Audio Described Performances for Large Theaters in the Washington DC Metro Area

Arranged in Order Alphabetically by theater

 

 

Theater, Show Title, Describer and Program Notes

Start &End Date

1st and 2nd Desc. date

Time

The Grange Theater 9818 Georgetown Pike, Great Falls, VA 22066 – Mclean Community Players –

1-800-838-3006

Tuna Christmas

Sat 10/6

Sun 10/7

Sat 10/13

Sun 10/14

Sun 10/14

2:00pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Anything Goes

The SS American has set sail from NY to London. Aboard, the lovelorn Billy has stowed away on a mission to stop the marriage of his mystery muse, countess Hope Harcourt, to the millionaire Lord Evelyn Oakleigh. Now, it is up to Billy with the help of showgirls, sailors, and public enemy #13, to find, woo and win back his true love. Unlikely alliances arise as mischief and mayhem ensue in this madcap musical by beloved composer and Tony Award winner Cole Porter. It’s the perfect night out at the theater — contagiously fun and pure “musical comedy joy!” (New York Times)

Fri 11/2

Sun 12/23

Sat 12/1

2:00pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

The Heiress

Finding one’s voice is never easy. Socially awkward and plain Catherine Sloper has struggled her entire life under the disapproving and resentful gaze of her father. It is the unexpected visit from a suitor full of sincerity and instantaneous devotion that awakens Catherine’s long abandoned hopes of true love and the opportunity for a fresh start. A devastating betrayal forces the scorned Catherine to learn how to roar, realize her truth and take control of her

Fri 2/8

Sun 3/10

Sat 2/23

2:00pm

Arena Stage Fichandler at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Junk

As the brilliant and calculating Robert Merkin prepares a hostile takeover of a family-owned manufacturing company, he is not concerned about crossing the line to get what he wants in the name of “saving America.” Inspired by the volatile and cut-throat financial world and the junk bond giants of the 1980s, “this epic piece of work” (Chicago Tribune) is an enticing look at the money makers, their hubris and those who tried to hold them accountable. Pulitzer Prize winner Ayad Akhtar’s (Disgraced) latest work asks if redemption is truly possible or if there is always a new scheme waiting in the wings.

Fri 4/5

Sun 5/5

Sat 5/4

2:00pm

Arena Stage

The Arlene and Robert Kogod Cradle at the Mead Center

202-488-3300

JQA

 

Complicated, passionate and difficult, John Quincy Adams was a brilliant diplomat, ineffectual one-term President and congressman known for his eloquence, arrogance and integrity. This unique, highly-theatrical play by award-winning playwright Aaron Posner (Stupid F**king Bird) imagines key confrontations between JQA and some of America’s most dynamic figures: George Washington, Andrew Jackson, Frederick Douglass, Abraham Lincoln, his own father, John Adams and more. At once provocative, haunting and hilarious, this Power Play challenges the way we think of our country, our government and ourselves.

Describer: Larry Heflin

Program Notes: Dennis McCoy

Fri 3/1

Sun 4/14

Sat 4/13

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Dave

 

From a Tony and Pulitzer Prize Award-winning creative team and adapted from the Oscar-nominated film, Dave tells the story of high school teacher (and presidential lookalike) Dave Kovic, who is hired by the Secret Service as a stand-in for the Commander-in-Chief. When the President falls ill under less than “presidential” circumstances, Dave is thrust into the Oval Office to avoid a national scandal and must find a way to gain the trust and love of the American people … and the First Lady.

Describer: Sylvia Rosenthal

Program Notes: John Weber

Fri 7/13

Sun 8/19

Sat 8/11

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

Turn Me Loose

 

This intimate and no-holds-barred drama chronicles Dick Gregory’s rise as the first Black comedian to expose audiences to racial comedy. His comedy spared no one including politicians, celebrities and the white supremacists who were part of his regular audience. In confronting bigotry head-on with biting humor and charm, Gregory turned his activism into an art form, risking his own safety at each performance. “Scorchingly funny and brilliant” (New York Times), Turn Me Loose is an exuberant and raw tribute to Gregory’s life as a civil rights activist, comic genius and unapologetic provocateur.

Thur 9/6

Sun 10/14

Sat 9/22

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

 

Indecent

 

In 1923, the Broadway debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance set the stage for an explosive moment in its theatrical history. The evocative work of Jewish culture was praised and criticized for taboo themes of censorship, immigration and anti-Semitism. Inspired by these true events and the controversy, Pulitzer Prize winner Paula Vogel tells the behind-the-scenes story of the courageous artists who risked their careers and lives to perform a work deemed “indecent.” “Brimming with good faith” (New York Times), this Tony Award-winning intimate and enchanting play filled with music and dance is a testament to the transformative power of art that is timelier than ever before.

Fri 11/23

Sun 12/30

Sat 12/15

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

 

Kleptocracy

 

It is one of the most pivotal moments in history — the Soviet Union has collapsed. In the ensuing rampage of hyper-capitalism, the Oligarchs, a new class of robber barons, plunge Russia into a terrifying dark age of chaos and corruption. When the richest and most ruthless Oligarch attempts to reform and open Russian markets to the world, he’s confronted by a young Vladimir Putin who is charting his own path to power. This world-premiere drama by Kenneth Lin (House of Cards) turns the spotlight on U.S. — Russia relations when crude oil is the language of diplomacy and events that dominate today’s headlines are first set in motion.

Fri 1/18

Sun 2/24

Sat 2/9

2:00pm

Arena Stage Kreeger at the Mead Center - 202-488-3300

 

Jubilee

 

The world-renowned Fisk Jubilee Singers shattered racial barriers in the U.S. and abroad, entertaining kings and queens. For centuries, the bold acapella African American ensemble born on the campus of Fisk University has blended their rich voices together sharing a heritage of suffering, strength and endurance. “A known showman” with a “gift for stirring theatricality” (Washington Post), playwright and director Tazewell Thompson brings an innovative and heart-stirring score to life in this world premiere. With uplifting spirituals and hymns including “Wade in the Water,” “Ain’t That Good News,” “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” and “Nobody Knows the Trouble I’ve Seen,” this acapella musical with more than three dozen songs is sure to ignite audiences.

Fri 4/26

Sun 6/2

Sat 5/18

2:00pm

Fords Theatre 202-347-4833

Born Yesterday

 

In this sharp-edged satire, opportunistic tycoon Harry Brock arrives in Washington with his naive girlfriend Billie Dawn to game the political system. With the help of an idealistic reporter, Billie wisens up and fights back to end the corruption. Aaron Posner (Edward Albee's "Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?") directs Edward Gero ("Hello, Dolly!;" "A Christmas Carol") and Kimberly Gilbert ("Jefferson’s Garden," "The Laramie Project") in this 1940s screwball comedy that shows truth and justice can still win the day.

Fri 9/21

Sun 10/21

Tue 10/2

Sat 10/13

7:30pm

2:00pm

Fords Theatre 202-347-4833

 

A Christmas Carol

 

Join the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future as they lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption. Originally conceived by Michael Baron, this music-infused production captures the magic and joy of Dickens’s Yuletide classic. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace returns to play Ebenezer Scrooge in a production heralded as a “rich visual and vocal treat” ("TheaterMania") and “infectiously jolly” ("Washington Post").

Thur 11/15

Sun 12/30

Tues 11/27

Sat 12/29

7:30pm

2:00pm

Fords Theatre 202-347-4833

 

Twelve Angry Men

 

Behind closed doors, tensions run high as a lone juror argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. In this provocatively resonant American drama, 12 jurors from all strata of society revisit the evidence, debate the issue of reasonable doubt and confront each other's personal biases. Broadway director Sheldon Epps ignites a conversation about how prejudice can shape the quest for justice.

Fri 1/18

Sun 2/17

Tues 1/29

Sat 2/9

7:30pm

2:00pm

Fords Theatre 202-347-4833

 

Into the Woods

 

In Stephen Sondheim’s imaginative, darkly comical remix of the beloved Grimm fairy tales, a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own. The couple’s quest takes them into the woods, where they encounter Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's lush Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right." Peter Flynn (Ford's "Ragtime," "The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee," "1776") returns to direct this fanciful tale about the lengths to which we’ll go to get what we wish.

Fri 3/18

Wed 5/22

Tues 3/26

Sat 5/4

7:30pm

2:00pm

Hexagon - Woodrow Wilson High School Theater, 3950 Chesapeake Street NW, Washington, DC 20016 (Between Nebraska Avenue and 40th Street) 202-333-7469

www.hexagon.org

Nothing at this time

 

 

 

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Beetlejuice

 

Alex Timbers (Peter and the Starcatcher) directs the pre-Broadway world premiere of this new musical comedy, based on Tim Burton’s iconic film. Lock up your kids, folks, he’s back! Beetlejuice is ruder, raunchier and frankly, more repellant than ever. BEETLEJUICE tells the story of Lydia Deetz, a strange and unusual teenager obsessed with the whole “being dead thing.” Lucky for Lydia, her new house is haunted by a recently deceased couple and a degenerate demon who happens to have a thing for stripes. When Lydia calls on this ghost-with-the-most to scare away her insufferable parents, Beetlejuice comes up with the perfect plan, which involves exorcism, arranged marriages and an adorable girl scout who gets scared out of her wits.

Sun 10/14

Sun 11/18

Sun 11/18

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Beautiful – The Carole King Musical

 

This Tony® Award-winning hit is “some kind of wonderful” (NPR) as it celebrates the life of an artist whose music became the soundtrack to a generation. BEAUTIFUL – The Carole King Musical tells the inspiring true story of King’s remarkable rise to stardom, from being part of a hit songwriting team with her husband Gerry Goffin, to her relationship with fellow writers and best friends Cynthia Weil and Barry Mann, to becoming one of the most successful solo acts in popular music history. Along the way, she made more than beautiful music, she wrote the soundtrack to a generation. Featuring a stunning array of beloved songs written by Gerry Goffin/Carole King and Barry Mann/Cynthia Weil, including “I Feel The Earth Move,” “One Fine Day,” “(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend” and the title song, BEAUTIFUL has a book by Tony® Award-nominee and Academy® Award-nominated writer Douglas McGrath, direction by Marc Bruni, choreography by Josh Prince, and took home two 2014 Tony® Awards and a 2015 Grammy® Award.

Tues 11/27

Sun 12/30

Sun 12/30

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

School of Rock – The Musical

Andrew Lloyd Webber, one of the titans of musical theatre, returns with the uproarious, fist-pumping hit that “has Broadway rocking!” (Reuters). SCHOOL OF ROCK is a New York Times Critics’ Pick and “An inspiring jolt of energy, joy and mad skillz!” (Entertainment Weekly). Based on the hit film, this hilarious new musical follows Dewey Finn, a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher who turns a class of straight-A students into a guitar-shredding, bass-slapping, mind-blowing rock band. This high-octane smash features 14 new songs from Andrew Lloyd Webber, all the original songs from the movie and musical theater’s first-ever kids rock band playing their instruments live on stage. Chicago Tribune raves, “SCHOOL OF ROCK offers us a chance to be kids again, only with more talent than we ever had.”

Wed 1/16

Sun 1/27

Sun 1/27

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Finding Neverland 

NPR hailed this breathtaking tale, magically directed by Tony® Award-winner Diane Paulus, as “far and away the best musical of the year.” Directed by visionary Tony®-winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes a monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event.

Tues 2/26

Sun 3/3

Sun 3/3

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

A Bronx Tale

A high-powered creative team – including co-directors Robert De Niro and Jerry Zaks, writer Chazz Palminteri, and composer Alan Menken – bring this streetwise smash to the stage. Broadway’s hit crowd-pleaser takes you to the stoops of the Bronx in the 1960s, where a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be. Bursting with high, energy dance numbers and original doo-wop tunes from Alan Menken, the songwriter of Beauty and the Beast, A BRONX TALE is an unforgettable story of loyalty and family that The New York Times hails as “A Critics’ Pick! The kind of tale that makes you laugh and cry.”

Tues 3/26

Sun 3/31

Sun 3/31

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Stomp

 

The international percussion hit returns for a special limited engagement. STOMP is explosive, provocative, sophisticated, utterly unique and appeals to audiences of all ages. The eight-member troupe uses everything but conventional percussion instruments – matchboxes, wooden poles, brooms, garbage cans, Zippo lighters, hubcaps – to fill the stage with magnificent rhythms. The return of the percussive hit also brings some new surprises, with some sections of the show now updated and restructured, utilizing props like tractor tire inner tubes and paint cans. As USA Today says, “STOMP finds beautiful noises in the strangest places.”

Tues 4/23

Sun 4/28

Sun 4/28

2:00pm

National Theater:  1-800-514-3849

Jim Steinman’s Bat Out of Hell The Musical

 

Named Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards, this rock ‘n’ roll spectacle “will make your jaw drop, your heart soar and have you singing along” (WhatsOn Stage). The romance of rock ‘n’ roll comes alive on stage in Jim Steinman’s “jaw-dropping spectacle” (London Evening Standard). The streets are heating up as Start, the forever young leader of rebellious gang The Lost, falls in love with Raven, the beautiful daughter of the tyrannical ruler of post-apocalyptic Obsidian in a love story that has “changed the way musicals are staged forever” (North West End). Forget everything you know about musicals and get lost in this critically-acclaimed, smash-hit theatrical spectacle. Winner of Best Musical at the London Evening Standard Theater Awards.

Tues 5/7

Sun 5/26

Sun 5/26

2:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Historic Stage 301 924 3400

Nothing at this time

 

 

 

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

South Pacific

 

With songs like "Some Enchanted Evening," "I'm Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair," and "Bali Ha’i" South Pacific is one of the most beloved of American musicals - and Olney Theatre Center has never tackled it! Set on a remote Pacific island during World War II, South Pacific gave us the unforgettable love story between nurse Nellie Forbush and French expatriate Emile de Becque, a love threatened by war, as well as the dark corners of Nellie’s soul. Rodgers and Hammerstein’s 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winner was ahead of its time with its unflinching look at racism and prejudice that, sadly, still resonates today. Featuring Jessica Ball (Guys and Dolls) as Nellie Forbush.

Describer: Patty Wong

Program Notes:  Bob Gallagher

 

Fri 8/31

Sun 10/7

Wed 9/5

Wed. 10/3

8:00pm

2:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

Elf The Musical


Based on the hit Will Ferrell movie, Elf has quickly entered the pantheon of holiday classics, and for good reason. This warm-hearted family musical tells the story of Buddy, a human accidentally transported to the North Pole as a baby who grows up believing himself to be an elf, despite his large size and sub-par toy-making. Upon learning the truth from Santa, Buddy journeys to New York to find his father and help the jaded city folk rediscover the wonder and joy of the Christmas season. The humor of the original film is boosted by a carol-inflected score and lots of dancing to guarantee plenty of smiles and laughter for the whole family. The first of three Resident Professional Premieres at Olney this season.

Fri 11/9/18

Sun 1/6/19

Wed 11/28

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

 

Once

 

This unlikely gem of a musical delighted Broadway in 2012 with its emotional folk-rock ballads and an ensemble that plays its own instruments, winning 8 Tony Awards including Best Musical.  Set in contemporary Dublin, a thirty-something street guitarist is about to give up on his musical dreams when he meets a curious woman who wants to know all about him. Captivated by her optimism, the two embark on a remarkable music-making journey that includes a cadre of unlikely companions -- immigrants, oddballs, and lonely hearts. Along the way, can the two of them find love? Based on the 2006 film which won an Oscar® for Best Original Song, Once channels the visceral power of music and the elusive mysteries of love.

Wed 2/6

Sun 3/10

Wed 2/20

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

 

A Comedy of Tenors

 

The Tony Award®-winning playwright of Lend Me a Tenor is back with another farce set on the precipice of a big concert in 1936 Paris. When star tenor Tito Merelli refuses to perform (he mistakenly believes himself cuckolded), the American impresario Saunders and his sidekick Max stumble upon Beppo the Bellman, who happens to look exactly like Tito and has a voice to match. Throw in a couple of young lovers caught in flagrante delicto, Tito’s fiery wife, a randy Russian diva, some slamming doors, and the result is an uproarious adult evening of laughter and love.

Wed 4/10

Sun 5/12

Wed 4/24

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center – Mainstage 301 924 3400

 

Roald Dahl’s Matilda The Musical

 

From the author of Charlie and the Chocolate Factory comes another unlikely hero: Matilda Wormwood. Born to parents who prize their own ignorance and disdain books, learning, and any information they can’t get from television, Matilda somehow manages to emerge...a genius. Maybe even a magical one. However, she and the rest of the school are under the tyrannical rule of a deliciously devious villain, principal Agatha Trunchbull. Matilda embraces the fearful and terrifying moments of childhood with humor, hard-earned optimism, and astoundingly witty musical numbers. Songs like “Miracle,” “Naughty,” and “Revolting Children” will ring true to adults and belong in the survival kit of any child making their way through pre-adolescence and beyond.

Fri 6/21

Sun 7/21

Wed 7/10

8:00pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

 

Labour of Love

 

Direct from London’s West End comes this wildly witty comedy about the ups and downs of left-of-center politics over the past twenty-five years. MP David Lyons parachuted into Parliament with Tony Blair’s generation of center-left politicos focused on electability and effectiveness. His local office director, Jean Whittaker, firmly believes in the pro-union, far-left policies that have historically served his constituency deep in the heart of British coal country… a district that in 2018 just might turn conservative for the first time in a century.  Unfolding over decades, across multiple election nights, through economic booms and busts, this wickedly funny clash of values and class reflects a shifting political landscape that will resonate for anyone asking, “whither the Democrats?” James Graham is one of the UK’s hottest playwrights who recently had three separate works (including Labour of Love) running concurrently on the West End.

Wed 9/26

Sun 10/28

Wed 10/3

Wed 10/10

7:45pm

7:45pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

 

Oil

 

Scorchingly ambitious,” (The Guardian) this genre-busting American premiere follows mothers and daughters over two centuries, from the dawn of the age of oil in 1889 to its “peak-oil” demise sometime in the not-to-distant future. In five separate but connected playlets, a single mother named May defies the odds to provide for her daughter by any means necessary. From Cornwall, to Tehran, London, Baghdad, and back, the mother-daughter power struggle evolves and shifts, even as the resources that fuel it (and the rest of the world) begin to dwindle. Bursting with theatricality, big ideas, and deeply personal emotions, Oil showcases the talent of one of Britain’s fastest rising playwrights.

Sun 2/17

Sun 3/31

Wed 3/13

7:45pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

 

Mary Stuart

Based on the play by Friedrich Schiller. The two most powerful women of the 16th Century – Queen Elizabeth I and Mary, Queen of Scots – are on an explosive collision course in this thrilling drama of sex, power, intrigue, and betrayal.  Pressured by the men of her court, who desperately want her to marry and ensure the succession, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth I must decide whether to put her cousin, the Catholic Mary Queen of Scots, to the death. As she tries to keep her fragile hold on both the realm and her conscience, a country fights to define itself. Artistic Director Jason Loewith adapts Schiller’s classic clash of titans for the #MeToo world with six extraordinary performers and the barest of sets in our most intimate performance space.

Wed 5/8

Sun 6/9

Wed 5/22

7:45pm

Olney Theatre Center:  Mulitz-Gudelsky Theatre Lab

301 924 3400

Tiger Style!

In this outrageous satire about stereotypes, political correctness flies out the window as two Chinese-American siblings search for their authentic selves. Albert Chen is a computer programmer so modest he lets others take credit for his work.  His sister Jennifer, a doctor, is so professionally driven she can’t sustain a relationship (even if she could find someone worthy of her work ethic).  Despite their Ivy League educations, musical virtuosity and impeccable manners, the siblings mount a delayed adolescent rebellion against their disappointed Tiger Mother (and equally demanding Tiger Father): they embark on an “Asian Freedom Tour” that takes them to the People’s Republic of China, where the tour goes - no spoilers - terribly wrong.

Wed 7/17/19

Sun 8/18/19

Wed 7/31

7:45pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

Small Mouth Sounds

 

Artistic Director Ryan Rilette opens Round House’s 41st season with a remarkable theatrical experience. A weeklong silent retreat in the woods proves to be anything but tranquil for six restless souls in search of enlightenment. Guided by the disembodied voice of an increasingly unhinged guru, the group struggles to find relevance in their own intentions. As the week progresses, they discover inner peace isn’t all that peaceful, especially when you’re spending most of your time trying to relate to the people around you … or avoiding the threat of bears. Played with equal parts humor and tenderness, Small Mouth Sounds examines all the aching, awkward, and awesome ways humans break barriers in order to connect with each other.

Wed 8/29

Sun 9/23

Sat 9/8

2:00pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

 

How I Learned to Drive
Paula Vogel’s chronicle of one woman’s journey to break the cycle—and silence—of sexual abuse is a heartbreaking, sardonic, and uncomfortably funny exploration of the complicated relationships between victims, offenders, and enablers. Li’l Bit’s “education” at the hands of her Uncle Peck began when she was just 11 years old. As an adult survivor, she takes the stage to unravel the tangled roadmap of emotions and memories that paved the way for her to reclaim her narrative. Amber Paige McGinnis makes her Round House directorial debut with one of the most resonantly powerful plays in the modern American canon, with a message that is still all too relevant in this pivotal #MeToo moment in our history.

Wed 10/10

Sun 11/4

Sat 10/20

2:00pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

 

Gem of the Ocean

As turmoil swirls in Pittsburgh’s Hill District over a tragedy at the local mill, the “American Century” dawns in Aunt Ester’s kitchen when Citizen Barlow arrives to have his soul cleansed by the venerable, 285-year-old soothsayer. Neighborhood personalities mesh and collide as the household prepares for his mystical quest. But with the scars left by the Civil War still fresh, one man’s redemption could mean the end of the uneasy calm holding this African-American community together. This first chapter of August Wilson’s monumental play cycle, directed by Timothy Douglas (Two Trains Running at Round House Theatre), challenges us to examine our notions of “freedom” in a country where the end of slavery opened the door to more insidious systems of oppression.

Wed 11/28

Sun 12/23

Sat 12/8

2:00pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

 

Oslo
In 1993, unbeknownst to the rest of the world, an audacious husband-and-wife team of Norwegian bureaucrats assembled a motley band of would-be diplomats from the Middle East to attempt the unimaginable: negotiate peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Operating only through back-channels—in secrecy, and without any official bargaining power—the group struggles to find middle ground as political tensions reach a fever pitch. But at the heart of diplomacy lies empathy, and these peacemakers must rely on the strength of the surprising personal bonds they have forged if they want to succeed. Artistic Director Ryan Rilette helms this thrilling nail biter, based on the true events surrounding the Oslo Peace Accords, that swept the 2016-2017 awards season.

Wed 4/24

Sun 5/19

Sat 5/4

2:00pm

Round House Bethesda: 240 644 1100

 

A Doll’s House, Part 2
(Lansburgh Theatre)

When last we saw Nora Helmer, she left her husband Torvald—and audiences—with the slam of a door that became a feminist battle cry. Now, 15 years later, Nora knocks on that same door in search of closure… except the reactions of those she left behind are not quite what she anticipated. That’s the funny thing about the end of relationships, though: hindsight isn’t necessarily 20/20 if you don’t stick around for the aftermath. Associate Artistic Director Nicole A. Watson shares her artistic vision with Round House audiences for the first time, directing this clever and sharp sequel to Ibsen’s 1879 masterpiece that opens up old wounds with fresh insight, unexpected humor, and modern sensibility.

Wed 6/5

Sun 6/30

Sat 6/15

2:00pm

Roundhouse Silver Spring:  240 644 1100

Nothing at this time

 

 

 

Shakespeare: Lansburgh Theater:  202-547-1122

The Comedy of Errors

Two sets of twins, each with the same name—what could go wrong? Everything, apparently. Leave logic behind and delight in the confusion of Shakespeare’s beloved comedy, where servants misplace their masters, wives overlook their husbands, and sons forget their fathers. The blunders double, triple and cube until chaos reigns—and everyone is pretty sure that everyone else is completely insane. With a cast of beloved STC performers, Associate Artistic Director Alan Paul (Kiss Me, Kate; Romeo & Juliet) brings the madcap world of The Comedy of Errors to life in all its antic, anarchic glory.

Tues 9/25

Sun 10/28

Sat 10/20

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Lansburgh Theater :  202-547-1122

The Panties, The Partner and The Profit:

Scenes From the Heroic Life of the Middle Class

The world turned upside-down. Thanks to one faulty waistband on a pair of Louise Mask’s underwear, the lives of three generations are changed forever. And what’s with that enormous sea serpent that keeps appearing just offshore? Leaping from Boston in 1950 to Wall Street in 1986 to lavish Malibu today, David Ives (The Liar, The Heir Apparent, The Metromaniacs) gives his “translaptation” treatment to Carl Sternheim’s epic trilogy, Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Class—transforming three full-length plays into a single brisk evening filled with panties falling, lovers juggling, dueling pistols shooting and other signs of near-apocalypse.

David Ives has said publicly that “German comedy” is largely an oxymoron—except for Sternheim (1878-1942), one of the most successful and incisive social satirists of his very fraught day. Returning for one final collaboration with Artistic Director Michael Kahn (The School for Lies), Ives sharpens his celebrated wit to razor-like social commentary—at once ludicrous, larger-than-life and close to the bone, making us wonder along the way, as all social satirists do, just where all this madness is going both onstage and off.

Tues 12/4

Sun 1/6

 

Sat 12/29

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Lansburgh Theater :  202-547-1122

Vanity Fair

Becky Sharp never blushes. As the wily Becky and her gentle friend Amelia scale social ladders and hurdle the whims of fate, only one question matters: how do you get what you want in life? A bright dance hall pageant poking fun at all our pretenses, this new adaptation by Kate Hamill (Sense and Sensibility, The Wall Street Journal’s Playwright of the Year 2017) harnesses the frivolity of Thackeray’s novel while recasting its (anti) heroines as complex, vibrant women, delivering “a gift to actors and a goody bag for its audience” (New York Times).

Tues 2/26

Sun 3/31

Sat 3/23

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

Free For All – Romeo and Juliet

The most famous love story in the world and one of Shakespeare’s early poetic masterworks, Romeo & Juliet follows two star-crossed lovers from love at first sight to eternal life hereafter. Caught tragically between two feuding families, alike in dignity and in enmity, Shakespeare’s immortal young lovers try to fashion a new world amid the violence of the old, but cataclysmic choices and tragic twists propel them toward a final confrontation with fate.

 

For tickets call the box office and you will get your tickets per an arrangement with the Washington Ear and Shakespeare Theater.

Describers and Program Notes: Bob Coley and Janet Carsetti

 

Sat 8/25

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

An Inspector Calls

Winner of 19 major accolades, including multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, Stephen Daldry’s production of J.B. Priestley’s An Inspector Calls continues to astound audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience. Staged by Daldry (Billy Elliot, The Crown) in 1992 at the National Theatre, this “visually astonishing” (Daily Express) reinterpretation of Priestley’s expressionistic thriller has been hailed as one of “the defining productions” of modern British theatre, “a work of great directorial daring, breathtaking visual invention and passionate moral urgency” (Daily Telegraph).

A festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family, is suddenly punctured by a mysterious visitor: a grim inspector investigating the death of a young woman. As questions multiply and guilt mounts, the Birlings’ entanglement in the affair shatters the foundations of their comfortable lives. Existing simultaneously in 1912, post-war society and modern day, Daldry’s spectacular production is both a plea for a more just society and a warning of what’s to come if we fail to attain it.

Tues 11/20

Sun 12/23

Sat 12/15

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

Richard The Third

What does it look like when a man with no scruples stops at nothing to gain power? If you’re unsure, Richard of Gloucester will gladly demonstrate. What he lacks in looks he makes up for in bottomless ambition, ruthless cunning and rapacious zeal: the crown, at all costs. As he climbs ever higher, Richard bends the world to his will until even his mother can’t bear to own him. Shakespeare’s mesmerizing chronicle of the megalomaniac’s rampage to the throne—one of his greatest variations on history—remains an irresistible study of villainy. David Muse returns after his hit production of King Charles III, rendered “more incisively than…in its Broadway incarnation” (The Washington Post).

Tues 2/5

Sun 3/10

Sat 3/2

2:00pm

Shakespeare:  Sidney Harman Hall :  202-547-1122

The Oresteia

Through ten years of war, grief and rage, Queen Clytemnestra lies in wait for her husband Agamemnon’s return, determined to avenge one child, only to doom the others. The sole surviving trilogy in Greek tragedy, The Oresteia chronicles a deluge of violence that can only be stopped when society peers into its own soul and sees the depths of its complicity. Playwright Ellen McLaughlin (The Persians) has written a new version of the classic, commissioned by STC. Her play, three years in the making, weaves together the works of Aeschylus with stunning poetry and emotional heft. An epic, world-premiere interpretation of this pillar of western culture, The Oresteia makes a fitting end to Michael Kahn’s tenure as Artistic Director of the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

Tues 4/30

Sun 6/2

Sat 5/25

2:00pm

Studio Theatre: 202-332-3300

If I Forget

 

“Passionate and provoking… the Fischers come vibrantly alive in [Levenson’s] funny, bruising, searching voice…If I Forget speaks to both the head and the heart.” —The New York Times

It’s July 2000—the Oslo Accords are falling apart and in Tenleytown, a modern Jewish family is fracturing over what to do with their 14th Street real estate. Their mother has died, their father will need full-time care, and as their adult children debate what do to next, no topic is off limits: American Jews and their relationship to Israel, who’s already given enough to this family, a sibling’s parenting choices. A political and deeply personal play about history, responsibility, and what we’re willing to sacrifice for a new beginning, told with vicious humor and unflinching honesty by Bethesda native Steven Levenson (Dear Evan Hansen, Masters of Sex).

Studio’s 40th season starts with a play about our neighborhood—turning on the value of a 14th Street property two blocks from Studio Theatre. Set just before 9/11, Steven Levenson’s Bush-era play is a provocative examination of modern Jewish life—what the Fischer family might need to forget to move forward, and what they’ll lose if they do.

Wed 9/12

Sun 10/14

Sun 10/14

2:00pm

Cry It Out

 

“A funny story that weaves together very different but highly meaningful stories from three new mothers.” —USA Today

Jessie is a corporate lawyer in a Manhattan firm. Lina is a nurse and born-and-bred Long Islander. They don’t seem to have anything in common, but marooned at home with infants, they strike up a fast friendship. In the yard between their houses—as far as their baby monitors will reach—they bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare, and “having it all.” A candid comedy about who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in the United States.

Wed 11/14

Sun 12/16

Sun 12/16

2:00pm

Admissions

 

“Astonishing and daring. An extraordinarily useful and excruciating satire—of the left, by the left, for the left—for today.” —The New York Times

Bill and Sherri are the progressive-and-proud headmaster and dean of admission at Hillcrest, a mid-tier New Hampshire boarding school. Over the last fifteen years, they’ve worked tirelessly to diversify the school’s mostly white population. But when their high-achieving son’s Ivy League dreams are deferred, his reaction blasts open a deep rift between the family’s public values and private hypocrisies. A no-holds-barred satire on privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness.

This is the follow-up to Joshua Harmon’s Bad Jews, which shattered Studio box office records at Studio in 2014, and was remounted in the 2015-2016 season. In his latest scathing comedy, Admissions, Harmon takes aim at affirmative action and the two-facedness of well-meaning white liberals at a New England prep school.

Wed 1/16

Sun 2/17

Sun 2/17

2:00pm

Queen of Basel

World Premiere


SUPPORTED BY STUDIO R&D, STUDIO THEATRE’S NEW WORKS INITIATIVE

“Bettis a writer to keep an eye on.” —NYTheater.com (about American Girls)

It's Art Basel, Miami's weeklong party for the rich and famous, where socialite darling Julie reigns over the blowout her real-estate mogul father is throwing at his South Beach hotel. But when her fiancé dumps her in front of the crowd, Julie hides from her humiliation—and her father—in the hotel’s barely used storage kitchen. Her companions are Christine, a cocktail waitress who recently fled war-torn Venezuela, and Christine’s fiancé John, an Uber driver from the Miami slums. This explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status is a bold and contemporary take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie by vibrant rising voice Hilary Bettis (The Americans).

Studio will premiere Queen of Basel, Hilary Bettis’s unapologetically contemporary adaption of Miss Julie. Bettis takes August Strindberg’s iconic play about class and sex and adds race, language, skin color, and immigration status to its volatile mix.

Wed 3/6

Sun 4/7

Sun 4/7

2:00pm

A FIFTH MAIN SERIES PRODUCTION WILL BE ANNOUNCED AT A LATER DATE.

 

Sun 6/2

2:00pm