Troy Maxson, a former Negro League baseball star now scraping by as a sanitation worker. A towering figure facing thwarted aspirations, Troy attempts to assert control in his life through his relationships with his wife and son. But even as he takes responsibility for their safety and well-being, he betrays them each in ways that will forever alter their lives. Part of August Wilson's 10-play Century Cycle, Fences explores the walls we build around ourselves and our loved ones, while also illuminating one family's struggles in a racist society.
Be part of the magic when Cameron Mackintosh's spectacular new production of Andrew Lloyd Webber's The Phantom of the Opera comes to Hippodrome Theatre as part of its North American Tour. This breathtaking production features a brilliant new scenic design by Paul Brown, Tony Award-winning original costume design by Maria Bjornson, lighting design by Tony Award winner Paule Constable, new choreography by Scott Ambler, and new staging by director Laurence Connor. The production, overseen by Matthew Bourne and Cameron Mackintosh, boasts many exciting special effects - including the show's legendary chandelier. The beloved story and thrilling score (with songs like "Music of the Night," "All I Ask Of You" and "Masquerade") will be performed by a cast and orchestra of 52, making this Phantom one of the largest productions now on tour.
In 1905, Jay "The Sport" Jackson dreams of becoming the first African American boxer to fight for the heavyweight championship. Despite racking up a string of vicious knockouts, racial segregation and his white manager's own reservations stand in the way. Inspired by the true story of Jack Johnson, The Royale breaks new ground by taking us inside the fighter's mind where the disciplined brutality of boxing reveals itself in theatrically-unforgettable bouts. At stake is more than wins or losses, but equality and survival.
This two-hander explores the author's real experience working for Francis Biddle at his home in Washington, DC from 1967-1968. Judge Biddle, Former Attorney General of the United States under Franklin Roosevelt and Chief Judge of the American Military Tribunal at Nuremberg is notoriously hard on his staff as he tries to cement his legacy. Can the old, Philadelphia aristocrat and his young, Canadian assistant bridge the generational divide and come to understand one another in this "comic and touching" play (The New York Times)?
From the producer of The Lion King comes the timeless story of Aladdin, a thrilling new production filled with unforgettable beauty, magic, comedy and breathtaking spectacle. It's an extraordinary theatrical event where one lamp and three wishes make the possibilities infinite. Hailed by USA Today as "Pure Genie-Us," Aladdin on Broadway features all your favorite songs from the film as well as new music written by Tony and Academy Award winner Alan Menken (Newsies) with lyrics penned by the legendary Howard Ashman (Beauty and the Beast), Tony Award winner Tim Rice (The Lion King, Aida), and book writer Chad Beguelin (The Wedding Singer).
Genius and jealousy collide in the opulent salons and opera houses of 18th-century Vienna. When an impulsive and eccentric prodigy outshines an envious, God-fearing composer consumed by bitterness, theatrical fireworks emerge. The mediocre Salieri will do everything in his power to destroy his musical rival. Winner of five Tony Awards, including Best Play.
In a world where, to some, Black Lives Matter is a movement and to others Black Lives Matter is nothing more than a simple hashtag, Daniel is a senior in high school whose friend was recently killed by a police officer. To keep Daniel safe, his mother sends him to live with his aunt in the suburbs. Daniel quickly finds out that no matter where he lives, he is still a black male and there are certain things that he cannot do. This moving and informative drama is appropriate for all ages and races.
In what's become a popular Christmas tradition in the D.C. region, Theater Alliance once again performs their joyous, crowd-pleasing production of Langston Hughes' Black Nativity. First performed in 1961, Hughes' song-play is a retelling of the Christmas story from an Afro-centric perspective, created to explore the depths of cultural identity, pride and unity within the African-American community. The production is infused with rich, moving music, dance and griot-style storytelling. Using the sounds, energy and enthusiasm of gospel, blues, jazz and funk music to tell the Nativity story makes for a holiday show that people of all races and backgrounds can enjoy.
At the height of the Great Depression, Bonnie Parker and Clyde Barrow went from two small-town nobodies in West Texas to America's most renowned folk heroes and Texas law enforcement's worst nightmares. Fearless, shameless and alluring, the Tony-nominated Bonnie & Clyde_, from the legendary Frank Wildhorn (_Jekyll & Hyde, Civil War, Dracula) is the electrifying story of love, adventure and crime that captured the attention of an entire country. Show is preceded by a buffet meal. Full service cash bar available.
A preacher and a poet are both in love with the same woman. The former is her husband, the latter wants to woo her away and both are shocked by her ultimate choice and the reasons for it. A very "Pleasant Play" indeed by WSG's favorite playwright, GB Shaw!
Veteran D.C.-area actor Paul Morella (The Pelican Brief, The District, The Wire) offers a fresh spin on Charles Dickens' beloved holiday tale in his one-man stage adaptation of A Christmas Carol: A Ghost Story of Christmas. Adapted from Dickens' original novella and reading tour, Morella's solo version transports you back to Victorian England and into the heart of this classic morality tale. Experience the unforgettable characters and vivid imagery as Dickens originally intended - in his own words - and rediscover this timeless classic presented as a masterful solo performance. This critically acclaimed production at Olney Theatre Center has become a holiday must-see.
On September 12, 2001, people of every nation woke up to a different world. Seven thousand airline passengers discovered just how different when their flights were diverted to a small town in Newfoundland, doubling its population and leaving them stranded. And yet, despite clashing cultures and high tensions, the locals welcomed the travelers into their homes. This heartwarming true story is the basis for the Tony-winning musical Come From Away, which now comes to the Kennedy Center, directed by Christopher Ashley, who took home the Best Director Tony for the show's Broadway run. Don't miss these pre-sale offers for the show the New York Daily News called "a singing reminder that when things are at their worst, people can be at their best."
After thrilling Round House audiences with the premiere of her Helen Hayes Award-winning Ironbound in 2015, Martyna Majok returns with another prize in tow - the Pulitzer! Two parallel narratives intersect as a wealthy graduate student with cerebral palsy and his newest caretaker build an uneasy trust, while a truck driver struggles to reconnect with his estranged wife, recently left paralyzed by a car crash. Though each is wounded, the four continue to fight for the tantalizing possibility of human connection, even in the face of physical, mental and emotional defeat. Both humorous and heartbreaking, Cost of Living illustrates the redemptive possibilities of reaching out to others despite the sometimes-devastating costs.
Murder. Mystery. Mayhem. Math. What begins as an investigation into the grisly death of a neighbor's dog results in a remarkable coming-of-age journey for 15-year-old Christopher Boone. A self-described "mathematician with some behavioral problems," our narrator sees things differently than those around him and, like fractals in a kaleidoscope, each revelation exposes another puzzle for him to solve. As the audience follows Christopher's brilliant yet dizzying mind, the full story unravels in a visually dazzling sequence of events onstage. Simon Stephen's beloved Tony- and Olivier Award-winning adaptation of Mark Haddon's bestselling novel challenges us to seek out the silver linings in ourselves - and others - as we make our way through the world.
Home. When do you leave home? Have you ever been forced to leave home? What reminds you of home? As war, violence, and the climate crisis continue to force people around the world to migrate and leave their homes behind, Dhana and the Rosebuds explores these themes through a poetic lens. Dance, movement, and sound reveal the intimate history of Dhana - a young Syrian woman, now a career scientist living in New York - who forgot about her past. When she thinks she sees her estranged grandmother on television among the refugees crossing the border in the Balkans, she decides to go and find her. Join Ally this November for a spiritual journey into place and time as Dhana makes her way to the heart of the migration emergency - through refugee camps, airports and train stations - to find her grandmother, her roots and ultimately herself. Devised and created by Federica Cellini based on a screenplay by Federica Cellini and Giulia Corda
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.
At Eureka Day School in Berkeley, all decisions are made by consensus, diversity and inclusion are valued, and vaccinations are a personal matter. When a mumps outbreak hits the school, it turns out that not everyone in the community has the same definition of social justice. Now the board of directors must confront the central question: how do you find consensus when you can't agree on the facts? A comedy for our moment!
"One of this country's most original and illuminating writers" (The New York Times) shines his light on the 15th-century play Everyman with startling results. Everybody - a role assigned each night from a small cast of actors by lottery live on stage - is a happy person, a free person, a person who believes nothing but the best lies ahead. Then Death comes calling and Everybody must go on the journey of a lifetime. Obie Award winner and MacArthur "Genius" Grant recipient Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (An Octoroon_) has created an irreverent, rollicking ride that asks deep questions of all who see it. Remixing the archetypal medieval morality play into an explosive experiment of wit and emotion, Everybody "fills the heart in a new and unexpected way" (The New Yorker).
August Wilson's sensational drama centers around Troy Maxson, a former star of the Negro baseball leagues who now works as a garbage man in 1957 Pittsburgh. Excluded as a black man from the major leagues during his prime, Troy's bitterness takes its toll on his relationships with his wife and his son, who now wants his own chance to play ball. See Fences at the Bowie Playhouse.
Set in Depression-era Times Square, Guys and Dolls is about a couple of big city gamblers and the women who love them. It tells the overlapping stories of high-roller Sky Masterson, who falls in love with mission worker Sarah Brown, and lovable rapscallion Nathan Detroit, engaged for 14 years to Miss Adelaide, a headliner at the Hot Box Club. Nathan runs a famous floating crap game, and an ongoing plot line involves his quest for a safe place for the game as Adelaide continues her quest to convince him to marry her. Meanwhile, Sarah, mistakenly believing that Sky set up an illegal game at the mission, tries to fight her affection for the charismatic crapshooter.
Charles Dickens's tale of love, loss, and circus folk is set against the backdrop of Industrial Revolution England. This clever version of Hard Times, in which four actors play dozens of characters, has not been seen in Washington for over two decades. Now's your chance to experience it at Undercroft Theatre.
Layla and Imran are both Muslim-American ... and that's pretty much where the similarities end. The two authors - one a literature professor, the other a novelist - have wildly differing opinions on everything, from faith and politics, to relationships and cultural cliches. After some fiery verbal sparring they manage to find common ground in the bedroom; but are these lovers coupling because of their mutual loathing, or in spite of it? Rehana Lew Mirza's highly anticipated off-Broadway debut finishes off our LOVE/HATE REP with smoldering sexual tension as it tests the limits of just how far we're willing to go to keep the fire burning.
Mark Twain's classic The Prince and the Pauper is reimagined as a digital age American Hip Hop story by playwright Brian Quijada, with direction by Pirronne Yousefzadeh and music by Marvin Quijada. In the divided Capital City, the ruling class called The Promised has banned rap and dance after an attempted revolution by the progressive New Wave people. Royal Kid Prince is set to inherit the throne - until he meets Pablo, a New Wave drummer who performs for underground rap battles. When the two switch identities, mayhem and confusion follow. But by standing in one another's shoes, Kid Prince and Pablo unearth discoveries that could start a whole new revolution.
It's December of 1939. Gone with the Wind is having its world premiere, and Hitler is invading Poland, but Atlanta's elitist German Jews are much more concerned with who is going to Ballyhoo, the social event of the season. Especially concerned is the Frietag family. The family gets pulled apart and then mended together with plenty of comedy, romance, and revelations along the way. Events take several unexpected turns as the characters face where they come from and are forced to deal with who they really are.
Deep in the run-down neighborhood of Skid Row, timid floral assistant Seymour Krelborn is skyrocketed to fame when he discovers a strange and unusual plant that he names "Audrey II" after his sweet but self-sacrificing coworker. Soon, Seymour has it all - cash, glory, and the girl of his dreams - but his good fortune takes a deadly turn when the rapidly growing Audrey II develops an appetite for human blood. With a charming doo-wop and Motown-flavored score by Grammy and Academy Award-winning songwriting duo Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, this show will satisfy your craving for tongue-in-cheek humor, toe-tapping songs and murderous hijinks.
This great adventure starts with an unexpected pair: Tamino, a handsome young prince, and Papageno, his silly bird-catcher sidekick. When the mysterious Queen of the Night enlists the duo to rescue her kidnapped daughter Pamina, a fantastic journey follows. Armed with a magic flute and bells, they're prepared for whatever trials they may face. However, not all is as it seems, and not everyone can be trusted. Friends will become foes and enemies will become allies in Mozart's final and beloved opera. A whimsical production designed by children's author/illustrator Maurice Sendak, the Washington National Opera presents The Magic Flute at The Kennedy Center.
Some appetites never go out of style. The pursuit of money is bound to backfire when the targets are smarter than their gold-digging schemer. Falstaff's dubious plan to woo Windsor's wealthy housewives is met with hilarious retaliation, when the ladies devise a plot to teach him a lesson he won't soon forget. The comedic comeuppance is an absolute treat as Aaron Posner directs The Merry Wives of Windsor, Shakespeare's delightful comedy on love, money, deception and the power of women.
From Lincoln Center Theater comes "a sumptuous new production of the most perfect musical of all time" (Entertainment Weekly), Lerner & Loewe's My Fair Lady. Director Bartlett Sher's glowing production is "thrilling, glorious and better than it ever was" (The New York Times). Boasting such classic songs as "I Could Have Danced All Night," "The Rain in Spain," and "Wouldn't It Be Loverly," My Fair Lady tells the story of Eliza Doolittle, a young Cockney flower seller, and Henry Higgins, a linguistics professor who is determined to transform her into his idea of a "proper lady." But who is really being transformed? Secure your tickets with this Goldstar pre-sale offer.
Ballet and Nutcracker fans are in for a treat Thanksgiving week with the Kennedy Center debut of Atlanta Ballet and its extraordinary new production, which premiered last December. Washington audiences will be the first to see it outside of Atlanta! Helmed by Gennadi Nedvegin, a former principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet, Atlanta Ballet offers a truly spectacular, visually inventive staging set against a fantastical starry night, dominated by oversized storybooks, clocks, and constellations. Featuring an equally fresh vision for the choreography by acclaimed San Francisco Ballet and Bolshoi Ballet choreographer Yuri Possokhov, this Nutcracker harkens more closely to E.T.A. Hoffmann's original 1816 tale, as a young girl and her Nutcracker Prince journey to a land far beyond our wildest dreams. Performed to Tchaikovsky's timeless score, the production features bold sets and costumes enhanced by stunning video projections, all created by a design team known for its Tony Award-nominated and -winning work on Broadway. What an amazing way to relish your favorite moments, be inspired by new discoveries, and share the holidays with friends and family in this annual Kennedy Center tradition!
Step inside the genius of sculptor Louise Nevelson. Facts are in dispute and words are in question in this late-career masterpiece by multiple Pulitzer Prize-winner Edward Albee (Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, A Delicate Balance). A little Jewish girl from Russia immigrated to the US and became the renowned sculptor, Louise Nevelson. In Albee's Occupant, she's been invited to participate in an interview - from beyond the grave. Through her ups and downs, her contradictions and evasions, we witness the deep inner turmoil and intrepid triumphs of one of the 20th century's greatest artistic minds. Starring audience-favorite Susan Rome, this surprising, touching, and delicious play is an unabashed exploration of how a pioneer for free-thinking women everywhere found her voice.
As a raging storm breaks on Cyprus, the governor Otello returns victorious from battle. But there is another storm brewing. Iago, Otello's ensign, launches a malicious scheme to lead his chief to believe his wife Desdemona is unfaithful. As Iago's manipulations decay Otello's trust in those he loves, the great hero will confront his most fatal enemy: his own jealousy. The Washington National Opera launches its new season with Verdi's monumental retelling of Shakespeare's masterpiece, Otello, last staged by WNO nearly 20 years ago. A powerhouse cast assembles at The Kennedy Center to perform some of opera's most demanding vocals, including Otello's vigorous role often dubbed the "Mount Everest" of the tenor repertory. Verdi's sweeping music offers a psychological medium to explore good and evil, from Desdemona's tender "Ave Maria" to Iago's villainous "I believe in a cruel God" manifesto. Behold the downward spiral of a celebrated leader - and see who tragically falls with him.
Conor McPherson's Port Authority premiered in the DC area when QTC produced it in 2009. It has not been staged locally in the 10 years since ... Don't miss this rare chance to see this masterpiece by one of Ireland's greatest playwrights, whose works include The Weir, The Seafarer and The Girl from the North Country. Port Authority is a tale of the lost loves and missed opportunities of three generations of Dublin men. Per New York Times' Ben Brantley, the play "is a haunting fugue on passive lives and loves that might have been... As in Mr. McPherson's best work, this play is steeped in deeper symmetry, rooted in the ineffable within the everyday." DC Theatre Scene's Ben Demers praised QTC's 2009 production of Port Authority as "well worth a trip to The Writer's Center in Bethesda for its stellar writing and three strong, complex performances... This story of love, loss, and the life unlived is theater at its most captivating." QTC's 2019 production of Port Authority will be directed by QTC Artistic Director Jack Sbarbori and feature Chris Stinson (Kevin), Matthew Vaky (Dermot), and Joseph Palka (Jo).
The 2014 hit returns! A comedic romp into the world of fantasy role-playing games, She Kills Monsters tells the story of Agnes Evans as she leaves her childhood home in Ohio following the death of her teenage sister, Tilly. When Agnes finds Tilly's Dungeons & Dragons notebook, however, she stumbles into a journey of discovery and action-packed adventure in the imaginary world that was Tilly's refuge. In this high-octane dramatic comedy laden with homicidal fairies, nasty ogres, and 90s pop culture, acclaimed playwright Qui Nguyen offers a heart-pounding homage to the geek and warrior within us all. "The production, directed with some clever touches by Randy Baker, is enveloped in a cheeky, pop-cultural nostalgia... [But] the affecting conclusion of "She Kills Monsters" affirms it as more than a glib riff on nerd culture. Agnes may have to become immersed in make-believe to connect with Tilly, but what she gains through all the shenanigans feels real." - The Washington Post (about the 2014 production). Reimagined for 2019, this production will include site-specific elements that bring audiences into unseen places throughout the Atlas Performing Arts Center - in the elevator, to the basement, and well beyond the limits of the theatre.
The greatest movie musical of all time comes to life on the Mainstage and for once, rain during the holidays is guaranteed to make you smile. Comden and Green's ingenious tale of Hollywood's transition from the silent era is buoyed by the thrill of live singing and dancing to some of the greatest songs in the American canon, including "Good Mornin'," "Make 'em Laugh," and "Moses Supposes." Our biggest production of the year is certain to impress Broadway regulars and enchant kids meeting this musical for the first time.
Splatter is a family-friendly performance of spoken word, movement, and music inspired by the book The Color Monster by Anna Llenas. Is a "splatter" an unlikely accident or a careless gesture that ruins the day? Mixed-up emotions are sorted and compared to colors and the feelings associated with color. Adventure through sadness blue, bright and shiny happiness, angry red, gray shadows, calm green.
For a repressed group of teenagers, the road to adulthood is fraught with suffocating confusion in Duncan Sheik and Steven Sater's Tony-winning adaptation of Frank Wedekind's prescient 19th-century drama. As the adults in their lives exert control but withhold guidance, Melchior, Wendla, Moritz, Ilse, and their friends navigate blindly through the enigma of their burgeoning sexuality. Both haunting and high-octane, the score bristles with anthems to adolescence like "Mama Who Bore Me" and "The Bitch of Living," and is infused with a blend of folk, pop, and rock that gives this tale unexpected soul. With generational gaps growing wider than ever, the angst and defiance at the heart of this boundary-pushing musical act as a bridge between our deeply personal yet wholly universal experiences.
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!
Based on Disney's epic animated musical adventure and Edgar Rice Burrough's Tarzan of the Apes, Tarzan features heart-pumping music by rock legend, Phil Collins, and a book by Tony Award-winning playwright, David Henry Hwang. High-flying excitement and hits like the Academy Award-winning "You'll Be in My Heart," as well as "Son of Man" and "Two Worlds," make Tarzan an unforgettable theatrical experience.
Synetic's legendary, cinematic adaptation of Shakespeare's The Tempest returns - with the famed water-filled stage and visual poetry that made the original production an unforgettable sensation when it premiered in 2013, plus a new twist as Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili steps into the role of Prospero. When the magical and powerful Prospero creates a sea storm, he gets more than he bargained for as romantic drama, deception, and quests for vengeance emerge from the depths. Spirits, monsters, witches, drunken fools, and lithe lovers contort and cavort with passion and bravado in one of Shakespeare's most high-stakes and irreverent comedies.
Clearday is a cosmetics company on the rise: Based in Singapore, launching a global skincare line, and bringing a start-up mentality to the big leagues. But a draft ad for their latest skin whitening cream surfaces on YouTube, gathering views and outrage. As morning nears in the U.S. market-19,643 views. 467,327. 654,398.-Clearday's all-female team hustles to contain the damage before Buzzfeed weighs in. Someone's definitely getting fired. A comedy from rising Thai-Australian writer Anchuli Felicia King about toxic corporate culture, selling whiteness, and shame as both a cultural commodity and canny marketing strategy.
A very special Friend-and-Relation tells Christopher Robin a story of a Christmas Eve very long ago (about last year) when Eeyore, the old gray donkey who lives by himself in the thistle corner of Hundred-Acre Wood, was absolutely miserable. It seems that he lost his tail and Winnie-the-Pooh and Piglet got all of their friends and a search was organized. There is a great deal of fun and excitement, plus delightful songs, in the adventure that follows. Preceded by a kid-friendly lunch. Choice of an all beef hot dog and potato chips or a slice of oven baked cheese pizza and chips. Beverages and gratuity not included.
Follow the yellow brick road again! Young Dorothy lives on a farm in Kansas where a large tornado picks her house, and her dog up and deposits them in the land of Oz. Things in Oz are strange and beautiful, but Dorothy just wants to get back home. She's helped by the Good Witch of the North, but she's also in trouble with the Wicked Witch of the West, who seeks revenge for the death of the Wicked Witch of the East, for which she blames Dorothy. While searching her way home she meets a Scarecrow who needs a brain, a Tin Man who needs a heart, and a cowardly lion who needs courage. All the excitement of the 1939 film comes to life on The Playhouse stage. Preceded by a holiday buffet dinner. Cash bar.