Rockville Little Theatre will present A Raisin in the Sunby Lorraine Hansberry, January 24, 25, 26 & 31 & February 1 & 2 at F. Scott Fitzgerald Theatre. The classic play is set in Chicago's South Side in the 1950s, and depicts "the dreams and ambitions of the Younger family as they await and then receive a life-altering insurance check. Faced with daily tensions, prejudice and a harsh reality, the family struggles to maintain dignity amidst the chaos."
Rockville Little Theatre will present The Spitfire Grille, directed by Terri Magers, based on the film by Lee David Zlotoff, on select days in March at The Gaithersburg Arts Barn. The show, with music and book by James Valcq and lyrics and book by Fred Alley, is about a feisty parolee who follows her dreams to a small town in Wisconsin. She finds a place for herself working at Hannah's Spitfire Grill, which she tries to save from closure.
Strathmore will present Manual Cinema's No Blue Memories - The Life of Gwendolyn Brooks in The Music Center on January 24. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African American to win a Pulitzer Prize. An activist and community organizer, Brooks’s provocative works captured the spirit and struggle of the Civil Rights Movement. Emmy-winning ensemble Manual Cinema will tell Brooks's story through shadow puppetry, silhouetted actors, and live music. No Blue Memories features an original screenplay penned by Eve L. Ewing and Nate Marshall of Crescendo Literary and a jazz score composed by Jamila and Ayanna Woods. The show is considered ideal for ages 6 & up.
Rorschach Theatre will present The Toxic Avenger: The Musical, directed by Tracy Lynn Olivera, at Silver Spring Black Box, January 31-March 1. The musical "follows Melvin Ferd the Third, who is dumped into a vat of radioactive toxic waste, only to reemerge as The Toxic Avenger, a superhero hell-bent on cleaning up America. A seven-foot mutant freak with superhuman strength and a heart as big as Newark, he’s out to end global warming, woo the blind librarian in town, and save the world."
Round House Theatre
Round House Theatre will present the rock musical Spring Awakening, January 22-February 24.