Arena Stage presenting a return engagement of The Originalist by John Strand, directed by Molly Smith, thru July 30 in the Kreeger Theater.The special limited engagement stars four-time Helen Hayes Award winner Edward Gero as the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.
The play tells about a bright, liberal, Harvard Law School graduate as she begins “a nerve-wracking clerkship with the conservative Justice Scalia… whom she discovers to be both an infuriating sparring partner and an unexpected mentor.” The show has brand-new staging in the Kreeger Theater. The presentation is a co-Production with Asolo Repertory Theatre and The Pasadena Playhouse.
Image below: Jade Wheeler as Cat and Edward Gero as Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia in The Originalist. Photo by John Revisky/Asolo Repertory Theater.
Arena Stage and Guthrie Theater will present Native Gardensby Karen Zacarías, directed by Blake Robison, in the Kreeger Theater, September 15-October 22.The new comedy is "about the clash of class and culture that pushes well-meaning neighbors over the edge."
The story unfolds when a very pregnant Ph.D. candidate, and her rising attorney husband, move next door to a deep-rooted D.C. couple with an impeccably trimmed backyard. "When a questionable fence line puts a prize-worthy garden in jeopardy, neighborly rivalry escalates into an all-out border dispute, challenging everyone’s notions of race, privilege and where to draw the line on good taste."
Capitol Hill Arts Workshop will present A Midsummer Night's Musical In the Black Box Theatre, August 3, 5, 10 & 12.The original musical, with music by Composer and Music Director Barbara Schelstrate, will be directed by acclaimed actor and director, Lise Bruneau, and co-produced by Jill Strachan and Dean Reichard.
Composer Barbara Schelstrate describes the music as having “definite folk elements, maybe some Elizabethan elements and maybe some Vaughan-Williams."
The Annual Capital Fringe Festival is in progress at select sites in DC, thru July 30. The Festival’s mission is “to connect exploratory artists with adventurous audiences by creating outlets and spaces for creative, cutting-edge, and contemporary performance in the District.” There are ongoing events at the Fringe headquarters at 1358 Florida Ave NE during the Festival.
Folger Theatre will present William Shakespeare's Antony & Cleopatra, directed by Robert Richmond, October 10-November 19. The epic tale of politics and power, love and jealousy, alliance and misalliance will feature Shirine Babb as Cleopatra and Cody Nickell as Mark Antony.
Ford’s Theatre will present Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, directed by Stephen Rayne, September 22-October 22.The classic play “challenges us to reconsider what it means to succeed and the cost of chasing the American Dream.”
The play will star Craig Wallace as the retired salesman Willy Loman and Kimberly Schraf as his wife Linda Loman.
Keegan Theatre will present Big Fish, with book by John August and music and lyrics by Andrew Lippa, directed by Mark A. Rhea August 5-September 2. The story is based on the celebrated novel by Daniel Wallace and the film by Tim Burton.
It’s the story of a traveling salesman, his wife and his son, who is determined to find out the truth behind his father’s epic tales.
Keegan Theatre will present the tragicomedy Stones in His Pockets, which was written in 1996 by Marie Jones for the DubbleJoint Theatre Company in Dublin, Ireland, September 23-October 15.The tragicomedy "focuses on a movie location shoot in Ireland and the delightful, touching characters involved.
The script is a tour de force for two actors who perform all 15 characters (men and women), and much of this hilarious, wicked comedy is mined from the tone-deaf efforts of the production crew to create the proper "Irish feel" – a romanticized notion that often conflicts with the reality of daily life."
The Kennedy Centeris presenting The Second City's Almost Accurate Guide to America: Divided We Stand in the Theater Lab thru August 13.The company offers “uproarious irreverence in an all-new production.” The show is recommended for ages 16 & up.
Roundabout Theatre Company is presenting the classic musical Cabaret in the Kennedy Center Eisenhower Theater, thru August 6.The 1998 Tony Award ®–winning show is set amid the decadence of the Kit Kat Club in pre-war Berlin. The score features John Kander & Fred Ebb’s Cabaret, Willkommen, Maybe This Time and more.The show is recommended for ages 16 and up.
Image below: A scene form Cabaret.
The Kennedy Centerwill present Lincoln Center Theater’s production ofRodgers & Hammerstein’s The Kingand Iin the Opera House, July 18-August 20. The production won four 2015 Tony Awards, including Best Revival of a Musical.
The score features beloved classics, including "Getting To Know You," "I Whistle a Happy Tune," "Hello Young Lovers," "Shall We Dance," and "Something Wonderful." Set in the 1860s in Bangkok, the musical “tells the story of the unconventional and tempestuous relationship that develops between the King of Siam and a British schoolteacher whom the modernist King, in an imperialistic world, brings to Siam to teach his many wives and children.”
The show is recommended for ages 8 and up.
Image below: A scene from The King and I
Comedian George Lopez will film his new HBO Special in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall on Saturday, August 5.Lopez’s career encompasses television, film, standup comedy, and late-night television.
His new HBO Special will be comprised of all-new material at the Kennedy Center.Lopez is also starring in his new comedy series, Lopez on TV Land. The series explores "how he struggles between his two worlds and crises that are often of his own making."
Image below:George Lopez
Comedian Trevor Noah will perform in the Kennedy Center Concert Hall, September 8 & 9.He is the host of the Emmy® and Peabody® Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Noah’s performances have sold out shows on five continents. The producers advise that the show is “Recommended for mature audiences.”
Shakespeare Theatre Company will present the annual Free For All, featuring a return engagement of Ron Daniels’s Othello in Sidney Harman Hall, August 15-27. The Free For All is a much-loved Washington tradition, offering free performances of a Shakespearean classic to the general public each summer.
The event was moved from Carter Barron Amphitheatre to Sidney Harman Hall in 2009. To date, the Free for All has reached more than 662K area residents - and counting.
Image below: FaranTahir as Othello - photo by Scott Suchman
The Shakespeare Theatre Company will present The Pinter Plays: The Lover and The Collection, directed by Michael Kahn in the Lansburgh Theatre, September 26-October 29.The production will be comprised of a double bill of one act plays by Harold Pinter.
"In The Collection, a jealous husband confronts a rival, whom his wife may or may not have met. In The Lover, a couple calmly plans for their scheduled infidelity.
In Pinter’s darkly comic world of revealing silences and pregnant pauses, the characters—and the audience—never know quite where they stand, embracing reality and fantasy with equal conviction."
Studio Theatre will host a Taste of Studioon Saturday, August 5, when the theatre will open its doors for their 3rd annual open house experience.Early-bird passes and ticket bundles are now on sale for the popular summer event celebrating the arts, culture, and culinary excellence of DC like never before.
Studio Theatre is presenting Wig Out, a play by Tarell Alvin McCraney, directed by Kent Gash, thru August 6. The play has been described as “a mesmerizing trip into the heart of African-American drag ball culture by way of Ovid, Jay-Z, and Destiny’s Child.
From the acclaimed author of The Brother/Sister Trilogy and Choir Boy comes a dazzling spectacle about the timeless desires to be desired, find your home, and dominate anyone who throws you shade.”
Image below: The cast of Wig Out! Photo by Teddy Wolff.
Studio Theatre will present Dominique Morisseau's play Skeleton Crew, directed by Patricia McGregor, beginning September 6.The play is set at one of the last auto-stamping plants in Detroit, where rumors are spreading about a plant shutdown.
The play is said to be "a timely and searing portrait of the American working class."Morisseau has been called "one of the most significant and talented emerging African-American voices in the theatre."
Woolly Mammoth will present a return engagement of An Octoroonby Branden Jacobs-Jenkins, directed by Nataki Garrett, July 18-August 6.The play is an “Obie-winning riff on a 19th century melodrama that helped shape the debate around the abolition of slavery.”
The “incendiary adaptation is part period satire, part meta-theatrical middle finger, and a provocative challenge to the racial pigeonholing of 1859—and of today.”The production will feature company members Shannon Dorsey, Jon Hudson Odom & Erika Rose.
Woolly Mammoth Theatre will present The Arsonistsby Max Frisch, as newly translated by Alistair Beaton, and directed by Michael John Garcés, September 5-October 8.It’s the story of a man who is a respected member of his community with a loving wife and a flourishing business.
As such, he believes that “the arsonists will spare him. As an upstanding citizen, he’s even happy to do his civic duty by opening his home to two new guests… but when they start filling his attic with drums of gasoline, will he end up starting the fire himself?” The play was written as a reflection on the rise of both Nazism and Communism and is said to have an “uncanny new relevance today in light of the rise of populist nationalism around the globe.” Artistic Director Howard Shalwitz will return to the Woolly stage in the lead role.
Company members Kimberly Gilbert, Tim Getman, and Emily Townley will also star in the production.