Arena Stage is presenting The Heiress, written by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz - as suggested by Henry James's novel titled Washington Square -thru March 10.The melodrama, directed by Seema Sueko, is about asocially-awkward and plain woman who 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 destiny.”
Image below: Artwork for "The Heiress" by Jon Foster
Arena Stage is presenting Kenneth Lin’s play Kleptocracyabout U.S./Russia relations following the collapse of the Soviet Union, the rise of oligarchs & Vladimir Putin,thru February 24. Visit www.arenastage.org/
Image by Jon Berkeley
Arena Stage will present JQA, written & directed by Aaron Posner, March 1-April 14.The play imagines key confrontations between John Quincy Adams 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.”
Theatre Alliance will present Blood at the Root, written by Dominique Morisseau and directed by Raymond O. Caldwell, at The Anacostia Playhouse, February 27-March 24.The play “scrutinizes the intrinsic links between justice, bias, and identity. Moving, lyrical, and bold, Blood at the Root probes the complexities of race, individual freedoms, and what justice means when biases have been normalized.”
The Annual Atlas Intersections Festivalwill take place at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, February 21-March 3.The presenters are interested in unique perspectives and art that connects us to the many facets of our humanity.” Festival genres include music, theatre, dance, film, opera and spoken word where they intersect to capture a kaleidoscope of perspectives on our ever-evolving community and world. Among the many presenters, Gin Dance Company (GDC), a Metropolitan DC/Northern Virginia-based performing arts modern dance company will present its production "NEXT" at the Festival on February 23. The performance will feature the world premiere of Artistic Director Shu-Chen Cuff’s newest work ‘Infinity'.
Mosaic Theatre is presenting Shame: With Comments from the Populace - a Workshop Production by Einat Weizman with Morad Hassan, directed by John Vreeke as adapted by Ari Roth in the Atlas Performing Arts Center, thru February 17. The production is part of the Voices from a Changing Middle East Festival& is a documentary about the challenges facing Israelis and Palestinians who decide to work together against formidable opposition.
Mosaic Theater will present Nambi E. Kelley’s play titled Native Son, adapted from the novel by Richard Wright and directed by Psalmayene 24, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Lang Theatre, March 27-April 28. The play is set amidst rat-infested poverty on the South Side of Chicago in the 1930s.The production will feature Clayton Pelham Jr. (as Bigger Thomas) with Lolita Marie, Melissa Flaim, Drew Kopas, Vaughn Midder, Tendo Nsuguba, Madeline Joey Rose, Stephen Schmidt, and Renee Elizabeth Wilson.
Mosaic Theatre will present LesDeux Noirs: Notes on Notes of A Native Son - from Helen Hayes award-winning director and playwright, Psalmayene 24 - in repertory with Native Son, April 7-27.The setting is the legendary Parisian café Les Deux Magots in 1953 and “reimagines the meeting between Native Son author Richard Wright and essayist/activist James Baldwin. The production explores the tension between Baldwin’s searing critiques of Native Son and Wright’s unbridled indignation in response—a confrontation between two mighty African-American artists, with echoes of a present-day rap battle.”
Constellation Theatre Company is presenting The Master and Margarita, directed by Allison Stockman, and based on the novel by Mikhail Bulgakov in an adaptation by Edward Kemp, thru March 3. The story is set in Moscow, where Margarita is destined to meet a brilliant writer, the Master of her heart.Meanwhile, the Devil and his demonic crew descend on the city to wreak havoc on the literary elite. When Soviet censors imprison the Master to silence him, Margarita joins forces with the dark side in a courageous effort to save her lover.The play has been called "supernatural, satirical, and darkly comedic and a powerful indictment of corrupt government and authoritarian rule."
Image below: The logo for The Master and Margarita
The Folger Theatre is presenting Jessica Swale's play titled Nell Gwynn, directed by Robert Richmond, with original music by Kim Sherman, thru March 10. The play tells the story of a humble orange seller from the streets of Drury Lane who steps onto the stage and becomes the darling of the Restoration theater. Smitten by her, the king brings her to court as a favorite mistress.
Folger Theatre will present Confection by Third Rail Projects and Zach Morris, with Tom Pearson and Jennine Willett, March 4-24.Commissioned by Folger Theatre and inspired by the collection of the Folger Shakespeare Library, Confection is a multi-sensory dance/theater performance that contemplates cultures of consumption. Confection is in association with Before ‘Farm to Table’: Early Modern Foodways and Cultures, a Mellon initiative in collaborative research, convened by the Folger Institute.
Ford's Theatre is presenting Reginald Rose's classic play Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheldon Epps, thru February 17.One of twelve jurors from all strata of society argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder. Visit www.fords.org/
Ford's Theatrewill present Stephen Sondheim’s musical Into the Woods, directed by Peter Flynn, March 8-May 22.The show is "an imaginative, darkly comical remix of beloved fairytales in which a baker and his wife set out to reverse a witch's curse in hopes of having a child of their own." While in the woods, they encounter Little Red Ridinghood, Jack and his beanstalk, a cautious Cinderella, a sequestered Rapunzel and a couple of lovelorn princes. Sondheim's Tony-winning score and James Lapine's Tony-winning book conjure a world where "giants can be good and witches can be right."
Keegan Theatre will present the regional premiere of the musical Hands on a Hardbody, directed by Mark A. Rhea and Elena Velasco, March 9-April 6.Based on true events, it’s a tale about ten hard-luck Texans who fight to keep at least one hand on a brand-new truck in order to win it. Only one winner can drive away with the American Dream. The inspiration for the musical was a1997 documentary by S.R. Bindler.
The National Theatre will present Finding Neverland, directed by Tony®-winner Diane Paulus, February 26-March 3.The show is based on the critically-acclaimed Academy Award® winning film, Finding Neverlandand tells the incredible story of how playwright J.M. Barrie found the inspiration to create the classic story of Peter Pan and to write a play that would astound London theatergoers. The show is recommended for age 7 and up.
Image below: Ruby Gibbs & Jeff Sullivan in Finding Neverland - Credit Jeremy Daniel
The National Theatre will present A Bronx Tale, based on Academy Award nominee Chazz Palminteri’s story, and directed by Academy Award® winner Robert De Niro and Tony® winner Jerry Zaks, March 26-March 31.The Broadway musical is set in the Bronx in the 1960s, “when a young man is caught between the father he loves and the mob boss he’d love to be.” The show has music by Alan Menken and high-energy dance numbers. The D.C. production will feature 10 alumni from the Broadway production. Visit http://thenationaldc.org/
The National Theatre will present Jukebox Hero The Musicalon March 22 & 23.The world-wide premiere production is based on the music of Foreigner. The setting is Blaydon, Pennsylvania, a rust-belt town dependent on one main industry. When the town’s biggest factory closes and its workforce finds itself unemployed, the town seeks the help of Blaydon’s most famous son – music superstar Ryan Perry. For Ryan, though, returning to Blaydon doesn’t just mean revisiting a town where he has become a stranger, it means confronting the ghosts of his past.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present Vanity Fair, written by Kate Hamill - based on the novel by William Makepeace Thackeray – and directed by Jessica Stone, in the Lansburgh Theatre, February 26-March 31. It’s the tale of Becky Sharp and her gentle friend Amelia as they “scale social ladders and hurdle the whims of fate.”
Studio Theatre is presenting Joshua Harmon's play Admissions, directed by Mike Donahue, thru February 17.It's a "no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness from the author of Bad Jews.
Image below: Ephraim Birney and Meg Gibson in Admissions. Photo: Teresa Wood.
Studio Theatre will present Queen of Basel, written by Hilary Bettis and directed by José Zayas in the Milton Theatre, March 6-April 7.The play has been called "a bold and Spanish-infused take on Strindberg’s Miss Julie and offers an explosive elixir of power, class, and immigration status. The setting is "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 conflict-torn Venezuela, and Christine’s fiancé John, an Uber driver from the Miami slums."
Theater J, in partnership with Georgetown University Theater and Performance Studies Program will present TheJewish King Lear - directed by Adam Immerwahr- at the university’s Davis Performing Arts Center, March 13-April 7.Jacob Gordin wrote his story of power and pride in 1898. The tale of "revolves around Mirele Efros, a wealthy widow and clever business woman who wants to find a good wife for her son. When her children turn against her, Mirele experiences a fall of Shakespearean proportions." The cast features Tonya Beckman, Valerie Leonard, Alana D. Sharp, Sue Jin Song, and Frank X.
Washington Stage Guild has extended Arlene Hutton's play titled Gulf View Drive, thru February 17.The production is the third part of the playwright’s trilogy about star-crossed lovers, whose courtship and marriage formed the basis of the WSG’s hit productions of Last Train to Nibroc and See Rock City. The final installment, which again stars Lexi Langs and Wood Van Meter, reunites the couple, who were last seen veering toward separate paths. The cast also features Lynn Steinmetz and Laura Giannarelli.
Image below: (L to R): Laura Giannarelli as Mrs. Brummett; Lexi Langs as May Brummett; Wood Van Meter as Raleigh Brummett; Lynn Steinmetz as Mrs. Gill; and Chelsea Mayo as Treva. Photo Credit: C. Stanley Photography
Washington Stage Guild will present the area premiere of Resolving Hedda, by Jon Klein, March 21-April 14.The comedy is “a modern reimagining of Ibsen’s notorious schemer.
It’s not easy being one of the most influential characters in a modern drama, especially knowing you have to die at the end of every performance. What would happen if you simply refused to play along? And what would the other characters do?”
Woolly Mammoth Theatre is presenting a play titled BLKS, written by Aziza Barnes & directed by Nataki Garrett, thru March 3.The play “paints a miraculous portrait of a day in the life of three twentysomething black women wrestling with love, uncomfortable truths, and the anguish of adulting in New York City.” The cast features Woolly company member Shannon Dorsey.