What We've Heard

11/14/2017 - 1:39pm

Live on The Kennedy Center's Millennium Stage, a week-long tribute to emerging musical theater creators with ASCAP Presents (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers). Performances include: 11/13 - Nikko Benson (recipient of a 2016 Jonathan Larson grant; Nikola Tesla Drops the Beat); 11/14 - Julian Hornik (composer, lyricist, and librettist, wrote the music and lyrics for Giovanni’s Room, an adaptation of the James Baldwin novel); 11/15 - composers Matt Gould and Griffin Matthews (created the documentary musical Witness Uganda (a.k.a. Invisible Thread); 11/16 - Max Vernon, a composer/lyricist, playwright, performer, and brooch enthusiast; his The View UpStairs, ran 105 performances Off-Broadway); 11/17 - Andrew Lippa (his hit song “Evil Like Me” appears in Disney’s Descendants; composer of Big Fish, The Addams Family, The Wild Party).

11/14/2017 - 1:33pm

Ford’s Theatre and TodayTix have partnered to offer 150 free tickets to the first performance of "A Christmas Carol" (and all Ford's shows). The TodayTix in-app lottery is open now until 10am on Thurs, November 16. Winners will be notified by email and push notification between 10am and 2pm on November 16. Tickets not claimed by 7 p.m. will be forfeited to the standby line.

11/13/2017 - 4:17pm

Forum Theatre presents THE STATE, conceived by ALEXANDER MANUILOFF, Nov 29 to Dec 3. The State tells the story of the last conscious night of Plamen Goranov before he burnt himself in protest in front of the Municipal Council of Varna, Bulgaria. The text consists of fictionalized letters that share intimate moments of the character’s last minutes on Earth and also open space for discussion about our basic rules, principles, and values. The State is an innovative theatrical event based on Manuiloff’s text, but engaging the audience in a unique way. Audience members take part in the performance, becoming players and co-authors, and changing the piece each time it is presented.

11/13/2017 - 4:14pm

Another Arena Stage premiere is heading to New York. “The Originalist” about Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia will run July 14-August 19, 2018 at 59E59 Theaters following its productions at Arena Stage, Asolo Repertory Theatre, Pasadena Playhouse and Chicago's Court Theatre this spring. Four-time Helen Hayes Award recipient actor Edward Gero reprises his role as Justice Scalia.

11/07/2017 - 6:08pm

Join Perisphere Theater November 14 (7:30pm) for this play reading, a benefit for the Southern Poverty Law Center - Free admission; donations to the SPLC welcome. A representative of the SPLC will speak with the audience afterward about ways to fight hate. First performed in 1988, the play explores the white supremacist movement in America through the trial of a paramilitary group for the murder of a Jewish talk radio host. Dietz lays bare the subculture of hate that many of us would have liked to think represent only a few individuals on the fringes of society, and it is eerie and disturbing how contemporary this play seems 30 years later.

10/31/2017 - 1:30pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company's ReDiscovery Reading Series continues with the long-lost THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT, the only known play by Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Edith Wharton. Reading is Mon, November 13 at 7:30pm at the Lansburgh Theatre. THE SHADOW OF A DOUBT was recovered in 2016 after scholars discovered a letter referring to its first rehearsals for its intended Broadway run in 1901. Now, 80 years after Wharton’s death, this newly rediscovered manuscript reveals an important chapter in her literary career. FREE, reservations are required https://goo.gl/HLNKYn

10/24/2017 - 1:35pm

In conjunction with its production of The Adventures of Peter Pan, Synetic Theater hosts two after-show events: the 11th annual VAMPIRE’S BALL is Oct 27 following the show. Tickets include the 8pm performance of ‘Peter Pan’, post-show party with dancing, open bar, and costume contest; the PIRATE'S BALL is Oct 29 and is a family friendly version of the Vampire’s Ball. Tickets include the 2pm performance of ‘Peter Pan’, post-show family activities, light appetizers, and a meet-and-greet with some of the cast. All attendees are encouraged to come in costume and bring a trick-or-treat bag.

10/23/2017 - 1:57pm

Something wicked is brewing this Halloween at Rorschach Theatre as they conjure five new stories about witches forgotten and familiar. "Klecksography: Toil and Trouble" is the latest entry in Rorschach’s annual extreme new play development event in which five brand-new plays by local writers are written, rehearsed and produced in just seven days. Performances at 7pm or 9pm on October 28 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on H Street NE.

10/23/2017 - 12:55pm

A Halloween Tradition from Guillotine Theatre is their "Tales of Mystery and the Imagination - Poems and Stories of Edgar Allan Poe." Though we hear the Oct 28 and added Nov 4 show in the Receiving Vault at Ivy Hill Cemetery in Alexandria are sold out - there's also a 7:30pm event on Sunday, October 29 at Grace Church in G'town (1041 Wisconsin Ave, NW). No reservations, tickets at door ($10 requested donation).

10/23/2017 - 12:52pm

Signature Theatre will host the 10th edition of Concert For America: Stand Up, Sing out!, SiriusXM Radio’s Seth Rudetsky and husband James Wesley’s popular benefit concert featuring Seth Rudetsky, Chita Rivera, Kerry Butler, Judy Kuhn, Christine Pedi and more on November 27. The event benefits a wide array of non-profit organizations serving American civil and human rights: National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Immigration Law Center, NAACP, Southern Poverty Law Center and Sierra Club. A limited number of VIP Tickets available at $249 (best center orchestra seats and exclusive post-show reception with the performers) and concert-only tickets range from $30 (limited view) through $129.

10/23/2017 - 12:46pm

Annapolis Shakespeare Company presents "POE... and all the others" by Tony Tsendeas, starring Brian Keith MacDonald, in their new 75-seat cabaret space. 4 performances only - Oct. 23, 25, 30 and Nov. 1 at 7:30pm. The production takes a fascinating look at the man, Edgar Allen Poe, his poetry and the muse that inspired his prolific writing.

10/20/2017 - 1:30pm

Head out to the Clarice Smith Center at UMD to see acclaimed Belarus Free Theatre's BURNING DOORS Oct 26 & 27 at 8pm. Tickets $25, $10 for students. What happens when you’re declared an enemy of the state simply for making art? Where do you belong when your government suppresses your basic right to expression? And how do you survive in one of the most brutal prison systems in the world? Featuring Pussy Riot's Maria Alyokhina in her stage debut, this blazing new contemporary theatre piece from the refugee-led Belarus Free Theater (BFT) draws on the company’s own experience of political oppression and continues their campaign to stand up for artistic freedom and human rights across the globe.

10/18/2017 - 12:40pm

The first performance of InterAct Story Theatre's Wheaton Family Theatre Series Season Three is Saturday 10/21 with a sneak peak at a new InterAct play, The Town That Cried Avalanche, inspired by a story written by the 4th graders at Montpelier Elementary. This FREE public performance is Sat, October 21 at Highland Elementary School, 3100 Medway Street, Wheaton, MD. Doors at 10:40am, show at 11am. No reservations are needed. After the show, Ali Oliver-Krueger, Artistic Director of InterAct and the playwright/director of The Town That Cried Avalanche, will lead a post-performance talkback for those who want to continue the discussion. Bring your kids and be among the first to be part of this unique interactive theatre experience! Ages 5 & up.

10/16/2017 - 1:21pm

Upcoming FREE event October 25 at The Phillips Collection as part of its Creative Voices DC initiative:
DC arts advocate Riley Temple will discuss his latest book "Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson's Ten Plays of Twentieth-century Black America." Temple will be in discussion with theatre director Timothy Douglas, Mosaic Theater's Jennifer Nelson, and actor/director Deidra Starnes with moderator Ann Greer. In his book, Temple demonstrates how Wilson uses language (including poetry and the blues) to bring each play’s characters to a point of redemption and freedom. Free, but reservations recommended.

10/13/2017 - 5:12pm

Due to public interest and demand for tickets, Mosaic Theater Company has extended the run of Jon Robin Baitz' VICUNA & THE AMERICAN EPILOGUE to December 3. Discounted previews are Nov. 1–5, including a Pay-What-You-Can on November 1 at 8pm. The production stars Haaz Sleiman (from the film The Visitor, Nurse Jackie), Laura C. Harris (Love and Information at Forum Theatre), Kim Schraf (Death of a Salesman at Ford's Theatre), Brian George (Seinfeld, The Big Bang Theory), and John de Lancie (Star Trek).

10/11/2017 - 2:52pm

In conjunction of their production of Shaw's WIDOWERS’ HOUSES, Washington Stage Guild looks at real estate speculation in a city where fortunes have been made and lives displaced in a gentrifying boom with the The Shaw in Shaw Project. Post-show discussion with the cast, Fri October 13 & after Sat matinee Oct. 21; Panel discussion on urban renewal with downtown residents past and present, after the Sun 2:30 matinee October 15; a reading of JOHN BULL'S OTHER ISLAND, Shaw's second take on the subject, Wed October 18 at 7pm. All events are free, tickets must be purchased to see WIDOWERS’ HOUSES (thru Oct 22).

10/11/2017 - 1:29pm

Caryl Churchill's "Love and Information" at Forum Theatre (thru Oct. 21) has almost as many themes in in it as there are mini-plays. The stories that make up the production tackle how we communicate, how we express love, how technology unites and divides us, and how sharing information can be both an emotional and political act. Join them to talk about all of these themes on Friday, October 13 at a post-show Talk Tank. Join moderator Michael Feldman and our panel of experts to dig deeper into Love and Information - television journalist Joie Chen, author and Georgetown University Professor Deborah Tannen and Ruy Teixeira, a senior fellow at both The Century Foundation and The Center for American Progress.

10/11/2017 - 12:34pm

Shakespeare Theatre Company's ReDiscovery Reading Series opens with Vanity Fair, adapted from the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray by playwright and actress Kate Hamill (Sense & Sensibility at Folger Theatre). Mon, October 23 at 7:30pm at Lansburgh Theatre (450 7th Street NW). FREE but reservations are required. The ReDiscovery Reading Series introduces audiences to new adaptations of great but lesser-known classic plays under consideration for STC’s mainstage seasons.

10/10/2017 - 5:24pm

Digital Eye at BlindWhino is an exciting, interactive event merging theater, film, a live game show and town hall-style discussion to explore how the Digital Age is affecting our everyday lives. As technology moves towards a more intimate experience with its users, we find our private lives becoming the commodity for a global market of data-miners, phishers, and hackers. How do you fit in at the dawn of a new era? Enjoy food trucks and a cash bar while you interact with Digital Eye Partners include various embassies and area theatres - the Austrian Cultural Forum, British Council, Embassy of the Czech Republic, Cultural Office of the Embassy of Spain, Goethe-Institut Washington, Embassy of Sweden, Baltimore Center Stage, Blind Whino SW Arts Club, Forum Theatre, The Laboratory for Global Performance and Politics at Georgetown University, Shakespeare Theatre Company, and Studio Theatre. October 16-17, 2017 - two presentations each night, 6:15pm & 8:45pm, tickets $20. Digital Eye at BlindWhino info & tickets

10/10/2017 - 12:05pm

Constellation Theatre Company introduces opportunities to join a small group of theatre lovers and make some magic of your own with their new "Unleash Your Inner Artist" workshops. Shake up your everyday routine, learn a new skill, and have fun in the process. Open to ages 16+ and all experience levels. Fall offerings include Monster Mask Making with Helen Hayes Award winner Matthew McGee 10/21 or 10/23 and An Introduction to Clowning with Matthew Pauli 10/19.