Arena Stage will present The Heiress, written by Ruth Goetz and Augustus Goetz - as suggested by the Henry James's novel titled Washington Square -February 8-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, with Baltimore Center Stage and Kansas City Repertory, is presenting Paula Vogel's play titled Indecent, directed by Eric Rosen thru 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/
Image by Jon Berkeley
Arena Stage is presenting Tony Award-winner Cole Porter’s classic musical Anything Goes, directed by Molly Smith, thru December 23.It’s the tale of a lovelorn lad who has stowed away on an ocean liner, 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
The Anacostia Playhouse will present Alfred Uhry’s Driving Miss Daisy, directed by Ella Davis, December 13-23. The story is set in the Deep South in 1948 as Miss Daisy has just demolished another car. “Over her protestations, her son has hired a black man, to be her chauffeur. So begins a 25-year relationship that starts with distrust at the dawn of the civil rights era, but through the years grows into a loving interdependence neither could have predicted (or admit to).” The play stars James Foster, Jr., Adele Robey and Matty Griffiths.
Anacostia Playhouse is presenting a return engagement of American Moor, directed by Kim Weild and starring Keith Hamilton Cobb, thru 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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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.”
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. The production 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/
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 Gay Men's Chorus of Washington will present Working by Stephen Schwartz at the Atlas Performing Arts Center on February 9 & 10.The musical “looks at the working lives of everyday people revealing their hopes and dreams, performed for the first time with nontraditional gender roles. Working celebrates our search for meaning and satisfaction in the daily grind. This down-to-earth yet joyous musical is woven from funny and poignant interviews with twenty-six real American workers who share not only their daily routines, but their hopes and aspirations as well.”
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.
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 Theatre 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. Visit www.fords.org/
The National Theatre is presenting Beautiful - The Carole King Musicalthru 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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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.
The National Theatre will present The Magic of Adam Trent – direct from Broadway – on February 2.Trent was one of the original stars of the Broadway hit The Illusionists, and his new show “brings his signature brand of magic and illusion to a spectacle featuring hits from the Broadway show along with never before seen material.”
The National Theatre will present The Origin of Love: The Songs and Stories of Hedwig, with John Cameron Mitchell, on February 8.The double Tony® Award-winning Golden Globe®-nominated co-creator and original star of Hedwig & the Angry Inch “will perform songs from his groundbreaking rock musical and will regale the audience with stories from 20 years of Hedwig’s history. He’ll also preview songs from his upcoming musical Anthem.
The Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting J.B. Priestley's play titled An Inspector Calls, directed by Stephen Daldry, thru 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 is presenting 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, thru January 6.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.”
The Fellowship for Performing Arts will present an adaptation of C.S. Lewis's’ The Screwtape Letters in the Lansburgh Theatre, January 29-February 3. The tale is set in "an eerily stylish office in Hell, where one of Satan’s senior tempters, Screwtape, schemes meticulously to capture the soul of an unsuspecting human on earth.” An international smash hit, the stage adaptation is said to be about “a morally inverted universe that reveals unseen spiritual powers and principalities in humorous, vivid and surprising ways.”
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 Molly Smith Metzler's comedy titled Cry It Out, directed by Joanie Schultz, thru 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 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/
Washington Stage Guild
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.
Woolly Mammoth is presenting The Second City's She the People, directed by Carly Hefferman, thru January 6, 2019. The sketch show was entirely created and designed by women, and is performed by women as it "roasts the patriarchy."
Woolly Mammoth Theatre will present a play titled BLKS, written by Aziza Barnes & directed by Nataki Garrett, February 4-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.