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The Witch was the fairest one of all first, and she will not be silenced any longer! This updated version of the classic Snow White story unveils the villain's perspective, from her tragic childhood to her quest for revenge. So how did the story really go? Join all seven quirky dwarves, a tongue-tied prince, a sassy mirror, a dancing chicken, and of course Snow White herself in this Theater For Young Audiences tale about beauty, friendship and happily-ever-afters with a twist. This show at The Washington County Playhouse Dinner Theater and Children's Theater includes a kid-approved lunch.
Celebrating over 25 years in New York and on tour, STOMP never ceases to amaze. Everyday objects -- matchboxes, hubcaps, brooms, buckets, garbage cans and pretty much anything else you can think of -- become vehicles for brilliant music and unique rhythms, all performed by an energetic troupe that dances and pounds its way across the stage. The show also features comedic moments and lots of audience participation, placing you right in the action. The percussive sounds that will fill Washington, D.C.'s National Theatre are unlike anything you've ever heard, and it's amazing to think that it's all coming from everyday found items. Grab these tickets now - but resist the urge to create your own at-home performance, because your neighbors will not be as impressed.
The causeway's flooded and (of course) the local sheriff is stranded on the mainland. Naturally, on a turbulent night like this, the phones are down and who would ever expect cell phones to work in this remote part of the state? Does it sound like a good night for a roaring fire and a dinner party with a lot of laughs from a boisterous, tipsy actress? Does it sound like a good night for a murder - or two? People are dying and the party really isn't funny anymore. Find out more when Absolutely Dead, written by Michael Walker, comes to the Bowie Playhouse.
Discover a whole new world at Disney's Aladdin, the hit Broadway musical flying into the Opera House at John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 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.
Annie Jump, a small-town teen and science genius, comes face to face with her worst nightmare: a popular girl. When she learns that this girl with great hair might be an intergalactic super computer tasked with bringing humanity to the stars, she must decide what is worth sacrificing to fulfill her destiny. Reina Hardy's (Glassheart) play for all audiences is about finding your place in the universe and intelligent life in your neighborhood.
Explosive, subversive, wily, and remarkable Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie award winning Appropriate bursts on the stage. The dysfunctional American family is reinvented with familiar and surprising dimension in this piercing story of an estranged clan settling a dead father's estate only to discover an incendiary memento among the junk. With the haunting sound of cicadas, the family unpacks relationships and conflicts in a fury that parallels the contentious national climate of divide.
Don't miss a riveting trio of short plays by Ireland's theatrical giant and Nobel Prize winner, Samuel Beckett. Beckett Trio, Part 2 features several spellbinding classics by the architect of the absurd. His brazen form of black comedy soars as we explore his themes of resistance with D.C.'s top actors. In Ohio Impromptu, we savor the poetic retelling of a lost love and a dream of death by the elusive Mr. Warrilow. In Come and Go, deemed one of Beckett's most perfect plays, three childhood friends reveal long-buried secrets. The program culminates with Catastrophe, in which a director and his assistant battle for who will direct a lone actor.
In their remote cottage on the British coast, a long-married pair of retired nuclear physicists live a modest life in the aftermath of a natural disaster, giving scrupulous care to energy rationing, their garden and their yoga practice. When former colleague Rose reappears after 38 years, her presence upends the couple's equilibrium and trust. As the fallout from long-ago decisions comes hurtling into view, Rose unveils a proposal that threatens more than their marriage. A hit in London and New York, Lucy Kirkwood's latest is a taut and disquieting thriller about responsibility and reparation - about what one generation owes the next. Enjoy The Children at the Studio Theatre in Washington, DC.
Take a fantastic musical adventure with an out-of-this-world car that flies through the air and sails the seas. Based on the beloved 1968 film version of Ian Fleming's children's book, and featuring an unforgettable score by the Sherman Brothers (Mary Poppins), Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Jr. is one family-friendly blockbuster that audiences will find "truly scrumptious." Join the fun and take a ride at the Children's Theatre of Annapolis.
The Rainbow Theatre Project brings you a special production of Tennessee Williams' Clothes for a Summer Hotel. This legendary writer's evocative "ghost play" is about the tumultuous marriage and creative lives of Zelda and Scott Fitzgerald. The play fuses the past and the present in a theatrical tour-de-force as Zelda and Scott re-visit their youth and the ghosts of characters (including Ernest Hemingway) who helped shape their existence.
Coinciding with the 20th anniversary of the tragic 1999 massacre at Columbine High School in Littleton, Colorado, this docudrama combines fact and fiction to illuminate the dark realities of adolescence. Weaving together excerpts of real interviews with parents, survivors, and community leaders and powerful characterizations of contemporary teens, columbinus thoughtfully explores the Columbine shooting and the conversations which continue to this day.
In 1920, Russian Jewish writer Isaac Babel starts a diary while wandering the countryside with the Red Cavalry. In 2010, after the crash of an aircraft carrying the Polish president, his diary is discovered among the wreckage. What did Babel write, and why does it matter so much to one ruthless KGB agent destined to become one of the most powerful figures in the world? Describe the Night uncovers the mystery by tracing the stories of seven lost souls connected across decades by history, fiction, lies and blood. Pulitzer Prize-finalist Rajiv Joseph returns to Woolly after hit productions of Guards at the Taj and Gruesome Playground Injuries. This new piece has been described as a "work of major ambition" (The New York Times) that will feel both timeless and tuned in to the age of #FakeNews.
Well ahead of its time for its depiction of Nora, a wife and mother whose search for self-worth leads her to leave her unhappy marriage, Henrik Ibsen's A Doll's House signaled a move toward realism and feminism in theater. Now in Part 2, we'll witness what happens 15 years later when Nora shows up on that same doorstep, courtesy of up-and-coming playwright Lucas Hnath (Obie-winning The Christians, Red Speedo). Called "explosively funny" by the Hollywood Reporter, the play earned eight 2017 Tony nominations, along with raves from The New York Times as "the best play of the year." See the hit Broadway sequel to Ibsen's groundbreaking 19th-century drama, presented by Round House Theatre, directed by Nicole A. Watson, when it comes to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C.
Fresh off its Tony-nominated Broadway revival, Falsettos arrives at the Kennedy Center in DC as "an exceptional production of a perfect musical" (The New York Times). The story revolves around a charming, intelligent, neurotic gay man named Marvin, his wife, his lover, his about-to-be-Bar-Mitzvahed son, their psychiatrist, and the lesbians next door. At times both hilarious and achingly poignant, Falsettos shines an ahead-of-its-time spotlight on the infinite possibilities that make up a modern family ... and a beautiful reminder that love can tell a million stories. A hit when it premiered on Broadway in 1992, this ever-relevant show won Tony Awards for its book by James Lapine and William Finn (The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee) and its score, also by Finn.
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.
God of Carnage, Yasmina Reza's comedy of (bad) manners, begins with two couples meeting to work things out after a playground altercation between their children. As the evening progresses, their behavior goes from civilized to outrageous as each couple tries to pin the blame on the other for the incident. From cutting dialogue to broad physical comedy, God of Carnage will defy your expectations at every turn, becoming more hilarious with each scene. Find out just how thin the line between civility and brutality is in this Keegan Theatre production.
In this comical journey to find love, a beautiful young woman named Zoe falls for a smooth-talking bad boy who sweeps her off her feet, but her newfound love is only pretending to be the perfect mate! As the secrets unfold, her zany family takes matters into its own hands and the entertainment never stops! A comedy fit for the whole family, Head Over Heels stars singing diva Tamika Scott (Xscape), Q Parker (Grammy-award winning group 112), R&B singer and TV actress Trina Braxton (Braxton Family Values), TV actor William Jackson (Tyler Perry's For Better Or Worse), HBO comedian and UniverSoul Circus ringmaster Tony Tone, award-winning actress and jazz great Chandra Currelley and an all-star cast! See Head Over Heels, written by Lolita Snipes, when it returns to Washington DC's Warner Theatre.
Tony Award-winning Broadway legend Betty Buckley stars in Hello, Dolly! at Washington DC's Kennedy Center -- the universally acclaimed smash hit that NPR calls "the best show of the year!" and the Chicago Tribune says is "one of the great all-American musical spectacles in all of its ebullient glory." Winner of four Tony Awards including Best Musical Revival, director Jerry Zaks' "gorgeous" new production (Vogue) is "making people crazy happy!" (The Washington Post). See the show that broke box office records and received unanimous raves on Broadway. This Hello, Dolly! revival pays tribute to the original work of legendary director/choreographer Gower Champion -- hailed both then and now as one of the greatest stagings in musical theater history. Rolling Stone calls it "a must-see event. A musical comedy dream. If you're lucky enough to score a ticket, you'll be seeing something historic. Wow, wow, wow, indeed!"
Move over, Thelma and Louise! When Lana Mae Hopkins, owner and proprietress of the Wishy Washy Washateria, hires Katie to help out in the laundromat, they soon find themselves up to their elbows in soap, suds and cheatin' hearts. Watch these two country angels join forces to turn their good ol' laundromat into a bootscootin' honky-tonk, exacting a touch of revenge against those that done 'em wrong, all while guaranteeing every customer a good, clean time! Take a ride to Nashville heaven in this new musical from Roger Bean (The Marvelous Wonderettes, Life Could Be A Dream), featuring the music of Carrie Underwood, Trisha Yearwood, Martina McBride, Reba McEntire, Sara Evans, Dixie Chicks, Chely Wright, Dolly Parton, Pam Tillis, Gretchen Wilson, Terri Cark, Tammy Wynette, Loretta Lynn and Patsy Cline. Your ticket at The Washington County Playhouse in Hagerstown includes dinner.
In Stephen Sondheim's imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple's quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right."
Part song cycle, part rock opera, Elvis Costello's The Juliet Letters is a collection of musical love notes to Shakespeare's Juliet. Multiple characters of varying ages and backgrounds present short, overlapping stories of passion, loss, death, and betrayal that stretch across space and time. UrbanArias will present this groundbreaking series of dramatic ballads by Costello and Brodsky Quartet in an immersive cabaret setting at Signature Theatre in Arlington.
The theater world has waited 30 years for comic genius Ken Ludwig to deliver this companion piece to his Tony-winning comedy Lend Me a Tenor, the most popular American farce of the 20th century. This time around, we're in 1930s Paris, with one hotel suite, four tenors, two wives, three girlfriends and a soccer stadium full of screaming fans. The stage is now set for the concert of the century - as long as producer Henry Saunders can keep Italian superstar Tito Merelli and his hot-blooded wife, Maria, from causing runaway chaos. An uproarious ride full of mistaken identities, bedroom hijinks and madcap delight, A Comedy of Tenors comes to the Olney Theatre Center stage in this uproarious production.
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.
A new addition to the Mosiac season four lineup from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright Psalmayene 24, Les Deux Noirs: Notes On Notes Of A Native Son is set in the legendary Parisian cafe Les Deux Magots in 1953. This work re-imagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. It explores the tension between Baldwin's searing critiques of the book and Wright's unbridled indignation in response -- a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle. Watch these two mighty literary figures face off at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in D.C.
A young king and his three compatriots renounce the company of women in favor of scholarly pursuits. Their pact is immediately jeopardized, however, when the Princess of France and her companions arrive. Will the men stand resolute and keep their monastic vows, or surrender to the charms of the opposite sex? Shakespeare's delicious comedy is full of lovers and clowns, foolery and the follies of the heart - and there's nothing quite like seeing it live. Experience Love's Labor's Lost Folger Theatre in D.C.
Perfect for your summer entertainment! "You are guaranteed to leave The Mollusc with a smile on your face and warmth in your heart," raved DC Theatre Scene about QTC's "spot-on" 2008 production of Davies' Edwardian comedy of ill manners. A decade later, QTC restages one of its most popular productions about Dulcie Baxter, the "mollusc," who has an unusual, yet hilarious affliction. Jack Sbarbori, who directed and designed the set for the acclaimed 2008 production, returns for the remount.
Called the father of tragedy, Greek playwright Aeschylus wrote more than 70 plays in his lifetime. Of those, only seven have survived. Lucky for us, among those seven lies his greatest work, The Oresteia, a trilogy of Greek tragedies that brilliantly explores themes of vengeance, justice and the influence of the gods. Through 10 years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon's return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The Oresteia chronicles a violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin, whom Tony Kushner has called "a dramatist of courage, intelligence, wit and lyricism," has written a new version of the classic, weaving together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. Experience this timeless classic live at Sidney Harman Hall in D.C.
When we think of monumental moments in world history, we usually think of kings, emperors and presidents. But sometimes, against all odds, it's one of us mere mortals who manages to nudge the world a step in the direction of progress. Oslo, the 2017 Tony winner for Best Play, is the story of one such instance. It's the story of a Norwegian diplomat and her husband, who, in 1993, assembled a ragtag group of would-be diplomats to attempt the impossible: broker peace between Israel and Palestine. Operating in secret and without any official bargaining power, the group dives headlong into the deadly decades-long conflict. Now this nail-biting true story comes to the Lansburgh Theatre in Washington, D.C., courtesy of Round House Theatre.
Betsy LaQuanda Ross is a self-proclaimed Peculiar Patriot, making regular visits to penitentiaries in order to boost the morale of her loved ones. When she's not sharing neighborhood updates and gossip, Betsy illuminates our country's cruel and unjust criminal justice system and its impact not only on the 2.5 million people behind bars, but also their family and friends. Written and performed by the inimitable Liza Jessie Peterson and inspired by her decades-long work with prison populations (including the notorious Riker's Island), The Peculiar Patriot is a fierce, funny and shrewd indictment of the systemic inequity within America's fastest growing industry, tracing its roots from the plantation to the prison yard. This performance can be seen at the Wooly Mammoth Theatre in Washington, DC.
Enjoy three short and potent plays by the master of modernism, London's Harold Pinter. Scena proudly presents One for the Road, an enthralling piece where an interrogator in a fascist state torments a prisoner, his wife and child. In Mountain Language, we see words used as weapons to kill subjects by an occupying force - yet the oppressed are forbidden to speak the Language. And in The New World Order, two state officials routinely torture a bound and gagged prisoner to cleanse the world for democracy. Political, at times, Pinter and director McNamara will provoke your brain and stoke your emotions as we portray terror and its consequences. Don't miss this riveting show!
From the secret diary of Anna Gordy Gaye comes the greatest Motown love story never told: Pride & Joy. The untold love story of Anna Gordy Gaye and iconic R&B singer Marvin Gaye comes to the stage at the National Theatre in Washington, D.C. as a musical featuring 28 songs from the legendary Motown catalogue, including Marvin Gaye's greatest hits. Come witness the love, drama and journey behind the man and his music!
When teenage Lexie helps her reluctant single mother Nora re-enter the dating scene, an unlikely suitor emerges in Griff - the guy at the coffee shop who has inadvertently witnessed Nora's string of unsuccessful dates. As choices collide with coincidences and longing mixes with reality, each character must face the complications that always arise while trying to balance the search for intimacy with the closeness of family. This captivating world premiere with a metaphysical twist navigates the paths of romance, marriage and parenting while exploring the pains and pleasures of all three. See it at Atlas Performing Arts Center courtesy of the Mosaic Theater Company of DC.
Encore Stage & Studio and Kid Pan Alley present the world premiere of The Talented Clementine. Third grader Clementine gets nervous when her teacher announces that her class will be putting on a talent show. She can't sing or dance or play an instrument like her talented friend Margaret, and what talents she does have would not work on a stage. Clementine must find an act to perform before the night of the big show. With only a few days to do so, can she put it together in time? This musical show at Arlington's Gunston Arts Center is recommend for ages 6 and older.
Donny Hathaway was an American jazz, blues, soul and gospel artist whose Grammy-winning work made him a major force on the music scene. But Hathaway was a troubled genius - a man who often refused to take the prescribed medication that was meant to help control the debilitating symptoms of his paranoid schizophrenia. Now, Mosaic Theater Company's production of Twisted Melodies offers a fictionalized journey through that tortured and brilliant mind, giving you a glimpse into the life of a man lost in space and time as he battles a truly insidious mental illness. A theatrical experience that aims to captivate with its penetrating exploration of the psychology of a musical legend, Twisted Melodies at the Atlas Performing Arts Center in Washington, D.C. is also designed to open up conversation about the ways mental illness is treated in our society.
Based on The Who's classic 1969 double album, The Who's Tommy is an influential rock opera that follows the adventures of Tommy, a "deaf, dumb and blind kid" who transcends the cruelty of the modern world to become a pinball wizard and then a prophet. The original Broadway production ran for nearly 900 performances, earning guitarist-composer Pete Townshend the Tony Award for Best Original Score, for hits like "Amazing Journey," "See Me, Feel Me," "Tommy, Can You Hear Me?" and "I'm Free." Earning high scores from audiences since its debut, The Who's Tommy has lost none of its power to inspire and amaze. Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this groundbreaking musical with this semi-staged adaptation from Broadway Center Stage at The Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.