What We've Heard

06/11/2017 - 2:00pm

Spooky Action Theater presents their Spring 2017 Table Reading Series where women directors take charge, bringing New Works to the table. Six new scripts have first readings in a week-long mini festival June 17-23 by Randy Baker, Jennie Berman Eng, Gwydion Suilebhan, T Cat Ford, Brian Doyle & Thomas Ambrosini, directed by Kate Bryer, Stevie Zimmerman, Lynn Sharp Spears, Hallie Cooper, Samantha Wyer & Shirley Serotsky. All readings are FREE and begin at 7:30pm.

06/08/2017 - 12:14pm

Flying V presents FLYING V FIGHTS: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE UNKNOWN WORLD. Pay-What-You-Can previews are 6/8 & 6/9 @ 8pm, 6/10 @ 2pm.

What if all your favorite stories were true? Taking inspiration from sources as diverse as Sherlock Holmes, HP Lovecraft, Indiana Jones and Twilight, Flying V Fights: The Secret History of the Unknown World creates a universe where all of these incredible archetypes and events exist together.

06/07/2017 - 3:25pm

Performances of August Wilson's autobiographical tour de force "How I Learned What I Learned" begin this week at Round House Theatre. Highlights include Pay-What-You-Can performances Wed, June 7 (7:30pm, plus a post-show discussion about design) and Sat, June 10 (2pm), and FreeBeerFriday on June 9 (8pm). Plus Sun, June 11 following the 2pm matinee, "In Conversation: Todd Kreidler and Riley Keene Temple" - a special post-performance conversation with noted author and historian Riley Keene Temple and director Todd Kreidler. Mr. Temple is the author of "Aunt Ester’s Children Redeemed: Journeys to Freedom in August Wilson’s Ten Plays of Twentieth-Century Black America." The post-show conversation is FREE to the public, and will take place after the paid performance (starts approximately 3:30pm).
More info at the Round House site.

06/05/2017 - 11:16am

On Tues, June 6 at 7pm, Mosaic Theater Company of DC presents Seeing Double: A Middle Eastern Comedy of Error at Hill Center (921 Pennsylvania Avenue, SE). Originally written in 1989 for the San Francisco Mime Troupe by Jody Hirsh, Joan Holden, Sinai Peter, Henri Picciotto, and Emily Shihadeh, the play was recently updated by the original authors as well as co-author of The Return, Hanna Eady. This event is free but ticketed. To RSVP, visit the Hill Center website. Part of Mosaic's 2017 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.

05/31/2017 - 5:35pm

At MetroStage on June 5, Helen Hayes Award winner Michael Sharp performs his cabaret Back in Business, with pianist Howard Brietbart.

05/31/2017 - 3:39pm

Performances begin June 1 for 1st Stage's Ma Rainey's Black Bottom by August Wilson and you can meet the artists. On June 4, MEET THE DIRECTOR: A conversation with Deidra LaWan Starnes (following the 2pm show) and June 10, MEET THE CAST: A discussion with the talented Ma Rainey’s performers (following the 2pm show). Further info

05/31/2017 - 11:28am

Signature Theater announced the line-up for their annual Sizzlin’ Summer Nights cabaret series. With a different concert each night, there’s always something to keep you entertained. This season’s acts include Robbie Schaefer (Eddie from Ohio), Bob McDonald, Delores King Williams, and Helen Hayes Award recipients Kevin McAllister (Toby's Dinner Theatre's Ragtime), Erin Driscoll (Signature's Urinetown), Will Gartshore (Signature's Urinetown & Assassins), Roz White (Studio Theatre's Bessie's Blues), Nova Payton (Signature's Hairspray) and Liam Forde (Studio's Hand to God).

05/25/2017 - 12:10pm

June 2 & 3 at 8pm, GALA Hispanic Theater presents Silenced Within Me/Callada Conmigo, a dramatic piece created to raise awareness about domestic and sexual violence in the Latino community. Based on interviews of survivors of such violence, community residents will also use music and movement to reveal the stories of the survivors and how the abuse affected their lives and their families. The presentation will also feature singer Maria Isolina. In Spanish with some English

05/25/2017 - 12:06pm

The 23rd annual Imagination Bethesda, a FREE children’s street festival celebrating children and the arts, with musical performances and professional children’s entertainers on stage and hands-on art & craft activities lining the streets along Elm St. & Woodmont Avenue in downtown Bethesda.
Organized and managed by the Bethesda Urban Partnership, the festival will host 20 local businesses and arts organizations that will provide a variety of hands-on art and craft activities to entertain and energize the 12-and-under crowd - including Adventure Theatre MTC, Round House Theatre and Imagination Stage. Additionally, the festival will feature face painters, balloonists, a stilt-walker, free giveaways and more.

05/23/2017 - 2:31pm

In celebration of John F. Kennedy's 100th birthday, the Kennedy Center opens its doors wider than ever with a free, cross-cultural festival showcasing street arts culture, Hip Hop, and skateboard culture, as well as classical and contemporary arts on Sat, May 27, noon-10pm. Enjoy dozens of FREE performances and participatory activities for the entire family; explore and experience the performing arts through the halls, theaters, and plazas of the Kennedy Center through more than 30 free performances, activities, and events for all ages and tastes. The arts program will feature artists from across the U.S., the D.C. region, and abroad. http://bit.ly/2nC9It0.

05/23/2017 - 1:06pm

WSC Avant Bard holds Pay-What-You-Will previews of KING LEAR starring Helen Hayes Award recipient Rick Foucheux on May 25 – May 27 at 7:30pm, then every Thursday eve and Saturday matinee during the run.

05/17/2017 - 1:02pm

GALA Hispanic Theater presents Paso Nuevo, Spring 2017 on May 17 at 8pm. A FREE evening of original works performed in English with some Spanish. "We Are US" includes new work by Paso Nuevo participants; a performance and music by Chris Wonder; and a return visit to the Lobato family by Paso Nuevo alumni. The Lobato family first appeared in the Paso Nuevo presentation of Young and Corrupted in 2011. Through the evening’s work, we will experience the lives of immigrant youth and American Latino youth whose parents were immigrants. The presentation reflects the Latino reality in Washington, D.C, and launches a celebration of 25 years of the Paso Nuevo program.

05/09/2017 - 1:53pm

Spooky Action Theater has Pay-What-You-Can performances Thurs May 11 and Fri May 12 at 8pm of THE MAN WHO, inspired by Oliver Sacks' book The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat.

05/04/2017 - 6:11pm

Coming up on Friday May 5: "Petworth First Friday" where Teatro de la Luna will present the bilingual play for ALL audiences "Aprendiendo Juntos"/Drop In, Not Out! Three characters from a world of comics and fantasy teach us the importance of studying, staying in school and the unfortunate consequences of dropping out of school. Event is Friday May 5-6:30pm at Casa de la Luna (4020 Georgia Avenue NW). FREE! Donations accepted. (Also presented as part of The Rotary Club of Washington's DC Duck Race, a community festival, Sat, May 6, 2017, 11:30am at The Yards Park, 355 Water Street SE).

05/03/2017 - 9:10pm

CulturalDC extends the Space4 open call for visual and performing artist applications - deadline extended to May 9, 5pm! Space4 is an initiative that will bring the arts closer to every corner of DC. In expanding upon the mission of CulturalDC – to make space for art – they will transform and activate spaces across the District to create new areas for performing and visual arts. Space4 is an evolution of their critically acclaimed Mead Theatre Lab and Flashpoint Gallery programs that will bring fresh, groundbreaking visual and performing arts events to neighborhoods throughout the nation’s capital.

05/03/2017 - 11:25am

Shakespeare Theatre Company holds its next FREE ReDiscovery Reading on May 8 (7:30pm) of DEMETRIUS by Friedrich Schiller and Peter Oswald. The reading features STC favorites Nancy Robinette, John Lescault and Corey Allen. An epic tale of self-determination, performed identities, and the complications of well-intended insurgency. Taking on Schiller’s unfinished last play, a dramatization of the same true story later made famous by Pushkin’s Boris Godunov, Peter Oswald’s verse translation and adaptation expands to Shakespearean dimensions, glancing from the reign of Ivan the Terrible to modern-day excursions in Iraq and Afghanstian.

05/03/2017 - 11:16am

Constellation Theatre Company begins performances of THE ARABIAN NIGHTS this week. Catch reduced price preview performances, this Thurs - Sat. The $15 Friday preview is sold out, but tickets are available for the $25 Sat preview or line up for their Pay-What-You-Can on Thurs 5/4, 8:30pm.

05/03/2017 - 11:09am

MetroStage will have a Pay-What-You-Can performance of MASTER CLASS, Terrence McNally's play about opera singer Maria Callas teaching a master class to three students, on Thursday, May 4 at 8pm. There is a $10 minimum and tickets are only available at the door that evening starting at 7pm. Performances run thru June 11.

04/27/2017 - 1:31pm

Join InterAct Story Theatre's KidStory Theatre Festival on May 6 at 11am at Glenallan Elementary School. Part of their Wheaton Family Theatre Series, celebrate a wonderful year of arts for kids and families with a special festival of stories and plays written by kids for kids! Great for all ages 4 and up.

04/18/2017 - 3:24pm

Rorschach Theatre has Pay-What-You-Can performances of FORGOTTEN KINGDOMS by Randy Baker April 21 – 28. Pay-What-You-Can tickets must be purchased at the door for each performance. Synopsis: On a small island in Indonesia, a wooden house balances on stilts over a churning sea. In this house Reverend David Holiday tries to convert a skeptical young local whose fate has become improbably intertwined with his own. At stake this night is the life of the young man’s father, the future of this island’s ancient culture and the happiness of an American family caught between worlds. As the night turns into morning, the fate of David’s haunted young son becomes the biggest question of all.