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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.
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.
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.
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.
A beguiling new musical version of E.B. White's beloved classic story about Wilbur, the little pig who becomes famous with the help of his clever spider friend Charlotte. With music and lyrics by Broadway composer Charles Strouse (Annie, Bye Bye Birdie) and a book by national award-winning children's playwright Joseph Robinette, audiences will thrill to a musical score which includes "Eating," Wilbur's humorous yet poignant song about growing up; "Who Says We Can't Be Friends?," an enchanting duet between Wilbur and Charlotte; "Welcome to the Zuckerman Barn," featuring all the story's unforgettable animals in a hand-clapping, toe-tapping hoe-down; and "Summer," a haunting, nostalgic chorus number which evokes a time and place from everyone's childhood. With its lessons of friendship, loyalty, and truth, Charlotte's Web is a gift for audiences of all ages.
This complex rock opera has been seen around the world. The pawns in it form a love triangle: a loutish American chess star, an earnest Russian champion, and the assistant torn between them. From Bangkok to Budapest, players, lovers, politicians, and spies are manipulated to the pulse of a monumental rock score. The show's music is by Björn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersso; the lyrics are by Tim Rice.
Directed by Tony Award winner Michael Mayer (Hedwig and the Angry Inch), with a new book by Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning writer Danny Strong (Empire), Chess stars Raúl Esparza (Company) as American chess champion Freddie, Ramin Karimloo (Anastasia) as rival Russian chess star Anatoly Sergievsky, Tony winner Ruthie Ann Miles (The King and I) as Anatoly's wife, Svetlana, and Tony winner Karen Olivo (West Side Story) as Florence, a remarkable Hungarian refugee who becomes the center of an emotional triangle. Joining them are Bradley Dean (Dear Evan Hansen) as Ivan Molokov, Sean Allan Krill (Honeymoon in Vegas) as Walter Anderson, and Bryce Pinkham (A Gentleman's Guide to Love and Murder) as the Arbiter.
Grammy-nominated Christylez Bacon is a dynamic member of the hip-hop movement, bringing innovation to an art form already known for mixing urban musical styles. His programs combine human beatbox, rap, and rhyming with storytelling and interactive call and response. He blends traditional elements of musical styles from jazz, go-go, hip-hop, and more.
The Color Purple was the 2016 Tony Award winner for Best Musical Revival. This joyous American classic has conquered Broadway in an all-new production, directed by Tony winner John Doyle. With a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues, The Color Purple gives an exhilarating new spirit to this Pulitzer Prize-winning epic story about a young woman's journey to love and triumph in the American South.
For ages 7+. Doktor Kaboom is an over-the-top German physicist with a passion for science that knows no bounds. Sporting chrome goggles, orange lab coat, motorcycle boots, and wicked cool hair, Doktor Kaboom travels the world, thrilling adults and children alike with his explosive comedic style of science experiments designed to involve, excite, educate and entertain!
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.
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.
Avant Bard Theatre proudly presents the legendary African-American musical The Gospel at Colonus, a soaring celebration of transcendence and the fragility of life. The Gospel at Colonus transforms Sophocles's timeless tale of the last days of Oedipus into a parable for our times. Its message of redemption is sorely needed. With its epic poetry and magnificent score, The Gospel at Colonus reminds us that out of the deepest sorrows, the highest and most uplifting hope can emerge.
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.
In the wake of his father's abrupt death, Hamlet returns home from university to find his personal and political world changed as he never imagined it could be — his mother remarried, his uncle on the throne, and a world seemingly gone insane. When his father's ghost appears and demands vengeance, the increasingly desperate Danish prince must decide between submission and resistance...acceptance and vengeance...and life and death.
Michael Urie (Ugly Betty) stars as Hamlet under the direction of Michael Kahn. Together they give life to one of the greatest characters of Western literature as he walks the line between madness and inspiration.
The legendary Royal Shakespeare Company returns to the Kennedy Center for the first time since 2007 with the Bard's searing tragedy of murder and revenge.
A student is called home from university to find his life turned upside down. He had the world at his feet, but now everything has changed. Who can be trusted; who can be believed? Sent by the ghost of his father to avenge his father's brutal death, Hamlet's mission to expose the truth is a perilous journey of madness, murder, and lost love. What will ultimately become of a young man sent to kill? This production's 2016 world premiere in Shakespeare's home of Stratford-upon-Avon, featuring rising star Paapa Essiedu in the title role and directed by Simon Godwin, won raves for both Godwin's vision of Hamlet's Denmark as a state in West Africa and Essiedu's revelatory portrayal.
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.
Hilarious. Heartfelt. Homicidal. Being a teenager can be hard. Especially when you are flung off the apex of the high school hierarchy by the almighty Heather Chandler — head of the adolescent clique to rule all adolescent cliques: the Heathers. Follow brainy misfit Veronica Sawyer through the ups and downs of growing up...if you're lucky enough to make it out alive.
Note: The high school edition of Heathers the Musical is an officially licensed version of the musical with cuts and adjustments made to render the show appropriate for high school performers and audiences.
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.
Stephen Karam's The Humans is an uproarious, hopeful, and heartbreaking play that takes place over the course of a family dinner on Thanksgiving. Breaking with tradition, Erik Blake has brought his Pennsylvania family to celebrate and give thanks at his daughter's apartment in Lower Manhattan. As darkness falls outside the ramshackle prewar duplex and eerie things start to go bump in the night, the Blake clan's deepest fears and greatest follies are laid bare. Our modern age of anxiety is keenly observed with humor and compassion in this new American classic that won the 2016 Tony Award for Best Play.
Winner of the "Best Solo Performance Award" by the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle, this 90-minute show explores the intimate story of W. Allen Taylor's lifelong search for his absent father, Bill Hawkins, the first black disc jockey in Cleveland. With period rhythm & blues, gospel, and jazz serving as a backdrop, Taylor plays a wide range of colorful characters, while juxtaposing personal stories of childhood longing and surrogate fathers with the unique historical recollections of "Walkin' Talkin' Bill Hawkins," drawn from numerous personal interviews. The search becomes a bittersweet journey of self-discovery, as well as a celebration of the rich cultural legacy of black radio.
The current winner of the CW's Penn & Teller: Fool Us, illusionist extraordinaire Ivan Amodei is on a national tour with his show Intimate Illusions.
Currently on an eight-year run at his residency at the famous Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Ivan's 90-minute show will include the incredible illusion that FOOLED Penn & Teller, as well as other stunning coincidences, psychological illusions, and spectacular brain games, all wrapped around spellbinding storytelling and masterful showmanship.
And don't forget the musical score by Céline Dion's star cellist Irina Chirkova that accompanies the show. Set in elegant, candlelit space and filled with audience participation, you'll witness Amodei manipulate time, alter someone's fate, and even discover a spectator's destiny — might it be you?
Playwright Timberlake Wertenbaker explores the contradictions between our founding fathers' ideals and the realities of freedom in America. Christian, a Quaker pacifist, defies his family to fight in the American Revolution. Susannah, an enslaved woman, is tempted to fight for the British when they promise her liberty. On their travels, Christian and Susannah cross paths with Thomas Jefferson, George Mason, and Sally Hemings. These encounters force them to confront the compromises America makes after the promise of equality. Wertenbaker takes audience members from Revolutionary War battlefields to Paris to Monticello, Jefferson's home. Nataki Garrett (Woolly Mammoth's An Octoroon) directs this American premiere, which is part of the Women's Voices Theater Festival.
Note: This show is recommended for ages 15 and up.
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.
Helen Hayes Award-winning actress Iyona Blake (Caroline, or Change) returns to the Cauldron to portray one of American's most legendary jazz legends. In March of 1959, Billie Holiday performed one of her final shows in a run-down bar in South Philly. "Lady Day," as she was called, turned jazz songs and standards into searching, and searing, portraits of life and love gone wrong. And this final performance wove together over a dozen of her most salty, and often humorous, numbers ("When a Woman Loves a Man," "'Tain't Nobody's Business If I Do," "Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer") for a riveting portrait of the woman behind the legend.
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.
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.
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.
When two sleight of hand experts compete for the title of D.C.'s Best Magician, the results are hilarious, astonishing, and thoroughly entertaining.
Tired of dinner and a movie? Audiences say The Magic Duel is "a perfect birthday night out, date night, girls night out or anything!" First-rate snarkists Mark Phillips and Brian Curry battle for the title of Best Magician with audience involvement from start to finish. This show is full of seriously funny magic that will fool you. Badly. Who will win? The audience is judge and jury.
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.
Experience forbidden love, fierce family loyalties, and the ruthless feud between the Sharks and the Jets through the iconic music of West Side Story! Leonard Bernstein and Stephen Sondheim's legendary, Broadway-shaping musical interpretation of Romeo and Juliet comes back to life in concert performances as part of a nationwide celebration of Leonard Bernstein's 100th birthday year.
This National Symphony Orchestra presentation will be lightly staged, with theatrical lighting and costumes. Featured soloists include a who's who of Broadway favorites: Corey Cott as Tony (Bandstand), Solea Pfeiffer as Maria (Hamilton tour), Ana Villafañe as Anita (On Your Feet!), Ephraim Sykes as Riff (Seaweed in NBC's Hairspray Live!), and Joel Perez as Bernardo (Fun Home).
What does "home" mean and what will we do to protect it?
Noura challenges our notions of belonging, shame, and sacrifice through a portrait of Iraqi immigrants in New York. As Noura and her husband, Tariq, prepare to celebrate a traditional Christmas, she looks forward to welcoming a special guest — Maryam, a young Iraqi refugee. But the girl's arrival opens wounds the family has tried to leave behind, forcing them to confront where they are, where they've been and who they have become.
In this world-premiere production, award-winning playwright and performer Heather Raffo (9 Parts of Desire) draws on personal stories of Arab American women responding to A Doll's House, Henrik Ibsen's classic drama of one mother's struggle to balance her duty with her identity.
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."
From their humble beginnings in Cuba, Emilio and Gloria Estefan came to America and broke through all barriers to become a crossover sensation at the very top of the pop music world. But just when they thought they had it all, they almost lost everything. From international superstardom to life-threatening tragedy, On Your Feet! takes audiences behind the music and inside the real story of this record-making and groundbreaking couple who, in the face of adversity, found a way to end up on their feet. Directed by multi-Tony Award winner Jerry Mitchell (Kinky Boots), with choreography by Olivier winner Sergio Trujillo (Jersey Boys) and an original book by Oscar winner Alexander Dinelaris (Birdman), On Your Feet! features some of the most iconic songs of the past quarter-century — and one of the most inspiring stories in music history.
French gypsy jazz & swing from one of the premier combos in the D.C. area. Combining the swinging guitar made famous by Django Reinhardt with spirited jazz vocals, musette accordion, and upright bass. Another Creative Cauldron CD release event! Sponsored by Eden Center.
Creative Cauldron favorite Dave Kline Band's recent album Shifting Borders climbed to #1 on the U.S. Jazz Chart! Featuring musicians from Senegal, Nigeria, Colombia, and the U.K., Dave's fiery compositions bring the violin on a worldly journey, fusing influences along the way. With special guest vocalist Lynn Véronneau. Sponsored by Eden Center.
A feast of D.C.'s finest singer-songwriters in the Americana roots tradition, and front men of the bands Last Train Home, the Linemen, and the Graverobbers. A rare opportunity to hear three celebrated musicians performing the best of their songbooks, raw and acoustic. Sponsored by Eden Center.
Regarded as some of the most influential old-time musicians in North America, father-son duo Ken & Brad Kolodner push the boundaries of tradition into uncharted territory playing hammered dulcimer, banjo, and fiddles. Together, they inspire a passion for traditional music across the generations. Sponsored by Eden Center.
Thrilling vocals, lush compositions, and arrangements steeped in a fusion of jazz, pop, and soul/R&B. Rice's profound, flawless voice and stage presence have earned her critical acclaim including the opportunity to tour as a member of legendary Grammy-winning vocal band Sweet Honey in the Rock. Voted Best Jazz Vocalist by Washington City Paper. Sponsored by Eden Center.
Roots jazz, country swing. Stories and songs of Appalachia. Come in, take a seat, and be woven into a musical story that never stops being told. Honored multiple times as the mid-Atlantic's "Artist of the Year" & "Best Traditional Band," national touring artists the Bumper Jacksons return to their duo roots with founders Jess Eliot Myhre and Chris Ousley for this unique show. Sponsored by Eden Center.
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.
The martyred heroine of France fought and defeated the besieging English at Orleans, was captured and taken prisoner in Burgundy, and put on trial and burned at the stake — all by the age of 19. Depicted as neither witch, saint, nor madwoman in George Bernard Shaw's compelling play, Joan of Arc is instead an illiterate farm girl whose focus on the individual rocks the church and state. Led by director Eric Tucker, four actors perform over 25 roles in Bedlam's riveting, stripped-down production.
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.
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.
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.
Our Learning Theater Ensemble tackles Hans Christian Andersen's longest and most highly acclaimed tale that has inspired numerous films and adaptations from The Lion, the Witch, and the Wardrobe to Disney's Frozen! This classic tale of bravery and friendship follows the journey of young Gerda as she attempts to rescue her best friend Kai from the clutches of the Snow Queen. With the help of some unique friends and little magic, Gerda is determined to break the Snow Queen's spell and melt the ice that has taken hold of Kai's heart before he is lost to her forever!
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.
Feminist, journalist, and social-political activist Gloria Steinem will join playwright Mary Kathryn Nagle for a special postshow discussion following the 7:30pm performance on Sunday, January 28. Director Molly Smith will moderate the conversation on tribal sovereignty and sovereignty of the female body.
Rebellious drama queen Diwata, out and proud Howie, and nerdy but intense Solomon are outcasts in their Puritanical town of Salem…Oregon. Linked by a local sex scandal, the unlikely trio join forces to expose the truth. Secrets become currency, blogs are belted, and "bathing suit areas" exposed in this dark comedy about what, if anything, it means to be an adult.
DC Area Professional Premiere
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.
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.
Mae is a sweet-natured woman with just a little baggage — a $600 million inheritance. When her womanizing boyfriend Henry dallies with her protective aunt, the world seems too much with her. Both women become the object of ridicule and scandal — but Henry has a plan to win the heiress back.
In the lush and opulent land of the Hamptons' one percent, where money and status determine everything, can love conquer all? Freely adapted from William Congreve's classic play, The Way of the World is a sparklingly witty physical comedy illuminating the foibles of the upper class.
Convinced of his queen's unfaithfulness, King Leontes of Sicilia imprisons her, exiles his newborn daughter, and schemes to have his closest friend, King Polixenes, murdered. With the passage of time comes realization, revelation, and redemption — as well as a growing romance between the children of both kings. Incorporating a variety of inspired theatrical techniques, this production of The Winter's Tale presents a rich and emotional story of human folly, hope, and resurrection filled with unexpected surprises.
From the dawn of time, women have been demonized, feared, and objectified whenever their power challenged the traditional order. Weaving a thread from the Salem Witch trials through modern-day politics, this world premiere musical examines the complex and compelling stories of women who've been labeled as witches throughout the centuries. Building on their beautifully crafted productions of The Turn of the Screw, Monsters of the Villa Diodati, and Kaleidoscope, Matt Conner and Stephen Gregory Smith bring us their next highly anticipated "Bold New Work."
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.