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From the bittersweet nostalgia of World War II and the musical majesty of Barbra Streisand, to the family fun of Cinderella and the jubilant dance party from the 80s, this year of unique programming truly offers something for everyone.
Shots are fired in a school house, and the world seems to stop. A stunned community — teachers, parents, friends, families of the victims and the perpetrators — must find a way to keep living their lives. This lyrical and potent drama explores the aftermath of a school shooting in an Amish community, and the path of forgiveness and compassion forged in its wake. This play was inspired by the tragic 2006 shooting at an Amish school in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania.
Rosalind is banished to the Forest of Arden and discovers Orlando and a world of passion and possibility in one of Shakespeare's most cherished romantic comedies. When she disguises herself as a rustic shepherd, enchantment abounds and blossoms into an exploration of the beauty and complexities of young love.
A small house is besieged by an apocalyptic storm. Great trees crack and splinter, garbage shatters windows, a deer impales the car windshield, and the wind hurls a trampoline into the living room. While their family home collapses all around them, a prodigal daughter and her zealous relatives try to pray their way to safety.
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.
Blues in the Night, a scorching, Tony-nominated musical, captures the soul of the blues. Featuring twenty-six hot and torchy numbers that tell of the sweet, sexy and sorrowful experiences three women have with the lying, cheating snake of a man who does them wrong, it will leave you energized, inspired, and ready to wail! The interweaving stories are defined through glorious songs from Bessie Smith to Duke Ellington, Johnny Mercer, Harold Arlen, Jimmy Cox, Ida Cox and more.
Bootycandy is a subversive comedy about growing up gay and black. It portrays Sutter on an odyssey through his childhood home, his church, dive bars, motel rooms, and nursing homes. Playwright Robert O'Hara weaves together scenes, sermons, sketches, and metatheatrics to reveal the story of a gay black man.
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.
Join us as we present the largest musical in Round House's history! Set in the heat of the Civil Rights Movement, the Tony-nominated Caroline, Or Change follows a black maid working for a middle-class Jewish family in Louisiana. When a small amount of money goes missing, buried tensions threaten to rip two families—and the struggling Caroline—apart. Loosely based on Kushner's provocative and personal story, Caroline features a virtuosic score from Jeanine Tesori (Tony Award for Best Original Score for Fun Home) that blends blues, gospel, and traditional Jewish melodies into a magical, show-stopping musical masterpiece.
Set amid the razzle-dazzle decadence of the 1920s, Chicago is the story of Roxie Hart (played in this production by Grammy Award winner Brandy Norwood), a housewife and nightclub dancer who maliciously murders her on-the-side lover after he threatens to walk out on her. Desperate to avoid conviction, she dupes the public, the media, and her rival cellmate, Velma Kelly, by hiring Chicago's slickest criminal lawyer to transform her malicious crime into a barrage of sensational headlines, the likes of which might just as easily be ripped from today's tabloids.
This fusion of hip-hop and contemporary dance showcases the beauty of the body as it is manipulated and consumed. A couple on and off stage, Sébastien Ramirez is a Frenchman of Spanish descent who grew up steeped in hip-hop culture; Honji Wang is a classically trained German ballerina of Korean descent. In Monchichi, their contrasting backgrounds and aesthetics explosively meet in a performance that confronts identity, love and the enigma of culture.
Arthur Miller's The Crucible, a classic of American theater, is a parable — and a warning — for all time. The story is set in a 17th-century Massachusetts town, where rigid Puritan ethics as well as hypocrisy, ignorance, and fear fuel false accusations of witchcraft and lead to chilling consequences.
Miller wrote The Crucible in the era of Senator Joseph McCarthy's anticommunist Red Scare of the 1950s. He intended the play to hold a mirror to the deliberate victimization and ruining of lives he saw happening around him. His concerns resound at a high decibel today. This production's visual layers and surprises add new context to an enduring dramatic masterpiece.
Donizetti's comic opera gets updated in a new English adaptation! The lechery and greed of an aging rock star are hoodwinked by the wit, romance, and monetary monkeyshines of young love: vocal fireworks, laugh-out-loud fun, and stunning music. Elizabeth Pringle directs this adaptation by Bari Biern, with conductor Stanley Thurston at the musical helm.
The TDPS New Play Workshop is an opportunity for student playwrights at UMD to develop a short play in a supportive environment. Each selected playwright will be assigned a mentor—a professional dramatist living and working in the Baltimore-DC corridor. Mentors will serve as guides through the process of rehearsing with a director and actors, filtering and implementing feedback, and revising.
Grab your royal attire and join the parade — the fashion conscious Emperor himself is spending his fortune on the most fabulous robe ever seen! However, some crafty weavers claim that their beautiful fabric is invisible to the hopelessly witless. Will you be able to see his new robe? Will the Emperor himself even see it? Will the swindling weavers be caught?! Our Learning Theater production puts a fresh, musical spin on Hans Christian Andersen's classic tale, hilariously illuminating how pride and vanity can make a leader a glorious buffoon.
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.
What happens to poor Harlequin when he finds himself kidnapped by an all-powerful Prince with designs on his fiancée, the faint-hearted peasant Silvia? Will Harlequin speak truth to power and tell the Prince to go hang? Prepare for disguises, mistaken identities, palace intrigues and improbable romance in this delightful comic romp that ends, of course, in more than one surprising marriage.
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.
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.
Emotion and evolution collide in Sarah Treem's thought-provoking play about science, family, and survival of the fittest. On the eve of a prestigious conference, an up-and-coming evolutionary biologist wrestles for the truth with an established leader in the field. The air crackles between the eminent professor and the maverick graduate student, whose theories might just change the way we regard sex itself. This exhilarating and keenly perceptive play, by the writer of hit TV shows In Treatment and The Affair, grapples with difficult choices faced by women of every generation.
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.
Covert operative Valerie Plame is racing to find weapons of mass destruction in Iraq when the unthinkable happens. With the country at war, her cover is blown. She must now navigate a media frenzy, the CIA's search for answers, and her diplomat husband's dogged pursuit of the truth. Inspired by true events, Intelligence is a political thriller that explores the cost of deception and the consequences of speaking truth to power.
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."
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
The Queen is dead. After a lifetime of waiting, Prince Charles ascends the throne with Camilla by his side. As William, Kate and Harry look on, Charles prepares for the future of power that lies before him…but how to rule? Written primarily in Shakespearean blank verse, this modern history play explores the people underneath the crowns, the unwritten rules of Britain's democracy and the conscience of its most famous family.
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.
Mahagony Strings is a mixed-repertory dance concert in which classical ballet changes stylistic perception through music: classical, jazz, and hip-hop. It features the award-winning contemporary ballet company Dissonance Dance Theatre and music by classical and urban-infused classical composers.
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.
Mrs. Miller can't sing — but don't tell her that. Based on the real-life story of Elva Miller, Mrs. Miller Does Her Thing is a portrait of a devoted, warbling songstress whose operatic, off-key singing became an unlikely pop phenomenon in the 1960s. This play by Pulitzer Prize winner James Lapine (Sunday in the Park With George) romps through golden oldies like "A Hard Day's Night," "Monday, Monday," and "Downtown." Leading the way is Emmy and Tony Award winner Debra Monk (Mozart in the Jungle). At her side as Mr. Miller is Tony winner Boyd Gaines (Gypsy).
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."
Our human imprint and the memory of our movement linger in spaces well after we have migrated through them. The One-Mile Radius Project explores these imprints and the unique spaces within a one-mile radius of Joe's Movement Emporium. In collaboration with Joe's, the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, Brentwood Arts Exchange and their workshop participants, Orange Grove Dance will investigate the personal and uniquely traversed spaces of the community. Dance, film and projection will be used to zoom into and magnify the intimate nooks and crevices of seemingly familiar spaces and, in turn, bring those outside spaces inside the walls of Joe's.
Aaron Posner has crafted his latest re-imagined Chekhov to radically intersect with its Russian progenitor. While Three Sisters plays out in one theatre, half the cast is also performing upstairs in another: Same building, different theatre... No Sisters! While Olga, Masha, and Irina yearn for Moscow, the rest of the household and its hangers-on grapple with their own heartache and longing, bit players in a world whose focus is elsewhere. No Sisters explores the screwed up, endlessly fascinating psyches of Chekhov's lovelorn, world-weary misfits and broken dreamers in a wildly funny play about wildly unhappy people. Commissioned as a part of Studio R&D, Studio Theatre's new works initiative.
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.
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.
The Maryland Opera Studio pairs two radically different tellings of the Orpheus myth: Gluck's glorious tragedy and Offenbach's infectious farce. A full orchestra and large cast of singers and dancers bring this double spectacle to life with beautiful lighting, costumes and sets, an annual collaboration between the School of Music and the School of Theatre, Dance, and Performance Studies.
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.
From the one-woman dynamo who brought the Obie Award-winning No Child… to Woolly in 2008 comes a rich slice of Puerto Rican immigrant life. If you've ever seen Nilaja Sun's virtuosic performance style, you'll want to experience it again…and if you haven't, you must not miss the chance to be transported to Pike St.
On the Lower East Side, a mother works hard to keep the electricity flowing for her daughter's respirator while a hurricane looms nearby. As she prepares for disaster, a vibrant host of characters—a decorated war veteran, her ne'er-do-well father, her octogenarian downstairs neighbor—bring new meaning to the phrase "it takes a village."
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.
Flint by LaTefia Bradley: Flint is a dance work that addresses the Flint Water Crises. This liberating and thought-provoking choreography combines visual art and dance, and shows images of the people of Flint, Michigan in order to draw attention to a problem that is not only happening in Flint, but all around the United States.
Another Side of You by Allen Chunhui Xing : Another Side of You explores the inner struggles that many face conforming to society expectations.
Akwantuo: The Journey by Mustapha Braimah
Featuring provocative choreography by Master of Fine Arts students in dance, serving as an unguarded exploration of these young artists' talents and interests.
This concert focuses on new works in development. As the first opportunity for them to put material onstage and see what develops, it often contains the seeds of movement ideas that will be featured in their MFA Thesis programs.
A stage littered with liquor bottles and café chairs seamlessly transforms itself from the bistros of Paris to the banks of the Irati River; a long bar table roars to life and charges a champion matador; an out-of-control dance party takes off during a night of nonstop revelry. As the story winds its way through France and Spain and lands in Pamplona where bullfighting and the fiesta rage in the streets, Hemingway's narrator carries the heavy burdens of a war injury and his inability to have the woman he loves; a woman whose amorous escapades he follows with bemused but painful fatalism.
Created by acclaimed theatre ensemble Elevator Repair Service, The Select (The Sun Also Rises) is the third in a trilogy of literary adaptations along with Gatz (The Great Gatsby) and The Sound and the Fury.
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.
After 15 years in exile, the barber Sweeney Todd returns to Victorian London seeking revenge against the evil Judge Turpin who separated him from his wife and child. Falling in league with the twisted and hilarious Mrs. Lovett – a restauranteur with a shortage of ingredients for her meat pies – Sweeney embarks on a deliciously chilling rampage to right the wrongs of so many years ago.
Starring Synetic's award-winning founding choreographer and associate artistic director Irina Tsikurishvili, the Hollywood-set adaptation of one of the Bard's best known romantic comedies returns! See the original battle of the sexes enacted with all the fiery and acrobatic motion you've come to expect from Synetic! This production does not have dialogue and is recommended for ages 14+ because of nudity and sexual situations.
Stuck in a backwater town, three sisters and their brother search for meaning amidst missed opportunities and misplaced dreams in the everyday clutter of lackluster birthday presents, pushy in-laws, and underwhelming suitors. Three Sisters pitches the sublime against the ridiculous, the romanticized past against an idealized future, and the individual against the unknowability of life itself in Chekhov's tragicomic masterpiece about life's heartbreak and absurdity.
"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.
The story of a successful career-driven superwoman in the early years of the 1980s in Margaret Thatcher's England. Marlene has just earned a big promotion over a male co-worker. She and a restaurant full of history's most famous women celebrate the virtue and bemoan the sacrifices required to be a "top girl" in a man's world. In the episodes that follow, we meet many of the women (and girls) in Marlene's world and learn the steep costs that often followed success of women in the 80s. It's been 35 years yet Top Girls remains surprisingly relevant filled with questions we still are trying to answer.
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.
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.
In a musical drama set at the 1927 Charles County Maryland Fair Grounds, playwright Steven A. Butler Jr. tells the story of how his great-great grandparents, Ollie Tyson and Ruby Dyson, fell in love, settled, and raised a family in the small town of La Plata, Maryland.
Interwoven with the intense drama is original music that will have audience members on the edge of their seats as circus performers navigate the struggles that African-American performers had to deal with in order to survive an art they loved.
Academy Award nominee and Golden Globe winner Marsha Mason (The Goodbye Girl) leads an ensemble cast as Fanny Farrelly in Lillian Hellman's suspenseful masterpiece Watch on the Rhine. With America on the brink of entering World War II, Fanny's daughter escapes to the suburbs of Washington, D.C., with her German husband, a man deeply involved in anti-fascist movements. But with an Eastern European guest harboring ulterior motives living in their midst, tensions rise. No one's safety — at home or abroad — can be guaranteed.
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.