Arena Stage, with Baltimore Center Stage and Kansas City Repertory, will present Paula Vogel's play titled Indecent, directed by Eric Rosen November 23-December 30 The play is about the debut of Sholem Asch’s Yiddish drama God of Vengeance in 1923.
Arena Stage will present Kenneth Lin’s play Kleptocracyabout U.S./Russia relations following the collapse of the Soviet Union & the rise of oligarchs & Vladimir Putin.January 18-February 24. Visit www.arenastage.org/
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Arena Stage is presenting Tony Award-winner Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes, directed by Molly Smith, thru December 23.It’s the classic tale of a lovelorn lad who has stowed away on an oceanliner, which has set sail from New York to London. He aims to stop the marriage of his true love to a millionaire British Lord……..with the help of showgirls, sailors and more.
Image below: The logo for Anything Goes by Mads Berg
Anacostia Playhouse will present a return engagement of American Moor, directed by Kim Weild and starring Keith Hamilton Cobb, January 9-February 3. The play, featuring Josh Tyson, “explores implicit bias in American theater and culture as it examines the experience and perspective of black men in America through the metaphor of William Shakespeare’s character, Othello.” The Anacostia Playhouse is at 2020 Shannon Place SE. Visit www.anacostiaplayhouse.org
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Atlas Performing Arts Center
Mosaic Theatre will present Oh, God, written by Anat Gov and directed by Michael Bloom at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, December 12-January 13. The “witty and touching” play features Mitchell Hébert (as God) and Kimberly Schraf. The story is about a psychotherapist who is the single mother of an autistic child and gets a visit from “a new and desperate patient: God.”
Mosaic Theatre will present 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, January 30-February 17. It will be 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. Visit www.mosaictheater.org/
Mosaic Theatre is presenting Mat Smart's The Agitators, directed by KenYatta Rogers at the Atlas Performing Arts Center's Lang Theatre, thru November 25. The play examines “the 45-year friendship and occasional rivalry between Americans Frederick Douglass & Susan B Anthony.”
They met as young abolitionists in Rochester in the 1840s and were friends through the Civil War, although they “agitated each other as well as the country.”
The production features Ro Boddie as Frederick Douglass & Marni Penning as Susan B. Anthony.
Rorschach Theatre is presenting Iris Dauterman’s comedy titled Sing to Me Now, directed by Jenny McConnell Frederick, at Atlas Performing Arts Center, thru November 18.It’s about the last surviving muse Calliope, who, “drowning in the demands of a world desperate for inspiration, resorts to what any self-respecting Greek Goddess would: She hires an intern. But soon it becomes clear that Calliope is burying a deeper pain, and the fate of the universe may lie in this human intern’s unlikely ability to save her.”
Scena Theatre is presenting Oscar Wilde's A Woman of No Importance, directed by Robert McNamara, with an all-female cast thru November 25 at the Atlas Performing Arts Center.The play satirizes the upper class of England. Scena’s take on this battle of the sexes is set against the backdrop of 1930s Hollywood—when Tinsel Town was both American and British. The cast includes Nanna Ingvarsson, Sara Barker, Jen Bevan, Moriah Whiteman, Karen Elle, Zoe Walpole, Emily Morrison, Melissa Robinson, and Ruthie Rado.
Scena Theatre will present the U.S. Premiere of Michel Houellebecq's The Submission, directed by Robert McNamara, at Atlas Performing Arts Center, January 7-February 10.The play imagines that a Muslim political party, embracing Islamist and patriarchal values, wins the 2022 France presidential election with support of the Socialist Party. The play mixes fiction with real people. Visit www.scenatheater.org
The Folger Theatre will present Jessica Swale's play titled Nell Gwynn, directed by Robert Richmond, with original music by Kim Sherman, January 29-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.
The Folger Theatre is presenting William Shakespeare’s King John, directed by Aaron Posner, thru December 2. The play is about the epic struggle of John, who assumed the throne of England after the death of his older brother, King Richard the Lionheart. John’s battles with the King of France, who challenged John’s claim to the throne, is at the heart of a tale of ambition, politics, corruption, and murder. Kate Eastwood Norris portrays Philip the Bastard and Holly Twyford plays Constance, Arthur’s tragic mother.
Ford's Theatre is presenting Charles Dickens's A Chistmas Carol, thru December 30.The ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future lead the miserly Ebenezer Scrooge on a journey of transformation and redemption in this music-infused production. Acclaimed actor Craig Wallace has returned to Ford's Theatere to play Ebenezer Scrooge.
Ford's Theatre presents Reginald Rose's classic play Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sheldon Epps, January 18-February 17.One of twelve jurors from all strata of society argues the innocence of a teenager accused of murder, January 18-February 17. Visit www.fords.org/
The Keegan Theatre is presenting Shaina Taub and Laurie Woolery’s musical adaptation of Shakespeare’s As You Like It, thru December 2. The production is directed by Josh Sticklin and Cara Gabriel, with music direction by Tiffany Underwood Holmes and choreography by Lady Dane Figueroa Edidi. The show is “an immersive dream-like tale of faithful friends, feuding families, and lovers in disguise. Forced from their homes, Orlando, Duke Senior, his daughter Rosalind and niece Celia, escape to the Forest of Arden, a fantastical place of transformation, where all are welcomed and embraced. Lost amidst the trees, the refugees find community and acceptance under the stars.”
Images below, clockwise from top left: Jade-Jones as Duke Senior, Debora Crabbe as Rosalind, Kevin Thorne as Orlando & Linda Bard as Celia.
TheNational Theatre is presenting the world premiere of the new pre-Broadway musical comedy Beetlejuicethru November 18. Tickets are now on sale at http://thenationaldc.org The show is directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers & choreographed by Connor Gallagher. The show features an original score by Eddie Perfect & and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award-nominee Anthony King.
Image below:The logo for Beetlejuice.
The National Theatre will present Beautiful - The Carole King MusicalNovember 27-December 30. It's the true story of King’s 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.
Sarah Bockel as Carole King. Photo by Matthew Murphy
The National Theatre will present School of Rock - The Musical, January 16-27.Based on the hit film, the new musical is about a wannabe rock star posing as a substitute teacher.The show features 14 new songs by Andrew Lloyd Webber, plus the original songs from the movie, as a kids’ rock band plays live on stage. Visit http://thenationaldc.org/
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Shakespeare Theatre Company
The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present J.B. Priestley's play titled An Inspector Calls, directed by Stephen Daldry, November 20-December 23.The expressionistic thrillerwon multiple Tony, Olivier and Drama Desk Awards, and it “astounds audiences more than 25 years later with its eerie prescience.” The story begins during a festive evening at the home of the Birlings, a well-heeled British family. The evening “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.”
The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present The Panties, The Partner and The Profit: Scenes from the Heroic Life of the Middle Class, a play written by David Ives and inspired by the work of Carl Sternheim, December 4-January 6, 2019.Sternheim (1878-1942), who was a German playwright and short story writer, was “one of the most successful and incisive social satirists of his very fraught day.” Ives “gives his “translaptation” treatment to Carl Sternheim’s epic trilogy—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.”
Studio Theatre will present Molly Smith Metzler's comedy titled Cry It Out, directed by Joanie Schultz, November 14-December 16. The play is about the lives of four new parents and about “who gets to make which hard choices in the tinderbox of parenthood and class in America.” The parents “bond over sleep deprivation, unreliable childcare, and having it all.”
Studio Theatre has extended The Fall, in Studio X, thru November 25.The play was written by seven student activists from South Africa who grapple with the legacies of race, class, gender, history, and power some 24 years after the official end of Apartheid. The students wrote the play as the statue of imperialist Cecil Rhodes was dismantled at the University of Cape Town.
Image below: The cast of The Fall - Photo by Oscar O'Ryan.
Studio X will present Sarah Burgess’s comedy titled Kings, directed by Marti Lyons, December 12-January 6. The play is about a newly-elected congresswoman whorefuses to play by the rules of lobbyists—or her own party. It’s about “money, power, and what democracy actually looks like.” Sarah Burgess is a native of Alexandria, Virginia.
Studio Theatre will present Joshua Harmon's play Admissions, directed by Mike Donahue, January 16-February 17.It's a "no-holds-barred look at privilege, power, and the perils of whiteness from the author of Bad Jews. Visit www.studiotheatre.org/
Theater J, which is the nation’s pre-eminent professional Jewish theater, will present its 2018-2019 season “around town” in top cultural venues throughout the city, as the historic Edlavitch DCJCC building undergoes major renovation. The company is presenting Anna Ziegler’s new play titled Actually, directed by Johanna Gruenhut, at Arena Stage, thru November 18. It’s the story of two freshmen at Princeton University who “seem to be on the same page about where their relationship is heading, until suddenly they aren’t." The play is said to investigate “the intersection of gender and race in campus politics today, offering a nuanced and psychologically rich portrait of a generation.” The production features Sylvia Kates and Jaysen Wright.
Washington Stage Guild is presenting Greg Jones Ellis’s comedy/drama titled All Save One, thru December 9. Set in Hollywood in 1950, the play “reveals what goes on behind closed doors when a world-famous writer, his actress wife and his longtime secretary arrive from England only to have their comfortable household disrupted by the arrival of a handsome young priest and a film producer with a secret of his own. Visit https://stageguild.org/
Washington Stage Guild will present Arlene Hutton's play titled Gulf View Drive, January 17-February 10.The production will be 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. Visit https://stageguild.org/
Woolly Mammoth will present The Second City's She the People, directed by Carly Hefferman, December 3-January 6, 2019. The sketch show was entirely created and designed by women, and will be performed by women as it "roasts the patriarchy."