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The Alden Theatre – Mclean Community Players - (703) 790-9223

1776

 

A musical with music and lyrics by Sherman Edwards and a book by Peter Stone. Based on the events surrounding the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It dramatizes the efforts of John Adams to persuade his colleagues to vote for American independence and to sign the document.

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Fri. 2/5/16-Sat. 2/21/16  

Sun. 2/14/2016

2:00 pm

The Alden Theatre – Mclean Community Players -   (703) 790-9223

UNNECESSARY FARCE

 

An award-winning stage comedy by Paul Slade Smith which combines all the hallmarks of classic farce with a contemporary American plot: the police procedural.

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Fri. 4/29/16-Sat. 5/14/16

 

 

Sun. 5/08/16

2:00 pm

The Alden Theatre – Mclean Community Players - (703) 790-9223

FOOTLOOSE


A musical based on the film of the same name. The music is by Tom Snow (among others), the lyrics by Dean Pitchford (with additional lyrics by Kenny Loggins), and the book by Pitchford and Walter Bobbie

Describer: Dennis McCoy

Program Notes: Paula Ottinger

Fr. 7/8/16-Sat. 7/24/16

 

 

Sun. 7/17/16

2:00 pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-554-9066

THE CITY OF CONVERSATION

Politics and family make for polarizing bedfellows in this juicy new play and recent Off-Broadway triumph.  Georgetown hostess, Hester Ferris, runs in an elite circle, opening her home for political foes to lay down arms and raise a glass.  But when her son’s formidable, conservative wife comes on the scene, the parlor pleasantries of DC’ past descend into entrenched posturing and an ultimatum that could implode the family.  Follow the Ferris clan from the end of Carter’s presidency through the Regan era and into Obama’s game-changing inauguration in this “smart, literate and funny” (New York Times) inside look at the theater of politics and the politics of conversation.

Describer:  Larry Heflin

Program Notes:  Sylvia Rosenthal

Fri. 1/29/16-Sun. 3/6/16

Sat. 2/13/16

2:00 pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-554-9066

ALL THE WAY

It’s not personal. It’s politics in this 2014 Tony Award-winning drama.  President Lyndon Baines Johnson had a way about him.  He could massage a victory with one hand and sell you down the river with the other.  But brokering a deal is like playing with dynamite.  With the country still reeling from President Kennedy’s assassination, and a rising tide of bitterness over Civil Rights, it’ll take more than politicking to hold America together – it’ll take red, white and blue-blooded leadership.  Go all the way with LBJ, Martin Luther King, J. Edgar Hoover and more in this “sure-fire, action-packed hit” (Huffington Post) where the line between compromise and compromising your principles is as sharp as a knife.

Describer: Larry Heflin

Program Notes:  Sylvia Rosenthal

Fri. 4/1/16-Sun. 5/8/16

Sat. 4/23/16

2:00 pm

Arena Stage Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center - 202-554-9066

THE LION

Some stories have to be sung.  Writer/performer Benjamin Scheuer uses his guitar – actually six guitars – in this wholly original musical experience that tells a coming-of-age story that “lifts the spirit” (Time Out New York).  The award-winning songwriter inspires and disarms with his raw wit and emotional depth as he leads you on a rock n’roll journey from boyhood to manhood, through pain and healing, to discover the redemptive power of music.  Describer:

Program Notes: Dennis McCoy

Fri. 2/26/16-Sun. 4/3/16

Sat. 3/5/16

2:00 pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-554-9066

SWEAT

A group of close friends shares everything: drinks, secrets and laughs.  But when rumors of layoffs shake up the local steel mill, the fragile bonds of their community begin to fray and a horrific crime sends shock waves across two generations.  This gripping world premier by acclaimed Pulitzer Prize winner Lynn Nottage (Ruined) explores America’s industrial decline at the turn of the millennium by examining the inhabitants of one Pennsylvania town who still struggle to reclaim what’s lost, find redemption and redefine themselves in a new century.  Co-commissioned with the Oregon Shakespeare Festival

Describer:  Steve Swift

Program Notes:  Sylvia Rosenthal

Fri. 1/15/16-Sun. 2/21/16

Sat. 1/23/16

2:00 pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-554-9066

DISGRACED

 

From Ayad Akhtar comes the “breathtaking, raw and blistering” (AP) Pulitzer Prize-winning play about the clash between modern culture and ancient faiths.  The son of south Asian immigrants, Amire has worked hard to achieve the American Dream – complete with a successful career, a beautiful wife and $600 custom-tailored shirts.  But has he removed himself too far from his roots? And when a friendly dinner party conversation rockets out of control, will the internal battle between his culture and his identity raze all that he’s worked so hard to achieve? This incendiary examination of one’s self and one’s belief’s will leave you breathless.

Describer:  Rita Tehan

Program Notes:  Sylvia Rosenthal

Fri. 4/22/16-Sun. 5/29/16

Sat. 5/14/16

Sun. 5/22/16

2:00 pm

2:00 pm

Fords Theatre:  202 347 4833

THE GLASS MENAGERIE
By Tennessee Williams; Directed by Mark Ramont
One of the greatest American plays of the 20th century, The Glass Menagerie explores the visceral bonds of family. Southern matriarch Amanda frets constantly over her two live-in adult children—the painfully shy Laura and Laura’s restless poet brother, Tom. With great cajoling, Tom brings home a possible suitor for Laura, but reality soon casts a shadow on Amanda’s dreams for both her children. Revered actress Nancy Robinette (Driving Miss Daisy) stars as Amanda in Tennessee Williams’ iconic, emotional and enduring family drama.

Describer: Rita Tehan

Program Notes: Bob Gallagher

Fri. 1/22/16-Sun. 2/21/16

Tues. 2/2/16

Sat. 2/13/16

7:30 pm

2:00 pm

Fords Theatre:  202 347 4833

110 IN THE SHADE

Music by Harvey Schmidt’ Lyrics by Tom Jones; Book by N. Richard Nash
In sweltering 1936 Texas, headstrong and eternally single Lizzie Curry dreams of a life beyond her small town. When a charming stranger named Starbuck swaggers into town, he brings both the promise to end the region’s drought and awakens Lizzie to the promise she holds within. Ford’s Theatre presents this classic American musical about cowboys, confidence and courtship, based on The Rainmaker and featuring a lively score from the creators of The Fantasticks.

Describer:  Bob Coley

Program Notes:  Janet Carsetti

Fri. 3/11/16-Thurs. 4/14/16

Tues. 4/19/16

Sat. 4/30/15

7:30 pm

 

2:00 pm

Fords Theatre:  202 347 4833

ONE DESTINY

By Request

By Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont
Learn about Lincoln’s assassination from two men who were there. This 35-minute play at Ford’s Theatre explores the key facts of the assassination while capturing the emotions of that fateful night in 1865, as told through the eyewitness accounts of actor Harry Hawk and Ford’s Theatre co-owner Harry Ford, among others. As they reconstruct the sequence of events, they grapple with the question: Could John Wilkes Booth have been stopped? One Destiny was honored with The Washington Post Award for Innovative Leadership in the Theatre Community in 2011, and celebrates its 800 performance in Spring 2015. Performance dates and times for Spring 2016 to be announced.

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By Request

 

History on Foot Walking Tours:
Investigation: Detective McDevitt
By Richard Hellesen; Directed by Mark Ramont

March Through October
Join Detective McDevitt as he re-visits and re-examines the sites and clues surrounding the assassination of our nation’s 16th president. This outdoor tour lasts approximately two hours and makes at least eight stops. The distance walked is 1.6 miles from outside of Ford’s Theatre to the White House. Please wear comfortable shoes.

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Call in March of 2016 to find out if these will be available

 

Hexagon: 202-333-7469

Red, White and Voters’ Blues

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Fri 3/11

Sun 4/3

Sun 3/13

 

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

MOTOWN: THE MUSICAL

It began as one man’s story… became everyone’s music… and is now Broadway’s musical. Motown The Musical is the true American dream story of Motown founder Berry Gordy’s journey from featherweight boxer to the heavyweight music mogul who launched the careers of Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Smokey Robinson and many more.

Describer: Regina Smith

Program Notes: Bob Coley & Janet Carsetti

Tues 12/1/15

Sun 1/3/16

Sun.

1/3/16

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

ANNIE

The world’s best-loved musical returns in time-honored form. Directed by original lyricist and director Martin Charnin and choreographed by Liza Gennaro, this production of ANNIE will be a brand new incarnation of the iconic original. Featuring book and score by Tony Award®-winners Thomas Meehan, Charles Strouse and Martin Charnin, ANNIE includes such unforgettable songs as “It’s the Hard Knock Life,” “Easy Street,” “I Don’t Need Anything But You,” plus the eternal anthem of optimism, “Tomorrow.”

Describer:  Fran Bowie

Program Notes: 

Tues. 3/15/16-

Sun. 3/20/16

Sun.

3/20/16

1:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

JERSEY BOYS

Directed by two-time Tony® Award-winner Des McAnuff, JERSEY BOYS is written by Academy Award-winner Marshall Brickman and Rick Elice, with music by Bob Gaudio, lyrics by Bob Crewe and choreography by Sergio Trujillo. JERSEY BOYS is the story of Frankie Valli and The Four Seasons: Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tommy DeVito and Nick Massi. This is the true story of how a group of blue-collar boys from the wrong side of the tracks became one of the biggest American pop music sensations of all time. They wrote their own songs, invented their own sounds and sold 175 million records worldwide – all before they were thirty. The show features all their hits including “Sherry,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” “Oh What A Night,” “Walk Like A Man,” “Can’t Take My Eyes Off You” and “Working My Way Back To You.” Describer: Janet Carsetti

Program Notes:  John Weber

Wed. 4/6/16-

Sun. 4/24/16

Sun.

4/24/16

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

THE WIZARD OF OZ

This new production of The Wizard of Oz is an enchanting adaptation of the all-time classic, totally reconceived for the stage. Developed from the ever popular MGM screenplay, this production contains the beloved songs from the Oscar® – winning movie score, all the favorite characters and iconic moments, plus a few surprises along the way, including new songs by Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber. Click your heels together and join Scarecrow, Tin Man, Lion, Dorothy and her little dog Toto, as they journey through the magical land of Oz to meet the Wizard and obtain their hearts’ desires. Watch out for the Wicked Witch of the West and her winged monkeys as you rediscover the real story of Oz in this fantastic musical treat for the whole family. You.” You.”

Describer: Fran Bowie

Program Notes:    

Tues. 5/3/16-

Sun. 5/15/16

Sun.

5/15/16

1:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Historic Stage 301 924 3400

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Olney Theatre CenterMainstage 301 924 3400

CARMEN: AN AFRO-CUBAN JAZZ MUSICAL

Based on the opera by Georges Bizet • Written and directed by Moisés Kaufman • Original and adapted Music by Arturo O'Farrill
 

Tony® Award-nominee Moisés Kaufman (The Laramie Project Cycle, Gross Indecency, 33 Variations) and two-time Grammy Award-winner Arturo O’Farrill (Song for Chico, The Offense of the Drum) turn Bizet’s passion-fueled opera Carmen into an Afro-Cuban Jazz musical, moving the action from 1820s Spain to Batista’s Cuba in 1958, on the verge of the revolution. One of the greatest heroines in drama, Kaufman reimagines Carmen as a gun-runner for the rebels, who fall fiercely in love with Jose, a Batista loyalist. When the nation’s great boxing legend Escamillo returns to Havana, Carmen and Jose’s love falls tragically apart. Carmen is part of the Classic Series and the Contemporary Series.

Describer:  Karen Payne

Program Notes: Bob Gallagher

Wed. 2/10/16-

Sun 3/6/16

Wed 2/24/16

8:00 pm

Olney Theatre CenterMainstage 301 924 3400

DIAL ‘M’ FOR MURDER

By Frederick Knott

 

Alfred Hitchcock based his classic thriller on Knott’s deliriously spine-tingling play about a former tennis star, Tony Wendice, who has married sweet and unsuspecting Margot for her money. He arranges what he thinks is the perfect murder, but when the plot goes wrong, Inspector Hubbard from Scotland Yard – along with her old flame, the murder mystery novelist Max Halliday – mount a hair-raising investigation that comes down to the last possible, chilling moment. Dial ‘M’ For Murder is part of the Classic Series.

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Wed 4/6/16

Sun 5/1/16

Wed 4/20/16

8:00 pm

Olney Theatre CenterMainstage 301 924 3400

EVITA

Music by Andrew Lloyd Webber • Lyrics by Tim Rice

 

The legendary Tony® Award-winning musical Evita comes to Olney Theatre Center. Evita tells the story of Argentina’s passionate political figure Eva Peron, whose love and advocacy for her country’s descamisados (“the shirtless ones”) was surpassed only by her naked ambition. Known for its anthem “Don’t Cry For Me, Argentina”, Evita will stun and delight in this chamber-sized version of the musical that ensures you hear every note and feel every heartbeat. Evita is part of the Classic Series and the Contemporary Series.

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Thurs. 6/23/16-Sun 7/24/2016

Wed 7/06/16

8:00 pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz- Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

MARJORIE PRIME

By Jordan Harrison • Directed by Jason Loewith

 

Have a taste for nostalgia, even if it’s not quite true? From one of the country’s most adventurous young writers (Maple and Vine, Act A Lady, Netflix’s Orange Is the New Black) comes the tender and provocative story of Marjorie, 85 years old, who’s reinventing memories from the past with the help of Walter Prime – a hologram of her dead husband as he looked 50 years ago. The New York Times hailed the world premiere in Los Angeles as a “thought-provoking play about memory, its corruption, and our insistence that technology can help us outwit death.” Marjorie Prime is part of the CONTEMPORARY Series.

Describer:  Paula Ottinger

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Thurs. 3/10/16-

Sun 4/10/16

Wed 3/23/16

7:45 pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz- Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

BAKERSFIELD MIST

By Stephen Sachs • Directed by John Vreeke

 

Poor Maude! Living in a trailer park, fired from her bartending job… even her best friend refused to accept the ugly painting she bought at a thrift store for her birthday. But today might be Maude’s lucky day: turns out that five-dollar painting might just be a lost Jackson Pollock. Her fate lies in the hands of Lionel Percy, former director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, who shows up at Maude’s trailer to determine its authenticity. What follows is a collision of class and culture, where the “average Joe” might finally have a chance to throw it in the face of those snooty “coastal elites”. Sachs based his play on true events, but the comedy is of his own making. Bakersfield Mist is part of the CONTEMPORARY Series.

Describer:  Bob Coley  

Program Notes:  Janet Carsetti

Thurs. 5/12/16-Sun. 6/12/16

Wed 5/25/16

7:45 pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz- Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

THE  PIRATES OF PENZANCE

In Rotating Repertory

By W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan • Directed by Sean Graney

 

Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney’s “outrageously enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you’ll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney’s band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for music theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs of the G&S Rep at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre. The Gilbert & Sullivan Rep is part of the CLASSIC Series.

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Program Notes:  Sue Bussman

Thurs. 7/14/16-Sun. 8/21/16

Wed. 7/27/16

7:45 pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz- Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

THE MIKADO

In Rotating Repertory

By W. S. Gilbert and Arthur Sullivan • Directed by Sean Graney

 

Sail away this summer with scurvy pirates, star-crossed lovers, Pooh-Bah and Nanki-Poo, and of course that most manic of Modern Major Generals in Sean Graney’s “outrageously enjoyable” (Chicago Tribune) staging of two of Gilbert & Sullivan’s best-loved comic operettas. Performed by a cast of ten in promenade style (meaning you choose fixed seats or… you can decide to sit on the stage with the actors, though you’ll have to move when they tell you to!) in rotating repertory, Graney’s band of fearless actors tackle not only some of the silliest roles ever written for music theater, but the instruments, too! The DC-area premiere of The Hypocrites follows critically-acclaimed runs of the G&S Rep at Berkeley Rep and American Repertory Theatre. The Gilbert & Sullivan Rep is part of the CLASSIC Series.

Describer:  Bob Gallagher

Program Notes:  John Weber

Thurs. 7/14/16-Sun. 8/21/16

Wed.

8/17/16

7:45 pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

FATHER COMES HOME FROM THE WARS (Parts 1, 2 & 3)

Regional Premiere

By Suzan-Lori Parks, Directed by Timothy Douglas

 

Set during the Civil War, this explosively powerful new drama by Pulitzer Prize-winner Suzan-Lori Parks (Topdog/Underdog) follows a slave, Hero, from West Texas to the Confederate battlefield. Inspired in part by the stories and scope of Greek tragedy, this trilogy examines the mess of war and the true cost of freedom. Voted Top Theatre Pick of 2014 by numerous publications including The New York Times, TimeOut New York, TIME, The Huffington Post, and Vulture.

Describer:  Regina Smith

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Wed. 1/27/16-Sun. 2/21/16

Sat. 2/6/16

 

2:00 pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF

Pulitzer Prize-Winning American Classic

By Tennessee Williams

Directed by Mitchell Hebert

 

An American treasure brimming with intensity and wit, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof follows the powerful Southern family of the aging Big Daddy and his wife, Big Mama. As their son Brick and his beautiful but sexually frustrated wife Maggie “the Cat” scramble to secure their part of Big Daddy’s estate, troubled relationships come to a stormy climax and a shockwave of secrets are revealed.

Describer:  Sue Bussman

Program Notes:  John Weber

Wed. 3/30/2016-Sun. 4/24/16

Sat. 4/9/16

2:00 pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

THE WHO & THE WHAT

Regional Premiere

By Ayad Akhtar

Directed by Eleanor Holdridge

 

Brilliant Pakistani-American writer Zarina is focused on finishing her novel about women and Islam when she meets Eli, a young convert who bridges the gulf between her modern life and her traditional heritage. But when her conservative father and sister discover her controversial manuscript, they are all forced to confront the beliefs that define them. From Ayad Akhtar, the Pulitzer Prize-winning writer of Disgraced, comes a thrillingly fierce and funny new play about identity, religion and the contradictions that make us who we are.

Describer:  Geoffrey Seeley

Program Notes:  Carolyn Mark

Wed. 5/25/2016-Sun. 6/19/16

Sat. 6/4/16

2:00 pm

Roundhouse Silver Spring:  240 644 1100

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Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre:  202 547 1122

THE CRITIC/THE REAL INSPECTOR HOUND

Experience a madcap night of life in the theatre with two classic behind-the-scenes comedies under the direction of STC Artistic Director Michael Kahn. Playwright and adaptor Jeffrey Hatcher (The Government Inspector) returns with a fresh take on Richard Brinsley Sheridan’s 18th-century romp The Critic, a whirlwind comedy about bad theatre, worse playwrights…and, worst of all, the critics. The antics continue with Tom Stoppard’s The Real Inspector Hound, an ingenious play-within-a-play in which two critics find themselves caught up as unsuspecting suspects while they watch a classic 1950s-style whodunit.

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Tues. 1/5/16 – Sun. 2/14/16

Sat. 1/30/16

2:00 pm

Shakespeare Lansburgh Theatre:  202 547 1122

1984

A new adaptation created by Robert Icke and Duncan Macmillan
1984 was originally produced by Headlong, Nottingham Playhouse, and Almeida Theatre

 

April, 1984. 13:00. Comrade 6079, Winston Smith, thinks a thought, starts a diary, and falls in love. But Big Brother is watching him—and the door to Room 101 can swing open in the blink of an eye. George Orwell’s chilling vision of a dystopian future is brought to life in a radical multimedia production by the U.K.’s acclaimed Headlong theatre company. Called “a brilliant retelling” by the Guardian, Headlong’s production of 1984 explores surveillance, identity, and the security state. See why Orwell’s 1949 novel of a totalitarian world—the definitive book of the 20th century—is as relevant now as ever, and particularly resonant in the political environment of Washington, D.C.

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Tues. 3/8/16 – Sat. 4/16/16

Sat. 4/2/16

2:00 pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

OTHELLO

Internationally acclaimed director Ron Daniels joins STC to helm Othello, Shakespeare’s tale of jealousy, duplicity, and destruction. Among the exotic airs and mysterious shadows of Cyprus, newly married and promoted Moorish general Othello finds himself the pawn in the manipulative games of his right-hand man, Iago. As his imagination is poisoned, Othello rapidly spirals from hero to murderer in one of Shakespeare’s most haunting tragedies.

Describer:  Regina Smith

Program Notes:

Tues. 2/23/16 – Sun. 3/27/16

Sat. 3/19/16

2:00 pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

Director Ed Sylvanus Iskandar brings his unique, interactive style to D.C. with a provocative new approach to The Taming of the Shrew. This all-male, gender-blurred production explores the complex machinations of Kate and Petruchio’s relationship. Known for his epic, immersive performance-style works (The Mysteries), Iskandar examines identity, authenticity, and gender roles within one of Shakespeare’s most notorious texts.

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Tues. 5/17/16 –Sun. 6/26/16

Sat. 6/4/16

2:00 pm

 

The Washington Revels: George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium

CHRISTMAS REVELS

1-800-595-4849

 

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