Mosaic Theatre is presenting Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies, written by Tearrance Arvelle Chisholm & directed by Serge Seiden, at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, Sprenger Theatre, thru June 3.The show is a special remount of the comedy’s sold-out run in 2017. It’s an “irreverent examination of growing up Black in America."
Image below: The logo for Hooded, Or Being Black for Dummies
Mosaic Theatre will present The Vagrant Trilogy, written by Mona Mansour & directed by Mark Wing-Davey - in dramaturgical collaboration with The Public Theater- at the Atlas Performing Arts Center, June 6-July 1.It's the story of "the life of a displaced Palestinian family - spanning four decades, and the trenchant pull of home.” The play is part of the 2018 Voices From a Changing Middle East Festival.
Scena Theatre is presenting George Orwell’s 1984, directed by Robert McNamara, at Atlas Performing Arts Center, thru May 27.It’s the classic story of a man who “must survive in a fascist society controlled by a legion of henchmen and their intimidating leader, “Big Brother.” In 1984, the country is in a state of perpetual war where “Stalin-like purges from society are a daily reality—unless you conform to the accepted modes of speech, behavior and allegiance.”
The Annual Capital Fringe Festivalwill take place July 7-29, and all of the participants will be within several blocks of each other in the Waterfront Southwest neighborhood. The festival was started in 2006 as “a celebration of cultural democracy and art for everyone. "By embracing diversity and a spirit of independence, they create or rent a series of theatre spaces made available to participants on a first-come, first-served basis. The aim is to challenge perceptions and shake up the hierarchy, to be brave and unafraid and to serve as a launching pad for unseasoned to existing theatre artists.” The venues participating will include Arena Stage, Mead Center, Saint Augustine’s Church, Christ United Church, Westminster Church & Blind Whino.
Folger Theatre is presenting Bedlam theatre company’s production of George Bernard Shaw's Saint Joan, directed by Erik Tucker, thru June 10. Four actors perform over twenty-five roles in Bedlam’s “riveting, stripped-down production about the martyred heroine of France.
GALA Hispanic Theatre will present the DC premiere of Magdalena Gómez's bilingual musical Dancing in my Cockroach Killers, directed by Rosalba Rolón, with music by Desmar Guevara, June 7-July1. The show is a performing arts piece consisting of a collection of poems and monologues by Magdalena Gómez, who was “inspired by friends, family, and Puerto Rican icons as varied as Lolita Lebrón and Joe Cuba…….Her characters face real-life challenges with courage and flair. This pulsating musical is full of hope, passion, and laugh-out-loud humor."
Image below: The logo for Dancing in my Cockroach Killers.
Keegan Theatre is presenting The Undeniable Sound of Right Now, written by Laura Eason & directed by Brandon McCoy, thru May 27.The story is set in 1992 in Chicago as a legendary rock club “struggles to survive amid changing times and changing tastes.”
Image below: Susan Marie Rhea, Chris Stezin, Jessie Power, Kevin Hasser - Photo by C. Stanley Photography
Keegan Theatre will present the world premiere of Other Life Forms, written by D.C. playwright Brandon McCoy & directed by Shirley Serotsky, June 15-July 7.The comedy is about two roommates who are very different. When they both give online dating a try, the results are also very different."A truth is revealed that sets in motion a series of hysterical and illuminating events.” “The dynamic comedy sets out to prove the existence of love, and how we often get in the way of it.”
The Kennedy Center will present a play for Young Audiences titled Ever in the Glades, written by Laura Schellhardt & directed by Rives Collins in the Family Theater, June 8-10. The setting is an isolated island deep in the heart of the Everglades in Florida, where five teenagers make a daring attempt to escape to the mainland from a place where the adults are as dangerous as the alligators. The show is suggested for Age 12.
The Kennedy Center will present The Second City's Generation Gap….or How Many Millennials does it take to teach a Baby Boomer to text Generation X in the Theater Lab, June 16-August 12. The company’s new work was created especially for Kennedy Center audiences. The show “will finally answer one of life’s biggest questions: when exactly were the good old days?” The story line “follows three families on a satirical crash course spanning miscommunications, careers, dating, and more in a two-act, interactive new spin on the age-old battle of the ages.”
The producer notes that “This performance contains strong language and is recommended for mature audiences.”
The Kennedy Center will present Broadway Center Stage: How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying - semi-staged - in the Eisenhower Theater, June 6-10.The musical tells the classic story of a young man who “uses a powerful little handbook to climb the corporate ladder from lowly window washer to high-powered executive.” The show won a Tony Award® for Best Musical and a Pulitzer Prize.
The Kennedy Center will present the musical Hamiltonin the Opera House, June 12-September 16. Please note that www.kennedy-center.org is the ONLY authorized source for HAMILTON tickets in Washington, DC. If you purchase tickets from any other source, the Kennedy Center cannot guarantee your seats.
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The Kennedy Center will present the East Coast premiere – pre-Broadway – of the new musical titled Ain't Too Proud—The Life and Times of The Temptationsin the Eisenhower Theater, June 19-22.Called “the greatest R&B group of all time," the Temptations were known for signature dance moves and harmonies. They were five young guys from the streets of Detroit when they were discovered by Berry Gordy, who signed them to his new label. They rose to the top of the charts, and their moving story still resonates five decades later. The show features hits such as “My Girl,” “Just My Imagination,” “Papa Was a Rolling Stone," and many others.
The Kennedy Center will present a District of Comedy Festival, July 19-21.The summer event will feature acclaimed stars and rising acts “for an all-laughs takeover of the nation’s center for the performing arts.” The comedy performances will include stars such as Jeff Foxworthy, Ophira Eisenberg, Alan Cumming & more.
The Kennedy Center will present the musical The Color Purple, directed by Tony® winner John Doyle, in the Eisenhower Theater, July 31-August 26.It's “a re-imagining of an epic story about a young woman’s journey to love and triumph in the American South.” The 2016 Tony Award® winner for Best Musical Revival on Broadway features a soul-raising score of jazz, gospel, ragtime, and blues.
The National Theatre is presenting the Broadway musical hit WAITRESS, directed by Diane Paulus, thru June 3. The show, which was inspired by Adrienne Shelly’s film, features original music and lyrics by 6-time Grammy® nominee Sara Bareillesa. It’s the story of a waitress and expert pie maker, played by Desi Oakley, who dreams of a way out of her small town and loveless marriage. It’s “an uplifting musical celebrating friendship, motherhood, and the magic of a well-made pie.” The show is recommended for ages 13+.
Looking ahead to next season, the National Theatre will present the world premiere of the new pre-Broadway musical comedy Beetlejuicein October.The show will be directed by two-time Tony Award nominee Alex Timbers & choreographed by Connor Gallagher. The show will feature an original score by Eddie Perfect & and a book by Scott Brown and Emmy Award nominee Anthony King. The show is produced by Warner Bros. Theatre Ventures (Mark Kaufman) and Langley Park Productions (Kevin McCormick).
Shakespeare Theatre Company is presenting Lerner & Loewe's Camelot, directed by Alan Paul, in Sidney Harman Hall, thru July 1.It’s the legendary story of King Arthur’s Round Table & a doomed romance. The score includes “If Ever I Would Leave You,”“I Loved You Once in Silence” & more.Camelot won four Tony Awards!
The Fellowship for Performing Arts will present Martin Luther On Trial, May 31-June 3 at the Shakespeare Theatre Company’s Lansburgh Theatre. In the new original play, “Luther’s beloved wife, Katarina, defends him as witnesses including Adolf Hitler, Sigmund Freud, Rabbi Josel, St. Paul, Martin Luther King, Jr. and Pope Francis take the stand. "Five hundred years since Luther ignited the Protestant Revolt against Rome, he continues to spark intense debate. You be the judge in this witty, provocative exploration of one of history’s most explosive personalities and the religious and political controversies he unleashed.”
Studio Theatre is presenting the world premiere of Ken Urban’s comedy The Remains, directed by David Muse, thru June 17.“Ten years after their historic wedding, Kevin and Theo host a dinner for their families—and reveal the truth of their seemingly perfect relationship. It's a comedy about the tragedy of loving.”
The production is supported by Studio R&D, Studio’s New Works Initiative.
Theater J will present Lindsay Joelle’s play titled Trayf, directed by Derek Goldman, May 30-June 24.It’s the story of a young man who lives a double life: by day he lives in his orthodox community, but by night he sneaks away to roller-skate, dance in discos, and listen to rock and roll. But when he befriends a zealous young man who is eager to be his student, his two worlds collide and he must choose once and for all where he belongs.
Woolly Mammoth will present Jordan Tannahill's play Botticelli in the Fire, directed by Marti Lyons, May 28-June 24. Set in Lorenzo de’ Medici’s Florence in the 15th century, the play imagines relationships between artist Sandro Botticelli, the model for his painting titled The Birth of Venus, Botticelli’s apprentice Leonardo Da Vinci & the conservative friar Savonarola, “who was seeking out and burning sodomites.” The production will feature company members Cody Nickell, Jon Hudson Odom, and Dawn Ursula.