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Signature Theatre kicks off the Heidi Thomas Writers' Initiative with a complex and intriguing look at an American worldview created in the wake of September 11.
For the last 12 years — or 4,380 days — Malik Djamal Ahmad Essaid has been held without charge by the United States government at the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center. As he languishes in his cell, his interactions with those on the outside are juxtaposed with historical events in a riveting exposé of the most dangerous prison of all: fear.
With a graceful poetry and a fluidity that spans time and place, Washington, D.C., playwright Annalisa Dias delivers a searing and timely critique of power, humanity, and what it means to be American.
Written by multi-Emmy Award winner David Javerbaum (The Daily Show), this exceptionally witty comedy delivers a new meaning to the phrase "divine intervention."
God is back. And he's got a lot to say. Inhabiting the body of beloved actor Tom Story (Round House Theatre's Angels in America) and flanked by his ever-faithful archangels, the Supreme Being gifts his mortals with an entirely new set of Ten Commandments in a sinfully funny whirlwind of comedy heaven.
Twenty years can go by fast, even when you "measure in love." But Rent-heads looking to celebrate two decades of the iconic, groundbreaking Tony and Pulitzer Prize-winning musical will love this Rent-centric concert starring original cast members Adam Pascal and Anthony Rapp. The duo, handpicked by the late Jonathan Larson for the roles of Roger Davis and Mark Cohen back in 1996, perform songs from their solo albums, share highlights from their post-Rent careers, and serve up exciting new arrangements of Larson's timeless tunes. It's an emotional evening of music and memories that will leave Broadway fans "over the moon."
The world may be starting to burn, but Biedermann has it all under control. He's a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, so surely the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he's even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests…but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will he end up starting the fire himself?
Written as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism, The Arsonists has uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe.
Ray leaves his job as a classically trained French chef to take care of his dying father, a Korean immigrant who never appreciated Ray's culinary accomplishments. Food, which normally unites people, painfully divides Ray from his father, even as it serves as the key to memory and identity for all the characters in this off-Broadway hit. If the language of food lets Ray down, he's even more vexed by the Korean language. Ray calls upon his estranged girlfriend, Cornelia, for translation services when his non-English-speaking uncle arrives with a sackful of strange ingredients intended for a soup to nurse Ray's father back to health. This life-affirming and perceptive drama from one of the country's most important playwrights distills the flavors of rich characters and intense relationships.
Billy Elliot: The Musical premiered in London in 2005 and opened on Broadway in 2008, where it ran through 2012. Set in a northern English mining town during the 1984 miners' strike, the show tells the story of a young boy's struggle against the odds to make his dream come true. Follow Billy's journey as he stumbles out of the boxing ring and into a ballet class where he discovers a passion for dance that inspires his family and community and changes his life forever.
This production is a regional premiere of the show featuring West Potomac High School student Natalie Edwards, who was a cast member of the Billy Elliot national tour.
What if Shakespeare's works were lost forever? After the death of their friend and mentor, two actors are determined to compile the First Folio and preserve the words that shaped their lives. They'll just have to borrow, beg, and band together to get it done. Lauren Gunderson, playwright of the runaway hit Miss Bennet: Christmas at Pemberley, weaves a hilarious and heartfelt story inspired by the true story of Shakespeare's First Folio.
Sandro Botticelli is devoted to beauty, sensuality, and pleasure. While painting "The Birth of Venus," however, the limits of his dedication are put to the test by the arrival of a conservative priest leading a populist revolution in Lorenzo de' Medici's Florence. When his full-throttle, decadent ways catch up to him, will the famed artist sacrifice his work...or the life of his young apprentice, Leonardo da Vinci?
Botticelli in the Fire is an ambitious modern story that sets the present political moment ablaze. Woolly Mammoth Theatre's production marks the American premiere of this new work by Canadian Jordan Tannahill.
Coming of age is never easy—but it sure can be hilarious. Eugene Morris Jerome is 15, lives in Brooklyn, and thinks of little else but playing for the Yankees… and girls, of course. But he's more likely to become a short story writer than a short stop. Eugene's witty commentary about his life, his overworked father, his overbearing mother, his overconfident brother, and his overly gorgeous cousin, makes this tender journey through puberty both poignant and joyful.
A riveting psychological drama from one of America's master playwrights, Arthur Miller. Sylvia Gellburg has suddenly, mysteriously, become paralyzed from the waist down, and her husband, a self-denying Jew, can't figure out why. Set in Brooklyn throughout the rampage of Kristallnacht in 1938, this rare and gripping drama demands we confront our fears, our assumptions, and our anguish. Miller balances private and public morality in this astonishing and electrifying play about being American, being married, and coming to terms with one's own identity.
The only group in America that attempts to be funnier than the Congress, Capitol Steps is a troupe of current and former Congressional staffers who satirize the very people and places that once employed them. They monitor events and personalities on Capitol Hill, in the Oval Office and other centers of power, taking a humorous look at serious issues and providing laughs for millions. Since they began over 20 years ago, Capitol Steps has become a Washington, DC institution for providing a tasteful blend of musical and political comedy.
The award-winning production returns, wordlessly re-imagined to sizzling effect! As the irresistible and fiery Carmen draws the soldier Jose into a forbidden romance, a deadly love triangle emerges - with tragic consequences. Synetic co-founder Irina Tsikurishvili reprises the title role in this newly adapted Synetic classic. Recommended for ages 13+ for violence and adult themes.
Beloved songs meet sensational dance in this feel-good Tony Award-winning musical comedy for the holiday season.
A musical-loving banker sent to foreclose on a small-town theater decides to revive it instead with the magic of the Follies, some slapstick comedy, and a whole lot of charm. With mistaken identities, a classic love story, and 1930s glamour, Crazy for You radiates playful humor and high-energy showstoppers. A wealth of Gershwin tunes, including "I Got Rhythm," "Someone to Watch Over Me" and "Nice Work if You Can Get It" fuse with exhilarating tap numbers in this triumphant musical celebration.
Arthur Miller's classic 1953 play about the true Salem witch trials spoke truth to power and lit a blazing candle against the "Red Scare" rather than cursing its darkness. Sixty-five years later, it comes to the Olney stage. In Salem of 1692, unseen and unseeable evil stalks the town, threatening to destroy the lives and eternal souls of the God-fearing colonists. An ad hoc group of young girls are the only ones capable of unmasking the terror allegedly caused by hidden witches and devils' consorts. Embraced by ecclesiastical and political powers, the girls' reign of terror settles old scores, uncovers ugly truths, and leaves a trail of American carnage. The Crucible maintains its power today for its masterful language, its flawed heroes and its timeless reminder of what can happen when truth is bent to political convenience.
Enter the System, a futuristic yet familiar landscape where automated inhabitants are kept in line by the Pulse, a rhythmic energy conducted by navi — the last human. When one of these robots, d0t, is corrupted during a routine upgrade, it breaks free from the Pulse and begins to spread the glitch through the System. Will navi be able to stop d0t in time?
This exclusive benefit features the presentation of the second annual Beth Newburger Schwartz Award to Arena Stage Emeritus Trustee Arlene R. Kogod. The evening, helmed by event chair Susan Haas Bralove and diplomatic chair His Excellency Björn Lyrvall, Ambassador of Sweden, includes a VIP cocktail reception, a three-course seated dinner, a one-night-only performance, post-show music, and a wine and dessert reception.
Bebe Neuwirth, a two-time Tony and Emmy Award winner, plays the recurring role of Nadine Tolliver on the hit CBS series Madam Secretary. She was seen on Broadway as Nickie in Sweet Charity and Velma Kelly in Chicago. She later returned to Chicago to play both Roxie Hart and Matron in one of Broadway's longest-running musicals to date. She received two Emmy Awards for her role as Dr. Lilith Sternin Crane on television's Cheers and reprised her role on Frasier. Her cabaret-style performance will weave together stories from her acclaimed career and feature some of her favorite tunes.
Could you name a hundred things that make life wonderful? A thousand? How about a million? A seven-year-old child confronted by his mother's attempted suicide makes a list of things to live for that grows from childhood to adolescence to adulthood. From "ice cream" (No. 1 on the list) to "the alphabet" (No. 999,997), Every Brilliant Thing elicits as much laughter as it does tears in creating its catalogue of gratitude with a unique theatrical style. In this remarkable one-person show, those watching become custodians of the list, co-conspirators in the child's plot to hold back the darkness, and members of an ensemble that creates the evening's story.
It's winter in Minnesota, and an immigrant Zimbabwean family is preparing for the wedding of their eldest daughter, a first-generation American. But when the bride insists on observing roora, a traditional bride-price ceremony, it opens a deep rift in the household. Rowdy and affectionate, Familiar pitches tradition against assimilation among the members of one devoted family. Which will prove stronger: the customs they keep…or the secrets they've kept buried?
Familiar — the third Woolly Mammoth Theatre production of playwright Danai Gurira's (Eclipsed) work — is the company's entry in the Women's Voices Theatre Festival.
André is 80 and a man of his own mind. He's quick with a joke, especially one with an edge, and used to dominating conversations and relationships. But things are getting strange: His trusted watch goes missing, reappears, and is lost again. His daughter's stories don't quite add up. His furniture is disappearing and there are strangers at his table. The incomparable Ted van Griethuysen stars in Florian Zeller's internationally acclaimed and theatrically thrilling exploration of who we are to ourselves when our signposts disappear.
In Fred's American Diner on a busy English motorway, people dream of better lives. Chloe wants to emigrate, Melissa dreams of university, Heather wants to rebuild her life, Sunny wants Heather. And someone is going to kill Fred. You'll find friendly staff and get service with a smile, but not far beneath lies a deadly secret in this dark comedy.
Every once in a while a Broadway musical comes along that surprises, moves, and excites audiences in ways only a truly landmark musical can. Enter Fun Home. The show received raves from critics and audiences alike, won five 2015 Tony Awards — including Best Musical — and made history along the way. Based on Alison Bechdel's best-selling graphic memoir, Fun Home introduces audiences to Alison at three different ages as she explores and unravels the many mysteries of her childhood. This exploration makes for a refreshingly honest musical about seeing your parents through grown-up eyes.
Girlfriend is a vibrant and tender coming-of-age musical duet from when flannel was the height of fashion and mix tapes were the language of love.
It's 1993 in small-town Nebraska during the summer between high school and whatever comes next. College-bound jock Mike and self-assured but aimless Will find themselves drawn to each other. Their rush of first-time love, full of excitement, confusion, and passion, is captured by the power-pop precision and frayed guitar emotion of Matthew Sweet's alternative rock album Girlfriend.
Robert Schenkkan's Tony Award-winning play All the Way set the stage for President Lyndon Baines Johnson's sudden ascent to the White House. In its Washington, D.C., premiere, The Great Society brings the second half of Schenkkan's epic story to its harrowing conclusion. As America is divided by civil rights protests and the anguish of the Vietnam War, LBJ struggles to maintain his relationship with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., keep his political opponents in check, and complete a raft of impossibly ambitious social policy projects. This political thrill ride explodes the America of our past to better understand the America of today.
Winner of 11 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
From the creative team behind In the Heights comes Hamilton, a musical about a scrappy young immigrant who forever changed America: Alexander Hamilton. Tony and Grammy Award winner Lin-Manuel Miranda has given words and music to the story of an unlikely founding father determined to make his mark on a new nation as hungry and ambitious as he is. Hamilton is an exploration of a political mastermind who went from being a bastard orphan to George Washington's right-hand man, rebel to war hero, loving husband caught in the country's first sex scandal to Treasury Department secretary who made an untrusting world believe in the American economy. George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Eliza Hamilton, and Aaron Burr, lifelong friend and foe of Hamilton, all attend this revolutionary tale of America's fiery past told through the sounds of the ever-changing nation we've become.
Handbagged is an Oliver Award-winning comedy now making its American premiere. Round House is thrilled to present the American premiere of this West End hit comedy!
The Iron Lady. The Queen. Born six months apart, each woman had a destiny that would change the world. But when the stiff upper lip softened and the gloves came off, which one had the upper hand? Helmed by Indhu Rubasingham, artistic director of the original Tricycle Theatre and West End productions in London, Handbagged is the wickedly funny new comedy that imagines what the world's most powerful women talk about behind closed palace doors. Handbagged is presented in arrangement with Tricycle Theatre and Eleanor Lloyd Productions.
Isaac, a veteran, returns to his childhood home and discovers that his family's been transformed. His timid mother, freed from the constraints of her marriage, has begun a crusade to subvert the patriarchy, and his sister has become a trans male anarchist who uses the pronouns ze and hir. Meanwhile, his abusive father now wears clown makeup and downs estrogen pills…against his will.
Obie Award-winner Taylor Mac's black comedy flips the script on gender power dynamics and asks a key question: does destroying the past really free you from it? It's a sly kitchen-sink drama covered in glitter, and you'll laugh your way through to an answer.
There is a Japanese proverb that says, "The nail that sticks out is the one that gets hit." In 1941, one American, the son of Japanese immigrants, was the nail threatened by the hammer of the United States government. Reeling from the surprise attack on Pearl Harbor and driven by fear and prejudice, America placed its own citizens of Japanese ancestry in internment camps. A play for our times, Hold These Truths tells the true story of Gordon Hirabayashi, the American who defied an unjust court order to uphold the values on which America was founded. Filled with hope and buoyed by unquenchable patriotism, Hirabayashi's unflinching defiance will leave audiences cheering the strength of the individual and his dedication to his own unalienable rights.
In this solo show, late Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson explores his days as a struggling young writer in Pittsburgh's Hill District and how the neighborhood inspired his cycle of plays about the African-American experience. At times shockingly provocative and often hilariously funny, this theatrical memoir follows one man's journey of self-discovery and what it means to be a black artist in America.
Synetic's visionary Founding Artistic Director Paata Tsikurishvili brings his mind-bending, cinematic style to Victor Hugo's gothic, heartbreaking epic of inner beauty and undying loyalty. When the beguiling dancer Esmerelda captures the heart of the deformed bell-ringer Quasimodo, his adoptive father, the priest Frollo, decides he wants her for himself - plunging all of Paris into a spiral of riots, revolution, and murder. This production will not have dialogue. Recommended for ages 13+ for violence.
Burned-out screenwriter Herb Tucker's life is turned upside down when the daughter he abandoned 16 years earlier suddenly appears at his doorstep. A quirky Brooklyn girl, Libby demands that Herb "pay up" for the lost years by launching her career in the movies. Yet it's clear from the start that Libby's real dream is to have a relationship with the father she never knew. The commitment-shy Herb is reluctant at first but, inspired by Libby's spirit and determination, decides to give fatherhood another shot. With playwright Neil Simon's signature blend of warmth and humor, I Ought to Be in Pictures is a poignant comedy reminding people that when it comes to family, it's never too late to start again.
Chloe is a struggling standup comedian — until she decides to sit in for her dead father as the bassist for his seminal psychedelic rock band. While the band plays on and old tensions rise, Chloe must navigate memory, history, and lessons learned from the 1960s. Written by Sarah Gancher and directed by Rachel Chavkin (Natasha, Pierre & the Great Comet of 1812), I'll Get You Back Again is a high-energy rock 'n' roll comedy with live music!
Hamilton creator Lin-Manuel Miranda's first Broadway musical, In the Heights heralded the arrival of a major talent in American theater when it captured four Tony Awards, including Best Musical and Best Original Score. Now Olney Theatre Center and Round House Theatre unite to transport Miranda's beloved Washington Heights from the top of Manhattan to the Olney Mainstage.
Usnavi, the local proprietor of the corner bodega is the audience's guide through a vibrant neighborhood of striving immigrants and young lovers, where hip-hop meets salsa and soul. He tells the story of Nina, a first-generation immigrant who returns to the old neighborhood after flunking out of Stanford, ashamed to tell her parents that she lost the American Dream sweepstakes. But as Abuela Claudia says, with "paciencia y fe" ("patience and faith") fortunes can shift, romance can bloom, and a sense of home can be preserved in a shifting world. This production stars multi-Tony nominee Robin De Jesús.
From the Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright of Disgraced comes a thriller about Nick, an American options trader and Citibank executive held hostage by a fringe radical group in Pakistan. In an ingenious twist on the Stockholm syndrome, the American captive offers to earn his own ransom by investing a multimillion-dollar portfolio on behalf of his Islamic captors. Assisted by his guard Bashir, he begins to harness the power of free markets to accumulate a fortune on behalf of the group's leader, Imam Saleem. Amid violence, corruption, and inequality, Bashir proves to be not just a sharp critic of Western materialism but also an apt pupil of Nick's trading strategies as they form an uneasy alliance.
The icon. His traitor. The most famous story ever told. An almost-as-famous score by Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice.
Joe Calarco (Gypsy) directs a sleek, modern, environmental production of the Tony Award-winning rock opera Jesus Christ Superstar. This fiery epic of celebrity, passion, guilt, and salvation includes such classic songs as "I Don't Know How to Love Him," "Everything's Alright," and, above all, "Jesus Christ Superstar."
In the midst of the holiday bustle, young Brooklyn couple Elias and Jenny escape on a much needed getaway to a cozy bed-and-breakfast in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania. However, under the watchful eye of the cheery, if slightly off, innkeeper, a ghost seems to haunt their crumbling relationship.
With her trademark rough-edged humanity, observant humor, and lyrical beauty, playwright Annie Baker (The Flick) blends the hyper-real with flickers of the supernatural in a quietly suspenseful and transfixing work.
From the creative team behind the critically-acclaimed The Turn of the Screw and Monsters of the Villa Diodati! During the run of a legendary Broadway performer's comeback one-woman show, the performances take unexpected turns as she tries to tell the story of her star-studded life in the theater. She frequently forgets anecdotes that she was supposed to tell, or makes up entirely new ones. Her stage manager and director try to come to her aid, but the insidious signs of Alzheimer's disease are becoming apparent. Brimming with humor and pathos, this heart-warming Bold New Work twists and turns its way through the shadows of memory.A "Bold New Works" World Premiere Musical
He's young, he's broke, and his wife is going to have a baby. To make matters even more desperate, Casey is fired from his gig as an Elvis impersonator in a run-down, small town Florida bar. When the bar owner brings in a drag show to replace his act, Casey finds that he has a whole lot to learn about show business — and himself. Featuring a fierce and fabulous cast of queens, The Legend of Georgia McBride celebrates finding your voice and singing your own song.
Cameron Mackintosh presents the new production of Alain Boublil and Claude-Michel Schönberg's Tony Award-winning musical phenomenon Les Misérables, direct from an acclaimed two-and-a-half-year return to Broadway. Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an unforgettable story of heartbreak, passion, and the resilience of the human spirit. Featuring the beloved songs "I Dreamed a Dream," "On My Own," "Stars," "Bring Him Home," "One Day More," and many more, this epic and uplifting story has become one of the most celebrated musicals in theater history. With its glorious new staging and dazzlingly reimagined scenery inspired by the paintings of Victor Hugo, this breathtaking production has left both audiences and critics awestruck.
Acclaimed indie-folk-rock band Eddie From Ohio's Robbie Schaefer has crafted a touching and funny world premiere musical portrait featuring Bobby Smith.
A master storyteller, Robbie journeys from his childhood in India to the joys and struggles of growing up, pursuing his passion, and raising a family. Entwined throughout is his cherished relationship with his father — and his father's haunted past. Enriched with beautiful folk-rock music, inventive lyrics, and Robbie's disarming humor, Light Years is a deeply personal tale of immigration, musical gifts, and the steadfast bond between father and son.
Winner of four Tony Awards, this delightful, charming, and at times heartbreaking musical by Stephen Sondheim returns to the Signature stage in a brand-new production directed by Eric Schaeffer and featuring award-winning actors Holly Twyford and Bobby Smith.
In 1900 Sweden, on a magical night that smiles three times, an aging actress, a married virgin, a sex-starved divinity student, and a buffoonish count find themselves hilariously tangled in a web of love affairs.
With lush, gorgeous music, including "A Weekend in the Country," "Liaisons," and the seminal "Send in the Clowns," A Little Night Music is a coupling (and uncoupling) tour de force.
The members of The Bridges of Madison County company are excited to host their final fundraising event, Love is Always Better – An Evening of Music by Jason Robert Brown and More, for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights Aids.
Provocative director Liesl Tommy brings Broadway savvy, storytelling flair and a revolutionary sensibility to "The Scottish Play," Shakespeare's exploration of murderous ambition, fiendish equivocation and a love of terrifying intimacy. In a world beset by civil war and invasion, Macbeth and his artful lady begin a series of murders, plunging us into the darkest night of the soul. Storms rage, fires burn and night blankets the earth in this tale of sound and fury, accompanied by Shakespeare's richest poetry.
Playwright Andrew Hinderaker weaves a thrilling and theatrical story about a talented magician who has risen to the top of his profession by maintaining absolute control over his performances – as well as his love life. But when his lover forces him to confront his fears, along with his washed up magician father, his act might never be the same. Watch card houses fall apart and reassemble, and be prepared to be amazed again as Hinderaker and actor Brett Schneider weave a magical spell that ends in a secret and powerful testament to the profundity of performance and hope.
In a small South African tea shop in 1950, two black men and a white boy joke and dance together, defying the brutalities of apartheid through their joyous love. But festering issues of family, race, and power are not so easy to ignore, and a single phone call can trigger catastrophe.
Winner of the Drama Desk and London Evening Standard Awards for Best Play, "Master Harold"…and the Boys reveals the profound personal consequences of oppression.
After years of living with her zoologist parents in Africa, Cady Heron moves to Illinois and must find where she fits in the social hierarchy. A sweet, naive newbie, Cady quickly attracts the attention of the Plastics, a trio of popular frenemies led by the vicious and calculating Regina George. When Cady devises a plan to end Regina's reign, she learns that you can't cross a Queen Bee without getting stung.
Full of razor-sharp wit and remarkable insight, Mean Girls takes a look at friendships — and human nature — through a ferociously funny lens. Be the first to see this world premiere musical, produced by Lorne Michaels and Stuart Thompson.
Set in a frozen little town in the middle of continental nowhere, Midwestern Gothic paints a vivid portrait of a young woman, Stina, who is desperate to escape her everyday surroundings. Her wild and twisted imagination drives her to create increasingly bizarre diversions that suddenly take a perverse turn toward a surprising end. This innovative musical thriller by Royce Vavrek and Josh Schmidt combines rock music, country, and pure fantasy.
Note: Midwestern Gothic, which contains profanity and graphic imagery, is intended for adults.
One of the most romantic scores of all time, featuring standards like "I Could Have Danced All Night" and "The Street Where You Live", takes on new life in an intimate reimagining of the Tony-winning classic My Fair Lady. Flower-seller Eliza Doolittle wages a romantic battle with uppercrust Henry Higgins, with surprising results in this production by Alan Souza, whose Camelot the Chicago Tribune called "genuinely revisionist… fascinating and fresh."
Good fences make good neighbors…right? From the outrageous mind of playwright Karen Zacarías (Destiny of Desire) comes this hot new comedy about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge. Tania, a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and Pablo, her rising attorney husband, move next door to Virginia and Frank, a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. But when a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone's notions of race, privilege, and where to draw the line on good taste.
Velvet-throated songstress Nina Simone hypnotized audiences with her signature renditions of standards from the American songbook. But on September 15, 1963, a devastating explosion in Birmingham, Alabama, rocked our entire nation to the core, and from the memory of the four little girls killed in that tragedy came "Four Women" — along with Simone's other activist anthems like "Mississippi Goddam," "Old Jim Crow," and "To Be Young, Gifted, and Black." Through storytelling and song, Nina Simone: Four Women reveals how this iconic chanteuse found her true voice — and how the "High Priestess of Soul" defined the sound of the civil rights movement.
He's a thought-provoking standup comic, a TV personality, and an all-around good father and man…but he used to be a drug dealer, a convict, and a danger. Nothing to Lose (But Our Chains) tells the hilarious and harrowing story of how one black man went from six years in a state prison to a six-figure job in corporate America to a new life as an activist and satirist. Performed by Felonious Monk and a cast of Chicago's sharpest comedians, this show combines sketch, standup, and music to remind audiences that true freedom comes only from within.
Miramar brings nostalgic love songs to a new generation. They revive the bolero, a traditional Latin American song form, by following in the footsteps of the great Puerto Rican troubadours of the 1950's and 60's. They perform a mix of original and classic tunes drawing upon such great artist as Sylvia Rexach, Felipe 'La Voz' Rodriguez and duo Irizarry de Cordova. A portion of Miramar's repertoire also includes Portuguese and Greek pieces that emerged from similar international song movements that paralleled the Latin American bolero revolution.
Yeni Nostalji is a music group based in Richmond, Virginia. Their mission is to share timeless music and performances inspired by Turkish pop of the 1960's and 70's. Founded by singer Christina Marie, who initially joined forces with Turkish American guitarist Evrim Doğu and keyboardist Jeff London. "I believe that we were brought together for a reason," Christina says. "This is my calling. To help preserve the spirit of the music coming from Turkey during these decades."
Carl Maria von Weber's stunning music for Oberon brings you a true midsummer night's dream, beginning with the famous overture. Shakespeare's gods are a-quarreling, and true love must be conjured by a host of fairies, kings, elves, medieval knights and the mischievous Puck. Writer and director Nick Olcott unveils a new English adaptation of this classic opera, conducted by music director Stanley Thurston.
A plantation on the brink of foreclosure...a young gentleman falling for the part-black daughter of the estate's owner...an evil swindler plotting to buy her for himself. Meanwhile, the slaves are trying to keep things drama-free because everybody else is acting crazy.
An Octoroon, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins' Obie-winning riff on a 19th-century melodrama that helped shape the debate about the abolition of slavery, is an incendiary adaptation. Part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, it's a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859 — and of today.
Three young sailors on shore-leave hit 1944 New York City in a mad sprint to find love before being shipped off to war. Gabey sets off in search of a beauty he's only seen on a subway poster — that month's Miss Turnstiles — while his comrades stumble into romances with a cabby who sets her own destinations, and an anthropologist in search of the perfect "primitive man." The manic coupling is set to an exuberant Leonard Bernstein score that begins with the classic "New York, New York" and from there reaches heights of classical and popular greatness. Comden and Green's first Broadway hit grew out of a ballet that Jerome Robbins worked on with Bernstein, so this promises to be one of the danciest shows of the Olney season… and starriest! On the Town stars some of D.C.'s favorite award-winning actors, including Evan Casey, Donna Migliaccio, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Bobby Smith, and Rachel Zampelli.
Desperate to get out of a career in espionage, up-and-coming playwright Aphra Behn just landed her first commission for a professional company—if she can deliver her play by dawn. But in a world of sex and spies, can Aphra save the life of King Charles II and launch her budding writing career all in one night? With echoes of Restoration comedy, this playful farce is a rush of madcap antics and rollicking intrigue.
The Weekday Players proudly present their Original Works Project, a memorable night of short plays created and produced by students! You'll laugh. You'll cry. You'll laugh AND cry. Above all, you'll have a good time.
Multi-Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero is Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. This smash-hit show from 2015 returns for a special limited engagement. When a bright, liberal Harvard Law School graduate embarks on a nerve-wracking clerkship with Justice Scalia, she discovers him to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor. How will their relationship affect one of the most incendiary cases ever to reach the nation's highest court?
This seminal American classic gets a new look from the acclaimed director and adapter Aaron Posner (The Chosen). In this new production, faithful to the script and sanctioned by the Wilder family estate, seven actors portray the key characters in this intergenerational story of two young lovers, George and Emily, and their quintessential American neighborhood of Grover's Corners, New Hampshire...where the townspeople are animated by traditional Japanese Bunraku-style puppets. Helen Hayes Award winner Jon Hudson Odom (Angels in America) plays the Stage Manager, who guides audiences through this beloved and stirring story.
The Sleep-Tite Pajama Factory is a tip-top model of efficiency — so why are things getting so steamy? It could have something to do with how hard Sid Sorokin, the new superintendent, has fallen for Babe Williams, the troublemaking head of the union grievance committee. Sparks really start to fly when a workers' strike pits management against labor and ignites an outrageous battle of the sexes. Packed with seductive dance numbers such as "Steam Heat" and "Hernando's Hideaway," the best way to ensure a good night's rest during the hectic holiday season is to play The Pajama Game!
Join us at a café-teatro where Diana Sáez & Friends explore Latin-America's nueva canción or trova, and its musical ancestry. Love songs or protest songs? Cuban Silvio Rodriguez, Chilean Victor Jara, many others, share poetic lyrics, indigenous rhythms, and a rich heritage with their romantic-pop songwriter predecessors: enjoy the ride! Abel Lopez and Diana Sáez direct this café-teatro.
Get hooked by an hilarious evening of madcap fun! An apprentice starcatcher and a young orphan boy find themselves on a life-changing adventure when they are charged with protecting magical starstuff from fearsome pirates. Winner of 5 Tony Awards, this swashbuckling prequel to Peter Pan is rich in humor, magic, and touching sincerity. Enjoy the clever wit of Dave Barry along with mysterious mermaids, angry islanders, and of course, a giant crocodile.
Hailing from Utah, the Piano Guys are four dads who became an internet sensation by way of their immensely successful series of strikingly original self-made music videos. They've made over 50 since early 2011, including an innovative multi-handed version of One Direction's "What Makes You Beautiful" and a gorgeous reinvention of the hit song "Let It Go" from Disney's Frozen. It's the Guys' highly original blend of classical music with pop that has really been the cause of an internet phenomenon and has led to over 500 million YouTube views. It's their endearing personalities along with their obvious will to inspire the young and old that keeps fans coming back for more.
Performing in rotating repertory!
They're back! Chicago's most innovative theater company, The Hypocrites, returns with an encore engagement of their critically acclaimed, immersive and streamlined version of Gilbert and Sullivan's The Pirates of Penzance. To complete the repertory, they will also be introducing Olney Theatre audiences to their zany take on H.M.S. Pinafore. Enjoy either show from the promenade, where you sit onstage and move around the set as the action dictates. And don't forget to bring the kids! They can hang out in the ball pit and experience these Gilbert and Sullivan classics in a way they're sure to love and never forget.
Everything has a price — even our dreams. Victor Franz has returned home to settle his late father's estate. In an attic overflowing with memories and furniture, he meets the enigmatic Gregory Solomon (Hal Linden), a professional appraiser committed to wringing a profit from Victor's past. But before a bargain can be struck, an estranged brother enters the scene to reframe Victor's memories and force them both to reconsider the true cost of personal sacrifices. One of the most personal plays by an American theater giant, Arthur Miller's The Price is a fascinating study of the struggle to make peace with the past and create hope for the future.
Michael Jons' Psychic Cabaret is a mind-boggling and hysterical new show by mind reader and psychic entertainer Michael Jons. During his lightning-paced performance, Jons astonishes the audience with his Sherlockian style of people-reading, his Svengali-like power to persuade, and, of course, his incredible ability to seemingly read the private thoughts of total strangers. But the show's highlight is the dazzling variety of psychic readings that Jons does, instantly and memorably, for lucky members of the audience.
Based on E.L. Doctorow's celebrated novel, this epic Tony Award-winning musical depicts three families striving for the American dream at the turn of the 20th century. As the country balances on the cusp of social change, the lives of a wealthy white family, a daring Harlem musician, and a determined Jewish immigrant intersect — and their fates are inextricably bound and profoundly changed. With an expansive musical score, striking relevancy, and a who's who of 20th-century historical characters, Ragtime confronts both the unbridled optimism and the stark reality of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Peter Flynn (1776) directs an all-star Washington, D.C., cast including Kevin McAllister, Tracy Lynn Olivera, Nova Y. Payton, and Jonathan Atkinson.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 12 and older.
Lorraine Hansberry's groundbreaking masterpiece follows the Younger family, who yearn for a better life far from the cramped confines of their Chicago tenement. Hope arrives in the form of an unexpected financial windfall, but relationships are strained when family members realize they have different definitions of the American dream. Whose dreams will be realized and whose deferred? A Raisin in the Sun paints the African-American experience in brilliant and powerful strokes. This portrait of life remains as vibrant and vital today as it was at the play's premiere in 1959.
From the comic imagination of STC favorite David Ives comes a Baroque buffet. Alceste, Molière's ruthless French truth-teller, becomes Frank, an aristocrat who despises hypocrisy—and, frankly, doesn't mind telling you so. His chief delight a well-aimed barb, Frank wreaks havoc in a world of pompous suitors and extravagant ladies, hurling abuse and affection with equal gusto as he vies with admirers for his beloved Celimene.
Love and lust are the ultimate Hallmark emotions, right? According to Bento Bonchev, they're saccharine marketing gimmicks designed to sell flowers and candy to those gullible enough to believe. But Bento's world is turned upside down when an astounding discovery forces him to rethink his dogma. Set in the not-so-distant future where love is thought to be a myth, this Russian absurdist satire offers a truly novel take on an age-old question of the heart.
Signature Theatre's tradition of celebrating John Kander and Fred Ebb continues with their final musical collaboration. In the vein of their iconic Chicago and Cabaret, the Tony Award-winning masterminds deliver a breathtaking musical critique of a stunning true story of racism and injustice in the American South.
On March 25, 1931, nine African-American teenagers were ripped off a train, falsely accused of a crime, hastily tried, and sentenced to death in an outrageous disregard of due process. With exhilarating dancing and songs written in a style reflecting the period, The Scottsboro Boys transforms an event that gripped the nation into a compelling musical nominated for 12 Tony Awards.
The Edge of the Universe Players 2 presents a reading of a new play, Seashell, an existential comedy by William Goodman and directed by Clare Shaffer. The story follows a 29-year-old man of questionable mental health searching the beach, woods, and mountains for the one mysterious, beautiful thing all humankind needs — even though he doesn't know what it is. The reading is followed by a talkback.
Seen by over ten million people worldwide, this wildly popular comedy keeps every audience laughing as they try to outwit the suspects and catch the killer. New clues and up to the minute improvisation deliver a different show every night.
SigWorks: Monday Night New Play Readings at Ali's Bar is an initiative that highlights and supports the work of DMV (Washington, D.C., Maryland, Virginia) playwrights. This (free!) reading series is an opportunity for playwrights, actors, directors, designers, and patrons to explore new plays in a fun and informal environment. On the day of a play's reading, the play first receives a mini-developmental workshop with professional actors. The reading follows and is in turn followed by a dialogue with the audience and the artists. Here's the 2016-17 lineup:
Alabaster by Audrey Cefaly - October 3
Dogwood Cross by Michael Trottier - November 14
Fortune Cookies for Easy Women Smoking Loose Cigarettes by Dani Stoller - February 6
The Reapers on Woodbrook Avenue by Mardee Bennett - April 27
Swimming With Whales by Bob Bartlett - June 5
Do our belief systems stem from our environment, or are some prejudices hardwired into us? With barbed wit, Lydia R. Diamond (Stick Fly) explores the unavoidable nature of racism and other sticky subjects in the controversial and fiercely funny new play Smart People. Four intellectuals — a doctor, an actress, a psychologist, and a neurobiologist studying the human brain's response to race — search for love, acceptance, and identity in a complex world where political correctness comes face-to-face with cold hard data.
Eowyn Ivey's debut novel The Snow Child, a finalist for the Pulitzer Prize, is reborn as a magical new musical with a bluegrass-infused score. The 1920 Alaskan wilderness is a brutal place to try to save a marriage. Reeling from the loss of an unborn child, Mabel and Jack struggle to rebuild their lives even as the fissures between them continue to widen. But everything changes suddenly when they are visited by a wild, mysterious girl who embodies the dark woods that surround their cabin. In this beautiful and violent land, things are rarely as they appear, and what the snow child teaches them will ultimately transform them all.
Winner of 10 Tony Awards, including Best Musical!
Welcome to the '90s — the 1590s — long before the dawn of premium tickets, star casting, and reminders to turn off your cell phones. Brothers Nick and Nigel Bottom are desperate to write a hit play but are stuck in the shadow of that Renaissance rock star known as "the Bard." When a local soothsayer foretells that the future of theater involves singing, dancing, and acting at the same time, Nick and Nigel set out to write the world's very first musical! But amid the scandalous excitement of opening night, the Bottom brothers realize that reaching the top means being true to thine own self…and all that jazz.
Some wounds refuse to heal. Mary Kathryn Nagle's daring new work, which debuts as the fourth production in Arena Stage's Power Plays initiative, travels the intersections of personal and political truths as well as historic and present struggles. Sarah Ridge Polson, a young Cherokee lawyer fighting to restore her Nation's jurisdiction, must confront the ever-present ghosts of her grandfathers. With shadows stretching from 1830s Cherokee Nation (present-day Georgia) through Andrew Jackson's Oval Office to today's Cherokee Nation in Oklahoma, Sovereignty asks how high the flames of anger can rise before they ultimately consume the truth.
"You do what you think is right and let the law catch up." So said Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, who – long before Antonin Scalia – changed the face of American jurisprudence. He argued and won the Brown v. Board decision, ending racial segregation in the schools, after a long and strategic journey that began with ending the "separate but equal" mandate in Maryland law schools. Spend an evening with the late Justice at this one-man show, and consider just how far we've come… or have we?
Fortune strains the bonds of friendship. Timon is a wealthy and popular aristocrat with but one flaw—an excess of generosity. Sparing no expense on lavish parties, expensive gifts, and charity, Timon later suffers a downturn of fortune and friendship. Robert Richmond directs Shakespeare's tragic satire about the fickleness of prosperity, with Ian Merrill Peakes in the title role.
Suzan-Lori Parks won the Pulitzer Prize in 2002 for Topdog/Underdog, a thrilling and intimate drama about two African-American brothers – Lincoln and Booth – who, in their struggle to gain a foothold in 21st century America end up turning on each other as they fight for scraps from the table of joy. For this 15th anniversary production, Suzan-Lori has given us permission to cast the show, for the first time, with two actresses of extraordinary talent: Obie™ Award-winner Jessica Frances Dukes and Helen Hayes Award-winner Dawn Ursula.
It's 1969, and the civil rights movement is sending tremors through Pittsburgh's Hill District. At the center of the community is Memphis Lee's diner, slated to be demolished — a casualty of the city's renovation project. Confronted with a rapidly changing world, Memphis and his regular customers struggle to maintain their solidarity and sense of pride. From Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright August Wilson comes this masterpiece about everyday lives in the shadow of great events, and of unsung citizens who are anything but ordinary.
Undergraduate TDPS Dance students present a concert of original choreography. The program includes new works created and/or performed by undergraduate students as they explore their choreographic voice and vision, plus pieces developed throughout the year by guest choreographers.
At Hanover Middle School, two teachers get shockingly down and dirty with a lesson about race, sex, and power. The quick-witted duo goes round after round on the mat of our nation's history in an R-rated, far-reaching, and absolutely unflinching comedy. Underground Railroad Game is a fourth-wall-breaking, audience-implicating experience. Viewers will never forget which side of history they were on.
Inspired by Adrienne Shelly's beloved film, Waitress tells the story of Jenna. A waitress and expert pie maker, Jenna dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. A baking contest in a nearby county and the town's new doctor may offer her a chance at a fresh start, while her fellow waitresses offer their own recipes for happiness. But Jenna must summon the strength and courage to rebuild her own life.
This colorful, passionate, and spellbinding production is tailor-made for the expansive grandeur of the Kennedy Center Opera House. Madame Butterfly soars with some of the most emotionally captivating characters and beloved music in all of opera. It will be a cultural experience unlike any other in Washington, D.C.!
When Eric falls for the handsome Wilson on the subway, he doesn't know what he's in for. Because Wilson is also Nina, a rising drag star in The House of Light, and when a competing house calls a ball for midnight, Eric is drawn into battle. Part turf war, part pageant, all conquest, Wig Out! is a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture by way of Ovid, Jay-Z, and Destiny's Child. From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a dazzling spectacle about the timeless desires to be desired, find your home, and dominate anyone who throws you shade.
Bring your imagination and get swept away to the wonderful Land of Oz as Creative Cauldron tackles one of the most iconic musicals of all time. All your favorite characters, Dorothy, the Scarecrow, the Tin Man and Cowardly Lion, will be brought to life by talented local professionals. They will be joined by an ensemble cast drawn from our new Professional Musical Theater Workshop. Enjoy all of those memorable songs from the MGM classic (Over the Rainbow, If I Only Had a Brain/A Heart/The Nerve and We're Off to See The Wizard) that have made this show an American treasure.
Twenty-eight professional theater companies of all sizes from the Washington, D.C., area join together to produce new works by female and female-identifying artists. In addition to presenting world-premiere productions, this festival will expand in 2018 to include second and third productions of works by female playwrights, nationwide festival-related activities, and a variety of events for theater makers and theater lovers from across the country.